Biographical Sketch of John R. Hardy


(Extracted from: Goodspeed's Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas; Columbia County, Arkansas, sketch of William A. Merritt, Page 497, published in 1890)

Mrs. Merritt (Sarah J. Hardy) is a daughter of John R. and Charlotte (Bridges) Hardy, native Virginians who came to the state of Arkansas about 1838, being among the earliest settlers of this county. Mr. Hardy helped survey and lay off nearly all of the public roads and otherwise assisted in improving and building up the county. There were no flouring mills in the county at that time, but on nearly every settlers place could be found the old steel implements for making bread. His wife, who died in 1844, bore him eight children, five now living. Beverly (a resident of Texas), J.R. (residing in Howard County, Arkansas), Sarah J. (wife of Mr. Merritt), Caroline (wife of J.P. Thomas of this county) and Martha (wife of J. R. Winkley of Columbia county). After the death of this wife, Mr. Hardy formed an alliance with Elizabeth (Jones) Holloway and by this wife became the father of four children. W.E. and J.W. of this county only and being alive. Mr. Hardy passed from this life in 1859.


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