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Harmoneons, 1846

The Harmoneons were a blackface musical singing group in the 19th-century United States. The group began as the "Albino Family" in 1843, and later became the "Harmoneon Family."[1] Principal group members included L.V.H. Crosby;[2] Marshall S. Pike (1818-1901);[2][3] James Power;[2] and John Power[4] Through the years others associated with the group included: F.B. Howe;[5] Francis Lynch;[4] W.H. Mower, manager;[4] T.B. Prendergast;[4] and F.A. Reynolds.[4] In 1847 the Harmoneons performed for President James Polk at the White House.[2] The group sang throughout the U.S., including Baltimore, Maryland (1846-1847, 1850, 1853);[6] Trenton, New Jersey (1847);[7] Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1848);[8] Lowell, Mass. (1849); Salem, Mass. (1849); Belfast, Maine (1850, 1852);[9] and in Boston at the Melodeon (1849), Horticultural Hall (1849, 1851), and other venues. They also toured in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[10]


  1. ^ New Hampshire Patriot. Sept. 26, 1844.
  2. ^ a b c d Edward Le Roy Rice. Monarchs of minstrelsy, from "Daddy" Rice to date. Kenny publishing company, 1911.
  3. ^ Appletons' annual cyclopaedia and register of important events. 1902.
  4. ^ a b c d e Melodies of the Harmoneons. Boston: G. P. Reed & Co., 1851.
  5. ^ Flyer for Flagg's Hall Worcester. The Harmoneon Troupe... May 2, 1851.
  6. ^ Baltimore Sun. March 16, 1846; etc.
  7. ^ Trenton State Gazette. Aug. 16, 1847.
  8. ^ New Hampshire Gazette and Republican Union. April 25, 1848.
  9. ^ Joseph Williamson. History of the city of Belfast in the state of Maine: from its first settlement in 1770 to 1875. Loring, Short, and Harmon, 1877.
  10. ^ Atlantic Canada Theatre Site. www.lib.unb.ca

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Members of the troupe