Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Access Information
- Use Information
- Acquisition Information
- Processing Information
- Preferred Form of Citation
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Arrangement of the Papers
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- 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
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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.
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.
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||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||
|Box 1||Folder 24||
|Box 1||Folder 25||
|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)
END OF COLLECTION