Michael Real Harned was born 27 October 1833 in Paoli, Orange County, Indiana.
He was the son of Thomas Harned and Elizabeth Real. He married Ann Elizabeth Sherwood 3 May 1859 near Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa. He passed away 8 October 1924 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. He was interred in IOOF Cemetery, Indianola, Warren County, Iowa.