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2. Maj. JOHN HARDIN2,4,5,6 was born about 1710 in Northumberland County, Virginia.2 He served in the military in 1754–1758 at Capt., Militia, Frederick Co VA in French & Indian War. He served in the military in 1782 at Built boats for George Rogers Clark in Revolutionary War.7 JOHN died on 13 October 1789 at the age of 79 in Nelson County, Kentucky.3

John Hardin moved about 1740 to Frederick Co VA. Built the first stone courthouse in Frederick Co. He was the sheriff and a presiding Justice. Served as Capt. of Frederick Co militia in the French & Indian War. He was still in Frederick Co as late as 1763, but found on Patterson Creek in Hampshire Co 1764 and 1769. In 1769 he went as a pioneer to Georges Creek (now Fayette Co PA); Capt and Major in the border campaigns of the Revolution. John was a Justice in Monongalia Co, PA. Built boats for the Monongahela & Ohio Rivers, including military expeditions. He is found on a Nelson Co KY tithable list in 1785.

Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Vol III, 1710-1780. Dunmore, Shenandoah, Culpeper, Prince William, Fauquier & Stafford Counties. Peggy Shomo Joyner.
18 Oct 1740, Warrant. 15 Nov 1740, Survey by Joseph Berry, Prince William Co, for William Reding, 695 acres in Hamilton Parish on Licking Run adjacent Joshua Butler, John Harding, Mark Hardin, John Holtzclaw, Sutton, Wainwright, John Ross, Mr. Burrell.

Northern Neck Grants E, p.337 Grant to John Harding of Prince William Co in said County joining on the lines of Mark Harding and Daniel Fegin at the head of Windwrights branch of Town Run of Cedar Run of the Occoquan River. Survey by Mr. John Warner. Windwrights Run being branch of Elk Run; Fegins line. 111 acres. 16 Oct 1741.
Note: In 1723, a John Windwright was an assignee of Mark Hardin of King George Co for a tract of 295 acres on a branch of Elk Run called Muddy Hole Br, property which appeared to adjoing a 642 acre grant of Mark Hardin's.

Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys Vol. III 1710-1780
Dunmore, Shenandoah, Culpeper, Prince William, Fauquier & Stafford Counties. Peggy Shomo Joyner
Prince William County
p.124 William Reding. 18 Oct 1740 - 15 Nov 1740. 695 acres Hamilton Parish on Licking Run adj Joshua Butler, John Harding, Mark Hardin, John Holtzclaw, Sutton, Wainwright [also appears as Winwright], John Ross, Mr. Burrell. Surv: Joseph Berry

John was already paying taxes in Fauquier Co by the time this grant was received, formerly located in Prince William Co.

This property obviously adjacent to that of his father. A Northern Neck Grant to Alexander Clement on 30 Jul 1724, describes his land as being on the North side of Elk Run, line of Mark Harding, Danl. Feagins line, following the manders of the creek. There is also a Northern Neck Grant to John Windwright, dated 7 Mar 1722/23 as assignee of Mark Harding of King George Co, for 295 acres on a branch of Elk Run called Muddy Hole Branch - which was the same location as the 642 acres that Mark Hardin later divided among his sons by his will. Possibly Muddy Hole became Windwrights branch.

John may have purchased his land in Frederick Co from an individual rather than receiving it as a grant as no grant is found in the area of Frederick Co which was formed from Orange & Augusta Counties in 1738; but here's mention of his property.
Northern Neck Grants H, p.201; 10 Nov 1752. Christopher Beeler of Frederick Co, according to a survey made by Mr. George Washington. Begin near said Beelers house, in the barrens, corner to Mr. John Hardin, thence with his line. 67 acres in Frederick Co.

VIRGINIA'S COLONIAL SOLDIERS; Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, 1988, Genealogy Publishing Co., 3rd Printing 1998.
p.15 County Militia Rosters. Frederick Co
9 May 1754 John Hardin, Capt of Foot in room of Thomas Rutherford.
p.165 Miscellany
3 Jun 1757 Capt. John Hardin and his company from Frederick County were in the service of the country 8 days. Due 20.8.0
Courts Martial Records Frederick Co
p.346 3 Sept 1755 Capt John Hardin present at the Court Martial held this date
p.347 28 Oct 1758 several men of the Company of Capt John Hardin were charged various fines for missing muster, etc. Robert Allen was discharged as being aged over 60 years.

Founders Online at National Archives
From George Washington to Thomas Bryan Martin, 10 October 1755
To Thomas Bryan Martin
Winchester October 10th 1755.
Copy of a Letter to Colonel Martin.
Dear Sir,
Captain Harden1 arrived in about half an hour after you went away, and informs me, he has about Seventeen Men coming to Town.
This I thought proper to acquaint you of, that you may advise with his Lordship, whether with these Rangers in Town, the Twenty odd you spoke off, and those Captain Smith thinks he is sure of getting,2 it would not be necessary to attempt Something—I have sent off these two Men you saw for Intelligence,3 but have little hope of any Satisfactory account from one of them, who seems much addicted to Drinking. Pray make my Compliments to His Lordship, and believe me to be, Yours &c.
If you think these men and Officers may be depended upon; I do not know but it would be advisable, to send them up: it will at least be a Strong Reconnoitering Party.
1. A committee of the House of Burgesses reported on 3 June 1757 that “Capt. John Hardin and his Company of Militia, in Frederick County, were in the Service of the Country eight Days each” and were entitled to their pay (JHB, 1752–1755, 1756–1758, 483–85). John Hardin was a justice of the peace in Frederick County in 1755 and was sheriff in 1758.
2. This is almost certainly Jeremiah Smith of Frederick County, the same Captain Smith to whom GW refers in his orders to John Hardin and Thomas Lemen, 11 Oct. 1755, and in his letter to Henry Harrison, 23 April 1756.
3. GW is referring to Power Hazel and James Sands. See GW’s Memorandum, 10 Oct. 1755, n.2.
From George Washington to John Hardin and Thomas Lemen, 11 October 1755
To John Hardin and Thomas Lemen
[11 October 1755]
Orders Given to Captain Harden, commanding the Militia; and Lieutenant Lemon, commanding the Rangers, at Winchester, October 11th 1755.
As I have been informed that there are Indians lurking about the Plantation of Stephen Julian,1 it is my Orders, that you, with the men under your command, proceed there very ealy to-morrow morning, and Scour all the woods and suspicious places thereabouts, before you proceed to meet Captain Smith,2 and make a Report to me of what you shall observe. Given under my hand, October 11, 1755.
From George Washington to Robert Dinwiddie, 11–14 October 1755
To Robert Dinwiddie
Winchester Saturday Octr the 11th 1755
...Sunday Noon
Last night at 8 o’clock, arrivd an express just spent with fatigue and fear, reporting that a Party of Indians were seen at the Plantation of one Isaac Julian’s abt 12 Miles off, and that the Inhabitants were flying in the most promiscuous manner from their dwellings—I immediately order’d the Town Guards to be strengthned, Perkins’s7 Lieut. to be in readiness with his Company, some Recruits (who had only arrivd abt half an hour before) to be Arm’d, and sent two men will acquainted with the woods to go up that road and lay wait, to see if they coud discover the Numbers & Motion of the Indian’s, that we might have timely notice of their approach.8
...Monday Morning
The Men I hired to bring Intelligence from the Branch, return’d last Night with Letter’s from Captn Ashby and the other Partys up there, by which we learn that the Indians are gone off.11 Scouts having been dispersd upon those Water’s for several days witht discovering tracts, or other Signs of the Enemy. I am also inform’d that it <is> believ’d their numbers amounted to 150—that 70 or near it of our People are killd, and missing,12 and that several houses and Plantations are destroy’d, but not so great havock made as was at first represented—The Ranger’s, and a small party of Militia ordered up there by Lord Fairfax I am given to understand intend to March down on Wednesday next,13 who will be immediately followd by all the Inhabitants of those parts that had gather’d under their protection: I have therefore sent Preemptory Order’s to the Contrary, but what obedience will be paid to it—a little time will reveal. I have order’d those Men who were recruited for the Ranger’s to join their Respective Company’s, and th<ere> is also a party of 20 Militia marchd with them, under the Command of Captn Hardin.14
8.See GW to John Hardin and Thomas Lemen, 11 Oct. 1755. Hardin and Lemen were the two men sent
14. See GW to Thomas Lemen, 13 Oct., and to John Ashby, 14 Oct. 1755.

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.
[I have been unable to find the above patent to Charles Griffen - not in the Virginia patents]

It is somewhat difficult to tell just which John Hardin was the recipient of a number of patents. This John was present in the general area, as was his son John, who was the miller, b. 1733. John, the miller, was apparently the only one of the Johns who never went to Kentucky. John, the miller had two sons named John - one was illigitimate, called "Jack", born 1752; the other son John born ten years later. Then Major John's brother Martin also had a son John, born 1753 - who was the John slaughtered by the Indians in 1792.

Three of John's sons served together in Dunmore's War in 1774:
VIRGINIA'S COLONIAL SOLDIERS; Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, 1988, Genealogy Publishing Co., 3rd Printing 1998.
p.144 Dunmore's War 1774. Payrolls at Pittsburgh
Listed with Capt. Zachquil Morgan: John Hardin, Mark Hardin, Benjamin Hardin

There was a patent issued in the year 1773 and two in 1778 on Patterson's Creek to John Hardin, Sr. They can only be this John since he gave the first two of these tracts to a grandson in his will.
19 Feb 1773. John Hardin Senr of the Province of Pennsylvania, 100 acres in Hampshire Co VA [now WV] on Mackrackens Still Run, a drain of Patterson Crk. [Patterson drains into the North Branch of the Potomac River] Surveyed 12 May 1763. Northern Neck Grant Book P, p.194
7 Jan 1778. John Hardin Senr of Monongalia Co [probably now living in the area of what would be Fayette Co PA]. 44 acres in Hampshire Co on the East side of Patterson's Creek, Bryan Bruins Corner, Benjamin Rutherford. Surveyed by John Moffett. Northern Neck Grant Book Q, p.253
24 Aug 1778. John Hardin Senr of Monogalia Co. 211 acres in Hampshire Co on the headwaters of Bird's Run a drain of the North branch of the Potomack River, Aaron McCarty's line, Bird's corner. John Moffett also surveyed this land. Northern Neck Grant Book Q, p.329

Hampshire County is the oldest county of West Virginia. It was formed in 1753 from parts of Frederick and Augusta and was part of Virginia until the Civil War.
That Maj. John was indeed located in Monogalia near his son, Miller John and Hardin's cove, waters of the Tyger Valley River is reinforced by the following.
It's possible that a Settlement Warrant issued to Martin Hardin as assignee of John Harden, on 6 Sep 1787, had been signed over before Maj. John left the area for Kentucky - it's described as being 341 acres, Monongalia, on the dividing ridge between Raccoon & Sandy Crk, both sides of the road that leads to the Tyger Valley River, to include his settlement of 1771. The date of 1771, is the same time that John Hardin Jr. [Miller John] was receiving warrants in Hardin's Cove for his settlements so it could be either.
The following also much refer to the father, not the son.
Grant Book 19, p.397 Granted to William A. [Augustine] Smith on 28 Apr 1789, in Monongalia Co, Sandy Crk waters of Tyger Valley R adj lands of Maj. John Harden and Thomas Powell

The first grant that I believe to be John Hardin's in Kentucky was for Warrant No. 1026, taken out on the 15th of Oct 1779, the same day his son William took out several grants. These were at that time Virginia land grants, as Kentucky was a county of Virginia. John's land was surveyed 2 Dec 1782. It was 400 acres it what was then Jefferson Co and on a branch of the south fork of Hardin's Creek, below Hardin's Station on the West side of the branch. [Hardin's Station is now Hardinsburg, Breckinridge Co KY - laid out as the town of Hardinsburg in 1800.]
The patent is dated 2 Dec 1785, Book Z, p.469, and is also recorded in the Kentucky Grants, Book 4, p.563.

Major John Hardin is on the DAR honor roll both as a soldier and as civilian patriot in that he rendered valuable service.
Major Hardin had boat yards at the south of Georges Creek (Monogahela) and at Redstone. This is indicated by the quoted references below:

1. Georges Creek, April 12, 1782. Major John Hardin to Col. Davies about building boats for Gen. George Rogers Clark. Va. Cal. St Papers, Vol III, pg 128 [Calendar of Virginia State Papers]
"Maj: John Hardin to Col: Davies
April 12th
George's Creek
He has no boats suitable for navigating the Ohio River, nor any that will be of use to Genl: Clarke; but has consulted a master Carpenter, who, if provisions and money are supplied, will build such as are needed"

2. Major John Hardin to Col Davies from"Redstone" May 20, 1782, in regard to boats for transportation of troops and provisions when wagons should arrive from the east. Va. Cal. St. Papers, Vol III, pg 169
"Major John Hardin to Col: Davies. May 20th. Red Stone. In regard to the boats at Fort Pitt, being amply sufficient to transport the provisions down the Ohio, when the waggons then beyond Martinsburg, should arrive with them. Capt Cragg had carried up artillerty from the Falls of Ohio, in them, and of course they would serve for this purpose...."

3. Martin Carney to William Davies, Redstone Old Fort, July 5, 1782, refers to a flat built by Major John Hardin and says that but for Major Hardin furnishing him with provisions he could not well have subsisted. Va. Cal. St. Papers, Vol. III, pg 206 -III. Hist. Col. Vol XIX, Geo. Rog. Clark Papers, pg 69.
"Capt Martin Carney to Colo. Wm Davies. July 5th, Redstone Old Fort.
About the 16th of June he re'd his of the 2d May giving account of the 'dangerous situation that the Kentucky Country was in" by the incursions of the Enemy, but he could not have made more haste than he did, had his own life been at stake. The Guard pomised him by Col: Joseph Nevill of Hampshire Co. to go down the river, never came nor has he heard one word from him Since. Since his arrival at Redstone Fort he has been employed in drying and repacking the Stores damaged by the bad conduct of the Waggoners, in his absence. Major John Harden has built a flat bottomed Boat in which to proceed down the river, but neither Major Walls or Lieut. Clarke or himself have a penny of money, a pound of provisions, or a man to 'pull an oar' and it will be impossible to move until the water rises. He will leave for the Falls of Ohio at the earliest opportunity, but cannot risk the stores without further orders, having now to keep constant guard over them in person. Hopes assistance will soon be sent him. The Credit of the State worth nothing in that County, and but for Col. Hardins' furnishing him with provisions, he could not have subsisted. He had sent to Pittsyburg to Genl: Irwin for assistance, but Col: Wall just from that place failed to get the aid needed to forward the articles down the River.

4. Major John Hardin to Col. William Davies- Monongahalia, July 28, 1782. Reporting the news brought to Fort Pitt by a runner who has escaped that Col. Crawford, put to death in the Sandusky Expedition. Va. Cal. St. Papers, Vol III, pg 235
"Major John Hardin to Col: Wm. Davies. 1782. July 28th. Monnogahalia
Perhaps you have not had the account of our worthy Friends, Colo. Crafford (Crawford), Colo. Wm. Harrison & Wm. Crafford nefue to Colo. Wm Crafford & many others who fell into the hands of the Indians on the late Expendition against the Sant:Duskey Towns, so full as I am able to inform you. The 5th Inst: I was at Fort Pitt when John Knight Sugen's mate to 7th Virginia Regt came in & said he and Colo. Crafford was taken together by the daliways (Delaware) To a camp whear there was nine more prisoners on Friday & the Tuesday following they were all put to Death but himself. he said they were all march'd into Town, Nine was Tomahoked & himslef & Col. was to be Burnt to the Stake. Colo. Crafford he saw Tyed & Burning nearly two houres & behaved like a hero. The Trator Simon Girty was standing by. The Colo. Cryed out to him no mercy, only shoot me, which his Reply was, "Crafford I have no gun" with a laugh, "how can you expect any other -- this is Retalation for the moravins (moravians) that was murdered last Spring" the Colo. made no reply, nor was heard to make any noys the whold time of his Tautor - after about two hours he fell on his face. one of the waraurs (warriors) jumpt in & Scalped him & throughed up hot coles & ashes on him & then the Colo. got up & walked; & then the Doctor sd: he was taken away & told he was to be burnt there, but was to be taken to the Shaynee (Shawnee) Towns where there was about Thirty Daliways (Delaware) lived to give them some satifaction for the murder of the meravins, and on his way he made his Escape, was 21 cays coming in to Fort Pitt & his subsistance the shole time was green goos bearys, nettle tops & green may apples.
One Slover has made his Escape about twelve days since the Doctor & gives an account of all the Prisoners that was taken, was put to death. that Colo. Harrison was Burnt & afterwards quartered & stuck up on poles. Wm. Crafford was also burnt, & himself was the last that was Bro't to the Stake to be Burnt - there came on a suding heavy Rain which prevented them Burning him that day & that night he made his escape & got into Wealon (Wheeling) in 7 days - I have not seen Slover myself, but I saw his accounts in Wrighting from good authority.
This is Convincing that unexpearinc'd men ought not to have their own way in war, that good men must suffer on their account. the murder Committed on the meravins is Every day Retalated for - Sixteen days ago Twenty-five Persons Kil'd & taken by the whole part of Indians - they consisted of about two Hundred. they took & destroyed a great many horses & Cattle & housel goods - there seems to be a great spirit in general amon'st the people for another Campaign, which I am in hopes will have the desire Efect -
I am Sir, with great Esteem your friend & very Humbl. Servant"

The difficulty in tracking the Hardin patents in Kentucky is that at least two Johns are involved - this man and his grandson, Col. John Hardin. Col. John is believed to have come to Kentucky a few years later, about 1786, along with his brothers Mark & Martin, settling East of Hardin's Station in what is now Washington Co. KY There are streams named "Hardin's Creek" in both locations.

Major John Hardin said to have moved to Nelson Co KY about 1786; however I think this was a location that today is Hardin Co. Nelson Co. was formed out of Jefferson Co in 1784. In 1792, Hardin & Washington Counties were then formed out of Nelson. Breckinridge Co did not become a county until 1799, formed out of Hardin Co.

30 May 1780 Treasury Warrant No 5166 to John Hardin was for 4000 acres for which he paid 1600£.
Surveyed 12 Nov 1785 for John Hardin. 400 acres in Nelson Co on the Lost Run in the Barrens, waters of Rough Creek about 10 miles east from Hardins Settlement. Date of grant, 18 Aug 1788. PB 17, p.661; KY Grant 6, p.462 and 16, p.54
There was another 400 acres on the same Warrant for John himself. This tract was surveyed 16 Jun 1784 and on the Boiling Springs fork of Tuel's Creek, a branch of Rough Creek of the Green River, adjacent William Hardin's 1100 acres, his line, crossing Boiling Springs; Pope's line, Pope & Hardin's lines.
William Hardin also received land from the same warrant as assignee of John Harden - his land was in at least four tracts, one for 1000 acres, two for 400 each, and one for 200. This was half the grant.
One of the 400 acres tracts was surveyed for John on 28 Apr 1784. It was on the heads of the east branches of Clover Creek adj his 500 acre Survey on the upper side of Pope's preemption, Duvalls line. The others were assigned prior to the surveys
400 acres were assigned to Christopher Bush. One tract of 100 acres was surveyed 22 Dec 1782 on a branch of the Limestone, near Hardin's Station. Another tract of 100 acres was surveyed on 29 Nov 1784 and was on Clover Creek between Hardin's Station & the Clover Lick adj. Duvalls 1000 acres; Bushes mill seat. Another 200 survey for Christopher Bush was adjacent William and Benjamin Hardin.
200 acres surveyed for John Hardin on 25 Jun 1788 was assigned ot John Floyd on 8 Jul 1788. It was in the Barrens, 6 miles west of Otter Creek, 8 miles southwest of the big clay lick.

Tradition states that old John Hardin was shot by Indians on the Brandenburg Road about a mile from Hardinsburg KY. This date shown as his death date is likely the date of probate. There is a tithable list showing he was in the area of Hardinsburg in 1785, but author Francis H. Huron states that he was in 1787 living near his daughter Marian Thomas in Nelson Co. Some of the Thomas family did witness his will in Nelson Co on 4 Jun 1788. A FindAGrave memorial has chosen to place him in Hardin Cemetery #1, Hardinsburg, Breckinridge Co - I doubt he is actually buried there.

Will dated 4 Jun 1788; probated 13 Oct 1789. Bardstown, Nelson Co KY. Sons: John, Mark, William, Benjamin, 5 sh each. Daughters: Abigail Linch, Mary Thomas, Catharine Burnett, Elizabeth Martin, Susannah Walker, 5 sh each. Also mentions "Polly Hardin", probable granddaughter, daughter of a deceased unnamed son who received the tract that John was currently living on along with his goods and chattels, grandson Henry, son of John [John had remained in Virginia] to have 100 acres on Patterson Creek in Hampshire Co VA, and another 44 acres adjoining; granddaughter Katy Thomas, 200 acres near the Hardin Settlement on Lost Run, a branch of Rough Creek, and granddaughter Cassandra Hardin, 200 acres next to that given Katy Thomas. Exec. were William & Benjamin Hardin. Witnesses: Lewis Thomas, Philip Davis, Mary Thomas.
The will was presented in Court held for Nelson Co, Tuesday 13 Oct 1789 and proved by Lewis Thomas and Mary Thomas.

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. A probable son of John, Jesse, is not named in the will and was probably deceased - maybe he was the father of Polly, and perhaps also the father of Daniel Hardin. Daniel & Polly seem to have been raised by their uncle William Hardin; they were older than his children. Given that John gave Polly his household goods and home, I suspect she was living with him and caring for him in his old age.

Maj. JOHN HARDIN and CATHERINE MARR were married about 1730 in Prince William County, Virginia.3 CATHERINE MARR2,4, daughter of JOHN MARR and ??? [MARR], was born about 1711 in Virginia.3 She died after 1783 at the age of 72 in Augusta District, Virginia.3

Genealogies of Virginia Families from Tyler's Quarterly, GPC, Baltimore, 1981, reprinted 2007, p.617, concerning John Marr, states that in the Bradford Bible, John Marr's daughter Mary married Thomas Kingcart, Jr. and secondly, John Bradford. Mary was "sister to Daniel Marr's grandfather and sister of the grandmother of Benjamin Hardin, a member of Congress from Kentucky". Daniel Marr, died 1826, was a grandson of Daniel Marr who died in 1753. Congressman Benjamin Hardin, born Westmoreland Co VA, 1784, was a son of Benjamin Hardin who married his first cousin, Sarah Hardin, sister of Col. John Hardin. Col. John Hardin & Sarah were children of Martin and Mary (Waters) Hardin. Congressman Benjamin Hardin's father Benjamin was a son of Maj. John Hardin - brother of Martin. Therefore, it would seem indeed that Mary's sister was married to Maj. John Hardin and deeds state his wife was Catherine.

Although Catherine is seen as the daughter of John Marr and Elizabeth Fishback, she was probably the child of an earlier wife of John Marr. She is last recorded in a deed dated 9 May 1780 and a Fayette Co PA tax list in 1783. (Note: I have not found this deed, nor do I believe she would have been listed in a tax list as a married woman) She possibly died before her husband moved to Kentucky. She was not living at the time of Maj. John's will.

Maj. JOHN HARDIN and CATHERINE MARR had the following children:



Capt John "Miller John" HARDIN.






Mary "Polly" HARDIN.



Benjamin HARDIN.






Jesse HARDIN2 was born (date unknown).

Proof of the existence of Jesse as a son of Maj. John is scant. The narrative of Jack Hardin which contains much questionable material states that Jesse and his brother William came home to Pennsylvania from service in the Continental Army in 1781.

There is a Virginia Treasury Warrant, #2912, issued to a Jesse Harden on 25 Feb 1780, about the same time the other Hardins were taking out their Warrants for Kentucky lands. Jesse's was smaller than most - only for 250 acres for which he 100 #'s. There is no image available of this warrant in the Kentucky Land Office database, nor is there any evidence the tract was ever surveyed or granted.

Jesse was not mentioned in his father's will in 1788, indicating he probably had died. There is a granddaughter, Polly Hardin, named in Maj. John's will but her mother Margaret's surname is obscure. It is quite likely Polly was a daughter of Jesse. William Hardin, Jesse's brother, apparently raised this Polly, as well as Daniel, thought to possibly be her brother. [Seems to me if there had been a brother of Polly at the time Maj. John wrote his will, he would have mentioned him as well.] Daniel was later involved in lawsuits against the heirs of William Haden, but Polly never seemed to be.



Abigail HARDIN5 was born about 1753.
Married Lynch.



Catherine HARDIN2,5 was born (date unknown).

Named in will of Maj. John Hardin. Married name Burnett. Catherine was married (1) to a Johnson, and (2) to Alexander Burnett who died 1850 in Berkeley Co VA.



Elizabeth HARDIN5 was born about 1757.

Married name was Martin.



Susannah HARDIN5,8 was born after 1757.

Married name was Walker in the will of her father John in 1789.. He was likely John Walker. Breckinridge Co KY Deed Book I p.110. 19 August 1803. John Walker Sr & wife Susanna - 249 acres to John Walker Jr.

An online message board mentions a marriage bond for John Walker & Susannah Hardin, but gave no details.

An online family tree has Susannah's husband as John Appleton (1740-10 May 1833) and the couple had two children: James A. Appleton, b. 1780 and John Thomas, b. 1787. This simply doesn't work with John Hardin's will.

I have an AncestryDNA match reportedly through Susannah and her husband John Walker - a son John Hardin Walker indicated, born 1775, when his mother would have been in her late teens. He is said to have been born in NC although his mother died in Shenandoah, VA. I doubt very much the accuracy of this information. Another database suggests John Hardin Walker was born in Maryland. I find nothing to place Susannah & husband John Walker anywhere - nor any other supposed children from the couple.

Still another AncestryDNA match is through Susannah and a husband Jonas Morgan - they supposedly married 28 Apr 1774, Shenandoah, VA. It's doubtful this Hardin family was even living there in 1774.
A message on GenForum states that the marriage bond of Susannah indicates her father was JAMES Hardin of Prince William Co. She applied for Jonas' Rev War pension in 1837, claiming to be 102 [she was more like 82]. They lived in Warren Co VA. This would be a very different family.

Another AncestryDNA match is through Susannah and a husband, Davis Edward Holder. born 1710, died 1785 in Pittsylvania Co VA - she died in Bertie Co, NC It's likely that at least some of these matches are through the Hardin family - but necessarily. It's also evident that any stray Susannah "Hardin" is assumed as a child of Major John.