Biography of Stephen T. Hardy
Monroe County, MI Biographies

The oldest son of David and Elizabeth (Ward) Hardy was born in Clearmont, Hillsboro county, New Hampshire, July 24, 1812, and is the second of a family of seven children. His parents were farmers in Massachusetts, and in 1825, with the entire family, emigrated to Michigan and took up a tract of Government land near what is now Ypsilanti, when there were but three log cabins on the site of the present city. In 1829 he sold his claim and moved to Augusta in Washtenaw county, where he purchased a farm, and David and stephen operated a saw and grist mill for many years on Stony Creek, near Augusta. October 15, 1840, he married Matilda Alzada, daughter of Fisher Ames and Rebecca (Pickering) Darling, at her home in London township. She was born in Mendon, Massachusetts, April 3, 1820. Her father was born in Rhode Island March 11, 1792, and died November 25, 1845. Her mother was born in Massachusetts April 18, 1793, and died May 22, 1873. The journey of the elder Hardy from Massachusetts to Michigan was a stormy one, being wrecked near Cleveland, Ohio, and compelled to go on foot for many a weary mile to their new home in the wild woods of Michigan. During his father's life Stephen remained at home, and from the time of his marriage till his father's death at Ypsilanti in September, 1866, by power of attorney he acted as his general agent in the transaction of his business, and at his death settled up the estate without the appointment of an administrator. He continued the occupation of a farmer and miller until 1871, when he retired from active work, and with his wife moved to the village of Dundee, where he has since lived a retired and peaceful life awaiting the summons that sooner or later comes to all to put off this mortality and put on immortality, and while neither he nor his wIfe have ever joined any church, both have lived the life of Christians, following the precepts of the golden rule. Mr. and Mrs. Hardy have raised a family of twelve children, five boys and seven girls, of whom two girls and one boy live in Dundee; one girl in London, and one girl and one boy in Augusta. Mr. Hardy is a life-long Democrat, but has never taken any active part in politics. He was highway commissioner in Washtenaw county for several years, and was elected justice of the peace, but refused to qualify. Under the administration of Harrison he was appointed postmaster at Oakville post office, in the township of Augusta, which position he held for some five years.

History of Monroe County, Michigan
Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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