Hardin-Stark Family Materials

MC 1865

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Krista Jones, 2010.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Hardin-Stark Family
Hardin-Stark Family Materials
Inclusive Dates
MC 1865
5.5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Hardin-Stark Family Materials were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on December 11, 2008, by R.K. Bollinger of West Memphis.

Processing Information

Processed by Krista Jones; completed in May 2010.

Preferred Form of Citation

Hardin-Stark Family Materials (MC 1865), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

The Greathouse and Hardin families were some of the earliest settlers of Arkansas. Gabriel Greathouse was born in 1761 in Frederick County, Maryland. Gabriel moved with his father, Harmon Greathouse, to Brook County, West Virginia. In 1815, Gabriel and his wife, Ruth, and their three children, Daniel, John, and Mary left Burbon County, Kentucky and moved to Pulaski County, Arkansas where Gabriel had acquired 320 acres of land. In 1820, Gabriel was appointed sheriff of Pulaski County and served for two years. Daniel his oldest son was born in Kentucky in 1802 and was thirteen years old when he and his family moved to Arkansas. Daniel married Elizabeth Magness in Little Rock in 1825. Together they had three children. Daniel Greathouse was a prosperous farmer and land owner. In addition, Daniel was active in numerous enterprises such as serving as second lieutenant in the Arkansas Militia and contracting with the government for the removal of Seminole Indians from the White River to Indian Territory in present day Oklahoma. Daniel died April 2, 1836 leaving his wife, Elizabeth, in charge of his estate.

There were three generations of Hardins who were pioneers in Arkansas at the time it became a territory. The first, Benjamin Hardin, Jr., was born in Mechlenburgh, North Carolina March 15, 1764. During the Revolutionary War, the Hardin family was forced to flee their homes and settle in Rowan County, North Carolina where Benjamin joined a volunteer horse company and fought in the Battle of Cowpens and the Battle of Kings Mountain. After the Revolutionary War, he lived in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky. In 1815, with his four sons, Joseph, Benjamin III, Joab, and Jacob, he moved into what was to become Lawrence County, Missouri, later to become Arkansas territory. They settled in an area that is today Independence County, Arkansas. The Hardins soon became prominent among the early settlers. When Arkansas territory was created, Joseph and Joab Hardin were elected to the first General Assembly which convened at Arkansas Post in February 1820. In 1820, Cadron was being considered by the state legislature for both the territorial capital and the seat of Pulaski County. The county seat petition was presented first, on February 10th by Joab Hardin. Meanwhile, on February 20, 1820, a bill was introduced to move the territorial seat of government from Arkansas Post to Cadron. The bill was approved with amendments, and one of those amendments changed Cadron to Little Rock. Governor Miller signed the bill on October 18, 1820 and it went into effect on June 1, 1821. In 1823, Joab Hardin moved from Lawrence County, Arkansas to an area north of Cadron, present day Faulkner County, which became known as the Hardin Hill settlement in Pulaski County, Arkansas. He died in the spring of 1824. Joab’s son, Jonathan Hardin, was thrifty and invested his money in land. About 1840, Jonathan moved to Hardin Hill and married his second wife, the widow Elizabeth Greathhouse. Jonathan had two children living with him at the time. Elizabeth and Jonathan had four more children together. Over the years, Jonathan Hardin built up his estate and acquired a considerable amount of land mainly through lands forfeited to the state for non-payment of taxes. Jonathan Hardin died December 16, 1869, at the age of 69 years old.

Oliver Porter Stark and Harriett Stark were dedicated ministers and teachers who came to work at the Goodland Mission in present day Oklahoma in the 1850s. After the Civil War, they moved to Paris, Texas were they continued to preach and teach for several years. Together they had ten children. One of these ten children was William B. Stark who married the great-great-granddaughter of Joab Hardin, Flora Hardin Stark.

Scope and Content Note

The Hardin-Stark Family Materials contain the genealogy of several families including, Bollinger, Faqua, Greathouse, Hardin, Harton, Melvill, Mitchell, Moore, Quinn, and Stark. Also include in this collection are tax and deed records relating to the Hardin-Stark family holdings in Arkansas. In addition, the collection contains photographs and a scrapbook belonging to Martha Mitchell Stark tracing her experiences as a senior a Brackenridge High School, her years enrolled at Arkansas State Normal College, and her early courtship with Hardin Stark.

Materials include correspondence, genealogical materials, deeds, receipts, newspaper clippings, scrapbook, and photographs.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Hardin-Stark Family Correspondence, 1826-1898

Box 1 Folder 2

Hardin-Stark Family Correspondence, 1918-1969

Box 1 Folder 3

Bollinger Family Genealogy Materials, 1999

Box 1 Folder 4

Oliver I. Bollinger Materials, 1968

Box 1 Folder 5

Faqua Family Genealogy Materials, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 6

Faqua Foundation News Materials, 1993-1996

Box 1 Folder 7

Daniel Greathouse Materials, 1934-1973

Box 1 Folder 8

Hardin Family Genealogy Materials, 1971

Box 1 Folder 9

G.O. Hardin Prescriptions, ca. 1890s

Box 1 Folder 10

Mary F. Hardin Will Materials, 1916-1936

Box 1 Folder 11

Harton Family Genealogy Materials, 1987-1999

Box 1 Folder 12

Melvill Family Genealogy Materials, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 13

Stella Taylor Mitchell Funeral Materials, 1954

Box 1 Folder 14

Moore Family Genealogy Materials, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 15

Jane Quinn Materials, 1989-1990

Box 1 Folder 16

Wille Stell Quinn Materials, 1988-1990

Box 1 Folder 17

Stark Family Genealogy Materials, 1915-1972

Box 1 Folder 18

Martha Mitchell Stark Materials, 1922-1926

Box 1 Folder 19

La Retama Brackenridge High School Yearbook, 1919

Box 1 Folder 20

Oliver Hardin Stark Funeral Materials, 1993

Box 1 Folder 21

William B. Stark Funeral Materials, 1960

Box 1 Folder 22

Certificates of Purchase, 1833-1896

Box 1 Folder 23

Deeds, 1871-1889

Box 1 Folder 24

Deeds, 1890-1899

Box 1 Folder 25

Deeds, 1903-1911

Box 1 Folder 26

Land Title Documents, 1836-1956

Box 1 Folder 27

Poll Tax Receipts, 1893-1896

Box 1 Folder 28

Special Assessment Receipts, 1901-1915

Box 1 Folder 29

Tax Receipts, 1845-1868

Box 1 Folder 30

Tax Receipts, 1871-1879

Box 1 Folder 31

Tax Receipts, 1880-1884

Box 1 Folder 32

Tax Receipts, 1885-1889

Box 1 Folder 33

Tax Receipts, 1890-1894

Box 1 Folder 34

Tax Receipts, 1895-1899

Box 1 Folder 35

Tax Receipts, 1900-1905

Box 1 Folder 36

Tax Receipts, 1906-1914

Box 1 Folder 37

Newspaper Clippings, 1884-1973

Box 1 Folder 38

Colonel Joseph Hardin of Davidsonville, 1784-1826, 1973

Box 1 Folder 39

General Materials, 1854-1997

Box 1 Folder 40

Hardin-Stark Family Photographs (Images 1-20)

Box 1 Folder 41

Hardin-Stark Family Photographs (Images 21-40)

Box 1 Folder 42

Mitchell Family Photographs (Images 41-44)

Box 1 Folder 43

Florence Family Photographs (Image 45)

Box 1 Folder 44

Pleasant Family Photographs (Images 46-50)

Box 1 Folder 45

Unidentified Photographs (Images 51-53)

Box 1 Folder 46

Oliver Hardin Stark Family Vacation Slides (Images 54-150)

Box 1 Folder 47

Oliver Hardin Stark Conway, Arkansas Slides (Images 151-218)

Box 2 Item 1

Martha Mitchell Stark Scrapbook, 1919-1925

Box 3 Item 1

Florence Stark Bollinger Children's Gloves

Box 3 Item 2

Oliver Hardin Stark and Martha Mitchell Stark 50th Anniversary Initiation, 1973 (Framed)

Box 3 Item 3

Oliver Hardin Stark and Martha Mitchell Stark 50th Anniversary Napkins

Box 3 Item 4

Oliver Hardin Stark and Martha Mitchell Stark 50th Anniversary Card

Box 3 Item 5

Oliver Hardin Stark and Martha Mitchell Stark 50th Anniversary Guestbook

Box 4 Folder 1

Chattel Mortgages, 1892-1897 (Oversize)

Box 4 Folder 2

Land Title Documents, 1790-1845 (Oversize)

Box 4 Folder 3

Land Title Documents, 1850-1894 (Oversize)


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