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Rosannah McMahan (Hardin)

Birthdate: (29)
Birthplace: Fauquier County, Province of Virginia
Death: November 1789 (29)
Nelson County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Martin Hardin and Lydia Hardin
Wife of John McMahan, of Kentucky
Mother of Richard McMahan; Rachel McMahan; Sarah Riddle; Mary Gamble; William McMahan and 5 others
Sister of Mary Wickliffe; Sarah Ellen Hardin; William Hardin; Hannah Neal; Lydia Wickliffe and 4 others

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About Rosannah McMahan


Rosannah Hardin married John "Kentucky" McMahan, a son of Richard and Agnes (nee Lilburn) McMahan. He died in Hardin County, Kentucky.

Rosannah Hardin did NOT marry John "Tennessee" McMahan, a son of John and Deborah (nee Stockton) McMahan. That John McMahan lived in McMinn County, Tennessee, and was the husband of Mary (nee ___?___ ) McMahan.

Please see:

  • 1779 Monongalia County, Virginia, will of Martin Hardin, father of Rosannah (nee Hardin) McMahan
  • 1786 Nelson County, Kentucky
  • 1787 Nelson County, Kentucky
  • 1788 Nelson County, Kentucky
  • 1791 Nelson County, Kentucky
  • 1810 census Hardin County, Kentucky - Elizabethtown
  • 1820 census Hardin County, Kentucky - Little York
  • 1830 census Hardin County, Kentucky

John and Rosannah (nee Hardin) McMahan were the parents of:

  • Richard McMahon, born c.1775
  • Joseph McMahon, born c.1776
  • Rachel McMahon, born c.1777
  • Martin McMahan, born c.1778
  • Sarah McMahon, born c.1779
  • William McMahan, born c.1782
  • Lydia Hardin McMahan, born 9 May 1784
  • Nancy Agnes McMahon, born c.1786
  • John McMahon, born c.1788
  • Rosannah Mary McMahon, born 4 Oct 1789

John and Jane (nee Geoghegan) McMahan were the parents of:

  • Elizabeth McMahan
  • Lavinia McMahan
  • Rebecca McMahan
  • Lessie McMahan
  • Pamelia McMahan
  • Mary McMahan
  • Margaret McMahan
  • George McMahan
  • Thomas McMahan
  • Jane McMahan

Please see the research of Johanna Standish and William Cox for more information.

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Jerry Stockton -

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Will of Martin Hardin

"In the name of God Amen. I Martin Hardin of Monongalia County in the Colony of Virginia being very weak in body, but in perfect sense and memory I praise God for it do make and ordain this my last will and testament. . . . I give and bequeath to my daughter Rosannah McMahan Twenty pounds current money of Virginia and no more. I also lend my said daughter Rosannah McMahan and her husband John McMahan five Negroes one named Nell & her four children during their natural lives. And the said Nell and her child Hannah"

1788 Nelson County, Kentucky, Tax Record, John McMachen, negro Hannah.


From BC Holtzclaw's book, "Ancestry and Descendants of the Nassau-Siegen Immigrants to Virginia 1714-1750," pg. 328-329

"...Martin Hardin, son of Mark Hardin and Mary Hogue Martin Hardin, b. ca. 1816 (date given by descendants) in Northumberland Co., VA, d. 1780 Monongahela Co., Pa., m. ca. 1739/40 Lydia Waters. He was the only one of Mark Hardin's sons who continued to live for any length of time in Prince William and Fauquier Cos., Va. He established an ordinary, called Hardin's Ordinary, on Elk Run (Va. Mag. of Hist. and Biog., Vol. 31, pp. 349-50), and was a Justice of Fauquier Co., as he is called "Gent." (i.e., gentleman justice) in a deed in 1769 (Culpeper Co. D. B. "F", p. 121).

He was granted a total of 776 acres of land in Orange and Culpeper Cos. in four grants, 1748-1761 (Northern Neck Grants, Book "G", p. 70 and p. 413; "K", pp. 327 and 328). In 1752 he owned 300 acres in Prince William Co., but in 1755 was deeded additional land by his brother, Mark (Prince William Co. O. B. 1754-5, p. 186), and he and his wife, Lydia, deeded some of the land to Tillman Weaver of Germantown in 1756 (Prince William O. B. 1755-7, p. 215).

He was licensed to keep an ordinary in Prince William Aug. 26, 1754 (O. B. 1754-5, p. 132). In 1770 the Fauquier Co. rental shows him as the owner of 965 acres, but in 1777 with only 464 acres. He sold most of his Culpeper land in 1762 and 1769 (Culpeper D. B. "D", pp. 51, 91 and 114; "F", p. 121), but in 1772 was living in Bedford Co., Pa. (Veech "The Monongahela of Old," p. 200). A Culpeper Co. deed in 1773 shows his residence as Westmoreland Co., Pa. (D. B. "G", p. 429). Two deeds in 1774 in Fauquier Co. by him and his eldest son Mark for land left him by his father, Mark Hardin, give their residence as Augusta Co., Va. (Fauquier Co. D. B. 6, pp. 124 and 127).

"West Augusta Co., " was the area claimed by Virginia in what is now western Pennsylvania.

A copy of Martin Hardin's will, dated Nov. 20, 1779 and calling him "of Monongahela Co., Va.," is preserved in the Chicago Historical Society among the papers of his descendant, Gen. Martin D. Hardin. The will seems never to have been recorded, but Martin Hardin died in 1780, for in a suit of Martin Hardin against John McBee in Fauquier Co., Va., at the July court, 1780, it is recorded that "the suit is abated by the death of the plaintiff" (Fauquier Co. Minute Book 1773-80, p. 468). The will leaves to the son Mark the land in Fauquier and Culpeper Cos.; to the son John land in Monongahela and Yogohania Cos.; to the son Martin the land on Georges Creek on which he lives; to the daughter Mary, wife of Robert Wickliffe (who had no children) money and slaves; to the daughter Sarah Hardin (wife of Benjamin Hardin) money; to the daughter Lydia Wickliffe, wife of Charles Wickliffe, slaves; to the daughter Rosanna, wife of John McMahan, money and slaves; to the grandsons, Robert and Martin Hardin Wickliffe, sons of Charles Wickliffe, land to be taken up in Kentucky; and appoints the three sons executors.

Since the will does not mention the wife, Lydia, it would seem that she had died before her husband. However, surveys for Martin Hardin's family in Kentucky in 1781 and grants for the same land in 1782 show that Lydia Hardin was granted 200 acres there, so she must have died only a short time before her husband (Va. State Surveys, No. 3, p. 123; Jefferson Co., Kentucky, Va. County Grant Book "G", p. 19). These surveys and grants were recorded all in a group and show, in addition to Lydia, the following:

  • (1) John Hardin 3000 acres (Surveys No. 3, pp. 122 and 125; Grants "G", pp. 33 and 42);
  • (2) Mark Hardin, 1900 acres (Surveys No. 3, pp. 123 and 124; Grant Book "F", p. 299, "G" pp. 24 and 47);
  • (3) Martin Hardin 1000 acres (Grants, Book "G", p/ 41); Benjamin Hardin (the nephew and son-in-law of Martin) 800 acres (Surveys No. 3, p. 123; Grants, Book "G", p. 50); and Kelly Hardin (with whom we shall deal later) 200 acres (Surveys No. 3, p. 123; Grants, Book "G", p. 45).

The children of Martin Hardin and Lydia Waters, with birth dates from the family Bible, are given in Little's "Ben Hardin, his Times and Contemporaries" (pp. 4-5). They were:

  • (1) Mary Hardin, b. Oct. 1741,
    • m. (1) Robert Wickliffe Aug. 27, 1759 in Fauquier Co., Va.;
    • m. (2) William Robinson, and had no children;
  • (2) Sarah Hardin, b. Mar. 10, 1743, mother of Congressman Ben Hardin,
    • m. her first cousin, Benjamin Hardin, son of Major John Hardin, and her family has been treated previously;
  • (3) Lydia Hardin b. April 10, 1748,
    • m. Charles Wickliffe and had 4 sons and 5 daughters, of whom the sons Robert and Martin Hardin Wickliffe are mentioned in Martin Hardin's will;
  • (4) Mark Hardin, b. Dec. 1, 1750;
  • (5) John Hardin, b. Oct. 1, 1753;
  • (6) Martin Hardin, b. Feb. 1, 1757; and
  • (6) Rosannah Hardin, b. Mar. 9, 1760, m. John McMahan."
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Rosannah McMahan's Timeline

March 9, 1760
Fauquier County, Province of Virginia

Rosannah Hardin in the Family Data Collection - Individual Records
Name: Rosannah Hardin
Spouse: Rosannah Hardin
Parents: Martin Hardin, Lydia Waters Walters
Birth Place: KY, Eng, VA
Birth Date: 9 Mar 1760
Marriage Place: Prince William
Marriage Date: 1788
Death Date: Nov 1789
Source Citation
Birth year: 1760; Birth city: Eng; Birth state: VA
Source Information
Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Individual Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.
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Virginia, United States
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Washington County, Virginia, United States
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Virginia, United States
May 9, 1784
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Jefferson County, Virginia, United States
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Virginia, United States
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Nelson County, Virginia, United States