It seems that if you were a Hart in the 1700’s then Thomas Hart was the name to have! At least in the Hart families in Augusta Co. VA and Pennsylvania. Every family seems to have had at least one Thomas. This makes finding the parentage of my lines James Hart rather difficult. Peter Hart who was born about 1740 is our last known and documented direct line relative. Some believe James Hart who traveled with him as he moved from VA, to NC, to GA and then back to NC and VA was his brother. I believe the research most likely points to this James being his father. More research points to the father of James being a Thomas Hart… the question is WHICH ? Thomas Hart! I believe after much research that he is probably the son of the preacher Thomas Hart from the Buck Co. PA Hart family. This Thomas was the son of John Hart and Susannah Rush. Thomas had nephews who later are living in Augusta Co. VA and Charleston SC.
I also believe that it’s likely but not easy to prove that our Hart’s are also related to the Hart’s that were in Orange Co, VA at the same time our line was there. This Thomas Hart married Susannah Rice. This line is well documented from that point forward. Perhaps they are distant cousins, etc. Maybe it’s all a coincidence….
So many Hart’s…… all named Thomas, so many claimed by other families….. click here for my notes on the HART family. (There are many Hart’s listed that are not in our direct line as well as my thoughts and thought process on my “best guess” at this point on the parentage of Peter Hart Sr. born around 1740 who’s son William moves to Hawkins County TN in the early 1800’s.)