Some of the Descendants of

MARTIN AND MAGDALENA
HARNISH
of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Second Generation


JOHN JACOB2 HARNISH (Martin1) was probably born early in the 1720s, to Martin and Magdalena Harnish. His wife has not been identified.

John Jacob Harnish inherited 225 acres from his father. On 25 February 1755 he took patent as John Jacob Harnish of 136 acres in Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He held over 700 acres at the time of his death, almost all in Conestoga Township, Lancaster County. He was elected Overseer of Poor there in 1755 and 1789. He was undoubtedly Mennonite.

The Harnish Friendschaft (p. 7) repeated this family story about John Jacob Harnish.

that he lived his last days alone in a hut at River Corner, about a mile (west) from Conestoga Center; that he was poor and that when his son David became rich, David invited his father to live with him, but in vain. People at night, clad ghost-like in sheets, tried to freighten the old man in his lonely hut. All that their efforts wrought was to bring these words from him whom they sought to terrify: 'If they come in white, they are good saints; but if in black, they are evil spirits.'
We know this story is not completely true: he was not poor.

John Jacob Harnish died on 14 October 1799.

John Jacob Harnish had the following children:

  1. JOHN3 HARNISH
    • b. about 1746
    • d. probably in November 1829
    • m. ANNA
      • d. in 1831
  2. MICHAEL3 HARNISH b. at Conestoga Township about 1748
  3. JACOB3 HARNISH Jr.
    • b. in 1750
    • d. on 11 November 1842
    • m (1). ESTHER BURKHOLDER
      • b. on 22 October 1759
      • d. on 6 December 1786
    • m (2). SUSANNAH
      • b. on 13 Nov 1767
      • d. on 21 January 1841
  4. DAVID3 HARNISH "Rich Dave"
    • b. in December 1767
    • d. on 26 August 1845
    • m. ELIZABETH GROFF
      • b. on 1 January 1775
      • d. on 30 December 1853
  5. ELIZABETH3 HARNISH
    • m. MARTIN GROFF

Information on this family is found in the following:


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