Elizabeth Harner (Maxwell) (c.1815 - d.)

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Birthplace: VA, USA
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Managed by: Robert Harner
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About Elizabeth Harner (Maxwell)

In the 1850 census, Elizabeth and her husband John were sharing their home in Lee County, VA with their 3 children Catherine (9), Jane (7) and Elijah (5), along with John's mother Barbara (then 61).

By the 1860 census the family had moved to McDowell County, VA (now WV).

(By the 1860 census Jane is not listed. Possibly she is the same person as the Barbara listed at approximately the corresponding age.)

The 1850 and 1870 censuses indicate Elizabeth's birth year of approx. 1814, but the 1860 and 1880 censuses indicate a birth year of approx. 1816. Most likely the truth is in between.

Elizabeth lived at least to 1880, when she was 64. We have not yet found her year of death.

Searching for Elizabeth's parents...

this ancestry.com profile lists an Elizabeth Maxwell with an 1816 birth year, but that Elizabeth was born in Harrison County, WV (then VA), some 250 miles north of Wythe, VA, and appeared in a different location in the 1860 census (Harrison County, VA) and was married to William H. Carter. That's not the same Elizabeth.

This ancestry.com profile is more promising, showing the right husband (John Adam Horner) and locations. Parents are John Maxwell and Patsy Vanleer/Patsey Vanlear who were married 4 Nov 1810 in Montgomery County (now Wythe), VA). (There was also a John Maxwell in Wythe County during the 1850 census, but his age then (54) would have made him just 14 when married, so either they are two different John Maxwells in the same county or one of those records is wrong. Or else he really did get married when he was just 14 or 15.)

I have yet to see any documentation, or any reference to any documentation (other than other peoples' trees) indicating that Elizabeth's parents were John Maxwell and Patsy Vanleer, though it seems like a good guess that they were.

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Elizabeth Harner's Timeline

1815
1815
VA, USA
1836
November 24, 1836
Age 21
Wythe, VA, USA

This date and location is from Dodd, Jordan R., et al.. Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1850. Bountiful, UT, USA: Precision Indexing Publishers. Reliability unknown.

1841
1841
Age 26
VA, USA
1843
1843
Age 28
VA, USA
1844
1844
Age 29
VA, USA
1846
1846
Age 31
VA, USA
1854
1854
Age 39
VA, USA
1857
January 27, 1857
Age 42
WV, USA
1859
1859
Age 44
VA, USA
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