Title: Published Cemetery Index
Title: Courthouse Records
Page: Greene Co., IN: Marriage Book N, Page 344.
Note: SAMUEL BALDWIN HARRAH, merchant, Worthington, was born in Fleming County, Ky., January 14, 1816, a son of Robert and Elizabeth (Baldwin) Harrah, who were natives respectively of Virginia and Maryland, and of Irish descent. Originally, the name was O'Hara, but owing to the servitude of the Irish people as British subjects, and not wishing to have any connection whatever with Great Britain, the progenitor of the name in this county--his advent being just at the close of the Revolution--changed it to Harrah. The parents of S. B. Harrah were married in Virginia, and soon afterward removed to Kentucky, carrying their entire earthly effects to their new home on pack-horses. They resided in that State until 1825, when they came to Greene County, Ind., locating on "Nine Mile Prairie," where they ever afterward made their home. Being poor people, they were compelled to endure many of the hardships and privations of pioneer life. They were intelligent and highly respected people, and reared a family of children in a creditable manner for that early day. S. B. Harrah, subject of this biography, was reared upon a farm, deriving his education from the old-fashioned log schoolhouse. His first business venture was buying mules and driving them South for sale when he was twenty-three years old. This enterprise did not prove profitable, so Mr. Harrah, in 1844, found employment as a clerk at Point Commerce, at which he continued until 1850, when he embarked in a general mercantile business on his own responsibility. In 1856, he came to Worthington, and became associated with M. H. Shryer in merchandising, with whom he continued a number of years. Since 1869, he has the leading hardware and implement store of Worthington. Mr. Harrah is one of Worthington's oldest and best citizens. His influence and support have ever been felt in the advancement of all moral, educational and progressive matters, and while he was a firm advocate of Whig principles previous to 1856, and as equally an ardent Republican since that time, he has never aspired for any political honors. November 22, 1843, he was united in marriage with Mrs. A. M. S. Hempsted (whose maiden name was Scott), who was born in Union County, Ohio, August 3, 1817. Mr. and Mrs. Harrah are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and to their union have been born six children, named--Myra, Lessie, William, Anna, and two that died in infancy. Mrs. Harrah had a daughter by her first marriage, Alma, now Mrs. C. N. Shaw, who is Mr. Harrah's partner in business. Mrs. H. is a teacher of fourteen years' experience in Indiana, and is a lady of education, refinement and great social and moral worth.
Source: "HISTORY OF GREENE AND SULLIVAN COUNTIES, STATE OF INDIANA, FROM THE EARLIEST TIME TO THE PRESENT; TOGETHER WITH INTERESTING BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, REMINISCENCES, NOTES, ETC." CHICAGO: GOODSPEED BROS. & CO., PUBLISHERS. 1884. Page 360.
Note: Samuel is buried in Section 4, Row 7, Worthington Cemetery located in Section 21 of Jefferson Twp., on CR200W.
Note: Enum. Dist. 296, Sheet 55A, Dwelling 282, Family 286: Samuel B. HARRAH (Merchant) age 64, born in KY; Almyra M. age 63, born in OH; Lessie (dau.) (School Teacher) age 30, born in IN; William B. (son) (Clerk in Store) age 28, born in IN; Anna (dau.) age 24, born in IN. Samuel's father is listed as born in VA; his mother in MD. Almyra's father is listed as born in RI; there is no notation for her mother.
Note: Page 375, Dwelling #612, Family #614: Samuel HARRAH (Merchant) age (34) born in KY; Manerva M. S. age 33, born in OH; Alma W. Hempstead age 12, born in OH; Mira C. E. age 6, born in IN; Celesta E. L. age 1, born in IN. Samuel's real property is valued at $500.
Note: Page 16, Dwelling 128, Family 128: Baldwin S. HARAH(sic) (Merchant) age 44, born in KY; Almira M. S. age 42, born in OH; Mira(sic) E. C. age 16; Celeste E. L. age 11; William B. age 8; Anne E. age 5, all born in IN. Baldwin's real property is valued at $5,300.00; his personal property at $1,015.00.
Note: Enum. Distr. 30, Sheet 7B, Dwelling 144, Family 147: Samuel B. Harrah age 84, born January 1816 in KY; Martha age 68, born July 1831 in OH. The record indicates they've been married 8 years. Both of Samuel's parents are listed as born in KY. Martha's father is listed as born in OH; her mother in VA.
Note: Page 376, Dwelling 59, Family 59: Samuel B. HARRAH (Keeps Hardware Store) age 54, born in KY; Almira age 53, born in OH; Myra C. E. age 25, born in; Willie B. age 17, born in; Anna E. L. age 15, born in IN. Samuel's real property is valued at $10,000.00; his personal property at $2,000.00.
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