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In William T. Hearne's 1907 edition of "A brief History and Genealogy of the Hearne Family" the author states that "This family traces its settlement in England to the era if the Norman Conquest, and the name, as then written, Heroun, is found amongst the persons of distinction who followed in the train of William the Conqueror, A.D. 1066.

"A work published in London, England, in 1874, upon the "Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the Brittish Dominions and the United States of America," contains the following information:

"Hearne, for Heron, from Hairun near Rouen, Normandy.
"Tihel de Heiron was in Essex in 1086, He accompanied William the Conqueror. William Heron held a barony in Normandy, time of Philip Augustus. Odonel Heron, time of William Rufus, 1087, witnessed a charter in Durhm, England. Alban de Hairun held a barony in Hertfordshire, England, A.D. 1165. Richard de Hairun held in Essex also in 1165. Dru de Hairun was in Yorkshir, and Jordan de Hairun in Northumberland. In the latter county the Herons were of great note, and William Heron was sommoned as a baron in 1369.

"In the above work the following different spellings of this surname occur: Hairun, Heiron, Heron, Hearn, Hearne, Hearon and Herron. It is a well-known rule in heraldry that varying orthography in the spelling of a surname, when there is armorial identification, does not affect consanguinity..."

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Christine Lennon My line is that of William Hearne, The Blanket Merchant, through his son Thomas born 1691. Thomas Hearne married Sarah Newbold, and their son Thomas married Nancy Wilson; their daughter Nancy Rachel Hearne married Purnell Hearn; their son Ebenexer Hearne married Betsey Turner Foster;their son William F. Hearne married Ellen Johnson; their daughter Brunette Hearne married M. Lafayette Walsh; their son Rufus Shelby Walsh married Elizabeth Tannehill, my great grandmother. M. Lafayette Walsh's mother was Sarah Hearne, daughter of Milbrey Hearne & Hesty Maddux. Sarah Married Norman Walsh. At this time, I have 3 known Hearne lines... Sarah's, Purnell's, and Nancy Rachel's.
Earl Hearon Hello, My name is Earl Hearon. My G-Grandfather is William Milburn Hearon. Born 1872 where?? Died 1945 in Lindsay Oklahoma. No one in the Family seems to know his Parents name's are where they were from. It seems to be a dead end road. He married Nancy Josephine Miller in Paris Texas 1898. But even with that I'm stumped!!!
Larry W. King I am a desendant of Derby Hearne. I was unable for some time to find any information on my gggrandmother Mary Ellen Hearne who married Wesley Simpson in Grant Co. Ky. abt. 1865. My aunt had told me about  a book on the family, but had no other information.
John I am trying to locate any information on John Hearn or Herron, born 1878- died Dec 7, 1922 who Commited suicide in Fulton Co, Hickman Kentucky.


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My g -grandfather Jefferson Davis Hearn was b. 1860 TX, d. 1936 Houston in Harris Co. TX. He and wife Lillian Jones b. 1870 Atlanta GA are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches in Nacogdoches Co. TX. According to his death certificate he was the son of Ben Hearn b. GA and Sarah Ann Sims b. MS.Harrison Co. TX marriage records show that a Benjamin Herrin m. Sarah Ann Sims 27 April 1846. I am trying to determine whether they are my gg-grandparents.
Wanda Orton
Hearn(e) George Elgin was born in 1840 He married a woman named Sarah Ann from the Colbourne/Coburg area of Ontario. At some time after his birth his name changed to Hearn dropping the 'e'. Although it appears that relatives in the western provinces have retained the 'e'. George and Sarah had 7 children. William Albert (m. Ellen Earl) born 1961-died New Liskeard, Ont 1919: George William (not married)born 1863-died Coe Hill, 1939: Ellen Bertha (m. John Hollie) born 1866-no date of death available: Henry Munroe (m. Berth Terrill) born 1868-died 1935 Castleton, ON: Maryy Jane (not married) born 1870 died in Colborne: C. Eleanor (m. Alexander Morrow) born 1973-died in Colborne: James Elgin (not married) born 1874-died in Kingston, On. Looking for ancestors of George Elgin. Appears their ancestors may have come from the Limerick area. Any information would be appreciated.
Laurie Lovelace
This branch is Allison Hearn of Washington DC, born 1801. He moved to Gallia Co Ohio with several other Hearns from Washington DC (relationships not determined yet...) and then moved to Arkansas and then finally to Worth Co Missouri.... The Index for the website is below.... Thanks
George William Hearne b.1795 NC d.1874 TN + Emily "Milly" Hearne
  • Cyrus Robert Hearne b.1814 Montgomery Co, NC d.1889
  • Casadena Hearne b.31 Jan 1816 Montgomery Co, NC d.Dec 1858 Dunklin Co, MO + James Porter Rice b.12 Apr 1811 Wilson Co, TN d.Apr 1871 Wayne Co, MO
  • George William Hearne, Jr. b.30 Apr 1818 Wilson Co, TN d.8 May 1888
  • Rev. Erasmus Hill Hearne b.4 Nov 1821 Wilson Co, TN d.2 Sep1900 Center, Shelby Co, TX
  • Priscilla A. Hearne b.1823 Wilson Co, TN d.aft 1894 TN
  • Rachel H. Hearne b.1828 Wilson Co, TN
  • Emily A. Hearne b.1833 Wilson Co, TN d.abt 1845
  • Jane Hearne b.1836 Wilson Co, TN

I descend from Casadena Hearne. I would appreciate any help on what direction to look for the parentage of George William Hearne. Thanks so much in advance.
Brenda Hankins

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