Monday, January 27, 2014

William Estes (1790-1855)

Kentucky Hero from the War of 1812

Kentucky Volunteers

William 'War of 1812' ESTES was born on January 19, 1790, in Spotsylvania, Virginia. He fought in the War of 1812 at the Battle of the Raisin. He married Mary Polly Hockensmith in 1809. They had nine children in 27 years. He died on March 2, 1855, in Scott, Kentucky, at the age of 65, and was buried in Daviess, Kentucky.

William 'War of 1812' Estes (1790 - 1855)
is our 2nd great grand uncle
brother of Catherine Estes Bramblett
Fielding Estes * (1766 - 1826) (3rd great Grandfather)
father of William 'War of 1812' ESTES
Catherine Katherine Kitty Estes * (1796 - 1860)  (second great grandmother)
daughter of Fielding Estes *
Fielding Bramblett * (1814 - 1897) (second great grandfather)
son of Catherine Katherine Kitty Estes *
George Edward Bramblett * (1851 - 1922) (first great grandfather)
son of Fielding Bramblett *
Walter Scott Bramblett * (1882 - 1978) (grandfather)
son of George Edward Bramblett *
Margaret May Belle Bramblett * (1911 - 1988)
daughter of Walter Scott Bramblett *

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Margaret Sarah Hall (1836-1858)

Margaret Sarah Hall, our second great grandmother, was born in 1836 in Woodford, Henry County, Kentucky, USA, the second child of Albert H Hall and Nancy Wilson Hall. They were rural farmers. When she was nineteen, she married Martin V. Hardin (age twenty-one) on October 25, 1855 in Henry County, Kentucky, USA.  They were blessed with a son William and a daughter Nancy.  Margaret died at the young age of twenty-two on May 20, 1858 from Typhoid Fever. 

Typhoid Fever is a common worldwide bacterial disease transmitted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the feces from an infected person. The disease has received various names, such as gastric fever, abdominal typhus, infantile remittent fever, slow fever, nervous fever and phytogenic fever.
The nineteenth century was plagued by bacterial diseases such as Typhoid and Cholera.  Lack of modern sanitation played a big part in Typhoid epidemics. 

Untreated typhoid fever is divided into four individual stages, each lasting approximately one week. Over the course of these stages, the patient becomes exhausted and emaciated.

In the first week, the temperature rises slowly, and fever fluctuations are seen with relative bradycardia, malaise, headache, and cough. A bloody nose is seen in a quarter of cases, and abdominal pain is also possible.
In the second week of the infection, the patient lies prostrate with high fever in plateau around 40 °C (104 °F) and bradycardia, classically with a  pulse wave. Delirium is frequent, often calm, but sometimes agitated. This delirium gives to typhoid the nickname of "nervous fever". Rose spots appear on the lower chest and abdomen in around a third of patients.

The abdomen is distended and painful in the right lower quadrant. Diarrhea can occur in stage two, however, constipation is also frequent. The spleen and liver are enlarged and tender. The major symptom of this fever is that the fever usually rises in the afternoon up to the first and second week.

In the third week of typhoid fever, a number of complications can occur: Intestinal hemorrhage and Intestinal perforation (which can be fatal), delirium, and metastatic abscesses. The fever is still very high and oscillates very little over 24 hours. Dehydration ensues, and the patient is delirious. One third of affected individuals develop a macular rash on the trunk.

The platelet count goes down slowly and finally when it becomes 0 bleeding starts.

This continues into the fourth week. During the American Civil War, 81,360 Union soldiers died of typhoid or dysentery.

Sanitation and hygiene are the critical measures that can be taken to prevent typhoid. Typhoid does not affect animals, and therefore, transmission is only from human to human. Typhoid can only spread in environments where human feces or urine are able to come into contact with food or drinking water. Careful food preparation and washing of hands are crucial to prevent typhoid.

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Margaret Sarah Hall * (1836 - 1858)
is our 2nd great grandmother
Nancy Wilson Hardin * (1858 - 1933)
daughter of Margaret Sarah Hall *
Walter Scott Bramblett * (1882 - 1978)
son of Nancy Wilson Hardin *
Margaret May Belle Bramblett * (1911 - 1988)
daughter of Walter Scott Bramblett *

Monday, January 6, 2014

Dave and Broy Harding (1882-1963; 1904-1968)

David Alexander Harding

Broy William Harding

Dave (1882-1963) and Broy (1904-1968) Harding--- Bank Robbers
David and Broy are our second cousins one time removed.  Even though Harding is similar to Hardin, I can find no family connection.

Both Dave and Broy Harding were arrested for the Modale Bank Robbery, but only Broy Escaped. In 1946 Broy fled to Montana, (from a Chain gang) changed his name and become "an upstanding citizen". Years later he was found in Montana by the FBI but when they tried to extradite him, his friends and neighbors signed a petition, so he was pardoned by the Governor. As long as he stayed in MT..., but in 1956 he went to Washington state looking for work and was reportedly found prowling behind a dairy with what looked like burglary tools. He was then sent back to Iowa to serve out his time. . David was released to his sons’ custody when he was in his 70's. I do not know what happened after that. It’s quite a story. When they were initially caught the Harding brothers were beaten severely.
Harding’s Great Grand Daughter

Taken from

Figures and Scenes in Modale, Harrison, Iowa Bank Robbery
December 16, 1926
Pages designed and maintained by Judy Wallis White
These pages are from my personal collection of newspaper stories of Modale, Iowa

Credit for the capture of the brothers was due largely to Mrs. Louise Hitchings, at whose restaurant in Missouri Valley, Iowa they stopped Tuesday night while Dave Harding telephoned an Omaha number, and purchased some red pepper.  Mrs. Hitchings remembered the address he mentioned 1710 Cass Street.   Wednesday afternoon she recalled the incident, and the Omaha police were notified.

Credit was also due to Detective Buford's alertness, Inspector Danbaum said today.  While other detectives were searching in the neighborhood of 1710 Cass Street, Buford, who was at the wheel of their car, saw two men alight form a Yellow taxicab and go into 1713 California Street.  He heard Dave Harding tell the driver, "Keep the change--there's plenty more where that came from."  Notifying the other officers, Buford stood guard at the back door while the others entered the front.

When taken before Inspector Danbaum this morning Dave Harding was silent for a time, then said, "I have decided I might as well tell all about it, my brother is right--he and I staged the robbery."  My wife was sick, perhaps dying and I needed money for her and the children.  When Broy proposed robbery, I listened.  We both knew the lay of the land around Modale, and had been in the bank."

The planning took three or four days, Dave said.  Tuesday night the brothers stole a Ford automobile.   They drove first to Missouri Valley, stopping at the restaurant to telephone and get some red pepper "to destroy the scent if bloodhounds were used."  That night they stopped in an abandoned, tumbledown farm shack, and Wednesday morning drove to Modale.  
"Broy went into the bank first, and I followed, " said Dave.  "One man wouldn't hold up his hands and Broy shot him.   I took a shot at another man who started running.  "I don't know how many shots were fired.  I went outside and did some more shooting, and men in the town were shooting.  Broy came out with money, which I tossed into the car.  Then I drove directly to the river.  We passed the shack where we slept the night before, but didn't stop.

"At the river Broy shot a hole in the gasoline tank, and set fire to the car.  We thought to delay police, who would have difficulty in getting the numbers and tracing the car.  Then we crossed the river on the ice, landing about three miles south of Blair.  On the highway we hailed an automobile carrying a man, woman and child, they were given a ride to Twentieth street in Omaha, about the center of town.  Then we went to the home a brother-in-law at 2405 St. Mary's avenue.  In the afternoon we called a taxicab and went to 1713 California street, where we were arrested."

 Immediately after being brought to the police station, the younger Harding broke down and tears appeared in his eyes.   "I want to tell about the whole dammed thing," he said.   "I"m sick and tired of the rotten business.”  Then assuming a worried, yet defiant attitude, Broy began his story, "Dave and I had no job and were broke, " he said.  "Dave has four kids, and I got one.  It was either get money or starve.  I thought of robbery.  I lived in the Modale neighborhood, and knew of the savings bank there.   "It was my plan.  Dave at first didn't want to go in on it, and later said he would.  so we went and looked the place over to make complete plans."   "We came into Omaha last night and stole a car at Sixteenth and Nicholas streets.  Then we drove to Missouri Valley, Iowa where we tried to by some shells.   We couldn't get any there.  "Then we ate lunch.  We put in a long distance telephone call to Omaha but couldn't get my party, so we drove to the house near the Blair railroad bridge on the Iowa side and stayed there all night."

Harding Brothers Probably will be sent to Penitentiary For Life
Harrison County Prosecutor will Demand the Limit
Attorney Havens Points out robbery Charge was "Aggravated"

Logan, Iowa December 17, 1926  The Harding brothers of Blair Nebraska who confessed to robbing the Modale Savings bank and wounding two men, will be sent to the penitentiary for a life term it they plead guilty or are found guilty of the charge, county Attorney Hoy Havens of Harrison county intends to place against them and the full penalty of the statute is exacted.  The charge will be entering a bank with intent to rob.  this carries a sentence of life imprisonment.

 Havens pointed out Friday that the men had confessed to acts which constituted this crime and to additional acts which aggravated the charge--had shot two men and robbed the bank.  There were no mitigating circumstances, he said.
The men still are in Omaha, and Havens said he did not know when they would be brought to Logan.  "I understand the police there are trying to connect them with the Hooper, Nebraska attempted robbery.  But even if they do, the men will have to come here for we have a more serious charges against them."   Mr. Havens has not yet talked to the haring brothers, and said he will make no effort to do so until the men are returned to Logan.  Neither had Sheriff Millman visited them.  The officers pointed out that the men have confessed, and the rest of the procedure is more or less prescribed.  If they still were protesting their innocence then the officials would quiz them, they said.

 It was cited here today that the bank robbers do not fare well when tackling Harrison county banks.  The Pisgah bank was robbed three years ago next week, but three Council Bluffs men now are in the penitentiary for it.  Then the Little Sioux bank was robbed and Pat Carroll is in the penitentiary for that.

George Lute * (1780 - 1852)                                         George Lute * (1780 - 1852)
is our 2nd great grandfather                                      is their great grandfather
Andrew Lute * (1814 - 1882)                                        Jacob Nicholas Lute (1826-1899)
son of George Lute *                                                     son of George Lute
Charles William Lute * (1874 - 1905)                          Amanda Jane Lute (1865-1944)
son of Andrew Lute *                                                    daughter of Jacob Nicholas Lute
Doran Edgar Lute * (1901 - 1982)                               David and Broy Harding (1882-1963, 1904-1968)
son of Charles William Lute *                                       sons of Amanda Jane Lute

Thursday, January 2, 2014

John Wesley Hardin (1853-1895)

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John Wesley “Wes” Hardin is our 5th cousin 2 times removed.  He is well documented with many records and photographs.  He was a notorious outlaw of the old west and also a 4th cousin of Doc Holliday.

John Wesley Hardin is credited with forty killings in stand-up gunfights, ambushes and running battles on horseback.  It has been said that whenever Hardin rode out of a town, dead men were always left behind.  By the time he reached his 20th birthday, John was regarded as one of the deadliest gunfighters in the west. He had killed a number of men, had a confrontation with Wild Bill Hickok in Abilene, and was wanted by the Texas State police and the Texas Rangers.

John Wesley Hardin was killed by John Selman, Sr. when Selman shot Hardin in
the back of the head in the ACME Saloon in El Paso, TX.  Wes Hardin's last
words were, "Four sixes to beat..."

He was an American outlaw, gunfighter, and controversial folk icon of the Old West. Hardin found himself in trouble with the law at an early age, and spent the majority of his life being pursued by both local lawmen and federal troops of the reconstruction era. He often used the residences of family and friends to hide out from the law.

Hardin was born near Bonham, Texas, in 1853 to Methodist preacher and circuit rider, James "Gip" Hardin, and Mary Elizabeth Dixson.[1][6] He is named after John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist denomination of the Christian church.[7] In his autobiography, Hardin described his mother as "blond, highly cultured... [while] charity predominated in her disposition.[8]:5 Hardin's father traveled over much of central Texas on his preaching circuit until, in 1859, he and his family settled in Sumpter, Trinity County, Texas. There, Joseph Hardin taught school, and established a learning institution that John Wesley and his siblings attended.

 Hardin killed his first man at the age of 15. Texas was ruled by the military according to congressional reconstruction policies and Hardin believed that he would not receive a fair trial.  He fled and later claimed to have killed three soldiers who were sent to arrest him and that his relatives and neighbors helped him bury and hide the evidence.  In 1869, his father sent him away from the area to teach school in Pisga, Navarro County, where other relatives lived.  He left the school after one term to take up more lucrative pursuits.  He developed his skills in gambling and became enamored of horse racing.  By the end of 1869, Hardin by his own admission had killed a freedman and four soldiers.  In December of that year he killed Jim Bradly in a fight after a card game.  His life subsequently became a pattern of gambling, saloons, fights, and killing. 

Hardin spent 17 years in prison where he studied criminal law.  When he was released he was pardoned by the governor of Texas.  He eventually returned to his wicked ways and was shot and killed.

John Wesley Hardin

John Wesley Hardin Obituary

Marcus Mark Hardin * (1681 - 1735)                              Marcus Mark Hardin * (1681 - 1735)
is our 6th great grandfather                                                        is his 6th great grandfather
Mark Hardin * (1718 - 1790)                                         Henry Hardin (1720-1797)
son of Marcus Mark Hardin *                                             son of Marcus Mark Hardin
Benjamin Hardin * (1753 - 1834)                                   William Everett Hardin (1741-1810)
son of Mark Hardin *                                                       son of Henry Hardin
Daniel Hardin * (1790 - 1850)                                        Swan Hardin (1773-1829)
son of Benjamin Hardin *                                                 son of William Everett Hardin
Martin V Hardin (1834 - 1881)                                        Benjamin Watson Hardin (1796-1850)
son of Daniel Hardin *                                                     son of Swan Hardin
Nancy Wilson Hardin * (1858 - 1933)                              Rev. James Gibson Hardin (1823-1876)
daughter of Martin V Hardin                                               son of Benjamin Watson Hardin
Walter Scott Bramblett * (1882 - 1978)                            John Wesley Hardin (1853-1895)
son of Nancy Wilson Hardin *                                             son of rev. james Gibson Hardin
daughter of Walter Scott Bramblett *