Catharine A. Harker Queen v James H. Queen (Journal 6 p460 - 28 Feb 1865; Roll 17 case number 64 - Feb 1865)
By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)
The couple was married in Rochester, Perry Twp, Noble Co, IN on 18 Feb 1856. Catherine, b 3 Feb 1837, pos in Huntingdon, Huntingdon Co, PA, was the daughter of David Beaver and Jane Norris Harker. The Harker family was listed in the 1850 St. Joseph Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census p81B as David 39 PA farmer, Jane 35 PA, Jacob 15 PA, Catherine 14 PA, Amos 11 OH, John 9 OH, William 4 OH, David 2 OH, Sarah 7/12 OH, and Rebecca Norris 17 PA. The Queen couple was enumerated in the 1860 St Joseph Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census p112a, as James 25 OH, Catherine 23 OH, and David 1 OH. James H. Queen was a Civil War soldier, who served in Co H 14th OVI and rose to the rank of First Sergeant. He may have been born on 29 Apr 1836.
Catherine stated that they had three children, David T. (7), Mary Jane (5), and John Bruff (3). James was a habitual drunk for more than three years and was guilty of gross neglect. He ran away to Nashville, TN where he was the keeper of a house of ill fame. A legal notice was posted in the Union Press and a divorce was granted. On 22 Feb 1866 Catherine had married a George Wanamaker and lived in Lincoln, Washington Co, Kansas as evidenced by the 1870 federal census p358B. Note than Catherine was listed as 33 OH.
Son John Bruff Queen was a premier auctioneer during the Oklahoma land rush and was given the honorary title of Colonel. He also rode as a Pony Express messenger. James H. Queen supposedly married a second time to Margaret Steen, a PA native. They settled in Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado where he died c1900. Catharine’s second husband, George Wanamaker, was murdered by his gold rush partner after an expedition to Colorado in the mid-1870’s.