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From: Ira C Hardman <>
Subject: [BRE] Fw: Re: Hardman Leathermans
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 16:37:22 -0600
I have used one old map that is especially useful in tracing the routes
used by various travelers in the early years of this country. It is the
map titled, "A map of the most Inhabited part of Virginia, containing the
whole Province of Maryland, with a part of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and
North Carolina, drawn by Joshua Fry & Peter Jefferson in 1775." (There
is also a 1751 version of this map.)
This map shows a road going westerly from Philadelphia, thru Lancaster
and York, then west-southwesterly, crossing South Mountain just north of
the Pennsylvania-Maryland border. This appears to be along U.S. 30 from
Philadelphia to Gettysburg, then along Pennsylvania route 116 and
Maryland route 60 to Hagerstown, then southwest along U.S.11.
The 1775 road crosses the Potomac River at "Williams Ferry" (probably at
the present town of Williamsport, MD.) The road then continues southwest
thru Winchester and then thru the Shenandoah Valley, still about along
U.S. 11 ( and Interstate 61). The road then turns south and crosses the
Blue Ridge Mountains. (I would guess at the site of present day Roanoke,
VA.) The road then goes south to the Yadkin River in South Carolina.
Along the road the map shows the name "The Great Road from the Yadkin
River thru Virginia to Philadelphia." There is also a small note that
says, "Indian Road by the Treaty of Lancaster." (If I remember
correctly, when the Indians sold this land to the English (1744 ?), they
retained the right to use the road).
I would assume that most people traveling in the late 1700's from
southeastern Pennsylvania to North Carolina would have used this road.
The map also shows a road from Winchester, VA. zigzagging westerly across
the mountains (about at U.S. 50 to Romney, W VA). Then northerly to Fort
Cumberland on the Potomac River (about along West Virginia route 28).
>From this point the map shows a road west to Fort Necessity (about at
U.S. 40). This is the start of the road used by British General Braddock
on his ill fated attack on the French Fort Duquesne at the Forks of the
Ohio during the French and Indian War.
It is most likely that anyone traveling from what is now Washington
County, Pennsylvania to Kentucky before the Indian attacks on the Ohio
were stopped, would have traveled southeast along the "Braddock Road"
(U.S. 40) to "The Great Road from the Yadkin River ...." (U.S.11),then
southwest through the Shenandoah Valley, but rather than crossing the
Blue Ridge at Roanoke, continue going southwest across the future
Virginia-Tennessee boarder, until this route crossed an Indian trail
heading northwesterly to Cumberland Gap (about at U.S. 25E). This leads
to central Kentucky (Wilderness Road).
People moving from Pennsylvania to Kentucky, and people moving from South
Carolina to Kentucky could easily have met along this route.
Apart from the roads that they used,, I have found Leatherman families
living near the Hardman families in Frederick Co., Maryland, Washington
Co., Pennsylvania and Shelby Co., Kentucky, but I can't identify the
Leatherman family that Elizabeth (Leatherman) Hardman, and Susannah
(Leatherman) Hardman came from.
--------- Forwarded message ----------
> The Hardmans and Leathermans were in Shelby County KY in 1790.
Previous to that, they were in Washington County, PA (then VA). I
> always assumed that they came via the Ohio River.
> Ted Hardman
That's what I was originally thinking - until I found that the
Leatherman's mostly went to the Carolinas
The Leathermans - in Shelby county -according to what I've found - were
the children of Johan Christian Leatherman, who died in Rowan Co NC. I
have that he's a brother to Nicholas and Daniel. I don't have a good
record about the Leatherman families - those several generations -
And, the Hardmans were in Washington Co PA - Abraham married Margaret
Leatherman - I do not have who her parents were - but accoding to what I
have, she was born in Washington Co PA (1759 - which sounds awful early!)
- I suspect more, that she Was LIVING in Washington Co when they got
David Hardman married Susannah Leatherman (born 1761 VA) - I have her as
a daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Leatherman - and Nicholas died in
the Carolinas. But then what I have found on the Susannah, daughter of
Nicholas Leatherman is confusing - I have two other husbands for her -
both coming west. Also, I'm wondering if Margaret and Susannah were
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