About James Hardaway
In fact, the earliest HARDAWAYS in Virginia were James Hardaway, who was transported by a John Drayton before 1654 and his brother John HARDAWAY, transported by Richard Tye and Charles Sparrow of Charles City County before 1650, the dates Drayton, Tye and Sparrow claimed land for the Hardaways.
It was common practice to pay somebody's way in order to get land. These claims may have taken place years after the actual journey occurred, and claimants may not even know the person whose way they are paying. James and John Hardaway availed themselves of this opportunity to get land. One story says the Hardaways came from Blanford, England, and named their plantation "Blanford".
1664, 5 Sept p 7 Be it known... the inheritance of 250 acres of land on
Kermishes (Kimages) Creek descended to me, James HARDAWAY, by the decease of my late brother John HARDAWAY wherefore I give 250 acres to my son John HARDAWAY and his heirs forever.