Notes for Richard I. Hardy: Before the family moved from Georgia to Alabama, Richard joined a Georgia Militia to fight in the Florida Indian Wars. Indian War Pension Application dated 1894, Alabama. Served in Captain Merriwether's Company, Georgia Volunteers, Florida War. Ind. Wid. App. #5933, Cet. #4491. Widow: Phoebe J. Hardy.
Richard, the founder of the family in Henry County, AL, came from Jasper County, GA, lived a short while in Barbour County, AL, and settled in the area around Dothan. At that time, the family lived between Kinsey and a place called "Richmond, Alabama" that was the county seat of the huge Henry County as declared by the Alabama State Constitutional Convention in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama in December 1819. They created the County of Henry out of the old Conecuh County of the Alabama Territory 1817-1819 that was taken from the original Washington County of the Mississippi Territory that reached from the Chattahoochee River on the east to the Mississippi River on the west. The huge County of Patrick Henry was created December 13, 1819, one day before Alabama became the 21st state of the Union on December 14, 1819. Transportation from Georgia to Alabama was by wagon pulled by a yoke of oxen, with their household goods tied in hogsheads--that epoch-making event which marked the earlier penetration of southeast Alabama and to which was attributed the lure of cheap lands which has always carried settlers across continents, and to conditions generally which drive men into new fields. Richard reached Alabama about 1847. The family is found there in the 1850 census. Land records show Richard paid 25 cents an acre for the 325 acres he purchased on August 8, 1855. In 1972, when I discovered that patch of earth they called home, I suddenly had a better understanding of who my ancestors really were.
He is listed in the 1855 State Census of Henry Co., AL: HARDY R.J. 4 males under 21, 1 male over 21, 3 females under 21, 1 female over 21.
It was told that Richard built a schoolhouse on his plantation and boarded the teacher in his house. These "old field schools" were common, and the schoolmasters hired by the parents ran the schools until after the Civil War. His position and influence has been subtly indicated by the quality of the granite marking his grave.
I do not have a drawing or photograph of Richard, but older cousins tell me he was of such kindliness that he was "Uncle Dick" to everyone who knew him. This gives me a picture in my mind of a caring, and conscientious man. The family attended the Wiggins Church, now known as MT. Pleasant Baptist Church, which was established in 1859.
Richard I Hardy Age in 1860: 43 Birth Year: abt 1817 Birthplace: North Carolina Home in 1860: Kirkland, Henry, Alabama Gender: Male Post Office: Bay Spring Value of real estate: $1500 Household Members: Name Age Richard I Hardy 43 Jane Hardy 38 John Hardy 16 James Hardy 14 Louisa Hardy 13 ARJane Hardy 11 Richard Hardy 8 Thomas Hardy 6 Emily Hardy 4 Columbo Hardy 1 *************************************************************************
1880 Headland, Henry Co., AL Census: R. I. HARDY Self M Male W 63 NC Farming NC NC Jain HARDY Wife M Female W 58 GA House Keeper GA GA Loiza HARDY Dau S Female W 32 AL House Keeper NC GA Columbus HARDY Son S Male W 21 AL Farm Hand NC GA Catharine HARDY Dau S Female W 18 AL Farm Hand NC GA Joseph HARDY Son S Male W 16 AL Farm Hand NC GA Isaiah HARDY Son S Male W 12 AL Farm Hand NC GA Thomas HAMMOCK Nephew S Male W 21 GA Farm Hand GA GA
A few miles north of Dothan, AL where our ancestor, Richard Hardy, had a plantation, there is a Hardy Family Cemetery. It is on Geiger Road. Coming from the north take Hwy 134 west, then left on County Road 21. After crossing the county line [Henry/Houston] the road becomes known as Geiger Road just one-tenth of a mile south of the Houston County line the cemetery is on the left.
There is also a Hardy Cemetery in Washington Co., FL near New Hope.
Another Hardy Cemetery is in Dallas Co., AL near Selma, AL.
This reminds me of the story Roscoe told me of three brothers coming to settle in southern Alabama.
More About Richard I. Hardy: Burial: 1891, Hardy Cemetery, north of Dothan, AL. Census 1: 21 Sep 1850, Barbour Co., AL pg 117. Census 2: 30 Aug 1860, Kirkland Beat, BaySprings, Henry Co., AL pg 183. Census 3: 03 Sep 1870, 4th Precinct, Abbeville, Henry Co., AL. Census 4: 29 Jun 1880, Beat 6, Headland, Henry Co., AL pg 620B. Military service: 14 May 1836, Indian Wars - Georgia Militia. Occupation: Planter. Property 1: 01 Nov 1858, 327.64 acres in Henry Co., AL(area later became Houston Co.). Property 2: 20 Dec 1882, 39.99 acres in Henry Co., AL(area later became Houston Co.). Residence: T4N R26E Sec 23.
More About Richard I. Hardy and Phoebe Arjane Hammock: Marriage: 14 Apr 1842, Perry, Houston Co., GA.25
Children of Richard I. Hardy and Phoebe Arjane Hammock are: