AuthorHarper family.
TitleHarper family papers, 1755-1935 (1814-1851) [microform].
Description24 reels of microfilm.
Summary NoteSummary: Consists of letters, financial accounts, business files, legal documents, military records, and other docucments related to the personal and business interests of Alexander Harper (1744-1798) and his descendants, particularly Robert Harper, Rice Harper, Dr. Aaron and Ann Harper Austin, Alexander J. and Jane Harper, Stella Harper, and Ann Harper.
Reproduct. NoteMicrofilm. Cleveland, Ohio : Western Reserve Historical Society, 1994. 24 microfilm reels : positive and negative ; 35 mm.
Historical NoteAlexander Harper, a Revolutionary War officer, brought his family to settle in Ashtabula County, Ohio (then a part of the Western Reserve) in 1798. The settlement was named Harpersfield by the family after their hometown in New York. After Alexander Harper's death in September 1798, his widow Elizabeth Harper was joined in 1799 by Alexander's brother Joseph and by her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Aaron Wheeler. Elizabeth's children; William, Elizabeth, John A., James A., Alexander, and Robert, all became prominent members of the community. In 1814, the Harpers were among those who organized the Harpersfield Commercial Company. Most prominent of the Harper brothers was Robert, who married Polly Hendry in 1815 and began construction of the family homestead, Shandy Hall. Robert was a lawyer, farmer, businessman, Superintendent of the Public Works at Cunningham Creek, and a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. His nephew, Rice Harper, was also a prominent lawyer and businessman, and was involved in the Ohio Rail Road Company with his uncle. Robert Harper's daughter Ann moved to Sandusky, Ohio, shortly after her marriage to Dr. Aaron Austin. His eldest daughter Ellen lived at Shandy Hall with her youngest sister Jane and Jane's husband, Alexander J. Harper. The last owners of Shandy Hall were Stella and Ann Harper, the two daughters of Alexander and Jane Harper. After the death of Ann Harper in 1935, the property was maintained by the David Z. Norton family, cousins of the Harpers. In 1948, the Norton family donated Shandy Hall to the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Cum. Index NoteRegister available in library.
SubjectsAshtabula County (Ohio) -- Genealogy.
Ashtabula County (Ohio) -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Ashtabula County (Ohio) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Court records -- Ohio -- Ashtabula County.
Deeds -- New York.
Deeds -- Ohio -- Ashtabula County.
Deeds -- Ohio -- Western Reserve.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Ohio -- Western Reserve.
Harper family.
Harpersfield (Ohio : Township).
Harpersfield Commercial Company.
Lawyers -- Ohio -- Ashtabula County.
Ohio. Militia. Division, 4th.
Ohio. Militia. Division, 9th.
Ohio Rail Road Company.
Postal service -- Ohio -- Ashtabula County.
Public works -- Ohio -- Ashtabula County.
Shandy Hall.
United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 27th (1813-1815).
United States. Army. Ohio Cavalry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865).
Western Reserve (Ohio) -- Social life and customs.
Women -- Ohio -- Ashtabula County -- Social life and customs.
Other AuthorsHarper, Alexander, 1744-1798.
Harper, Joseph, 1742-1805.
Harper, James A., 1776-1820.
Harper, William A., 1779-1827.
Harper, Alexander, 1788-1833.
Harper, Robert, 1791-1851.
Harper, Polly Hendry, 1797-1847.
Harper, Rice, 1803-1891.
Harper, Ellen, 1816-1895.
Harper, Julia Anne, 1805-1896.
Minor, Stella Harper, 1818-1847.
Austin, Ann Harper, 1820-1890.
Austin, Aaron, 1806-1879.
Harper, Alexander J., 1829-1906.
Austin, Harper, 1847-1882.
Harper, Stella C., 1856-1919.
Harper, Ann, 1863-1935.
Call Number/Copies 
 WRHS Research Library: MS. 3231 Microfilm Cabinet 55 Drawer 8
mq78332: Positive microfilm, microform room [status: NON-CIRCULATING]
[Record 45361]