Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - James Hardin

James Hardin, my 3rd great-grandfather,
was born ca. 1801 in Tennessee.
Long time Hardin-Harden-Harding
researcher Oran Hardin believed my James
to be the son of Joseph Hardin, Jr.,
who was the son of Col. Joseph Hardin
of Knox Co., Tennessee.  This is not proven,
though autosomal DNA cousin matches of
my family members with Hardin descendants
suggests that this is indeed James' line.
For years we hunted for James' gravesite.
Cousins walked the graveyards of Hill
and McLennan Counties, Texas. 
Wife, Louisa Mathews Hardin, had continued
up through Texas with her grown children.
But where was James?
On Find-A-Grave a couple of years ago,
I found where Pete Rost took these pictures
of our James Hardin's gravestone.

Died Mar 29, 1877
"Aged 76 years & 3 months"
Peoria Cemetery, Peoria,
Hill County, Texas.

Here's the link to the Find-A-Grave page:
Never give up looking.  You never know
when someone will post your elusive ancestor.
Happy Hunting,

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