George W. Harmon

 
Pastor FBC Hillsborough, 1889 - 1890
Although the church minutes do not record his calling, the conference held on January 22, 1889 was “called to order by Pastor G. W. Harmon.” During the time that he served as pastor, the minutes indicate a number of repairs to the parsonage, baptistery and pulpit were done.  Bro. Jones was appointed to sell the fence surrounding the property and there is an interesting motion made on April 25, 1889 “to sell grass on church yard.”  On December 26, 1889, the church voted to “have Bro. Harmon preach for us during next year, once per month, the call was made and Bro. Harmon accepted.”  Harmon presented his resignation as pastor on August 1, 1890 and it was accepted.  For some reason, the church did not formally call another pastor for six years; until 1896.1 

The following profile is compiled from a brief biography written in 1923 and cemetery and genealogical records:2,3,4
George W. Harmon was born in Surry County, NC on March 29, 1817.  He was educated at Wake Forest College and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, when the latter institution was at Greenville, South Carolina.  He married Margaret Angelina Logan who was born on June 1, 1851.  She was the daughter of Judge George Washington Logan (1815 –1889), a prominent North Carolina politician from Rutherford County who served in the Confederate States Congress and the North Carolina Legislature and later as a State court judge.5 Margaret Angelina was 29 and Harmon 63 years old when they married in 1880.  They had three children, all girls: Nannie Logan, Lula Wilson and Georgia Garnett Harmon.

One of his first pastorates was the church at Wadesboro, Anson County, NC.  The church had become almost extinct, but, under his leadership it took on new life and began a course of progress.  Harmon stated in 1875 that he was grateful for what had been accomplished in Wadesboro.  Membership had increased from 19 to 50 and he felt encouraged and was “willing to hold on another 3 year.”6 While in Wadesboro he edited a religious newspaper, which had a large circulation. Rev. B. G. Covington was associated with him as editor and publisher.  In 1876, he was still “laboring’ as a home missionary in Wadesboro and Polkton, two thriving towns on the Carolina Central Railroad route.  The Wadesboro membership had grown to 90 and they no longer needed support from the State Mission Board.7 

 His next pastorate was in Cheraw, Chesterfield County, SC, where he did a constructive work, and left the church in a prosperous condition.  He is listed as an ordained minister residing in Cheraw in 1884.

After returning to North Carolina he held several pastorates including the Baptist churches in Hillsboro (1889-1890), Monroe (1891-1892) and Sandy Creek (missionary work 1894).   His last work was in the Tar River Association, where he was pastor of Weldon, Gardners and Sharon churches. This pastorate commenced the first of January, 1894, and closed with his death, which occurred on January 20, 1895. He lived in Weldon, where his wife died on April 27, 1894, and not long after he, himself, passed away at age 78.   They were buried in the Rutherfordton City Cemetery, Rutherford County, NC where his wife’s family lived.
Harmon’s eulogist noted that “he was an earnest, godly man, a strong preacher and a loyal Baptist. He was a cultured Christian gentleman, and a preacher of decided ability. He had occupied various important places in this State and in South Carolina.”2  

References:
  1. Minutes of First Baptist Church Hillsborough, NC from November 19, 1853 to December 2, 1953.
  2. Taylor, Thomas, J. D.D., A History of the Tar River Baptist Association, 1830-1921.  Prepared and Published by order of the Association, 1923 (?).  Accessed on March 3, 2011 at:  http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/historyfiction/fullview.aspx?id=tah
  3. Davidson Family History and Ancestry.  Accessed on March 29, 2011 at: http://www.johnlisle.org/davidson/tng/getperson.php?personID=I2530&tree=davidson_main
  4. Find a Grave Database: Rev George W Harmon:  Accessed on March 29, 2011 at: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=44166320
  5. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  Accessed on March 29, 2011 at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_Logan
  6. Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention, 1875. Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (Creator).  Edwards, Broughton & Co. in Raleigh.  Accessed on March 29, 2011 at: http://www.archive.org/details/proceedingsofann1875bapt
  7. Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention, 1876. Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (Creator).  Edwards, Broughton & Co. in Raleigh.  Accessed on March 29, 2011 at: http://www.archive.org/stream/proceedingsofann1876bapt/proceedingsofann1876bapt_djvu.txt 

Compiled by Reginald Carter, Historian, FBC Hillsborough
Last Updated: March 30, 2011