Harriet Nancy Field was the daughter of Cyrus and Nancy (Baxter) Field. She was born on October 11, 1815, in Surry Township, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. She married George Patterson Coryell about 1832, probably in New York. In 1840, the family lived in Nichols, Tioga County, New York. They had four children, all born in New York: Sarah (1833), Charles (1835), Grace Eliza (1838) and Martha (1840).
Harriet and George lived in New York, Wisconsin and Illinois. Harriet died on October 2, 1891, at her home in Riverside, Cook County, Illinois.