Hickory Creek Cemetery is also known as Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery. It is located outside the town of Knoxville, Tennessee in Knox County. Most of the stones in this cemetery have been well cared for and so has the grounds. I have decided to feature this cemetery because I have several ancestors that are buried here. The first one is also the most “famous” of them all Colonel Joseph Hardin.
In all, I believe there are about 20 Hardins buried here that are ancestors of mine. So for the next few weeks, I will be displaying the headstone (if there is one) and writing a short biography of each one. This week I will just be highlighting the first of the Hardin’s interred here.
Col. Joseph Hardin was born on April 18, 1734, in Richmond, Virginia. He is the second son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Hooper) Hardin Jr. He married Jane Gibson (1742-1817) in 1761, in Knox Creek, Buchanan County, Virginia. They had 15 children, 9 sons, and 6 daughters. I don’t feel the need to explain his life as the tribute on his headstone does an excellent job of chronicling the highlights. Here is the transcript of the stone.
Born April 18, 1734, in Virginia of English Ancestry.
Died July 4, 1801, in Hardin Valley, Tennessee.
A strict Presbyterian, stern, and fearless in discharge of duty.
Loved and trusted by his friends, feared by his enemies.
Major 2nd N.C. Minute Men, Salisbury District, 1775.
Captain Tryon Co., N.C. Light Horse, Cherokee Expedition, 1776.
In battle of Ramsour’s Mill and at Kings Mountain, 1780.
Colonel for Western Counties (Tenn.), 1788.
Lost three sons in Tennessee Indian Wars.
Member Committee of Safety, Tryon Co., N.C., 1775.
Member Provincial Congress at Hillsborough 1775 and at Halifax 1776.
Member General Assembly of N.C., 1778-79 and (from Tenn.) 1782-88.
Organizer State of Franklin, Jonesboro, 1784-1785.
Member General Assembly, Territory South of the Ohio, Knoxville, 1794.
For his military services during Revolutionary War and Indian Wars he received in 1785 from North Carolina, 3000 acres of land in the middle district, now Hardin County, Tenn named for him.
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