Son of Henry & Nancy (Rainey) Hart

John Henry Hart with his 2nd wife Cassandra
Photos contributed by Deborah Nicol & M.A.Hart

John Henry Hart
18 March 1807 Edgefield Co SC
13 April 1879 White Co IL

John moved with his parents from Edgefield SC to TN by 1812 or earlier and had settled in Bedford County. His father Henry had several acres of land on the head waters of Big Flat creek, a south branch of Duck River and is found on a taxpayers list for the year 1812. By 1827 John was married to Mary Ann ? (from the family bible). By 1830 John and family are in Warren County TN. John's first wife died within 9 years of their marriage, and John was remarried to Cassandra, and moved back to Bedford TN, sold his property and moved to Lincoln Co. Mary Ann probably died right after the birth of their second child. John was back in Bedford TN in 1836 as his name is on a taxlist. He was there in Sep 1839 when he sold 151 acres to his brother-in-law James Coats. It is believed that John Henry moved to Lincoln TN but close to the Mt Hermon area prior to 1840. This family is on the Membership of the Mt Hermon Baptist Church until at least 1840. In Aug 1840 he is appointed as a delegate to attend the Duck River Baptist Assoc. Annual Session along with his father Henry Hart and Thomas Conwell. John Henry is reported to be a preacher but this has not been proven. He was granted a letter of dismissal from the church in Oct 1842 and had moved to IL. John was in Pope County in March 1843 but at some point we think he returned to White Co where he must have died. His burial place remains "unknown" as do the final resting place of his two wives.

Children of John Henry & Mary Ann Hart:
Letha Ann Hart 24 Oct 1828 m William Francis Marion Austin
Margaret Hart 24 Apr 1830 - nfd

Children of John Henry & Cassandra Hart:
Elizabeth Hart 01 Dec 1839 m Michael Gunn
Louisa Caledonia Hart 11 Jul 1841 m Wm. E. Emerson
Sarah America Hart 27 Mar 1843 m Wm. Champion
Martin M. Hart 20 Apr 1845 m Martha Emerson
Mitchell Hart 7 May 1847-Jan 1850
Nancy Dawson Hart 23 Dec 1848 m Robert Anderson Martin
Lenoria Matilda Hart 25 May 1851 - nfd
Milo Jerome Hart 26 Jan 1853 m Lucy Cassandra Graves
John Jones Hart 18 Feb 1855 m Martha A. Myers

Martha "Mattie" Melton was a guard at the Kankakee Prison in the early 1920ís. She is in her Guard Uniform in this picture.

She married Sherman Elder who was a Barber in Elderado, IL in the late 1920ís & early 1930ís. Sherman died in 1932 & suppose to be buried in the Hickory Hill Cemetery, Broughton, Hamilton Co., IL. (Have not found the grave).

Contributed by M.A. Hart