Portrait of Hardeman Giddens and Martha Gaskins

Several previous posts have related events in the life of Hardeman Giddens (Hardeman Giddens and the Big Fishing Frolic,   Georgia Gossip about Hardeman Giddens, Civil War Bullet Dodger Hardeman Giddens Finally Catches One in 1887) Here is a portrait of Hardeman Giddens and Martha Jane Gaskins.

Portrait of Martha Jane Gaskins and Hardeman Giddens.

Portrait of Martha Jane Gaskins and Hardeman Giddens.

Hardeman Giddens was born in 1844 in that part of Lowndes County which was later cut in Berrien County, GA. He was a son of Jacob Giddens and Sarah Ann “Annie” Sirmans. Giddens served with the Berrien Minutemen during the Civil War. After the war Hardeman Giddens married the twice-widowed Martha J. Gaskins. She was a daughter of Harmon Gaskins and Malissa Rowland Rouse, born February 16,  1838 in Lowdnes Co, GA.  Martha, married first to Thomas Connell who was killed in the civil war; second to William Parker who died three months later; third husband, Hardeman Giddens, was a first cousin on her mother’s side.

In the 1900s the Giddens lived and farmed near Ray City, GA

Children of Martha Jane Gaskins and Hardeman Giddens:

  1. James Monroe Giddens, (1871-1951)
  2. Infant Son Giddens, (1874)
  3. Lyman Franklin Giddens, (1877-1963)
  4. Infant Son Giddens (1878)
  5. William Silas Giddens (1881-1943)

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6 Comments

  1. Lamar Jones said,

    January 14, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    The original portrait of Hardeman and Martha shown here is currently displayed in my home. Hardeman was my great, great, grandfather.
    Lamar Jones

    • JENNIFER ORTEGA said,

      April 17, 2017 at 9:41 am

      hardeman is my 4th great grand father, I would love to see more pictures of him. His sons james (my 3rd great grandfather) and Lyman my 4th great uncle look so much like other members of my family who are currently living. Also I never heard about hardeman and martha being 1st cousins,do you know how they are related? It said through her mothers side but I havent researched that much into her family. any info is much appreciated

      • Lamar Jones said,

        April 18, 2017 at 9:19 pm

        This is the only photo of Hardeman that I am aware of. I assume you are referring to James Monroe Giddens as you’re 3rd great grandfather. Who are your other grandfathers and parent in the Giddens line? I probably have additional information regarding Hardeman and Martha but will take some time for me to look up.

      • JENNIFER ORTEGA said,

        April 18, 2017 at 10:48 pm

        yes james monroe is my 3rd great grandfather his son benjamin was my 2nd great grandfather and his son benny lee giddens was my great grandfather and his daughter carol is my grandmother who is still living

      • Lamar Jones said,

        April 19, 2017 at 9:36 pm

        Ben’s sister Loudel is my grand mother. It has been at least 50 years since we have had any contact Ben’s family. Call me at 229-237-2779

  2. JENNIFER ORTEGA said,

    April 17, 2017 at 9:41 am

    hardeman is my 4th great grand father, I would love to see more pictures of him. His sons james (my 3rd great grandfather) and Lyman my 4th great uncle look so much like other members of my family who are currently living. Also I never heard about hardeman and martha being 1st cousins,do you know how they are related? It said through her mothers side but I havent researched that much into her family. any info is much appreciated


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