The Pendleton District to 1840
This page will be used for Pendleton District generalities such as maps, and for telling about people who may be important to the i1a Hardins but who do not have a dedicated page.
Mills' Map of Pendleton District Surveyed by Scribling 1820,
Improved for Mills' Atlas 1825
"Hardins Island" in the Tugaloo River is shown. It is shown as half
a mile in length and lies 1.5 miles down river from the mouth of Big
Beaverdam Creek. It is on the branches of that creek Griffin Hardin and
his children settled. It was about 4 miles north of the island that
John Hardin was first granted land in the district. I have made no
connection between the Island's name and our Hardins, but there
probably is a connection. Perhaps after arriving peniless from Chatham
County, while waiting for land grants, the Hardins picked that place to
set their traps.
John and Gabriel Hardin immigrated from Chatham County, North
Carolina to Pendleton District between 8 Nov 1786 and 1790 and are
found in the latter census.
Gabriel may have moved in two years sooner. Each of them has his
own page. They seem to be father and son.
A note on Pendleton and the War of 1812
district, S.C. furnished during the late war, upwards of 1,000 militia
and 400 regulars for the actual service of the United States.
This district is in the interior, immediately under the Big Mountains,"
says a letter to the editor; "and in 1790, the only place of public
resort was the muster ground of the county, at which the little
effective Mockasin force was collected." This letter, written several
months ago, adds -- "we are far removed from the theatre of war, but
always ready to share it -- 500 men, assembled at Pendleton Court-House
on the 1st of February (1815) on a call from general Pinckney, in four
days after the orders were received at that place, to march to the
seaboard." -- An editorial item in Niles' Weekly
Register (Baltimore), H. Niles, editor, Volume IX covering September
1816 to March 1817, page 153, issue Sat Oct 28, 1815.
Pendleton Election Districts 1822
Pendleton Election Districts and Supervisors published Monday, Sep. 23, 1822 in the Southern Patriot, Charleston, page 4, and viewed at genealogybank.com 25 Jul 2017.
Joshua Hardin b. 1780s, Unproven son of Gabriel Hardin or of his cousin Isaac Hardin
who settled in Lauderdale County, Alabama, and matches the Oran Hardin and Pendleton District DNA, was born in 1780-1790 in South Carolina. It is possible that one of Gabriel's middle sons was that northern Alabama settler. It is also believable that Joshua was a son of Isaac Hardin of Greenville, SC. John Michael Hardin (Mike) of Savannah, Tennessee has found evidence for the latter in that names of neighbors of Isaac Hardin are associated with Joshua Hardin in Alabama.
Below is the small amount of research I have done along with
research other relatives have done. No proof is claimed, but the
circumstances are agreeable to the theory. If the only clue we have is
that Joshua was born in South Carolina, that is no good. But we have
the important DNA 37-marker match. Nowhere else in South Carolina but
Pendleton District and Greenville/Spartanburg has that DNA been
matched. See also the
discussion on this web site about the sons of Gabriel Hardin at gabriel-w-john.htm .
The DNA. From Bill Hardin's DNA Web site hhhdna.com. Research by John Michael Hardin, DNA of Thomas Nelson Hardin, Jr.. He has all 37 markers in common with Oran Hardin and me.
Son of Joshua, Simon Peter Hardin, b. 1812 SC, married about 1837 Alabama. In 1840 he lived in Lauderdale County, Ala. with only his wife. No children were reported on the census. Residence in 1850 was Hardin County, Tenn. He married Catherine, b. 1827 in South Carolina. The first child said by John Michael Hardin to be born in 1839 in Alabama. Simon Peter Hardin died 1861 in Arkansas. (That is somebody else's research.)
Son Joshua Hardin said to be born 1818 but note he or his father patented land in Lauderdale County, Ala in 1834 at 2S 13W, 1.
Shirley Hardin Miller phoned 8 Jan 2014. Family is John Joshua Hardin son of Peter Hardin. They went to Hardin Co and McNary Co TN. John Michael Hardin is her cousin. His grandmother married a son of John Joshua Hardin. The tested person was Nelson Hardin of Corinth MS., a 2nd or third cousin of Shirley's. (Shirley was age 74 in 2014 and lived at 101 Johnson Street., Savannah, GA 31405, shirleymiller at bellsouth dot net is her email.
Pendleton District Griffins
"The Griffin family reunion will be held 14 July 1996 at Griffin
Baptist Church in Pickens, SC. This reunion is held by the descendants
of William Griffin and his first wife Sarah Kirksey and second wife
Elizabeth Stroud, who moved from Chatham Co., NC to Pendleton District,
SC in the late 1700's ... Elizabeth Griffin, 2329 Laurel Lane, Augusta,
GA 30904." -Published in a 1996 Old Pendleton District
newsletter, Linda G. Cheek, editor.
James C. Grifin appointed election manager at Pendleton court house,
also Simon Dyal [Doyle] and Henry D. Rees. --Charleston City Gazette,
Tue. Aug 14, 1810.
I am following Griffins with the thought that Gabriel's wife was a Griffin. I hoped there would be evidence but after speaking to Griffin researchers of Chatham County NC Griffins, I learn that one moved from Chatham to Pendleton, but none married a Hardin. I am changing Gabriel's wife's name to COMFORT UNKNOWN.
A Curious Thought: Back in Chatham County at a Court of Pleas and
Quarter Sessions on 10 May 1784 (p.52),
about a year afterJohn and Gabriel Hardin's names were mentioned in
court, "William Griffen [was] appointed Guardian to Mary
Ledbetter having Given Bond with James Sellars." (p. 76) And on the
next page, "Mary Ledbetter be Bound unto William Griffen till She Come
to Law full age She being Judg'd fourteen now." (p.77 of Poe, p. 95 and
96 of original)
Source: "Chatham County North Carolina Court Minutes 1781-1785," Laird and Jackson, Poe Publishers.
Here we discover an orphan or other girl born 1770. Six years later,
in 1790 the William Griffin family was in Pendleton District, SC. with
2 boys and 5 girls.The girl Mary Ledbetter was 20 years of age. If she
went with the Griffins to Pendleton District, maybe she married one of
our Hardins. I advance that undocumented, baseless
suggestion hoping we can identify how Griffin Hardin got his name.
Pendleton District Questions and Other Notes
Nancy Hardin, b. 1756-1774,
who is she? 1800 Pendleton District census, page 457, line number 869:
3M under 10, 2F under 10, 1F 10-15, 1F 26-44.
1810 Pendleton District, SC
Free White Males Free White Females
Under 10 Under 10
45 & Over 45 & Over
HARD, Lydia 1-0-1-0-0 1-1-0-1-1 00 01 slaves
Petitions to Divide the District of Pickens
CITIZENS OF PICKENS DISTRICT, PETITION ASKING THAT THE COURTHOUSE NOT
BE MOVED, BUT THAT THE DISTRICT BE DIVIDED. (4 PAGES)
Names indexed: HALL, HUGH; HARDIN, REUBIN; HARDIN, THOMAS; KENT, MARK; REDMAN, SAMUEL; TERRELL, AARON
Date: No date
Please note that in the
partial original document Reuben Hardin's signature is clear while
the "Thos " can be seen as Thomas Hardin only if you know
it in advance. Thomas Hardin and Reuben Hardin
were the two oldest sons of Griffin Hardin. A "petition started a few
days' since" probably refers to the petition to move the village of
Pickens. That was around 1837, so by deduction, this was 1837
Here's the transcription.
To The Hon: The Senate & House of Representatives of South Carolina
We the undersigned names following Inhabitants of Pickens District ask leave to remonstrate & Protest against a Petition started a few days' since for a Removal of the Court House of our district Inasmuch as it will not be beneficial except to a few individuals. Many Reasons you will perceive might be stated, but the Proposition is considered so unreasonable that we deem it unnecessary to urge any, as such removal would be attended with considerable Cost to the Public and cause much in Convenience to the Citizens, & people particularly those of the western part of the district &C.
We therefore Pray for an equal Division of the District, or such a division as may be thought right & proper made by Commissioners appointed by your Honorable Body for that purpose.
This Division we think would add much to the convenience of all the inhabitants Collectively. and that the Public Buildings may be Reased by the funds arising from the Sales of the Lots of the contemplated villages & other source of Revenue, belonging to the District. Respectfully submitted.
Aaron Terrell, Mark Kent, __ Colham?, Thos Hardin, Samule Redmond, Reubin Gilbert, Hugh Hall, Tho R. Thelor[Tailor?][present at the Anderson 1840 census], Reubin Hardin, Daniel Mason [present at the 1830 census].
Hardins in South Carolina Militia Units, War of 1812
Highlights of this section:
William T. Hardin of my i1a family left Pendleton District, SC for
Tuscaloosa County, Alabama in the early 1830s. It was NOT he who
enlisted in 1814 in the 1st Regiment of South Carolina Militia
(Means' Regiment) as a musician. There is no evidence that William T.
Hardin served in the War of 1812 or received bounty land.
LIST OF HARDINS IN SOUTH CAROLINA MILITIA UNITS, WAR OF 1812Source of names is mostly http://www.carolana.com/SC/1800s/antebellum/war_of_1812_military_units.html
1st Regiment SC Militia (Mean's): George, Israel, Robert &
William is Cpl and a musician. Rest are privates. Willliam Hardin
(1794-1848) is from the Chester County Hardins represented by the R1B1
lime pedigree at hhhdna.com.
His parents are John Sealy Hardin and Hannah Boyd. All are buried at
the Old Purity Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Plese see findagrave.com,
and there is one documented tree on ancestry.com. Israel lived
in Chester County in 1820. So these are mostly Chester County men.
See findagrave.com for that Chester County family:
Birth Date: 10 May 1794
Birth Place: Chester County, South Carolina, USA
Death Date: 15 Apr 1848
Death Place: Chester, Chester County, South Carolina, USA
Has Bio?: Y
Father: John Harden
Mother: Hannah Harden
Children: Thomas Cornwell Harden
Jesse Harvies Harden
Henry Smith Harden
Capt John Harden
Nancy M. McCollum
Eli Cornwall Hardin
Created by: Cindy Cornwell McCachern
1st Regiment SC Militia (Youngblood's): David Hardin, Robert Hardin. William Hadden/on. Abraham Hadden/on.
2nd Regiment SC Militia (McWillie's): Isaac Harden, corporal.
3rd Regiment SC Militia (Alston's): Harding, George, Pvt.
Juhan's Battalion SC Militia
Harden, Abihu, Private
Harden, Albert, Private
Harden, Isiah, Private
Rowe's Regiment SC Militia: Robert Hardin, Sgt.
Tucker's Regiment SC Militia: Harden, John Pvt. Harding, Nicholas, Lieutenant.
NO HARDINS FOUND IN UNITS BELOW at CAROLANA.COM.
*Means Names found are from War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815 results for Harden (Ancestry.com)
Austin's Regiment SC Militia
Nash's Regiment SC Volunteers
Rutledge's 3rd Regiment SC State Troops
Felder's Battalion Artillery SC Militia
Gasque's Battalion SC Militia
4th Regiment SC Militia
Howard's Detachment SC Militia
5th Regiment SC Militia (Keith's)
Joined the Regular U. S. Army
Hiram C. Harden of Pendleton district joined the 8th U. S. Infantry at Charleston on 10 March 1814. Hiram Hardin was, I believe, the oldest son of Aaron Hardin, Sr. I believe his kinship because Mrs. Aaron Hardin, my known ancestor, gave birth to a son Asa Hardin in Charleston in March 1814. It appears that she saw him off to war. Hiram Hardin was born 1795 or 1796.
Gabriel Hardin, son of Isaac Hardin of Greenville
County, enlisted in Spartanburg in Capt. William Haynes' Company of
Walker's Regiment on 18 July 1813 and was discharged at
Greenville, SC in March 1814. He filed a pension
application (local transcription, fold3.com) from Greenville
County in 1871. Also see my page isaac.htm
. The pension application says "South Carolina Militia" but the
unit is not shown in the militia list above.
These Hardins may be found near Pendleton District but are not I1 Hardins. The first listed is a daughter of settler Robert Hardin of Rowan County, NC. Robert Hardin is not an I1 Hardin. He has been shown to be genotype R2. Please see my robert-question.htm and see DNA test and tree at hhhdna.com.
John Reid b. ca. 1765, probably Rowan County, NC,
married Mary Hardin,
daughter of Robert Hardin, Sept 1790 in Iredell County, NC. They moved
to Pendleton District, SC. Their first child, Andrew, was borh 1791 in
Iredell County, NC but lived most of his life in Anderson County, SC,
and died there 22 Oct 1876. Andrew was an elder for 50 years at Good
Hope Presbyterian Church in Iva. John Reid died 14 Nov 1818 in
Pendleton District, SC. Mary Hardin Reid was born 1775 and died 1851 in
Gwinnett County, Ga. Secondary sources: archives
at Roobsweb ; this writer has not examined sources.