Simon Hadley (also referred to as Simon Hadley, Sr., was born in North
Carolina in March of 1760. Simon was the third son of
Thomas Hadley (1728 - 1781) and Mary Thompson (1730 - 1795).
Simon married Jane Wilkinson (29 Jun 1767 - 27 Nov 1829), and they had the following children:
2. Samuel Holmes Hadley (1794-1850) - married: Mary Akins - 12 February 1846
3. Mary Hadley (ca. 1796-??) - married: Duncan Ray
4. Jane Wilkinson Hadley (1798-1830) - married: Thomas Jeferson Johnson, Sr. - 8 March 1827
5. Elizabeth Hadley (1801-1871) - married: 1) Robert Copeland - January 1820; 2) William Graham Ponder - 5 November 1829
6. Julia Ann Hadley (1802-1863) - married: James Thweatt Hayes - 07 August 1832
7. Anne Hadley (1809-1824)
In the Cane Creek MM records of 5 June 1779, it is recorded "Joshua & Simon Hadley, sons of Thomas, disowned" (p. 391-col. 1). Joshua and Simon were active in the Revolutionary War and this would have been reason for the Quakers to disown them.
Two different years have been discovered for Simon's date-of-birth: 1757 & 1760. In his request for a Revolutionary War pension,1 he stated he had been informed by his parents that he was born in 1760.
"I have no record on my age only what I heard my parents say. My mother has told me that I was born at the New Fields below Hillsborough, North Carolina."
Simon and his father, Thomas Hadley, were active in the Revolutionary War in North Carolina. His pension request states that he "entered the service of the United States as a volunteer and ensigned under the following named officers ..." He served several tours of duty, marching from North Carolina to South Carolina to Georgia, and as a scout and procurer and deliverer of beef cattle for the troops.1
The 1790 US Census for Cumberland County, North Carolina show a Simon Hadley as having in his household three males under 16, two males 16 and over, three females and twelve slaves. The children currently known for Simon Hadley, Sr. were born about 1790 and later. The US Census records from 1820 to 1860 show the Hadley family to have been in Georgia.
Simon Hadley, Sr. came from North Carolina to Georgia in the early 1800's. He first settled in Burke County, then Montgomery County. The 1820 Census for Montgomery County lists: Simon D. Hadley, Robt. Copeland (his son-in-law), Simon Hadley.
The Third or 1820 Land Lottery of Georgia2 shows Simon Hadley, Sr, of Montgomery County drew lot #248, sect. #17 in Early County. Elizabeth Hadley (Burke County) and Samuel H. Hadley (Montgomery County) are also listed. In the 1821 lottery, Simon D. Hadley of Montgomery County drew lot #93, sect. #3 in Henry County.
In 1824 and 1825 , Simon served in the House of Representatives for Montgomery County. After moving to Thomas County, he served as one of the first commissioners for the newly formed county, and was a member on the first grand jury. He was also a justice of the Inferior Court, 1826-1829 and 1829-1833, and was elected as the first representative to the state legislature from Thomas County.
Simon owned a ferry boat, and in 1830, by virtue of owning 48 slaves, Simon was ranked as the second largest slaveowner in Thomas County.3
Pedigree of Simon Hadley:
Thomas Hadley - Mary Thompson ---Joshua Hadley - Mary Rowland ---Simon Hadley - Ruth Miller
Signature appears on 1791 Estate Paper of Thomas Hadley
Information courtesy of Jo Ann Wood
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