John Harmon

John Harmon (HM277W)

Location: Orange, TX 77630 Orange County
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N 30° 5.463', W 93° 43.858'

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Born in 1790 in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, John Harmon lived at Poste de Attakapas, a Spanish fortification at the present site of St. Martinville. A veteran of the state's defensive actions during the War of 1812, he wed Elizabeth Compstock Clarks in 1813. Soon after the birth of their first child in 1816, the Harmons sold their St. Martin Parish land and moved west. Although not much is known about their activities over the following decade, it is known they had settled along the eastern bank of the Sabine River by 1826. The next year, Harmon decided to relocate in this area. He built a massive raft of cypress logs which transported a house, a wagon, a pair of oxen, a horse, a cow, farm tools and supplies, and his family, which numbered five. The Harmon family arrived here on January 1, 1828, and settled along the river until 1830, when they established a permanent home on Adams Bayou (2 mi. W). Their arrival at the present site of Orange marked the beginning of permanent settlement. Later, when the town developed, John Harmon was a saddler, a civic leader, and a prominent landowner. He died in 1874, but his contributions and pioneer spirit remain vital to the area's heritage. Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
HM NumberHM277W
Year Placed1986
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11483.)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 429563 N 3329099
Decimal Degrees30.09105000, -93.73096667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 5.463', W 93° 43.858'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 5' 27.78" N, 93° 43' 51.48" W
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Area Code(s)409
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-399 W Front Ave, Orange TX 77630, US
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