Dictionary of Alabama Biography Vol 3


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HEARNE, WILLIAM, soldier of the Ameri-
can Revolution, was born in 1746, in Somerset
County, Md., and died in Lowndes County,
September 21, 1832; son of Nehemiah and Betty
Hearne, the former a saddler by trade as well
as a farmer, owning several hundred acres of
land in Somerset County, Md.; grandson of
Thomas and Sally (Wingate) Hearne, of Mary-
land; great-grandson of William and Mary
Hearne, the former a wealthy merchant and
planter of Maryland, emigrating from England
and settling in Maryland, 1688. William
Hearne enlisted at an early age as a sailor
with his brother Elisha. He removed to North
Carolina, served through the entire seven years
of the Revolution, at one time being a private
in a company of chasseurs of Gen. Pulaski
legion, and only missed being at Gen. Gates'
defeat at Camden by being left behind with
the small-pox. He removed with his family to
Alabama, settling in Lowndes County. He was
a Methodist. Married: to his cousin, Tabitha
Hearne. Children: 1. William, m. Nancy Miles,
niece of Light Horse Harry Lee, of Georgia,
and moved to Alabama, 1815, when it was a
territory, and settled near Montgomery, lived
there until 1838, when they moved to Louisiana,
where they lived until their death; 2. Tabitha,
m. Frank Truitt; 3. Selby, m. Elizabeth Ran-
som and lived in Louisiana; 4. Abigail, m. her
cousin, Thomas Hearne, son of Elisha and
Fereby (Johnson) Hearne, of North Carolina;
5. Priscilla, m. John Stephens; 6. George
Thomas Coke, m. Frances Powell and lived
near Lowndesboro. Last residence: Lowndes