|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1821|
Hardenia Reece was born about 1820 in Wilson County, Tennessee. There is a strong possibility that Hardenia Reece's parents were Murphy Reece and Rebecca Rowland. Murphy Reece was born about 1784 in Wake County, North Carolina, and died June 22, 1854 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, where he is buried in the Nashville City Cemetery. Rebecca Rowland was born about 1800 in North Carolina and died at an unknown date. Murphy and Rebecca were married May 11, 1814 in Wilson County, Tennessee.
Hardenia Reece married John C. Blackburn on May 4, 1841 in Tipton County, Tennessee. The marriage record states John C. Blackburn and Ardenia Reese, although other records spell her name as Hardenia Reece.
By 1850, John and Hardenia along with their three children, Lucinda Rebecca Jane, William H., and Catherine J. T. 'Hazentine' Blackburn were living in Dyer County, Tennessee. From Dyer County, they moved near the town of Quitman in Conway County, Arkansas. Hardenia died there sometime prior to the 1860 Census, but her grave site has not been determined.
Hardenia's husband and children moved to Yell County, Arkansas where John farmed near the town of Ranger until his death before 1870. [A census has been found for 1870 in which John is listed with Sarah and the children, so he died, we think, in February of 1872.] Lucinda and Hazentine married and, upon their death, were laid to rest in the Dacus Cemetery.
Hardenia's only son, William H. Blackburn, enlisted as a Private in the Confederate Army on October 14, 1863 in Yell County, Arkansas. He was attached to Company F of the 3rd Arkansas Cavalry Regiment, which was organized at Little Rock, Arkansas in February 1864. During the Civil War, William was recorded as AWOL in July 1864 and then reunited with his company in Lewisburg, Arkansas on August 4, 1864. William was killed in action August 25, 1864 while on scout with his unit. His grave site has not been identified.
Contributed by Diane C. Inman Stearns
Murphy Reece (1784 - 1854)
Rebecca Rowland Reece (1797 - 1887)
John C. Blackburn (1820 - 1872)
Lucinda 'Rebecca' Jane Blackburn Humphries Campbell (1842 - 1915)*
Catherine J.T. 'Hazentine' Blackburn Campbell (1853 - 1872)*
Charity L Reece Dickens (1817 - 1894)*
Hardena Reece Blackburn (1821 - 1860)
Zachariah S C Reece (1823 - 1899)*
Charles T Reece (1825 - 1911)*
William G Reece (1827 - 1895)*
Alcy Reese (1832 - 1903)*
Created by: Jan Breshears Thomas
Record added: Feb 16, 2010
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