Edward Hardy was a witness to the will of Hugh Edgar on 16 October 1801 along with Britain Lockhart and Jane Jordan. They probably were neighbors. Hugh’s daughter, Martha, was married to a Hollingshead and was the mother of Hugh Hollingshead. Martha died before 7/7/1806 and on that date John Hardy was appointed guardian of Hugh Hollingshead, orphan of Martha. This John Hardy was the son of William and nephew of Jesse Sr and Edward. This appt. will be found in Lincoln Co., Georgia Inferior Court Min 1805-1814 - LDS MF 0202662)
John Hardy (son of William Parrott and Elizabeth Hardy) deeded 320 acres of land on the North side of Cypress Swamp to his son "Dread Hardy, son of Gemimah Hardy" on Sep. 24, 1810 (Book U, p.365 - ?? V, 363??). This was witnessed by James Castellow, probably Eldred's future Father or Brother-in-law. Jeminah later gave Eldred ("Gimimah to Etheldread") 20 (possibly 320?) acres of land on Connarisson Swamp, as well as one work steer and one hand mill, which was formerly the property of Edward Wilson. Edward Wilson was almost certainly Jeminah's father. Her relation to other Wilson's in our family is unclear. However, there is a strong possibility that she was an aunt or Great Aunt of James Wilson, the father of Amanda Wilson who married Thomas Jefferson Hardy in Illinois. (Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)
18 December 1815, Edward Hardy and wife Winniford (sic) of Putnam County, GA sold to Robert Henderson of Lincoln Co., GA 100 Acres part of an original grant to Samuel Jordan. Edward signed the document but Winnifred (sic) made her mark - an X. Witness: Elizabeth Hardy and James Espey, J.P. (Lincoln County, Georgia Deed Book I, pg. 69)
ISAAC DRINKWATER, deceased; b. 2/17/1817 IN, and when quite young, came to Cass Co, IL. In Dec 1847, he m. Miss Sarah Hardy, of NC, b. Bertie Co, Dec 1822, and came to Cass Co when 10 yrs of age. This union resulted in 4 children, 2 of whom are living; they are Henry, b. 7/14/1860, and Joseph, b. 7/27/1856; both are unmarried, and live with their mother. Mr Drinkwater d. 3/12/1873, and Mrs. Drinkwater now owns the farm, consisting of 280 acres, valued at $5500, where she has lived since 1847, she being the oldest settler of the precinct, with the exception of Mr A S Wagner. Mrs Drinkwater is a member of the Union Baptist Church. (Illinois: History of Cass Co, IL, ed. William Henry Perrin. O. L. Baskin & Co. Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1882. Cass County.)
1844 Tax Roll, Chickasaw Co, MS: HARDY: John G. ... John T. ... Edward ... Joshuah .... Sutton .... William
1845 "Personal" tax Roll, Chickasaw Co, MS: Glenn .. Wilson ...Jas .... Sutton ....Benj.. ...W. T.
State of NC, Lenoir Co, Superior Court of Law, Srping Session 1847
Nancy Hines vs James Hines, Ivy Hines, Charlotte Hines, Jesse Hardee & Wife, & others heirs at Law of Daniel Hines & Petition for Dower to Lenoir Superior Court Mar Year 1847 To be served on Jesse Hardee & wife Betsey Jane
To the Honourable the Judge of the Superior Court of Law for Lenoir Co.
The petitioner of Nancy Hines, widow and relict of Daniel Hines, deceased of the Co of Lenoir, Humbly complaining shewith unto your Honor that the said Daniel Hines wa in his life time, and at the time of his death, seized or entitled in fee simple in possession of the foloowing tract of land situate, lying and beting in the Co of Lenoir and Duplin viz. lying and being on Poly Bridge Swamp adjoining the lands of Daniel Hines, Jr, Joseph Hines the heirs at Law of Isaac Hines dec'd, Jesse Hardy Jr and Jesse Hardy Sr as will minefully appear by reference to the deeds of title papers for the same which are now in the hands of the defendants hereafter named, his heirs at Law. Your petitioner further shewith unto your Hounour that the said Daniel Hines departed this life intestate on or about the ___ day of ___ AD 18__ leaving your petitioner his widow and James Hines, Ivy Hines, Charlotte Hines, Betsey J Hines, Ivey Hines, Henry Hines, Buckner Hines, Charles Hines and Mary Ann Hines and that Betsey J Hines has intermarried with Jesse Hardy Jr his only children and heirs of Law. Heirs surviving to whom the aforesaid tract of land descended as tenants in Common subject to the dower therein of your Petitioner. Your petitioner further shewith unto your Honor that no settlement or provision in lieu of dower having been made upon as for the benefitt ofyour petitioner upon or before her marriage with the said intestate. Your petitioner upon the death of her said late husband became and is now entitled to dower in or out of all the aforesaid tract of land which he was seized in fee at the time of his death as aforesaid being 1/3 part of the same including the house or mansion as part in portion thereof in which he dwelt most generally next before his next together with the buidling and improvements belonging and appertaining thereto and your petitioner being entitled in manner aforesaid hath frequently applied in a friendly manner to the said defendants and requested them to assign and set apart by metes and bounds to your petitioner a full 3rd part of said lands, as and for her dower therein and your petitioner well hopes that they would have complied with such reasonable request as in justice and equity they ought. But no so it is may it please your Honor that the said defendant for certain reasons unknown to your petitioner utterly refused to comply with such request to the end therefore that the said defendants may answer the premeses and that in case any of the said defendants are infants of tender years with(out) a Guardian duly appointed, some suitable and discreet person may be appointed by thsi Honorable Court to defend the rights and interest of said infants in this suit and that dower of 1/3 part of the afroesaid lands may be assigned and set apart so that your petitioner may hold and enjoy the same in severalty as and for her dower according to the statute in such case made and provided and that ot effect that object a writ of dower may (be) issued to the Sheriff of said Co commanding him to summons a jury ofgood and lawful men to aly off and allot by metes & bounds to your petitioner her dower as 3rd part in the lands aforesaid and put her in possession of the same and that your Honor would grant unto your petitioner such other and further relief in the premises as the nature and the circumstances of the Case may require, and ot your Honor to grant unto your petitioner a coyp of this petition for each one of the said defendants, together with a writ of Subponea as notice ot be directed to the said defendants, James Hines, Ivy Hines, Charlott Hines, Ivey Hines, Henry Hines, Buckner Hines, Charles Hines & Nancy Ann Hines and Jess Hardy & Betsey his wife commanding them at a certain day and under a certain ___ therin to be limited personally to be and appear before your Honour in this Honourable Court and then and there full true direct and perfect answer make to all and ____ the premises, and further ot perform and abide by such further order direction and decree thereinas your Honor shall ___. And Your Petitioner shall ever pray.
1848 Tax Roll, Chickasaw Co, MS: W. T. .. B. S. ....Sutton Sheriffs Roll, about 1849: Sutton ... Wm.. T.
1848 & 1851-'52 Land Record, Checkasaw Co, MS: T16 - R5E - S10: Sutton Hardy had NW & SW 1/4
Tax Roll ca. 1851, Chickasaw Co, MS: William T. ... Sutton ... Able
John Henry Hardy b. AL, probably Lineville, shortly after his parents moved there from near Atlanta, GA. His date of birth is inconsistent in various places, but he was probably born in 1848. At the very young age of 15 or 16, he enlisted in the Confederate Army and was wounded. After a furlough to recover, he was recalled to service, where he was wounded again and taken prisoner by Union forces. He remained a prisoner at Talladega, AL, until the end of the war.
Family tradition has it that John was actually wounded three times, but official records only document two injuries. One of Molly's Confederate widow pension applications states that he fought at the Battle of Spanish Fort.
When the Civil War ended, John was furloughed at Talladega and returned home. No official record has been found of his marriage to Margaret Elizabeth "Mollie" Smith d/o Washington S Smith and Emily K or R ??? (Clay Co records have burned multiple times), but family Bible records of Anna Hardy Herring give the date as 1/1/1865. Both were quite young when married. They had 8 children.
In 1870, they lived next door to John's parents in Lineville. Mollie's brother William Bunn Smith lived on the other side and fought with John in the war.
Sometime between 1870 and 1880, Mollie and John moved to Hico, Lincoln Parish, LA. They made extended visits to Clay/Pike Co, AR, where Mollie's brother lived, and were apparently planning to move there. I say extended because Mollie and John are both listed as founding members of Caney Valley Missionary Baptist Church about 1883 or 1884, and N T Hardy was first baptized there. The register is cited in Early History of Pike County: The First Hundred Years. Caney Valley is also known as Pineland, Ark.
They returned to LA, and John died, unexpectedly, at the age of 37 in 1884. We do not know the cause of his death. Possibly he suffered from a war disability, which may have been complicated by his internment as a prisoner of war. In any case, he left Mollie with seven children 18 and younger. The custom in LA was for the neighbors and family to have a meeting to determine heirs and how minor children would be cared for. John Henry's wife and children are all recorded in these papers.
It is not known when Mollie moved from Ark to TX. Some of her movements can be traced from her Confederate widow's pension applications. Pensions were filed with the state of residence, rather than the state of the soldier's service, and were based on financial need. In 1907, Mollie filed an application in Quachita Co, Ark. We do not know with whom she lived in Ark; Nealy had already moved to TX. The Ark application was rejected because of lack of proof of indigence. In 1913, Mollie lived in Dallas, TX and filed an application with the state of TX, which was approved. In that application, Mollie stated she had lived in TX since 1898. Sometime after 1913, she moved to Marshall and lived with her youngest son Jesse and his wife Ola.
Mollie was called "Little Grandmother" by the family, as she was very tiny.
Mollie Smith Hardy died in 1936, and is possibly buried in Ruston or Hico area. Dessie Hardy remembers it being in LA Pattie Murphy Bethune
Nealy Tyson Hardy. Nealy had met Martha Ella Bankston ("Miss Ella") during their trips to Pike Co, and was madly in love. This was documented in a number of letters that he wrote to her. I have 5 of these letters in my possession and copies of 2 more. They were kept because he wrote them in colored ink and illustrated them--they're great fun to read! He also wrote
poems for her. Pike Co records burned, so I only acquired their marriage date recently, when their family Bible came to light. They married June 6, 1888. Ella was born 4/2/1869 in Amity,
Clark (now Pike), AR, daughter of William Greene Bankston and Mary "Polly" Greeson.
[Note: the Bankston family has been thoroughly researched and their family is well-documented. We have tons of family mementos on this branch, including pictures and anecdotes.]
Nealy and Ella are known to have lived in the area around Camden, Ouachita, AR; Hico, Lincoln, LA; and El Dorado, Union, AR. In 1904, while they were living near Frenchport, AR, Miss Ella contracted some kind of blood or milk fever. She was still nursing her youngest, Rubie, and passed on the infection. Both mother and child died. Rubie died Oct 20, and Ella Oct 21, 1904. They are buried together at Mt. Horeb Cem in Ouachita Co. (I have photos taken at their funeral, and tombstone rubbings made now.) According to my grandmother, none of them ever recovered from the loss of mother and sister. Nealy never got over his inability as a doctor to do anything to save them.
Nealy was a doctor, and had a hard time getting paid anything other than chickens. He spent most of his life dead broke. After Ella's death, he moved to Stone Point, Van Zandt, Texas; back to El Dorado; Mabank, Texas; and, at some point, somewhere in south Texas, where he was a railroad doctor (I have a photo of his ID card). He married again around 1920, to a lady my family only knows as Miss May. Nealy died in 1925 and is buried in Mabank. The family had no money for a marker. A few years ago we tried to find his gravesite and erect a stone, but there are 600 unmarked graves and no one knows which is his.
My grandmother, Ethel M Hardy, married Quincy Christopher Murphy in 1910. I have the letter she sent him from Stone Point accepting his proposal. (Also have her family Bible.) Family tradition is that Uncle Will stood at the door with a shotgun in case a rejected suitor showed up. They lived in Louann, AR, until around 1930, when they moved to Texas. He died in Feb 1956; she died 4/8/1964. They had nine children. Pattie Murphy Bethune
"#665, Co E, 62 AL Inf'y. Cpl John H Hardy, Co Muster Roll, Date: Jun-Aug 1864 Talladega, Paid: Never paid, Age 16, Furloughed 60 days, severely wounded in battle. Roll of Prisoner of War, Paroled by US Forces at Talladega Jun 20, 1865 Talladega, Ala". (The National Archives, National Archives & Records Service, General Services Admin, Washington Microcopy No. 311, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Serviced In Organizations From The State of AL, Roll 478, Sixty-second Infantry, G-O)
Charter members of the Caney Valley church'were Bro J J Hughes, pastor, W W Smith, clerk, 0 J Smith, Sallie A Smith, Sadie G Smith, Mollie E Hardy, John H Hardy, 0 W Moore, N S Herring, N E Horn, Kittie Herring, J A Neighbors, Jeff Powell, preacher, Nellie Hardy, and J E Kennedy, visiting preacher. (Early History of Pike Co, p.14L)
John Jesse Hardy b. 10/25/1879 Roanoke, TX d. Broussard, La. Buried at Harris Chapel Cemetery, Beckville, Tx. One of the research papers on another relative has his name listed as "John Jesse R Hardy" although none of us knew of the "R" when he was alive. He lived to be 96 yrs old, had prematurely white hair which the women loved, and mostly was the "gentleman" wearing a suit most times. He was into farming and construction, partnering with my father [Wilber Jesse Hardy] for some years as "Hardy Contractors" in the 30's and early 40's. He and my father were of the original members of Hella Temple in Dallas [Shriners] and was a 33* Mason. He could recite degrees well up into his 90's and has a phenomenal memory. On his 87th birthday his picture was in the paper for buying a new car. It read "JJ Hardy 87 goes Olds 88". He drove it until he had a wreck and had to give up driving - the insurance company said he was too old to insure! He said fine, and moved to Broussard, La. with his daughter Mildred Hardy McKnight, where he lived until his death. Susan Hardy VanHorn
Lothe To Speed The Departure OF Our Friends
We regret to announce the departure from our midst of Dr. Ira M. Hardy and famly, who are to make their home near the city of Kinston. The doctor is the founder of the North Carolina school for the Feeble-minded, the site of which is most eligilby and picturesquely located within a mile of the city's limits. He is also the superintendent of the institution, the buildings of which are now in the course of construction and will probably be ready for occupancy by mid-autumn. The doctor has been a resident of our city for over ten years, practicing his profession and conducting, until within a year or so ago, one of the most progressive, up-to-date drug stores in the eastern section of the state. Indeed, as a physician, merchant, and citizen he has proved himself a valuable acquistion to our community, and his presence will be missed by that class of citizens who really count as factors for the progress and well being of any community.
Dr. Hardy is one of those alert, progressive physicians who realize that there is more in the devine art of healing the sick of body and mind than the mere use of drugs and chemicals. He has been an open and honest opponent of commercialism in the practice of Materia Medica, and believes in due course of time, that medicine, both in theory and practice, will take the wider field of eugenics and altruism-looking quite as much to the prevention of human disease or mental and physical defectiveness, as to their ammelioration and cure. Dr. Hardy is eminently fitted by education and study and research to fill, with advantage to the state and with credit to himself, the position assigned him by the intelligent and able board of trustees representing, as it does, gentlemen skilled alike in law medicine and civics. Dr. Hardy's kindly interest in and active sympathy for the class of unfortunate children, women and men, generally designated as feeble-minded, physically defective, etc. found in the homes, in public schools, at large, and the state institutions, give the augury for their improved condition in the near future, if his modest efforts in this direction enlist the humanitarian sympathies and substantial support of the normal men and women of the state.
Dr. Hardy was educated at the Davis Military School at La Grange and at the A.& M College at Raleigh and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. N.C and afterwards graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1900. He practiced his profession in Richmond, Va. About a year until his marriage with the most estimable and talented young lady, Miss Mary Eliza BAYNER, of this city, when he withdrew for his practice in Richmond, and resumed it in our midst. While in the course of time he established a fair general practice, but he was more inclined to pursue that of an office character where he could give a closer personal supervision to his enlarging drug business, disposing of the latter 1 1-2 years ago. He has for years been a most diligent, pains-taking student in the domain of research, especially in the field of mental and physical defectiveness. By his fore-thought and energy, he was the paramount force which eauced the passage of the measure by the General Assembly that created the first school for the feeble-minded in the the South, viz: The North Carolina School for the Feeble-minded, and his native home town, Kinston, being selected as the site for it, the citizens of that municipality raised over $15,000 cash, bought a most eligible tract of land containing nearly 1,000 acres, and presented it in fee simple to the institution.
Dr. Ira M. HARDY and his wife, Mrs. Mary Eliza BAYNER, come of good old stock on both sides of their houses and almost clear, direct record dating back to WILLIAM 1 of England. Mrs. HARDY'S paternal side, even goes back almost to the NORMAN INVASION of ENGLAND, for the name..BAYNE< BAINER< BAYNER in old Norman French meaning "fair, white" was known in Normandy before the Norman invasion. The HARDY'S and BAYNERs with interrelated families, more or less widely over-spreading the virgin territories of the English Colonies in America, were amongst the early settlers of New England, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, almost at the time of the formation or organization of the governments of some of these colonies. History, family and general, as well as grants of land from the Earl of Granville, Court, Church, and other records verify this. Indeed, especially in Eastern North Carolina, there is hardly an important section in it whose slumbering records do not mention the HARDY'Ss, MAY's, STANTON's MEWBORN's, DANIELSes, WALLACE's, BAYNERs, WARBURTONs, PERKINSes, RESPASSes and other old family names interralated through blood and by marriage, the representatives of which filled honored positions in the community, state, army and navy.
Dr. Ira M. HARDY is a direct lineal decendant of the old Indian interpreter, Thomas STANTON, famous in the early annals of the Colony of Connecticut, and of the DANIELS of Virginia and North Carolina. He is also a lineal decendant of Lemuel HARDY, brother to Colonel John HARDY who was the founder of Pitt County, N.C. and also the Commissioner who built the Court-house and jail at Bath, N.C. Colonel HARDY was also a member of the Assembly at New Bern, N.C. Lemuel HARDY, the father of these two brothers was a soldier in George WASHINGTON's army, enrolling from Dobbs County, N.C. and a grandson of Judge John HARDY of Chowan Precinct, who was one of His Magisty King GEORGE111's justices. Judge John HARDY was also one of the pioneer founders of the Episcopal Church established in Edenton, N.C. In fact, his forbears came direct to Chowan Precinct from London, England as early as 1662, and therefore were among the very first settlers of the Colony of Carolina.
Dr. HARDY is a Mason, Pythian, and a Son of the American Revolution. Mrs. Dr. Ira M. HARDY (Mary Eliza BAYNER) is the greath 4th granddaughter of David PERKINS, one of the founders of Bath , N.C. and also great 3rd grandaughter of LANGLEY RESPASS, son of Thomas RESPASS, an early settler of Beaufort County. She is also a great 4th grandaughter of JOHN BAYNER of Beaufort County. JOHN BAYNER in connection with captain REPASS, helped to suppress the Negro insurrection in the State, and joined MCCOREY'S company in the Revolutionary army. She is the daughter of Zachariah BAYNER, a soldier in the Confederate Army, and his wife who was Miss CATHERINGE BAYNER, (a distant relative of her husband ) who was the daughter of Thomas A.J. BAYNER and his wife nee Miss Elizabeth Jane WALLIS, who was a grandaughter of Judge John WALLIS of Beaufort County, under His Majesty King GEORGE 111. JOHN BAYNER's father, RICHARD, one of the paternal progenitors of Mrs. HARDY, recieved from Earl Granville in 1766 a grant for all the territory covering Cow Head Springs Herring Run and contingious lands Suffice it, the BAYNER and HARDY families, with their numerous offshoot, are among the very oldest of the families in Eastern N.C., if not in Virginia, Maryland, and New England-the BAYNER's having come from Massachusetts prior to 1756. Afterwards one of the BAYNER girls married into the HOPKINS family of Yarmouth County, Massachusetts.
In conclusion, we beg to extend our most kindly adieus to Dr. and Mrs. HARDY, bespeaking for them in their new home, as much contentment and happiness as they enjoyed in the old one, which was surrounded with all that renders refined and cultered life most agreeable. Their fine old homestead, corner of Bonner and Water Streets, will find desirable and worthy occupants in Mr. J.D DOUGHTON and his wife of High Point, N.C. who have rented the property. Mr DOUGHTON has recently accepted the Cashiership of the Bank of Washington of this city, and comes of fine old stock, being a son of Lieutenant Governor DOUGHTON of Allegany County. Mrs. Daughton is the daughter of Mr. Joseph BROWN, president of the Citizens National Bank of Raleigh, who is one of the best known bankers in this State. We extend them cordial greetings and hope they may long live and prosper with us. (Beaufort Co Gen Soc Publication, Jun 1997 Issue, Article from The Washington Progress 7/11/1912 p4)
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