Hardy Documentation c1700's

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“List of Emmigrants brought to Bath Co., NC, for which land was granted to the person bringing them, or inducing them to come.” September, 1701 By: Nathaniel Chevin Davis: Edward, Susanna; Brown, Wm; Fulton, Samuel; Early, Thomas; Wiggins. Wm; Hanley, Wm; Fulton, Samuel; Early, Thomas; Wiggins, Wm; Hanley, Wm; Edwards, Thomas; Hardee, John; Brown, John; Ellis, Wm. September 9, 1701 By Peter Godfrey: Hardy, John; Brown, Wm; Ellerlee, Thomas; Widgen, Wm. (New Word Immigrants, by Tepper, [University of GA Library System], Immigrants to Bath Co., NC 1695-1702, copied in 1916 from an old deed book in Craven Co., NC by Rev. Wm. J. Gammon)

Ann Byrd b. 1703 daug of John and Rebecca (Sutton) Byrd, married John Hardy. (The Byrd Family History) May 28, 1704, James Fewox sent a note to Old Albemarle Co., NC court, stating that he was assigning four of his rights to William Hardy and three to John Anderson for importing various persons to the colony, including John Hassell and members of the Phelps family. (See Old Albemarle Co., NC, Miscellaneous Records, 1678-1737, trans. Weynette Parks Haun, 243 Argonne Dr., Durham, NC 27704, 1982, p. 28 , citing original, p.93)

James Fewox’s will, dated March 2,1710, proved Jan 9, 1712. It leaves to John Lawson land adjoinging William Hardy. The will also mentions Edith Batchelor Hardy’s son Lemuel/Lamm Hardy. (see Early Records of NC, 1663-1722. #169, transcribing original will on file with Secretary of State.)

Lemuel (Lamb) Hardy was born before 1711 (estimated as 1695 to 1700) when his grandfather, James Fewox (Fox) remembered him in his will. He married Elizabeth Parrott, a daughter of Francis Parrott and his wife, Frances Johnson Parrott (*Chowan records in 1715*, book B:, No.1, p. 178). Upon Francis Parrott's death, she married Martin Frederick Razor. Lemuel I was spoken of in Saunders' *Colonial records of North Carolina* as "Lamb Hardy, a wealthy planter of this period", who lived on Salmon Creek in Bertie County. Lemuel Hardy's children included: William b.1729 m.Sarah Sowell, 1751 d. 1783, Lemuel b. 1730 m.Mary Sutton b.1760 d. 1797, Benjamin b. 1732 m. Nancy Howell d. 1790, Frances m. Michael Capehart, 1756/7, Edward m. Winifred Weston 1765 d. 1818, John, Elizabeth m. Thomas Speight, Jesse (Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)

EPHRAIM LEWERTON 10 Oct 1713 ( no probate) Of Chowan Precinct “good health of body” Cousin JOHN son of LOHN LUERTON- 200 acres on Salmon Creek joining Poplar Run; serge, beaver hat, 5 cattle; Cousin WILLIAM son of WILIAM JONES- 170 acres on Black Walnut Swamp joining JOHN JONES. Cousin ELIZABETH LUERTON - 2 pewter dishes, 4 plates, an iron pot...., 3 chairs at JOHN HARDY’s. Cousin ANN JONES - pewter dish, 3 chairs at JOHN HARDYS. Cousin MARY JONES - 2 pewter basins...etc. Sister MARY JONES - trunk. Cousin WILLIAM LEWERTON - cow, calf, heifer.... REBECCA HARDY-looking glass. Ex: friend JOHN HARDY Wit: WILLIAM JONES, JOHN HOLBROOK

Will of James Johnson - 9 Feb 1714 - prob 10 Jan 1715 - no children - John Hardy was a legatee (Abstracts of Westmoreland Wills, Westmoreland Co., Va)

April 20 1714 Mary Fewox Lawson, widow, mortgaged two pieces of property to Col. Thomas Pollock. The first was the plantation on the Scuppernong on which William Hardy was living; the other was an adjoining plantation which Mary Fewox Lawson had bought from her half-brother Robert Fewox. The deed was witnessed by Thomas Bray, John Hardy (William’s brother), and John Nairn (Chowan Co., DB B-1, p.34)

ELIZABET JONES of Chowan Prect., widow spinster to ELIZABETH LUERTON my daughter whom I bear unto my husband JOHN LEWERTON deceased, and MARY JONES my daughter whom I bear unto my late deceased, husband JOHN JONES 20 Jul 1714 for the love and affection I bear towards my children.....260 acres Black Walnut....to be held in common or severally: ELIZABETH 60 acres and 200 acres to MARY. Wit: JOHN HAWKINS, JOHN (Deed Book #1 Chowan County NC, by Hoffman #376, pg 18) William Hardy I was also prominent in Colonial affairs. He was a cooper and his registered mark on his barrels was a large "W" (Bertie Book G, p.322). The making of barrels was a growing industry in the young colony, where many were in demand for the exportation of whiskey, tar, pitch and turpentine. William Hardy I owned land in Chowan County in September 7, 1714 (Chowan County, Book B, p. 85). He had a grandson whose name was William, and signed his name as a "son of Lamb". (Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)

Oct 14, 1715, Robert Fewox and wife Martha sold to Robert Fewox’s cousin John Hassell 150 acres on the east side of the Scuppernong, adjoining the Shallow Landing, the valley Mahomet’s Swamp, James Fewox’s old courses, Phelps’ swamp. The deed notes that the land is a plantation deeded to Robert Fewox by his father’s will. This deed was witnessed by Robert Fewox’s brother-in-law William Hardy (by mark) and by John Wingate (Chowan Co., DB B-1, p.189)

Three of the sons of John I and Charity Hardy are borne out by the will of his son, John Hardy II. John Hardy II was granted land in Chowan Precinct in 1716 by the Lord Proprietors (Land Grand Records Office, secretary of State for North Carolina). His will has been frequently quoted as it is believed to be amont the most eloquent of Colonial testaments. (Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)

March 1716, Robert Fewox appears in NC Higher Court minutes as a juror in the trail of William Ward vs. John Birkhead, trespass (Price vol. 5, p.100 citing CCR 105). The jury for this trial contained a number of Robert Fewox’s relatives - his half-brother Richard Batchelor, his brother-in-law William Hardy,and his uncle John Jennett.

John Hardy, Jr. married Rebecca. In a deed dated 28 Oct. 1717, John Hardy with the consent of his wife Rebecca deeded 270 acres to William Hardy for “love and affection that I bear my brother.” John Jr. died in 1719, will dated 15 Jan 1719. He named legatees in his will brothers William, Thomas, Jacob, daughters Elizabeth and Mary, and wife Rebecca. He owned a large amount of land. He willed 5775 acres to Rebecca, Elizabeth and Mary. In addition he willed 1000 acres to his brother William.(“Nicholas Cobb Descendants, Neighbors and Relatives 1613-1983”, by Joe Cobb, P.E., R.L.S.)

March 28,1719, Robert Fewox bought from Samuel Spruill the contents of a deed of sale from William Hardy (Chowan Co., DB C-1, p.99) William Hardy was Robert Fewox’s brother-in-law.

William Hardy was listed as a tithable between Salmon Creek and the Cathy (Cashie) River on the ninth of June 1719. His brothers John and Jacob also were on the list. (Thomas Phillips of Pitt Co., NC and Affiliated Families, by G. Howard and Shirley Brague Phillips, 1992, pp.81-84)

William Parrott Hardy was born in 1720, the son of William Hardy and Sarah Parrott. He married Elizabeth Hawkins in 1740, who was the daughter of Thomas Hawkins. William died on April 28, 1798 and Elizabeth died before 1793. Their sons included John Hardy, who was married two times. John Hardy had a number of children by his first wife, but only one son (Eldred [Etheldre]) by his second marriage to Jeminah Wilson.(Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)

Feb 4, 1722 Proved Robert Fewox’s will a tract of land in Chowan/Tyrrell Co., Known as William Hardy’s Island. The land lay between Samuel Spruill and John Davenport (Chowan Co. DB C-1, p. 347)

Little is known of Thomas and Jacob (sons of John I and Charity Hardy), except that Thomas bought land in February, 1723, and performed jury duty and other public duty. Jacob was granted land in Chowan Precinct by Lord Proprietors in 1717. He likewise was a juror for the Chowan court. Mary (daughter of John I and Charity Hardy) married John Hinton of Edenton. Descendants of Mary settled and lived on what is now Capitol Square in Raleigh, NC. The city was built upon the plantation of her granddaughter who married a Joel Lane. (Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)

Benjamin Hardy held political positions, worked for and furnished supplies to the Revolutionary forces. He was a brother of Lemuel Hardy, Jr., and was b. Bertie County in 1729. m. Nancy Howell in 1753, d. in Dobbs County in 1790. (The Eastern North Carolina Hardy-Hardee Family in the South and Southwest, by David L. Hardee)

As the old Albemarle Territory north of Albemarle Sound filled up with settlers, many of those who had origianlly settled north of the sound began to move into the portion of Chowan Precinct south of the sound and west of the Scuppernong River. Lists of early settlers of this region, included Robert Fewox, William Hardy, John Hassell, Mary Lawson, Cuthbert, Edward, Jonathon, and Samuel Phelps, Godfrey, Joseph, and Samuel Spruill, William Wilkinson, and John Yates. This region became Tyrrell Co., in 1729. (Worth S. Ray’s “Old Albemarle and Its Absentee Landlords”, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1960 p. 597)

Lemuel Hardy II, referred to in some of the D.A.R. and S.A.R. records as “Jr”., was b. May 20, 1730, in Bertie County, d. 1797, in Green County, m. Mary Sutton, b. November 6, 1747, d. 1800, a descendant of George Durant (see sketch in Chapter 19). Lemuel Hardy, II, sold his land on Salmon Creek in 1769 (Bertie Book L, p. 198) and moved to Dobbs, now Greene County. Carson DeVane Baucom of Raleigh, NC is a descendant through their daughter, Nancy Hardy, b. March 24, 1782, d. 10/22/1844 m. Lemuel Sugg in 1802. This family is further developed in a succeeding chapter on Lemuel Hardy Branch. (The Eastern North Carolina Hardy-Hardee Family in the South and Southwest, by David L. Hardee)

Parrott Mewborn was sent to the Lemuel Hardy Jr (1730-1797) and Mary Sutton family to be trained and educated with their children. Lemuel Hardy Jr was a first cousin of Mary Parrott Mewborn. Parrott Mewborn was with this family during the Revolutionary War. The young sons of Lemuel Hardy Jr., John and Sutton, and Parrott Mewborn were responsible for the home and farm during his absence of three years during this period, a great burden for these boys during this trying time. This old plantation was on Bear Creek near the present Village of Jason, Greene County. This old home is described as a large house, first story brick and the second story clapboard. Parrott Mewborn, Sr., returned to his father’s old homeplace when he was married. He died in 1807 when his son, Parrott Jr was in his ninth year. (History of Lenoir County, NC)

Jacob Parrott 3 Nov 1738 18 Nov 1738 Perquimans Co., NC, Son: John. Daughter: Mary Parrot. Wife: Martha. Executors: William Fleetwood, Edward Rasor. Wit: Lamb Hardy, Lovick Young, Sarah Morphew. Proven Before W. Smith, C.J. (Abstract of Wills 1690-1760, Grimes)

There were also more than one Humphrey Hardy, with the first one the son of William Hardy II. This Humphrey apparently lived in several places, including Windsor and on the banks of the Chowan River. He was b. about 1740 and d. between July 31, 1809, and the February court of 1810. He m. 1st, Mourning Smith on March 10, 1764 (*Marriage Bonds, Bertie County*: Vol. I, p. 340, Hathaway). She was the widow of Thomas Smith. Her maiden name was Mourning Howell Mcglaughon. He m. 2nd, about 1780, Martha Collins who survived him. Her will was probated in 1812, remembering the same children provided for in her husband's will, indicating there were no more children of the 2nd marriage. (Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)

Frances Rasor 20 April 1747 18 Dec 1748 Bertie Co., NC. Son: Edward Rasor. Daughters: Elizabeth Hardy, Christina Bell. Daughter-in-law: Elizabeth Rasor. Granddaughter: Frances Hardy. Executor: Lamb Hardy (son-in-law). Wit William Hardy, Thomas & Charity Todd. Proven before E. Hall. C.J. (Abstract of Wills 1690-1760, Grimes)

Elizabeth Parrott, daughter of Francis, married Lemuel (Lamb) Hardy who was the son of William and Edith. Lemuel was called Lamb in all of the records. On the 11th Feb 1748, Frances Rasor made a deed of gift of 200 acres to her “loving and dutiful daughter Elizabeth hardy.” The land was located on the Eastmost Swamp (G-148). Wm Hardy, Probably the father of Lamb, and William Keeter witnessed the deed. (Bell, Mary Best. Colonial Bertie Co., NC, Deed Book A-H, 1720-1757)(“Nicholas Cobb Descendants, Neighbors and Relatives 1613-1983”, by Joe Cobb, P.E., R.L.S.)

William deeded land to his dutiful and loving son Lamb Hardy, planter, on Salmon Creek in August, 1750, witnessed by William Hardy, Jr. (II), and Edward Razor (Bertie Book G, p. 322). (Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)

Lamb Hardy married Elizabeth Parrott. His name was Lemuel, but he was known as Lamb. He died sometime during the first few months of 1761. On 4 Apr. 1761, an inventory of the good and chattels of the estate of Lamb Hardy, deceased, was exhibited into court on oath by William Hardy, son of Lamb. This William Hardy was almost always identified as the “son of Lamb” in the records which meant that there was another William Hardy or two in the area. Lamb Hardy did not leave a will. His family was pieced together from information that was provided in the wills and deeds of other members of the family. Nine children were listed. There may have been others. Elizabeth Hardy, wife of Lamb, identified a son in in a deed dated 26 July 1757. She made a deed gift of 200 acres for “love for my dutiful son, Benjamin Hardy.” The deed was witnessed by William Hardy, son of Lamb, and Henry Fleetwood. Frances Rasor identified another child of Lamb and Elizabeth when she made her will. The child was a granddaughter named Frances. Frances married Michael Capehart, Sr., and he identified William Hardy as his brother-in-law in his will. The son William, nearly always identified himself in the records as “son of Lamb”. When he made his will he identified two of his brothers who were Jesse and Edward. (“Nicholas Cobb Descendants, Neighbors and Relatives 1613-1983”, by Joe Cobb, P.E., R.L.S.)

In 1762, Lamb, (Lemuel “Lamb” Hardy) along with his father William Hardy, was appointed by the Court to divide the estate of Jacob Parrott, his brother-in-law. (Thomas Phillips of Pitt Co., NC and Affiliated Families, by G. Howard and Shirley Brague Phillips, 1992, pp.81-84)

The granddaughter (of Frances Rasor), Frances Hardy, married Michael Capehart, Sr. She was the daughter of Lamb and Elizabeth Parrott Hardy. It is too bad that Christina Bell’s husband is not known for a certainty. It was hinted earlier that her husband may have been George Bell. A record made in the Bertie Co. court in July, 1762, contained the hint. The record was recorded as follows: “A deed of sales of lands of George Bell to Edward Hardy was produced in open court and proved by the oath of Wm Hardy, son of Lamb. Edward Hardy was a brother to William, son of Lamb, and to Edward Hardy, Edward Frederick Rasor was prominent in the affairs of Bertie county during his lifetime; especially in the affairs of his relatives, neighbors and friends. A member of the Hardy family, Lamb, married into the Johnson-Parrot family.(“Nicholas Cobb Descendants, Neighbors and Relatives 1613-1983”, by Joe Cobb, P.E., R.L.S.)

Edward Hardy, m. in 1765, Winifred Weston. There is no further information available of Jesse hardy except from his father’s and brother’s wills. Robert Hardy was buying land in Chowan in 1775, and his will was probated in Edenton in 1779 in which he remembers his wife, Agnes; sons, Robert II, and Thomas; and daughters, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Raechel. Agnes Hardy’s will was probated in Edenton in 1783, and she likewise remembers the children of her husband, which indicates that she remained his widow until her death. These sons of Robert and Agnes Hardy lived in Revolutionary days. Several of them or of like names are found in Revolutionary records, some of which are quoted herein. Isaac Hardy II, was appointed a patrolman for Pitt County in the summer of 1775, and likewise was appointed an ensign in the militia the same year (Saunders’ Colonial Records of North Carolina). (The Eastern North Carolina Hardy-Hardee Family in the South and Southwest, by David L. Hardee)

William Hardy deeded land to this son William P. Hardy on Dec. 10, 1767 (Book L, p. 108). William Hardy's will was filed in 1784, mentioning wife Sarah, son William Parrot, Lamb, youngest son Benjamin and daughter Elizabeth. It was witnessed by his brother Edward. The will of Sarah Hardy was signed July 1808 and probated in the 1809 court. She remembered orphans of son Lamb, her sons Charles and Ben, sons of William P. and Ben, Executors. (Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)

Benjamin Hardy sold his land on Salmon Creek April 1768 and moved his wife, Nancy (Howell) to Dobbs County, settling on Bear Creek. Benjamin was a member of the Colonial Assembly in 1771 and a Justice of the Peace. He was a member of the First Provincial Congress held in New Bern, North Carolina from November 14, 1766 to 1768. He was an original petitioner to form Dobbs County. (Lenoir County North Carolina Heritage, Mrs. J. Roger Brooks) Lemuel Hardy and his wife Mary Sutton are said to have moved from Bertie County to Dobbs County about 1768. His brother Benjamin made the move at the same time. They were both on the 1769 Tax List for Dobbs County. Lemuel was a planter and became one of the wealthiest men in Dobbs County. His brother Benjamin was more politically minded, and served in several government positions. (Thomas Phillips of Pitt Co., NC and Affiliated Families, by G. Howard and Shirley Brague Phillips, 1992, pp.81-84) John Hardy was the son of William Parrott Hardy (and Elizabeth Hawkins). John Hardy was supposedly married twice. His first marriage was before 1773 and resulted in a number of children, according to David L. Hardee. He had only one son (Eldred [Etheldred]) by his second marriage to Jeminah (Jemimah) Wilson. (Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)

John Hardy (son of William Hardy and Sarah Sowell) born in June 13, 1773 Bertie Co, NC and died at the home of a daughter in Opelika, AL September 25, 1854 after outliving most of his children. He was buried at Old Lebanon Cemetery near Opelika, AL. His will is on file at Phenix City, AL (Will Book #2 p. 99 April 12, 1854 - November 18, 1854 - Russell Co., AL)

In a deed dated Oct. 21, 1776, Thomas Hawkins deeded land to his grandson John Hardy, son of William Hardy and daughter Elizabeth Hawkins. The land was 250 acres on the North side of Cypress Swamp/Felton's Island. Witnesses were William Hardy, son of Lamb Hardy and Elizabeth (Book M, p.296). John Hardy and Jeminah lived on the east bank of the Clom River, a branch of the Albemarle sound on the east coast of Bertie county. John died after 1810 and Jeminah after 1823. In 1791, Thomas Hawkins' will mentioned sons John, Frederick, Thomas and Richard and daughters Elizabeth Hardy, Ann Wood, Joice Curry, and Mary Hawkins. The will was witnessed by James Turner. (Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)

Henry Fleetwood - Inventory (undated) by Sarah Fleetwood, William Hooten, Jr., John Hooten and William Hardy “son of Lamb”, mentioning Negroes Peter, Nan, Holloway, Merrick and Parthenia. Account of sale Feb. 12, 1777 by William Hooten, Jr. Buyers: Charles Hooten, William Fleetwood, John Oxley, William Hooten, Sr., John Hooten, Miles Mason, Daniel Worley, Benjamin Lanier, Benjamin Ashburn, Jeremiah Fleetwood, John Nicholls, Joshua Harderson, Alexander Hopkins, Josiah Redditt, James Campbell, Sr. , John Hardy, William Humphries, William Ashburn, George Lockhart , Elizabeth Fleetwood, William Todd, Elijah Ashburn. Division of Negroes among Sarah and Elizabeth Fleetwood, Feb. 1783. Petition (Nov. 9, 1784) by William Parrott Hardy, stating that Jeremiah Fleetwood was chosen as gdn. For the orphans Sarah and Elizabeth Fleetwood, but wasted their estate. The said Hardy had since married the eldest child (name not given), and had an interest in the estate only during his wife’s lifetime. (The wording here is unclear, and it may be it was Jeremiah Fleetwood who had the interest during his wife’s lifetime.) Court order for a division of land belonging to the dec’d. In Bucklesberry Pocoson, Feb. 5, 1785, noting that William Parrott Hardy had married a daughter of the dec’d. (Records of Estates Bertie County, NC 1734-1788 Volume II Loose Estate Papers by David R. Gammon, pub. by him in 1993. Pg 29, item 211)

John Hardy, the husband of Sarah Sutton, was a member of a company of Patriot Troops attached to and formed part of a regiment commanded by Co. Elijah Clarke, Sept. 25, 1779. Engaged in battle of Kettle Creek, Augusta, GA Camden, Siege of ‘96, and others. John Hardy was a North Carolinian by birth who afterwards immigrated to GA. He settled in Camden County, GA, 1792-1796 on land granted to him by the state of GA. In 1779 he settled in Warren Co., GA where he died in 1818. (“The Story of GA and the GA People” by George C. Smith, pp.617, 94. 578)(DAR National Number 287831)

Feb. Ct. 1782: “David Curry . . . to Caleb Hooten. 9600 pounds proclamation. 200 acres westside of Easternmost Swamp of Salmon River which had belonged to Benjamin Hardy. Wit: William Hooten, Jr and Alexander Slaughter.” (Bertie Co., NC County Court Minutes)

William Hardy, son of Lamb, married Sarah Sowell who was the daughter of Charles and Martha Sowell. His will was dated 6 Dec 1783. His estate was probated in Feb 1784. Lamb Hardy (1705 - 1761) m. Elizabeth Parrott, Issue: Benjamin, Frances m. Michael Capehart, William (1729 - 1783) m. Sarah Sowell ( - 1809), Jesse, Edward m (6 Jan 1763) Winifred Weston, Dau. * m. John Bowen, Jr, Elizabeth m. Thomas Speight ( - 1795), John *, Anne * ( -1787) m. John Crickett ( - 1767), (*) The records indicate the connection.(Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)

William Hardy II son of William Hardy I whose will was probated in Bertie County in 1784 m. Sarah Parrott. He was a justice of the peace and a substantial planter. He and his wife had a number of children, among who were six sons and several daughters. Among them were: Elizabeth Hardy m. Thomas Parrott, Charles Hardy, who had no children; William P Hardy; Benjamin Hardy, Lemuel Hardy, hereafter referred to as another Lemuel Hardy, and Humphrey Hardy. ON of the sons of William P. Hardy m. Clair Spier, and they had a son Samuel Hardy who m. Ann Fewox in 1789. Another Benjamin Hardy shows up in this generation, will probated in Bertie County in 1821, and his wife Eleanor (Ward Hardy’s will was probated in 1832 with sons Thomas B Hardy and Humphrey Hardy as executors. (The Eastern North Carolina Hardy-Hardee Family in the South and Southwest, by David L. Hardee)

William Hardy II, son of William I and Edith (Fewox) Hardy, whose will was probated in Bertie County in 1784, m. Sarah Parrott probably the daughter of Francis Parrott and Frances Johnson. He was a justice of the peace and a substantial planter. Among his children were six sons and several daughters. They included: Elizabeth m. Thomas Parrott (no children), Charles, William Parrott b.1720 m. Elizabeth Hawkins (1740), Benjamin, Lemuel (Lamb) m. Winifred Boswell (1768) d. 1797, Humphrey b.c1740 m. Mourning Smithe (1764) d.1808/09. William II and his five sons were all eligible for duty during the Revolutionary War. (Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)

May 1787, David Curry juror in case of Joseph Hardy vs Edwd. Sparkman (Bertie Co., NC County Court Minutes p. 658)

Lemuel Hardy (son of William II and Sarah Hardy) married Winifred Boswell in 1788 and died in 1797. He was a schoolmaster and left his estate to Winifred to use in raising his children (Thomas, William P. and Elizabeth). William P. Hardy, the son of William and Sarah (Parrott) Hardy, married Elizabeth Hawkins. One of the sons of William P. Hardy m. Clair Spier, whose son Samuel m. Ann Fewox in 1789.(Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)

Lemuel Hardy shows up in Bertie County as a contemporary of Lemuel II, and appears to be the son of William Hardy and his wife, Sarah Parrott hardy. He was a schoolmaster and lived and died in Bertie County. “Lamb Hardy and Winifred Boswell were married August 23, 1788” (Hathaway, Abstract of Bertie County Marriage Bonds, Vol. II, p. 364). He signed his will on February 8, 1797, and it was probated in the February term of court in the same year. He had been married about nine years at his death. He called himself a schoolmaster, and his will provided that his wife, Winifred, “have and use all of my estate to raise my children . . if she remarry . . . no right to real estate.” Desired that two minor sons, Thomas and William P., be bound to someone to learn a trade after they were ten years old; that his little daughter, Elizabeth, “be raised by my loving wife.” He named his brothers, William P. and Benjamin, and his wife as executors. The will of his mother, Sarah Hardy, signed July 20, 1808, probated in 1809 court, remembered orphan of son, Lamb, and her sons, Charles and Ben, sons of William P. and Ben, Executors. Governor Gabriel Johnson in his will mentions a small plantation, lying on Salmon Creek, Bertie County, lately purchased from Lamb Hardy (will of Gabriel Johnson signed at Edenton, NC, May 16, 1751 and probated April 16, 1753. See Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, Vol., 22 p.286)(The Eastern North Carolina Hardy-Hardee Family in the South and Southwest, by David L. Hardee)

John Hardy was married two times. He supposedly had a number of children by his first wife, but only one son (Eldred [Etheldred]} by his second marriage to Jeminah Wilson in 1793. Her father was probably Edward Wilson I. In 1776, Thomas Hawkins deeded 250 acres to his Grandson John Hardy. John died after 1810. (Hardy-Dunkin Ancestry by James Turner)

Lemuel Hardy who, with his brother, Benjamin and their wives, settled in what is now the Jason Community of what is now Greene County (see Chapter 19 for thumbnail sketches of George Durant, Lemuel Hardy Jr (II), and Benjamin Hardy). Lemuel Hardy and his wife, who was a descendant of George Durant, were the parents of fourteen (14) children, and moved to the Jason community about 1779-80. The first nine of their children were born in Bertie County. The complete list, as shown on the charts of Miss Margaret Hardy, Route 1, LaGrange, NC and Mrs. Dan W Parrott, Kinston, NC, and checked against other sources is as follows: 1. Sarah Hardy, b. 10/24/1761 d. 2/12/1803 m. charles Tull b. 12/2/1753 d. 12/8/1836, 2. John Hardy, b. 1765 m. Mary Taylor, 3. Sutton Hardy b. c1766 m. Martha Taylor and moved to Mississippi, 4. Mary Hardy b. c1769 d. 1853 m. Benjamin Best, 5. William Parrott Hardy, b. 1771, m. Cleopatra Parrott, 6. Thomas Hardy, b. c1773; no record of marriage, 7. Martha Hardy, b. 1775 m. a Mr. Taylor, 8. Daughter b. 1776 m. a Mr. Taylor, 9. Edith Hardy b. c1778 m. Drewery Aldridge, 10. Lemuel Hardy III, b. 2/3/1779 d. 10/17/1856 m.1. Unity Taylor and m. 2nd and 3rd two Mewborn sisters, and will be discussed later. 11. Elizabeth Hardy, b. 1780 d. 1805 m. John Wesley Gibbons, 12. Winifred Hardy b. 1781 d. 1841 m. Henry Best b. 4/1/1762, 13. Nancy Hardy b. 3/4/1782 d. 10/22/1844 m. Lemuel Sugg b. 2/17/1778 d, 11/14/1852 14. Benjamin Hardy b. 1784 d. 1841 m. Mary Edwards (The Eastern North Carolina Hardy-Hardee Family in the South and Southwest, by David L. Hardee)

Lamb Hardy, son of William and Sarah, died in early 1797. He names his children and wife in his will, as wife: Winifred, children Thomas William Parrott and Elizabeth. His estate papers were filed on the 8th of March 1797. A sale was made by Henry Cobb and John Bird. (Nicholas Cobb Descendants, Neighbors & Relatives 1613-1983, Joe Cobb, P.E., R.L.S.)

The Hardy brothers (Lemuel and Benjamin) cemetery is located within two miles of the village of Jason, NC. (History of Greene County NC, by Creech)

Nancy Howell (wife of Benjamin Hardy) was reported as being a most intelligent woman. (History of Lenoir County, NC)

Hardee Heights, an exclusive residential area in Kinston, NC is named for the James Parrott Hardee family who owned the property. (History of Lenoir Co., NC)

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