Maria Elizabeth Harnish 1841-1898

Maria Elizabeth Harnish 1841-1898

Maria Harnish Overhotlzer

Maria (pronounced Mariah) Elizabeth Harnish was my great grandmother.  She was born April 19, 1841 in Lancaster, PA and died February 7, 1898 in Covina, CA.  She was the daughter of Michael Kendig Harnish and Ann Graeff.  Both of her parents were also born in Lancaster, PA and were of German descent.  She was the third of five children.
Maria married Samuel Ashton Overholtzer November 4, 1858 at Mt. Carroll, IL.  Samuel and Maria had 13 children.   Their first child, John Ezra was born in Mt. Carroll, IL on January 29, 1860 and only lived a few weeks dying on March 5, 1860.

About Joy McKinnon-Stokes

I have been doing genealogy for over 25 years. My first interest in it was a result of my mother seeking information on her father’s family in England. Her father had left her when she was 12 and she never saw him again. I quickly jumped on board to help in the search and quickly discovered the ‘detective’ part of family history that I have grown to love. I not only found out about her father and where he had ended up but I discovered relatives including a great niece that my mother never knew she had. All of sudden, she had a family from her father’s side.
My father was in a similar situation and had a father that left when he was 9 never to be heard from again. Through time, I also found where his father ended up and within a few years, my mother, father and I went on a genealogical trek to New Jersey and Massachusetts to research further and to see the final resting places of my parents’ fathers. It will always be one of my most memorable experiences and it brought much closure to my parents. This experience is what continues to drive me to help others find out answers about their families.

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