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Malinda Harmon Relief Act

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3583

The U.S. Senate and House passed this act, giving Malinda Harmon almost $5000 in order to keep her land. Her husband, Jacob Harmon, and two of her sons had been caught by Confederate forces after burning a bridge for the Union Army at Lick Creek on November 8-9, 1861. They had acquired a debt in order to hire a lawyer, but were found guilty and hanged, leaving Malinda with five children and a mortgage.

Dates

  • 1871 January 21

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

The U.S. Senate and House passed this act, giving Malinda Harmon almost $5000 in order to keep her land. Her husband, Jacob Harmon, and two of her sons had been caught by Confederate forces after burning a bridge for the Union Army at Lick Creek on November 8-9, 1861. They had acquired a debt in order to hire a lawyer, but were found guilty and hanged, leaving Malinda with five children and a mortgage.

Biographical/Historical Note

Malinda Self was born on January 26, 1818, in Greene County, Tennessee. She married Jacob Harmon on November 3, 1837, and they had seven children: Thomas, Henry, Evaline, Joseph, Taylor, Candacy, and William. She died on May 30, 1872.

Jacob Harmon, Junior was born on June 2, 1818, in Greene County, Tennesse to Jacob and Catherine (Mismer) Harmon. He married Malinda Self on November 3, 1837, and they had seven children. During the Civil War, he was hired by the Union Army to burn bridges in East Tennessee. He was caught after burning the bridge over Lick Creek on November 8-9, 1861, and sentenced to death. He was hanged on December 17, 1861.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This document was a gift from Mrs. Broadus Farrar.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
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