Picture Perfect Saturday #33 ~ James Gibson “Gip” Hardin

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

This week I am showcasing my 1st cousin 4 times removed, James Gibson “Gip” Hardin. James was born on March 2, 1823, in Wayne County, Tennessee. This photo was taken about 1862 in Red River County, Texas. Gip was a Circuit Rider Methodist Minister and also the father of John Wesley Hardin. This photo shows him in his “preaching clothes”. Next to his hand on table is his hat. I think he seems pretty relaxed for someone who had to stand still for a long time to get this photo. You can also tell that he is a very good looking gentleman. He died in August 1876, at the age of 53.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have written two books “Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time” and “Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip”, both available on Amazon. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter @VHughesAuthor.

2 thoughts on “Picture Perfect Saturday #33 ~ James Gibson “Gip” Hardin

  1. Valerie: I was excited to read your account of the distant relationship to the Hardins.
    I too have a distant relationship to Wes Hardin but don’t know quite what it is yet.
    In his autobiography, Wes Hardin writes about the 1871 cattle drive to Abilene, Kansas. In that story, he describes what I have decided to call “The Event at Corn Hill”. Starting from near Gonzales, Texas, he and his pals were driving 1200 head of cattle up the Chisholm Trail. Our family farm, launched about 1878, lies about 3 or 4 miles east of the trail. Hardin writes that the whole crew got the measles and they has to stop and camp for 10 days a few miles south of Corn Hill. Some of my ancestors were already living at Corn Hill by that time. Hardin writes that while they were stopped at Corn Hill he visited with “Barnett Young, a relative of mine”.
    Well, Barnett Young is also a relative of mine. That would be Barnett Hardin Young, who was living at Corn Hill, verified by several census records. We know that Barnett is the brother of my great grandmother, who was a Young of course.
    I first heard about this tale from my aunt when I was a child, but I didn’t remember much, probably wasn’t interested at the time, and certainly did not even know who John Wesley Hardin was. So all I remembered as an adult was that there was some kind of family connection to JWH. Later I was able to piece it out when I traced our family ancestry back to my great grandmother, Elizabeth Selena Young who married a Hurt and was the sister of Barnett Hardin Young. Their father was Hugh Rogers Young, who is buried a few miles from old Corn Hill at Jarrell, TX
    So that’s what I call “The 1871 Event at Corn Hill”. Corn Hill doesn’t exist today, it’s a ghost town, but there is something nearby called “New Corn Hill”, a present day
    village. But what we don’t know still puzzles me. We don’t know the exact relationship between John Wesley Hardin and Barnett Hardin Young. In his autobiography, Wes only wrote that Barnett was “a relative of mine”. Even more mysterious is the appearance of “Hardin” as Barnett Young’s middle name.. That does seem to substantiate Wes’s claim that Barnett was a relative. So someone gave this Young kid the middle name of “Hardin”. Yet I don’t see any Youngs
    in the ancestry of John Wesley Hardin or his father. Still a puzzle.
    Sorry this had to be so long. Hope I haven’t imposed too much on you, and that maybe you will have some interest in “The 1871 Event at Corn Hill”. Today I live at Belton, Texas, which is on the old Chisholm Trail just about 20 miles north of old Corn Hill. Our family farm is only 3 or 4 miles from Corn Hill. I have read the claim that cattle drives came right down the Main Street of Salado, Texas, about 12 miles north of Corn Hill, but I have my doubts about that. Sounds like too difficult for a trail drive; I think they would be looking for a shallow ford across Salado Creek rather than a drive across the bridge on Main Street in Salado. So count me a skeptic on that.
    Love to hear from you if you manage to wade through this story.
    Gene Helms, Belton, Texas

    1. Hello Eugene! I would be more than happy to help you. The evidence you gave does seem to indicate that JWH and BHY may be related. If you can give me your great grandmothers full name including maiden name, her date of birth, place of birth and death I will try to connect the dots.

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