Saturday, May 23, 2020

Ziba and Tabitha Brooks Hardee’s son, James Edward Hardee


After Peggy Mitchell died Ziba married Tabitha Brooks who was much younger then he was. They had eleven children, their first born was James Edward Hardee who was born about 1825 in Alabama.

James first married a women named Susan and in the 1850 census they lived next door to his parents Ziba and Tabitha in Coosa County, Alabama. James and Susan had a one year old son named Redsin. (Unsure of spelling/hard to read on census.)

 In 1860 James and Susan still live in Coosa County, Alabama, but his parents are not listed on the census, or any census. No child is listed with them so I would assume the child has died.

James served in the Civil war in Company C, Stewart Battalion, Captain John McKinsey Company and Roddin Brigade of Alabama Volunteers.

James and Susan moved to Texas as they are found living next to his younger sister Caroline Hardee Littleton in the 1870 census in Van Zandt County, Texas. James is 46 and a farm laborer with $300 in personal real estate. Susan is 42 years old and keeping house. They also have a 17 year old female named Lizzie Johnston living with them. I do not know if she is related or maybe a servant.

By 1880 they are back in Coosa County, Alabama according the the census. They also have a 13 year old male living with them named Eliot Pounds and he is listed as a servant.

I do not know Susan's date of death, but I believe she died after 1880 as James married Malissa Giddens on Feb. 2, 1893 in Talladega, Alabama. I guess he followed in his father's footsteps because Melissa was 31 years old when she married James and he was 68 years old!

In the 1900 census James and Melissa live in Talladega County, Alabama and and have two sons, William S. and James T. They had twin sons named Rufus and Remus born in August of 1900. Twin Remus died later that year.

(If you are doing the math, James was 75 when he had the twins!)

James died on February 3, 1905 in Childersburg, Alabama. His widow successfully applied for a Widows Pension in 1932.

Malissa Hardee died in 1944.


Saturday, May 16, 2020

Ziba and Peggy Hardee’s possible daughter

Elephare/Elafare Susan Hardee

Today I will tell you about Elephare/Elafare Susan Hardee. Her first name is spelled many ways so I am unsure of the correct spelling. I have found her in records with the spellings: Ellafare, Susan, and Ella. Some trees show her name spelled Elephare. I will use the name Ella for simplicity.

In the 1830 and 1840 census Ziba Hardee had three unknown females listed as tick marks. I believe Ella is one of the unknown daughters of Ziba and Peggy. However, Ella married John Fore on Jan. 2, 1836 in Monroe County, Alabama and John Fore is listed on the 1840 Monroe County census with two sons and a wife as tick marks which matched Ella, her husband John and their two sons. So Ella would not have been listed with Ziba and Peggy in the 1840 census.

But, we do match Ella through DNA to 12 of her descendants. (We also match Joel Hardee through 12 of his descendants.) I am still looking for documents to prove the connection but the DNA matches make it pretty convincing.

Ella Was born Oct. 24, 1822 in Monroe County, Alabama. She married John Fore on Jan. 2, 1836 in Monroe County, Alabama. They had six children: Thomas M., James Eliphas, John Franklin, Sarah Jane, George Washington, and Perry Davis, all born in Alabama.

John Fore died in 1860 in Alabama and Ella died in 1885, they seemed to live their lives in or near Monroe County, Alabama.

Below are John and Ella in the 1850 census for Monroe County, Alabama. The last name is misspelled as Four. Remember, 1850 is the first census when all the names in the household are listed.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Ziba and Peggy Hardee’s son
John Hardee

Ziba and Peggy Hardee had a son named John Hardee. (There are a lot of men named John in the Hardee family!) John was born about 1816 in Georgia.

Like his older brother Joel, John moved to Alabama at a young age with his family.

On February 15, 1834 he married Sibithia Brooks in Monroe County Alabama. (Many people confuse this marriage with John Ziba and Tabatha's marriage since Tabitha was also a Brooks.)

In 1840 he had moved to Coosa County Alabama but was back in Monroe County Alabama by the 1850 census.

In the 1860, 1870 and 1880 census he and his wife are still living in Monroe County, Alabama. It does not look like they had children as none are ever listed with them on the census.

I have not done a lot of research on this John Hardee. I am not sure of when and where he died. He is listed as a farmer in all the census records.

The below record is John and Sabithia in the 1860 census.

John and Sabithia Hardee in 1860 Monroe County, Alabama Census.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Ziba and Peggy Hardee’s oldest son
 Joel Hardee

Today I will tell you about Ziba and Peggy Hardees son, Joel Hardee. Joel Hardee was born June 8, 1814 in Georgia. He came to Alabama at an early age when he migrated with his parents and siblings.
Joel first married Isabella Coker on June 1, 1835 in Monroe Co., Alabama. They are found on the 1840 U.S. Census living in Lindsey, Coosa Co., Alabama with four children. Two males and two females all under age 5. (Seems they were quite busy!) I do not know if one of these were a twin, but it seems one boy died, because in the 1850 census only three children, one boy and two girls are listed as being born 1840 or before.

In 1850 Joel is now living in Monroe Co. Alabama and his wife Isabella is to believed to died as it is just Joel and six of his children.

On June 12, 1857 he married Elizabeth Devon and had three more children with her.
In 1860 they are still living in Monroe Co., AL and have seven children living at home.
It is said Joel served in the civil war but I have not researched his involvement.

In 1870 Joel is still living in Monroe Co., AL but his second wife is assumed to have died as only Mary his daughter from his first marriage and Margaret a daughter from his second marriage are in the household. I do not know what happened to his two younger children from the second marriage.

In 1880 his daughter Cynthia Sirmon and her daughter Isabela are living with Joel.
In each census Joel listed his occupation as farmer, but he did have other jobs as listed in his obituary.

Following is Joel Hardee's Obituary: Paper unknown
Mr. Joel Hardee died at his home near Simpkinsville on Dec. 22nd at 13 o'clock. He had been in his usual health for some time, went into dinner, and after he had offered thanks, his daughter, Mrs. Sirmon, who lived with him, noticed that something was wrong, and upon inquiring, he said he had a pain in his back, the the same time began falling from his chair. She went to his assistance until help could be gotten to him, which was but a few minutes. After being place on his bed he lived but a few moments. Deceased was born in Georgia in 1814, came to this county at an early age, grew to man's estate, and live out his long and useful life here. He was once tax collector of Monroe County and for over fifty years he has held the office of justice of the peace in the beat in which he lived. Mr. Hardee was a man of great firmness, was a member of the Bethlehem Methodist Church, in which communion he lived for years and in which he died. He took a deep interest in all public questions, kept fully posted on current matters and questions of national character with an interest and intelligence that would have done credit to any man. He was physically a wonder, notwithstanding his extreme age, 84; he could read and write or even shoot his gun as well as a youth, without the aid of glasses. He was very large, weighing over 300 pounds, still he attended to his farm and general business that would have done credit to men much younger. About his home he was hospitable, kind and courteous; in his dealings, he was firm but pleasant and kind. He leaves a large family of children, grand-children and a wide circle of friends to mourn his loss. Peace to his ashes. W.J.M

( It is said that Joel Hardee was a big man, possibly 6'6" or 6'8" and weighed over 300 pounds. It has been stated by some who knew him that he was the biggest man they ever saw outside a circus. He is buried at Bethlehem Methodist Church cemetery in Alabama.)

Tombstone for Joel Hardee

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Ziba Hardee's Birth Date

I have listed the facts I know about Ziba Hardee. What I don't know for sure is his date of birth. In the 1850 Census he lists that he was born in North Carolina and he was 56 years old. So that would make his birth year about 1794.

But, according to a cousin, Khaki, her father told her when Ziba died the family went through his things and found documentation that showed he was much older. Ziba had shaved years off of his age because his second wife, Tabitha, was so much younger. Khaki states Ziba was born in 1782.
So I have a birth range of 1782 - 1794.

The first record I have of him is the marriage record to Peggy Mitchell. It lists the name as John Hardee and not Ziba, so I can't really be certain this is the same person. This is in Baldwin County, Georgia and I have searched records from there and found none that name a Ziba Hardee.

I do not know his parents names or any siblings. I do not know anything about his life before 1830 when I find him in the 1830 Census in Monroe Co., Alabama.

But, I do have some clues as to who his parents may be and I am working on those clues.
Until then I will write about Ziba"s children...

Saturday, April 18, 2020

William J. Hardee and Elizabeth Dummett Hardee

Went to St Augustine, Florida today and talked my husband into stopping at the national cemetery there first. This is the stone of Gen. William J. Hardee’s first wife, Elizabeth Dummett Hardee. I will post more on this family later.

Tombstone of Elizabeth Dummett Hardee. St. Augustine National Cemetery, Florida.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

If you could only see me now! I am doing the happy dance!

After writing my other post about not finding Ziba in the 1860 census and not knowing when Ziba and family moved to Texas, it got me thinking and I did some searching.

I had previously searched the unindexed tax records for Van Zandt Co., Texas and I did not find Ziba in the 1860 tax records but I did find him in the 1861 tax records. So I searched those records again to see if Green Wood, Ziba's son-in-law was also in those records since the newspaper article stated they traveled from Alabama to Texas in 1861.

Green Wood was in the 1861 Van Zandt Co., Texas tax record.But not 1860 tax record.

Which leads me to believe, that Ziba and Tabitha Hardee and their children along with the family of their daughter Sarah Green and her husband moved together to Texas by oxen train.

Since Ziba Hardee and Green Wood are not in the 1860 tax list but both are in the 1861 tax list, I think this is a sound hypothesis!
Ziba Hardee in 1861 Van Zandt County, Texas tax records.

Green A. Wood in 1861 Van Zandt County, Texas tax records.

Now I know to search again in Coosa County, Alabama for Ziba Hardee. Will have to go page by page again, but maybe I will find them.