HEARNE Genealogy and Family Roots

Including Some Information about HEARNEs, HEARNs, HURNs, HERRINs, HERRINGs and other spellings


William T Hearne in his book Brief History and Genealogy of the Hearne Family says:

"Elisha (eldest son of Joshua Hearne) was born in Somerset County, Maryland, in 1770; he went to North Carolina with his father, and in 1786 settled in Jasper County, Georgia; he married, and raised four children, and was killed in a well accidentally in 1810, and his wife died soon after; then his children moved to Talladega County, Alabama. Their names were: Asa, born in 1803; Moses, born in 1805; David McDonald, born in 1806; and Lettie, born in 1808."

Some evidence suggests that Elisha didn't die until 1823 in Henry Co GA and that his wife Elizabeth didn't die until after 1830 in Muscogee Co GA. Furthermore, there seems to be no evidence or reason to believe that Elisha, father of Moses, David, Asa, and Letty, was in fact the son of Joshua. Can anyone shed any light on this? Contact me at

Descendants of Elisha Hearn

(updated 12 Nov 1999)
If you can add to this or make corrections, I would appreciate hearing from you.

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HEARN(E)s on the Map

A direct search for HEARN on the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)

Published Works About the HEARNEs

The major work about the HEARNEs is Brief History and Genealogy of the Hearne Family by William T Hearne. The title page says:

"From A.D. 1066, when they went from Normandy with William the Conqueror over to England, down to 1680, when William Hearne came to America, and on down to A.D. 1895."

This book was first printed in 1895. There were a couple of printings and revisions after that. I'm not sure exactly how many editions or printings. I would like to know. Despite the title, this book is not brief (over 500 pages.) It does not have an index. As with many genealogy books written during that era, citation of sources was not a major consideration.

The book is currently available from

Higginson Book Company
148 Washington St.
PO Box 778
Salem MA 01970
ph: 508/745-7170
fax: 508/745-8025

Current price is $94.50 softcover and $104.50 hardcover plus $6.00 shipping and handling.

The book has been transcribed and put online by Brian Cragun. Check it out at

The tree chart from the book has been put online thanks to the efforts of George Bacon and Christine Lennon. It can be seen at

Be sure to check Christine's HEARNE page at

Censuses and Census Indices

1820183018401850 1860187018801900
Georgia 1820 1830 1840 1850 . . . .
Alabama . 1830 1840 1850 1860 . . .
Mississippi . . . . 1860 . . 1900 (soundex)
Louisiana . . . 1850 . . 1880 (soundex) 1900 (soundex)
Arkansas . . . 1850 1860 . 1880 (soundex) 1900 (soundex)
Texas . . . . . . 1880 (soundex) 1900 (soundex)

Georgia Land Lotteries

1805. Baldwin, Wayne, and Wilkinson Cos

1807. Baldwin and Wilkinson Cos

1820. Appling, Early, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Irwin, Rabun, and Walton Cos

1821. Dooly, Fayette, Henry, Houston, and Monroe Cos

1827. Lee, Muscogee, Troup, Coweta, and Carroll Cos

1832. Cherokee Co ("Land Lottery")

1832. Cherokee Co ("Gold Lottery")

Confederate HEARN(E)s in the War Between the States

The Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
edited by Janet B Hewett
Wilmington NC; Broadfoot Publishing Co...1995
Battle of Shiloh

Some HEARNE/HERRIN etc Marriages in Georgia and Alabama

Updated 23 Jul 1997

Periodical Source Index (PERSI)

Some HEARNE References in Published Works

Sussex County Delaware Probate Records
deValinger, Leon Jr
Public Archives Commission
Dover Delaware

Land deed genealogy of Hancock County, Georgia
compiled by Helen and Tim Marsh
Southern Historical Press

Some Georgia County Records; Vol 2
The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr
Southern Historical Press

Gandrud's Alabama Records

HEARNEs in the Mug Books

William HEARNE of Alabama
Cornelius M HEARN of Texas
J R HEARN of Arkansas
Jerry L HEARN of Arkansas
S L HEARN of Mississippi
Joel A HEARNE of Mississippi

Texas Death Index 1903-1940

Arctic Dawn -- The Journeys of S. Hearne

A Journey from Prince of Wales's Fort in Hudson's Bay
to the Northern Ocean
undertaken by order of the Hudson's Bay Company
for the Discovery of Copper Mines, a North West Passage, &c.
In the Years 1769, 1770, 1771, & 1772.
by Samuel Hearne

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