HARDCASTLE FAMILY BIBLE

The bible has a brown leather cover with some minimal scrollwork. There is no title or copyright page because the first two pages of the bible have been removed. Therefore, there is no date on the bible itself. However, the first page of the bible says “TO THE READER” and it says that the bible is an American version of the King James Bible. The latest date printed on that page of the bible is 1784.

Written in ink on the inside front cover: This is the Hardcastle Bible

Inside the bible, on the “Family Record” pages, the following information is written:

Marriages:

John Hardcastle married Margaret Hamilton June 9, 1829

William J. Hardcastle married to Sarah McDaniel May 20, 1846

William Vanmeter married to Elizabeth A. Hardcastle October 14, 1858

Edward R. Hardcastle married to Nancy A. Vitt February 7, 1861

James Russell married Lucy Hardcastle February 20, 1868

James Waller married Mary E. Hardcastle April 20, 1871

Robert Hardcastle married to Clara Smith December 4, 1873

John Robert Hardcastle Son of Robert & Clara Hardcastle married Lucy E. Scruby February 20, 1906

Lucy Borch (?) Hardcastle married to Oscar A. Scirl (?) April 11, 1907

Paul Smithy Hardcastle Son of Robert & Clara Hardcastle married to Alona A. Eldred December 19, 1914

Births:

William T. Hardcastle Son of John and Margret Hardcastle Born April 3 th, 1830

James Hardcastle Son of John & Margret Hardcastle Born April 27th 1831

Andrew H. Hardcastle Son of John & Margret Hardcastle Born Oct 9, 1831

Elizabeth Ann Hardcastle Daughter of John & Margret Hardcastle Born Sept. 14, 1834

Thomas Hardcastle son of John & Margret Hardcastle Sept. 20, 1836

Edward R. Hardcastle son of John & Margret Hardcastle Born Sept. 22, 1838

Matilda Hardcastle Daughter of John & Margret Hardcastle Born Jan. 6, 1841

Lucy Hardcastle daughter of John & Margret born April 20, 1843

Mary E. Hardcastle daughter of John & Margret Hardcastle Nov. 22, 1845

Robert Hardcastle son of John & Margret Hardcastle Born Jan. 26, 1848

James Russell born 1840

John Hardcastle born January 27th, 1793

Margret Hardcastle Born December 3 1806

Charles S. Hardcastle Son of William and Maria Hardcastle, Born June 4th, 1857

Lucine H. Hardcastle son of William and Maria Hardcastle Born Dec. 11, 1858

Lucy B. Hardcastle Daughter of Robert & Clara Hardcastle Born August 13, 1876 Sunday

Ella J. Hardcastle daughter of Robert & Clara Hardcastle Born July 9, 1878 Tuesday

John Robert Hardcastle Son of Robert and Clara Hardcastle Born Dec 13th 1882

Paul Smith Hardcastle Son of Robt & Clara Hardcastle Born April 19th, 1885

Clara Smith Hardcastle Born Sept. 12, 1849

Andrew Hamilton born July 1, 1776

Elizabeth Hamilton July 13th 1778

Margaret Hamilton Hardcastle Mother Elizabeth Kincaid

Deaths:

Matilda Hardcastle died August 12th 1845 age four years and seven months

James Hardcastle died August 8th 1852 age 21 years 3 months

Thomas Hardcastle died August 2 1854 age 17 years 11 months

William Hardcastle died March 1st, 1871 age 40 years 11 months

Clara Smith Hardcastle died June 11 1920 Age 71

Robert Hardcastle died August 29, 1921 Age 73

John Hardcastle died Sept. 16, 1873 age 81 years 9 months

Margret Hardcastle died March 27, 1882 age 76 years & 4 months

Edward R. Hardcastle died Nov. 29, 1891 age 52

Lucy Hardcastle Russell died Friday July 22nd 1894 age 54 years

James Russell died 1926 (in same blue ink as entry for James Russell born 1840)

Elizabeth Hardcastle Van Metre died Jan. 1898

Andrew Hamilton Hardcastle died June 1905

Eleanor Elizabeth Hardcastle daughter of John R. & Lucy Scrubby H. died March 30, 1911 age 20 mo.

There is a newspaper obituary glued to the inside cover of the bible. It reads:

Mrs. J. Russell

Mrs. Lucy Hardcastle Russell, wife of James M. Russell, died at their home near Smithboro, Bond County, (Illinois) last Friday, July 22 (1894) at 2 p.m. She had been ill and a great sufferer for a long time. The body was brought here last Saturday, and taken out to Walnut Grove. The funeral service was conducted at the church there Sunday at 10:30 a.m., by the pastor, Rev. Reuben L. McWherter. A large company of relatives and friends were present and followed the body to the place of interment, the family burying ground west of Robt. Hardcastle’s home.

Lucy Hardcastle was born on the farm west of Walnut Grove, now the home of her brother, Robt. Hardcastle. She was married to James M. Russell February 20, 1868. Seven children were born to them, all still living to mourn the loss, for a little while, of their best and truest earthly friend, their mother. Mrs. Russell professed conversion and united with the Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church during the pastorate of Rev. John N. Beall. Her faith was strong and her hope bright. In her last illness she expressed an assurance of a home with her Saviour. She selected part if not all the hymns sung at the funeral, and also chose the text, John 16:16 – “A little while and ye shall not see me; and again, a little while and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.” For the past year she had been a great sufferer, yet there was no murmuring. During this while, as in all her life, she exhibited great patience and cheerfulness.

Below the obit, someone has written “Margaret Hardcastle Great Granddaughter of John Hardcastle

On the inside of the back cover of the bible there is an obituary from a newspaper glued to the inside. It reads:

Margaret Hamilton Hardcastle died at 4 o’clock, a.m. 27th inst. At the residence of her son-in-law James Hardcastle, in the 76th year of her age (1883). Mrs. Hardcastle was born in Bourbon Co., Ky., Dec. 6th, 1806. She was the daughter of Andrew Hamilton and Elizabeth Kincaid Hamilton. Her father was born June 12th, 1776, and her mother July 19th, 1776. In the pleasantries of the family circle her mother was accustomed to boast that she was free-born, but her husband was by birth a British subject.

Mr. And Mrs. Hamilton removed, with their family, to this state and county, (Greene County, Illinois) and settled near Greenfield (Illinois), in 1827 – the year in which the first mile of railroad in this country was built. In 1829, John Hardcastle and Miss Margaret Hamilton were married and began life together, on their farm at Walnut Grove, where they ever after lived and where they now lie buried. The husband was buried seven years before the wife. In this home also the father and mother died. She was the last of her father’s family. Here were born to them ten children, six of whom survive them. Two sons reside in Texas; one daughter in Kansas; the youngest son Robert retains the old home, while two sisters Mrs. William Waller and Mrs. James M. Russell also reside in this county. Twenty five grandchildren and a very large circle of relatives are greatly bereaved in Mrs. Hardcastle’s death.

When 17 years old, in Paris, Ky., she publicly confessed the Lord Jesus Christ as her saviour, and in her last conversation with her pastor, she said she had never for a moment regretted it, but more and more her confidence was strengthened. “He is my only hope,” she said, with strong emphasis. She dreaded the thought of living to be burdensome to her children. She did not dread death. She expressed the feeling of many a widowed heart: “I have been very lonely since my husband died.”

She was the last of the original members of the Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church, and was (next several words are torn away).. Living more than fifty years upon one farm, and not given to going about much, her good deeds have been confined to the few miles about her home, but within that circle who has won so many hearts? The whole community sorrow in the thought that we shall see her face no more. All felt that the text of the funeral discourse was appropriate in her case; Rev. XIV, 12 –“blessed are the dead which die in the Spirit, that they may rest from their (?) and their works do follow them.

Next to the obituary, written in blue ink:

Her Childrens names:

1. William Hardcastle

2. James Hardcastle

3. Andrew Hardcastle

4. Elizabeth Hardcastle

5. Thomas Hardcastle

6. Edward Hardcastle

7. Matilda Hardcastle

8. Lucy Hardcastle

9. Mary Hardcastle

10. Robert Hardcastle

 

Items within parentheses are notes to clarify a location or date. If the spelling of a name was not clear, I noted (?) next to the name.

Elaine Powell of Orlando, Florida currently owns this bible. John Hardcastle (the 2nd, b. 1907) was her mother-in-laws 2nd husband. He had no children from either of his marriages.)

Descendants of John Hardcastle

1 John Hardcastle

…..2 ? Hardcastle

………+?

…………. 3 John Hardcastle b: 27 Jan 1793 d: 16 Sep 1873 in Walnut Grove, Greene Co., IL

……………..+Margaret Hamilton b: 03 Dec 1806 in Bourbon C., KY m: 09 Jun 1829 d: 27 Mar 1882 in Walnut Grove, Greene Co., IL

………………..4 William T. Hardcastle b: 03 Apr 1830

………………..4 James Hardcastle b: 27 Apr 1831

………………..4 Andrew H. Hardcastle b: 09 Oct 1831

………………..4 Elizabeth Ann Hardcastle b: 14 Sep 1834 d: Jan 1898

……………………+William Vanmeter m: 14 Oct 1858

………………..4 Thomas Hardcastle b: 20 Sep 1836

………………..4 Edward R. Hardcastle b: 22 Sep 1838

……………………+Nancy A. Vitt m: 07 Feb 1861

………………..4 Matilda Hardcastle b: 06 Jan 1841

………………..4 Lucy Hardcastle b: 20 Apr 1843 in Farm near Walnut Grove, IL d: 22 Jul 1894 in Smithboro, Bond Co., IL

……………………+James M. Russell b: 1840 m: 20 Feb 1868 d: 1926

………………..4 Mary E. Hardcastle b: 22 Nov 1845

……………………+James Waller m: 20 Apr 1871

………………..4 Robert Hardcastle b: 26 Jan 1848 d: 29 Aug 1921

……………………+Clara Smith b: 12 Sep 1849 m: 04 Dec 1873 d: 11 Jun 1920

………………………. 5 John Robert Hardcastle b: 13 Dec 1882 in Illinois

…………………………..+Lucy E. Scruby b: 1884 in Illinois m: 22 Feb 1906

………………………………6 John Robert Hardcastle b: 13 Jan 1907 in Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois d: 08 Jan 1968 in Florissant, Missouri

………………………………….+?

……………………………… *2nd Wife of John Robert Hardcastle:

…………………………………. +Nellie Elizabeth Knight b: 05 Nov 1910 in White Hall, Greene County, Illinois m: 11 Feb 1966 in Florissant Presbyterian Church, Florissant, St. Louis County, Missouri d: 08 Oct 1992 in St. Louis, MO

………………………………6 Margaret C. Hardcastle b: 1911

………………………………6 Eleanor Elizabeth Hardcastle b: 1910 d: 30 Mar 1911

………………………. 5 Paul Smith Hardcastle b: 19 Apr 1885

…………………………..+Alona A. Eldred m: 19 Dec 1914

………………………. 5 Lucy B. Hardcastle b: 13 Aug 1876

…………………………..+to Oscar A. Scirl m: 11 Apr 1907

………………………. 5 Ella J. Hardcastle b: 09 Jul 1878

2 Responses to “HARDCASTLE FAMILY BIBLE”

  1. Nigel Hardcastle says:

    Greetings from a Hardcastle in the UK.
    Different branch I think. Don’t recorgnise the names.
    Have you seen the Hardcastle website http://www.hardcastle.de/home_e.html ?
    Mike Hardcastle has also produced a book on the Hardcastles.
    I am looking for unrelated Hardcastles who have had their DNA tested to see if we really are all related. I got mine done on Genebase.

    All the best
    Nigel

  2. K. Clark says:

    Hi there, Im currently involved in the restoration of the old “Joe Thomas” Cemetery which is the oldest in North Little Rock, Arkansas. I have on record along with pictures of their headstone, Dr. J. L. Hardcastle B/19Dec 1838 D/22Sept 1921….Margaret Hardcastle B/9June 1839 D/7May 1924. We are hoping to get this historical cemetery on the historical list. Its only 2 acres and apparantly was lost due to how it was deeded. Ive been trying to find and connect with any relatives that may have people buried here. Here are some of the names…Abbott, Adams, Adler, Back, Ballentine, Barclay, Barlow, Bates, Bauldwin,Baumgardner, Beasley, Boaz, Bower, Brannon, Brinningstall, Calhoun, Cape, Clements, Cobb, Coffman, Cole, Coleman,Cook, and aloot more :) Let me know if I can be of any help….My name is Kris or feel free to contact me by phone, 501-541-3219 Thanks for your time