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Charlotte Harrison Alden
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Birth: Nov. 6, 1813
Caldwell
Essex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Mar. 31, 1910
Buena Vista County
Iowa, USA

Charlotte was the daughter of Joseph Harrison and Charlotte Gould. She married Samuel Marvin. They were the parents of Louisa Jane, Rebecca, and William. She married 2nd Chester Alden on Dec 27, 1845 in Knox Co, Ohio. They were the parents of Hattie M (who taught school), William, and Norton.

Submitted by cmb - Charlotte was Charlotta (Harrison) Marvin Alden, daughter of Joseph and Charlotta (Gould) Harrison of Essex Co, NJ. Joseph was an early settler of Knox (later Morrow) County, OH. Charlotte was first married to Elder Samuel B Marvin (Bloomfield Cemetery, Morrow Co, OH), by whom she had two daughters: Louisa J and Betsheeba. After Samuel's death, she married Chester Alden (27 Dec 1845, Knox Co, OH). [All info cf 1881 "History of Morrow County, OH" and Knox Co marriage records]

Contributed by Kris - Charlotte Gould Harrison daughter of Joseph and Charlotte Gould Harrison was born at Caldwell, New Jersey, November 6, 1813, and died in Elk township, Buena Vista County, March 31, 1910.

At the age of seven months she was bereaved of her mother, and had her home with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Gould. After her father’s second marriage she divided her time between the two homes, until, when eleven years old, her father removed with his family to Sparta, Morrow county. Ohio.

This was then the west and as she grew up to young womanhood she became accustomed to the labor and privations incident to the pioneer life. Along with these she enjoyed the pleasures of the new community. The singing school where her voice was trained and all her life till within a few years this accomplishment was source of comfort to her. She became proficient in the crafts of spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, and also learned all the arts of house keeping excelling specially in cooking. She was a natural nurse and there being no trained nurses in those time she was often called to care for the neighbors.

When fourteen years old she was bereaved of her stepmother and became a little mother to her young brothers and sisters and began to exercise that care for the comfort of theirs which was a dominant note in her life work, and which she never laid aside even up to the last weeks of her declining years.

On October 13, 1831 she was united in marriage to Rev. Samuel Benjamin Christian Marvin the minister of the Christian denomination, and home began to practice the grace of hospitality which was a life characteristic.

Three children were born to this union, Louisa Jane who become the wife of Edwin M. Stevens and is now deceased, Rebecca Josephine, wife of Newton F. Crosby, deceased and William Gould who died at the age of three years. Her husband died July 22, 1837.

On December 27, 1845 she was united in marriage to Chester Alden, the children of this union William Harvey, deceased; Norton of Neobrara, Nebraska; and Miss Harriet Mary of Kansas City Missouri.

In the fall of 1851 the family removed from Ohio to Iowa. While stopping at Muscatine to visit a sister, her husband was taken from her by death and she was left in a new county with her little family. She came to Toledo, Iowa where her brother, William H. Harrison had already settled in the spring of 1855, and resided there until November 1st 1901, when she came to make her home with her granddaughter, Mrs. W.E. Haight, formerly Miss Minnie Stevens of Toledo, Iowa and where she has since had the tender care of Mr. and Mrs. Haight and their family. She was christened in the Caldwell Presbyterian church, and until her marriage, was a member of that denomination. She then entered the Christian church and remained until her second marriage when she became a Wesleyan Methodist, and after coming to Toledo she was connected with the M.E. church.

Since her residence in Buena Vista County, failing health has prevented her from taking any part in public worship but she had a store of scriptures and hymns which she enjoyed repeating and in Spirit she retained her lifelong beliefs. She was a woman of marked personality very domestic and with strong attachment to her family and friends with a remarkable memory for the friends and incidents of her early life. And now she rests well from the labor and sorrow of length of years.

The funeral was held on April 2, conducted by Rev. G.O. Kidder of the Alta M.E. church, the music being directed by B.A. Colby of Aurelia, assisted by Miss Jessie Olson and Miss Ruth Prentice and Rev. Kidder of Alta with Miss Prentice as accompanist. At the home the hymn “Rock of Ages” was effectively rendered and a prayer offered by the minister. The service was continued at the Elk M.E. church. The sermon on the subject “Preparedness” as illustrated by the story of the wise and the foolish virgins in the 25th chapter of Matthew, was very ably given and tenderly applied to the life of the deceased. “Abide With Me” and” Asleep in Jesus” were beautifully sung, also “Looking This Way” by Misses Olson and Prentice.

At the grave “Nearer My God to Thee” and a benediction closed a most effective and tender service and she was laid to rest in the country church yard. The casket was covered with lovely Flowers of which she was especially fond. The pall bearers were the three sons of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Haight, William, Harrison, and Howard, William J. Mann, a son-in-law, A.L. Haight, a brother and Edgar Haight a nephew. The Alta Advertiser April 8, 1910. 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Harrison (1793 - 1878)
  Charlotte Gould Harrison (____ - 1814)
 
 Spouses:
  Samuel B. Marvin (____ - 1837)*
  Chester Alden (1791 - 1854)*
 
 Children:
  William Marvin (1837 - 1839)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Elk Cemetery
Alta
Buena Vista County
Iowa, USA
 
Created by: Geo Clinton
Record added: May 27, 2009
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Charlotte <i>Harrison</i> Alden
Added by: Geo Clinton
 
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