Ann's Great Uncle, Col. Robert Harper, was the most prominent of the Harper brothers, he married Polly Hendry in 1815 and began construction of the family homestead, Shandy Hall. Robert was a lawyer, farmer, businessman, Superintendent of the Public Works at Cunningham Creek, and a member of the Ohio House of Representatives.
The last owners of Shandy Hall were Stella and Ann Harper, the two daughters of Alexander and Jane Harper. After the death of Ann Harper in 1935, the property was maintained by the David Z. Norton family, cousins of the Harpers. In 1948, the Norton family donated Shandy Hall to the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Of interest, is the fact that Ann, not only is inscribed on the family monument, but has her own headstone, of the federal shield style commonly used for Civil War veterans. This might suggest that she was active in the Women's Relief Corps, in the latter half of the 19th century.
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