There is no confirmation of the name of mother for Eli and his siblings. This profile is somewhat of a work in progress.
A possible source for Eli's mother are the memoirs Eli's son Elias Hardcastle wrote. There are 4 versions of these handwritten memoirs and one version was published by Elias' grandson, Marcus M Lowthorp, titled "The Life and Times of Elias Hardcastle".  . The four versions are mostly the same and for the most part Elias being age 90, he had an excellent memory and the memoirs are invaluable resource for all descendants of Eli Hardcastle and Susan Pate.
In the memoirs, the only possible mention of Eli's mother is Elias' reference to grandmaw Narcissus. He never states she is Eli's mother. I have wondered if Elias was just told his sister Narcissus Elizabeth was named after his grandmaw and this is where the statement comes from. So the opposite effect has happened somewhat in proving our ancestry by trying to prove the one ambiguous statement in the memoirs instead of relying on census records etc, most of us have focused on proving the statement right.
Well I have spent alot of time myself on this, but recently took a different approach. I found a DNA match to a Barnett descendant. Then combined with the will of Brittain Barnes Jr and Elizabeth Adams both from Robeson county, NC have tried researching from the known records.
Brittain Barnes' Nov 1827 Robeson county NC will devises to a John Hardcastle, who he states is his son-in-law. I have seen this daughter named as Elizabeth. I think this comes from the 1830 land record in Alabama though and there is nothing so far I have seen with Brittain's daughter's name. But Elizabeth makes sense to me.
Also, the will of Elizabeth Adams of Feb 1835, wife of Robert Adams, daughter of William Hardcastle and Mary (possibly Willoughby). She devises to her brother James Hardcastle.
What does not make sense is that I have not found one single record for a Narcissus whom Elias stated lived to be very old.
So for now since there are only John Hardcastles found on the 1820 North Carolina census, Robeson county being my favored county, it makes sense to me that the mother of Eli, James, Hugh, Elizabeth and Elisha H is the daughter of Brittain Barnes who married John Hardcastle.
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