This is a long post, but I would like to know if anyone has answers for me. In researching my family lines, I have come across two different Peter Hargis, and would like to distinguish between the two. (They are the same age, one shows born in SC and the other in NC, but that could be census error).
The Peter Hargis in 1850 & 1860 Madison County, Ark is married to Frances Bohannon. They are my gggg-grandparents. It has been believed that this Peter is son of James Jay HARGIS & Mary Anderson. From the Hargis, Jay, Bohannon boards this has been stated over and over.
Does anyone have proof that this is the Peter Hargis that is the son of James & Mary? (There are JAY families in this same area also)
The very same census year in 1850 Jackson, Tn is the James Hargis family, with son Peter living with him. Is this James Jay Hargis? Does anyone know more about this Peter in Jackson Co, Tn?
First I thought, by the census dates, that Peter in Ark in Oct 1850 was the same as Peter in Tn in Nov 1850. (Peter's wife Frances died sometime about 1850, so maybe Peter left the kids in Ark and went to visit his father...just a wild guess on my part and I don't take it seriously...comes from frustration in my research).
According to the instructions that census takers were given, the 1850 census was supposed to be "for all those living in the household as of 1 June 1850". The Oct and Nov dates should be the actual dates the census taker was in the homes, but the information should be from who was in the family on 1 June 1850. (James Jay Hargis died 26 July 1850, therefore this could be him on the 1850 Tenn census, if the census taker did his job correctly.)
Going back to the 1840 census I have my Peter's family in Jackson, living near James J. Hargis. There is no Peter Hargis in Arkansas in 1840.
So we have two Peter's (maybe not?), about the same age, in two different states in 1850. I need to know more about the family in Tennessee. If the family in Tennessee is James Jay Hargis, then who is the father of Peter in Ark? (Also in Tenn, there is are families of Jefferson Hargis and also William Hargis who are probably sons of James.) If anyone has information on these families please let me know. I am wanting to apply into the DAR, but unless I have more proof about my Peter and who his parents are, I am at a dead end. (Peter's father James Jay Hargis was son of William Asa Hargis, who was in the Rev. War)
In 1860 Tennessee are some of the sons of the James Hargis shown in 1850. Peter is not listed in 1860 Tenn. If these were two different Peter's, what happened to Peter in 1860 Tenn?
Below is 1840 Tenn, then 1850 Ark and 1850 Tenn. Below that is 1860 Ark and 1860 Tenn. My Peter is in 1860 Ark, with second wife Nancy, and children from marriage to Frances are living nearby. (His son Lewis is my ancestor). From what I have found, the only time there are two Peter's is in 1850...unless I am missing something. Thanks for any help Pat Hargus Sommerfield
1840 JACKSON COUNTY, TENN (Dist 14) M-704 Roll 524 pg 308
Line 5 Peter HARGIS 2 males < 5, 2 males 5-10, 1 male 30-40, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 30-40
Line 11 James J. HARGIS 2 males 15-20, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 50-60, 1 male 70-80
2 females 10-15, 2 females 15-20, 1 female 50-60
Line 12 James P. HARGIS 1 male 20-30, 1 female 15-20
1850 MADISON COUNTY, ARK (Kings River Twp) M 432 Roll 27 pg 273, 370/370 Peter HARGIS 43 M Farmer NC Frances 41 F Tn Arena 17 F Tn James (twin) 15 M Tn Louis (twin) 15 M Tn Pleasant 13 M Tn William 11 M Tn Arentha 7 F Ark Arilda 6 M Ark Abraham 1 M Ark
1850 JACKSON COUNTY, TENN (Dist. #14) M 432 Roll 885 pg 291 779/778 Jeferson HARGIS 34 M Farmer Tn Jane 23 F Ms Cynthia 6 F Tn Mary 3 F Ark James Connel 77 M unk
pg 293 802/801 James HARGIS 65 M Farmer SC Peter 42 M Farmer SC William 40 M Farmer SC Abraham 34 M Farmer Tn Elizabeth 21 F Tn John 22 M Farmer Tn Solomon 20 M Farmer Tn Porter 25 M Farmer Tn Nancy 19 F Tn Polly 17 F Tn
803/802 William HARGIS 40 M Farmer SC James 12 M Tn Abraham 10 M Tn Elizabeth 15 F Tn
1860 MADISON CO, ARK (King's River Twp; PO Kingston) pg 466 811/811 James HARGIS 28 M Farmer Tn Lucy J. 23 F Tn Frances P. 3 F Ark Narranta 2/12 F Ark
(Marble Twp; PO Marble) pg 484 935/935 James P. HARGIS 46 M Day laborer Tn Nancy 32 F Tn James 20 M Day laborer Tn Nancy 16 F Tn William 14 M Tn John 13 M Ark Thomas 9 M Ark Mary 7 F Ark Abraham 4 M Ark Martha 1 F Ark
pg 503 1067/1067 Pleasant HARGIS 24 M Farmer Tn Linda 24 F Ky James 4 M Ark Peter C. 2 M Ark
1068/1068 John Cain 30 M Farmer Ky Arenanna (HARGIS) 29 F Tn Lewis A. 3 M Ark James P. 6/12 M Ark
pg 508 1112/1112 Lewis HARGIS 26 M Day laborer Tn Lucinda (HAWKINS) 25 F Mo Peter 6 M Ark James William 4 M Ark Pleasant 3 M Ark
pg 515/516 1157/1157 William HARGIS 23 M Farmer Tn Catharine 20 F Tn
1158/1158 Peter HARGIS 52 M Farmer Tn Nancy 32 F Tn Arilda 18 F Tn Abraham 15 M Ark Arintha 14 F Ark Thomas 11 M Ark Ardelia 7 F Ark Sara A. 6 F Mo Mary 4 F Mo
1860 JACKSON CO, TN (Dist 15; PO Granville) M 653 Roll 1258 pg 316 121/121 Abr HARGIS 21 M Farmer Tn Isabel 23 F Tn Catherine 2 F Tn Polly 8/12 F Tn
pg 317 136/136 Jefferson HARGIS 44 M Farmer Tn Jane 31 F Ala Elizabeth 11 F Tn James 8 M Tn Fanny 4 F Tn William 4/12 M Tn James Connell 77 M Farmer NC
pg 319 150/150 John HARGIS 40 M Farmer Tn Pamelia 36 F Tn Harriet 6 F Tn Maria 5 F Tn Marinda 3 F Tn Shelby 9/12 F Tn Marion Pharis 18 M Tn Elizabeth Pharis 16 F Tn
151/151 William HARGIS 50 M SC Rhoda 26 F Tn Richard 2 M Tn Nancy 2 F Tn Samuel Itson 8 M Tn
152/152 Solomon HARGIS 35 M Farmer Tn Parilee 21 F Tn Martha 3 F Tn George 1 M Tn Catherine Murray 5 F Tn