Charles Harry

Born: August 11th, 1760, Frederick County, Virginia

Service: Enlisted in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1779 to spy on Indian movement between the Allegheny and York Rivers in western Pennsylvania. He served three months under Captain Mabray Evans in Colonel Marshall’s Regiment; the again volunteered and served six months from April 1780 in the same company and regiment. He marched from Fort Pitt to Wheeling (West Virgina) and served under Lieutenant Joseph Ackley to watch Indian movement in that area. Later that same year he volunteered at different times on scouting parties. In 1781 he served two months at the station at Mingo and one month at the fort on Robinson’s Run, all in the area of western Pennsylvania and around Wheeling. He also served in Captain Wlles Fort beginning 18 April 1782, under the command of Lieutenant James Wilson.

Died: April 1843, Cedar County Iowa. He was buried in the Old Tipton Cemetery, Tipton, Iowa, on half of a lot bought of Joe H. Snyder. The cemetery was no longer in existence and when the present school building was erected on the site, graves were discovered and most of the remains taken and reinterred in the present Tipton Cemetery, known as the Masonic Cemetery. A marker in the memory of Charles Harry was placed in the lobby of Tipton High School on 26 November 1946 by Open Prairie Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Tipton, Iowa. Mrs. Blanche Eldora Culver Cary, a lineal descendant of Charles Harry, was present at the unveiling of the bronze marker commemorating her great great granfather.

Narrative: Charles Harry was living in Washington County, Pennsylvania, when he entered service during the Revolutionary War. After the war he moved to Clarksburg (now in Harrison County, West Virginia) and remained there for years, after which he went back to Pennsylvania. In 1790 the family moved to Mason County, Kentucky, and in 1830 to Fayette County, Indiana, where he applied for a pension 15 September 1832. He appears in the 1840 Census for Decatur County, Indiana, as aged 79. In april 1843, Charles Harry came to Cedar County, Iowa Territory, to visit his son, Elisha Harry; he had been in Iowa only a few days when he walked out of doors one morning, came back into the house, remarked “what a pretty country,” then suddenly died. He was buried with Military Honors by the militia which was drilling at the time of the funeral. He gave his age as 71 when he applied for a pension in 1832.

Genealogical Data: Charles Harry married July 1786 to Barbara Bowman. She was born 1766, Maryland, and died ca 1850 in Cedar County, Iowa.

Of Note: Plaque saved from school dumpster
Fall plans to place Soldier Monument in Tipton, Ia.



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