Some of the Descendants of

MARTIN AND MAGDALENA
HARNISH
of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

First Generation


According to family tradition, MARTIN1 HARNISH and his wife MAGDALENA entered America at New York, but soon came to Pennsylvania. They arrived in Lancaster County between 1700 and 1718. They probably came to America as a young couple with two children. He may have come from the German state of Württemberg. There are records of a Harnish farm in Zweibrücken, a nearby German province. Martin and Magdalena were probably born before 1700 in Europe. They were probably married there before 1720.

The name Harnish is derived from "harness" or "armor." It was probably used for one who made these items.

Martin Harnish accepted citizenship in Pennsylvania in 1729. He also purchased land in that year. On 22 August 1734 he recieved warrant for 300 acres in Salisbury Township between Conestoga and Pequa Creeks.

Martin Harnish died some time after 26 December 1744 and before 13 February 1744/45.

Martin and Magdalena Harnish had the following children:

  1. JOHN JACOB2 HARNISH
    • b. about 1720
  2. MICHAEL2 HARNISH
    • d. in 1769
  3. CHRISTIAN2 HARNISH
    • d. before 1744 (probably died before father; probably no heirs)
  4. MARTIN2 HARNISH
    • m. CATHARINE
  5. BARBARA2 HARNISH
    • m. JOHN HOCKMAN
  6. ANNA2 HARNISH
    • m. STEPHEN LIESS
  7. MARY2 HARNISH
    • d. before 1744 (probably died before father; probably no heirs)

Information on this family is found in the following:


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