James Harlan

History and Genealogy
of Pearl Harlan Hullinger 

Our grandmother Pearl Harlan Hullinger was proud of her family heritage. She wrote of her family in Memories and Milestones:


The charts below show how Pearl was related back to James Harland in England.

The following information for the first generations of Harlan(d)s is quoted from the "History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family" by Alpheus Harlan. The numbering system also follows that which is in the book.

James HARLAND #1 was born about 1625 in Bishoprick, Durham, England. He died in England. He was buried in England. From "History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family" by Alpheus Harlan- "James Harland, Yeoman and member of the Episcopal Church, was b. about the year 1625 in the "Bishoprick, Nigh Durham, England," and is the earliest paternal ancestor known to the family in America bearing the name Harlan. He lived and d. an Englishman, and was bur. upon English soil, no one to-day knows where. Tradition says that the name of his father was William."

"That James Harland was married according to the usages of the Established Church there is no doubt. That his children were baptized and recorded therein is fully established by the fact that the earliest record we have of his son, George, is that he was "Baptised at the Monastery Monkwearmouth* in Oald England." We have no record giving the name of the wife and mother. So far as is known, James Harland was the father of three sons:"

*Craig Hullinger visited both monastery churches where out ancestor was baptised in 1650 - lovely place going back well over 1,000 years. The Venerable Bede wrote his famous history of England in this monastery.The photos are of Church where our ancestor George Harland was christened in 1650.

The sarcophagus of a Knights Templar in our ancestor's church.



"*Monkwearmouth Monastery was founded by Benedict Biscop in the year A.D.672. It is situated in a town of the same name in the east division of Chester, County Durham, and one-half mile north of Sunderland. It receives its name from its location near the mouth of the river Wear. Burned and plundered time and again, only the tower and some detached parts of the church remain of the once celebrated monastery. In 1790 the parish registers, with the exception of some of the late records, were destroyed by fire, and it is probable that information of untold value perished in the flames." 

James HARLAND #1 had the following children:

2 i. Thomas HARLAND 
3 ii. George HARLAN 
4 iii. Michael HARLAN 


3. George HARLAN was born in 1650. He was christened on 11 Mar 1650 in Monkwearmouth, Durham, England. He died in Jul 1714 in Kennet, Chester, Pennsylvania. He was buried in Jul 1714 in Center Meeting Burying Grounds, Chester County, Pennsylvania. From "History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family" by Alpheus Harlan- "George Harlan, Yeoman, "Ye sone of James Harland of Monkwearmouth, was Baptised at the Monastery of Monkwearmouth in Oald England, ye 11th Day of First Month 1650." He was b. "Nigh Durham in Bishoprick, England," and remained there until he reached manhood, when, in company with his brother and others, he crossed into Ireland and located in the County Down. 

While residing there he m. by ceremony of Friends, 9, 17, 1678, Elizabeth Duck. George Harlan* brought his family to America in 1687, and the nine years intervening were without doubt spent in the above named-parish and county, and there, too, in all probability, his first four children were born. He d. in "Fifth Month" (July), 1714, and was buried beside his "deare wife in the new burying grounds on Alphonsus Kirk's land,"which was afterwards, and is yet, Center Meeting Burying Grounds. George and Elizabeth were parents of nine children:”

"*After coming to America George and Michael Harland dropped the final "d" and the name is almost universally spelled Harlan."

Alphaeus Harlan citing the Marriage Book of Lurgan Mo. Mtg., p.91: "George Harland, of Parish of Donahlong, Co. Down, Ireland, and Elizabeth Duck, of Lurgan, Parish of Shankill, Co. Armagh, were married "at the house of Marke Wright in ye Parish of Shankill," 9 Mo. 17, 1678. 

Signers to the certificate: Henry Hollingsworth, Wm.Porter, George Harland, John Calvert, Timothy Kirk, Elizabeth Harland, Roger Kirk, Alphonsus Kirk, Robert Hoope, Elinor Hoope, Deborah Kirk, Thomas Harland 

Alphaeus Harlan citing Wm Stockdale's "A Great Cry of Oppression."- "George Harland had taken from him for Tithe, by Daniel Mac Connell...twelve stooks and a half of Oats, three stooks and a half of Barley, and five loads of Hey, all worth ten shillings ten pence."

"No certificate of the membership of George Harland with Friends is upon record, but his marriage certificate shows us that at that time he was a member, and as early as "Tenth Month" (December), of 1687, was placed upon committees of responsibility in Friends' affairs in his new neighborhood. At the time of his residence in Ireland, William Penn was urging Friends of England to become settlers upon his lands, cautioning them, however, against "leaving their own country out of idle curiosity or of a rambling disposition." But names signed above we find later in the new world, and, as we have seen, George was buried upon "Alphonsus Kirk's land." So they were not without friends when they made their settlement near the Delaware.

"In the early months of the year 1687, in company with his wife and four children, and his brother Michael, then unmarried, he took ship at Belfast for America. They had bought lands before coming * which were within that part of the Province of Pennsylvania now embraced in the County of New Castle. Ascending the river Delaware they landed at the town of New Castle (now in Delaware State), and settled near the present town of Centreville. Here the elder brother remained for some years, and about 1698/99, having purchased higher up the Brandywine Creek, he moved his family and settled in what is now ** Pennsbury Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. 

*"From the old warrants granted "within the County of New Castle, on Delaware,: we learn that "George Harland" and "James & Thomas Harlin" purchased lands there in the summer of 1686, and that "James Harland" did likewise in January of 1701.

**"It was then in Kennett, but later the township was subdivided."

More information to be found on pages 4 - 7 in Alphaeus Harlan's book.

He was married to Elizabeth DUCK (daughter of Ezekeliah DUCK and Hannah HOOPE) on 17 Sep 1678 in , Down Co., Ireland. Elizabeth DUCK was born on 5 May 1660 in Shankill, Armagh, Ireland. Lurgan Parish She died before 1714. George HARLAN #3 and Elizabeth DUCK had the following children: 

i. Ezekiel HARLAN 
ii. Hannah HARLAN 
iii. Moses HARLAN 
iv. Aaron HARLAN 
v. Rebecca HARLAN 
vi. Deborah HARLAN 
vii. James HARLAN 
viii. Elizabeth HARLAN 
ix. Joshua HARLAN 


8. Aaron HARLAN was born on 24 Oct 1685 in Down County, Northern Ireland. He died in Sep 1752. He was married to Sarah HEALD in 1713 in Newark Meeting, New Castle, Delaware. Aaron HARLAN #8 and Sarah HEALD had the following children: 

i. Charity HARLAN 
ii. George HARLAN
iii. Mary HARLAN 
iv. Elizabeth HARLAN 
v. Samuel HARLAN 
vi. Aaron HARLAN 
vii. Jacob HARLAN was born in 1726. He died in Kennet, Chester, Pennsylvania. 


37. George Harlan was born in 1716 in Kennet Township, Chester County Pennsylvania. He died young in 1749. He married Elizabeth Hope, who was born in 1719.


180. George Harlan was born in 1737. He immigrated to Warren County, Ohio. He died in 1821. He married Margery Baker, who was born in 1743 in Delaware, and who died in 1821.


Moses Harlan immigrated from Pennsyvania to Peoria, Illinois. He served in the Illinois Legislature and in the Whig Party with Abraham Lincoln.

Pearl's Grandfather Lewis Harlan immigrated from Ohio to Iowa and was a veteran of the Civil War.

Pearl's Grandfathers

Pearl's maternal grandfather immigrated from Indiana to 
Iowa and was a veteran of the Civil War.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Harlan may refer to:
As a surname:
As a given name:
In fiction:
  • Harlan (Stargate), an artificial intelligence in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Tin Man"
  • Harlan Rook, a fictional character in the 1988 film The Dead Pool

James Harlan (senator)

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James Harlan

In office
May 16, 1865 – August 31, 1866
Preceded byJohn Palmer Usher
Succeeded byOrville Hickman Browning

BornAugust 26, 1820
Clark County, IllinoisU.S.
DiedOctober 5, 1899 (aged 79)
Mount Pleasant, IowaU.S.
Political partyWhigFree SoilRepublican
Alma materIndiana Asbury University
James Harlan (August 26, 1820 – October 5, 1899) was a member of the United States Senate and a U.S. Cabinet Secretary.


Harlan represented the state of Iowa in the United States Senate as a member of the Free Soil Party in 1855. In 1857 the Senate declared the seat vacant because of irregularities in the legislative proceedings that first elected Harlan to the Senate. He was then re-elected to the Senate by the Iowa legislature as a Republican and continued to hold his Senate seat until 1865.
In 1865 he resigned elected office to become Secretary of the Interior under President Andrew Johnson, an appointment he held until 1866. As secretary he announced that he intended to "clean house" and fired "a considerable number of incumbents who were seldom at their respective desks".[1] Amongst this group was the poet Walt Whitman, then working as a clerk in the department, who received his dismissal note on June 30, 1865.[2] Harlan had found a copy of Leaves of Grass on Whitman's desk as the poet was making revisions and found it to be morally offensive. "I will not have the author of that book in this Department", he said. "If the President of the United States should order his reinstatement, I would resign sooner than I would put him back."[3] 29 years later, however, he defended his actions, saying that Whitman was dismissed solely "on the grounds that his services were not needed".[1]
Harlan resigned from the post in 1866 when he no longer supported the policies of President Johnson. He was elected again to the United States Senate in 1867 and served until 1873.
From 1853 to 1855, Harlan was president of Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, where, following his career of public service, he resided until his death in 1899. Along with pioneer Iowa governor Samuel Kirkwood, Harlan's sculptured likeness is maintained among the two coveted statues apportioned to each state on display under the rotunda in Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Harlan was a close friend of President Abraham Lincoln and his family. In 1868 his daughter, Mary Eunice Harlan, married Robert Todd Lincoln.


  1. a b Loving, Jerome. Walt Whitman: The Song of Himself. University of California Press, 1999. ISBN 0520226879. p. 291.
  2. ^ Reynolds, David S. Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography. New York: Vintage Books, 1995. ISBN 0679767096. p. 455
  3. ^ Kaplan, Justin. Walt Whitman: A Life. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979. ISBN 0671225421. p. 304.

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