To Samuel Hardin Sr. will 1732

Sons of Samuel Harding (will 1732), Brunswick County, Va.
Samuel Hardin, Jr. born before 1720
His brother William Hardin born before 1730

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Samuel Hardin, Jr. born before 1720

The will of Samuel Harding, Sr. was probated in October 1732. His farm was on Fountain Creek in Brunswick County, Va. on the North Carolina line. On 2 December 1741 the younger Samuel Hardin bought land adjacent to his mother Elizabeth's life estate on Fountain Creek. Presuming the age of majority at that time was 21, then the younger Samuel was born before 1720.

Proof discussion: I have no document about Samuel Harding, Sr. that shows the name of any son but William. I can't offer proof of the kind demanded by people who seem to know what proof is, nor do I understand what constitutes such proof for other people. I only point out that time, place, name, and circumstances all encourage me to consider the Samuel Hardin who in 1741 bought land adjacent to Elizabeth Harding, widowed 1732 by another Samuel Harding, and near land later to be bought by William Hardin, Samuel and Elizabeth's son, -- that Samuel Hardin is of this family; that Samuel, William, Samuel, Sr. and his wife Elizabeth are all family.



Property Transactions and Other Records

Samuel Harding 1741

Samuel Harding of St. Andrews Parish, Brunswick Co. from Hohn—(X)—Steed of same Parish, 5: curr. 100 acres adjoining Samuel Harding's land. Dec. 2, 1741. D. B. 2, p. 241.

Samuel Harding 1743

3 Aug 1743. Samuel Harding to William Powell 150 acres. Deed Book B. 2, p. 319.
1 May 1749. Thomas Powell to William Powell 100 acres adjoining Thomas Powell and Sam. Hardin. Deed Book 3 p. 562.
Lucas, The Powell families of Virginia and the South, 2000: Southeren Historical Press. A more direct reference should be found.

Samuel and Mary Hardin 1747

Indenture made 1 October 1747, between SAMUEL HARDIN & MARY his wife of Brunswick County, St. Andrews Parish, and Adam Sims of same, 40, on North side of Maherrin it being part of a Patent obtained by John Jackson February 22, 1724 for 200a and the land sold by SAMUEL HARDIN & MARY HIS WIFE to Adam Sims is by Estimation 100a. Signed SAMUEL HARDIN (bhm), MARY HARDIN. Witnesses: John Douglas, Linton Hales, Rebecca Jackson (bhm). Court October 1, 1747, Indenture & Memorandum acknowledged by Samuel Hardin and Mary his wife previous to which she was privily examined. Deed Book 3, Page 349. USGenWeb archives, abstracted by Carol A. Morrison of Fayetteville, NC

william hardin 1748

Indenture made 18 December 1748, between John Linch of Granvill [sic] County, North Carolina, and WILLIAM HARDIN of same, 50, on North side of Fountains Creek, 130a. Signed William Linch (bhm). Witnesses: John Carrill, Edward Crews, George Person (bhm). Court June 1, 1749, Indenture & Memorandum proved by oaths of John Carrel & John Person. Court September 29, 1749, further proved by oaths of Edward Crews. Deed Book 3, Page 563.

SAMUEL Hardin 1746
THOMAS Hardin 1746

1746 Jan 6, Joseph King to SAMUEL HARDIN for 10 pds. , 300 acres in Granville County on South side and North side of Tarr River, which was granted to said Joseph King. Witnesses: Wm. Eaves, THOS. HARDIN, Mary Eaves
--"Abstracts of the Early Deeds of Granville County, North Carolina 1746-1765," Deed book B, p. 1, by Zae Hargett Gwynn. Pub. by Joseph W. Watson, Rocky Mount, NC 1974.

samuel hardin 1749

1 May 1749. Thomas Powell to William Powell 100 acres adjoining Thomas Powell and Sam. Hardin. Deed Book 3, p. 562 Lucas, The Powell families of Virginia and the South, 2000: Southeren Historical Press. A more direct reference should be found.

Considering that Samuel Hardin the younger bought land on the Tar River in Granville County on 6 Jan 1746, the above "adjoining Samuel Hardin" probably means the life estate of Mrs. Samuel Hardin on Fountain Creek, with the land still referred to by her husband's name.

william hardin 1750

Indenture made 27 June 1750, between William Hardin of Brunswick County, and William Powell of same, 20, on N side of Fountains Creek, 130a, being the Land and Plantation formerly in the possession and occupation of John Lynch and by Deed dated 18 October 1748, conveyed by the said Lynch to the said Hardin.
Signed William Hardin (bhm). Wit: John Peterson, James Powell,Tobias Moor, James Smith (bhm). Court 25 September 1750, Indenture proved by the oaths of James Powell, Tobias Moore, and James Smith. Deed Book 4, Page 183.
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vabrunsw/deeds/brundb4.htm

samuel hardin 1752

Deed book _ p. 121 - 123 -  June 1, 1752 - JOSEPH KING of Craven Co., S.C. and SAMUEL HEARDING (HARDIN) of Granville Co. to THOMAS SMITH of Edgecombe Co., N.C. for 12 pds. 300 acres on Tar River in Granville Co., N.C. Wts: Wm. Smith, Saml. Jordan, John Burt.

--"Abstracts of the Early Deeds of Granville County, North Carolina 1746-1765," Deed book B p. 121-123, by Zae Hargett Gwynn. Pub. by Joseph W. Watson, Rocky Mount, NC 1974.

The Tar River marked the southern border of most of Granville County, which in 1752 encompassed its original territory (except for a vertical slice of Orange it lost) which included the modern Franklin, Vance, and Warren counties, and the defunct Bute County.

1754 Attachment Suit on the Estate of Samuel Harding

Dec. Term of Court 1754. 7th: William Eaton vrs. the estate of Samuel Harding, attachment suit. Jury decides for plaintiff. Property ordered sold to pay debt due Eaton.
"Court Minutes of Granville County, North Carolina 1746-1820" Zae Hargrett Gwynn, p. 44.

william hardin 1760

Indenture made the 19th day of November, 1760, between Edward CREWS, Planter, and WILLIAM HARDIN, for _____ pounds, conveying ____________. Brunswick Co. Deed Book 6, page 468.

Indenture made the 15th day of December, 1760, between William LEE of North Carolina, and James REED, for 12 pounds, conveying 203 acres on North side of Peahill Creek. Signed by William LEE (his mark). Witnesses were William HALLOWAY (his mark), WILLIAM HARDIN (his mark), John PEERSON (his mark), and William MOSELEY, Junr. Indenture was proved in Court on January 26, 1761, by the oaths of William HALLOWAY and WILLIAM HARDIN, and on July 27 following was further proved by the oath of William MOSELEY, Junr. Deed Book 6, page 574.
Brunswick County USGenWeb archive, abstracted by Carol A. Morrison, Fayetteville, NC    (http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/brunswick/deeds/)

william hardin 1779

Harden, William: He served as colonel of the Upper Granville County Regiment of Militia of Foot during 1779 and 1780. In addition, he supplied beef for Continental and militia use during 1781 and 1782.

thomas hardin 1760

Indenture made the XXIJ (sic) day of December, 1760, between William SPEARS and William SINGLETON of Gloucester County, for 50 pounds, conveying 278 acres on both side of the Little Creek. Witnesses were Robert Campbell, John Flood EDMUNDS, and THOMAS HARDIN. Deed Book 6, page 628. Brunswick County USGenWeb archive, abstracted by Carol A. Morrison, Fayetteville, NC.

Note: This item refers to the Tuckaho Creek Thomas Hardin and does not belong here, the writer thinks.There is left only one reference to the existence of Thomas Hardin (that I have found).

william thornton 1758-9; sterling thornton 1790

Mentions of THORNTON that may prove pertinent in investigations of Thornton and Sterling Hardin of Granville Co. NC.

Indenture made the 27th day of June, 1758, between William THORNTON and China TATUM, for good will and natural affection, conveying 100 acres to China TATUM and Margaret TATUM, his wife. No witnesses given. Court for June 27, 1758. Deed Book 6, page 274.

27 Aug 1759 WILLIAM THORNTON was among those bound for 600 pounds for the performance of a sheriff of Brunswick County, St. Andrews Parish. And again for 120 pounds on 27 August1759; and for 500 pounds for the performance of a sheriff in Maherrin Parish on 27 August. Brunswick Co. Deed book 6, p. 400, 401, 402. Brunswick County USGenWeb archive, abstracted by Carol A. Morrison, Fayetteville, NC. (http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/brunswick/deeds/)

The name STERLING C. THORNTON, sec[urity] is found in a marriage record of 17 Feb 1790 of Richard Clough to Jane Thornton. (Marriage Records of Brunswick County Virginia, Fothergill.)

abraham harding 1793

1793 Nov 25 For what it's worth. Abraham Harding married Sylvia Price, Joel Price, sec[urity]. (Marriage Records of Brunswick County, virginia, 1730-1852,p.49. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1976 (reprint), compiled by Augusta B. Fothergill)


The Cheever's Lodging House Robbery 1753

Summary: Harding brothers William, Gabriel, and Samuel lived on the Virginia-North Carolina line. Samuel Harding was accused of robbery while at the lodging house and tavern of William Chavers in Granville County, NC. At the trial of Samuel Harding on May 30, 1753 in Edgecombe Co, there was testimony that William Harding lived in Virginia, and that Gabriel Harding was Samuel’s brother also. The trial was in Edgecombe, which court had jurisdiction of Granville County.

1753 LODGING HOUSE ROBBERY DETAILS
from "History and Genealogies of Old Granville County, North Carolina 1746-1800"
Extracted by Gwen Hardin, Kosse, TX, who comments: “Note that Samuel had brothers, William and Gabriel Hardin/Harding and these two records begin in May 30, 1753 meaning that they were at least 21 years of age when this occurred. William was still living in Virginia. It appears clear that they were all at Chavers as a Lodging house, says Gwen Hardin.

Page 122 - May 30, 1753 - spelled as in book
Samuel Hardin "Labourer" was charged by Henry Webb with having robbed him of "Five pistoles & a Half weighing five pounds Eighteen Shill's. & three pence Cur't. Money of Virg'a.", and he was committed to the County "Goal". On examination before the County Court the Deft. was held for confinement in the "Goal" of Edgecombe Co., to be tried for this offense "at the next Court of Assize & General Goal delivery" for Edgecombe, Northampton, Granville & Orange Counties.
The record shows the name written as "Harding"; and also that the Deft. had two brothers Gabriel and William Harding. The latter was of VA., and it was from him that he claimed to have gotten certain money he had. The depositions show that Webb was Drinking, and that he went in this condition to the house (ordinary?) of William Chavers (colored). There he met Hardin, and also Chavers. The latter took part of the money Webb had, but the am't claimed as stolen he did not take. Webb in his deposition said "this Depon't. was somewhat in Drink," and in this condition it appeared to the Court that the Deft. found complainant and took his money, which he knew he had.

May 30, 1753 - page 183
In the record of the trial or examination of Rex vs Samuel Hardin some facts are stated going to show that William Chavers kept a lodging house or tavern in Granville Co. The Complainant Henry Webb says: "he went to the house of William Chavers," that he had some money with him in his purse, which he delivered "William Chavers, to be lock'd up in his Desk." In deposition of Elias Downs it is stated that "Chavers said to Webb, master you had better let me have your Money to put up for you." Downs also testified that the money left on Webbs person was stolen by Harding; and that on being asked to aid in searching him, Chavers said: "I am a Black Man, & don't care to undertake such a thing." Hardin was committed to Goal.

Questions:
1. Were the three brothers, Samuel, Gabriel and William, sons of Samuel Harding (will 1732)?
2. What is the history of Samuel after the lodging house robbery trial? Did he perish in jail or on the gallows, or did he have a life afterward that was documented -- and descendants?
3. Did William Hardin, brother of Gabriel, remain in Virginia? A William Hardin lived on Little Brush Creek on the west border of Chatham county in 1782. Which William is that?


Timeline of Samuel Harding, Jr. and curious notes

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1741 Dec 2. Samuel Harding bought 100 acres adjoining his mother's life estate on Fountain Creek.

1743 Aug 3. Samuel Harding to William Powell 150 acres

One year between 1746 and 1748 the Granville County Ross Tax List included Samuel Hardin and Thos Hardin.

-http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/granville/court/rosstax.txt
The GRANVILLE COUNTY, NC Ross Tax List was contributed by Eric Hartsfield, who deduces from other tax lists those who were taxed 1746-1748. Hartsfield's notes: Both of these lists are undated but I believe, after comparing names, that they predate the 1749 Lemuel Lanier list...

1747 Oct 1. SAMUEL HARDIN & MARY his wife of Brunswick County, St. Andrews Parish sold an estimated 100 acres to Adam Sims of same, 40, on North side of Maherrin, it being part of a Patent obtained by John Jackson February 22, 1724 for 200a.

1753 May 30.  Samuel Hardin Convicted and jailed in Edgecombe County, NC, after a robbery in Granville County. It is possible that Samuel Hardin, Jr. was executed, given the harsh nature of British law.

See above in the chronology the 1754 attachment suit on the Granville County land of Samuel Harding. Perhaps the land was part of the inheritance from Samuel Harding, Sr. or was new land purchased by Samuel. The situation does not look good for Samuel: The suit was against the ESTATE of Samuel Harding, indicating he was dead. The only other explanation is far-feched: The land willed to his sons by Samuel Hardin, Sr. in 1732 was still not divided to his heirs -- the land was still in probate after 21 years.


The notes below are supplied for further research, but I am inclined to believe our relative perished and the notes refer to others.

Probate of the two wills below in the Court Minutes for Orange County, N.C., but the wills are not in GRIMES or in the will books in Hillsborough. - Note on Abstracts of wills recorded  in Orance County, North Carolina1752 through 1800 and 1800-1850,by Ruth Herndon Shields, Vol 1 p. 3 (ancestry.com accessed 26 Jan 2015)

1754, July. Orange County Probate Court. "On motion of Richard Parker the last will and testament of Samuel Harlan and codocil annexed therto was proved in open court by the oath of James Vassey(?) and affirmation of Valentine Hollingsworth, Quaker. Elizabeth Harlan, widow of the deceased and Aaron Harland, executor thereof, qualified as such..." Could this be Samuel Hardin?

1754 July.  "The will of Joseph HARDIN deceased, was proved by the oath of Benjamin Martin. Elizabeth HARLAN, widow, appeared and qualified as executrix." The record shows  "Harlan" being used as a variant of "Hardin", with different spellings within the same document.

1760. A Thomas Horton, associated with Samuel Horton, was a taxpayer in Bute County.

1766. A Samuel Horton and a Thomas Horton are taxpayers in Bute County. (See tax lists on Samuel Hardin, Sr. page)

1771.  A Samuel Horton is a taxpayer in Bute County.

1790. US Census, Halifax County - Thomas Harden, living alone.

*Some 1790 census results come from The State Recods of North Carolina, Vol XXVI, Census 1790, page 89 et seq.; 1790 Tax Lists for Chatham Dist. p. 1294, Tax records substitutes p. 1261 for Granville 1788 and Orange 1790.