Oran Hardin of John R. Hardin and Unclassified

The Mysterious John R. Hardin  -- Summary and Background

Much ink has been used in the last quarter century by Oran Hardin (1923-2010), founder of the defunct Hardin Family Association, and by his associates and friends, in the quarterly journal "Harden-in-ing Family Association Newsletter." The result has been travel from the unknown in a circle back to the unknown, with people citing each other as sources. I've done some of that, thinking others must be experts. But often they were traveling in the circle. Now, due to the increasing availability of records through the effort of the LDS Church and others, and importantly through DNA testing, we are now in a position to begin to cite more original sources and claim more certainty. I attempt to do that on this Web site.

Without many original sources, the family of Oran Hardin (descendant of James Hardin b. ~1800) depended heavily on the 1934 publication first listed:

The Hardin Family Tree 1729-1934
by J R Hardin
, published 1934, describes the family of James Hardin b. 1800. Unfortunately his work, though sincere, is mostly sourceless. He depends on family members' memories.

Hardin family by Delores Mullings (deceased). Her still existent Web site described the family of both James and John Hardin (below).

  Please notify me if you can't access the Mullings site and I will post a mirror.

Gabby Hann has also looked into  the John Hardin family. See database .2749870, HANDINHANN at Rootsweb Worldconnect . But she has the wrong father.

It was claimed in 1934, and continues to be claimed, that the Hardins in the row of counties in far north Alabama and adjacent Tennessee counties including Lincoln and Franklin, are descended from John R. Hardin, who supposedly married his second wife, had two children, and subsequently died in Rowan County, North Carolina.  The second wife's name is claimed to be Mary Ann Nevin who married in Salisbury, N.C. in 1799. The first wife is admittedly unknown.

Here is the oldest "source", which are pedigree sheets collected by Yates Publishing beginning in 1972 and indexed by Ancestry.com as "U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900"

Name:     Mary Ann Nevin
Gender:     Female
Birth Year:     1767
Spouse Name:     John R Hardin
Spouse Birth Year:     1729
Number Pages:     1

The oldest "source" for John R. Hardin lists the wrong parents. The father is not of the I1 DNA type. It's in Ancestry.com's "Family Date Collection -- Individual Records":

Name:     John R Hardin
Spouse:     Mary Ann Nevin
Parents:     Robert Hardin, Mrs Hardin
Birth Place:     North, NC
Birth Date:     1759
Marriage Place:     Salisbury, Rowan County, NC
Marriage Date:     1799
Death Place:     Rowan County, NC
Death Date:     1810

Claimed sons of second wife

James Hardin

He is the head of the north Alabama and south Tennessee family (which includes the HFA founder and researcher ORAN HARDIN, born Marshall County, Alabama). A good deal of documentation has been found, but I see no evidence of who his parents were. Said born 1800.

Robert Hardin

Said born in Rowan County in 1802, he settled in Kentucky with wife Mary Carter and had six sons and five daughters. A daughter, Mary "Polly" Hardin married her first cousin, John Roland Hardin, son of James Hardin, near Wolf River, southern Kentucky, and settled in New Market, Madison County, Alabama.

Claimed sons of the first wife

John Hardin

John Hardin  is documented, but not his parents. He served in the 2nd regiment of Tennessee Militia from 1 Jan 1813 to April. He volunteered from Huntsville, Alabama, then Mississippi Territory. He was discharged at Fayetville, Tennessee. He was awarded land in Elyton, Alabama, near the future Birmingham, Alabama. He had 13 children and died at age 87 in 1874 (b. 1787). On 13 Aug 1813 he married Nancy Johnson in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama. She was born 1793 in South Carolina. The 1850 census for Jefferson County,  Five Mile district, shows John Hardin, age  63 (b. 1787), laborer, born in  NC. He was living with Pleasant G. Hardin, 23, (b. 1828) b. Ala. And with Nancy, 57 (b. 1793), b.  SC.

John Hardin's descendants lived in Jefferson County, Ala., and also among the descendants of half-brother JAMES HARDIN in north Alabama.

Green Hardin

It is supposed by Mulllings that he was born about 1789.

Moses Hardin

It is supposed by Mullings that he was born in 1791. Perhaps this is the Moses Hardin shown as ancestor of test kit #260009 at hhhdna.com (an I1 Hardin in the family under discussion). His researchers named at that site show: Moses born bet 1780-1790; died bet 1841-1849 Tennessee; married 1801 NC to Sophia Hise b. bet 1780-90 NC, died bet. 1841-49 Tennessee.  They had a son named Hiram H. Hardin born about 1802 in North Carolina, died 1853 Tennessee.

Maryland Ancestry Discovered Invalid by DNA

(see hhhdna.com)

Robert Harding of Talbott County, Maryland > Joseph C. Harding of Talbott County, Maryland > Robert Hardin of Talbott County and of Rowan/Iredell County, North Carolina.

The above names form a lineage, but they are not, as has been claimed, the ancestor line of John R. Hardin or of any I1 Hardin in these pages.

Invalidity of John R. Hardin

This researcher (Travis Hardin) has in 15 years found no documentation of the existence of a John R. Hardin or of his being a father to James or John Hardin (above) - who are documented - or of any evidence of a Green or Moses Hardin (but see a Moses here). I have not looked into the Kentucky Robert Hardin or affirmed him as a part of the I1 Hardin family.

For the past 30 years some dedicated amateur genealogists, led by Oran Hardin of the now dormant Hardin Family Association, have published some detailed information that may be genuine but whose source has not been shared in print. The family story about a Dutch Bible rings true, and may have been once know by someone who passed on without sharing their knowledge.Looking for proof today, we come up short of being able to say whether an undocumented statement is true or whether it has been invented. Many trees lead back to John R. Hardin. I would be pleased to receive tips on where to find evidence, even circumstantial, for the existence of John  R. Hardin, or whoever is the father of the five boys above: James, Robert, John, Green, and Moses.

Lincoln County, Tenn - John W. Hardin 1854-1932 - unknown family

John W. Hardin died 2 Oct 1932 in Shreveport, Caddo, Louisiana, age 78. He was a white male whose  birthplace was Lincoln County, Tennessee in 1854. His father's name is stated as William Hardin. We can be confident that Mrs. William Hardin lived in Lincoln County in 1854.

A mystery family who is put temporarily on the Oran Hardin page.

Death Certificate.

(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F33B-2HJ : accessed 14 March 2016), William Hardin in entry for John W Hardin, 02 Oct 1932; citing Shreveport, Caddo, Louisiana, certificate number 10803, State Archives, Baton Rouge; FHL microfilm 2,392,643.


John T. Hardin 1820-1850 -- unknown family

This small family of Hardins in eastern Limestone County, Alabama  purports to begin with William Hardin and wife Martha "Patty" Malone, possibly of Virginia and  born soon enough to sire John Hardin (1783-1855), who married Martha  (1787-1839), and second Susanna Jane Milhous (1801-1861). John Hardin (b. 1783) was born in Virginia, according to the 1850 Limestone County census. He lived alone in 1850.

One of John's sons was John T. Hardin (1820-1850, died age 30). He married Susannah E. Mitchell. From the land grants another son appears to have been William Hardin. William was born 1818 in Tennessee, according to the 1850 Limestone County census. His wife Susan was born 1826 in Alabama.

Beside the older William and Martha Hardin listing I wrote "Circuit Court Minutes 1824-1825."

A Ransford F. Hardin, b.1817 in North Carolina was also in Limestone County in 1850. His wife was Nancy, born 1823 in Kentucky. "Hunting for Bears" reports Nancy B Garrison married Ransford F Hardin 26 Mar 1842 in Limestone County, Alabama. By 1860 the family was in Monroe County, Arkansas, and in 1870.

from Findagrave.com, seven graves, the entire census of Hardin Cemetery, Limestone County, Alabama Coordinates: 34.91670 N, -86.80560W

Cole, Christian C. 63877791
b. 1833 d. Dec. 5, 1891
Hardin Cemetery
Limestone County
Alabama, USA

Gough, Sarah Jane Hardin 154860597
b. Dec. 9, 1928 d. Nov. 10, 2015
Hardin Cemetery
Limestone County
Alabama, USA

Hardin, John 43961888
b. Apr. 20, 1783 d. Jan. 4, 1855
Son of William Hardin/Harding and Martha "Patty" Malone.
Martha Harding (1787 - 1839)*
  Susanna Jane Milhous Hardin (1801 - 1861)*
  John T. Hardin (1820 - 1850)*
*Calculated relationship
Hardin Cemetery
Limestone County
Alabama, USA

Hardin, John T. 43962059
b. Nov. 8, 1820, Limestone County, Ala.
d. Dec. 1, 1850  "Age 30"
Son of John and Martha Hardin
Husband of Susannah "Susan" E. (Mitchell) Hardin
  John Hardin (1783 - 1855)
  Martha Harding (1787 - 1839)
  Susannah E. Mitchell Williamson (____ - 1861)*
 *Calculated relationship
Hardin Cemetery
Limestone County
Alabama, USA

Harding, Martha 43961950
b. May 18, 1787 d. Oct. 21, 1839
Spouse: John Hardin (1783-1855)
 John T. Hardin (1820 - 1850)*
 *Calculated relationship
Hardin Cemetery
Limestone County
Alabama, USA

Suggs, Norman L. 23448877
b. unknown d. Dec. 15, 2007
Hardin Cemetery
Limestone County
Alabama, USA

Williamson, Mrs Susannah E. "Susan" Mitchell 43962134
b. unknown d. 1861
Daughter of Elizabeth Milhouse Mitchell
1st, John T. Hardin
2nd,  William T. Williamson ~ Sep 17, 1857, Madison Co., Alabama
John T. Hardin (1820 - 1850)
Hardin Cemetery
Limestone County
Alabama, USA

Land grant records at the Bureau  of Land Management for Hardin, Limestone County.

View Patent Image AL1260__.353 PatenteeHARDIN, JOHN 9/10/1834 5508 AL Huntsville 001S - 004W NNE 4 Limestone
View Patent Image AL3640__.246 PatenteeHARDIN, WILLIAM 8/1/1849 13388 AL Huntsville 001S - 004W SWNW 12 Limestone
View Patent Image AL3650__.456 PatenteeHARDEN, WILLIAM 4/1/1850 14110 AL Huntsville 001S - 004W NWNW 12 Limestone

In the 1850 census John Hardin, age 67, is living alone in district 3 of Limestone County, Ala. He was a farmer and owned property worth  $2000. He was born in Virginia (calculated 1783). He had nine slaves, all male. The 80-acre grant to John Hardin in 1834 was adjacent to the Tennessee line and included what is now Ardmore, Alabama.

John T. Hardin in the 1850 slave census lived in 2nd regiment 33, Madison County, Ala. He had eight slaves. I can't find him in the 1850 census otherwise. According to trees and findagrave.com, John T. Hardin died at age 30 on 1 Dec. 1850 at Wooley Springs, Limestone County. Location of the community is at the east end of Wooley Springs Road at Little Limestone Creek, 34 54' 10" North, 86 47' 30" West according to maplandia.com. The Hardin Cemetery is 1.22 miles northwest of the Wooley Springs community.

William Hardin in 1850 lived in district 3 of Limestone County. He was a farmer born in Tennessee, 32 (calculated born 1818). His wife was Susan, 24, b. Ala., with a son, James S. Hardin, 8, b. Ala.

Adjacent to WIlliam at family no. 183 is James F. Hardin, 27 (b. 1823 in Tenn.), Sarah Hardin, 48 (perhaps a mother or unmarried older sister), born Tenn., a boy Sanford, 14, a girl Elander, 10, and a girl Babe, 7. All children born in Ala.

William Hardin was granted 40 acres in 1849. It is at the site of the present Tillery Cemetery under a present-day high-tension line 1/2 mile west of the Madison County line. In 1850 William was granted 40 additional acres at the southeast corner of what are now Old Schoolhouse Road and Elkwood Section Road, just north of Davis Branch. The land almost adjoined the present state highway 53, the Huntsville-to-Ardmore Road, on its east. The latter property was cater-cornered to the first, with the west boundary of the latter being Old Schoolhouse Road.

I suspect the above is not our I1a Hardin family, thought it might be a John R. Hardin descendant as presented by J. R. Hardin in 1934 and by Delores Mullings

This page includes speculation for discussion among reseasrchers of this family. It is not finished genealogy tied up in a ribbon for harvesting. Corrections and better explanations are requested. Contact Travis Hardin at ke3y at comcast dot net.