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Hardy, Phineas, jr., son of Phineas and Sarah (Howland) Hardy, was born February 21, 1838, and died July 24, 1895. Mr. Hardy was a kind, indulgent and self-reliant man, one who was appreciated in no place more than among his neighbors and home people. He was educated in the common schools of the neighborhood and was prepared for the Fairfield and Gouverneur Seminaries. He was for upwards of two years, after graduating, employed in the chair factory of David Dexter & Son of Black River, when he returned to the old homestead at Sanford's Corners (known as the county house farm), which he carried on forfive years. February 27, 1866, he purchased the Ezra Wiley farm at Sanford's Corners, and April 5, 1866, married Eunetia N. Earl, daughter of George R. and Mary Ann Earl, who was born August 27, 1842, Mr. and Mrs. Hardy had two children: George L. Hardy, born June 25, 1869, married Etta M. Ball, January 21, 1891; and Mary G. Hardy, born August 19, 1871, married to Will B. Ball, November 25, 1891. George L. finished his education in the Potsdam Normal school, where he attended for two years, Since coming home he has filled the position of bookkeeper at different times with H. Dexter & Co. of Black River, Sewing Machine Co., and is at present employed by Hunting, Weeks & Corcoran, wholesale hardware men in Watertown, N. Y. Mary G., after receiving her home school education, was sent to the Watertown high school, where she remained for three years, at which time she graduated, receiving the honors of valedictorian. The class consisted of twenty-four members and the exercises were held in the Opera House on the evening of June 20, 1889. After leaving school she taught two seasons, but came to the conclusion that she had too many scholars, and on November 25, 1891, accepted a new position, and now has a small pupil to instruct, that answers to the name of Charlotte M. Ball, born September 16, 1897, all residents of the town of Watertown. The farm is still owned by the estate. In politics Mr. Hardy was a Republican and was honored by being the delegate of his district to the various county conventions. He was always keenly alive to whatever helped the farmer and was an active Granger, holding membership in a Grange at Watertown. Mr. Hardy's ancestors were of that solid sort which had its origin in New England; his grandfather, Thomas Hardy, and his grandmother, Lucy Colburn, were both natives of New Hampshire; the former was born in the town of Hollis, June, 1756. Thomas Hardy was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and served three years as a non-commissioned officer under General Stark, and participated in the battles of Bunker Hill, Bennington and Trenton. He survived the war and lived to rear a family of nine children. Phineas Hardy, sr.'s, life was full of adventure. At the age of nineteen, unaided and alone, tramping in the unbroken wilderness, he came to Jefferson county and settled in Watertown, where he labored at farm work for four years: with the earnings of his toil and in company with his brother Robert, he purchased a farm of 112 acres in the town of Rutland, which was cleared and improved. After a time Phineas dissolved partnership with his brother and on the 24th of March, 1822, organized a new company by marrying Sarah Howland, daughter of Richmond Howland. of Rutland Miss Howland was born in Saratoga county, N. Y., April, 1797. The result of this union was five children, viz.: David, Elias, Mariab, Phineas and Lucy, all of whom are deceased but Elias and Mariah. Phineas, jr., the subject of this sketch was a kind husband and father, one whose example is worthy of imitation.

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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