Family History
(Of the Delaware Area)
By: Russell S. Pickett

      Anyone that has information or questions on this family line please "email me".  The names shown in "Marroon" are the ancestor's of my daughters "Kayla" and Kara Pickett".  Thanks, and I hope you enjoy this short history of the Hardy Family.

Other Family names included in this document:

McDowell, David, Hurd, Callahan, Case, Brown, McElroy, Dantinne, Dean, Brittingham, McReynolds



      Robert, (1) is currently the senior family member known.  He resided in the Wilmington, De. area in the mid-1800's.  He is believed to have been born in ca. 1823 in the Wilmington area.  He married "Mary _____" who was born in ca. 1823 in Ireland.  Mary's parents' names are currently unknown.

      Robert (1) joined "Company H, 2nd Regiment, Delaware Infantry Volunteers" on August 12, 1861 in Wilmington to fight in the Civil War.  He signed up for a 3 year term which would have ended in August of 1864.  A New Testament that Robert (1) carried during the war can be seen at the Delaware State Archives.  It was donated by his grand-daughter, Mary (19).

      Mary died on October 11, 1868 & was interred in the Old Swedes Church Cem., Wilmington.  The date of Robert's (1) death & the place of his interment is currently unknown.  They had four known children together who were all born in Wilmington.

2.    Margaret A. Hardy  -  b. Feb 10, 1852, d. ??
3.  *John Hardy  -  b. May, 1853, d. ??
4.  *William Hardy  -  b. Mar 2, 1855, d. ??
5.  *Robert H. Hardy  -  b. Jul 24, 1861, d. Apr 22, 1922

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"Mary (_____) Hardy"



John Hardy, (3)


      John, (3) was born the 2nd child & 1st son of Robert (1) & Mary (______) Hardy in May, 1853 in Wilmington, De.  He married "Mary Carter McDowell".  Mary's mother's name was Elizabeth McDowell and she is shown as a widown and living with John (3) and her daughter Mary in the 1880 census.  Elizabeth was also shown as a widow.  They resided in two known places during their marriage.  First on West 8th Street in Wilmington during the 1880's and later at 1017 Kirkwood Street.  John (3) worked as a brick mason.  The date of John's (3) death is unknown.  Mary was remarried to a Mr. Wilson after John's (3) death.  Where they were interred is unknown at this time.  They had 3 known children. 6.   John R. Hardy  -  b. Mar, 1879, d. ??
7.  *Ada Mary Goodnow Hardy  -  b. Aug 18, 1881, d. ??
8.  *Joseph F. V. Blocksom Hardy  -  b. Nov 19, 1883, d. ??



William Hardy, (4)


      William, (4) was born the 3rd child & 2nd son of Robert (1) & Mary (_____) Hardy on March 2, 1855 in Wilmington.  He was baptisted in the Old Swedes Church in Wilmington in July, 1855.  The witnesses were William and Anne Beatty.  He married "Eliza Rebecca Yost" in 1883. She was the daughter of Zebulon & Mary Mitchell Yost.  They resided in the Marcus Hook, PA area.  Together they had six children.   9.   Robert Y. Hardy
xx.   Bertram R. Hardy
11.   William T. Hardy
12.   Homer W. Hardy
13.   Martha P. Hardy
14.   Jacqueline F. Hardy

Family Notes:  Robert (9) and Jacqueline (13) were born the oldest and youngest.  However the birth order of the other three children is unsure.  Robert (9) died while working at the Texaco Refinery in Marcus Hook, PA due to falling in a vat and being burned.



      Robert, (5) was born the 4th & last known child & 3rd son of Robert (1) & Mary (______) Hardy on July 24, 1861 in Wilmington.  As a teenager he moved to Kent County and worked on the farm of John & Francis (_____) Denney.  He met and married "Ella David" on July 11, 1890 in Kent County, DE.  Ella was born the daughter of William Thomas & Arminta (Hurd) David in June, 1872.  The wedding was performed by S. R. Maxwell.  They resided on the Logan farm near Kitts Hummock where Robert (5) was a Tenant Farmer.  The farm was owned by John Reed Nicholson, Delaware Chancellor (see number 18 below) at that time.  Robert, along with farming, also did his own blacksmith work for the farm.  His daughter Mary (14) remembers helping her father with the bellows.

      Robert (5) died on April 22, 1922 at the age of 60 after getting his arm caught in a corn sheller about 10 days earlier.  The cause of death was Lockjaw.  He was interred in Lakeside Cem., Dover, De.  Ella died on September 13, 1935 at the age of 63 of a heart attack & was interred next to her husband.  A silver hunting case man's pocket watch used by Robert (5) can be seen at the Delaware State Archives.  It was donated to them by his daughter Mary (14).  Together they had 6 children.

14.   Robert Hardy  -  b. Nov 10, 1890, d. ??
15.   William Thomas Hardy  -  b. Feb 16, 1893, d. Feb 21, 1893
16.   Elizabeth Hardy  -  b. Dec 18, 1895, d. 1910
17.   Ruth (Molly ?) Hardy  -  b. Nov, 1897, d. ??
18.  *John Reed Nicholson Hardy  -  b. Jan 4, 1900, d. Sep 28, 1974
19.  *Mary Carter Hardy  -  b. Oct 16, 1904, d. May 4, 2005

Family Notes:  Robert (14) was born in New Castle & was believed to have died an infant.  William (15) was born in Leipsic & died at 5 days old.  Elizabeth (16) was also born in Leipsic & was nicknamed "Lizzie".  She died at 15 years of age & is interred at Lakeside Cem., Dover with her parents.  A John E. White, b. Jul, 1884, was lodging with the family during the 1900 census.  He was apparently a black farm laborer.

View Online Memorial For  -  ( click on name ):
"Robert H. Hardy (5)"   -   "Ella (David) Hardy"   -   "Elizabeth Hardy (16)"



Ada Mary Goodnow Hardy, (7)


      Ada, (7) was born the 2nd child and only dau of John (3) & Mary Carter (McDowell) Hardy on August 18, 1881 in Wilmington, De.  She married "William Callahan" whose personal information is currently unknown.  They resided in the Wilmington area and had 2 known children. 30.   Beatrice Callahan
31.   ??? Callahan



Joseph F. V. Blocksom Hardy, (8)


      Joseph, (8) was born the 3rd and last child & 2nd son of John (3) & Mary Carter (McDowell) Hardy on November 19, 1883 in Wilmington, De.  He married "Catherine _____" whose personal information is currently unknown.  They resided in the New Castle area & were believed to have had 2 children. 32.   ??? Hardy
33.   ??? Hardy



      John, (18) was born the 5th child & 3rd & last son of Robert H. (5) & Ella (David) Hardy on January 4, 1900 on his parent's farm near Kitts Hummock.  He was married twice.  He first married "Pearle Case" who was born the dau of Edward & Emma (Salisbury) Case on March 11, 1905 in Murderkill Hundreds.  They were later divorced.  Pearle remarried a Marker and lived in the Dover area.  The children were, at this time, turned over to the Children's Home in Wilmington by their mother.  The oldest child, Catherine (35), however moved in with Edward & Maude (Case) Knight.  Maude was the sister of Pearle.  Later, the children were moved to the Murphy Home in Dover.

      John (18) then moved to Wilmington with a lady named "Ella Brown".  Ella was killed when she was struck by a car.  He later met and married "Helen "Eloise" McElroy" who was born in Alabama on April 2, 1927.  They lived in Atlantic City, NJ for a few years where at least two of their children were born.  They later moved to Florida and eventially lived in Hialeah, FL.

      John (18) worked on the Farm in Kitts Hummock and later worked on ships in the Delaware Bay, in the ocean off of Atlantic City, NJ and later in Florida.  He also served with the Merchant Marines during World War II.  Pearle & Eloise both reportedly were homemakers.  Ella worked as a waitress.  John (18) died in Hialeah, Fl on September 28, 1974 at 2:30 pm in the Hialeah Hospital of Heart Failure.  He was interred in the Vista Memorial Gardens in Dade County, FL on October 1, 1974.  It is unsure at this time if Pearle is deceased.  Eloise is still residing in Hialeah, Fl.  John (18) had 7 children with Pearle Case and 5 with "Eloise".

Children of John R. N. Hardy & Pearle Case:
34.   (Infant) Hardy
35.   Catherine Hardy
36.  *John Robert Hardy  -  b. Sep 8, 1922, d. Nov 3, 1983
37.  *Edward Hardy
38.   Kenneth Hardy
39.  *Jane Marcella Hardy  -  b. Jan 7, 1926
40.   Mary Ellen Hardy  -  Apr 23, 1927

Children of John R. N. Hardy & Helen McElroy:
41.   Robert Walter Hardy  -  b. Jul 20, 1956
42.   Elizabeth Carolyn Hardy  -  b. Jul 25, 1957
43.   Patrica Ann Hardy  -  b. Oct 2, 1959
44.   Samuel James Hardy  -  b. Dec 15, 1961
45.   Anne Marie Hardy  -  b. Jan 27, 1965

Family Notes:  Child (34) is believed to have been an unnamed infant that died at birth & is interred at Lakeside Cem., Dover with their grandparents Robert (5) and Ella in a unmarked grave.  Catherine (35) married "Wallace Thompson" and resides in Easton, MD.  Kenneth (38) resides in Pennsylvania and has one child believed to be named Robin.  Mary Ellen (40) married "Nicholas Rocci" who was born on January 19, 1924.  They don't have any children together and reside in Kissimmee, Florida.  Robert (41), Elizabeth (42) and Samuel (44) were all born in Atlantic City, NJ.  Patrica (43) was born in Nahunta, GA.  Anne (45) was born in Hialeah, FL.

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      "John Reed Nicholson Hardy (18)"   -   "Infant Hardy (34)"



Mary Carter Hardy, (19)


      Mary, (19) was born the 6th & last child & 3rd & last dau of Robert H. (5) & Ella (David) Hardy on October 16, 1904 on her father's farm in Kitt's Hummock, De.  She was named for her aunt Mary Carter (McDowell) Hardy, wife of her uncle John (3).  She married "Edgar Spry Emery" on June 30, 1926 in the Baptist Church Parsonage on State Street in Dover, De.  "Spry" was born the son of Edward & Laura (Honey) Emery on November 19, 1895 near Sudlersville, MD.  After their marriage they resided in the Dover area.

      "Spry" died on September 4, 1979 at Kent General Hospital in Dover of an Aneurysm.  He was interred next to his Father-in-law & Mother-in-law at Lakeside Cem., Dover.  A doll that was given to Mary (19) by her aunt Mary Carter (McDowell) Hardy when she was 8 was donated by her to the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover where it is on display.  Mary (19) passed away at the age of 100 on May 4, 2005 in Dover, De. and was interred next to her husband.  She and her husband did not have any children.

View Online Memorial For  -  ( click on name ):
"Mary Carter (Hardy) Emery (19)"   -   "Edgar "Spry" Emery"



      John, (36) was born the 3rd child & 1st son of John Reed Nicholson (18) & Pearle (Case) Hardy on September 8, 1922 on the Logan Farm near Kitts Hummock, De. at 9:45 am.  He met & had a relationship with "Doris Brittingham" that produced one child.  He was later married twice.  1st he married "Pearl Jeanette Dantinne".  Pearl was born the dau of Amul & Grace Marie (Pollitt) Dantinne.  Her birth date is currently unknown.  They had six children together & were later divorced.  She currently resides close to her son Robert (47) in Frankford, De. and has remarried (1993) to a man named Walter ______.

      John (36) then married "Ruth Elizabeth (Dean) Edwards".  Ruth was born the dau of Maurice Samuel & Grace (Carroll) Dean on October 21, 1938 in Denton, MD.  ( See the "Dean Family History" )  John (36) & Ruth had 2 children together.  Ruth had 6 children prior to this marriage.  John (36) worked during his lifetime as a Laboror.  He died on November 3, 1982 during this marriage & was interred in the Camden Odd Fellows Cem., Camden.  Ruth remarried after John's death to Walter Garfield Hamby who was born the son of Benjamin Franklin & Mary (Blevins) Hamby on April 1, 1936 in Warrensville, NC.

Child of John Robert Hardy & Doris Brittingham:
46.  *John Edward Brittingham  -  b. Sep 15, 1946

Children of John Robert Hardy & Pearl Jeannette Dantinne
47.    Robert Richard Hardy  -  b. Jul 1, 1949
48.  *Linda Susan Hardy  -  b. Jan 1, 1951
49.  *Jeannette Pearl Hardy  -  b. Dec 7, 1953, d. Sep, 1986
50.  *Sandra Hardy  -  b. Aug 22, 1954
51.    Kenneth David Hardy  -  b. Aug 26, 1956
52.    Dean Roy Hardy  -  b. Oct 7, 1959

Children of John Robert Hardy & Ruth Elizabeth Dean:
53.  *John Robert Hardy, Jr.  -  b. May 17, 1968
54.  *Ruth Elizabeth Hardy  -  b. Aug 27, 1970

Family Notes:  Robert (47) resides in Frankford, De.  Kenneth (51) & Dean (52) are both single and neither has any children.  Kenneth (51) is residing in Delaware.  Dean (52) is residing in Felton, DE.

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      "John Robert Hardy (36)"



Edward Hardy, (37)


      Edward, (37) was born the 4th child & 2nd son of John Reed Nicholson (18) & Pearle (Case) Hardy on the Logan Farm near Kitts Hummock, De.  He married "Betty Story".  They were later divorced and Edward moved to Texas.  Together they had 3 children. 66.   Edward Hardy
67.   Lance Hardy  -  b. ??, d. ??
68.   Gary Dwain Hardy  -  b. Oct 12, 1947, d. Apr 18, 1967

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      "Gary Dwain Hardy (68)"

      Family Notes:  Edward (66) resides in Texas.  Lance (67) died of a Heart Attack while living in Texas.  Gary (68) died as a result of a Motorcycle Accident at the age of 19 years.  He was interred in the Lakeside Cem., Dover.



Jane Marcella Hardy, (39)


      Jane, (39) was born the 6th child & 2nd dau of John Reed Nicholson (9) & Pearle (Case) Hardy on January 7, 1926 in Delaware.  She married "Clyde Edgar Hinebaugh" who was born on August 4, 1926.  His parent's names are currently unknown.  Jane (39) passed away on June 26, 1997.  Where she is interred is currently unknown.  They had 4 children. 69.   Clyde Edgar Hinebaugh
70.  *Barbara Hinebaugh  -  b. Sep 30, 1947
71.  *Ashley Ivan Hinebaugh  -  b. Jan 18, 1955
72.   Becky Hinebaugh

      Family Notes:  Clyde (69) & Becky (72) live near each other in Maryland on the road to Goldsboro.

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      "Jane Marcella Hardy Hinebaugh (39)"



John Edward Brittingham, (46)


      John "Jack", (46) was born the 1st child & 1st son of John Robert Hardy (36) and Doris Brittingham.  He has been married three times.  He first married "Connie Lee Larrimore" whose dates and parents names are currently unknown.  They had two children together and later divorced.  He then married 2nd to "Diana Lee Longo".  Her dates and parents names are currently unknown.  They have no children together.  He then married 3rd to Laura Lee _____ who dates and parent's names are also unknown.  They reside in rural Dover, Delaware. 73.   Kathaleen Veronica Brittingham  -  b. Feb 23, 1970
74.   John D. Brittingham  -  b. Dec 30, 1970

      Family Notes:  Kathaleen (73) currently has three children and John (74) has two children.



Linda Susan Hardy, (48)


      Linda "Susan", (48) was born the 3rd child & 1st dau of John Robert (36) & the 2nd child & 1st dau of Pearl Jeanette (Dantinne) Hardy on January 1, 1951.  She has been married three times.  She was married 1st to "Edmund Cole, Jr." who the son of Edmund, Sr. & Evelyn (Sheehan) Cole on June 7, 1968 in Wyoming Methodist Church in Wyoming, De.  They had no children together and were later divorced.  She then married "Edward Otto" in Denton, MD in 1971and they had one child together.  They were later divorced.

      She later married "Wayne Moore".  Wayne was born the son of Frances & Pauline (Rash) Moore on Aug 15, 1950.  He died in a truck accident in Sheerborn, NY on August 9, 1979.  She was in a relationship with "James M. Davis" with whom she resided since 1980.  James "Jim" was born the son of Durwood & Margery (_____) Davis on Sep 2, 1943.  James has since passed away.  They have one child together.  Linda resides in rural Kent County, De.

Child of Edward Otto and Linda Susan Hardy:
75.   Terri Lynn Moore  -  b. Mar 5, 1972

Child of James M. Davis and Linda Susan Hardy:
76.   Billie Jo Davis  -  b. Apr 24, 1983

      Family Notes: Terry (75) currently has one child whose name and info is currently (2003) unknown.



Jeannette Pearl Hardy, (49)


      Jeanette "Candy", (49) was born the 4th child & 2nd dau of John Robert (36) & the 3rd child & 2nd dau of Pearl Jeanette (Danteen) Hardy on December 7, 1952.  She married "Richard Baum" who was born on January 31, 1947 in Pa.  His parents are currently unknown.  Richard died during their marriage in June of 1982.  Candy (49) died due to cystic fibrosis in September, 1986 in Pa.  She is interred in the Edgewood Gardens on Route 1 Concordville, Pa.  Together they had 1 child. 77.   Amy Marie Baum

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      "Jeannette Pearl (Hardy) Baum"

      Family Notes:  Amy (77) after her mother's death moved in with her aunt Sandra (50) in West Virginia.  She has graduated from high school and reportedly currently lives on her own.



Sandra Hardy, (50)


      Sandra, (50) was born the 5th child & 3rd dau of John Robert (36) & the 4th child & 3rd dau of Pearl Jeanette (Danteen) Hardy on August 22, 1954.  She married "Peter Szabries" whose other info is unknown at this time.  They have one child together and reside in Parkersburg, West Virginia. 78.   Christine Szabries



John Robert Hardy, Jr., (53)


      John, (53) was born the 8th child & 5th son of John Robert, Sr. (36) & the 7th child and 4th son of Ruth Elizabeth (Dean) Hardy on May 17, 1968 in Dover, De.  ( See the "Dean Family History" )  He married "Melissa Dawn Beene" who was born on February 13, 1970.  Melissa is the dau of Brenda Lee (_______).  Melissa currently resides in rural Harrington, DE.  They had one child together

      John (53) then had a relationship with "Tina Marie (Grioli) Windsor" who was born the dau of Giuseppe & Dell Bryant (Lawson) Grioli on July 26, 1969.  Tina was previously married to Jay Windsor with whom she had one child, Jonathan A. Grioli.  It is unknown where John (53) currently resides.

Child of John Robert Hardy, Jr. & Melissa Dawn Beane:
79.   Dustin James Hardy  -  b. Mar 10, 1989

Child of John Robert Hardy, Jr. & Tina Marie (Grioli) Windsor:
80.   Robert Lawson Hardy  -  b. Sep 9, 1991

      Family Notes:  Robert's (79) name was changed legally in January, 1994 from Robert Odell Lawson-Grioli to Robert Lawson Hardy.  Jonathan Alexander Grioli was born on October 11, 1987, son of Tina Marie, died on November 3, 2012.



      Ruth "Ruthie", (54) was born the 9th & last child & 4th dau of John Robert, Sr. (36) & the 8th & last child & 4th dau of Ruth Elizabeth (Dean) Hardy on August 27, 1970 in Dover, DE.  ( See the "Dean Family History" )  Ruthie (54) met & had a relationship with Bradley Alan McReynolds with whom she had one child.  She later married "Bradley Alan McReynolds" on April 21, 1989 in Dover, De.  Bradley was born the son of James & Evelyn M. (Tenbarge) McReynolds on December 5, 1956 in Indiana.  This marriage ended in divorce on July 16, 1992.

      Ruthie (54) met & and resided with "Russell Stout Pickett" from November, 1991 through October, 1998.  Russell was born the son of John Ernest, Jr. & Emma Virginia (Stout) Pickett on October 29, 1951 in Wilmington, DE.  They have two children together.  Russ had two children previous to this relationship, Christopher Scott and Ryan Mark Pickett  ( See the "Pickett Family History" )

      Ruthie (54) graduated from Lake Forest High School in Felton, De. in 1988.  She has worked as a waitress at Attilio's Pizza in Milford, De., the Blue Coat Inn Pancake House in Dover, De., in Wal-Marts in Dover, De. and with Bank Of America in Dover, De.  She currently works preparing taxes.  She resides in rural Dover, De. with her four children.

Child of Bradley Alan McReynolds & Ruth Elizabeth Hardy:
81.   Eric Adam McReynolds  -  b. Nov 29, 1987

Children of Russell Stout Pickett & Ruth Elizabeth (Hardy) McReynolds:
82.   Kayla Grace Pickett  -  b. Jun 27, 1992 (twin)
83.   Kara Virginia Pickett  -  b. Jun 27, 1992 (twin)

Child of Robert (_____) & Ruth Elizabeth Hardy:
84.   Brian Peter Hardy  -  b. Jan 10, 2002



Barbara M. Hinebaugh, (70)


      Barbara, (70) was born the 2nd child & 1st dau of Clyde Edgar & Jane Marcella (Hardy) Hinebaugh (39) on September 30, 1947 in Dover, De. She married "Charles E. Kersey, Jr." Charles was born the son of Charles E. Kersey, Sr. on November 6, 1947. They reside in Felton and together they have 2 children. 85.  *Michael C. Kersey  -  b. Jan 25, 1968
86.  *Angela Marie Kersey  -  b. Oct 27, 1971



Ashley Ivan Hinebaugh, (71)


      Ashley, (71) was born the 3rd child & 2nd son of Clyde Edgar & Jane Marcella (Hardy) (39) Hinebaugh on January 18, 1955 in Dover, De. He married "Carolyn Lee Edwards" on January 19, 1973 in Georgetown, De. Carolyn was born the dau of Alfred James & Ruth Elizabeth (Dean) Edwards on November 10, 1956 in Easton, Md. They reside in Kissimmee, Fl and together they have one child. 87.  *Kristina Marie Hinebaugh  -  b. Nov 18, 1973



Michael C. Kersey, (85)


      Michael, (85) was born the 1st child & only son of Charles E., Jr. & Barbara M. (Hinebaugh) Kersey (70) on January 25, 1968. He married "Cherie Morgan" whose dates and parent's names are currently unknown. They reside in Milford, DE and together they have 3 children. They are currently expecting a child due in the late summer of '98. 88.   Morgan Brittany Kersey
89.   Megan Jane Kersey
90.   Madison Katlyn Kersey
91.   ??? Kersey



Angela Marie Kersey, (86)


      Angela, (86) was born the 2nd & last child & only dau of Charles E., Jr. & Barbara M. (Hinebaugh) Kersey (70) on October 27, 1971. She married "Lawrence David Gary" on January 31, 1998 at the Bethel Westlan Church in Goldsboro, MD. Lawrence was born the son of David & Sherry (_____) Gary on September 2, 1969. They reside in Felton, DE and are currently expecting a child due in the late summer of '98. 92.   ??? Gary



Kristina Marie Hinebaugh, (87)


      Kristina "Kris", (87) was born the only child of Ashley Ivan (71) & Carolyn Lee (Edwards) Hinebaugh on November 18, 1973 in Dover. She had a relationship and one child with "Kevin Beck". His dates and parent's names are currently unknown. She married "Jeffery Busch" on July 10, 1993 in the Church of God, Winter Haven, FL. Jeffery was born the son of John & Linda (_____) Busch. Together they have two children and reside in Florida with all three children.

Child of Kevin Beck & Kristina Marie Hinebaugh:
93.   Chelsea Renay Beck  -  b. May 20, 1991

Child of Jeffery Busch & Kristina Marie Hinebaugh:
94.   Destiny May Busch  -  b. Jan 8, 1994
95.   Jeffrey Busch  -  b. 1998


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