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John Hardy

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bedfordshire, England
Death: Died in Isle of Wight County, Virginia Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Hardy, Esq. and Alice Hardy
Husband of Alice Hardy (Bennett) and Olive Council Hardy
Father of George G. Hardy; Lucy Council; Deborah Joyner; Olive Hardy; Alice Hardy and 1 other
Brother of Richard Hardy; Alice Elizabeth Hardy; George Hardy; Mary Hardy; Jacquette Hardy and 2 others

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About John Hardy

Will probated 9 June 1677 John Hardy’s will was dated 7 Oct 1676, 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 worldly 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 to my 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)

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John Hardy's Timeline

1613
June 2, 1613
Bedfordshire, England
1614
1614
Ashford, Kent, England
1633
1633
Age 19
Bedford, Bedfordshire, , England
1635
June 1, 1635
Age 21
England or Isle of Wight County, Virginia
1638
June 1, 1638
Age 24
Bedfordshire, England
1640
1640
Age 26
Bedfordshire,England
1643
1643
Age 29
Bedfordshire, , England
1644
1644
Age 30
Isle of Wight, Virginia, USA
1652
February 1, 1652
Age 38
1656
1656
Age 42
Isle of Wight Co., VA