Seven Generations Strong: Harper Family
Uriah Paullin left New Jersey in 1797 and migrated to Virginia before finally acquiring land in Ross Township, Greene County in 1806. Here he built a log cabin for his wife and eleven children.
Uriah died in 1812, and his son David took over the farm. David’s son Enos was the third generation of the family to own and operate the farm. Enos’ daughter and fourth-generation owner Flora Paullin married Frank Harper, and their son Paullin later took over the farm ownership.
Paullin Harper and his son, David, both served as Ross Township Trustees.
The farm was acquired by sixth-generation family members Madeline Harper Schmidt and her brother David Harper. David’s son Robb and his wife Kathy purchased his aunt’s portion of the farm. Robb and Kathy now represent the seventh-generation of family ownership. Robb manages the farm and built a home there after fire destroyed the original home in 1997. Corn and soybeans are raised on the Harper Farms’ combined 480 acres of land.