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Hargett (or Harget), Frederick

by Catherine L. Robinson, 1988

ca. 1742–January 1810

Frederick Hargett (or Harget), Revolutionary War captain, planter, and lawmaker, was probably born in the area that became Pitt County. The second son of Frederick Hargett, he had only one sibling, Peter Hargett, who married Ann Isler and died in Jones County in October 1797. The Hargetts were descendants of the Palatine colony which settled in New Bern in 1710. Hargett probably attended the school in Rocky Run (now Reed Branch) established by John Martin Franck in 1713. While growing up on a plantation, Hargett learned many trades such as joiner and blacksmith. Sometime before 1769, he moved to Craven County. As a planter in Craven and later Jones counties, he owned vast tracts of land and many slaves.

On 28 Nov. 1776, Hargett was commissioned captain in the Eighth Regiment of the North Carolina Militia. He had previously served as captain of a Craven County militia company in the expedition to Moore's Creek Bridge. His company also marched to the defense of Wilmington in March 1776.

After the Revolution, Hargett was a prominent planter in Jones County, and rose to the rank of brigadier general of the militia of his division. He served in the General Assembly for fifteen years. Elected to the House of Commons in 1779, he became a member of the House Committee of Claims and served many military petitions for land grants. In 1784, Hargett began his ten-year service in the state senate. There he fought corruption of local officials, officiated on the Council of State, and served many petitions of soldiers of the Continental line. He was a member, and eventually became chairman, of the committees of Claims, Propositions and Grievances, and Privileges and Elections. Hargett attended the state constitutional conventions of 1788 and 1789, at which he was an active Anti-Federalist. He was also one of nine commissioners appointed to select the exact site and lay out the capital city of Raleigh.

Noted for his concern about public education in the state, Hargett was named as one of the original trustees of The University of North Carolina. He headed the trustees' committee in choosing New Hope Chapel (now Chapel Hill) as the site of the university. Hargett was active as a trustee for many years. He also donated land for a public school in Onslow County.

The local activities of the Jones County planter were numerous. During his lifetime, he served as registrar, justice of the peace, chairman of the county court, and town commissioner of Trenton.

Hargett married Penelope Miller, the sister of Daniel Miller, a Continental soldier. She was the great-grand-daughter of Jacob and Catherine Miller, Palatine colonists. The Hargetts had five sons and three daughters: Frederick, Jr., William, John, Abner, and Daniel (named for Daniel Miller), Philipine Brook, Susannah Westbrook, and Betsy Bryan.


Moses Amis, Historical Raleigh (1913).

John L. Cheney, Jr., ed., North Carolina Government, 1585–1974 (1975).

Walter Clark, ed., State Records of North Carolina, vols. 11–13, 17–25 (1895–1906).

R. D. W. Connor, A Documentary History of the University of North Carolina, vol. 1 (1953).

Zoe Hargett Gwynn, Abstracts of the Records of Jones County, 1779–1868 (1963).

Ernest Haywood Collection (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill).

Sybil Hyatt, comp., "Hargett-Thompson, Onslow County, North Carolina" (typescript, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill).

Hugh Talmage Lefler and Albert Ray Newsome, North Carolina: The History of a Southern State (1973).

New Bern Herald, 29 Jan. 1810.

North Carolina Secretary of State, North Carolina Troops in the Continental Line (1884?).

Fred A. Olds, Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, 1760–1800 (1925).

William C. Pool, "An Economic Interpretation of the Ratification of the Federal Constitution in North Carolina," North Carolina Historical Review 27 (1950).

Treasurer and Comptroller's Papers (North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh).

Additional Resources:

Letter to Frederick Hargett to Richard Caswell. Hargett, Frederick, ca. 1742-1810. August 02, 1777. Volume 11, Page 554, Documenting the American South, UNC Libraries:

Letter from Frederick Hargett to Richard Caswell. Hargett, Frederick, ca. 1742-1810, August 1787. Volume 19, Page 1001, Documenting the American South, UNC Libraries:



Please help me understand from this article; was Frederick Alexander Harget Sr or or Frederick Alexander Harget Jr, the person that fought in the Revolutionary war?? I was a confused when i read this. I am a direct descendant of Frederick Alexander Harget Sr, and just want to tell the family story correctly. Thanks for your help in advance!!!


The article, and the one in the Revolutionary War is the Frederick born about 1742. You don't give dates for the Sr. and Jr. in your comment, so hopefully this helps you. 

Erin Bradford, Government and Heritage Library

Woah, this is my direct grandfather (not sure how many greats) but his “Abner” sons and grandsons go all the way down to my great grandfather Abner Hargett who married Mattie Hargett. And had my grandfather Larry Hargett, who had my father Todd Hargett.

It’s cool to find this direct line.

So my grandmother was Gladys Hargett. Woul be interested in finding out how all this fits together with our family.

This was my grandfather not sure how many greats it is but my father is named Alfred Abner Hargett jr. and we had a aunt that was a genealogist and trace our heritage all the way back to leaving Germany sailing out of Amsterdam and arriving in American.History is awesome and this is a accurate write up.

My 6th great grandfather was Johann Heinrich Herget (later changing his name to John Henry Hargett, Sr.). He, too, left Amsterdam. He arrived in Philadelphia on Oct 2, on a ship named Jacob. He was also a Palatine Christian.

I wonder if he and Fredrick were brothers or cousins?

This is also my Great grandfather
My grandmother was Hattie ovella Hargett Russellville Al.

That is my great great great great grandfather. My mother is a Hargett. How exactly are you related?

My Kin. My father was a bombarder Raido operator navigator on the 5 B29 Super Fortresses in his rotation from Tinian and Sipan, and Okinowa Islands.

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