Hart, David

Died: 1836-06-11 Menard County, Illinois

Flourished: Menard County, Illinois

In 1828, Hart purchased federal land along Rock Creek, in what is now southern Menard County. The same year, he married Amanda Houghton. In 1834, Abraham Lincoln surveyed land owned by Hart, which Hart sold immediately before his death. In 1836, Lincoln represented the buyer of the land in a suit against Hart's heirs.

Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Menard County, 68:38, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Fifth Census of the United States (1830), Sangamon County, IL, 135; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Sangamon County, 22 May 1828, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Letters of Administration, Document ID: 99344; Deposition, Document ID: 98939, Houghton v. Hart et al., Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=139252.