Notes for Nathaniel Harriman: Nathaniel Harriman was probably born in Norwich, CT in 1758 and married in Hardwick, MA , about 50 miles west of Boston. He married Bethania Snow and they had 9 children. Nathaniel received a land grant of 200 acres at the near Cobourg, Hamilton Township, Northumberland County, Ontario on September 1, 1797. We viewed a probate record dated 1811 and it indicated that he died intestate and that he had several properties in the Cobourg when he died. He died in New York in 1810. Nathaniel served in the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War in 1780 along with his brother Jonathan. We have now identified Nathaniel's father (born Nathaniel Harriman 26 April 1723, the son of Matthew Harriman, b. 16 August 1652 and his father, Leonard Harriman, born in England about 1622, died in Rowley, MA on 26 May 1791.
The youngest daughter of Nathaniel and Bethania was named Diadamia. She was reported to be "stolen from the lake shore" (Lake Ontario) near Cobourg, Ontario by local Indians just after the arrived in the area (1798 - 1800) . Her other sisters married as follows: Samantha to Jenks Waite, Elizabeth to Isaac Pettet, Bethania to Joseph Pettet and Abigail married David Stoddard.
Nathaniel Jr. is the direct line to this family. Notes following discuss some interesting aspects of his life. He was a well respected person and served in the Provincial Dragoons during the war of 1812 -1815. His younger brother, Luther, served in the Canadian Militia during that war. Luther became a physician and was married twice; the first to Sarah White (5 children) (who may have died as a result of childbirth complications) and the second to Abigail Dean. That marriage produced 7 children. We know that at least two sons Weston Leroy and Elbridge became physicians. They both served on the Union Side in the American Civil war as surgeons, returning to Canada at the end of the war. Weston stayed in Canada (Lindsay) and Elbridge moved to the United States (North Dakota)
The Harriman History (Feudalism to Freedom) comments on the Harriman Name. The name Harriman was not uncommon in England, suggesting there was no one Harriman family, but several unrelated families with the same name. Some of the earliest Harriman records were found in Uldale and it was only in these records that another Harriman with the Christian name "Leonard" was found. Uldale is in Cumberland county in Northern England near the Scottish border.
There are variant spellings of Harriman, Herriman, Harryman, Herryman as in those days people often spelt a name the way it sounded. Charles Wareing Bardsley, in his book, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, claims the name Harriman or Harryman is an occupational name meaning "servant of Henry" which when spoken sounds like "Harry" . That meaning, whether accurate or not is appropriate for the Harriman's of Uldale. In the days of medieval feudalism and sometime thereafter, their lives revolved around serving the lords of the manor of Uldale. When the Harriman's left Uldale it was likely to find a better way of life, rather than religious freedom. Leonard and John Harriman found themselves caught up in the Great Migration of the 1630's. and arrived with Reverend E Rogers in New England in 1638. They set out from Rowley, Yorkshire England.
" Harriman Family: Research in Progress". 4th. printing, by Lois Ware Thurston, C.G., Pages 8 1/2" X 11", paper covered. Covering the first 4 generations in America and listing the children of the 5th generation.
"Harriman History: Feudalism to Freedom". The probable English ancestry of Leonard and John, by Lois Ware Thurston, C.G. 160 pages, 6X9, hardcover, numerous pictures, maps, and an every name-place-topic index.
More About Nathaniel Harriman: Burial: Unknown, Forestville, New York.
More About Nathaniel Harriman and Bethania Snow: Marriage: March 14, 1781, Hardwick, MA.
Children of Nathaniel Harriman and Bethania Snow are: