Henry Harmon Noble

Plattsburgh sentinel
Henry Harmon Noble
Secretary of Clan Macneil Henry Harmon Noble of New York
and Essex has been recently the subject of a biographical sketch published
In the “Clan Macneil News” a publication to tester and promote
Scottish clan traditions, sentiments and interests”. Mr. Noble is the secretary
of the Clan.
Following paragraphs are taken from the paper referred to:
Henry Harmon Noble. Secretary of the Clan Macneil Association of
America, was born in Essex, Essex county. New York, on May 9, 1861,
son of Harmon Noble and Laura Ann Welch, and grandson of Ransom
Noble and Anne McNeiL Through his father he is a line descendant
of Thomas Noble, who, emigrating from England, was admitted an inhabitant
of Boston, Mass., January 6, 1653, and on his mother’s side
he is lineally descended from Thomas Welch and Thomas Buckingham who
were among the founders of New Haven Colony In 1639. His grand*
mother, Anne McNeil. through descent from whom he derives membership
in the Association, was The daughter of Charles McNeil of Litchfield.
Connecticut, who removed from thence in 1785 to what has since been
known as “McNeils Ferry” Charlotte Chittenden County, Vermont, whose
father, Archibald McNeil, with his brothers Alexander and Adam ship owners
and shipmasters of County Antrim, Ireland, coming from thence
in their own ship to America, were ship wrecked on the coast of Nova
Scota about 1737. Archibald and Alexander subsequently settled in Litchfield.
Connecticut, from whence Archibald served seven years in what was
known as the ‘Old French War,’ as a (captain of Connecticut provincial
troops, ln campaigns for ‘the removal of encroachments on His Majesty’s
possessions to the northward,culminating in the taking of Quebec
from the French.
Our secretary was educated In private schools in the United States, and
under tutors in England, where he spent some time, lie was for nine
years, 1695-1004, employed in the office of the New York State Historian
at Albany, to which office he was chief clerk on his resignation July
31, 1904. During which time he assisted ln the compilation and editing
for publication by the State of some fifteen volumes on New York history,
much of this material having been transcribed by him from the original
manuscript records of the Colony and State of New York; since destroyed
In the disastrous State Library fire In 1911.
He entered the United States Customs service at Plattsburgh, New York
October 15, 1904, at which service he has since been, stationed for a number
of years on the northern border of the States of New York and Vermont,
later at Buffalo, New York, to January, 1922, when he was transferred
to the Port of New York, since his official station. He Is deemed to
be an authority on the history of New York Colony and State, on the
War of 1812. and on the local history of Northern New York and the
Champlain Valley, and has written and published a number of brochure
on these subjects, and has also contributed extensively on them to
Northern New York, Vermont and Albany and Troy newspapers. He
served, by appointment of Governor Hughes and Sulzer, of this State, as
a member of the Perry’s Victory and Plattsburgh Centenary Commissions in
1913 and 1914. He Is an honorary member of the New York State Historical
Association, Corresponding Member, for Essex County, New York
of the Vermont Historical Society and of the New York Genealogical and
Biological Society. Has been a member for many years of the General
Society of the war of 1812, and Its Registrar General since 1905, and
was in 1896 one of the incorporators of the New York State Society,
of which he has been Secretary since 1901. He is a life member of the
Iroquois Lodge No. 715 F.  A- M-. and Cedar Point Chapter, No. 269,
R. A. M* and is also an honorary  member of Champlain Lodge No. 237
F. * A,, of Champlain, N. Y., and of Adirondack Chapter No. 294 R. A.
M., Houses Point, N. Y. During his employment in the State service at
Albany he was made an Associate member of William A. Jackson post,
O. A. R.
He married at Essex, N. Y., November 16, 1867, Cora Sherman,
daughter of Henry Douw and Sally Maria Whitney Sherman of Essex.
Mr. and Mrs. Noble have three children, all born in Essex John Harmon
Noble, A. B., Harvard 1011 2nd Lieut. Inf. A,E, F, who married
Ruth Darby, then of Ridgeway, Pa., and has two children, John Harmon
Noble, Jr., am! Susanne Darby Noble;Laura Anne Noble, who married
Hilliard Alonso Proctor, A. B., Amherst 1913, and has two children, Hilliard
Noble Proctor and Anne MacNeil Proctor; and Miss Catherine Noble
who is employed in New York city and makes her home with her parents.
Not withstanding their domicile elsewhere, where 5  members of the family
are legal residents of Essex, which they claim as their only home, as it
has been of their forbears since January 3, 1800. when, as their grandsire,
Ransom Noble set town ln the family Bibis, be “Cam* to reside” there
from his birthplace-, New Milford,Connecticut.
Henry Harmon, as he is affectionately known to the Chief and many
Clansmen, is one of the most loyal supporters of the Association’s activities.
He personally represented the Chief of the Clan at the funeral of
the beloved President of Saint Burr Sept, Nelson A. McNeil, traveling
from New York city to Lakeville and back despite the inclement Weather.
He revels In the traditions of our race and the Clan considers It a
privilege to give this place of Honour to him as a sincere token of  Esteem
and affection.

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