James W. Hardy, b abt 1858 MS, acording to census, abt 1855 according to marriage record was my 2 great grandfather.He married in Greene Co, AR in 18761st Amelia Cole also b abt 1858 according to census and family records, 1855 according to marriage record, Greene Co. AR daughter of Dennis Cole and Lucinda Knipper.On the 1880 censusthey are shown with one child, son Thomas.They have daughters Adelia in 1882 and Ada in 1884.Amelia dies after 1884.James W. is deputy sheriff on the 1880 census and records show this to be the coroner's position which he held from 1878-1880.He is a merchant by 1891.
Married second Martha Thorn.They are shown on the 1900 census with Adelia and Ada, and son Grover, plus James' nieces and nephews - Osmer Ray Hardy, John E. Hardy, Mary Hardy, Ethel Hardy, Donna Hardy.I believe these to be the children of Wiley J. Hardy and Lavisa Cole, niece of Amelia Cole.Donna and Ethel apparently never marry.John Earl married Dahlia ?? and Mary married ?? Wood.I don't know if Osmer married but he was called up for WWI.James will appear on the 1910 census in Higdon, Cleburne Co., then there is no further census record.
I find no marriage or death information on Adelia and Grover disappears after the 1910 census.Ada married in 1904 to W.C. Jones.My Grandmother says her father'sname was William Carroll Jones.I believe W.C. (Will or Willie) to be the son of Judge W.C. Jones and Eliza Jane Chaney/Cheney.Judge Jones was born in KY according to census data abt 1830.Eliza Jane is born MD abt 1836, daughter of Thomas A. Chaney and Nancy Greenwade (both natives of Allegany Co., MD) of Sand Hill, Scotland Co., MO.W.C., Sr. and Eliza reside in Scotland Co. in 1860, I have not yet found them for 1870 and they are in Highland, Lewis Co., MO on the 1880 census where he is county judge.They have children Nancy J., Willie 12 (born abt 1866), Isah, Frank C.When they appear on the 1900 in Greene Co., AR census, Nancy is not with them.Isah disappears (he may actually be Ide) as well.Will C. is now 31, Frank will die in 1903, mother Eliza dies in 1904, both are buried in Greene Co.The elder W.C. Jones is elected County Judge in Greene Co., in 1888 and is still judge in 1891, he is farming in 1900 with sons helping him. According to a business directory, there is a W.C. Jones that owns the Commercial Hotel. I am not certain of the hotel's location, but it is either Gainesville or Paragould.I am also not certain whether it is the older or younger W.C. that owns that hotel.I have no record beyond the 1900 census for the Sr., W.C.
In 1910 James W. Hardy is still head of household, in Cleburne Co.Son-in-law W.C. and daughter Ada are in the household, and son Grover.At present I have only soundex information for this entry.
Can anyone identify James W.'s parents?I find his mother, Sarah, as a widow on the 1870 census in the Lines household, age 35 born SC (this may be wrong, James later shows her born MS and his father born MS) with sons James W., age 12 born MS, John T., age 10 born AR, and Wiley J., age 7 born AR.John T. will marry Virginia Cole, another niece of Amelia's in 1877 and is either dead or they have divorced by 1880 when she remarries. Wiley J. married Lavisa in 1884 and they are dead within a year of each other in 1898 and 1899.I can find no record that matches them so far in 1860 in AR or MS.It's possible he died in the Civil War.Eight of James W.'s brother's in law fought for the Confederacy (there were 25 children in the Cole family) and there are a few Hardy men in the same Regiments.The father may be named Tom as that is a name mentioned in the family and he may have been a Judge, but does not show up on the records as such in Greene Co.
Can anyone verify the parents of the 5 orphaned nieces and nephews?
Can anyone identify W.C. Sr.'s parents?Or any of his other descendants?Is there a bio on file for him somewhere in Greene County since he was Judge there?Can anyone verify that my W.C. is the son of W.C. and Eliza Jane?
Were parents names listed on marriage licenses in AR in the early 1900's?If so W.C. the younger's parents could be positively identified.I've seen some from the late 1800's but I don't recall seeing any family information on them.
A lot of questions requires a lot of thanks and I give it gladly in advance.Happy time travels, all.Susan.