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Thomas Hardesty

Birthplace: Anne Arundel, Maryland
Death: Died in Richland Twp, Greene, Indiana, United States
Place of Burial: Walnut Grove/Mood Cemetery, Greene, Indiana
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Hardesty and Elizabeth Hardesty
Husband of Nancy Ann Chaney Hardesty
Father of Aquilla Hardesty; Elizabeth Hardesty and Margaret Alice Edington
Brother of John Hardesty; Elizabeth Hardesty; Edmund (Edward) Hardestty; Reazin (Reason) Hardesty; Richard Hardesty and 3 others

Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
Last Updated:

About Thomas Hardesty

NOTE: This Thomas Hardisty/Hardesty NEVER did go to Harrison county Indiana - he went from Anne Arundel county Maryland to Coshocton county Ohio and then to Greene county Indiana with the families of Ault, Emery, Edington, Ashcraft and others there was a great migration of these families at the same time period Some are confusing him with another Thomas Hardesty who settled in Harrison county Indiana

He is NOT the Thomas Hardesty who received a land grant in Webster and Posey Townships, Harrison County, IN, for his service under George Rogers Clark - many are still perpetuating this fact.

His name does not appear within the DAR Ancestor Search Search for Revolutionary Era Ancestors only that of his father.

Thomas Hardesty, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Hardesty, was born May 26, 1764 in South River Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He grew up with two sisters and six brothers: John, Elizabeth, Isabella, Edmond, Samuel, Richard, Robert and Reason Hardesty. He d. 4 Apr. 1859 on/in Plummers Creek, Greene County, Indiana on April 4, 1859, and was laid to rest at Walnut Grove Cemetery (Section 34 of Richland Township).

Thomas married 3 Jan. 1797 Anne Arundel co., Md. Chaney, Nancy Ann d/o Samuel and Margaret Chaney d. Coshocton co., Oh.

They had four children: Aquilla, Margaret Alice, Elizabeth and Catherine Hardesty.

His wife, Nancy Anne died October 27, 1840 in Pike Township, Coshocton County, Ohio.

Thomas and Edmond Hardesty, who moved to Coshocton Co., Both were married by the Rev. Greenbury Ridgely, a Methodist preacher in Elk Ridge

"History of Coshocton County, Ohio - Its Past and Present, 1740-1881" pg. 587: 

"Thomas [Hardesty] came about 1812 and entered the Southwest quarter of section 19. He was from Maryland, and spent his youth upon the sea, where he acquired the hardiness and recklessness of a sailor. In 1811 he emigrated with his brother, Edmund Hardesty to Washington twp. He remained a resident of the township for a number of years, but never became skilled in the use of his gun. His favorite occupation was the making of maple sugar. he eventually removed to Greene County, Indiana"

Coshocton county Ohio Deeds.

No. 1845 Land Office Zanesville, 1810 Us. Government Land 13 Aug. 1831 - The lot of southwest quarter of Section numbered 19 in township no. 4 of the north military range of Zanesville district containing 160 acres, pd. $354.30

Coshocton Co. Oh. Vol 4 pg. 503 John Perkins and Wife Priscilla Perkins to Thomas Hardesty dtd. 28 Mar. 1820 Parcel of ground laying and being in the town of West Carlisle county of Coshocton state of Ohio being Lot No. 34 and lot No. 29 having reference to the plat of said town.

Vol. 5 pg. 270 Thomas Hardesty and wife Nancy Hardesty to James McAdow for $15.00 a certain piece or Lot of ground situated in the town of West Carlisle, Coshocton county State of Ohio numbered on the plat of said town Lot No. 34 eight 8 rods length and four in breadth

Bureau Of Land Management.

  • Land Ne Se 7-6-3 40 A. Canal Land 23 Aug. 1853#7766;
  • Ne 1/4 7-6-3 160a U. S. Land 24 May 1844 #32045;
  • NE NW 1-6-6- 55a. U. S.Land 24 May 1844 #33046 patented - 1 Jun. 1845 Bk. 119 pg. 233;
  • Se NW1-6-4 55 A. canal land 13 Nov. 1847 #275.

THOMAS HARDESTY TITLE TRANSFER: Issue Date: 6/1/1845 Land Office: Vincennes Canceled: No Mineral Reservations: No Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566) SURVEY: State: INDIANA Acres: 160 Metes/Bounds: No. DOCUMENT NUMBERS: Document Nr.: 32045 Accession/Serial Nr.: IN2470__.050 BLM

Serial Nr.: IN NO S/N LEGAL SURVEY: Aliquol Parts: NE Sec/Block: 7/ Township: 6-N Range: 3-W Tract Section: No Meridan: 2nd PM State: IN Counties: Greene Survey No. - - Certificate states: Thomas Hardesty of Coshocton county Ohio

The United States of America, To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting: Whereas, Aquilla Hardisty, of Coshocton County, Ohio, - has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Zanesville, - whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Thomas Hardisty of Coshocton County Ohio - according to the provisions of the act of Congress of the 24th of April 1820, entitled "An act making further provision for the sale of Public Lands; for the North East quarter of Section Seven in Township Six North of Range three West, in the District of lands subject to sale at Vincennes, Indiana, containing one hundred and sixty acre according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land office by the Surveyor General, which said tract has been purchased by the said Thomas Hardisty . and to his heirs, the said tract above described: To have and to hold the same together with all the rights, privileges, immunities and appurtenances, of whatsoever nature thereunto belonging, unto the said Thomas Hardisty and to his heirs and assigns forever. In Testimony whereof, I., James K. President of the United States of America, have caused these Letters to be made Patent, and the Seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed. Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the first day of June in the year of our

Jackson Twp. Greene County Indiana Abstract of Real Estate Title Records 1816-1890, pg. 368.

  • Bk. A & B pg. 5 U.S. to Thomas Hardesty... Made 24 Apr. 1844;
  • Bk. G pg. 155 Elijah Cruse & Wife to Thomas Hardesty 300.00 Wty ...made 2 Nov. 1847 recorded 4 Nov. 1847;
  • Bk 5 pg. 485 Thomas Hardesty to Henry Jackson 650.00 wty...made 1 Apr. 1872 recirded 13 Apr. 1873;
  • Bk. T pg. 87 Thomas Hardesty to Thomas J. Hardesty 300.00 wty ....made 9 Nov. 1862 recorded 7 Dec. 1862;
  • Bk. Y pg. 428 Thomas Hardesty to James Banto 500.00 wty ....made 12 Sep. 1867 recorded 20 Sep. 1867

Greene County Indiana Deeds, Bk. G pg. 154

Hiram Christenberry and Louisanna Christenberry his wife to Thomas Hardesty of Coshocton county, Oh. dtd 2 Nov. 1847 and filed 4 Nov. 1847 land in Greene county as follows: The Northeast quarter of the northeast quarter of section two in township six north of range 4 west containing 56 .62 acres and also the Southeast quarter of the southeast quarter of section thirty five in township seven north of range four west containing 50 acres more or less together with all the rights, privileges, an appurtenances, thereunto belonging.

Greene County Indiana Deeds, Bk. G pg. 155

Elijah Cruse and Sally Cruse his wife dtd 29 Oct. 1847 to Thomas Hardesty of Coshocton county Ohio. filed 4 November 1847 Land in Greene co., In. as follows: The Northeast quarter of the Southwest quarter, and also the Northwet quarter of the Southeast quarter of Section seven in township six north of range three west containing eighty acres more or less together with all the rights privileges and appurtenances thereinto belonging. 500.00 wty ....made 12 Sep. 1867 recorded 20 Sep. 1867

The name can also be found spelled as Hardisty in some of the early records. The descendants of his grandson Richard has used the spelling of "Hardisty"

Of the children only one is found to be recorded in the All Hallows Parish Anne Arundel County, Maryland Register 1685 - 1858 Vestry Proceedings, 1761 - 1844 on pg. 166 as follows:

"Margaret Hardesty Daughter of Thomas Hardesty and Ann his wife was Born Oct. 20 1800 and Baptized Nov. 10. 1801 by the Revd. Nicholas H. Lane"

1820 United States Census, Micro Copy 33 Roll 88 Ohio Vol. 3 Coshocton county, Pike Twp. #28a.

  • Males 45 upward, 1;
  • Females 16-26, 1 and 45 upward, 1

1830 United States Census, Micro Copy 19 Roll 129 Ohio Vol. 4 Coshocton county, Pike Twp. #2.

  • Males 60-70, 1
  • Females 60-70, 1.

1840 United States Census, Micro Copy 704, Roll 387 Ohio Vol. 5 Coshocton County Pike twp. pg. 346.

  • Males 60-70, 1.
  • Females 5-10, 1; 15-20, 1 and 80-90, 1.

Greene County Historical Society, Cemeteries of Eastern Greene County, Indiana, pg. 19. "Thomas Hardesty 26 May 1774 4 Apr. 1859."

Gone But Not Forgotten An Anthology of Fact & Folklore collected by Millie Uland pg. 97

Thomas Hardesty of Greene County, Indiana His Ancestors and Descendants, Transcript (1976-?) Judith Elaine (McKee) Burns

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Some are listing a daughter Catherine Hardesty - but in research work I had seen there has only been the 3 children listed

Children of THOMAS HARDESTY and NANCY CHENEY per Descendants of William S. W. Hardesty are:

  • i. AQUILLA HARDESTY, b. February 21, 1799, Anne Arundel County, MD; d. March 19, 1879, Greene Co., IN.
  • ii. MARGARET ALICE HARDESTY, b. September 20, 1800; d. August 26, 1890, Greene Co., IN; m. ROBERT EDINGTON, April 13, 1815, Coshocton Co., Ohio.
  • iii.ELIZABETH HARDESTY, b. July 19, 1802, Anne Arundel County, MD; d. December 11, 1859, Koleen, Greene Co., IN; m. ELIJAH ASHCRAFT, November 24, 1821, Coshocton Co., Ohio; b. August 27, 1800, Fayette County, PA; d. September 10, 1837, Koleen, Greene Co., IN.
  • iv. CATHERINE HARDESTY, d. Ohio.

Daniel Guthrie Chapter Indiana Society Sons of the American Revolution Bedford, Indiana (

Indiana Society Sons of the American Revolution Patriot Graves Registry

  • ID: 884 Last Updated: 11/22/2009 5:39:51 PM
  • ID: 884     Last Updated: 1/29/2015 11:40:57 AM

Patriot Thomas Hardesty

  • Birth: 26 May 1764 Death: 4 Apr 1859
  • Served from the State of Maryland
  • Service Capacity: Under Capt Peregreine Fitzhugh and 1st Lt Thomas Jones.
  • Source: "Muster Rolls of MD Troops in Am. Rev. 1775-1783"
  • Buried in Greene County, Indiana
  • Walnut Grove Cemetery - Section 34 of Richland Twp
  • GPS Coordinates:
  • Spouse: Nancy Anne Chaney
  • Children: Aquilla, Margaret Alice, Elizabeth
  • Born: 26 May 1764; Anne Arundel Co, Maryland
  • Died: 4 April 1859
  • Burial: Walnut Grove Cemetery, Greene County, Indiana.


  • Enlisted 26 July 1776, Calvert Co, MD by Capt. Joseph Wilkinson.
  • Enrolled in 1777 by Ensign James Sommervill, under Capt Peregreine Fitzhugh and 1st Lt Thomas Jones.
  • Proof: "Muster Rolls of MD Troops in Am. Rev. 1775-1783";
  • "MD Militia in Rev. War"--Clements & Wright : 149;
  • "MD Rec. Colonial, Rev., Co. & Church from Original Sources"- Brumbaugh, V.II:442
  • "Hist. Coshocton Co., OH":587

. Married: In Ann Arundel Co, MD to Nancy Anne CHANEY

  • Born: ca. 1770 in Anne Arundel Co, MD
  • d. 27 Aug. 1840 in Coshocton Co., Ohio.


  • 1. Aquilla b. 21 Feb 1798 Anne Arundel Co, MD D. 19 Mar. 1879, married: 3 Oct 1816 Muskegom Co, OH Catherine Meek. buried: Pleasant View Cemetery, Licking Co, OH.
  • 2. Maragaret Alice B. 20 Sept 1800 MD d. 26 Aug 1890 married: 13 April 1815 Robert Edington.
  • 3. Elizabeth b. 6 Mar 1802 MD d. 11 Dec 1859 Greene Co, IN married: 25 Nov 1821 Coshocton Co, OH Elijah Ashcraft born: 1800 Fayette Co, PA d. 1868 Greene Co, IN
  • Directions: Walnut Grove Cemetery is located in Section 34 of Richland Township in Greene County, IN - From the south end of Bloomfield going south on US Hwy 231, turn left or east onto SR 50S and go about 5 miles or less and turn right onto CR 500E, go about ¾ of a mile then go south onto CR 530E for about ¼ mile and the cemetery is at the intersection of CR 530 E and CR 140 S across the road from Walnut Grove Church.
  • Photos and directions courtesy of Edward Hitchcock, member of the Daniel Guthrie SAR Chapter in Bedford, Indiana

Created web page from old INSSAR web page 22 Nov 2009 - Ron Burkhart


Book for Patroits Buried in Indiana (August 1990. Indianapolis, Indiana.). Compiled and edited by Mrs. Marion H. Miller, Mrs. Robert F. Rehl, State Regent, Source Book for Patroits Buried in Indiana

Hardisty, Thomas Greene County

  • b.-26 May 1764 Anne Arundel
  • d. - 4 April 1859,
  • Bur. Walnut Grove Co., MD Cem., Greene, IN.
  • m. - 3 Jan. 1797 Anne Arundel Co., MD Nancy Anne Chaney
  • b. ca. 1770 Anne Arundel Co., MD
  • d. - 27 Aug. 1840 Cshocton Co., OH
  • ch. - Aquilla b. 21 Feb. 1798 Anne Arundel Co., MD d. - 19 Mar. 1879 m. 3 Oct. 1816 Muskegom Co., OH Catherine Meek. Bur. Pleasant View Cem., Licking Co., OH. Margaret Alice b. 20 Sept. 1800 MD d. 26 Aug. 1890 m. 13 April 1815 Robert Edington
  • SERVICE: Enl. 24 Jan. 1776 1st CO. Matross Artillery MD Capt. Nathaniel Smith, Lt. William Woolsey, Lt. Alexander Fornval, Sgt. George Keepot. Received land grant in Webster and Posey Twp., Harrison Co., IN, for serv. under George Rogers Clark. REF: OB I:234; PI :410; "Hist. of NW Terr." - English, V.II:845; VA St. Lib. Report VIII:266; Baltimore MD. Marr. Rec.; Egan V.1:379; D A R #322076

Millie Uland in Greene County telling me (Joe Chamberlain) that Thomas Hardisty was a Revolutionary War veteran DAR #322076.

He enlisted 24 January 1776 1st Co. Matross Artillery MD. He received a land grant in Webster and Posey Townships, Harrison County, IN, for his service under George Rogers Clark.

From another If he were with George Rogers Clark in his expedition to Kaskaskia and Vincennes in 1779, he would have been about 15 years old. The book "Early Indiana Trails and Surveys" (1919) by George R. Wilson, which was reprinted is for sale by the Indiana Historical Society, has a discussion of Clark's Grant on pages 57-61.

The Virginia General Assemby in Acts dated October 3, 1779 and October 5, 1780, promised land bounties to officers and soldiers of Virginia who served until the end of the Revolutionary War -- ranging from 15,000 acres for a Major General to 200 acres for a Private

In October 1783 the Virginia General Assembly, authorizing a survey of the lands granted the Illinois Regiment [i.e. Clark's] and establishment of a town [Clarksville] within said grant.

There were 1000 acres in the Clarksville Grant and 149,000 acres in the Main Grant.

The entire Grant is incorporated in what is current day Clark County. Harrison County is part of the Indian cessations negotiated by Gov. W.H. Harrison at Vincennes in 1804 & 1805. It was surveyed and land there sold after Clark's Grant.

If Thomas HARDESTY secured land in Harrison County, it would been through the Land Office in Cincinnati. Margaret R. Waters published a book on these sometime in the 1940s "Indiana Land Enties, Vol.1"

I could find no record of Thomas Hardisty receiving a Revolutionary War bounty land grant from any state. He is not listed in Lloyd Bockstruck's index which includes lands awarded to the Virginia - Indiana Regiment headed by George Rogers Clark. I think I told you earlier that I could find no record of his having served under Clark. There still remains a possibility that his grant (if there was one) came from the federal government. I'll see what I can find on that.

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Thomas Hardesty's Timeline

May 26, 1764
Anne Arundel, Maryland
January 3, 1797
Age 32
Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
February 21, 1799
Age 34
Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
September 20, 1800
Age 36
Anne Arundel, Maryland
July 19, 1802
Age 38
Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
April 4, 1859
Age 94
Richland Twp, Greene, Indiana, United States
Walnut Grove/Mood Cemetery, Greene, Indiana