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Hardy Council (b. 1678, d. March 07, 1749/50)Hardy Council (son of Hodges Council and Lucy Hardy)57 was born 1678 in Eng, and died March 07, 1749/50 in Isle of Wight Co, VA.
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[v9t2421 John De Hardy (1504).FTW]
!Hardy COUNCIL 1678-1750, Gentleman, Planter, and son of Hodges Councill
Senior, lived in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.In 1704 he paid a Quit Rent
on 900 acres in Isle of Wight County.He acquired large acreage in North
Carolina, part of which he gave to his sons.
!On April 21, 1727, Hardy COUNCILL was appointed Sheriff of Isle of Wight
County.The same day Augustine Washington was appointed Sheriff of
Westmoreland County, Virginia.Hardy COUNCILL succeeded Thomas Brewer and was
succeeded, after his second appointment, by William Kinchin, in April 1729.
(Ref. Newport Parish Book, p. 37, in Virginia Archives, and Virginia Executive
!In his account of Old Churches of Virginia, Bishop Meade says Hardy COUNCILL
was a vestryman of the Old Brick Church of Isle of Wight County built in 1632,
the original building still standing and in regular service.Many of the old
Church records were destroyed, but it is believed Hardy COUNCILL was Vestryman
about the year 1734 and subsequently.This old Church, a few miles east of
Smithfield, is sometimes called St. Lukes, sometimes referred to as Old Brick
!The Will of Hardy COUNCILL, reads as follows:
!WILL OF HARDY COUNCILL
!In the Name of God Amen, the 28th of Nov. 1748.I, Hardy Councill, of Isle of
Wight Co. & Parish of Newport in Virginia, having lived to the age of very near
seventy one, being in health of body and of perfect mind and memory, I praise
the Lord therefore and calling to mind the uncertainty of this life, and
knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, have thought fit to make
this my last will and testament in the following manner and form.
!1st.I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my
body to the Grave to be decently buried in Christian Burial, at the discretion
of my executors hereafter mentioned and for my worldly estate that it hath
pleased God to bless me withall, I give and bequeath the same in the following
manner and form:
!Item.First.I leave to my beloved wife Susannah the use and command of all
my negros during her natural life, and the plantation whereon we now live for
the same term.
!Item.I give to my four oldest daughters, Mary, Ann, Lucy, and Martha, each of
them one shilling besides what I have already possessed them with all.
!Item.I give to my son Hardy Councill, that 100 acres whereon John Sherard
Jun'r. now lives to him, his heirs and assigns forever.I also give to my son
Hardy my negro woman Cate after his mothers decease.
!I give and bequeath to my son Charles Councill the plantation whereon he now
lives with two hundred acres, beginning at a corner tree that parted the land
of William Brasswell and myself and to his heirs and assigns forever.I also
give to my son Charles my negro man called Bowman after his mothers decease.
!I give to my son Michael Councill all the land I now hold in Carolina and the
plantation he now lives on to him and his heirs and assigns forever.I also
give to my son Michael my negro man called Dick after his mothers decease.
!I give to my daughter Susannah Councill 300 acres, on the heads of the branches
of Kingsale and of Beaver Dams, according to the bound thereof to her and heirs
and assigns forever.I also give her one feather bed, and the furniture that
belongs to it.
!I give to my daughter Christian Councill all the land I hold on the West side
of the Beaver Dam Swamp except 10 acres, to her and her heirs and assigns
forever.Also I give her one feather bed and furniture belonging to it and all
the cattle that is now called hers, and their future increase.I also give her
my great Book, wherein her age is set; the land I give her is by estimation 200
!I give to my son Joshua Councill the plantation whereon I now live with all the
land belonging to it being 350 acres to him and his assigns forever, after his
mothers decease.I also give him one feather bed and the furniture belonging
to it; also my will is that my son Joshua shall have liberty to work anywhere
on the land not hurting his mother's tended ground, not any of her immediate
convenience.The bed & furniture I have already possessed him withall.All
the rest of my personal estate within doors and without I leave it to my loving
wife to her and her disposing.My will is further that my son Joshua after his
mothers decease shall have my negro man Peter, and I also give him 10 acres at
the corner of my land next Keels--Foley.
!And I do make and ordain my loving wife Susannah Councill and my son Charles
Councill to be my executrix and executor of this my last will and testament,
bearing date this 22d day of Feb. Anno Domi 1749.
!Signed, seal in the presence of these witnesses:
Jacob Dickinson, Hardy Lawrence, Robt. R. Johnson
!Then rec'd. of my father Hardy Councill the feather bed & furniture that he
bequeathed me in his last will and testament within mentioned and now received
the sd. bed in my father's lifetime.Given under my hand this 24th day of Nov.
!Witnessed, Robert Whitfield
!At a Court held for Isle of Wight Co. March 7th, 1750, the last will and
testament of Hardy Councill, Gent. deceased, was presented by Susannah Councill
and Charles Councill the Executors therein named, who made oath thereto and
being proved by the oath of Hardy Lawrence, and the affirmation of Robert
Johnson, two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
!TestJas. Baker, Cl. Cur.
!A copy, Teste(signed)R. A. Edwards, Clerk
!W.B. #5, page 319, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Records
!The "affirmation" of Robert Johnson gives evidence of his Quaker faith.He was
grandfather of Pheraby Duck, wife of Godwin Councill 1773-1841.
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Burial: March 1749/50, Isle of Wight Co, VA.