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Harbesons in Ohio

Harbesons in Ohio

Posted: 1159024645000
Classification: Query
In researching my Knoderer kin I came across an Alice Knoderer b 23 May 1884, daughter of John Theodore Knoderer b 10 Mar 1855 in Columbus OH & Amelia H Hartman b 17 Aug 1854 in Piqua, OH. Alice is supposed to have married a Walter Harbison. I've found what I suppose is the correct couple in 1920 in Columbus OH where he's Walter R Harbeson b about 1889 bookkeeper.

But he's apparently in the census twice as he's also found in Mansfield, Richland Co., OH with his parents Willis & Ida (Rissler) Harbeson. Willis is also a bookkeeper as is this version of Walter. I assume he worked for a company with offices in Columbus and Mansfield and went back & forth staying with his parents when he was in Mansfield (He is listed as married in the Mansfield version).

Willis was b PA as were his parents and Ida's father was b Germany. Also Walter's middle name was Rissler according to his WWI draft Registration. His birthdate is Jun 1890 according to the 1900c and 2 Jun 1890 in the SSDI but 2 Jun 1889 according to the WWI Draft Card.

Does anyone have more details, particularly of any descendents for Walter & Alice? I assume the Harbesons connect to the other Harbesons from PA who ultimately came from Ireland, and while I don't really need it for my purposes I'd be interested in just what the connection is.

Re: Harbesons in Ohio

Posted: 1248282625000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Harbeson
I just came across this site and am intrigued by your entry, now three years old. I am Walter Harbeson's nephew, and thus Alice Knoderer's nephew. I had not known Alice's maiden name. Note that its Harbeson with an "e", not an "i." The birth date for Walter Harbeson is right, because his brother, my father, Robert, was 14 years his junior. The Mansfield connection is correct--it's the same Walter Harbeson. Willis and Ida Rissler Harbeson were my grandparents. So I guess we are distantly related by marriage.

One of my puzzles is how the "i" and "e" Harb(e,i)sons are connected if at all.

John Harbeson




Re: Harbesons in Ohio

Posted: 1248302312000
Classification: Query
I wouldn't worry about an i vs e. Many census takers wouldn't as someone how to spell a name and could easily spell it either way. I'd think they'd be pronounced essentially the same.

I show one son for Walter and Alice, Willis T b 1922 d 31 Dec 1965 Columbus, OH. Since Alice's father was John Theodore Knoderer, my first guess is that Theodore was this Willis' middle name. BTW, in the 1900 census Theodore was entered as John Knoder. A couple of lines dropped the last "er" at one point or another. BTW, I'd be interested in the death date of Willis R Harbeson. I've got Ida's death certificate but no death date for Willis.

My genealogy program doesn't calculate connections through marriage as far as nephews, But she's my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, so you're the nephew of my 2nd cousin 3 times removed.
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