Richard Hardin


Richard Hardin was born in 1761 and died in 1828, according to his headstone.  I’ve spoken with some who believe he was actually born in 1758.  I don’t have his birthdate, and am struggling to find either his birth certificate or marriage certificate.

According to one source, Richard Hardin (Harden) came to the colonies either during or right before the Revolutionary War as a British recruiter, but he then switched loyalties and fought for the colonies.  He served as a Private in the Continental Line.

He married Rachel Crepell (some sources indicate Crable, Crebell, Crabbe or Crabbs) in Frederick, MD on May 28, 1790.

Children of Richard and Rachel are:

Ezra Hardin (my great-great-great-great-great grandfather)
Sophia Hardin
Harriet M. (Hardin) married to Franklin Shaw
Elizabeth (Hardin) married to Abraham P. Killpatrick
Ann (Hardin) married to John Carnahan
Caroline (Hardin) married to Thomas Coulter

Richard is buried at Grandview (Patriot Square) Cemetery in Ross County, OH.


14 responses to “Richard Hardin

  • solitarydude

    Today at an auction in Indianapolis I purchased the hand written journal of Albert Hardin, your ancestor, dated 1858. It is all his recollections of his life at the age of 20 and is quite remarkable, he was a school teacher among other things. There was also a sheet of information about Richard Hardin taken from his grandson at the age of 82, evidently he was also a mail carrier or

    • soulofthegypsy

      Oh my goodness, thank you so much for posting about this. I’ve been trying to find more info about Richard Hardin but I seem to have hit a wall. Would you mind letting me know more about what is in the journal?

      • solitarydude

        I’ll let you know as I read more. He also mentions going to a rally for the nomination of lincoln

  • solitarydude

    This morning at an auction here in Indianapolis I bought the hand written journal of Albert Hardin, your ancestor, dated 1858. He wrote it at the age of 20 and it is the recollections and history of his life up til that point. It is quite remarkable. He was a school teacher, there is his poetry and accounts of his fights and loves. There is also a loose sheet with info about Richard Hardin as well. I haven’t decided yet what I am going to do with it, I am currently still reading the journal. I am an antiques dealer.

  • solitarydude

    Hi again. According to this very old original document i have that was written down as an account given by Ed Hardin, the grandson of Richard Hardin when Ed was 82, Richard” joined washington at battle of germantown, was wounded by Hessian soldier(?) who was hired by king of hes(?). After being wounded he was appointed mail carrier or dispatch bearer for Washington. There is more and if you send me an email address, I will send you a photo of the whole letter. Dave

    • solitarydude

      Hi. I will send you a copy of thar letter as soon as I get a chance, I’ve just been crazy busy lately. I’m still reading thru this remarkable journal and in the back he notes the address of R B Hardin as being in Dublin Indiana. He also gives the address of Rev F A Hardin as Muncie then Richmond then New Castle Indiana. By the way did you know you had Siamese twins in your ancestry? More to follow…

  • solitarydude

    Hi, its Dave with the journal. Have you figured out who Ed was that was Richards grandson? I don’t see him listed anywhere?

    • soulofthegypsy

      I believe it was his great-grandson, Edwin F Shaw (1859-1947). His father is Eugene A Shaw, whose parents are Franklin G Shaw and Harriett M Hardin. Harriett is the daughter of Richard Hardin.

  • Dave Hoggatt

    I don’t think so because he said he was the grandson of Richard and also Mr Rainey so he would have to be Ezra’s son, maybe Richard E and they called him Ed?? I am going out to the grave of Albert Hardin tomorrow here in Indianapolis. Also, in Albert’s journal, he says he has a brother named Samuel (maybe James S?) and that his sister died July 3, 1851.

    • soulofthegypsy

      There are 2 possibilities for whom “Ed” is in the journal. Either Richard E (as you suggested), or Ezra A, who may have gone by the nickname of Ed. I’m leaning more towards Richard E.

  • Dena Green

    I am researching this family for a friend in Maysville, KY. I’ve seen some records that say Richard Hardin died and is buried in Aberdeen, Brown County, OH. But then again I’ve seen this tombstone (photo on findagrave.com) that is placed for a Richard Hardin in Chillicothe, Ross Co., OH. Are there two different Richard Hardin’s who served during the Revolution? Or did some well-meaning person just put a tombstone up for him in Ross County when he actually lived & died in Brown County? Based on the DAR database, no one has joined DAR under him and I’m trying to prove this for a friend who is descended through his daughter Harriet who married Franklin Shaw.
    Dena Green

    • soulofthegypsy

      Hi Dena,

      I’m somewhat confused about him also. I’ve been trying to find exactly where he is buried, and where he was born. I’m running into a brick wall with him. I’m descended from his son, Ezra. I do know that he was sent from England during the revolutionary war to fight against the colonies, but when he got here he joined ranks with Washington. He was wounded in the war and became Washington’s mail carrier. I think that when he came here he changed his name to Hardin, but I’m not sure if his name prior to that was Harden or Harding. His brother came from England also, and had Siamese twins. That’s about all I know for certain about him.

      Kathy

      • Dena Green

        Have you requested his military record through National Archives? I have looked on fold3.com but there is very little.
        Dena

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