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John Hardy

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Bedfordshire, England
Death: Died in Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Hardy, Esq. and Alice Hardy
Husband of Olive Hardy and Alice Hardy
Father of Captain George G. Hardy; Lucy Council; Richard Hardy, Sr.; Emanuel Hardy; Thomas Hardy and 5 others
Brother of Richard Hardy; Alice Elizabeth Hardy; George Hardy, of Isle of Wight; Mary Hardy; Jacquette Hardy and 2 others

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About John Hardy, of Isle of Wight

John Hardy, 1st.

  • Born: Abt. 1613, of Bedfordshire, England
  • Died: 1676, Isle of Wight County, Virginia
  • Married: Abt. 1632 Yorkshire, England
  • 1st wife:  Olive (Council) Hardy (1615 - 1675)
  • 2nd wife: Alice (Tucker) Allen (1608 - 1686) (no issue)


Since there is no evidence of a John Hardy dying in 1670, he must be the one who died in 1677 giving his land to his [three] daughters. He must have provided for his five sons and other living daughter before hand with gifts that are not recorded.

names his wife, Alice Hardy, Daughters, Olivia Driver, Lucy Council and Deborah Hardy He married Alice Johnson, a widow. They had: Olive m. Giles Driver; Lucy m. Hodges Council; Ann m. Robert Burnett; Isabel m. William Mayo; Deborah-untraced.

  • 2. Olive m. John Pitt
  • 3. George b. 1622
  • 4. Richard b. 1640 ("Colonial Families of the Southern States of America", by Stella Pickett Hardy, p261-262)

Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia 1647-1800, by Blanche Adams Chapman - John Hardy, Sr., Page 146 - Will Bk 2, "John Hardy: Leg. daughter Olive Driver, wife of Giles Driver; daughter Lucy Councill, wife of Hodges Councill; daughter Debora Hardy; daughter Olive Driver's two children; daughter Lucy Councill's three children; my wife's grandchild John Johnson; son-in-law Robert Burnett; William Mayo. Wife Alice Extx. D. Oct 7, 1675. R. Une 9, 1577, Witness: Richard Rennalds, Will Jenkins."

  • 1.Capt. George G. Hardy, Born: 1633 in England *Lineage
  • 2. Thomas Hardy Born: 1635 prob. in England
  • 4. Olive Hardy Born: c1640 prob. in England
  • 5. Richard Hardy, III Born: 1640 in Yorkshire, England

From Find A Grave Memorial# 74219452

Tom King (#47702800) reports:

"The Will written by John Hardy on 7 Oct 1676* contains language and land descriptions that prove that he was the same John Hardy who patented the land in 1666 naming himself and wife Olive (Council) as headrights. NO ONE in over 100 years has ever proven that a John Hardy died in 1670. If that was true, there had to be some record of the distribution of his land and personal property, whether it was an estate appraisal, appointment of an executor, administrator or overseer, property sale, will,or some other probate matter. All of the Isle of Wight records for that period are intact and extant and there is absolutely no record of any John Hardy dying in 1670. If there is no record of a John Hardy dying in 1670, and the 1676 will proves that he was the one that married 1st to Olive Hardy, then there never was a John Hardy Jr or the invented wife Alice Bennett. It has long been proven that the 2nd wife of John Hardy was an Alice Tucker Allen, widow of Arthur Allen who died in 1669 in Surry Co., VA and they had no children, Alice being 60 years old by 1670. She was still living in 1686 on the 1666 patent land set aside for her in the 1676 Will of John Hardy when she is named as a neighbor to a new patent on the west side."

"Will of John Hardy, of the lower parish, in the Isle of Wight Co., in Va.: Dau. Olive Driver, wife of Giles Drive, dau. Lucy Council, wife of Hodges Councill, dau. Deborah Hardy; gr.child Hardy Driver, dau of Giles D., Olive Driver's two children, Lucy Councill's 3 children, wife's grand child John Johnson; wife Alice Hardy, son-in-law Robert Burnett; to William Mayo all my silver clasps to breeches and shirt. Dated 7 Oct., 167_; pr. 9 June 1677." (ref., Virginia Vital Records #1, Virginia Will Records, Will Abstracts from the Isle of Wight County, by Broderbund.) The year that the will was signed was difficult to decipher, so written "7 Oct. 167_" by Broderbund, though apparently it was 7 Oct. 1675 as some abstracts show.

"The Allen Family of Surry County, Virginia: Its British Roots and Early Generations in America" by William P. Carrell II, B.A., J.D., Louisville, KY (May 2004; revised Oct 2011): "It is, therefore, reasonable to conclude-–as the Dictionary of Virginia Biography recently did –that Alice Hardy was Allen's widow. The Allen Letter establishes that, by September of 1676 when Bacon’s Castle was seized by Bacon’s rebels, Alice may have been living there again since the rebels threw this “ancient Gentlewoman . . . out of doors.” If she had returned to the Castle to live, rather than being there on a simple extended visit, then Hardy must have died shortly before–just a few months after he wrote his will on 7 October 1675. The delay in its probate to 9 June 1677, while not uncommon, can best be explained by the chaos ensuing from Bacon’s Rebellion. With this unpleasant experience, Alice apparently decided to return to Isle of Wight County to reside with her family there for good, and she probably died in that county sometime after she gave her power of attorney to William Mayo on 11 May 1681."

Mar 31, 2014 - Clearfield Company, 1995 reprint, page 9. Will of John Hardy, made 7 October 1675, probated 9 June 1677, Isle of Wight Co. VA

Tom King says:

"A more definitive date of death would be before 18 Sep 1676 when his widow Alice Tucker Allen Hardy was driven out of her former home where she had gone to visit after John's death, by rebel forces loyal to Nathaniel Bacon. The rebels ransacked and fortified the home for four months before they left for which it is now known as Bacon' Castle."

  • * Tom further says:

"John Hardy and Olive Council had no daughters named Ann or Isabel. They were both daughters of John Hardy's 2nd wife Alice Tucker Allen by her 1st husband Arthur Allen who died in 1669 in Surry Co., VA. It is also rather doubtful that their daughter Deborah married a Bridgeman Joyner Jr who was born aft 1685 when Deborah was an adult in 1676. Since there was no wordage in the will requesting a guardian for Deborah, she must have been old enough to own land in her own right and therefore an adult. There are no deeds or other records that name the wife of either Bridgeman Joyner Jr or Sr as a Deborah. Deborah is known to have married a John Portis Jr and moved to Pennsylvania after he died in 1704 in IOW."

Mayo Family Genealogist (#49145027) (shown as Wil Mayo) reports on Nov. 12, 2016:

John Hardy is unlikely to have been married to Alice Tucker Allen for two main reasons. 1) Alice Counsell - his granddaughter is in the records of Isle of Wight in 1674 when a gift of a cow is given into the care of Hodges Counsell on her behalf. As his eldest child she would have been named for her maternal grandmother, not a new wife. 2) The date of the signing of John Hardy's will is misquoted in the Allen family research as October 7, 1675. In fact the date is October 7, 1676. Why this is important is that the published Allen Family research confirms that Alice Tucker Allen is referred to in 'The Allen Letter' as being "still alive when Bacon’s rebels seized Bacon’s Castle in September of 1676." and was put out of the house. Thus, Alice Tucker Allen is living at the Allen estate known as Bacon's Castle in Surry County in 1676, Not in Isle of Wight County at the time of John Hardy's death.

References to John Hardy and Olive Council:

  • The Old Free State by Landon Covington Bell, p 216
  • Hardy Family History by American Genealogical Research Institute 1978, p 28
  • Colonial Families of the Southern States of America by Stella Pickett Hardy, p 261
  • Our Fathers' Fields by Prof. James Everette Kibbe
  • Hodges Council of VA and Descendants by Judson Council, p 16
  • Historical Southern Families V.4 by John Bennett Boddie

From (comments)

There were no such persons as a John Hardy JR and wife Alice Bennett. Those were invented decades ago to combine the 1927 Virkus Compendium undocumented claim that a John Hardy of Magna Charta Barons descent died in Isle of Wight in 1670 with the known and proven facts of a John Hardy who died in 1677. Many authors have jumped ion this to proclaim that there had to be a son John Hardy JR 1637-1677 when there is no evidence whatsoever that this person ever existed. There also is no evidence that Alice Snayle Pierce Bennett 1595-1647 had any children by her 2nd husband Thomas Bennett who died in 1640, A daughter Alice Bennett, widow Johnson was invented to fit the facts of the wife Alice having a grandson John Johnson named in the will. In my 50+ years of researching this family, NO ONE has ever found any proof of a John Hardy dying in 1670, period. SInce he owned thousands of acres of land, there would have to be some will, probate or other court recorded proceedings to show how this land was disposed of, but there are NONE. It is now known that the wife Alice named in the 1676 will was Alice Tucker Allen, widow of Arthur Allen that died in Jun 1669 in Surry Co., VA. Soon after he died, she remarried to John Hardy d1677. Arthur Allen and Alice Tucker had three daughters, Katherine who married Robert Johnson and had a son John Johnson (named as wife’s grandson in the 1676 Will): Joan Allen who married 2nd to Robert Burdett (named as wife’s son-in-law): Isabel Allen who married William Mayo (also named as a son on law in the 1676 Will); and one son Arthur Allen Jr who married Katherine Baker and inherited the parents home. There are many deeds that name all of these as brothers (in law) of Arthur Allen Jr and each other and records of the widow Alice Hardy naming them as her sons-in-law. After John Hardy died she briefly returned to her former home to live with her son Arthur Allen Jr but the family was chased out by Bacon’s rebels who fortified it against attacks by troops loyal to Governor Berkley giving the existing home its current name as Bacon’s Castle. Alice was still living in Mar 1686 on the 1150 acre tract that John Hardy had patented in 1666 where she is noted as a neighbor to a new patent next door to Thomas Harris Jr,

One of his sons married a granddaughter of Giles Driver and Olive Hardy. It is a shame that so many people have blindly accepted what has been claimed in these old books as true without taking the time to research these claims for their accuracy.

Tom King says: February 6, 2017 at 7:31 pm

The ancestry you cite for this John Hardy 1613-1676 is dubious. There is no proof that he was the son of Richard Hardy and Alice Wilson. The genealogy records of the heralds in the College of Arms in London can find no proof that they were the same John Hardy. Marriage records of East Riding and Bedfordshire parishes were searched and no record of a marriage to Olive Council or any Olive were found. The Richard Hardy ancestry as shown in the Visitations is correct, just no proof of the son John Hardy.


Left his land to three daughters:

(1) Olive Driver, wife of Giles Driver; (2) daughter Lucy Council, wife of Hodges Council; (3) daughter Debora Hardy.

More About JOHN HARDY, 2ND "COL.":

Comment 1: 1668, Member of the house of Burgess

Comment 2: 1675, Justice of the County Court

Immigration: Bef. 1654, From England to Virginia


Sometime after Arthur Allen's death intestate in 1670, his widow Alice married secondly John Hardy (a widower with three children) who, in his will dated October 7, 1675, and probated in Isle of Wight County on June 9, 1677, bequeathed; (1) to daughter Olive Driver, wife of Giles Driver; (2) daughter Lucy Councill, wife of Hodges Councill; (3) daughter Debora Hardy; (4) daughter Olive Driver's two children; (5) daughter Lucy Councill's three children; (6) "to my wife's grandchild John Johnson one cow when he comes to the age of Seventeen years"; (7) son-in-law Robert Burnett; (8) William Mayo; and (9) wife Alice, executrix. Witnesses: Richard Renalds and Will Jenkins.5

According to Hardy's will, Alice's grandson John Johnson would have been born after October 7, 1658, and is believed to have been the first-born child of Robert and Katherine Johnson, and therefore born about 1663.

On May 11, 1681, in Isle of Wight County, John Johnson and Hodges Council witnessed an instrument whereby Alice A. Hardy appointed her son-in-law William May[o] as her attorney.6 He was the brother-in-law of Hodges Council, husband of Lucy Hardy.

Alice's grandson John Johnson was evidently the same who died testate in Isle of Wight County in 1707,7 predeceased by his first wife Mary (???), and survived by his second wife Mary Thompson (relict of James Day)8 and four children by his first wife.

  • Source: THE JOHNSONS AND JOHNSTONS OF CORROWAUGH IN ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, VIRGINIA, VOLUME I, ROBERT JOHNSON, PLANTER HIS ANCESTRY AND DESCENDANTS, 1616 - 1979, By EDDIS JOHNSON and HUGH BUCKNER JOHNSTON Eddis Johnson, Publisher, 840 East Columbus Street, Martinsville, Indiana 46151 [1979] Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 79-87778 Printed in the United States of America by UNIGRAPHIC, INC., Evansville, Indiana PP. 3O-31

1. JOHN5 HARDY, 2ND "COL." (*JOHN4, *RICHARD3, *MICHAEL2 DE HARDY, OF WETWANG "SIR."BL", *JOHN1) was born 1637 in Bedfordshire, England, and died Bef. June 09, 1677 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He married (1) ALICE TUCKER. He married (2) ALICE BENNETT, "THE WIDOW JOHNSON" 1657 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, daughter of THOMAS BENNETT and ALICE PIERCE. She was born Bet. 1615 - 1632 in Bedfordshire, England, and died 1675 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

Notes for JOHN HARDY, 2ND "COL.":

  • 11. Capt. John Hardy, born in England about 1637, Will probated 1677, came before 1654 to Virginia with his brother George Hardy. He was a member of the House of Burgresses in 1668, and a Justice of the CountyCourt about 1675. He married Alice Bennett, the widow Johnson, daughter of Thomas Bennett and Alice, widow Pierce. Thomas Bennett was born in Wivelscombe, co. Somerset, England, and died in Virginia after 1632 having come on the Neptune in 1618, a member of the House of Burgesses from Mulberry Island in 1632. John Hardy and Alice Bennett had, beside Lucy, No. 9 below), a daughter Olive, No. *10 next below.

Last name: Hardy. This interesting surname is of early medieval English and French origin, and is derived from the nickname for a brave or perhaps fool-hardy person, one who would risk all for ultimate success. It derives from the Old French, Middle English (1200 - 1500) "hardi", meaning bold or courageous.;id=63;

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John Hardy, of Isle of Wight's Timeline

June 2, 1613
Bedfordshire, England
Age 19
Bedford, Bedfordshire, , England
June 1, 1635
Age 21
England or Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Age 21
Bedfordshire, , England
Age 21
Isle of Wight, Virginia, USA
June 1, 1638
Age 24
Bedfordshire, England
June 2, 1640
Age 27
Isle of Wight, Virginia, USA
Age 26
Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Age 29
Bedfordshire, , England