Wills of the Hardy Family

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John Hardy’s will was dated 7 Oct 167_, and probated 9 June 1677. In this will he named his wife, Alice, his daughters, Olivia Driver, Lucy Council and Deborah; his grandchildren, Hardy Driver and others; alos his sons-in-law Giles Driver, Hodges Council, Robert Burnett and William Mayo. He was a prominient citizen and churchman. (Hardy and Hardie Past and Present, H Claude Hardy and Rev Edwin Noah Hardy, The Syracuse Typesetting Co, Syracuse, NY 1935, pp.236-237)

WILL OF JOHN HARDY
In the name of God Amen, I John Hardy of the Lower Parish in Isle of Wight Co, VA, being sick in body but of perfect memory, praised be Almighty God for the same, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
Imprimis. I do hereby comit my soul to my God and Savior Jesus Christ through whose merritts I hope to obtain eternal salvation, and my body to be buried in a decent manner. Secondly. I give and bequeath my dau. Olive, the wife of Giles Driver, a parcel of land in the woods, being a part of a divident lying on the Northwest side of the swamp by the house Eastward to the Procoson running up the side of the Said swamp and running Westerly up along by a branch on the other side of the house to another little branch called the Miory Branch and so extending to the bounds of Matton Comlin's Market, and Wm. West on the other side, being a part of a divident of land I took up by pattent which parcel of land I do hereby freely give unto her and such heirs as she shall be leased to give it to, lawrully begotten of her body and their heirs forever.
Item. I give to my dau. Lucy Councill the wife of Hodges Councill one tract of land on the Southeast of the said Branch or swanp that the former land is joyned unto, extending in its full bounds to the line of Wm. West's and so running up the Pocoson to the said parcel of land. I do freely give and bequeath to her and to any of her heirs lawfully begotten of her body and to theirs forever.
Item. I give my dau. Debora Hardy one parcel of land lying and being about the bouse, beginning at the swamp formerly spoken of and running down the swamp to Wm. West's line and so along the said line till it comes to Matton Comlin's Cross and so along the said Comlin's line till it meets the land of my said daughter Olive Driver, which said parcel of land with the houses and edifices thereon now standing. I do freely give and bequeath unto her and either of her heirs lawfully begottne of her body and their heirs forever. But in case my said dau. Deborah Hardy should happen to dye without any issue lawfully begotten of her body that then my will is and I do freely give the said tract of land with the houses and edifices aforesaid unto my grandchild Hardy Drive Drive the daughter of Giles Driver and to either of her heirs forever.
Item. My will is and I do hereby ordain and bequeath all the Pocoson that belongs to the devident to be equally divided for the said tracts to find them timber for the furnishing the several plantations thereupon, as occasion shall require, forever.
Item. I give to my son in law Giles Driver one draft brinded (?) ox called Swan.
Item. I give my son in law Hodges Councill a serge suit of my wearing apparall and my Back Sword. Item. I give my grandchildren, that is to say my daughter Olive Driver's two children, each of then one ewe apiece, with their increase, and to the three children of my dau. Lucy Councill each of them a ewe apiece with their increase to be delivered unto them presently after my decease. I give and bequeath unto my wife's grandchilde John Johnson one cow to be delivered unto him when he comes of the age of seventeen. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved looking (?) wife Alice Hardy, my debts and funeral expenses being first paid and satisfied, all the rest of my worlkly estate of what nature, quality, condition whatsoever, during her life to be at her disposing, and after her decease to be equally divided between my aforesaid three daughters and whom they think fit of their heirs, making her my whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament.
Item. I do give and bequeath myto my son in law Robert Burnet my rapidr (?) and bolt, and unto Wm. Mayo all my silver clasps to my breeches and shirt, whom I shall request to see this my last will and testament performed. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this 7th day of October 1676.
(signed) John Hardy, Seal
Witnesses: Richard Rennolds, Will Jenkins
Proved by Mr. Rennolds in Court June 9, 1677
Teste: John Bromfield, Clk Ct
(Isle of Wight Co, VA, WB 2, p146)

241. Hardy, William 10-21-1790; 3-13-1791; W.B. 3/389 Mentions: Wife: Mary Hardy Sons: Samuel Hardy, Thomas Hardy, Stith Hardy, Covington Hardy, John Hardy; Daughter: Mary Hardy Son-in-law: Lyddal Bacon Executors: Covington Hardy (brother), John Hardy (son) Witnesses: John (his X mark) Cook, Morning Gunn, Elizabeth Winn, Bettie Winn, Edmund Winn. (LUNENBURG CO, VA WILLS 1746-1825 by Landon C Bell, Indexed by Lorraine L Fuller and Jean V Sipe, Virginia Book Co, Berryville, Virginia, [1972])

Will of William Hardy
In the name of God Amen, I William Hardy of Lunenburg County being by the Blessing of God Almighty in my perfect senses do make and ordain this my last will and Testament as follows to wit. In the first place I desire that my just debt that I owe at the time of my making this will may be discharged as soon as may be out of my Estate, likewise I lend to my dearly beloved wife Mary Hardy two Negroes to wit Will and Lucy, during her widowhood likewise I give to my son Samuel Hardy seven thousand pounds Tobacco to be paid next to my aforementioned debts as soon as it can be done with Conveniency, to him and his heirs forever. Likewise I give to my son Thomas Hardy five thousand pounds tobacco to be paid in like manner, to him and his heirs forever. Likewise I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Hardy One Hundred and Twenty pounds to be paid in like manner, also one horse bridle and Saddle one feather bed and furniture and two Cows and Calves to her and her heirs forever, likewise I give and bequeath to my son Covington Hardy one Horse bridle and saddle one feather bed & furniture and two Cows & Calves to him and his heirs forever and at the Expiration of five years one Negro man named Stephen if the same Stephen should die before the Expiration of the aforementioned time that then said Covington Hardy shall have fifty pounds as soon as it can be paid with Conveniency to him and his heirs forever. Likewise I give and bequeath to my son Stith Hardy one horse bridle and Saddle one feather bed and furniture and two Cows & Calves to him and his heirs forever and at the Expiration of nine years one Negro named Charles if said Charles should die or anything should happen so that he should not be fit for Service said Stith is to have Sixty pound as soon as it can be paid with Conveniency to him and his heirs forever. Likewise I desire that my Dearly beloved wife should have the use and Occupation of my land & plantation together with all Utensils in doors and out doors as long as she remain my Widow & at the Expiration of her Widowhood all to be divided among the Survivors of my Children and their heirs, likewise I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Hardy Two Hundred Acres land together with plantation whereof he now lives beginning just far enough below his spring branch to run west course to Covington Hardy lines to him and his heirs forever then fall down said branch to lay off my son in law Lyddal Bacon fifty acres to him and his heirs forever, likewise I give and bequeath to my son Covington Hardy Two Hundred Acres to be laid off below said Bacons on same branch to his & his heirs forever. Likewise I give and bequeath to my son Stith Hardy all the Remains of my lands and my part of the Mill not interrupting his Mother to him & his heirs forever; Lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my brother Covington Hardy together with my son John Hardy my whole and sole Executors of this my last will and testament. Given under my hand & seal this 21 day of October one Thousand seven Hundred & Ninety
William Hardy
Signed, Sealed & Delivered in Presence of us John Cooke, Mourning Gunn, Elizabeth Winn, Betty Winn, Edmund Winn

Will of William Hardy dated 13 Jan 1791. Wife - Mary Hardy; Sons - Samuel, Thomas, Covington, Stithl; son-in-law Sydda Bacon; Daug Mary; Bro Covington Hardy. (Lunenburg Co, VA Will Book 3 p388)

WILL OF JOHN HARDY - probated in Edgefield Co, SC
I, John Hardy, being in reasonable health of body and in my sound mind, have made this my Last Will and Testament revoking all other by me made---To wit, in the first place,
I give to my daughter Sarah Cunningham one negro girl, Amy, one horse and saddle, on feather bed, three cows and calves,
Item I give unto my son Richard, one negro boy named Dan, one horse, one feather bed, three cows and calves,
then I give unto my daughter Mary Anderson, one negro girl named Rose, one horse and saddle, one feather bed, three cows and calves.
Item I give unto my son Danie, one young negro for equal value of them all ready given, one horse of not less than fifteen pounds value, one feather bed and furniture, three cows and calves, this portion to be given at the age of eighteen,
Item I give to my son Robert, one young negro of an equal value of them first given, one horse of not less than fifteen pounds value, one feather bed and furniture, three cows and calves, this portion likewise to be given at the age of eighteen,
Item I give to my son William, one young negro of an equal value of them first given, one horse of not less than fifteen pounds value, one feather bed and furniture, three cows and calves, this portion also to be given at the age of eighteen.
Item Then I give unto my son John, one young negro of an equal value of them given to my first children, one horse of not less than fifteen pounds value, one feather bed and furniture, three cows and calves, this portion to be given at the age of eighteen.
Then I give unto my son Covington, one young negro of an equal value of them first given, one horse and saddle of not less value than eighteen pounds, one feather bed and furniture, three cows and calves, this portion to be given at the age of eighteen.
Then I give unto Fanney Ingram, daughter of my present wife, three cows and calves, then I give unto Betsey Ingram, one bed and furniture and three cows and calves.
Then I lend unto my beloved wife, five negroes to wit, Adam, Silvey, Jade, Hanner and Milley, with all the balance of my stock, with my house hold and kitchen furniture during her natural life, Then the house hold and kitchen to remain on the place for my youngest son Covington, then it is my will and desire that at my son Covington's coming to the age of eighteen that all the balance of my negroes not mentioned, to be equally divided among all my children. Then at the death of my loving wife, I desire that the negroes and stock that I have lent her should be equally divided amongst all my children, then it is my will and desire that the land I now live on should be equally divided among all my sons. My son Richard to have the place he now lives on and my son Covington to have the part I now live on after the death of my wife, as I lend the same place to her during her natural life.
The I give to my son, Covington, three hundred acres of land including the Mill on Sweet Water. Then i desire that all the balance of my Pinony Woods land should be equally divided amongst all my sons.
Then it is my will and desire that my friend Charles and Richard Hardey and Allen Anderson be appointed and qualified as executors to this my Last Will and Testament. I desire that the property I had by my present wife remain as before we were married.
Sealed and acknowledged in the presence of John (x) Curry, Joseph (x) Day, Chernel Stithorn
John (x) Hardy (Seal)
It is my will and desire that my three sons William, John and Covington have three years schooling.
Recorded in Will Book "A" Page 104. Recorded Jan Term 1799. R Tutt CEC Box #40, Pkg #1576 MIcrofilm #162258

Will of John C. Hardy dated 21 August 1826. It indicates that John's brothers were Vincent and Henry; son's Larkin, Elisha, John Spencer, George, Alanson, and Samuel G; daug Mary and "single daughters" who were not named. (Lunenburg Co, VA Will Book 9 p.50)

Will of Covington Hardy, dated 3 Jan 1814 Lunenburg Co, Cumberland Parish. Daughters Amelia M. Luce, Lettitia Barns, Priscilla Hardy. Sons - Henry, John C, Vincent, Charles and Miles. (Lunenburg Co, VA Will Book 7 p112)

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