Comanche in Comanche County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Preacher Hardin Family
The Hardin family first arrived in Comanche, TX in 1872 when John Wesley's father, Preacher James Gibson Hardin moved his family here from Mt. Calm, TX. By this time John Wesley's brother Jo G and sister Lizzie had already married. Johns other siblings Matt, Jeff, and Nan were still living at home. Preacher Hardin was to be a trustee of the Masonic Academy. He homesteaded 160 ac, dug well, and built a home some 2 miles NW of this location.
After John Wesley's murder of Deputy Webb on May 26th, 1874, Wes and Jim Taylor went to the Hardin home. Wes's mother prepared his 21st birthday dinner and dressed his wounds from the shootout with Webb. Sheriff John Carnes came, made no arrests and told them a mob was coming so Wes and Taylor left for Round Mt. some 5 miles west. After 2 days they returned and found the mob still there so they left for Austin, TX. When Wes heard that Jo G and cousins had been taken from jail and hung, he returned to his father's house to visit Jo G's grave by the house and left. On June 24th, 1874 Preacher Hardin sold out and the family left Comanche.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law Enforcement • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is May 26, 1874.
Location. 31° 53.894′ N, 98° 36.241′ W. Marker is in Comanche, Texas, in Comanche County. Marker is at the intersection of North Austin Street (State Highway 16) and West Grand Avenue, on the left when traveling north on North Austin Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Comanche TX 76442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Wesley Hardin (here, next to this marker); Jo G. Hardin and Cousins (here, next to this marker); Texas Longhorn (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of John Wesley Hardin's Murder of Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); The Comanche (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bison (American Buffalo) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Comanche.
Also see . . . John Wesley Hardin. Wikipedia (Submitted on October 17, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 16, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 16, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.