Lucy Stratton <I>Platt</I> Harshbarger

Lucy Stratton Platt Harshbarger

Chesterfield, Macoupin County, Illinois, USA
Death 25 Jan 1953 (aged 86)
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Burial Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section VIII, lot 561, grave 4
Memorial ID 76116860 · View Source
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Links to parents and middle name sent by Barry Michie (#47110636), who also sent the following:

Daughter of Henry Dutton Platt and Sarah Eliza Stratton

Married William Asbury Harshbarger 22 June 1888.  Franklin, Franklin County, Nebraska

Known Children:
Eugene Lee Harshbarger - 12 December 1889
Frank Victor Harshbarger - 23 October 1892
Ralph Platt Harshbarger - 25 November 1900, died 12 March 1903
Ray Stratton Harshbarger - 24 July 1903

Lucy is a descendant of New England abolitionists who came west to actively work against slavery. Her grandfather, Jireh Platt, brought the family from Plymouth, Litchfield County, Connecticut, to Mendon, Adams County, Illinois in 1833 where the family became engaged in the Underground Railroad - Jireh a station master. Three of her Platt uncles came from Mendon to Wabaunsee, Kansas, in 1856 and were founding members of the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church.

Her father, Henry, was also an operative in the Underground Railroad in Mendon. In 1851 he was ordained a Presbyterian minister, serving a various churches in Illinois and also as home missionary superintendent for Southern Illinois. In 1886, he moved the family to Franklin, Nebraska, retiring from the ministry in 1890.

"Platt Ancestors", Kansas Kin, May 1980 issue. p. 26

PS: I notice you focus on a number of Kansas counties, including Wabaunsee and I'm sure you're familiar with the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church in Wabaunsee. Several Platt brothers were founding members of that church, having come from Mendon, Illinois, in 1856 - in Mendon the family were operators on the underground railroad, an activity that continued when they came to Wabaunsee.
Cemetery records at the Kansas State Historical Society:
lot owner: W.A. Harshbarger
late residence: 1401 College
funeral director: Wall-Diffenderfer
interment authorized by Mrs. Ray S. Harshbarger, 912 Lane

Topeka State Journal, Monday, July 27, 1953, page 2A:
Mrs. Lucy Harshbarger

Services will be held at 9:30 am Wednesday at the Wall-Diffenderfer mortuary for Mrs. Lucy Harshbarger, 87, well known Topeka music teacher who died Sunday in a local hospital.

She was born August 16, 1866, in Chesterfield, Ill., and had been a resident of Topeka since 1890. Her husband, Dr. William A. Harshbarger, was a member of the Washburn university faculty for 50 years. She had been a piano teacher many years in Topeka.

She was a member of the Central Congregational church, Topeka Music Teachers Assn., Sigma Alpha Iota sorority, and was a past matron of Beulah chapter No. 34, O.E.S., and a past president of the Social Order of the Beauceants.

Mrs. Harshbarger is survived by two sons, Eugene Lee of Houston, Ray S. of 912 Lane, four grandchildren, Frank of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mrs. Marjorie Latas of Wichita, Mrs. Carolyn Johns of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Eugene Lee Jr., of Houston, and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Frank D. Harshbarger of 1205 West 16th.

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  • Added: 6 Sep 2011
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lucy Stratton Platt Harshbarger (16 Aug 1866–25 Jan 1953), Find a Grave Memorial no. 76116860, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Cheryl White (contributor 47328595) .