Philip Harmon, or Harman, was born about 1740 in Germany and died by scalping in 1777, Four Mile Run, Westmoreland Co PA. Letters of Administration were granted to his widow on 19 Sep 1778. His wife’s name was Barbara Lutz; an unidentified source says she remarried and had six more children.
Philip’s death was described in a biographical sketch written about his son, Andrew Philip Harman, who was captured and lived some time among the Indians, entitled “The Andrew Phillip Harman/Harmon Family From Germany to Westmoreland County,” as follows:
“Andrew Phillip Harman was b. ca 1740 in Germany. He was among the early settlers in Westmoreland County and settled there in violation of the law which forbade settlement of a section until it was first purchased from the Indians. He and his family settled in Western Pennsylvania in the 1760’s and tradition says they had little else but a rifle, an ax, and a mattock and that the first summer they lived in a hut built against a rock. He came with his wife Elizabeth [sic], his sons Andrew, John, and Phillip, and his daughter Elizabeth. Andrew and his family were the first white men to settle in this valley. When neighbors finally came the dangers increased because while the indians might ignore one lone family they could not be expected to do so when his neighbors became more numerous.
“The Harmans lived between Stahlstown and Donegal on Four Mile Run. Living where they were, they couldn’t transport grain from the east for bread and were glad if they could get enough for seed for their crops. They lived on the product from their garden, wild berries and fruits, and game.
“In 1777, Andrew Harman and three of his neighbors were returning from a sale north of the area when they were attacked by Indians and killed. One of the men lived long enough to ride away on his horse and was found the next day by his neighbors.
“Harman’s widow and three sons moved to their blockhouse over the winter and in the spring tried to resume clearing and planting the land. One morning Elizabeth Harman saw some neighbors’ horses in a field of grain and sent the two oldest boys (the oldest, Andrew, was only 14) to drive them off. Three hostile Indians were lying in wait and captured John, but Andrew ran towards their cabin. The Indians overtook him and asked if there were other men in the cabin and he said there were – a lie that probably saved the lives of his family. They started down Four Mile Run and were able to capture a young horse which they used to carry utensils and skins they had with them.
“On the journey one of the Indians showed they boys a pocket wallet which they recognized at once. When asked where they had gotten it the Indians replied that they had taken it from a white man they had killed the year before. It was their father’s wallet and at least one of the Indians had been among those that had killed their father the year before.
“Andrew and John soon learned they had been captured by Senecas. John died the first winter after they were captured of a sickness which also killed many of the tribe. Andrew lived and was adopted by the Chief, Cornplanter, and lived with them about five years.
“After the old chief’s death they sold Andrew to an English officer for a bottle of rum. He lived a year or two in England and then was exchanged at the end of the Revolutionary War and sent to New York. He made his way home from there and walked into his mother’s home six years after his capture. Everyone had given him up for dead and settlers came from miles around to see him.
“Andrew married Catherine Sandles in 1790 but he never lost his love for the wilderness and spent much of his free time hunting and fishing until he died at the age of 74 in 1838. Andrew and Catherine had eight children, three girls and five boys.
“The youngest brother, Phillip (b. Sept 6, 1769) also stayed and settled in the area. He married Elizabeth Humm and had nine children, four girls and three boys.
“There are still many Harmans living in the Stahlstown area. The family intermarried with many other of the pioneer families including the Campbell, Hines, Roadman, and Stahl families who stayed and settled in Westmoreland county for generations.”
Note that the sketch given above makes no mention of girls in the family. Philip Harman and another man named Christiian Harmon each had a daughter named Catherine Harmon (or Harman) in Westmoreland Co PA. Both of the fathers died about 1777-1779, and both girls received an amount of money at the settlements of the estates. The other family was Christian and Christina (Lenhard) Harmon. Both usually spelled their names Harman. Note that Jacob Light and his wife Catherine Harmon did not name any of their children Philip, Andrew, Barbara, Christian or Christina.
The DAR has considered Philip Harmon’s death on the frontier as patriotic service; therefore, any descendants are eligible to join that organization.
Philip and Barbara Harmon had the following children:
1. Andrew HARMON was born in 1763 in Donegal Twp, Westmoreland Co PA. Andrew died in Mahoning Twp, Indiana Co PA, in 1838. About 1790 when Andrew was 27, he married Catherine SONDLES in Westmoreland Co PA. They had the following children:
i. John (1792-)
ii. Jacob (1793-)
iii. Philip (1795-)
iv. Elizabeth (1799-)
v. Andrew A (1805-)
vi. Frederick (1807-)
vii. Barbara A (1808-)
viii. Peter (1812-1870)
ix. Catherine (1815-)
2. Catherine HARMON. She may be the woman who married Jacob Light; she was born on 16 Mar 1764. Catherine died in New Richmond OH, on 21 Jul 1833 of cholera. About 1782, she married Jacob LIGHT, son of John LIGHT & Catherine –?–, probably in Westmoreland Co PA. Born on 10 Aug 1757 in PA, Jacob died in New Richmond, Clermont Co OH, on 13 May 1831. They had the following children:
i. Elizabeth (1783-1858)
ii. Mary (1785-1859)
iii. John (1787-1872)
iv. Susannah (1789-1858)
v. Daniel (1791-1874)
vi. Catherine (1793-1846)
vii. Samuel (1796-1797)
viii. Jacob (1798-1870)
ix. David (1800-1888)
x. Peter (1803-1880)
xi. Benjamin (1805-1874)
3. John HARMON was born ca 1764 in Donegal Twp, Westmoreland Co PA. Having been kidnapped by Indians the year following his father’s death, John died during the winter of 1777-1778; he was 13.
4. Philip Henry HARMON was born on 6 Sep 1769 in Donegal Twp, Westmoreland Co PA and died there on 2 Jul 1834. In 1803 when Philip Henry was 33, he married Elizabeth HUMM. Born ca 1784, Elizabeth died in Donegal Twp, Westmoreland Co PA and was still living in 1850. They had the following children:
i. Philip (1804-1850)
ii. Andrew A
iii. John Philip (1808-1880)
viii. Catherine (1825-1881)
ix. George (ca1826-)
© 2008, Kathy Alvis Patterson
 Westmoreland Co PA Letters of Administration, p 155, from Will Book I, no. 50, p. 10: Philip Harman, to Barbara Harman, widow, no bond, 19 Sep 1778.
 Possibly from James W. Rowe, Old Westmoreland in History; a History of Southwestern Pennsylvania during the 18th Century, Scottsdale, PA, 1934.
 This sketch calls the father by two names, Andrew Philip Harman.
 No daughter Elizabeth is known. This should probably have been Catherine, since a daughter with that name received part of the estate.
 Catherine Harman, daughter of Philip, received 230 pounds, 6 shillings, 5 1/2 pence from her father’s estate. Westmoreland County Petition Docket 4 Dec 1779. Catherine Harman, daughter of Christian, received a one-eleventh share of her father’s estate, 2 May 1780, that is, 1 pound, 8 shillings, ¾ pence. The obvious difference in the Catherines is that one was fairly wealthy, and the other had nearly no inheritance.
 Ancestor #: A050760. Descent through sons Philip and Andrew. “Birth: ca 1740, Germany; Death: before 12-13-1777, Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland Co PA; Service Source: Albert, History of Westmoreland Co PA, p 117.