BIOGRAPHY: James Darden acquired a land grant from the state of Georgia in one of the "Land Lotteries". Administration was granted in March, 1802 to John Heard (son of Stephen) and to Susannah Darden. The appraisement on March 14, 1802, shows a very small estate which was sold on April 24. He left surviving a wife, Susannah, and 3 small children who were provided for by George Darden, their grandfather.
"Blair's Tax Digests of Georgia" show (pg.299) that James Darden had 1 poll and no slaves and 312 acres on Fishing Creek of Wilkes County, Georgia in 1794. He was listed in Captain Pollard Brown's company of militia. Presumably this is the James Darden of Wilkes County who on October 11, 1794, deeded 50 acres to Stephen Heard, part of a tract in Wilkes County conveyed to said Darden by Samuel Gilmore on August 31, 1790. But this James Darden was only 16 years old at that time, acording to estimation by the Compiler, Newton J. Darden, or even younger according to a letter written in 1904 by Mrs. Annie M. Wall of Augusta. This James Darden may have been born earlier than above suggested, or there may have been another James Darden in Wilkes County.
Several items of record show that James Darden married Susannah Heard of Wilkes County, Georgia. The date of marriage is unknown, but was probably in 1794. There were 3 children born before 1802 whose names are mentioned. Data relating to Susannah Darden's subsequent marriage are incomplete. She married 2nd, George Crain in Wilkes County and left Crain descendants. George Crain became adminstrator of the estate of James Darden in March, 1805.http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2955991&id=I578076331