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5. Mark HARDIN2,6 was born about 1718.

Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys Vol. III 1710-1780
Dunmore, Shenandoah, Culpeper, Prince William, Fauquier & Stafford Counties Peggy Shomo Joyner
Dunmore County
p.9 Mark Hardin of Augusta Co. No warrant. Survey 2 Oct 1751. 296 acres branch of South Shando. & Flint Run adj William Russell, his Lordship's Manor of Leeds [Lord Fairfax], Phillip Crum, F. Bingham. CC: Wm & Jno Calfee Surv: George Hume
20 Feb 1773. Forfeit. His Lordship orders deed to John Harden Jr. “When Thomas Herrell went away he gave this warrant to Mark Hardin and he has given it to John Hardin” Geo. Hume

Elizabeth Hardin, likely the divorced wife of Mark, is found on the Prince William County Rent Rolls in 1753, 1754, and 1760.

In Nov 1753, Elizabeth sued Mark for alimony in the Prince William Courts. In 1757-58, she sued his brother John for property in John's hands in Frederick Co which belonged to Mark, Mark having left the county. Quite possibly this is the land left to Mark by his father's will.

Prince William Co Court - 27 Nov 1753. Betty [nickname for Elizabeth] Hardin sued Mark Hardin for his alimony.
Order Book Abstracts of Prince William Co VA 1753-1757
Ruth & Sam Sparacio 1988
p.20 p.311, Minute B 1752-1753
27 Nov 1753 Motion of Marquis Calmes by William Ellzey his Atty as Trustee for Betty Harding on decree for Alimony against her husband Mark Harding who failing to comply with this Courts decree ordered that the said Harding be attach't to comply with the same.

The children here are speculative as no proof has been found, nor is there any further record of Mark. Is he the Mark Hardin found living next to Henry Hardin in Pittsylvania Co in the 1770's? That Mark Hardin's wife there is listed as Hannah in a deed in 1785. Henry also had a son named Mark who married a Mary and a Martha but apparently never had a wife Hannah. And Mark may have had a son Mark, as well.

I have also seen that Sinclair Hardin, supposed to be a nephew of Capt. William "Indian Bill" Hardin, was a son of Mark and Elizabeth Ashby. I have seen no proof.

Here are the Pittsylvania Co records:
Surveys were often completed sometime before the patents were granted and sometimes assigned to someone else and no patent issued.
19 Nov 1762 John Donelson surveyed 318 acres for Henry Hardin on the Dry Fork of White Oak Cr [runs into Banister River]. Neighbors were William Kennan, Charles Clay, Benjamin Mosby, John Pyner
22 Mar 1764 John Donelson surveyed 344 acres for Henry Hardin on branches of the Sandy Creek [also runs into the Banister River in central, eastern Pittsylvania county, but east of his earlier survy] This tract was bordered by John Donelson, and Charles Chaney and the land of Mark Hardin
22 Mar 1769 John Donelson surveyed 411a for Mark Hardin on Sweetings Fork of Sandy Creek next to Richard Kerby, Theo. Lacy, Wm Kennan & John Donelson. [current maps show the name as being Sweden Fork now]

A list of Tithables in Pittsylvania Co, done by Theophilus Lacy, 10 Jun 1767:
Theop. Lacy: Mark Hardin, overseer. Negroes, Dove, Abraham, Rachell & Bess

Mark Hardin actually had two patents in Pittsylvania Co
7 Dec 1774. PB 42, p.867 400 acres, branches of Sweetings Fork, adj Theophilus Lacy, Kennan's corner, his own line. Matches his survey of 1769.

26 Oct 1779. PB A, p.30 378 acres, branch of Shocco Crk, top of Banister's mountain, Claybrooks corner, his line, John's Run a branch of Shocco Crk.
This tract is not far from the one on Sweeting's Fork

Pittsyslvania DB 4
p.287 15 Feb 1776 Mark Hardin of Surry Co in NC to William Price of Pittsy. Hardin obtained a patent for a tract in Pitty Co. 40£. Begin Theopholous Lacy's corner. Kennons corner, along his line. [Acres not stated.] Signed: Mark Hardin
Wit: John Taliaferro, Henry Hardin, Richard Taliaferro
25 Apr 1776 Proved by two witnesses. 22 Aug 1776, proved by oath of the other witness

Pittsylvania DB 7
p.267 17 May 1784 Mark Harden to Thomas Adams. 40£. 150 acres on Johns Run and Shocko Creek. Begin white oak in the line of the patent, crossing Johns Run and the road, up the mountain to the back line of the patent, Dennys fence. Signed: Mark Harden Wit: Jno. Dabin, Moses (X) Childriss, William Corbin. 17 May 1784 Ack. by Harden.
p.402 21 Feb 1785 Mark Harden of Pittsylvaina to Jeremiah White. 100£. Tract on branches of Shoco Creek and Johns run of Sandy Creek. 275 acres. Begin top of Banister Mountain, crossing Johns Run. Signed: Mark Harden. Wit: Wm White, Simon Adams, George Wright. 21 Feb 1785 Ack by Mark Harden. Hannah his wife was examined & relinquished her right of dower.
[Notice that this Mark Hardin is married to a Hannah. The Hardin databases show Mark Hardin, son of Henry & Judith Lynch as married to a Mary and then a Martha, no Hannah. Mark Hardin, brother to Henry, divorced Elizabeth Ashby and disappeared from the records in Virginia.]
p.524 1 May 1785 Mark Harden to Davis Holder. 10£. 40 acres. Part of tract sold to sd Mark Hardin by patent. Head of Johns Run. Clabrooks corner, top of Banister Mtn, corner of Dennys. Signed: Mark Hardin. Wit: George Wright, William Corbin, Ambros Corbin, John Holder, John Denny.
17 Oct 1785. Ack by Harden.

There is a will of a Mark Hardin in Randolph Co North Carolina which seems unlikely to be this man. I have seen it attributed to Mark Hardin who married a Hannah Holder. It is dated 28 Jul 1795 and was ordered recorded at the Randolph County Court May Term 1797. He did not mention his wife by name in the transcript online but he gave her bequests and appoint her executrix. He named daughters Anne, Setha, Susannah, Winifred, Letty, and Mary. He named a son Mark. Samuel York and Eli York were executors along with the wife. Not in the will, but Eli York was listed as the husband of the daughter Susannah. Son Mark said to have married Sarah York.
In 1850 in Randolph Co NC census, I did find Mark Harden, age 63, with wife Sarah age 65. He would have been only about age 10 at the time of his father's death in 1797, so I doubt that this Mark who died in 1797 in Randolph Co could have been the Mark who was divorced from Elizabeth Ashby in 1754.
The 1790, Randolph Co NC census does have a Mark and a Robert Hardin as heads of household.

Mark HARDIN and Elizabeth ASHBY were divorced before November 1753.4 They4 were married. Elizabeth ASHBY, daughter of Thomas ASHBY, was born.13

Mark HARDIN and Elizabeth ASHBY had the following children:






Benjamin HARDIN.