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Some Paternal Ancestors of Edwin Brown (“Big Doc”) KUGLER Sr
Your Harned ancestors have been traced to an Edward Harnett, (1566–1637) who lived on the Isle of Thanet, Kent, England. His descendants (mostly named Edward, seemingly) migrated first to Massachusetts Bay Colony, then to Long Island, and finally to the Province of New Jersey, where, about 1745, Rebecca Harned married William Rittenhouse. From New Jersey, later Harneds—siblings and cousins of Rebecca Harned—moved to Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Canada, and many other areas. In England the Harnets attended Anglican churches, or at least had their baptisms, marriages, and burials there, but those who came to the New World became Quakers, perhaps even before they left England. Later, some members of the Harned family began to leave the Quaker religion during and immediately following the Revolutionary War. Many became Baptists or Methodists.
My surname dictionary2 implies that Harnett, the original spelling of the name, is the diminutive of Arnald, “the ruling eagle”. Irish linguistic researcher Edward Mac Lysaght contends that the surnames O’Hartnedy/O’Hartnett/ Harnet have a long history in Ireland. Today, Harnets/Harnetts/Hartnetts are found in Counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick. It is also possible that Harnett was preceded by the French name Arnet/Arnett.3 If the name came to England from Ireland, it is interesting that it made it to eastern County Kent, which is about as far from Ireland as you can get in England.
In 1682, your ancestor Jonathan Harnett apparently decided to start spelling his name “Harned”4, and that is how it has been spelled ever since by most descendants. In some branches, however, the name has morphed to “Harnit”, “Hornet”, or “Horned”, or even back to “Harnet” or “Harnett”.Map by Jon K Shidler.
Rebecca HARNED (c1728–1790)
Edward HARNED Sr (1700–1774)
Jonathan HARNETT/HARNED “Sr” (1650–1714)
Edward M HARNETT Jr (1618–1700)
Jonathan and Eunice PORTER
The Isle of Thanet
Edward M HARNETT Sr (c1598–1658)
Edward HARNETT (1566–1637)
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