Name: Thomas Hart
Birth: ABT 1672 in London?
Death: 1755 in Hanover Co., VA
Fact 1: Partner with Nathaniel Royster (who later founded Rochester, NY) in a flour mill and a rope and nail factory.
Fact 2: 1794 Moved from Hagerstown, MD, to Lexington, KY.
Thomas Hart Sr. / Mary
1650 - 1701 / abt. 1653 -
A London merchant; came to Virginia abt 1690
Little is known about him other than he was a merchant and a successful planter.
St. Peter's Parish Vestry records, New Kent Co., Va:
Christ's Church in St. Peter's 22nd, 1684, Anno Regis, 37th, Carr, Minister. To Thos. Hart Sexton for Church.
Vestry held in St. Peter's Church for St. Peter's parish, New Kent Co., ye I686: To Thomas Hart Sexton of ye Upper Church...Tob.& Cask. 300
At a Vestry held at St. Peter's Church for St. Peter's parish this 5th day of October, I687. To Thomas Hart, Sexton...250
Virginia Rent Rolls 1704:
Hart Henry Surry County, 1704
Hart Robert Surry County, 1704
Hart Tho King & Queen County, 1704
A Thomas Hart was a member of the Surry Co., Va militia in 1687, along with a Henry Hart, Roger Williams, Robert Hart, Goodman, etc.
Settled in Hanover County., Va where he also died.
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Thomas Hart Jr. / Susannah Rice
1679 - 1755 / abt. 1690 - aft 1757
m 1733 in Hanover Co., Va
Thomas Hart, Jr.
Hanover County was formed from New Kent County in 1720. A Thos Hart is listed in the index of St. Peter's Parish book of New Kent Co., Va. as well as Edward, James, Marie and Thos Rice, the same names as some of Susannah's siblings.
Many wills, court records and land transactions in Hanover County , establish the close proximity and friendly relations of the Goodman, Williams, Hart, and other families whose descendants often intermarried as they moved westward, and passed each others surnames on to their descendants.
Died in Hanover Co., Va
Born in New Kent Co., Va
Aunt of Daniel Rice, the celebrated Presbyterian Minister who settled in Kentucky in 1781.
Shortly after her husband's death, about 1757, she moved with all of her children to Orange Co., NC and settled on Country Line Creek in the part that was cut off from Orange Co. in 1777 to form Caswell Co., NC.
Daughter of Thomas Rice and Marcy Ann Hewes
Children: David, Nathaniel, John, Benjamin, Thomas, Ann
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David Hart / Susanna Nunn
abt 1738 - abt 1794 / abt 1742
m. abt 1673 in Orange Co., NC
Lived at Hanover County., Va
On Sept. 28, 1756, Thomas, David and Nathaniel Hart witnessed several deeds in Louisa Co., Va. which was formed from Hanover in 1742.
About 1757 his mother, Susanna Rice Hart, moved with her sons and other members of the family to Orange Co., NC. Each of Susannah Rice Hart's sons obtained land grants in the late 1750s and early 1760s and established estates of considerable proportions on Country Line Creek where they settled and built roads, later known as Hart's Roads, leading from their estates to Hillsborough, the county seat and to High Rock Ford on the route to what became Guilford Court House. His brother Nathaniel built a large and handsome house, widely known throughout that region as the "Red House" which served both as private residence and tavern. His brother Thomas' home was known as Hartford. In 1777 Caswell County was cut off from Orange County.
In 1758 and again in 1760 David was appointed by the Governor's Council a justice of the peace for Orange County.
On August 6, 1759, he received a crown grant for 292 acres in Orange County, located on a branch of Horsley's Creek.
Captain David Hart took an active part in the suppression and defeat of the Regulators. He commanded a company of the Orange Regiment of Militia, which originally numbered 39 and, during the course of the campaign of 1771, which ended in the defeat of the Regulators at the Battle of Alamance. In February, 1773, David Hart presented to the North Carolina House of Commons claims for 15.4.10 pounds. On the campaign David Hart's company was furnished 245 rations and on the return to Hillsborough 68 rations.
He and his brothers, Nathaniel and Thomas, became partners with the Henderson and Williams families in the Transylvania Company when it was organized on Jan. 6, 1775. It has been organized first in Aug. 1774 as the Louisa Company. There were nine shareholders. David Hart and Leonard Henley Bullock each held only a half share, or one-sixteenth interest.
In 1775, through their agent, Daniel Boone, the Transylvania Company purchased of the Indians all that part of Kentucky lying between the Kentucky and Cumberland Rivers, and established at Boonesboro the first government in Kentucky, called Transylvania.
In the spring of 1776, David Hart went to Kentucky and spent some time there with his brother, Nathaniel, near Boonesborough; and assisted, along with his brother Nathaniel, in the rescue of Elizabeth and Frances Callaway and Jemima Boone who had been kidnapped by the Indians, July 7, 1776.
The cabins of Nathaniel and David Hart, located on the hill about half a mile from the Transylvania Fort, were burned by Cherokees in 1776. Nathaniel lived with Col. Richard Callaway until he moved his family to Kentucky in 1780. David returned to North Carolina.
On March 10, 1778, he sold to William Gooch 262 acres of land, the tract on Horsley's Creek for which he had obtained a Crown grant on August 6, 1759.
In compensation for his services in the settlement of Kentucky and in the military engagements he secured several valuable tracts of land. On March 3, 1779, he was granted by the State of North Carolina 640 acres on both sides of Hart's Hillsborough road and the waters of Country Line Creek, adjoining Israel Barker, Wm. Mitchell, George Simms, and his own land.
On June 22, 1779, he, James Sanders, and Stephen Moore were appointed commissioners for collecting Tory property, agreeable to an Act of Assembly, Halifax, February 12, 1779.
On December 21 1779, at Boonesborough, David Hart secured from the Virginia land court the issuance of a certificate for 1,400 acres of land lying on the waters of Silver Creek, by raising a crop of corn in the country in the year 1776.
Served as justice of the peace and road overseer, and as assessor and tax collector for Caswell and St. David's districts in 1779 and 1781.
Wrote to his brother Nathaniel in Transylvania, in March, 1780:
I received Yours of the 9th Feby. with my Certificate for Settlement and Preemption (on Silver Creek) and am much pleased to hear you have laid it to so good advantage. I could fain have been with you this spring but could not make it convenient I have not sold my land yet but still hope to get a markett for it time enough to be out this somer. I have gott a thousand acre warrent and must beg of you to get it located to the best advantage either by giving part of the warrent on a sufficiant sum of money. I have sent you six or seven hundred pounds which you will dispose of to best advantage.
On June 20, 1780, he John Williams, and John Campbell were appointed Commissioners to dispose of Tory Property for Caswell County.
In the early part of 1781, when Cornwallis was approaching the neighborhood of his home, David Hart raised and was chosen lieutenant colonel of a regiment of light horse. This regiment joined the American force under Colonel Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee and took part in the surprise and virtual massacre of some 200 Tories under the command of Colonel John Pyle. Hart also commanded his regiment at the Battle of Guilford Court House, March 15, 1781, and he and his men fought bravely. His brother, Thomas, wrote to their brother, Nathaniel, almost seven months after this battle:
'I have recd two letters from Col. David both short and chiefly on the subjects of his Military Exploits for you must know that after the enemy had crossed the Yatkin and on their march to his neighborhood himself and many others turn'd out as volenters and form'd themselves into Regimt. of Light Horse over whom Wm. Moore was appointed Col. and himself Lieut. Col. Join'd the army whish the enemy were in Hillsbo. were at the ingagme. or rather the Massacreing of the Tories at Holts and after in the Ingagement at Guilford where they both behav'd with gallentry and acquired some share of honor I would suppose from his letters to me that he has not experienced any great loss by the Enemy.'
On October 13, 1783, he was granted two tracts of 640 acres each: one on the waters of Country Line Creek adjoining Edward Hogard, Geo. Oldham, and his own land, the other on the main ridge between the waters of Crooked branch and Stony creek, adjoining his own land and the lands of William Mitchell, Moses Oldham, and George Simms.
On July 11, 1788, he received from the State of North Carolina a military grant of 274 acres on the waters of Goose Creek in Sumner County and on April 18, 1789, a military grant also from North Carolina, of 2,250 acres on the north side of Big Hatcher River in the Western District.
He served on the commission to fix the place for the new Caswell County courthouse after Caswell County was divided in 1791. The courthouse in Leasburg was to be sold.
Jan Court 1794: Inventory of estate of David Hart by James Williamson and Thomas Hart, Adm.
Estate sale of David Hart in Caswell Co., NC: Feb 5-7,1794
October Court 1795: Estate of David Hart in acct. with James Williamson adm. Acct. paid to Elizabeth, Thomas, Rebecca, and William Hart; Dr. Lanslotte Johnston, Geo. Jackson, Daniel Allen, wit. H. Rice, Geo. Simms, John Lenox, Thomas Jeffreys, Doct. John Cox.
Apr Court 1798: Letter of attorney: Joseph Hart, Reubin Hart, Archibald Hart, and Elizabeth Hart - and Elizabeth Hart as guardian for orphans of David Hart decd. to wit John, Nathaniel, David, Susannah, Mary, and Elizabeth
25 Oct 1798 to William Hart of State of Kentucky to convey real estate said David Hart decd. situated in Kentucky or Tennessee. Wit. W. Nash
Looking for parents
of Orange Co., NC
A brother was named Elijah
In his 1802 will, their son Archibald mentioned his mother Elizabeth. Could David Hart had been married a second time to an Elizabeth?
Family: Rebecca, John, Nathaniel, David, Susan, Mary, Elizabeth, Archibald, William, Thomas
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Father: Unplaced Harts
Susannah Rice b: ABT 1706 in St. Peter's Parish, Hanover Co., VA
in Hanover Co., VA
- David Hart b: ABT 1725
- John Hart b: ABT 1727
- Keziah Hart b: ABT 1729
- Thomas Hart , NC Senator b: ABT 1732 in Hanover Co., VA
- Nathaniel Hart , Capt. b: ABT 1734 in Hanover Co., VA
- Benjamin Hart b: ABT 1738
- Ann Hart b: ABT 1742
- Susannah Hart b: ABT 1750