For anyone still interested in Griffin Henry Hardin/Harden born 1837 in Marion Co., MS. His father was Hiram Hardin, mother Permelia Rester. Permelia was daughter of Gideon Rester. Anna Taylor (maiden surname unknown) was his grandmother being first married to Griffin Hardin/Harden before 1812 & he died abt. 1830 in Marion Co., MS. She then married Charles Taylor a widower in time to become part of his household in 1830 & 1850 Marion Co., MS Censuses. Anna had at least two sons (Hiram & John) & some daughters & step-daughters.
Hiram Harden was tried & found guilty of killing his wife Permelia in 1839 in Columbia, Marion Co., MS. He claimed it was an accident as he was drunk when he stabbed her. She lost much blood & developed gangrene in her arm & died. The jury didn't buy the accident excuse & Hiram as hung at Columbia Curthouse in Marion Co., MS. There is an account of this in papers in the MS Dept. of Archives & History in Jackson, MS. Griffin Henry was two years old at the time & his grandmother Anna Taylor & step-grandfather Charles Taylor took him in & raised him.
After Charles Taylor died in 1852 Anna Taylor & Griffin joined the families of William & Jephta Smith & their wives sisters Rebecca & Ann Jane Elizabeth Stockstill to go from MS to Angelina Co., TX. Now here is how they are all related aside from two brothers marrying two sisters.. Anna Taylor is the mother-in-law to Ann Jane Elizabeth Stockstill by her first marriage? to Anna's son John B. Hardin/Harden. John appears to have been a serial bigamist if he is to be believed about the number of wives he had (20), so any marriage they may have had wasn't legal. The pair had a daughter Florida Ann Hardin born 1850 in Florida but raised by Ann Jane & Jeptha Smith her stepfather. Now as some may know the Hardin brothers Hiram & John were both hung. John B. Hardin was hung 30 May 1851 in Milton, Santa Rosa Co., FL. He was a notorious robber & murderer wanted for his crimes from Florida to MS. About to be hung he bragged to having killed 16 men & had 20 wives all living. Ann Jane was the last it seemed as she was mentioned in an newspaper article about him but only named as his woman & with a child. John also said both his older brother & father had been hung. We have proof about Hiram & various newspaper articles from the time about John. Newspapers with articles about John's capture & hanging were the Pensacola Gazette, Mobile Tribune, Daily Picayune (New Orleans) & the Colorado Tribune (Texas). All were big front page news. An article on the Smith family of Burke, Texas says Florida Hardin overcame her unfortunate origins to marry & raise a prominent family. She married James M. Fairchild in Angelina Co., TX. Anna Taylor died in 1861 in Polk Co., TX, her will is on Ancestry.com in Texas Wills & Probates database. Griffin appears to have been married at least twice with his last wife applying for his Confederate pension but dying in 1922 or 1923 before she could get it. So they were certainly not a boring family.