“Wes Hardin never went to Tennessee,” says author Dennis McCown. “Clay Allison’s ‘outlaw years’ and death all occurred when Hardin was serving time in Huntsville Prison, Texas. I think we can ‘bet the farm’ they never met.
“John Wesley Hardin’s relation to Tennessee is extremely remote. Hardin County was posthumously named after Hardin’s great-grandfather, Joseph Hardin, a Revolutionary War hero. John Wesley’s father, James Gibson Hardin, was born in Tennessee, but came to Texas with his family when he was a teenager.”
Chuck Parsons, who has authored books on both Hardin and Allison, adds, “They never met and probably didn’t even know about each other.”
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