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.
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.
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, 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. 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, 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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