lived a life of great energy and high ideas, and now, after the long warfare is over, the brave old man sleeps well. Alike in death as in life, he was victorious. It is well with him; but the sorrowing daughters, his relatives and his friends will miss the kindly old man whose infallible judgment pierced through all perplexities and saw the truth, whose tender, mellow heart sweetened all their lives, and whose death will be mourned by them in the bitterness of despair. Theirs is the loss, not his. With torn and bleeding hearts, they marched to his final resting place and there poured their tears over the remains of the best of fathers and truest of friends and noblest of men" "R. E. Cowart."
What Judge Cowart here says of the direct descent of H. R. Hearne from Captain Hearne of Cromwell's army, etc. corroborates what I have always known from well-authenticated tradition, that at least two prominent officers in Oliver Cromwell's army were named Hearne or Hairn, and also that several Baptist ministers of note were chaplains in his army. Judge Cowart tells me he derived his information from H. R. Hearne himself, and from Hodgson's or Firth's "Memoirs of the Great Civil War;" that a Captain Hairn commanded a company in Cromwell's regiment; and that H. R. Hearne told him that after the Restoration 1660, three brothers, one of whom was this Capt. Hairn or Hearne, came to America. William Hearne (the grandfather of H. R. Hearne), great-grandson of the London Merchant to the West India Islands and the American Colonies of the 17th century, and who died in the Province of Maryland, Somerset Co., Oct., 1691, went to North Carolina before the Revolutionary War, and served through that war as told in the History, undoubtedly took this tradition with him, and left it to H. R. and his other children. Clement Hearne, my grandfather, and also great-grandson to the merchant William, carried this same tradition to Kentucky when he moved there 1798, and I find it also with the descendants still living in Maryland and Delaware, and also with another English family, who came to New England. On the back of the old ledger of the merchant William, now in my possession, is a date that is not distinguishable with the naked eye, but by using a magnifying-glass discloses "Anno Domini 1627." I take it this is the date of birth of the merchant William Hearne, who is
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