HARDWITCH, HARDWICK, HATRIDGE FAMILY OF KENTUCKY, MISSOURI & ARKANSAS
The earliest date I have for the Hardwicks is 1783 when we find a JOHN JONES receiving a Land Warrant from the state of Virginia. He immediately assigns this WARRANT to William Hardwitch. The land was in Lincoln Co., KY. Due to the fact that he had to have been an adult to own land, he would have had to have been born in 1762 OR EARLIER.
This land was sold for back taxes in 1806. The land is now in Casey Co., KY. It is in Casey Co that we found a William Hardwick & Isabell Davidson being married. This is probably the son of the William from Lincoln Co. I deduce this because the only Wm Hardidge (or any other spelling variation) on the 1810 Ky Census, Barren Co (where Wm was known to have lived) has 2 males under 10, and 1 each Males 16-25, 26-44 & 45 +; 1 female 16-25.
William appears to have had 3 children, Wm (ours) who married Isabell Davidson (1810), James Hardwitch / Hardige who married Catherine "Kitty" White(1804) & Sarah Hardage who married Nimrod Whittly (1804). These children all lived NEAR William Hardwick, SR leading me to believe they were all from the same family. I am also assuming Isabell Davidson was William, JR's 2nd wife since our Benjamin was born ca 1802.
William and Isablella sell their land in Barren Co in KY in 1819. We next find Isabella in Washington Co., Missouri where she is filing Estate Papers for Wm Hardwitch, deceased in 1827. The outline of the estate papers (in the left frame) gives one an idea of the progression of William's estate, which took 9 years to settle. Thanks to these estate papers, we know the names of William Hardwick's heirs. They were:
Isabell / Isabella (Davidson) Hardwick who later married George Gamble
Caroline Matilda Hardwick who married Able Benton
Aaron Hardwick (died in 1837)
Mary/Polly Hardwick who married Samuel Packwood
George Hardwick (died in 1829)
Matilda Caroline (Hardwick) & Abel Benton moved to Laclede Co., Mo where they lived until their deaths. Matilda Caroline (Hardwick) Benton died, He in the Civil War and she in 1892. The copy of the 1860 Census I have linked in the left is a poor image, with low contrast, but if you increase the size you CAN read all the names.
Benjamin stayed in the same area of Missouri where they settled. In 1850 Benjamin Hardwick, Wife Mary ??? and their six children are living in Wayne Co., MO. I believe he worked for Grandin Mill, which was a HUGE lumber milling operation in Wayne Co. By 1860 He and Mary "were not together." For a long time we believed he had died, until one of our researchers found a marriage record for him in 1863 in Washington County.
When the Civil War broke out, at least four of the boys sympathized with the Southern Cause. Milton, George and Elisha enlisted in Confederate units, Milton & George in the 7th Ret. of the MO State Guard and Elisha 7th Rgt. Arkansas Inf. All three were captured and imprisoned in the St. Louis area, Milton & George in Alton, ILL and Elisha in St. Louis. The others, Jacob & James were captured and charged as "Insurgents." All were either released or in prisoner exchanges. Later in the war, Jesse, James, Milton, George & Elisha all joined the union Army. All joined around the time of Price's Raid into Missouri and the Battle of Pilot Knob.
Jesse, Milton & George were all three in the Battle of Pilot Knob. in Company E, 47th Regiment, Infantry. This company is the one that encountered the Confederates in Ironton than fought, as they retreated to Fort Davidson. Jesse's grandson, Lovel Hatridge, told me that his grandfather often spoke of the battle. How they "escaped" in the middle of the night, laying blankets on the bridges to avoid waking the enemy soldiers sleeping on either side of the road.
After the war, the family slowly began to scatter. Elisha lived in Arkansas and Oklahoma, George's descendants ended up in Arkansas, Jesse and Milton's offspring stayed close, if not in, Iron Co. One was even a State Representative from St. Francois Co. in 1952
And that's the story of the HARDWICK / HARDWITCH / HATRIDGE family in the nutshell.
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