Biography of Francis M. Harlan (1831- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 548.

Francis M. HARLAN, farmer, was born in Scott County, Ind., April 2, 1831, and is the second of ten children, three now living, born to Joseph and Sarah (KEMPTON) HARLAN. The father was a native of Kentucky, and moved to Indiana in 1818. The mother was born in South Carolina, and her parents moved to Indiana when she was but a child. Here Mr. and Mrs. HARLAN were married, and afterward settled in Scott County, where they spent the remainder of their days. He was a painter and chairmaker by trade, and both lived to be about seventy-three years old. Their son, Francis M., was educated in the common schools, and at the age of sixteen began for himself by writing in the circuit clerk’s office of Scott County, and there remained three years. He then began clerking in a store, and in 1854 he engaged in the mercantile business for himself. After running the store for about six years he engaged in the mill business. In 1856 he married Miss Mary OLDFIELD, a native of Indiana. Eight children were born to this union, three sons and five daughters. In 1867 they moved to Lincoln County, Mo., and here Mr. HARLAN engaged in the mercantile business in Troy, where he continued until 1881. He is at present interested in farming and stock raising, owning 222 acres of land. He was deputy collector for four years, and is a stanch Democrat, politically. Mrs. HARLAN is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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