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William J. Hardin

Male 1806 - 1884


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  • Name  William J. Hardin  [1
    Born  12 Feb 1806  near Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Moved  Between 1808 and 1811  Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Kentucky 
    Census  1820  Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • See the full enumeration under his father, Thomas Harden; 2 (white) male(s) aged 10-16: Thomas (age 11/12), William (age 13/14); number persons engaged in agriculture: 4: apparently Thomas Sr., Isaac, William, and Thomas Jr.
    Religion  1839  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • The first Methodist Church built in town was a joint effort. Solomon Dover, Jonathan Kane, William J. Hardin, and John E. Lynn each built one side of the church building In Dover (which became New London).
    Census  1840  Henry County, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Record for: William Hardin:

      1 free white male(s) under 5: apparently L. John Wesley Hardin (age 0, born May 28), otherwise this is one of the children whose name is not known
      1 free white male(s) age 5-10: Son (name unknown) (age 4/10)
      1 free white male(s) age 10-15: Thomas Brown Lee Hardin (age 10/11)
      1 free white male(s) age 20-30: probably a brother, possibly Joseph (age 23/24) or Benjamin Lawrence Hardin (age 21/22)
      1 free white male(s) age 30-40: William J. Hardin (age 33/34)

      1 free white female(s) under 5: Daughter, name unknown
      1 free white female(s) age 5-10: Rebecca Ann Hardin (s/b in age under 5: age 3/4)
      1 free white female(s) age 30-40: Prudence (Walker) Hardin (age 31/32)

      Total: 8; 1 in agriculture: William J. Hardin
    Land  1840  rural New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • William purchased a farm 1Ĺ miles N.E. of New London in sections 13 and 14 of New London Township
    Land  1 Dec 1841  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • The United States of America, Certificate No. ?1?96: To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting: Whereas, William Hardin of Henry County, Iowa Territory has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a Certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Burlington whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said William Hardin according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled "An Act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands," for the west half of the South East quarter of Section Thirteen, in Township Seventy-one North of Range Five west in the district of land Subject to Sale at Burlington Iowa Territory, Containing Eighty acres according to the official plot of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General, which said tract has been purchased by the said William Hardin; and to his heirs, the said tract above described: to have and to hold the same, together with all the rights, privileges, immunities, and appurtenances of whatsoever nature, thereunto belonging, unto the said William Hardin and to his heirs and assigns forever.

      In Testimony Whereof, I, John Tyler, President of the United States of America, have caused these Letters to be made Patent, and the Seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed. Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the first of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-one and of the Independence of the United States the sixty sixth by the President John Tyler. by R. Tyler, Sec'y. J. Williamson Recorder of the General Land Office.
    Land Sale to William J. Hardin
    Land Sale to William J. Hardin
    U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907: December 1, 1841, William J. Hardin purchased 80 acres of land in Iowa Territory, recorded in Burlington, Iowa Territory.
    Alt. Death  31 Dec 1844  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Census  1850  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • (Listed with his wife, Prudence, and children: Thos. B.T., Rebecca Ann, John W., Sarah, and Minerva Hardin, the wife of son Thomas:) William Hardin, age 44, male, farmer, value of Property: $3200, born in Kentucky
    Census  1860  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (Listed with his wife, Prudence, and children: Sarah and J.W. Hardin, and daughter, Mary "Rogers" and her daughter, Luella "Rogers." Also in the household was farmhand, George Gidley:) Line #29: William Hardin, age 54, male, farmer, real estate value $5000, personal property value, $1000, born in Kentucky

      (Farmhand?) George Gidley, age 16, male, no occupation listed as born in Virginia
    Census  1870  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (Married to Prudence, living with her and son Wesley. Also in the household was Mary E. Davis, a housekeeper:) Line #29, Dwelling #203, Family #195: William Hardin, age 64, male, white, occupation farmer, value of real estate $6,500, value of personal property $500, born in Kentucky, male citizen over 21 years of age

      Mary E. Davis, age 46, female, white, occupation house keeper, value of personal property $200, born in Virginia
    Biography  1879  [9
    A History of Henry County, Iowa 
    • William Hardin

      Hardin, William, farmer, 8. 14; P.O. New London; owns 115 acres valued at $50 per acre; born near Lexington, Kentucky, in 1806, February 12; thence moved to Indiana, and from there to Iowa in the fall of 1839; says there were numbers of Indians here at that time. Married Prudence Walker, from Tennessee; had three children -- Thomas B. L., Rebecca A., S. C. Lee; four died in infancy. Mr. H. married Louisa King in 1877, also from Tennessee; have been members of the M. E. church for years. His son John Wesley was in the army three years as 1st Corporal 1st I., V. C. Company E; was wounded in skirmish in Arkansas; lost one eye; taken prisoner and held until the close of the war; the ball was never removed from his head.
    The Biography of William J. Hardin (1805-1885)
    The Biography of William J. Hardin (1805-1885)
    Short biographical notes, originally published in The History of Henry County, Iowa, containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, &c., A Biographical Directory of Citizens, War Record of its Volunteers in the late Rebellion, General and Local Statistics, Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men, History of the NOrthwest, History of Iowa, Map of Henry County, Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, &c. Illustrated. (Western Historical Company, 1879; Chicago, Cook County, Illinois), page 654. Downloadable at Google Books online.
    Census  1880  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • (William "Harden" was married to Louisa "Harden," living with her:) Wm. Harden, head of household, married, male, white, age 74, born in Kentucky, farmer, father's birthplace Virginia, mother's birthplace North Carolina
    Property 
    • William Hardin had property interests aside from those in Henry County, Iowa. He held a mortgage in Appanoose County, Iowa; and one in Harrison County, Missouri. He also owned land outright in Harrison County, Missouri.
    Religion 
    • The Hardins were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
    Died  31 Dec 1884  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Alt. Death  31 Dec 1885  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 12
    Buried  Ferrel Cemetery, New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I779  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  Thomas Hardin,   b. 9 Mar 1776, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1863, New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Wilson,   b. 12 Jan 1784, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1853, Appanoose County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1803  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Family ID  F424  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Prudence Walker,   b. 1808, Knox County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1877, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Feb 1828  Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Indiana Marriage Records 
    • Name: Prudence Walker; Spouse: William Harden; Date: 21 February 1828; County: Wayne; State: Indiana; Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT; Microfilm: 1838642 - 1838643
    Residence  1839  rural New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 16
    • The Hardin family lived on a farm northeast of town.
    Children 
    >1. Thomas Brown Lee Hardin,   b. 10 Dec 1829, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1915, Bucklin Township, Linn County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. (Son - 05627) Hardin,   b. Between 1830 and 1835,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. (Daughter - 05628) Hardin,   b. Between 1834 and 1840,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >4. Rebecca Ann Hardin,   b. 1 May 1836, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1901
     5. John Wesley Hardin,   b. 28 May 1840, Henry County, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. <1870/1880>
    >6. Sarah Catharine Hardin,   b. 1 Dec 1842, Henry County, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1916, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Minerva Hardin,   b. 17 Mar 1848,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. (Infant - 05630) Hardin,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Marriage Documentation
    Walkers married in Wayne County, Indiana, 1813-1901
    Walkers married in Wayne County, Indiana, 1813-1901
    A list of persons with the Walker surnam married in Wayne County, Indiana, 1813-1901
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F404  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Louisa Tidwell,   b. 1816, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1881 
    Married  25 Nov 1877  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17, 18
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: William Hardin; Bride's Name: Louisa King; Marriage Date: 25 November 1877; Marriage Place: Henry [County], Iowa; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M58826-1; System Origin: Iowa-ODM; Source Film Number: 965926; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F422  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Susan Markham,   b. Abt 1820, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  6 Oct 1881  Center Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: William Hardin; Groom's Birth Date: 1806; Groom's Birthplace: Kentucky; Groom's Age: 75; Bride's Name: Susan Markham or Horsey; Bride's Birth Date: 1820; Bride's Birthplace: Kentucky; Bride's Age: 61; Marriage Date: 6 October 1881; Marriage Place: Center Township, Henry, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: Thomas Hardin; Groom's Mother's Name: Mary Wilson; Bride's Father's Name: Adam Markham; Bride's Mother's Name: Hannah Kelly; Groom's Race: White; Bride's Race: White; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02531-4; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 965932; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F423  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    First Land Owners in New London Township, Henry County, Iowa
    First Land Owners in New London Township, Henry County, Iowa
    This list was published The History of New London, Iowa, by Margaret "Ruth" (DeLong) Peterson (published by The New London Journal on the occasion of the paper's centennial in 1975, Duane Griggs, editor; New London, Henry County, Iowa: composed and printed by The Hawk Eye; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa). Ruth wrote the following information about her source of the material:

    In the New London Journal of Speptember 19, 1935, there appeared a list of the first purchasers of land in New London Township, furnished by George Van Allen, at the request of the Journalís editor, Ed Wessel. These records are still available at the [Henry County, Iowa] courthouse, written in the old books in a fine penmanship. Date of filing the ownership is 1840 unless otherwise indicated. It will be noted that land around New London and to the west and south was taken first, with much of the prairie land to the north remaining until the late 1840ís.

    The following names that appeared in the list are in this database: William Anderson, David Brown, Jacob Burge, Ebenezer Dickey, Samuel Dickey, John Edgar (John Edger), Nathaniel Fox, William Hail (William Hale), William Hardin, Jackson King (Jonathan Jackson King), John King (Jonathan Jackson King), Frederick Lee, Hezekiah Lee, Jeremiah Lee, John Lee, Jacob Prickett, Isaac J. Redfern Isaac Redfearn, and John Calkins Sampson.
    The First Voters in New London Township, Henry County, Iowa, in 1840
    The First Voters in New London Township, Henry County, Iowa, in 1840
    The following text was transcribed from a 1975 centennial edition of the town of New London, Iowa's newspaper, The New London Journal. The article was originally written by Margaret "Ruth" (De Long) Peterson. This list is printed on page 30 of that edition:

    An 1840 list of voters in New London Township was published in The New London Journal, April 30, 1936. The information came from 1840 poll books owned by Beth Portlock (Mrs. William) Griffith. The Journal cautioned, "Many names are spelled incorrectly, since it is evident the clerk of election wrote the names as they sounded." The election was held October 5, 1840, to select a delegate to Congress, a Representative, and various county and local officials. There were seven precincts in Henry County for the 1840 election: Baltimore, Jefferson, Rome, Mt. Pleasant, New London, Crooked Creek ([includes the town of] Winfield - where only eight voted), and Salem. Voters in other precincts were listed in Journals of the spring and summer of 1936. The New London precinct election was held at the house of Moses Dray, who was the justice of the peace for the township.

    Those on the list who appear in this database include: David Brown, Frederick Lee, Hezekiah Lee, Isaaac Sampson, Isaac J. Redfern, Jacob Burge, Jacob Prickett, Jeremiah Lee, John Calkins Sampson, John Lee, John Sampson, Jonathan Jackson King, Nathaniel Fox, Porter Hale, William Anderson, William Hale, and William Hardin.

  • Sources 
    1. [S454] Hardin Family History, A, Robert Allen Hardin, (Originally published 1968).

    2. [S8089] New London Township, Henry County, Iowa - Burials (Brooks, Farlow, and Ferrel Cemeteries), (published by the Iowa Genealogical Society, 1987, publication #0336; Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S612] 1820 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wayne County, Indiana; Page 159

    4. [S4989] 1840 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Henry County, Iowa Territory; page(s) 105 205-206

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    6. [S366] 1850 US Census (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S451] 1860 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      New London Township, Henry County, Iowa; page 300; Enumerated the 26th July, 1860; Sutro Library, San Francisco, California, Census Microfilm roll 324.

    8. [S267] 1870 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      1860 US Census, Page #24, Sheet #291, New London Township, Henry County, Iowa, enumerated on: July 22 1870, Post Office: Mount Pleasant

    9. [S1206] Henry County, Iowa - (1879) The History of Henry County, (Western Historical Company, 1879; Chicago, Cook County, Illinois), page 654 (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      From LDS Familysearch.org, online. Source Information:

      Source Information:
      Census Place: Family History Library Film: New London, Henry, Iowa; NA Film Number: 1254344; Page Number: T9-0344 355A.

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      Listed on the voting roll for New London, Henry County, 1840

    17. [S266] New London, Iowa - New London Journal Centennial Edition Newspaper, M. Ruth (DeLong) Peterson, (published by The New London Journal on the occasion of the paper's centennial in 1975, Duane Griggs, editor; New London, Henry County, Iowa: composed and printed by The Hawk Eye; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa), page 183 (Reliability: 3).
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    18. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).