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Hardy, Clarence G., was born June 6, 1866, a son of David and Anna Hardy, both deceased. Mr. Hardy's ancestors were of that good old historic stock of New England extraction which formed the nucleus of that patriotism which brought on the Revolution. His great-grandfather,: Thomas Hardy, was a native of New Hampshire, born in the town of Hollis, in June, 1756; his great-grandmother, Lucy Colburn, was also born in New Hampshire. Thomas Hardy served his country in the Revolutionary war three years, as a non commissioned officer under General Stark, and was engaged in the memorable battles of Bunker Hill, Bennington and Trenton. He married Lucy Colburn and they reared nine children, of whom Phineas Hardy was the grandfather of Clarence G. Phineas was thrown upon his own resources and started out for himself, making his way to the wilds of Jefferson county, N. Y., which in those early days (1814) was considered as the far west. He came to Watertown and was for some time employed as a farm laborer. From his earnings, in company with his brother, he purchased 112 acres of land in Rutland township, now owned by his nephew, Charles C. Hardy. He sold his interest in this farm to his brother, and on March 24, 1822, married Sarah Howland, daughter of Richard Howland, of Rutland township, and they had five children: David, Elias, Maria, wife of Simeon Dexter of Black River, Lucy and Phineas (both deceased). He was engaged in the milling business in Black River, and at one time owned a farm in the town of Rutland, where he remained nine years and then went to Lorraine, where he purchased 200 acres, finally settling in Le Ray on what is known as the County House farm of 175 acreS. It was upon this farm that Clarence G. Hardy was born and has always resided, and where his parents died. Mr. Hardy's farm consists of 232 acres of choice land, finely situated; the house is of the square style of architecture, and is one of the finest in the township. His barns and outbuildings are many and in keeping with the beautiful residence. His dairy consists of thirty-eve cows of the best Ayrshires, the milk of which is converted into cheese at the neighboring factory. Mr. Hardy is a member of Pamelia Grange No. 68, an Odd Fellow and member of River Side Side Lodge No. 34 of Black River. December 15, 1897, Mr. Hardy was married to Miss Jennie C., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Page of Watertown, N. Y.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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