Biography of Joseph E. Hardin
Rush County, IN Biographies





JOSEPH E HARDIN, a well known farmer and stock dealer of Posey township and one of the substantial and enterprising citizens of Rush county, was born in Guilford county, North Carolina, on the 10th day of October, 1860, and is the son of Christopher V. and Sibbey J. (Faust) Hardin, both of whom were born and reared in North Carolina. The subject's father was a farmer by vocation and owned 200 acres of land. To him and his wife were born nine children, seven of whom are living, namely: John L., Cicero C., Peter A., Bettie, Joanna, Maude and Joseph E. Joseph E Hardin was educated in the public schools of his native state and remained at home until he had attained his majority, when he came to Indiana settling at TCnightstown, where for four years he was employed as a farm hand. At the time of his marriage, in 1885, he rented forty acres of land in Hancock county, but two years later he returned to Henry county, where for ten years he operated a rented farm. He then went to Greene county, Indiana, where he engaged in the butchering and stock business, and he also became the owner of sixty acres of land there. Fifteen years later Mr. Hardin sold his interests there and came to Rush county. After operating rented land here for seven years, he bought the farm on which he now resides, comprising eighty five acres of fine, tillable land, on which Mr. Hardin carries on general farming operations, in which he has been very successful. Mr. Hardin is also extensively engaged in the business of buying and shipping of live stock, handling large numbers of cattle and hogs. He is an indefatigable worker, a good business man and enjoys to a marked degree the confidence and good will of all with whom he has dealings. On January 15, 1885, Mr. Hardin was married to Rebecca A. Sexton, who was born and reared in Greene county, Indiana, the daughter of Joel B and Mary (Lamb) Sexton, both of whom also were natives of that county. To Mr. and Mrs. Hardin have been born nine children, of whom seven are living, namely: Carl V., who is a farmer in Hancock county, married Elizabeth Manche and they have three children, Herchel, Lewis and Russell, Joseph B., who also is a farmer in Hancock county, married Eunice Gardner and they have three children, Harold, Wilbur and Joicey: Robert B.; Edith is the wife of Raymond Higgins, a mechanic in Indianapolis, Ind; Edna, Blanche and Levonne. Politically, Mr. Hardin is a staunch supporter of the Republican party, while his religious faith is that of the Wesleyan Methodist church.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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