Thomas Hardin  ‎(I625)‎
Given Names: Thomas
Surname: Hardin

Gender: MaleMale

Birth: 1873 22 23 Kentucky, United States
Death: 11 March 1914 ‎(Age 41)‎ Chehalis, WA
Personal Facts and Details
Birth 1873 22 23 Kentucky, United States

Marriage Rosa Belle Smith - about 1906 ‎(Age 33)‎
Death 11 March 1914 ‎(Age 41)‎ Chehalis, WA

Last Change 17 December 2015 - 19:50:19 - by: garthman
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Parents Family  (F488)
Comfort Hardin
1851 - 1926
Mary "Polly" Collins
1850 -
Thomas Hardin
1873 - 1914
Mary Hardin
1879 -

Immediate Family  (F455)
Rosa Belle Smith
1892 - 1914


Two pdf documents ‎(in the media section)‎ from Richard Hardewyn line on ancestry: ­http­://­trees­.­ancestry­.­com­/­tree­/­72174815­/­person­/­40255333194­?­pgnum­=­1­

1910 Census: it looks like his last name is spelled Harden

Some online trees give him the middle initial J.
Contemporary news report calls him T.J. Hardin and Thomas Hardin

There's an awful lot of mayhem attributed to Thomas Hardin. Could there have been more than one person with that name going between the pacific northwest and KY-WV?
1895 Tom and Comfort Hardin killed Levi Blankenship. Levi was a brother of Peggy B who was married to Tom. Tom and Comfort changed their name to Alec and ____ White, and fled to Oregon.
1901 Tom robbed and shot a guy named Bateman in WV. Tom was convicted and sentenced to ten years.
Nespaper clipping from Bluefield ‎(WV)‎ Daily Telegraph dated 5 MAR 1901
1905ish Tom assaults and marries 12 year old Rosie Smith
1911 Tom ‎(no mention of a pseudonym in newpaper reports)‎ stabs a guy named Hoffman in Oregon City. Tom is found guilty but gets a suspended sentence because of his family.
1914 Tom kills Wlliam Hagerman, Artha Mae Justice, Rosie, and himself in Chehalis WA.

I've been trying to find traces of the previous wives referenced in the news stories about the murder suicide. Not much luck. Arrabelle Earle, Louise _____, Belle Hutton, and Minnie B. Rogers all married people named Thomas Hardin of approximately the right age in West Virginia or Kentucky in the correct time period. But there's no reason to connect any of them to this particular Thomas Hardin. It seems likely that bad boy Tom didn't document his conquests.

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Hardin held for grand jury actionHardin held for grand jury action  ‎(M170)‎
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Murderer of two from Oregon CityMurderer of two from Oregon City  ‎(M169)‎
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Man kills two and self; wife shotMan kills two and self; wife shot  ‎(M160)‎
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Family with Parents
Comfort Hardin ‎(I750)‎
Birth 1851 Logan County, VA
Death 3 March 1926 ‎(Age 75)‎ Pike County, KY
-1 year
Mary "Polly" Collins ‎(I751)‎
Birth about 1850 VA
Thomas Hardin ‎(I625)‎
Birth 1873 22 23 Kentucky, United States
Death 11 March 1914 ‎(Age 41)‎ Chehalis, WA
6 years
Mary Hardin ‎(I752)‎
Birth 1879 28 29
Family with Rosa Belle Smith
Thomas Hardin ‎(I625)‎
Birth 1873 22 23 Kentucky, United States
Death 11 March 1914 ‎(Age 41)‎ Chehalis, WA
19 years
Rosa Belle Smith ‎(I624)‎
Birth 1892 30 32
Death 1914 ‎(Age 22)‎ Chehalis, WA

Marriage: about 1906