Comanche in Comanche County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Jo G. Hardin and Cousins
Jo G Hardin (1850-1884) came to Comanche in 1872 about the same time as he and John Wesley's father, preacher Hardin moved to Comanche. He married Belle Adams and bought block 8 of original town survey which was the SE corner of the square. They built a home there where he, Belle, Dora and Jo G Jr lived. Jo G was a lawyer and joined the Masonic Lodge, was appointed Postmaster and County Treasurer. His reputation was soon blackened by bogus ownership in land titles. This was confirmed when Sheriff Carnes found 11 seals used in the forgeries between mattresses of Belles sick bed. On May 27th, 1874, Jo G and brother Tom and Bud Dixon were jailed across the street, supposedly for their own protection after their brother John Wesley had killed Deputy Webb from Brownwood. On May 31st, 1874 a mob from Brownwood took them from jail and hung them 2 miles south of town. The bodies were later taken to Preacher Hardins home NW of town and buried where they stayed until 1909 when the Barnes family bought the land. Mrs. Barnes ordered the bodies removed and at night were put in an unmarked grave in Oakwood Cemetery.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement. A significant historical date for this entry is May 27, 1874.
Location. 31° 53.898′ N, 98° 36.24′ W. Marker is in Comanche, Texas, in Comanche County. Marker is on North Austin Street (State Highway 16) near West Grand Avenue, on the left when traveling north. 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); Preacher Hardin Family (here, next to this marker); Texas Longhorn (a few steps from 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); Royal King (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Comanche.
More about this marker. The marker has a mistake on the death date of Joseph G. Hardin. It should be (1850-1874) instead of (1850-1884), based on the details on the marker.
Also see . . .
1. John Wesley Hardin. Wikipedia (Submitted on October 17, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Joseph Gipson Hardin Sr. Findagrave.com (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 17, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.