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James Persinger Hardy
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Birth: 1795, USA
Death: 1864
Newton County
Texas, USA

Proven to have lived in the Republic of Texas, all of James' legitimate female descendants are eligible to join the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

The story that James Persinger killed a man, packed up the whole family, moved to Texas, and changed their last name to Hardy has been passed down as family history through several different lines of descendants.

Shocking Murder

A most foul murder was perpetrated at the village of Cross Plains in Ripley County, on Thursday the 17th instant (17 Sep 1837), by an inhuman and despicable wretch named JAMES PERSINGER, upon Mr. GEO SALYERS, a respectable farmer of that county, the particulars of which we learn are as follows:

Mr Salyers happened in the village that day on business, and having partaken too freely of liquor, became somewhat intoxicated and remained till rather an unusual hour of the evening, over his accustomed stay. A dispute arose between the deceased and Persinger, sometime during the afternoon, in which the latter abused the deceased in a most shameful manner. The affair was afterwards settled, and the two were apparently satisfied and perfectly friendly; but when Salyers was about to start home, and in the act of getting on his horse, Persinger again attacked him, knocked him down with his fist, and kicked and bruised him most shockingly, before any person had time to interfere and separate them.

Salyer expired in a few minutes from the blows and kicks, with scarcely a struggle. Persinger managed to make his escape and delude all pursuit.

A reward of $265 is offered, by the friends and relatives of the deceased, for the apprehension of the murderer. He is described as a large rawboned man, about 40 or 45 years of age, about 6 feet high, at times wears large whiskers; several of his upper fore teeth are out, has a large eye and dark hair. It is to be hope that active measures will be taken to ferret out and bring this heartless being to condign punishment.
(Printed in the "Indiana Genealogist" in Dec 2002 from an article printed in the "Indiana Democrat" on 4 Oct 1837.)
Family links: 
  Mary Polly Gillespie Hardy (1806 - 1882)
  General Jackson Persinger Hardy (1823 - 1905)*
  Catherine Noga Persinger Hardy Cooper (1832 - ____)*
  James Samuel Persinger Hardy (1835 - 1916)*
  Joseph Lane Persinger Hardy (1844 - 1909)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Grave marker not found.
Hardy Cemetery
Newton County
Texas, USA
Created by: Rajordan
Record added: Dec 19, 2008
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James Persinger Hardy
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James Persinger Hardy
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GGG paternal grandfather. RIP
- HardyKin
 Added: Jun. 17, 2017
Thinking of you on this Memorial Day.
- Rajordan
 Added: May. 29, 2017
My 4th Great Grandfather on my Mother's side. rest in Peace Sir!
- Kenneth Brown
 Added: Apr. 2, 2017
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