W. F. HARMAN, farmer, P. O. Olmsted, was born October 4, 1836, in Campbelltown, Lebanon Co., Penn., son of John M. Harman of Wittenberg, Germany, born 1797; he died in 1864 in Campbelltown, Penn., was a merchant and came to the United States in 1811, with his father, Martin Harman. The mother of our subject was Christiana Brown, born in 1800, in Lebanon County, in Londonderry Township, Penn. She died in 1875 in Dayton, Ohio, daughter of Philip and Barbara (Settly) Brown of German descent. She is the mother of six children now living— Gabriel B., Philip M., William F., our subject, Catherine, Christiana, Mary Rockey. Our subject was educated in Palmyra, Penn.; learned the tailor trade, and followed it for twenty years at Palmyra. Then came to Pulaski County in 1878, where he has farmed ever since, identifying himself with the county in general. He is also Superintendent of the Sunday school, and he and wife are members of the Church of God. He has 260 acres of good land, all in one farm, with good buildings. He was married November 11, 1863, in Palmyra, Penn., to Miss Sally E. Bracht, born in Lancaster County, Penn., March 16, 1843; she is a daughter of Samuel and Anna (Albright) Bracht, natives of Pennsylvania, farmers. She is the mother of two children — Seymour H., born November 14, 1864, and Stella M., born September 14, 1866. In politics, he is identified with the Democratic party.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 315-316.