|Hundreds of people worked on the Hardman farms during the 19th and
20th centuries, mostly for "minimum
wage," tenant rights, or room and board.|
This week, the last of the "hired men" - Lovell Sampson - has passed.
The George Washington
Hardman, Jr.(1843-1929) estate on the right
fork of Barnes Run became the hub of farming, cattle raising and
political activity for the family for nearly a
George Jr. was the son of George (1813-1890) Hardman, who
came to Calhoun with his wife, Rachel Goff
in 1843. They settled on the Little Kanawha River below Grantsville,
an area known as Hardman's Bend. The
junior Hardman's house on Barnes Run was built about 1868, after he
married Diana Virginia Burdette of Roane
Hardman house on Barnes
After his death the estate was passed to his only son, Allen,
(1868-1957) who married Narcissus Barr (1872-1947).
Allie maintained the family holdings from 1929 until his death in
A partial list of people who performed work
or did business with the estate, extracted from a farm ledger covering
1923-29: Okey Ball, Gay Boggs, Charles
Burch, John Boyers, Waitman Blake, Sheridan Buck, John Bell, Elza
Bennett, Bud Burch, Wm. Buck, Dave
Carpenter, Elmer Carpenter, Bill Carpenter, Harry Coon, James
Craddock, Jacob Carr, Jessie E. Davis, Asa
Everson, John Fowler, Kay Gibson, Oak Greathouse, Nelson Grimm,
William Greathouse, Faye Godfry, E. C.
Gerwig (Bickels), Dewey Husk, Charlie Husk, R. T. Hardman, Floyd
Hardman, E. E. Hardman, R. C. Hardman,
Gay Hardman, M. Hardman, Paul Hardman, Everly Husk, Tode Husk, J.
Hardman, Dewey Kerby, Gordon Knight,
John Kerby, Jacob Kyer, Mont Long, Sim Lamp, Joseph Kerby, Dudley
Metz, Harry Murphy, Sylvester Murphy,
Howard Murphy, Frank Murphy, Cal Murphy, Guy Miller, Howard Miller,
Orville Miller, Miles Miller, Rila
Miller, John Ira McCoy, George Metz, Jeff Metz, James Metz, C. C.
Nutter, Roy Nutter, Allie Roberts, Guy
Runnion, John Runnion, Skip Stump, Bub Slider, Aldine Starcher, Lewis
Stump, Kay Stevens, Harman Starcher,
Farley Shaffer, Walter Summers, Thomas Slider, Alex Starcher, William
Sampson, Glennie Summers, Cleo
Summers, John Starcher, Ferrell Sampson, Jeff Starcher, Ray Starcher,
Marshall Starcher, Walter Smith, George
Starcher, W. E. Starcher, Lovell Sampson, Arthur Starcher, Herbert
Smith, Everett Starcher, W. H. Slider, Lennie
Wade, Frank Weaver.