Here is the rest of the story, to borrow a line from Paul Harvey. In the Feb. 25, 1915, issue of the Greenville Sun is this quotation from a Jefferson City, Missouri, letter written by Wayne County state legislator J.M. Bowers, who in earlier years was a school teacher and newspaper publisher at Greenville: “I went over to the national cemetery today in company with my colleague, Hon. James Fulbright, for the purpose of inspecting the grave of the Hon. Hardy Allard. I found the grave, which was covered with an old fashioned slab inscribed as follows: ‘Sacred to the memory of Hardy Allard, late representative from Wayne County, Missouri, who was born on the 22nd Nov 1792 and died on the 20th Jan 1837. Erected by an Act of General Assembly.’ I can not find any further record except that he was a member of the 9th General Assembly .” According to Rose Fulton Cramer’s Wayne County Missouri, Hardy Allard was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Jefferson City.He may have been a widower with no family members nearby at the time of his death. The family in the 1830 U.S. Census of Wayne County included two males under age 5, one male 10-15, and another 30-40 (Hardy). Females included one under age five, one 10-15, another 15-20, and one 60-70 (likely his mother). From all that is known it appears Hardy Allard was alone in Wayne County with his family, but his election to the Missouri House of Representatives surely suggests he was an honored citizen.
In the 1830 census, Aaron Hardin Allard, believed a nephew, was the only other head of household with the surname enumerated in Missouri, in Cooper County, but others were nearby or soon to arrive. Aaron H. Allard and his wife, Mary “Polly” Weaver, between 20 and 30 years old in 1830, were married in Howard County, Mo., in 1820 and patented land in Benton and several nearby counties beginning in 1835. His name appears on the same page in the census record as that of James Q. Carrico whose wife Matilda was a sister to Mary (Weaver) Allard. According to a posted genealogy, Descendants of Samuel and John Weaver, the last six children of James and Matilda Carrico were born in Cooper and Benton counties from 1829 to 1842. Several of Aaron Hardin Allard’s children were born in Benton County, too, so that apparently became their home, at least for a time. Owning patented land nearby in Benton was one James Allard, believed to be Aaron Hardin Allard’s brother who was wed in nearby Morgan County Nov. 7, 1833, to Nancy Weaver, a sister to Matilda Carrico and Mary Allard. John Knoop “bought 40 acres from James Allard near the Morgan County border east of Cole Camp” in 1839, according to a manuscript in the Benton County archives. Aaron Allard is mentioned in Cooper County Stray Book B 1829-1833. He helped appraise stray horses recovered in 1830 and 1832. The two were sons of a David Allard, born about 1779 and married in Kentucky about 1799 to Mary Burleson, but the couple as early as 1813 lived in St. Louis. That is the place and year of birth of their daughter Nancy, but David Allard probably died in Illinois. He and Hardy Allard of Wayne County are believed brothers, sons of Hardy and Sarah Allard who lived in Warren County, Ky., before moving to Pope County, Ill., about 1806. The elder Hardy Allard, born about 1759, and his wife, Sarah, born about 1761, appear to have lived several years in Kentucky near the Tennessee border. The father and David Allard were on the 1797 tax list of Warren County, Ky., which was carved that year from Logan County, which is where Hardy Allard acquired 200 acres on Gasper River in 1797. In 1800, Hardy Allard was counted in the Warren County census. Deed abstracts in Warren County reveal Hardy Allard and his wife sold “half of Allard’s headright,” i.e. 100 acres, on 17 May 1802 and the other half on 15 Feb 1805. By 1816, Pope County tax records list households of David Allard (2 horses) and Hardy Allard (3 horses) separately in the area of Waters of Big Bay. Mary Burleson Allard, a widow, was counted in the 1818 and 1820 censuses of Illinois. Her son William Allard, a physician, was counted in the 1820, 1830, and 1840 censuses of Johnson County and remained in Illinois to his death, but most of the other Allards moved on to Missouri and subsequently to Texas or elsewhere. That number includes four War of 1812 soldiers who in 1818 were awarded land in southern Illinois counties. They were Henry Allard I, whose land was in Brown County; Henry Allard II, Warren; Jacob Allard, Knox, and Aaron Allard, Hancock. No other record of any of them has been found, but they were likely brothers to Hardy and David Allard.
Mary Burleson Allard, David Allard’s widow, was living in Crawford County, Arkansas Territory, in 1830 aged 40-50 with a male 15-20 and a female 10-15 who are believed her children James B. and Lucy Allard. Crawford County borders Oklahoma and is not far from Texas. James B. Allard and Aaron Hardin Allard, his brother, were counted in the 1840 census of Platte County, Mo. They ended up in Texas. The census reports one James Allard, 45, and his wife Elizabeth, 44, both born in Missouri, and several children, born in both Missouri and Texas, were living in Benton County, Mo., in 1870, but the names of their children suggest he in fact was William Allard, a son of Aaron Hardin Allard. Was his first or middle name James? He apparently was the William J. Allard who patented land in Benton County in 1854, 1857 and 1875.
Aaron Hardin Allard passed his name to a son, and a grandson, a son of James Burleson Allard II, was given the same name, so there were at least three with the middle name Hardin. One suspects the birth name of Hardy Allard of Wayne County was Hardin, too, and that is probably the case with the elder Hardy Allard as well. The Allards likely originated in New Hampshire. All of the early Allards were in the New England states and nearby Canada. A Texas sketch of the youngest of A.H. Allard’s sons, a Confederate soldier, states he was “of a family of Irish descent,” but I think it more likely they were of French descent. One finds an Allard Lake in Massac County, Ill., which adjoins Pope County, and another in Quebec, Canada.
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