Hardcastle Family History Information Blog

James Hardcastle - Revolutionary War Patriot
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:46:02 AM | noreply@blogger.com (John P. Hardcastle) Go to full article

One of the most significant facts of Hardcastle family history is that James Hardcastle (1755) was a Revolutionary War patriot.  He was a son of William Hardcastle (1714), who is the basis for my website, “The Hardcastle Family in America” http://www.hardcastlefamily.com/.

James Hardcastle migrated to Warren County, KY in the early 1800’s, and he died there about 1828.  Several of his descendants have established their credentials for DAR membership through his established Revolutionary War service.  He has many descendants today in Warren County, KY and many other areas of the country.

DAR records show his gravesite is located in Warren County, KY, about 10 miles east of Bowling Green, KY, in the James Willoughby Family Cemetery on Bailey Ford Road.  The significance of this discovery is that this would be the oldest known gravesite for a Hardcastle in America.  I believe that James Hardcastle was in the 2nd generation of Hardcastles born in America.

I have never seen any photographs taken at this cemetery, but I believe it is important that we preserve this site through photographs.  Hopefully, someone in that area will visit the cemetery and let us know whether there is a marker for the grave.  Obviously, we are anxious to post photos of this site on our website, since this is such a significant site in the history of Hardcastles in America. 

I have been in contact with the local DAR chapter in Bowling Green, and I appreciate their contributions to our quest to document and preserve this historic site.  I hope anyone with knowledge of this gravesite will communicate with me so the information can be posted on the website.       

Martha Hardcastle said ....

I have looked and looked for this grave. It is supposedly at Willoughby Farm Cemetery. There are at least two Willoughby cemeteries on Cemetery Road. Considering James's wife Rachel was a Willoughby and his mother Mary was a Willoughby, this would make sense. But no one seems to have a record on where he is buried or where the plot is. As the DAR marked this in 1959, how did they find it then?

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