Name: George HARDY
Birth: ABT 1608 in Bedfordshire, England
Death: BEF 14 APR 1655 in Isle of Wight Co, VA
The following was copied from Ginny Berry, World Connect db=I5539:
George Hardy (b. 1610, Bedford County) who was the earliest Hardy to arrive according to authetic records, coming to the Virginia Colony prior to 1636.
Source: Our Hardy Heritage, by Betty Barnes Couch, Page 65
George Hardy was a shipwright by trade. In 1636, he and Thomas Wombell patented 350 acres for the transportation of himself the second time, his wife the second and third time, and his uncle, Christian Wilson (brother of his mother, Alice). In 1641 he was appointed Burgess in Isle of -Wight County, and again in 1644. In 1645, he represented the county with Arthur Smith, John Upton, and John Seaward. In 1649, the Burgesses were George Hardy and Robert Pitt. He remained Burgess until his death in 1654.
On 16 Apr. 1648, records show Edward Prince deeded to George Hardy, George Stephens, and John Watkins, one water mill at the head of Lawne's Creek with housing, land, etc., for the exchange of 17,500 pounds of tobacco. Teste: John Hammond, James Brewer, and Stephen Webb. Records note that 17 Jul. 1648 a Land Grant to George Hardy, 500 acres on the east side of Lawne's Creek, extending to the main river, along land of Thomas Gaynes, along the great river to a creek dividing his land from the land of Alice Bennett. George Hardy had 300 acres by former patent, and 200 acres for the transportation of his brother Thomas Hardy and his sister Alice Hardy, and his nephew George Hardy, son of John Hardy and Olive Council. The water mill mentioned, purchased in Apr. 1648, became known as Hardy's Mill. George Hardy was one of the first settlers to acquire land for raising tobacco. In his will he bequeathed 1,000 pounds of tobacco towards the building of a church in the Upper Parish, provided it be built of brick. His "Hardy's Mill" on Lawne's Creek was the oldet mill noted on record, and had the reputation as being known for its long, continuous operation. He left the mill and his seal ring to his nephew George Hardy, and requested his wife to look upon his brother Thomas as his next kinsmen.
Father: Richard HARDY , of Yorkshire, Esq b: ABT 1577 in Wetwang, Driffield, Yorkshire East Riding, England
Mother: Alice WILSON b: 12 JAN 1587/88 in Shillington, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England
Elizabeth b: ABT 1615