History of the Restoration Movement

Elder Joel Hardison


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Gospel Advocate Obituary

We know that brother Hardison loved the cause of God. For nearly forty years he labored constantly, humbly and efficiently for his congregation.  At one time the ill-fated and self-doomed J. R. Collinsworth had nearly all the members of Old Cedar Creek congregation (now Antioch) completely under his influence and control.  But Bro. Hardison, ever faithful and true to the cause of his Master, stood firm at his post, and defended the church of Christ, the ancient gospel, against the wild speculations of this ill-fated apostate.  To the untiring energy, faithfulness and influence of this faithful old soldier of the cross the congregation at Antioch owes its existence to-day.  He lived to see the brethren and sisters united again upon Zion's foundation and striving together for the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace.  No one who knew him doubted his sincerity and deep devotion in the cause of truth.  At the advanced age of 73 years, 4 months and 12 days it may be truly said, "He died at his post" and now awaits his reward.

-Gospel Advocate, February 11, 1875, page 163.

Directions To The Grave of Joel and Jane Hardison

The Morton family cemetery is located on Diamwood Road near Columbia, Tennessee. On I-65 take Exit 46 and head east on Bear Creek Pike (Hwy.99). Turn right and head south on Carpenter Bridge Road, which becomes Bolton Road. When Bolton runs in Hwy. 431, continue southbound on U.S. Hwy. 431. Less than half-mile you will need to turn right on Cedar Creek Rd. Then turn left on Daimwood Road. The Morton Cemetery will be on your right. Enter the cemetery and bear to your left. When you get on top of the hill where the graves are located, stop the car and head into the cemetery to your right. The Hardison family plot is closeby.

GPS Location
35°32'58.5"N 86°50'43.7"W
or D.d. 35.549592, -86.845474

Our Mother
Jane Hardison
Born February 6, 1800
Died May 11, 1884

Our Father
Joel Hardison
Born August 5, 1800
Died December 17, 1873

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