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Robert Hardesty

Also Known As: "Hardisty"
Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland
Death: Died in Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States
Place of Burial: Fort Washington, Prince George's County, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis Hardisty and Dorcas Hardisty
Husband of Elizabeth Hardesty
Father of John Obediah Hardesty; Elizabeth Hardesty; Thomas Hardesty; Edmond Hardesty; Reazin (Reason) Hardesty and 3 others
Brother of Deborah Hardesty; Thomas Hardesty; Peter Hardesty; John Hardisty; Richard Hardesty and 1 other
Half brother of Francis Hardesty, Jr.

Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Bur...
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About Robert Hardesty

  • Daughters of American Revolution Ancestor #: A050134
  • Birth: 10-28-1730 ANNE ARUNDEL CO MARYLAND
  • Service Source: BRUMBAUGH, MD RECS: COL, REV, CHURCH, VOL 2, P 275
  • Service Description: 1) SIGNED OATH OF ALLEGIANCE & FIDELITY, 1778


Some list George Hardesty as a son

His parentage is unknown- some are listing him as the son of Robert Hardesty who's sons Thomas and Edmund married into the Cheney/Chaney families. If he is the son of Robert he is not named in his will -

and by this another has claimed him to be son of John Hardesty and Elizabeth Boarman.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Elisha was attached as a son of Robert & Elizabeth with the following data - being born in SCOTLAND.

Elisha I Hardesty Gender: Male Birth: 1758 Scotland, United Kingdom Death: March 28, 1847 (89) Belmont, Belmont County, Ohio, United States'



In 1778 Robert Hardisty subscribed to the Oath of Allegiance and Fidelity to the State of Maryland in Prince George's County before Magistrate Benjamin Hall. The statement is qouted from Henry Wright Newman who gave Brumbaugh's Maryland Records Vol. 2 pg. 275 as his source of reference.

He was a minor at the death of his father in 1734, but his uncle Leonard Linthicum, as his guardian received his inheritance from Thomas Linthicum. In 1767 he shared in the personal estate of his unamrried brother Peter. He settled in Prince George co. in that portion of the county which embraced St. John's and Prince George's parishes, including the present District of Columbia.

There is no record of his purchasing or selling realty in Anne Arundel co. or even Prince George co. It is therefore apparent that his farm was leased.

According to the 1776 census for St. John's and Prince George's parishes, he as Robert Hardisty was aged 49 (although by his birth date he would have been at least 47 in 1776, discrepancies occur frequently in giving ages to officials. Often the informant is unware of the exact ages), his wife Elizabeth aged 48, with five males and two females children comprising his household. There was also a female aged 75 who could of been his widowed mother or some other dependent relative. The ages of the unmarried males were 19, 12, 9, 7, and 2. On 18 Jul. 1779 he registered at the Circuit Court of Prince George county a mare which had wandered on his farm.

He died testate. His last will and testament, dated 25 Feb. 1790, was probated on 16 May 1790, in Prince George co. The witnesses were William Ruglas, William Higgens and John Turner.. He failed to name all his children by their christain names. "To wife Elizabeth all household goods and effects during life, and then to be divided equally among all my children. To son Reazin sorrel mare and may working tools; wearing apparel to be divided between said Reazin and son Robert. To son Robert gun, shoe and knee buckles.


In the name of God Amen I Robert Hardesty of Prince Georges County State of Maryland being very sick and weak in Body but of perfect mind and memory thanksbe given to God calling unto mind the Mortality of my body and knowing that it isappointed for all Men once to die do make and Ordain thi my las Will ad Testament

that is to say principally and 

first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my Body I recommend to the earth to be Buried in descnt Christian Burial nothing doubting but at General resurrection I shall receive the

same again by the mighty power of God and a touching such worldly Effects weherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this Life I give devise and disppose of the same as follows, 

First I give and bequeth to Elizabeth Hardisty my dearly beloved wife all my Household Goods and Effects during her Life then to be equally divided among my Children,

Secondly I give to my Son Reazin' Hardisty my young Sorrell Mare and my working Tools and my wareing Apparel to be divided between him and my son Robert Hardesty also I give and bequeath to my son Robert Hardisty my Gun my Shoe & Knee Buckles both their Legacies to be clear of a Child's part and

I do hereby disallow revoke and Disannul all and every other Testaments, Wills, Legacies, Requests by me in anyways before named willed and bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my las Will and Testament.

In Witness whereof I hereunto set my had & seal this Twenty fifth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety

Robt Hardisty

Signed Sealed pronounced and declared by the said Robert Hardisty as his last will and Testament in the presents of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereto Subscribed our names William Ruglass William Higgins John Turner

At the foot of which will was thus written to wit,

Prince Georges County to wit, 16th May 1790. Then came William Ruglass and William Higgins two of the Subscribing witnesses to the within Will and Testament of Robert Hardisty late of said County deceased and made Oath on the Holy Evangels of Almight God that they did see Robert Hardisty the Testator in this will named sign and seal this will and heard him publish pronounce and declare the same to be his last Will and Testament. That at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their Aporehensions of sound and disposing mind Memory and understanding and that they did see John Turner the other witness subscribe his name as witness to this will in his presence at this request and in the presence of each other.

Sworn before & certified by Saml Tyler Reg.

Wills, 1790 T#1, f. 293


1. Judith Elaine (McKee) Burns, Thomas Hardesty of Greene County, Indiana His Ancestors and Descendants (Transcript/Manuscript, 1977 - ?).

2. D. A. R. Application Papers, #55298. COMMENT: One must understand that 'Old' DAR Applications are nearly worthless in terms of quality documentation and are not accepted by DAR themselves without accepted by the DAR themselvs without further research and documentation 'OLD' means numbers before 600.-000 in cases where later applications are missing required data, even applications of more recent dates. RE: Rev. Frederick W. Payne CGRS, FACG 317 Periwinkle Court Baltimore, Md. 21710. Viola Elizabeth Haynes.

3. Records of John Dean (Jack) Hardesty , http;//, John Dean (Jack) Hardesty, O.F.M., . "Robert, the fifth child of Francis and Dorcus, was born 23 October, 1730 in Ann Arundel County, Maryland. He married Elizabeth, date not known. Robert died 1790 in Prince George County, Maryland. To this marriage nine children were born. The fifth child was Edmond, b September 24, 1766. (U. S. Census on microfilm 1850) Edmond married Ruth Chaney 22 December 1792. (Ann Arundel County marriage record, 1777-1813, page 51. Edmond and Ruth are the point of beginning in this genealogy and are the only Hardestys in Generation I [of this book]."

Robert Hardesty, the son of Francis and Dorcus Linthicum Hardesty, was born October 23, 1730 in All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He had one sister and four brothers: Deborah, Thomas, Peter, John and Richard Hardesty.

Robert married Elizabeth (surname unknown) in Anne Arundel County in 1755. They had nine chiidren: John, Elizabeth, Isabella, Thomas, Edmond, Samuel, Richard, Robert G. and Reason Hardesty.

In about 1775, the family relocated to neigboring Prince Georges County, Maryland. Robert died at his home in St. Johns Parish, Prince Georges County on May 16, 1790, and was laid to rest at St. Johns Episcopal Church Cemetery, Fort Washington, Prince Georges County.

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Robert Hardesty's Timeline

October 23, 1730
Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland
January 29, 1757
Age 26
Age 29
Anne Arundel, MD, USA
May 26, 1764
Age 33
Anne Arundel, Maryland
September 24, 1765
Age 34
Prince George's County, Maryland, United States
Age 38
South River Parish, Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Maryland
Age 40
South River Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland
Age 44
All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
May 16, 1790
Age 59
Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States