Hardy Documentation

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Ebenezer Hardy 11/7/1728-1764 s/o Thomas Hardy & Martha Hardy - among the "Carlisle Peteitioners" of 1757. He served in the French and Indian War, being one of the twenty two Hardy's on the "Alarm List" from Bradford, MA. Sharon Morris

The Hardys and Burnetts were founding members of the Mount Lebanon settlement and its Baptist Church. According to the minutes of this church, Martha Ann Hardy and Robert H. Burnett settled this land in January of 1837 and were among the founding members. The minutes go on to say that the following persons were received into the church by letter January 6th 1838: Covington Hardy, Elizabeth Hardy, Eldred Hardy, John Hardy, and Catharine Hardy. (R Webster Stewart) RICHARD HARDY to Felix G. Parks both of Edgefield District, SC 1 3/4 acres adjoining Felix Parks near Stephens Creek a branch of Savannah River and a part of the tract of land where on RICHARD HARDY lived [note the past tense] originally granted to William Scott. Witnesses 2 Feb 1843 E L Cartlidge and W. Jennings and recorded 15 Mar 1843. [Is this now the son of Richard Hardy who lived [past tense] on this property?] (Carol Hardy Bryan)

Edgefield Co Probate Court - Account of Sales of the Personal Property of RICHARD HARDY dec'd made 7 Dec 1843.
Paid Richard Jun'r in full of his distributive share $582.53
Paid Charles Bussey & wife Eliza in full, etc $291.26
Paid Jacob Lucius & wife Martha Lucius, etc $582.53
Paid James Hardy, minor, his distributive share $582.53
Paid Lucy Parks, minor, her distributive share $582.53
Paid James Key in full of his distributive share $291.26
Paid Thomas Foggerson, guardian for Brantley Tompkins and Furmon Tompkins $582.53
Paid POLLY HARDY, the widow in full of her share $ 982.53
Paid Felix G Parks Guardian for Elizabeth Hardy in full of her share [Why did she get so much? A child was only entitled to 1 portion of the 2/3 left after the widow's portion] $1,563.69
Paid James Howerton Guardian for his children $602.25
Paid Thomas Hardy in full of his share $582.53
Paid Abner Glanton & Taby O. Glanton his wife $582.53
Paid Ordinaty for this A/D & recording $3.00
Total of the estate (my addition) $7,811.70 (Carol Hardy Bryan)

Plaintiff, Richard Hardy
Defendents, Thomas Hardy, et al
11 Oct 1843
Richard Hardy, Polly Hardy [the widow], Jacob Lucius & his wife Marth, formerly Martha Hardy, W [William] B [Brantley] Tompkins, Richard F [Furman] Tompkins, Elizabeth Hardy
Richard Hardy, Sen'r 6 Mar 1843 died intestate leaving the next of kin: Polly Hardy, his widow; Richard Hardy, Marth Lucius; W B Tompkins; Richard F Tompkins; Elizabeth Hardy
Defendents: Thomas Hardy, James Howerton, Barbara Howerton, Allen Howerton & ____ Howerton, Charles Bussey & wife Eliza [formerly Eliza Key], James Key, Abner Glanton & wife Tavy, formerly Tavy (Octavia) O Hardy, & John Parks and wife Lucy W formerly Lucy W Hardy
Plaintiff states that at the time of Richard Hardy's death, he possessed several valuable tracts of land containing about six hundred and fifty five acres. These are listed as the home tract of 365 acres lying on Stephens Creek and bounded by Margaret Cartledge, Felix Parks, James Cunningham, T F Key, The Griffin Tract containing 240 acres lying on Bird Creek waters of Stephens Creek adjoining lands of Samuel Cartledge, Martin Burroughs, Abram Kilcrease, Richard Parks & others.
Plaintiff argues that the lands are subject to distribution in the following manner: 1/3 to Polly Hardy, widow; the remaining 23 thus: 1/3 to Richard Hardy, son; 1/3 to Martha Lucius, daughter; one portion to W B Tompkins and Richard F Tompkins, children of a predeceased daughter, Susan Tompkins; one portion to Elizabeth Hardy, a daughter; one portion to Thomas Hardy, a son; one portion to James Hardy, a son; one portion to Barbary Howerton, Allen Howerton and ____ Howerton, children of a predeceased daughter, Nancy; one portion to Eliza Bussey, formerly Eliza Key and James Key, children of a predeceased daughter Eliza Key; one portion to Taby O Glanton, a daughter of intestate. (Edgefield County Equity Roll #169) (Carol Hardy Bryan)

She [Ida Viola May Hardy] returned to MS in 1896 and started a literary monthly magazine called “Southern Home Journal” in Jackson. It was a magazine of articles, short stories, verse and such sentiments as “Self development is greater then self sacrifice.” It was described as a magazine of the South for Southerners and sold for 10 cents a copy or a subscription price of $1 a year. In one year she had 10,000 subscribers. She owned and edited the magazine and wrote many of the articles and short stories herself, both under her name and assumed names. Capt. William H [Harris] Hardy wrote many articles for the magazine.
In 1906, Capt. Hardy was appointed Judge of the 2nd Circuit Court District, by Governor Vardaman, and they moved to Pass Christian. Ida was regional president of the women’s suffrage group for the state of MS in 1915 and was a charter member, by invitation of the Governor of TN, of the Southern Sociological Congress. (Excerpt of Article written by Nanci C Price submitted to the Hattisburg Historical Society, Forrest Co, MS).


One thing that the older members of the Hardy family would not talk about was the Hardy - McVay Fued. But in the 1940's a reporter for a Pine Bluff paper began to dig into the court records at Pine Bluff on the McVay Trial and wrote a series of articles on it.
The McVay's were known cattle thieves in Drew County and tough men. There were several brothers that ran in a gang. Incidentally, they all seemed to have met with untimely deaths. They finally settled around Stuttgart, Arkansas and all died from gunshot wounds. It seems that they got to fighting among themselves and brothers killed brothers. one was shot through the window of his home by an unknown assailant.
The McVay's were driving a herd of cattle down the road near Robert Lee Hardy's home and the milk cow broke out of the pasture and got with the herd of cattle. Aunt Ida asked a neighbor to get on his horse and see if her cow was with the ones the McVay's were driving. As a young kid would do, the boy rode up and said Miss Ida Hardy sent him to see if they had her cow. So one of the McVay brothers goes to town to the Hardy's store, calls Robert Lee out of the store and gives him a beating. Then Ben Hardy steps in and whips the McVay man.
Later, as Ben was on a train in Pine Bluff, one of the McVay's shot him in the back and killed him. The trial dragged on and on and the Hardy's did not push it too much as Uncle Ben was dead and they could not bring him back.
He left a daughter about 3 years old and a son who was a baby in arms. Ben's wife, Gertrude, taught school to help support her children, along with help from the Hardy Estate and from her family, The Cotham's, who were quite well off financially. (By Dee Merris (Hardy) Wheat, "The James McCallay Family & Related Families" , in Troup Co Archives)

William Henry Hardy enlisted in Co. K 13th Regiment Georgia Infantry on July 8th 1861 as a Private. Later he was appointed Corporal. He was wounded and taken prisoner at Spotsylavania, Virginia, May 12th 1864. After being treated at Lincoln's U.S.A. general Hospital, in Washington DC he was sent on to a Prisoner of War Camp at Elmira, New York, May 19th 1864. On March 15th 1865 he was received at Boulware and Cox's Wharves, James River, Virginia for exchange. The Captain of this Company was J. A. Long.
Was picked up on the battle field probably by Holy Cross nuns. He was a Mason and anti-catholic. He was captured as a Union prisoner and taken to the old Capital Building prison in Washington DC. He was then transferred to Elmira, NY. as a prisoner of war. He was paroled at the end of the war.
United Daughters of the Confederacy application by Margaret Elizabeth Jester Burnett (William Hardy was her Mother's, Father.) Member of the Orange, Virginia Chapter #441. Application accepted September 21 1971, while she was at the Hermitage in Alexandria, Va. Date entered on Roll Book of the State, December 18, 1972. State Roll # 66. (Submitted by: Anne Burnett Hatter)

The following is Caroline's Adella Hardy's account of her life as told to her granddaughter. (I do not know her granddaughter's name.)
"When I was 5 years old we came through the country in a surrey from Troup Co, Ga. to Drew Co, Ark. We had a lot of covered wagons and a lot of bedclothes in the wagons and we brought the slaves. Every night we would camp on the road. On Sundays we did not travel - just stayed in camp. There were 4 families and two people of another family. We had 14 mules that we hitched to the wagons and we also had some horses. We crossed the river (Mississippi) at Vicksburg. We started on Oct 18, 1859 and got to Lacy, Ark on 18th Nov and settled there. The Civil War started in 1860. The Yankees didn't get to Lacey, but they got to Monticello (18 mi. north) and it was hard times. The County Government and records was moved to Lacy during the War. We had Confederate money and it wasn't worth much - had to give 200 dollars for a bottle of quinine.
We moved to Columbia County in March 1864 to get the Negroes farther away from the Yankees - then we went to Louisiana in 1865. The war ended that April after we move to La. Some slaves were worth $1500 - but $1000 for most of them. Negroe children were worth $500 apiece. We got two children - one 5 and one 7 yrs. old - for $500 each. The children's names were Sambo and Millie. We had abut 5 slaves.
After the war there were harder times than ever. The Republicans had charge & would not let the Southern people vote unless they voted Republican. Left everybody without money or slaves. We had a trunk full of money but it was not any good. Sold two cribs of corn over in Louisiana and lost that. Coming back the roads were so bad one mule bogged down and broke his leg.
It took a long time to get over the Reconstruction days - must have been ten years after the war before they got straightened out and the Democrats got in again.

The Militia would go to people's houses and in the pastures and take what horses and mules they wanted. They took one of Pa's and one of Mr Everett's There at Lacey. They went to Pa's store and had him open it and took all the dry goods they wanted - never offered to pay at all. That was way after the war was over. The white people that would join with the militia they called Skalawags and they were given offices in the government and they got rich. Pa had given me on horse, and they took it. Pa told them to leave that one and take another, that it was his little girl's but they said that was the one they wanted. They had already selected it.
Many times Confederate soldiers would come by and swap horses when their horses gave out. That was all right. Lots of times soldiers would stop by for meals. Some stopped to sleep on the porch. We gave them tallow to grease their feet, and the floor was a sight the next morning. If there was not so many they could stay in the house. They had a harder time than any soldiers since." (Submitted by: Anne Burnett Hatter)

History of Alameda County California, Volume II, Illustrated. Chicago, IL: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1928. CARL EARNEST HARDY
A man of thorough technical training and wide experience in his special line of work, Carl Earnest Hardy is rendering valuable service as superintendent of the electrical department of the city of Oakland. He is progressive in his ideas and methods, has maintained his department at the highest standard of efficiency and is particularly well qualified for the position which he is so ably filling. Mr Hardy was born in Rome, GA, on the 31st of December, 1876, and is a son of Samuel G and Sarah Katherine (Moore) Hardy, who were members of old American families, and are now deceased. The father was for many years engaged in the wholesale and retail hardware business and commanded the respect of all who knew him.
Carl E Hardy obtained his early education in the private schools of his home community, after which he attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electric Engineering. He continued his technical studies in Cornell University, where he won the degree of Mechanical Engineer, after which he served several years as master electrician in the United States naval yard at Norfolk, Virginia. He resigned that position to become superintendent of shops of the Mare Island navy yard, in California. For several years he was in the employ of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company as Industrial Engineer of its San Francisco office, and resigned that position July 1, 1915, when he was appointed superintendent of the electrical department of the city of Oakland. During his twelve years' incumbency in this position the importance of his department greatly increased, as have his official duties, and among the outstanding improvements inaugurated during his regime has been the present splendid street lighting system.
Mr Hardy was united in marriage to Miss Alice I Armstrong, a native of California, and they are the parents of a daughter, Alice Moore. In his political views, Mr. Hardy is a republican and has shown a commendable interest in public affairs. Fraternally a mason, he is a member of Oakland Commandery, Knight Templar; and Aahmes Temple of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine at Oakland. He also belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at Napa, the Engineers Club of San Francisco and the Electrical Club of Oakland, and is an associate of the American Institute of Engineers. He is a Protestant in his religious belief and stands for all that is best in community life, giving his support to every enterprise for the advancement of the public welfare. Because of his loyal and efficient service to his city and his splendid personal qualities, he well deserves the high place which he holds in the esteem of his fellowmen. (History of Alameda Co, CA, Vol II, Illust. Chicago, IL: The S J Clarke Publishing Co,1928 p.195-6)

William Haynes Hardy was a rural mail carrier in 1910 when he married. In a few years he went to work for the City of Monticello, Arkansas Water and Light Co, their marriage license was bought from William's father, Demetris M. Hardy, who was the County Clerk of Drew county, having been elected in 1908. In 1918, William H. Hardy was elected County Clerk of Drew county and served two terms. He was then elected Circuit Clerk and served two terms. Leter he worked as a bookkeeper for various businesses until 1930 when he was employed by the State of Arkansas Auditorial Dept. He left that job in 1945 to work for the Crossett Lumber Co, Crossett, Arkansas in the Wage and Hour Division where he worked until his death on January 5, 1948. ("The James McCallay Family & Related Families", in Troup Co Archives.)

Pine Bluff Commercial, 12-12-1957
Cordelia Hardy Lambert celebrated her 99th birthday.
“For her wedding 5/9/1877 at the home of her parents Mrs Lambert said, “We did not go to all the trouble of a great deal of decorating but we made the rooms pretty with the old fashioned flowers from our yard.” The bride wore a white gown of tarlatan made with a low neckline, short puffed sleeves, featuring a pretty sash.
Mrs Lambert reports that the girls of that time did not have bridesmaids but her best girlhood friends were standing near, “looking very pretty I new dresses too.”
Mrs Lambert’s wedding ring was made for the groom by the late Dr Wright, Monticello’s first dentist. He melted gold coins to make the beautifully engraved band.
Following the wedding ceremony the “infair” reception was held. “There were not many guests for we lived great distances apart and travel was not easy in those days”, remembered Mrs Lambert.
At the “infair” a regular course dinner was served - roast turkey, whole barbecued pig, salads, vegetables, cakes, puddings, home-made pickles and jellies.
The day following the wedding Mr and Mrs Lambert began housekeeping in a small house located on the same property where Mrs Lambert still resides.
Although the young people of the 19th Century lacked clubs, community and recreation rooms, and although they had no automobiles, Mrs Lambert recalls that life was very happy. She said, “We were happy to wear our calico dresses and go once a week for dancing parties, square dancing, and the Virginia Reel. We were good dancers too.” ("The James McCallay Family & Related Families", in Troup Co Archives, by Claudine Dollar)

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