HARDWICK is a place name in the United Kingdom. This place name was adopted as a FAMILY (sires name - surname) when the Exchequer of England needed to keep accurate records of all persons for income tax purposes.
The most famous Hardwick in England is that which is in the County of Derbyshire in the north eastern corner of the county.
HARDWICK HALL, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire The Hall seen today was ordered to be built by my indirect kinswoman, Elizabeth nee Hardwick bc1520 at OLDE Hardwick Hall. She was a most powerful women in her day. She married the EARL of Shrewsbury, Lord George Talbot. Her title was Lady Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury. Her initials, E S are on the roof line of this magnificent Hall, completed in 1604.
There are many academic profiles of this couple for greater detail
Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury is the kinswoman of
William Hardwick b1618, either in Heath Village, near Hardwick Hall, OR at Westbury upon Severn in the county of Somerset. No birth records yet found. He died in the city of Bristol (and buried there) in the county of Gloucestershire, England 1668. His will proved 24 Oct 1688.
This is the William who went to Maryland c1638 - a tailor by trade- and then to Nominy Bay, Westmoreland County, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Sturman. He was joined in Virginia by his brother Thomas' three sons, James, Joseph and George. Their father's will proved 1681 at Gloucestger