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Robert Hardesty

Also Known As: "Hardisty"
Birthplace: Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland
Death: May 16, 1790 (59)
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 Hardesty; Elizabeth Hardesty; Levi Hardesty; Isabell Hardesty; Thomas Hardesty and 5 others
Brother of Deborah Hardesty; Thomas Hardesty; Peter Hardesty; John Hardisty and Richard Hardesty
Half brother of Francis Hardesty

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

About Robert Hardesty

ROBERT HARDISTY (FRANCIS, THOMAS, ARTHUR, WILLIAM, ?) was born 23 October 1730 inAll Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland and died 16 May 1790 in Prince Georges County, Maryland

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 unmarried 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

In about 1775, the family relocated to neighboring Prince Georges County, Maryland; in that portion of the county which embraced St. John's and Prince George's parishes, including the present District of Columbia.

According to the 1776 census for St. John's and Prince George's parishes, he was listed 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

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 quoted from Henry Wright Newman who gave Brumbaugh's Maryland Records Vol. 2 pg. 275 as his source of reference.

On 18 Jul. 1779 he registered at the Circuit Court of Prince George county a mare which had wandered on his farm.


  • 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

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.

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.

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.

His will recorded: PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND WILLS; Liber T No. #1; 1790-1796; Folio 293 ROBERT HARDESTY 02/25/1790 05/16/1790 reads in full:

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 thanks be given to God calling unto mind the Mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all Men once to die do make and Ordain thsi my last 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.

He married abt 1755 ELIZABETH ____ . She was born 1728 in Prince Georges, Prince George's County, Maryland, and died Unknown.

Elizabeth's maiden name and ancestry is UNKNOWN although some trees are listing her as "Benson" and "Hough"


  • i. JOHN
  • HARDISTY, b. 29 January 1757, Anne Arundel County, MD; d. Unknown, St Louis, Missouri.
  • ii. ELIZABETH HARDISTY, b. 1760, Anne Arundel County, MD; d. Unknown; m. JOHN HOBERTH, 27 October 1791, Anne Arundel County, MD; b. 1756; d. Unknown.
  • iii. ISABELLA HARDISTY, b. 1762, Anne Arundel County, MD; d. Unknown; m. JAMES MEREDITH, 3 March 1799, Anne Arundel Co, MD; d. Unknown.
  • iv. THOMAS HARDISTY, b. 26 May 1764, Anne Arundel County, MD; d. 4 April 1859, Greene Co, Indiana.
  • v. EDMUND HARDISTY, b. 24 September 1766, Anne Arundel County, MD; d. 4 February 1864, Ogle County, Illinois.
  • vi. SAMUEL HARDISTY, b. 1771, Anne Arundel County, MD; d. Unknown; m. MATY JANE HODGES; d. Unknown.
  • vii. RICHARD HARDISTY, b. 1774, Anne Arundel County, MD; d. Unknown.
  • viii. ROBERT G HARDISTY, b. 1777, Prince Georges County, MD; d. Unknown.
  • ix. REAZIN HARDISTY, b. 1780, Prince Georges County, MD; d. Unknown.
  • NOTE: some tree also list George Hardesty as a son - but is also listed under his brother John Hardisty as his son. If he is Robert's son he is not named in his will -


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

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.

Records of John Dean (Jack) Hardesty , , O.F.M.,

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Robert Hardesty's Timeline

October 23, 1730
Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland
St Marys, St Mary's, Maryland
January 29, 1757
South River Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
Anne Arundel, Maryland
Anne Arundel, MD, United States
Anne Arundel, Maryland
May 26, 1764
Anne Arundel, Maryland
September 24, 1765
Prince George's County, Maryland, United States
South River Parish, Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Maryland
South River Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland