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1: Our Harmon - Syverson Heritage

2: Our Harmon - Syverson Family Tree Celebrating who we are and remembering those that came before us, this book is for our children and our children's children. 2012

3: Great Grandparents | Grandparents | Parents | Ida Augusta Syverson 1908-1998 | Bert Beniah Harmon 1902-1980 | Sigurd Syverson 1868-1920 | Soren Paulsen 1824- Kari Christophersdr 1822- | Karen Sorensen 1870-1963 | Thomas J. Philp 1847-1919 | Betsy Ann Hall 1849-1934 | Ernest H. Harmon 1866-1931 | Mary Lucinda Philp 1875-1930 | Alpheus B. Harmon 1843-1925 Lilla M. Jacobs 1844-1890 | Syver Johnssen 1816- Pernille Pedersdr 1821-

4: great grandfather Alpheus B. Harmon 1843 - 1925 | Company C 10th Iowa Infantry 1861-1864 | Alpheus B. Harmon was born August 25, 1843 in Cataraugus County, New York. Alpheus's parents were Nathan Harmon (1816-1887) and Phebe Sabrina Burgess (1813-1879). As a young man Alpheus moved to Toledo, Iowa where he enlisted in Company C, 10th Iowa Infantry, August 7, 1861, and served in the Civil War until Sept. 28, 1864, when he was honorably discharged at Kingston, GA. He was wounded in his upper right leg from a bullet while in the war. As a result of this wound, he wore a silver plate in his leg. He was married to Lilla M. Jacobs at Toledo, Iowa on Sept. 16, 1865, by Rev. A.A. Graham. Lilla was born in the U.S. on September 30, 1844, and raised near Tama, Iowa. To this union nine children were born, Ernest Horace Harmon being the eldest. Ernest had two brothers, Clarence and George, and six sisters, Frances and Phebe (twins), Eva May, Myra Ella, Lizzie and Lilla (twins). Frances and Phebe died in infancy from summer flu, as it was called then. The family moved to Pocahontas county in 1888 and occupied their farm one mile west of Havelock for many years, while the children were growing up. Lilla died on April 30, 1890 at the age of 46. Alpheus Harmon died at the Soldiers Home at Marshalltown, Iowa, Saturday morning, January 3, 1925, at the age of 81 years. His body was laid to rest at Toledo, Iowa, beside the grave of his wife, Lilla. | HARMON

5: George and Nellie Harmon and their three sons | Four Harmon Generations Alpheus, Ernest, Lee and Vernon, first grandchild 1917 | Ernest Harmon and his brother Clarence - taken at Ernest Harmon farm, Shevlin, Minnesota around 1928 | Alpheus Harmon and Ernest Harmon Small child is Vernon Harmon

6: PHILP | Great Grandparents Thomas Joseph Philp 1847-1919 Betsy Ann Hall Philp 1849-1934 | Great-great Grandparents Lorenzo D. Hall 1817-1898 Lucinda Hall 1819-1904 | Great-great grandparents Lorenzo D. Hall and Lucinda Hall were married in Vermont on October 16, 1841. Three boys and one girl, Betsy Ann Hall were born to this union. Betsy Ann Hall was born in the state of Vermont and moved to Iowa as a young girl. There she met Thomas Joseph Philp . He was born to Mary Philp in England, and as an infant, immigrated to Canada with his grandparents, Samuel and Grace Philp and their family. Thomas immigrated to the United States in 1864 and settled in Iowa. His grandmother Grace and other family members also came to the US about that time. Betsy and Thomas were married in Iowa around Traer on December 23, 1873. To this union two girls, Mary Lucinda and Grace Pearl, and five boys, William, George, Fred, Charles and Ralph, were born. Mary Lucinda Philp was the eldest. Betsy developed milk leg (phlebitis) shortly after Mary Lucinda's birth and was left a cripple. She always walked using one crutch and sometimes two. Thomas Philp died at 72, from a heart attack, at their home in Havelock, Iowa. Betsy died in Havelock, Iowa at the age of 85. | Picture taken July 4, 1908

7: Mary Lucinda Philp taken with her sister Grace - 1909 | Minnie, Hattie, Mary Philp Harmon, Rose, Rina, Grace, Grandma Betsy Philp, Ella and Pearl | Charlie and Rene Philp with daughter Lucille | Grandmother Mary Philp Harmon

8: Grandfather Ernest Horace Harmon on his wedding day October 30, 1893 Ernest and Mary eloped because both families were against them getting married. He was nine years older than she was. | Ernest's sister, Lilla Harmon married Mary's brother Fred Philp. | Ernest Horace Harmon 1866-1931 Mary Lucinda Philp 1875-1930 | 1893

9: Mabel Myrtle Harmon 1911-2001 | Family of Ernest Harmon Ernest H. Harmon and Mary L. Philp met in Iowa as young people. Ernest was born and raised around Havelock, Iowa. Mary was born at Rhinebeck, Iowa and raised near Pocahontas, Iowa. They were married at Pocahontas on October 30, 1893 by Rev. A.J. Marshall. To this union fifteen children were born, including nine boys and six girls. One baby girl died at birth. Mabel Myrtle Harmon was child number eleven in this family | Ernest Harmon family - 1915 Front row: Willis, Mabel & Idella Second row: Chet, father Ernest, Fay, mother Mary & Earl Third row: Ted, Alice & Bert Back row: Jerry, Lee, Guy and Rose Helen was not born at the time of this picture.

10: Luther Lee Harmon 1894-1969 Guy Gideon Harmon 1896-1965 Jeremiah Julius Harmon 1899-1984 | Havelock, Iowa | Bert Beniah Harmon 1902-1980 | Rosa Ruth Harmon 1901-1952 | Everett Earl Harmon 1903-1921 | Theodore Taylor Harmon 1905-1929 Chester Cecil Harmon 1906-1987 | Ernest and Mary Harmon baby Helen Hattie Harmon 1919-2001 | Willis Winifred Harmon 1913-1976

11: Theodore Taylor Harmon Picture taken in 1925 Ted never married. He and Bert rented a farm together in Iowa. He committed suicide at the age of 24. Bert found him. He had hung himself in the barn, the result of the suffering from a triple hernia. Not long after this, Bert and Ida moved back to Shevlin, Minnesota. | Ernest Harmon was a farmer. The family lived in Iowa until 1907, when they moved to the area of LeRoy, Kansas to farm. They returned to Iowa three years later having found Kansas too dry to farm good crops. Two children, Alice and Fay, were born in Kansas; the others were all born in Iowa. Ernest chorded on the piano and several of the boys played instruments. Lee played the accordion and Guy the violin. Mabel learned to play the piano at home after taking a few lessons from a teacher. | Chet | Helen, Idella, Mabel, Alice and Rose | Bert and Ted | Ida Idella Harmon 1915-1995 Rose and Mabel

12: Fay Francis Harmon 1909-1978 married Bernadell Ristau | Rosa Ruth Harmon 1901-1952 married Alton Rochleau | Alice Alta Harmon 1908-1989 married John Gross | Taken at the Harmon place - February 1929 Bert, Jerry, Carl Syverson, Fritz Syverson, Fay, Ole Syverson and John Syverson (back row), Ida, Mabel, Anna Syverson, Mrs. Syverson, Mrs. Harmon (middle row), Helen, Idella and Helen Syverson (front row) The dog Rex belonged to the Harmons

13: Double Cousins | There were three of the children from the Harmon family that married three of the children from the Syverson family. Jerry Harmon married Anna Syverson on May 18, 1927. To this union six children were born. Bert Harmon married Ida Syverson on Feb 23, 1929, and they had four children. Mabel Harmon married Joe Syverson on July 2, 1932, bringing nine children into the family. Nineteen cousins in the Harmon and Syverson family are double-cousins. | Bert Beniah Harmon 1902-1980 married Ida Syverson | Jerimiah Julius Harmon 1899-1984 married Anna Syverson | Mabel Myrtle Harmon 1911-2001 married Joseph Syverson

14: Ernest and Mary and family moved to a farm about four and one-half miles south of Shevlin, Minnesota in 1923. Ernest Harmon was kicked in the head by a horse about 12 years before he died. He sat in the house most of the time in a chair next to the cook stove, and seldom talked. Mary died at home the day after Christmas at the age of 55 from cancer of the female organs. She spent the last months of her life in bed at home. The children that were still home took care of her. Mabel was 19 when her mother died. After saying good-bye to each of her children, she told Ernest that he would soon be with her. He died from non-contagious tuberculosis and a "broken heart" five months later at the age of 64. They are both buried in the Landstad Cemetery at Shevlin, Minnesota. | M I N N E S O T A | Mabel and Ned | Shevlin | Alice and Ida

15: 1941 | Ernest and Mary Harmon's children | Picture taken in 1941 Front row: Helen, Idella, Mabel, Alice and Rose Back row: Willis, Fay, Chet, Bert, Jerry, Guy and Lee | Mabel (center) with friends Grace and Alice Solberg

16: Grandparents Sigurd and Karen Syverson taken the spring of 1919 | Karen Sorensdatter - Sorensen 1870-1963 Karen Sorensdatter was born January 4, 1870, the youngest of seven children born to Soren and Kari Paulsen. The tradition in Norway of naming children was to use the father's given name and add a suffix of sen (son) or datter (daughter), this becoming the child's surname. Her parents rented and lived on a small, forty-acre farm near Garvik Dammen, a small village located in North Odalen, Norway. On their farm, they raised primarily small grains, which were made into flour, potatoes, and a small quantity of vegetables. Their only livestock were five cattle, eight sheep, one horse and a few pigs. The farm provided them with all of their food and clothing. The wool of the sheep was spun into yarn and the yarn was woven into clothing. Meat products were acquired from the farm animals, as were milk, cream, cheese, butter and leather. Karen entered school in 1876, in the village of Garvik Dammen. The school was divided into three classes according to age groups. Each class attended school two days each week. The oldest class attended Mondays and Thursdays, the intermediate class attended Tuesdays and Fridays and the youngest class attended Wednesdays and until noon on Saturdays. School days always began and concluded with prayer. One of the favorite recreations of the school children was ice skating on the Storsjon (Big Lake) which was located near the school. It was necessary for her to quit school in 1884, as her help was needed on the farm. During the summer months the cattle were pastured in the nearby mountains. Karen and her sister, Marthea, stayed with the cattle during this season, milking, then churning butter and making cheese. This food was stored for winter supply.

17: married June 30, 1890 Springlake, South Dakota | Sigurd Syversen was born September 29, 1868 in Hof Splor, Norway. Sigurd's brothers' and sisters' names were Peder, Pernille, John, Olivia, Stina, Marie, and Karolina. Sigurd had a niece in Norway by the name of Signe Mellem who was murdered by a jealous lover as she was walking along a country road. A man by the name of Lars Hestebraaten stabbed her from ambush. It was the spring of 1920, a short time before Sigurd died. The murderer got 12 years in jail. The spelling of the Syversen name was changed to Syverson sometime after Sigurd and Karen were married. This was not an uncommon practice when Norwegians came to America. | SYVERSON | Sigurd Syversen 1868-1920 | NORWAY

18: coming to | Karen Sorensdatters' brothers, Poul, Ole, Soren, and Marius and her sister, Marthea, all immigrated to America between the years 1872 and 1884. One brother, Karl, stayed in Norway. Her brother Marius, bought and operated a blacksmith shop in Hudson, South Dakota, after his arrival in America. From his income, he saved enough to make it possible for his younger sister, Karen, to immigrate to America in August of 1889. After a trip by horse and buggy from home to Skarnes, Norway, and a trip by train from Skarnes to Oslo, she boarded the ship "Angelo" August 5, 1889 for Hull, England. Upon arrival in Hull, England, she traveled by train across the country to Liverpool, England. In Liverpool, she secured passage on the "Bothnia", a passenger ship of the Cunard steamship line. She arrived in New York on August 20, 1889. The complete trip cost fifty seven dollars. Upon her arrival in America, she changed her name to Karen Sorensen, the surname of her brothers. She traveled by train to Eden, South Dakota, where she got a job doing housework. Here she could be close to her brother Marius. Sigurd Syversen and Karen Sorensen had both immigrated to America on the same ship and had both settled in the same community in South Dakota. He worked as a hired laborer on the railroad. | AMERICA

20: South Dakota | Sigurd and Karen Syverson Children: Petra, Karlot, Sever and John taken in Toronto, SD prior to 1897

21: Sigurd Syversen and Karen Sorensen were married on June 30, 1890, in Springlake, South Dakota. They lived at Eden, South Dakota for nine years, including the year prior to their marriage. During this time, five children were born to them. These five children were Sever, Karlot, John, Petra and Harold. They realized that they could not earn an adequate living there, so they decided to move to northern Minnesota, where land was still open for homesteading, and where they could heat with wood. In October of 1898, they started out by covered wagon, with a team of oxen, from Eden. Winter was not far away. With their five small children and a wagon loaded with all of their possessions, they encountered many hardships on their trip. They slept on the ground at night and shot rabbits for food. After traveling for five weeks through unfamiliar country, they arrived at Shevlin, Minnesota. It was now wintry November, and having no place to live, they were taken in by Abel Eldevik whom they knew from Norway. They stayed at the Eldevik home for seven weeks, until a log house could be built on their one hundred and twenty acre homestead two miles south of Shevlin. Their homestead was all wooded and had to be cleared to make suitable farm land. Ninety-two acres of timber was cut, stumps were grubbed or blasted, and the soil plowed by oxen. | Sigurd and Karen's log house on their homestead 1913 | SHEVLIN, MINNESOTA

22: by age: Olaf, Anna, Ida, Joseph, Carl, Arthur (twins), Sigvart and Helen - spring of 1919 | home of Sigurd and Karen Syverson Shevlin, Minnesota

23: Ten more children were born to Sigurd and Karen including one set of twins. Karen was 46 years old when her 15th child, Helen, was born. One son, Karlot, drowned in a lake two miles from home at the age of 18 years. Sigurd died on April 12, 1920, at the age of 51, leaving behind his wife and family of fourteen children. He had injured his back in South Dakota, which later brought about his death from complications setting in. Karen Syverson, though having to care for a large family, found time to participate in church and ladies aid work. She continued to live on the homestead until the summer of 1957, when she got rheumatism and could not care for herself. She went to live with her daughter Helen at Leonard, Mn. for 2 1/2 years. On December 7, 1959, she fell and broke her hip. She then went to stay at Good Samaritan Home at Clearbrook, where she passed away on April 8, 1963, at the age of ninety three years, three months and four days. She and Sigurd are both buried in the Landstad Church Cemetery north of Shevlin. | Grandma Karen Syverson

24: Petra Christine Syverson 1896-1946 married George Wells | Frithjof Syverson 1900-1985 confirmation class (center back row) | Harold Syverson 1897-1956 | Olaf Magnus Syverson 1904-1980 married Hazel Julin | John Syverson 1894-1983 married Lillie Disen | Marie Fredrikke Syverson 1901-1974 married John Semenko | Sever Syverson 1890-1974 married Agnes Stromme

25: Helen Margurite Syverson 1916-1981 married Ernest Strand | Joseph Rangvold Syverson 1909-1989 married Mabel Harmon | Anna Bergette Syverson 1905-2008 married Jeremiah Harmon | Ida Augusta Syverson 1908-1998 married Bert Harmon | Carl Oscar Syverson 1911-1993 married Clara Anderson Arthur Edward Syverson 1911-2000 married Leona Trisco | Sigvart Christian Syverson 1913-1983 married Iona Iverson

26: Karen Sorensen Syverson | Sigurd Syverson Farm Shevlin, Minnesota | Grandma Karen Syverson | Barns on Syverson Farm

27: Front: Anna, Petra, Karen, Ida (standing behind Karen), Helen and Marie Back: Sever, John, Harold, Fritz, Olaf, Joseph, Arthur, Carl & Sigvart (Buster) | Karen Syverson family - 1942

28: Our Harmon-Syverson Heritage 2011 Our thanks for the contributions of many before us who have strived to preserve our family history. Roger and Susan Syverson | 1. Mabel Harmon Syverson wrote that she was of English, Irish, Scottish and Danish decent. She said her father Ernest Harmon was English, Scot and Dane; and her grandfather Thomas Philp came from England. We have traced the Harmon and Philp families back to England. We have been unsuccessful tracing the Hall family back further than Lorenzo and Lucinda Hall in New York, USA. 2. Mabel also recalled that Thomas Philp emigrated from England at five months of age. Our research shows that his family immigrated to Canada. The 1900 US Census shows that he then immigrated to the US in 1864. He would have been 17 years old at the time. 3. We believe from records located that the Harmons immigrated to the US in the 1600's from England. 4. Alpheus B. Harmon's grandfather was Alpheus Harmon (1755-1834). Records show that he served in the Revolutionary War, Green Mountain Boys DAR, as a Corporal in Capt. Tehan Noble's Co, Ira Allen's Regiment. 5. Records also found show the Harmon lineage going back to King Edward IV of England (1442-1483) through his daughter Elizabeth Plantagenet of the House of York. Further back is King Richard the Lionheart (1157-1199) of the House of Plantagenet, and from there, King William The Conqueror (1028-1087) of the Norman Dynasty.

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