Not on my Land!

Joe Hardin

The strange story of John Wesley Hardin’s kin.

Joe Hardin was John Wesley Hardin’s big brother, and he came to his own violent end. A lynch mob—probably angry at Wes’ killing of a lawman—strung up Joe and two of his cousins on May 31, 1874. The bodies were buried on Hardin property—but only for awhile.

When the land was sold, the new owner wanted nothing to do with the Hardins or their possible ghosts. She had the remains exhumed—there was almost nothing left—and moved to the Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche, Texas.

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