To Samuel Hardin Sr. will 1732

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

William Hardin, born roughly about 1725

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In the will of Samuel Harding, Sr., probated in October 1732, William Hardin was given the home place on Fountains Creek after the life estate of his mother.  The implication is that he was young, beause a child not yet born was to share the legacy with him, if he had been a boy. I have not determined the sex or whereabouts of that child. Perhaps the reader has, and will contact me with the information.

In the will Samuel provides a guardian for his children, the plural indicating the existence of at least two minors, William Hardin and a girl child, or William Hardin and the expected child. It seems reasonable that William Hardin was not among "my three eldest sons"   who received a bequest of land in North Carolina. The record points to Samuel Jr. and Gabriel as two of the eldest sons. The third I believe to be John Hardin of Billys Creek and Cape Fear.

With gratitude I acknowledge Susan Hardin Austin and Gwen Hardin, along with others such as Jon Harden, for making a case that Samuel Harding is the main ancestor of the I1a family as we now know it, and again Susan and Gwen for the insight that William was not among the eldest sons and may have been a half-brother to the eldest brothers.



Timeline of William Hardin

See also samuel-jr.htm for other mentions of William Hardin.

1732 October. William Hardin's father died and left him the Fountain's Creek, Brunswick County,
Va. farm after his mother's life estate.

1748 Dec 18.  William was age about 23 by my reckoning and lived in Granville County, NC when he promised to pay John Lynch of the same county 50 for 130 acres on the north side of Fountains Creek in Virginia. Fountain Creek does not extent into North Carolina. The purchase was probably near William's mother's home.

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.

1750 June 27.  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

Above we see that William Hardin, now living in Brunswick County (likely on the land he sold) sold the same 130 acres to William Powell for 20. William Powell had bought 150 acres of Samuel Hardin on Aug 3, 1743.

1760 Nov 19. William Hardin bought an unknown amount of land in Brunswick County. On 1760 Dec 15 William Hardin witnessed with his mark a sale on the north side of Peahill Creek. The deed was proved in Brunswick County.

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/


Sometime before March 1763 William Hardin sold a plantation in Brunswick County to Edward Clanton.

1763 March, Brunswick County, VA, Will of Edward Clanton (excerpt)
Item:  My brother Thomas Clanton to have a negro Jack.
Item:  To Edward, son of Thomas, his plantation, bought of WILLIAM HARDIN,
lying and being in Brunswick.
--Brunswick County, VA - Will Book 4 ,P. 325-326, March 1763. (http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/brunswick/)

The below reference reveals that William Hardin received a land grant on Great Creek in 1763, the same creek on which Gabriel Hardin, his brother, received a grant in 1761.

1763 Jul 7. William Heardin, 817 acres Lunenburg/both sides of the Great Creek. (Source: “The Edward Pleasant Valentine Papers: Abstracts of Records in the Local and General Archives of Virginia.” Ancestry.com database)

(A 16-year unknown period here until two men named William Hardin show up on the 1779 Cumberland County tax list in Duckworth's District.)

1763 Nov 28 Thomas Hardin owned adjacent land before this date, and on Nov. 28, 1763 witnessed a deed on Great Creek

typ deed
ref LUDB9p434-436
dat 28 Nov 1763
frm Stephen Caudle
to William Gallemore, both of Lun
con 100
re 200a Lunenburg/ Great Cr,
!adj. Thos. Harding, Matthew Laffoon, Nathl. Laffoon;
!Wit: Nathal. Laffoon, Matthew Laffoon, Thomas Harding;
!Sig: Stephen (S) Caudle, Mary (+) Caudle
!Rec: 12 Apr 1764
from http://www.directlinesoftware.com/pool.htm, to be replaced by deed.
This might be the same Thomas Hardin (unrelated) who, in a like manner to a John Hardin, was granted land by Randolph in Amelia County, Va. See the John Hardin page here for mentions of unrelated John Hardins.

1784 Nov 16. Gabriel Harding left Lunenburg County about 1767 for Cumberland County, North Carolina. Perhaps his brother William left at about the same time. The year 1779 marks the first appearance of two William Hardins on a Moore County tax list. One of them seems to be the younger brother of Gabriel and the other his son. On Nov. 16, 1784, William Hardin, using the nickname "Buck,"  was appointed Constable in Capt. Hunnicutt's District in Moore County, NC. "Monday, Feb. 21, 1785 William Hardin (Buck) was sworn to attend the grand jury this term." The year 1784 marks the second appearance of William Hardin, probable brother of Gabriel Harding, in the same North Carorlina county (then called Moore County) as Gabriel since leaving Lunenburg County, Virginia. If this William Hardin is the younger brother of Gabriel, we need to find his whereabouts during the 16 years preceeding 1779. Further research is needed.

Tuesday May 22nd 1787. A bill of sale from Joseph McGee to WILLIAM HARDEN SENR. Please see the Gabriel Harding page, "Hardin Names in Moore County Court Records" section.

1786. William Hardin, Jr. Implied by 1786-87 mention of William Hardin, Senior, probably "Buck." William Hardin Jr. was security for the marriage of David Williams and Tabitha Hardin in 1786 in Moore County. David Williams was an administrator, with James Hardin, of the intestate Gabriel Hardin in Randolph. I guess William Hardin, Jr.was born between 1740 and 1745, such that he could have a daughter, Tabitha, born 1770 to marry in 1785. 

Summary and clarification: One William Hardin (nicknamed Chubby) is a son of Gabriel Harding. He was born about 1753, probably in Granville County, NC.  In Sue Step's genealogy of William "Chubby" Hardin, he had no son William Hardin, Jr.  A second William Hardin (nicknamed Buck) I propose is the brother of Gabriel, son of Samuel Hardin of Brunswick County, VA. William was born there (if not more easterly) roughly 1725. Both men lived in Moore County, NC at the same time.

Wild Geese


Probably not our relatives:

1790 Census for Edgecombe Township (it appears) of Halifax County, NC.

Columns are (1) Males under 16; (2) Males 16 and greater; (3) females; and (4) slaves.

William Hardin         1 2 3 1

William Hardin Jun   0 0 1 1

 James Hardin         0 1 1 3



 

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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 1748

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

William Hardin of Brunswick Co. to William Powell of same Co. 20: 130 acres on north side of Fountains Creek in Brunswick Co. being the plantation formerly in the possession of John Lynch and by Deed 18th Oct. 1748 conveyed by sd. Lynch to sd. Hearden. June 27, 1750. D. B,. 4, p. 183.(Valentine p. 601)

Discussion on William Hardin. The above records concerning William Hardin proves he resided in Granville County, North Carolina on 18 December 1748 when he bought 130 acres near the ancestral home on Fountain Creek in Brunswick County. The resale in 1750 of the 130 acres by William Hardin makes it clear that William Hardin bought from John Lynch. However it was not until June 27, 1750 that Lynch actually conveyed the property to Hardin, who the same day immediately resold it to William Powell. On that date in 1750 William Hardin lived in Brunswick County, Va. It could be that William Hardin encountered some legal requirement. Or perhaps Lynch had crops he wanted to keep. It's all guesswork. Since a John Lynch was the land owner, it does not immediately appear clear that the above 130 acres was Elizabeth's life estate that was to go the son William on her death. What is clear is that William Hardin never took possession of the 130 acres he bought from Lynch.

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 flowed east through 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.



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.

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.)