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The Hardy Family History were among the landed gentry of England in the early eleventh century, and were descended from the Norman Knight, De Hardie.The name has been variously spelt, Hardy, Hardie, Hardey or Hardee.There have been many Naval Officers, but the name is rarely found in the Army list of England.There are several portaraits of this distiguished family hanging in Greenwich Naval Art Gallery.
The first authentic record of this family begins with:
I.Sir John deHardy, Lord Mayor of London, died 1543; married Mary Stanley, daughter of George Stanley, Knight of the Garter and K.B., Lord Strange, and his wife, Joan, Baroness Strange, daughter of John, Lord Strage and Jacquetta Wydville.
II.Sir Michael deHardy, of Wetwant born 1530, and died 1595; married Lady Alice (Allison), daughter of Sir Matthew deShelton.
III.Sir Richard Hardy, Esq. of Yorkshire born 1567, and died 1645; married Alice, daughter of Robert Wilson.
IV.John Hardy, of Bedfordshire, England, born 1613 and died 1670; married 1632, Olive Council, born 1615, and died 1675.They came from England to Virginia about 1666, and were granted land in Isle of Wright County.Their sons had preceded them, coming to Virginia about 1652.
The first authentic record that we find of this family in Virginia,
is of George Hardy, who came to the Colony prior to 1636, at which date he is spoken of as a "Shipwright".In 1644 he patented 300 acres, and in 1648, 500 acres situated upon Lawne's Creek, in Isle of Wight County.He was the owner of the famous Hardy Mill, which was owned by the family for generations.
He served as a member of the House of Burgesses from 1641--52.He was a liberal supporter of the Established Church.He made his will March 14, 1665, and names his loving wife, to whom he leaves all his land, housing etc. for her life time then to divided between his nephews, George Hardy, Jr., Christian Wilson and Thomas Hardy.This and other records are proof that this George was a brother of John Hardy, of Isle of Wight Co. Virginia.
John Hardy, in 1666 received a grant for 1,150 acres of land in Isle of Wight County.He was a prominent, influential citizen and churchman.He married 1632 in England, Olive Council born 1615 and died 1675.Had among other issue
Col. John Hardy, born in England about 1637, had his will probated June 1677, in Isle of Wight County.He was a prominent, influential citizen and churchman, a member of the House of Burgesses in 1668 and a Justice of the County Court about 1673.He married Alice Bennett, the Widow Johnson, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Snayle.
As recorded in 'Adventurers of Purse and Person', p. 269; Thomas, and his wife Alice (widow Pierce) were living near Lawne's Creek in Isle of Wight Co., Virginia in 1624, for on October 10, of that year she testified before the General Court in a trial of John Proctor, her neighbor charged with cruelty to his servants.At the same trial her second husband is identified as Thomas Bennett, etc.Thomas Bennett was born in Wivelscombe, Co. Somerset, England, having come on the Neptune in 1618, a member of the House of Burgesses from Mulberry Island in 1632.
In records of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, these Land Grants are found:
Richard Young, 350 acres, November 25, 1636, up the river side from the great Indian field, etc., for transportation of seven persons:Henry Sneale,Elizabeth Sneale his wife, and Elizabeth, John, Dorothy, Alice and Mary Sneale.
The following year Henry Snaile was granted 50 acres November 23, 1637, north of Pagan Creek, etc., Due by assignment of the right of one servant called William Taylor from Lt. John Upton
John and Elizabeth Sneale (Snayle) had daughter Alice who married second Thomas Bennett whose daughter Alice, married second John Hardy.
Their son, John Hardy, Jr. married Rebecca, surname Unknown, their daughter, Mary Hardy married, first, Col. John Hinton