Thursday, April 26, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
At that point Harlan was out on bail and awaiting trial before a Federal Grand Jury. What ever became of her is something of a mystery. Even who she was is a mystery to me. I've searched for information about Naomi Harlan, including census records, but I have not been able to find anything about her. Nor have I found any mention of her court case or its outcome. This is probably one of those stories that was big for a short time (with Stanton being such a small community, I have to believe this was a big local story), but quickly faded away.
I wish I had more information about the story to share, but in looking at census records, I can't even find a Naomi Harlan who lived in the area. Of course, with this story taking place smack dab in the middle of the census cycle (ie, the decade), it does make it harder to find anything. If anyone ever runs across something that illuminates Mrs. Harlan's fate, please pass it along. I'll do the same.
Friday, April 13, 2012
|The Robert Graham House|
In 1714, a Quaker named Daniel Worsley purchased 250 acres from William Penn's son, and about ten years later erected a brick house for his family. This house, now known as Penn Manor, still stands about a half mile north of the Graham House, in the development of Thistleberry Farm. (If I can find a bit more info, I'd very much like to write a post about this house, too.) Upon Worsley's death, the estate passed to his daughter Sarah, who married another Friend -- James Thompson. In 1750, Thompson purchased an adjacent 100 acre tract to the south of the original 250 acre farm. It was on this 100 acre lot that the Graham House would be built.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
|1940 Enumeration District Map|
Federal law currently requires a 72 year waiting period before public release of census information, in order to protect personal information. However, of the 132 million people counted in the census, an estimated 21 million are still alive. Few of them, though, would have been adults at the time.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
|Near Smith's Corner, 1921|
As luck would have it, not long after publishing this post I was contacted by someone who may have solved this little mystery for us. I hope to have much more information from and about her at a later date, but it turns out she is the granddaughter of Powell M. Ford. She emailed me after running across the post about her grandfather, and I had to ask her about Smith's Corner, since her family lived in the area at the time. She recalled hearing something from her mother that may solve the Smith mystery (Smithtery?).