Biography - L. T. Hardin

L. T. HARDIN, farmer, P. O. Cobden, was born in Limestone County, Ala., December 9, 1828, to Erasmus and Abashaba (Hodges) Hardin. Erasmus Hardin was born near Augusta, Ga., in 1785, died on the present farm of our subject in 1859. Abashaba Hodges was born in Tennessee, and died in this county in 1857. They were the parents of ten children, four of whom are still living. By a previous marriage he had two children, one of whom is now living in Texas. His occupation was that of a farmer. He was engaged in the Indian war in Florida, with the Seminoles. In 1830, they moved to Union County, and made it their home until time of death. Our subject remained on the farm until he was twenty-one years of age, then sowed his wild oats. In 1853, he went to California, where he remained for two years, then sold out and went to Texas, and began in stock-raising; with the exception of one or two visits home, he remained in Texas until 1860, and then war troubles began in Texas. He and his brother James had in partnership a herd of about 300 cattle, besides horses, but they lost all through the war. April 3, 1861, he was married in this county to Elizabeth Ferrill, daughter of Henry and Polly Ferrill; they were natives of Tennessee; Mr. Ferrill died in this county; his widow is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Hardin have ten children, all living but one — Lucetta (deceased), Olive, A. J., Mary, Charles, Emma, Ellen, L. T., Laura and Herbert S. Mr. Hardin's farm contains 160 acres, about 100 of which are in cultivation; on this he does general farming, and meets with deserving success. He and wife are members of the Christian order. In politics, he favors the Democratic party.

Extracted 26 Apr 2020 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 130.

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