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Major John Hardin[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1710 - 1789


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  • Prefix  Major 
    Born  1710  Elk Run Section,,Stafford Co,Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Buried  1789  Hardinsburg,,Nelson Co,Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  13 Oct 1789  Hardinsburg, Nelson Co, Kentucky,,,by Indians Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Person ID  I10450  StilesGen 2012
    Last Modified  15 Oct 2011 

    Father  Marcus "Mark" Hardin,   b. 26 Mar 1681, Staten Island,,Richmond Co,New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1735, Northumberland,,Prince William Co,Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Marie Madeline De La Chaumette "Mary" Hogue,   b. 1665, Northumberland Co, Virginia,,,of Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1755, ,,Prince William Co,Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1709  ,,Northumberland Co,Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1731  Group Sheet

    Family  Catherine Marr,   b. 1711, ,,Stafford Co,Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1786, George's Creek,,Fayette Co,Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Nov 1730  ,,Stafford Co,Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Children 
     1. John "Miller John" Hardin, Jr.,   b. Oct 1733, ,,Prince William Co,Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1803, George's Creek,,Fayette Co,Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mary Polly Hardin,   b. 1735, ,,Prince William Co,Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1805
     3. Marc Hardin,   b. 1737, ,,Prince William Co,Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1792, ,,Nelson Co,Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Benjamin Hardin,   b. 1739,   d. 01 Dec 1816
     5. Thomas Hardin,   b. 1741,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. William "Indian Bill" Hardin,   b. 1747, Faquier,,Prince William Co,Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1821
     7. Jesse Hardin,   b. 1751,   d. 1768
     8. Abigail Hardin,   b. 1753,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Catherine Hardin,   b. 1755,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Elizabeth Hardin,   b. 1756,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Susannah Hardin,   b. 1759,   d. Yes, date unknown
     12. Lucy Hardin,   b. 1762,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  16 Jan 2010 
    Family ID  F1784  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Major JOHN HARDIN was born about 1710 in Stafford County, Virginia. He served in the military in 1782 in Revolutionary War. He died on 13 Oct 1789 in Nelson County, Kentucky. Shot by Indians on the Brandenburg Road about a mile from Hardinsburg KY. This date is likely the date of probate. John Hardin moved about 1740 to Frederick Co VA. built the first stone courthouse in Frederick Co. Served as Capt. of militia in the French & Indian War. 1769 went as a pioneer to Georges Creek (now Fayette Co PA); Capt and Major in the border campaigns of the Revolution. Built boats for the Monongahela & Ohio Rivers, including military expeditions
      COLONIAL AMERICA 1706-1789 CENSUS INDEX [CD-Rom FTM] - John Hardin listed in Rent Roll of Frederick Co in 1759 and 1764. John Hardin found in the Rent Roll, Landholders & Pattentees in 1773, Fauquier Co
      In Feb of 1772, John gave to his son William Hardin of Bedford Co PA for and in consideration of natural love and affection, the tract of land he now lives on and all other estate on this side of Laurel Hill. This land was Surveyed on 22 May 1770 (Order #3084) but patented to Charles Griffen 9 May 1788.
      Moved to Nelson Co KY 1786 near Hardin's Station, established in 1780 by his son Capt. William Hardin.
      Will dated 4 Jun 1788; probated 13 Oct 1789. Bardstown, Nelson Co KY. Sons: John, Mark, William, Benjamin. Daughters: Abigail Linch, Mary Thomas, Catharine Burnett, Elizabeth Martin, Susannah Walker. Also mentions "Polly Hardin", probable granddaughter, daughter of a deceased unnamed son, grandson Henry son of John, granddaughter Katy Thomas and granddaughter Cassandra Hardin.
      The mother of Polly Harden has long been debated. Her given name was Margaret in the will, but the surname has a strike-over on the first initial - I read it as Kirby tho most everyone else has thought the first letter was an "H". I believe this suggests further research. He says "Margaret Kirby that was" indicating Kirby could have been Margaret's maiden name .
      He was married to CATHERINE MARR (daughter of JOHN MARR Sr. and ??? [MARR]) about 1730 in Fauquier County, Virginia. CATHERINE MARR was born about 1711 in Virginia. She died in 1780 in Augusta District, Virginia.
      Moved to Frederick Co ca 1740 where he served as sheriff. The story is told that when John Hardin led a contingent in 1754 of Frederick County men to the call of the Virginia militia commander, one George Washington, some were jailed after trying to relieve their boredom. Believing free men should not be confined, they tore the jail down and returned home. Over the next four years he was active in the French & Indian Wars where he served as lieutenant and captain. 1767-69 one of the pioneer settlers on Georges Creek in Monongahela Valley (Springfield Township) Fayette Co.,PA where was Justice of the Peace, built boats and equipped militia expeditions.
      Name Prefix: Major
      1710 - born Elk Run Section of Stafford Co. which became Prince William Co. in 1783 and Fauquier Co. in 1759.
      1730 - married
      1733 - Jun 2, son John Jr (Miller Hardin)
      1734 - named the eldest son in the willof Mark Hardin of Pr. William, VA
      1740 - moved to Frederick Co; build the first stone courthouse. Served as sheriff. Was lieutenant and captain of Frederick Co. Militia. Served in the French and Indian Wars.
      1747 - son, William "Indian Bill" was born
      1752 - 1758, VIRGINIA HOUSE OF BURGESSES RECORDS H.B. page 484 "Report of Committee certifying that Capt. John Hardin and his company were in the service of the county for 8 days. Due 20 lbs and 8 shs.
      1755 - Oct 11, DINWIDDIE PAPERS, v.2 page 240 from George Washington "ordered recruits under the command of Capt. Hardin."
      1757 - Aug, SHENANDOAH PIONEERS, says thatJohn Hardin took the oath of Lieutenant
      1762 - moved to Patterson Creek Valley, Hampshire Co. Va
      1767/9 - pioneer settler of George's Creek, in the Monongahela Valley, now Springhill Township, Fayette Co., PA. Maj. John was the most dominant figure of his generation. He was prominent in border defense during the Rev. War, spoken of as Maj. either by right or by courtesy, a Virginia Patriot and supporter of Gen. Geo. Rogers Clark. Maj. John was Justice of the Peace of Monongalia Co., Va and he built boats and equipped militia expeditions.
      1771 - had moved to Bedford Co, PA
      1772 - Feb 15, Bedford Co, PA, Deed Booka, page 29: John Hardin to William Hardin. John gave to William a tract of land lying in Bedford Co which William was then living on and all other estate of (John) on this side Laurel Hill, Negroes, stock and other substances movableand immovable. Note: this land is "Choice" located in Springhill Twp of Fayette Co, PA, cut 1783 from Westmoreland Co, PA, cut 1773 from Bedford Co, PA; surveyed 22 May 1770 on survey order #3084, but patented 9 May 1788 to Charles Griffen/Griffin
      1781 - Mar 28, KENTUCKY REGISTER, v.53 p.40 - land survey recorded in Jefferson Co, KY: John Hardin 2500 acres
      Occupation: Major Hardin had shipyards at the mouth of Georges Creek (Mononghela) and at Redstone, to judge from records
      1782 - Apr 12, George's Creek, Letter from Maj. John Hardin to Col. Davies about building boats for Gen. George Rogers Clark. VA Cal. of State Papers, Vol. 111 page 128
      1782 - May 20, John to Col. Davies from "Redstone", in regard to boats for transporting troops and provisions when wagons should arrive from the east. Cal. State papers, Vol III page 169
      1782 - Jul 5, Martin Carney to Mr. Davies, Redstone Old Fort, refers to a flat boat built by MajJohn Hardin and says that but for Maj Hardin's furnishing him with provision she could not well have subsisted. Gen. George Rogers Clark papers, page 69. Cal. State papers, Vol III pg 206
      1782 - Jul 28, John to Col. Davies - Monongahila, reporting the news brought to Fort Pitt by a runner who has escaped, that Col. Crawford, Col. Harrison and Mr. Crawford had been defeated, captured and burned at the stake in the Sandusky Expedition.
      1785 - Fayette County, Springhill Twp: John Harden paid 1.19.11 taxes
      1786 - Fayette Co, Spinghill Twp: John Hardin paid 10.0 taxes
      1786 - went to Kentucky with sons. He lived alone ina cabin east of Hardin's Station, which has been established in 1780 by his son, William
      1787 - in the same area as daughter Mary Thomas, in what is now Marion Co, KY
      1789 - killed by Indians approx. 1 mile outside Hardinsburgh (town built by son William "Indian Bill" Hardin) on the Brandenburg Road
      1788 - June 4, will dated, proved 13 Oct 1789, Nelson Co. KY. Copy in files
      References:
      WILL OF MAJOR JOHN HARDIN, Bardstown courthouse, Nelson Co, KY Page 61
      CALENDAR OF VIRGINIA STATE PAPERS, v. 3, pg 128 "Maj. John Hardin to Col.
      Davis" (April 12, 1782, "George's Creek"); V 3, pg 169: "Maj Hardin to Col.
      Davies" (May 20, 1782, "Red Stone"); V 3, pg 235: "Maj Hard
      "Major John Hardin, son of Mark Hardin, and designated as John Hardin, Sr., was born about 1710, probably in Stafford County, Virginia, possibly in the Mars Elk Run Section, where he was reared, and which later became successively Prince William County in 1738, and Fauquier County in 1759. He, with his brother, Martin, was named an Executor of his father's will. Soon after 1740 he moved to Frederick County, Virginia; took a promi-nent part in the organization of that county; built the first stone courthouse; was Sheriff, Lieutenant and Captain of the Frederick County Militia; served in the French and Indian War; and engaged in some sort of business which required numerous suits in the courts for the collection of his accounts. After 1760 he bought several tracts of land in Patterson Creek Valley in Hampshire County, Virginia [now West Virginia], and moved to that county in 1762. In 1767-69 he was one of the pioneer settlers on Georges Creek, in the Monongahela Valley, now Springfield Town-ship, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. He and his sons John, Mark, and William and Benjamin, along with his brother, Martin, his brother, Mark, and Captain James Neal, husband of Hannah Hardin, and son-in-law of Martin Hardin, were ready to file applications for surveys in Pennsylvania when the first land office opened in April 1769. John was the most dominant figure of his generation; prominent in border defense during he Revolutionary War; spoken of as Major, either by right or by courtesy; he became a Virginia patriot and a warm supporter of General George Rogers Clark; was one of the first Justices of Monongahela County, Virginia; built boats, and equipped militia and other expeditions. He went along to Kentucky with his sons about 1786 and was killed by the Indians in 1789 about a mile out of Hardinsburg, the town built by his son William (Indian Bill), on the Brandenburg Road....
      "Major John Hardin Sr. married Catherine Marr (name appears only in Deeds), about 1730 in Prince Wil-liam (then Stafford County), Virginia.

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