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William "Indian Bill" Hardin[1, 2]

Male 1747 - 1821


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  • Name  William "Indian Bill" Hardin 
    Born  1747  Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  Hardinsburg, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  22 Oct 1821  Hardinsburg, Breckinridge county, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Hardinsburg, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • William (Indian Bill) Hardin was a noted Indian fighter, mentioned prominently in Perrin's "History of Breckenridge County before 1840", was a captain in the Militia, was nicknamed "Indian Bill" for his prowess against the Indians, and in his obituary is called "Colonel William Hardin”.
          An article called "Interesting History of Indian Bill Hardin", by Henry C. Jolly in the "Breckenridge Democrat", April 25, 1902, states that in August 1779 he and his cousin Sinclair Hardin, and two other companions came to Kentucky and visited the vicinity of Hardinsburg, where William Hardin killed one Indian and his cousin was killed by another. They then visited the country of the present Hardin County, Kentucky, and William was so pleased with the country that he went back to Pennsylvania, gathered a group of 12 families there, and in 1780 they set out for Kentucky, arriving at the present site of Louisville March 6, 1781. They then journeyed back to Hardin's Creek and on March 17, 1781, began clearing the land for Hardin's Fort which later became Hardinsburg, Kentucky.
          It was said that "Indian Bill" was a perfect specimen of a man. He stood 6 feet 4 inches and weighed 240 pounds. He was just about the same size as Simon Kenton (probably the most noted of all the Indian fighters) and it was reported that both men could run all day. No doubt Simon and "Indian Bill" fought against the Indians many times together.  William Hardin and his brothers were raised on the western frontier of Pennsylvania and it was here that they became adept at Indian fighting. You had to if you were to survive.
          William Hardin received grants from the state of Virginia in 1785 for 3800 acres of land, all near the present site of Hardinsburg, Kentucky.
      Source of Information; Nassau-Siegen Immigrants; Daisy Decker George; Oran Hardin
      Kentucky Records; Entered 6 October, 1995
      William was known as "Indian Bill" Hardin
      Death date may have been 22 July 1821
      He was a Captain.  He was the son of "Major" John Hardin of Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.  He was born in Virginia in 1747, moved with his parents to Pennsylvania in 1765 and there married Winifred Ann Holtzclaw.  He was married in 1768; served in the Cirginia Rifles under Morgan at the surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga' under George Rogers Clark in Indiana and Illinois' and in command of expeditions against the Indians in Illinois.  He went to Kentucky in 1780 and founded Hardin's Fort (now Hardinsburg).
      source: The Genealogy of Mary Ellen Cox Storm of Hancock County, KY written by S. H. Briedenbach of Arlington, VA on June 19, 1971
    Person ID  I53141  mykindred
    Last Modified  Jan 4, 2006 

    Father  Maj. John Hardin, R.S.,   b. 1710, Northumberland county, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1789, Nelson county, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Catherine Marr,   d. Aft 1780 
    Married  1730 
    Family ID  F18438  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Winifred Ann Holtzclaw,   b. Abt 1752, Prince William county, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1808, Hardinsburg, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1768  Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Amelia Hardin,   d.
     2. Jehu Hardin,   d.
     3. John E. Hardin,   d. 1850, Brownsville, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary Ann Hardin,   d.
    >5. Winnie (Winny) Ann Hardin,   b. Abt 1775,   d. Bef 1821
     6. Elijah Hardin,   b. 1775,   d. 1805
    >7. Henry Hardin,   b. 8 Jun 1778, Hardinsburg, Breckinridge county, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1821 and 1855, Hardinsburg, Breckinridge county, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >8. Melinda A. Hardin,   b. 2 Feb 1780, Hardinsburg, Breckinridge county, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d.
    >9. Merry Celia Hardin,   b. 1794, Hardinsburg, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1854, Hawesville, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >10. William Hardin,   b. 3 Aug 1781,   d. 24 Sep 1850, Louisville, Jefferson county, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F18436  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Susannah McGee,   d.  
    Married  9 Jul 1808 
    Children 
     1. Hannah Hardin,   d.
     2. Lucinda Hardin,   d.
    Family ID  F18437  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S897] Gedcom - Storm, Brad.

    2. [S923] Gedcom - Beatty, Marvin.



  
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