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Hardin Columbus DeFreece
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Birth: Nov. 13, 1854
Grayson County
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 9, 1929
Sullivan County
Tennessee, USA

All of this information was given to me by Bonnie Howell Dotson who was Hardin's Granddaughter, Bonnie's mother was Leni Leota Defreece Howell, a daughter to Hardin. Per Bonnie Hardin died when he was 86yrs old, and she says he was 16yrs older then Emma, but the research that I have done on the census records, and his birth record, reveals a birth date of Nov 1854, which means he was only abt 3yrs older than his wife Emma, and only 75yrs when he died. Hardin's age still remains a mystery, and as to why his children thought he was older then he really was is unknown. Hardin was Irish and French -Defreece originated in the Netherlands. Hardin would have nothing to do with horses or mules - he would only raise oxen. After his wife Emma died, his daughters Georgia and Ethel was still at home - Georgia got married and moved to Ohio, then Hardin and Ethel moved in with his other daughter Laura, as they did not want Ethel staying at home alone, because Hardin was gone a lot working in the fields. Hardin worked right up until about 2 wks before he got sick and died. Bonnie said that Hardin never did get over Ethel leaving and he worried about her a lot after she got married. He would often call his other daughters/granddaughters "Ethel" instead of their correct names. Hardin never drank Alcohol. Hardin never smoked cigarettes, or chewed tobacco, but he would go out to the back porch and smoked a pipe after each meal. Hardin was very firm on his children, but they respected their daddy very much. Hardin Died of Blights disease (Kidney problems). 
 
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 Parents:
  Ricely DeFriece (1801 - 1887)
  Abasha Bartlett DeFriece (1816 - 1902)
 
 Spouse:
  Emma Catherine Wolfe DeFreece (1857 - 1923)
 
 Children:
  Elbert Rankin Defriece (1881 - 1945)*
  Laura Corinthia Defreece Shankel (1882 - 1970)*
  Roland Lockard Defreece/Defriece (1885 - 1957)*
  Oscar Macrandle DeFreece (1889 - 1935)*
  Arthur Sullivan DeFreece (1890 - 1954)*
  Leni Leota Defreece Howell (1892 - 1970)*
  John Ricely DeFreece (1895 - 1915)*
  Georgia Elmer Defreece Etchey (1899 - 1999)*
  Ethel Agnes Defreece Morgan (1903 - 1977)*
 
 Siblings:
  David C DeFriece (1839 - 1910)*
  Ricely J DeFriece (1845 - 1890)*
  Hardin Columbus DeFreece (1854 - 1929)
  Martha Matilda Defriece Barlow (1856 - 1925)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Pyles Cemetery
Kingsport
Sullivan County
Tennessee, USA
 
Maintained by: Valerie Dobrinski Willia...
Originally Created by: The Angel Hunter
Record added: Nov 15, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44354335
Hardin Columbus DeFreece
Added by: Valerie Dobrinski Williamson
 
Hardin Columbus DeFreece
Added by: Valerie Dobrinski Williamson
 
Hardin Columbus DeFreece
Added by: Valerie Dobrinski Williamson
 
 
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You past away today in 1929, wish I could have known you my dear Great Grandfather.
- Valerie Dobrinski Williamson
 Added: Dec. 9, 2014
Happy Birthday dear Great Grandfather.
- Valerie Dobrinski Williamson
 Added: Nov. 13, 2014
Happy fathers day dear great grandfather.
- Valerie Dobrinski Williamson
 Added: Jun. 15, 2014
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