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Sorting out the Tuckaho Creek Hardins of Virginia from the I-M253 Hardins


A Study. This page is an investigation on whether the Hardins found in Amelia County are related to Samuel Hardin of Brunswick County, or belong to another family. Gabriel, Thomas, Samuel, Jr., William, and John seem to be sons of Samuel Hardin (will 1732) of Fountain Creek, Brunswick County, Virginia. Did John Hardin wander toward the north and buy land in Amelia County vicinity? It apapears not.

In Amelia County, both grantees John Hardin (grant 1740) and Thomas Hardin (grant 1743) were bounded by Colonel Richard Randolph. Randolph, a member of the House of Burgesses 1727-1749, and great uncle of Thomas Jefferson, was granted vast tracts of land in Ameila County and surrounding counties over a 30 year period. See his many land grants at Different Randolph tracts likely bounded John and Thomas Hardin's grants, which were about 25 miles apart.

Below are records of Hardin grants and tax lists showing John Hardin living on the property of Richard Randolph for several years before his own grant.  That suggests John, Thomas, and other Hardins adjacent to Randolph, was a Tuckaho Creek Hardin from Goochland or Louisa county (an area the Randolphs came from).

Some John Hardins of Brunswick and Amelia Counties , Virginia, 1740s

Note on the following location. Brunswick County in 1740 extended westward to the Blue Ridge.
John Harding
, 465a, Brunswick Co., S. side of second fork of Licking Hole, along Randolph's line ... on the creek. 20 Aug 1740.
Virginia Land Patent Book 19 (1739/40-1741) page 741, 20 Aug 1740.

Jacob Mackgehee, 904a, (p. 405) Brunswick Co., on both Sides of Second Fork of Licking Hole, bounded by Perrin's c., HARDIN's line...Land Patent Book 22 p. 406, 20 Aug 1745. VGS-1989-01-01-0058. Reprinted by The Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, viewable at

John Hardin, 250a, Amelia Co., both sides of Flewellings Creek, bounded by Randolph. Virginia Land Patent Book 19 page 747, 20 Aug 1740. VGS 1987-01-01-0285.
See this deed under "images and indexes " under "land office grants" in online collections at
See the transcription on this site (PDF).

These John Hardins are associated with Randoph.

Amelia County Tithables Lists

It is the Fllewellings Creek John Hardin mentioned.

1736 "A list of Tithables Below Deep Creek in Amelia county for ye year 1736," subheading "List of Tithables Amelia County, Va between Deep and Flatt Creeks Taken by Edward Booker, June 10th, 1736" shows Danl. Flewelling. The subheading "A List of the Tythables that are of the Inhabitants above Flatt Creek in Amelia County for the year 1736" show Jno. Harding in the household of Conl. Richard Randolphs. Other residents were Joseph Morton Overseer, Sanco Cesar Warwick, Belter Mary [,] Cook Francis, and Drinear Ame [,] negroes [,] in all 11.

1737 Undated, Previous section dated June 10,1737 Between Flatt and Deep Creek as followeth At Collo. Richd. Randolphs quarters. Jos. Morton, John Hardin, Ralf Elkon; Sanco, Warwick, Bellow, Fibb(-), Seasor, Mary, Abram, Cook, Driver, Amey, 14.

1738 A list of tithables Taken Below Deep Creek or year 1738, Charles Irby. Collo. Richd. Randolph quarters: Stephen Collins, John Hardin,
Sanco, Warwick, Frank, Coock, Barrah, Driver, Seasor, Abram, Bellock, Phebe, Margaret, Amea, Mary, Jeamy, Jacob, Moggcea, total 17.

Amelia County Virginia Road Orders

1745 April 19. John Harding is now overseer for Randolph. Virginia Road Orders O. S., Page 311.
"Ordered that a Road be Cleared from Mallarys Creek along the Ridge to Randolphs Road at the head of Boush & Maherrin Rivers and that ... the Tiths at Colo. Richard Randolphs Quarter where Harding is Overseer ... do open and clear the same."

Amelia County Hardins, Summary by this writer: At the Randolph household between Deep and Flat Creek, John Hardin was a resident worker 1636 through 1638. In 1740 John Hardin received his own 250A. grant beside Col. Richard Randolph on Flewellings Creek. Flewellings Creek, though not located by this writer, was "above Flatt Creek in Amelia County." Flat Creek encircles the town of Amelia Court House on the north and west. The mouth of Deep Creek is on the Powhatan, southeast of Amelia Court House, and flows from present Noloway County which is due south of Amelia Court House. That Randolph plantation "between Flatt and Deep Creek" was likely at present day Ameila Court House or south of it near the present Amelina county line.

With John Hardin of Ameila County we see a strong link with the household of Col. Richard Randolph. John Hardin resumed his duties with Randolph five years after receiving his own grant.

Keep in mind the question, "Which of these John Hardins  is the son of Samuel Hardin, if any?  This writer has not found evidence either way. I am inclined to see the Amelia County Hardin men as from another family who perhaps came down from Randolph's county -- Goochland.

Virginia Counties 1740

Tuckaho Creek Thomas Hardin in Amelia County

Thomas Hardin, 800a, Amelia County, on both sides of Falling Creek of Buffalo River -- to Randolph's line, thence along his lines...
Virginia Land Patent Book 21 (1742-1743) p. 366. 30June 1743.

See this deed under "images and indexes " under "land office grants" in online collections at

Buffalo Creek according to GNIS is in present Prince Edward County, taken from Amelia County.

Tuckaho Creek Thomas Hardin at Great Creek, Lunenburg County

The difficult tangle here is that our Fountain Creek Gabriel and William Hardin lived on Great Creek in eastern Lunenburg County. So did a Thomas Hardin.

1760 Dec 29 (witness). Indenture made the XXIV day of December, 1760, between William SPEARS and William SINGLETON of Gloucester County, for 50 pounds, conveying 278 acres on both side of the Little Creek. Witnesses were Robert Campbell, John Flood EDMUNDS, and THOMAS HARDIN. Deed Book 6, page 628. Brunswick County USGenWeb archive, abstracted by Carol A. Morrison, Fayetteville, NC.

1763 Nov 28 Thomas Hardin owned adjacent land before this date, and on this date witnessed a deed on Great Creek, Lunenburg County, Virginia as shown here. He was among the Laffoons.

typ deed

ref LUDB9p434-436

dat 28 Nov 1763

frm Stephen Caudle

to William Gallemore, both of Lun

con 100

re 200a Lunenburg/ Great Cr,

!adj. Thos. Harding, Matthew Laffoon, Nathl. Laffoon;

!Wit: Nathal. Laffoon, Matthew Laffoon, Thomas Harding;

!Sig: Stephen (S) Caudle, Mary (+) Caudle

!Rec: 12 Apr 1764

from, to be replaced by deed.

This may be the same Thomas Hardin who, in a like manner to a John Hardin (above), was granted land by Randolph in Amelia County, Va.

Trees of Tuckaho/Henroco, Virginia Thomas and William Hardin

Trees of Tuckaho/Henroco, Virginia Thomas Hardin show he had two sons, William, 1720-1768, who lived in Virginia; and Thomas (Jr), b. 1715 Henrico County, Va, died 1781 Aug 9, Lunenburg County, Virginia. The chance of Thomas being in my I1-M253 familly starts to melt away. Yet the Henrico tree shows no John, strengthening John of Flewellings Creek in Amelia County as possibly one of my family, namely a son of Samuel. William of Henrico was not said to be in Lunenburg. Therefore William Hardin of Lunenburg, companion of Gabriel, holds up well as our kin.

1755. William Hardin of Tuckahoo Creek in Henrico County offered for sale his one-thousand acres there, announcing in the Williamsburg Gazette issue of 24 Oct 1755 that he intended to move to Halifax County.

Summary of Great Creek Hardins

Gabriel and William are I-M253, sons of Samuel Hardin (will 1732) -- ours. They migrated from Great Creek to Cumberland/Moore County, North Carolina. Thomas is a Tuckaho Creek (red color code at John had no presence in Lunenburg County. He otherwise seems paired with Thomas and may be a Tuckaho Creek Hardin.

Thomas Hardin of our I-M253 family may never have left Granville County.