Benjamin Franklin (Frank) Hardin was born 1803 in Georgia. He moved to Texas in 1826 and served under Stephen F. Austin against the Fredonian Rebellion of 1827. He was first lieutenant of infantry and fought in the Siege of Béxar under Col. Francis White Johnson. Hardin served as a lieutenant in Capt. William M. Logan’s company until June 1836. He carried the San Jacinto victory dispatch for Sam Houston to the United States border. Between July 7, 1836, and October 7, 1836, he was captain of a newly organized company and joined an expedition against the Indians. Hardin was put in charge of guarding Mexican officers interned at his brother’s plantation until they were repatriated in 1837. He was Liberty county surveyor (1838–45) and served as colonel of the Second Brigade of the Texas militia (1842–43). He died at his residence in Liberty on April 21, 1878.
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