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.

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My Ancestor’s Signature #39 ~ Robert Alexander Hardin


How many of you have searched for any kind of photo of an Ancestor and you weren’t able to find one? Especially for one who lived before photography was invented? Have you ever looked through documents like wills, or marriage licenses and you discover that your 3x Great Grandpa had signed it? This signature is a little piece of him that was left behind. By posting it online we can preserve it for future generations.

4th Great Uncle

Reverend Robert Alexander Hardin 1789-1867
From Degree of Doctor of Divinity dated 1824

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My Ancestors Signature #30 ~ John G. Hardin

How many of you have searched for any kind of photo of an Ancestor and you weren’t able to find one? Especially for one who lived before photography was invented? Have you ever looked through documents like wills, or marriage licenses and you discover that your 3x Great Grandpa had signed it? This signature is a little piece of him that was left behind. By posting it online we can preserve it for future generations.

My 1st Cousin 4x Removed
John G. Hardin 1808-1863
From Estate Sale of Friend 1852
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Freaky Friday’s ~ My Other Outlaw Cousin

In a previous blog I wrote about my outlaw cousin, John Wesley Hardin. Last week while researching an indirect line of my Hardin family, I discovered another cousin who became an outlaw.
Joseph “Joe” Hardin Clements, my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, was born December 1, 1849, in Gonzalez, Texas. He was named for Colonel Joseph Hardin (1734-1801), great grandfather of John Wesley Hardin. Hardin’s father’s sister, Martha (1817-1867) married Emmanuel Clements, and the Hardin and Clements cousins were close.
Joe enlisted in Company H of the 12th Texas Cavalry, (Parson’s Mounted Volunteers, Fourth Dragoons) CSA and served from 1861 to 1863. He was captured and sent to the Military Prison in Virginia, where he was exchanged back to the Confederacy. There is no further record for him after 1863. After the Civil War, he came back to Gonzales County, Texas where he married Sarah Jane Tennille (1856-1934) on August 5, 1870. They had one son, and one daughter. The family then moved to the Kimble County, Texas area. The marriage and the move did not deter Joe from his outlaw ways.
Little is known about Joe’s early years, but in 1871, he and his brothers Emmanuel and John “Gip” convinced John Wesley to accompany them on a cattle drive to Abilene, KS. Hardin admits to killing several men on that drive, and Emmanuel killed two of the Clements’ cowboys, for which he was arrested. Hardin had become acquainted with Wild Bill Hickok in Abilene, Texas, and he made arrangements with Wild Bill to let Emmanuel escape. John Wesley and Emmanuel often rode together, piling up indictments wherever they appeared. One or more of the other Clements boys occasionally joined the “party,” so much so that the individual activities are not clear. Joe seemed to have been part of the general mayhem perpetrated by the Clements clan for the next 25 years.
The Clement/Hardin cousins all fought on the Taylor side of the famed Taylor-Sutton feud. The Sutton–Taylor feud began as a county law enforcement issue between relatives of Texas Ranger, Creed Taylor, and a local law enforcement officer, William Sutton, in DeWitt County, Texas. The feud cost at least 35 lives and eventually included the outlaws John Wesley Hardin and Joseph Hardin Clements as two of its participants. It started in March 1868, not reaching its conclusion until the Texas Rangers put a stop to the fighting in December 1876.
In 1899, he moved to Hope, south of Roswell, New Mexico. By the 1920s he was a successful sheep rancher. He owned the Penasco River Ranch that sits between Hope, NM and Mayhill, NM, From there, he and his family moved to New Mexico, settling in the Lincoln and Chaves County areas where he became a prominent rancher. Joseph wanted his ranch to sit in Chaves County because that is where he did his business. Joe died on March 16, 1927, in Roswell, at the age of 77.

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Thursday at the Cemetery ~ Hickory Creek Cemetery ~ Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee ~ Finale

pic TATCHickory 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 Hickory Creek Cemetery #3ancestors 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 is the final installment for this Cemetery.

 
Amanda E. King Hardin 1827-1879Amanda E. King, wife of my first cousin 4 times removed, was born on May 13, 1827, in Knoxville, Tennessee. I have no information on her parents. She married Robert W. Hardin (1822-1898) on January 25, 1844, in Knoxville, Tennessee. She and Robert had 6 children, 2 sons, and 4 daughters. 2 of their children died while young. She died on July 25, 1879, in Knoxville at the age of 52. Her husband Robert died and was buried in Steptoe, Washington.

Nancy G Hardin 1857-1859Nancy G.Hardin, my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, was born on July 22, 1857, in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is the 2nd daughter born to Robert W. Hardin (1822-1898) and Amanda E. King (1827-1879). She died on October 11, 1856, at the age of 2.

 

 

Robert J Hardin 1863-1865Robert J. Hardin, my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, was born on September 14, 1863, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is the 3rd child born to Robert W. Hardin (1822-1898) and Amanda E. King (1827-1879). He died on June 25, 1865, at the age of 19 months.

 

 

Amos Hardin II, my first cousin 4 times removed, was born on July 2, 1816, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is the 7th of 11 children born to Reverend Amos Hardin Sr (1780-1840) and Mary Gallagher (1774-1845). He married Lettitia R. Montgomery on October 6, 1842, in Knoxville, Tennessee. They had 5 children, 1 son, and 4 daughters. Their son died at birth. Amos was a farmer. He died on November 6, 1853, in Knoxville at the age of 37.

Amos & Letitia Hardin 1816-1853 & 1819-1861

Lettitia R. Montgomery, wife my first cousin 4 times removed, was born on December 18, 1819, in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is the daughter of James Montgomery (1740-1841) and Sarah Love (1784-1828). She married Amos Hardin II on October 6, 1842, in Knoxville, Tennessee. They had 5 children, 1 son, and 4 daughters. Their son died at birth. She died on April 20, 1861, in Knoxville at the age of 41.

 

Son of Hardin 1843Infant Son of Hardin, my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, was born and died on September 1, 1843. He is the only son of Amos Hardin II (1816-1853) and Lettitia R. Montgomery (1819-1861).

 

 

 

 

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Troublemaker ~ John Wesley Hardin ~ 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks ~ Week #33

John Wesley HardinOver 6 years ago I wrote a very short blog about one of my ancestors who was the troublemaker in his family. By association, that would also make him part of my family also. He is my 2nd cousin 3 times removed and his name is John Wesley Hardin (1853-1895), the infamous outlaw. Hardin was one of the West’s most vicious and notorious gunfighters and outlaw.

He was born near Bonham, Texas, on May 26, 1853, the second son of James Gibson “Gip” Hardin (1823-1876) and Mary Elizabeth Dixon (1826-1885). His father was a Methodist Preacher, and John was named after the founder of the Methodist Denomination, John Wesley. It is really difficult to write an accurate account of his life because every biography I have read about him gives differing “facts” about what he did. I will try to give only the information I have verified. In his autobiography, John states that he was 15 years old the first time he killed a man. Over the course of his life, he killed approximately 42 men, one just for snoring!

John’s father traveled over most of central Texas on his preaching schoolcircuit until 1869, eventually settling in Sumpter, Texas, in Trinity County, where he taught school, and established an institution that John Wesley and his brother, Joe, would later attend. At that school, a boy named Charles Sloter accused Hardin of scrawling some graffiti on the schoolhouse wall that was insulting to a girl in his class. Hardin denied it and accused the other boy of being the author. Sloter attacked Hardin with a knife, but before he could strike Hardin, Hardin drew his own pocket knife and stabbed Charles twice in the chest and throat, almost killing him. Hardin was nearly expelled over the incident, even though it was his father’s institution.

john-wesley-hardin-historicalAt the age of 15, John challenged an ex-slave named Mage to a wrestling match. He won, but during the match, he badly scratched Mage’s face. The following day a vengeful Mage hid by a path and attacked Hardin with a large stick as he rode past. Hardin drew his revolver and told Mage to back off, but Mage grabbed the reins of Hardin’s horse and threatened to kill him. Hardin fired his revolver into Mage five times before he finally dropped the reins. Hardin then rode to get help for the wounded ex-slave, who ended up dying from these wounds three days later. Heeding the advice of his father he then went into hiding.

At age 17, while working as trail boss for a Texas cattle ranch, Hardin got into an argument with some Mexican cowboys when they tried to cut their herd in front of his. The argument soon got out of hand, and within minutes, he had killed six of the Mexicans. While at Abilene, Kansas, he made friends with the local sheriff, “Wild Bill” Hickok. The friendship ended when Hardin shot a hotel guest in the room next to him for snoring too loudly, thus waking him up. As Hickok came to arrest him for murder, Hardin stole a horse and escaped.

In 1871, he married his hometown sweetheart, Jane Bowen, a Jane Bowenrespectable girl whose father owned a general store in town. They had three children, John Wesley Hardin (born in 1876), Jennie Hardin (born in 1877), and Mary Elizabeth Hardin. Jane remained true to her husband despite his constant absences from home to avoid the law. After killing Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb (his 40th victim) in Comanche, Texas, Hardin and his wife left Texas. They hid in Florida under an alias of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Swain for two years before Pinkerton detectives found them. This time they fled to Alabama, where Hardin was finally caught in 1877. Tried in Austin, Texas for the death of Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

callieJane died in 1892 while Hardin was still in prison. He was pardoned by Texas Governor Jim Hogg after serving 15 years of his sentence. Hardin was released from prison on February 17, 1894, and promptly returned to Gonzales, Texas. He was a 41-year-old widower who had three children who did not even know what he looked like. Having studied law in prison, Hardin opened a law practice in El Paso, Texas. On  January 9, 1895, Hardin married 15-year-old Carolyn “Callie” Jane Lewis, although they quickly separated. Neither stated a reason for the sudden breakup of their marriage and they had no children.

When his friend, Mrs. McRose, widow of another outlaw, was arrested john-wesley-hardin HSfor illegally carrying a pistol, Hardin made threats against the arresting police officer, John Selman. Several days later, on 19 August 1895 Selman observed Hardin playing dice in the Acme Saloon with another man. Selman walked up behind Hardin and shot him in the back of the head, killing him instantly. Hardin was 42 years old.

 

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Thursday at the Cemetery ~ Hickory Creek Cemetery ~ Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee ~ Part 4

pic TATCHickory 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 Hickory Creek Cemeteryancestors 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.
James B Hardin 1856-1857James B. Hardin Sr, my first cousin 4 times removed, was born on November 8, 1813, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was the 6th of 11 children born to Rev. Amos and Sarah (Gallaher) Hardin Sr. He married Sarah Hope (1921-1895) on November 11, 1841, in Roane, Tennessee. James was a farmer and owned a large farm. He and Sarah had 7 children, 2 sons, and 5 daughters. 3 of their children died at a very young age. He died on January 14, 1888, in Knoxville at the age of 74.

 

Sarah Hope Hardin 1821-1895Sarah Hope, wife of my first cousin 4 times removed, was born on November 3, 1821, in Knox County, Tennessee. Her parents are unknown at this time. She married James Hardin (1913-1888) on November 11, 1841, in Roane, Tennessee. They had 7 children, 2 sons, and 5 daughters. 3 of their children died at a very young age. She died on April 6, 1895, at the age of 73.

The following are the 3 young children of James and Sarah (Hope) Hardin who died at a young age. I can not imagine the heartache this family felt losing these children.

Mary B Hardin 1844-1849Mary B. Hardin, my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, was born on February 2, 1844, in Knoxville, Tennessee, and died on April 29, 1849, in the same town at the age of 5 years old.

 

 
Sarah Jane Hardin 1854-1856Sarah Jane Hardin, my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, was born on June 2, 1854, in Knoxville, Tennessee, and died on September 19, 1856, in the same town at the age of 2 years old.

 

 

James B Hardin 1856-1857James B. Hardin Jr, my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, was born on October 8, 1856, in Knoxville, Tennessee, and died on September 1, 1857, in the same town at the age of 11 months old.

 

 

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Thursday at the Cemetery ~ Hickory Creek Cemetery ~ Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee ~ Part 3

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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.

Hickory Creek Cemetery #3In 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.

 

John G. Hardin, my 1 cousin 4 times removed was born on December 19, 1808, in Knox County, Tennessee. He was the 4th child and the 3rd son born to Rev. Amos (1780-1840) and Mary (Gallaher) Hardin (1779-1845). On September 21, 1830, he married Sarah R, Gallaher (1810-1863). They had 5 children, 3 sons, and 2 daughters. Sarah was his first cousin. John was a farmer and owned a large amount of land in Knox County. He died on April 1, 1863, at the age of 54.

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Sarah R, Gallaher, the wife of my 1st cousin 4 times removed was born on July 18, 1810, in Tennessee. She married her first cousin, John G. Hardin Sr (1808-1863), on September 21, 1830. They had 5 children, 3 sons, and 2 daughters. Sarah died on September 5, 1863, just 5 months after her husband, at the age of 53.

 

Alsey Isabel Hardin HSAlsey Isabel Hardin, my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, was born on July 29, 1843, in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. She was the third of 5 children and the second daughter born to John G. and Sarah R. (Gallaher) Hardin. Alsey died on October 8, 1854, from scarlet fever, at the age of 11.

 

 

Mary E Hardin Wilkerson 1819-1857Mary E. Harden, my 1 cousin 4 times removed, was born on June 15, 1819, in Knox County, Tennessee. She was the 8th child and the 3rd daughter born to Rev. Amos (1780-1840) and Mary (Gallaher) Hardin (1779-1845). She married Major William Wilkerson, (1816-1894) on February 1, 1838, in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. They had 7 children 2 sons, and 5 daughters. Mary died on October 11, 1857, at the age of 38.

Major William Wilkerson 1816-1894Major William Wilkerson, husband of my 1 cousin 4 times removed, was born on July 22, 1816, in Knox County, Tennessee. His parents are unknown at this time. He married Mary E. Hardin, (1819-1857) on February 1, 1838, in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. They had 7 children 2 sons, and 5 daughters. After the death of his wife Mary, he went on to marry 2 more times and had 7 more children. William died on January 13, 1894, at the age of 77.

 

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Thursday at the Cemetery ~ Hickory Creek Cemetery ~ Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee ~ Part 2

pic TATCHickory 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 Hickory Creek Cemeteryancestors 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.

 

Jane Gibson Hardin HSJane Gibson Hardin, my 4th Great Grandmother, was born in 1742, in Tryon, Polk County, North Carolina. She is the first of two daughters born to Walter (1718-1782) and Margaret (Jordan) Gibson (1720-1788). At the age of 16, she married Colonel Joseph Hardin in 1758, in Knox Creek, Tryon County, North Carolina. They had 15 children, 6 daughters, and 9 sons. Two of their sons were killed by Indians. They moved to Tennessee in 1784. She died on March 25, 1817, at the age of 75.

 

Amos Hardin 1780-1810Reverend Amos Hardin Sr, my 4th great-uncle, was born on February 28, 1780, in Washington County, North Carolina. He was the 12th child and the 6th son born to Colonel Joseph (1734-1801) and Jane (Gibson) Hardin (1742-1817). In 1784, he moved with his family to Tennessee and there he studied to become a minister. He married Mary “Polly” Gallaher (1779-1845) on May 29, 1798. They had 11 children, 7 sons, and 4 daughters. After the death of his father, he and his family along with several siblings moved to the newly created Hardin County that was named for his father. He was the Pastor of Shady Grove Church there. He died on August 4, 1840, at the age of 60.

 

Mary Gallaher 1779-1845Mary “Polly” Gallaher, my 4th great-aunt, was born on March 29, 1779, in Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of James (1730-1792) and Sarah (Miller) Gallaher (1735-1800). She married Amos Hardin (1780-1840) on May 29, 1798. They had 11 children, 7 sons, and 4 daughters. She died on December 7, 1845, in Hardin Valley, Knox Co, Tennessee at the age of 66.

 

 

Sarah G Butler 1804-1842 do Amos & Mary Gallaher HardinSarah “Sally” Gallaher Hardin, my 1st cousin 4 times removed, was born on March 3, 1804, in Knox County, Tennessee. She is the 3rd of 11 children born to Rev. Amos (1780-1840) and Mary (Gallaher) Hardin (1779-1845). At the age of 19, she married Jacob Manley Butler (1801-1850) on November 17, 1823, in Knox Co, Tennessee. They had 9 children, 4 sons, and 5 daughters. There were two sets of twins born to Sarah and Jacob. In 1836 Sarah moved with Jacob and their children to Roane County, Tennessee. There she died on October 2, 1842, at the age of 36.

 

 

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