Louisa C. Null

Below: Louisa's grandmother, Dorthy (Harness) Null's family. Dorthy's grandfather is said to be Michael Ernst Harness (1700-1785.) There are multiple conflicting accounts of Michael's lineage. The most convincing is sited here there are also multiple conflicting theories about his wife, or wives. The most promising work, which I reference above, indicates he was married to Elizabeth Diffenbaugh, then possibly to Elizabeth Westfall. Michael is listed as a Non Military Patriot by the Daughers of the American Revolution, he is said to have "provided beef." Years prior to the Revolution, Michael Ernst Harness is said to have built the Harness Fort in Virginia, in 1739. The fort is mentioned in some of George Washington's papers. Reportedly Michael's wife Elizabeth killed an attacking native entering her home, with an axe. Dorthy Null's father Leonard Harness' military record is at the very bottom of this page. Leonard was one of about 13 children born to Michael and Elizabeth Harness, Leonard eventually made his way to Illinois. Reportedly his infant daughter was killed by Natives.



M.L. Benedict Null (is believed to be the progenitor of S.C. Null families.) (b.ca1673-) Emigrated from Holland on Adventurer to S.C. 10/2/1727

Joachim Ernst Kraft Hörner (1660-1710) b.Grmny d. NY

& Apollonia (ca1669-ca1710)

There has been some debate over Michael & Elizabeth, they had 13 children. Michael Ernst Harness lived near Thomas Fairfax, owner of 5 million acres of VA. There are many records of Michael's children & grandchildren being killed by natives around the Revolution.
Michael (Ernst) Harness (1/1/1702-1785) d.WV *Will@Bottom &
Elizabeth Diffenbaugh

William Oliver Null

(1755-7/20/1816)(or d. ca1808)

Joachim Creeck, MO




Leonard Harness (1738-1809) *Leonard Notes Below

Rachel Catherine Heath (1754-1810) b. WV d. IL

Ferdinand Walther
William Null (1777-1850) SC, USA d. Hematite, Jefferson, MO

Dorothy A. Harness (1779-1860) b.Fayette,KY d.De Soto, MO

Joseph & Cornelius' Grandparents
Joseph & Theresia (Aumueller) Walther
John Wesley Null (1824-1905) *youngest of 9
Eleanor Stroup (1826-1900)
Ferdinand Walther (1857-1930)
Louisa C. Null (1847-) Jefferson, MO
Walther Bros. Joseph & Cornelius

The following is a typed copy of the will of Michael (Ernst) Harness, Sr.
transcribed by John L. Tevebaugh on May 22, 2000:


In the Name of God, Amen. I. Michael Ernest.
of the South Branch, in the County of Hampshire, State,
of Virginia, being in Good health at present, an[d] Considering
the uncertenty of Humen Life and that it is Nessessary for
all Persons while the[y] have the happeness to Enjoy their Sences
& Memory perfect, to Set[t]le and Dispose of their affairs, in
Such manner, as may Prevend[t], any Dispute, or Lawsuits
after their Death, amongst their Friends and Relation[s]. I
Therefore to prevent the same as Much as Possible in my
own Family And Dispose of my Estate in man[n]er Following
First I Recom[m]ant[d] my Body after my Decise[decease] to the Earth from
whence it Came, to be Buriet[d] in a Decent Man[n]er, and my
Soul unto my He[a]venly Father, and it is my Disire that all
my Funeral Expence and other Lawfull Debts to be paid
as sun[soon] as Convin[i]ent Can be Done after my Decise[Decease]//

Item I Give and Devisse unto my beloved Wife Elizabeth,
one Third pard[t] of my Pland[t]ation, Massuage or Tenement
Ordgard and all belonging do[to] it. Induring[and during] her Life, as also
Two Slaves, one Negro Man Named Manuel & one wench
Named Rachel to Labour for hir[her] During hir[her] Life. And if
Said wench Should Bear any Children, the one halfe of
them to be my WifeÆs own for hir[her] and hir[her] Heirs for Ever
And after her Decise[decease], the above Named Manuel & Rachel
and the other Halfe Increas[e] of Said Negro[æ]s Childern to be
Returned unto My Son, Jacob Harness, to be his own for him
and his Heirs for Ever. And I give and Devisse also to my
beloved Wife the one Third of all my other Effects. Or Moveables
and also hir Thirds in the Mony Left by me to be hir own for

Item I give Tross[?entrust] and Devisse unto my Youngest son
Jacob Harness my Plantation, DwellingHouse, Baron
Ordgard and all utent[s]ials of Husbandry, & all the Household
Furniture (my WifeÆs part Exeppted), the Living Stock an[d]
also my Shlaves, ex[c]ept one for Peter, (in Short he is to
have Every thing Left by me on the Plantation and he is Like=
wise to have one Equal part of the Money Left by me, and
this is for the Good Cause, and Reason, that I have Furnishet[d]
and Suployed{supplied]my Elder Sons with Land and other Necasaries
before in Former Times, all to be his with out any Mollastation
for Ever.
Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son John Harness, one
Equel Part of the Money Left by me, for him and his
Heirs for Ever and no more//
Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son George Harness, one
Equel part in the money Left by me to be for his
Share for Ever and no more//
Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Leonart[d] Harness, one
part of the money Left by me to be for his Share for Ever
and no more//
Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Peter Harness, one
Negro Named Will. As[and] also one Part of the money
Left by me for his Share to be his own for him and
his Heirs for Ever.
Item I give and Bequeath to my Gran Son Michael Herness
and his Sister, Elizabeth Robinson, one Equel Share
of the money Left by me, to be Dividet[d] amongst
them for their part and no more//
Item I Give and Bequeath to my beloved Daughters
Elizabeth Yoakem and Barbara Zee &
Lickewise and: Dorothea Horn[b]eck & and
Margaretha Trumbo Likewise Each one of
Them to have on[e] Equel Part, or share in the
money Left by me. To be Equelly Dividet[d] amongst
all my Childern, above here Mentionet[d].
And Lastly I do here by Nominate Opoint[appoint] my Son
John Harness and my Sonen Samuel Hornbeck
Whole and Sole Executors of this my Last Will and
And I Do Here by Revoke and Make Void all Former
Wills, Declaring this to be my Last Will & Testament
and no other. In Wittness here of I have here
unto Set my hand Sign an[d] Seal This __________
____ Day one Thousend Seven hundert and Seventy

Signed Sealed, and Pupplishet
By the Testator in presence his
Of us Michael ME Ernest
Anthony Baker mark
Joseph Petty
Jacob yoakum

Leonard Harness ( believed to have been born about 1738 in Frederick County, VA, and died about 1808 in St. Clair, Illinois) was a farmer. He was married to Rachel Catherine Heath. According to History of West Virginia and the People, Chapter III, Settlements East of the Alleghanies, Leonard and his family lived on 200 acres on Looney's Creek in the Wappacomo Manor of Lord Fairfax. No lot # is given. Another source indicates Leonard had 400 acres on Looney's Creek in Walnut Bottom of Wappacomo Manor.

Leonard was a Ranger in the Virginia Militia in 1775. He served as a member of Captain John Ashby's Company of Rangers, according to Militia Service payroll records housed at the Virginia State Library in Richmond, VA.

Family tradition has it that Leonard and Rachael's infant daughter was killed by Indians in 1757 while she was visiting Leonard's brother Conrad's family at their nearby home. The entire Conrad Harness family was also said to have been killed.

In 1782, Leonard and his family of six persons were listed as property holders in Michael Stump's tax returns for Hampshire County. Leonard's brother, Peter and his family of six were also listed in Stump's 1782 returns as property holders in Hampshire County.

Leonard and his family eventually left Virginia for the Illinois Country of Virginia which later became the state of Illlinois. Leonard and his family were among the early settlers in that area. He claimed land in the Mississippi river bottom in St. Clair County (now Monroe County, Illinois). Leonard also served in the Illinois Militia Service.

Leonard Harness is among those listed as an early Illinois Territory settler in "Pioneer History of Illinois", originally published in 1852.
In the section entitled "American State Papers, Public Lands", Vol. 2, pp132-4, is a statement dated Kaskaskia, Dec. 31, 1809 which reads:
"...claims founded on "improvements" in the district of Kaskaskia, which were affirmed by the board of commissioners appointed under act of congress to take evidence of all land-claims in the Kaskaskia district, under French, Spanish or United States grants. The commissioners were Michael Jones and E. Backus and the following appears to be the names of English or American settlers who claim under "Ancient Grants."
Leonard Harness is among those listed. He is believed to have died on or about that time (abt. 1808) at the age of 70.

Kaskaskia district was located in southern Illinois near the Mississippi river and was named after an Indian tribe that previously lived in that area. The town of Kaskaskia was made the capital of the new Illinois Territory in 1809 and became the first capital of the state of Illinois (briefly) when the Illinois Territory was brought into the union of states in 1818.

George Yokum Interview

(From the Draper Papers, Circa 1843)
George Yocum. On the state road to Prestonsburg, 3 1/2 miles from Jeffersonville. Methodist, Born, Dec 3, 1763. "I think mamma said at Harnessí fort or close by." My father was married on Dan River, N.C

My grandfather, Matthias Yocum, Michael Harness, and George Stump, were the first three men that ever brought waggons down to the South Branch. They came by way of Winchester; then up Big-Capon.; Lost River; and to the mountain. Crossing over the mountain, they came to the south fork of the South Branch. Grandfather Yocum settled about a half a mile from the mouth of (the) South Fork.

Michael Harness moved down on to the main South Branch, 4 miles above the fork, or where now Moorefield is. Had a station there. Jac. Pettit, the Cunninghams, and the Sees were there. Michael Harness ((son?)) went down from his fatherís ??? to Vanmetreís fort, and was shot on the road as he was riding home. The Cunninghams afterwards lived above the Harnessí on the South Branch. What was called Buttermilk Station, was in a flat of land, at ? the conjunction of the south-fork and South Branch. The Coffmans, Hornbacks, and Cutwrights were there. Buttermilk Station had plenty of cattle there.