Early Bronaugh Residents

Hardy Family

This family was in Bronaugh very early and were featured in the 1887 History of Vernon County. We hope to learn more about them.

From: History of Vernon County, Missouri. 1887, p. 799.


(Farmer and Stock-raiser, Section 16, Post-office, Bronaugh).

George C. Hardy, an agriculturist both by nature and long experience, was born in Mercer county, Pa., June 26, 1837, the fifth of eight children who blessed the union of his parents. His father was also a native of the Keystone State. His mother, before her marriage Miss Olive Reid, came originally from Massachusetts. Young George, as he grew up, passed his time between working upon the home farm and attending school. He was fortunate enough to secure a good, practical education, and in subsequent years found this of untold benefit to him in his intercourse with the world. After remaining occupied in farming for some years, his labors were interrupted by the noise of war, the cloud which had been hanging over the country for so long finally having burst in all its fury. In the time of trouble Mr. Hardy was found ready and willing to do his duty as he saw it. Enlisting in the 2d Ohio cavalry he served gallantly for over three and a half years, then being mustered out, after which be enlisted in the 7th Pennsylvania cavalry. Besides the many skirmishes in which his command participated, he was at the battles of Pea Ridge and Gettysburg. During his services in the 2d Ohio, he was stationed for a time at Fort Scott, and it was while a soldier at that point that he saw and became so familiar with this portion of Vernon County. The beauty of this section, its apparent fitness for a farming community and the excellency of its climate formed favorable impressions in his mind, and accordingly after the close of the war he came at once to Vernon county, engaging for a long time in school teaching. As an evidence of his qualifications as a successful instructor, it is only necessary to state that he taught 36 months at the Baker Grove school house, south of Nevada, and 21 months at Avola; and his experience in this profession in Pennsylvania and Missouri covers a space of 39 terms. The farm which he now owns embraces 120 acres and is in a high state of cultivation. In the direction of fruit culture he has done not a little, and success has attended his efforts here as in the other branches to which he has given his attention. In his farming operations he has built up an enviable reputation — manifesting a decided progressive spirit and a thorough acquaintance with the business in hand. This, perhaps, has added considerable to his personal popularity, for it is well known that he is highly thought of, both as a neighbor and citizen in this community. In 1878 Mr. Hardy was married to Miss Missouri Estes, of Caswell County, N. C., the second of a family of five children, now living, of Jonathan and Sarah Estes, both natives of North Carolina. Her mother’s maiden name was Smith. In 1850 Mr. Estes moved from his Southern home to Greene county, Mo., coming thence to this county in 1855 and locating in Drywood Township. During the war the family suffered cruel and severe hardships, and without any cause were subject to unreasonable persecution. Though naturally sympathizing with the Southern cause, he was quiet and liberal towards those who were not of his belief, by no means deserving the indignities to which he was subjected. He died in 1879, his wife having preceded him to the grave in 1876.

George C. Hardy first appeared in Vernon County records in the 1870 census for Moundville Township with his wife, Stella (Zigler) and two daughters:

Sometime in the 1870's Stella Zigler Hardy must have died because on October 6, 1878, George C. Hardy married Helen Missouri Estes in Vernon County. As mentioned in the biography above, she was a daughter of pioneer, Jonathan Estes and his wife Sarah Smith Estes.

The 1880 census showed the family living in Drywood Township, Vernon County:

The 1900 and 1910 census records show George and Helen living in Bronaugh and confirm that they had no children of their own. In the 1900 census, 17 year old Charles Altizer was listed with them as a servant.

George Collins Hardy, died September 26, 1916, in Bronaugh. His death certificate told that he was born June 28, 1837, in Pierpont, Ohio to William and Olive Reed Hardy. Informant for the information was his daughter Laura Hardy Burket. F. C. Albright was the attending physician and Konantz of Arcadia, KS was the undertaker. Burial was in Worsley Cemetery.



Left: "Mrs. Hardy", from a Bronaugh Methodist Church photo, ca. 1920.

Helen Missouri Hardy died April 19, 1922, in Bronaugh. Her death certificate gave her birth date as November 12, 1841, in North Carolina. Dr. T. D. Combs was the attending physician. She was buried beside George in Worsley Cemetery.



Daughter, Laura Hardy had married William Burket. She and William lived at Bronaugh where they raised three children, Callie, George and Ruth. Laura died April 11, 1936, in Bronaugh. Hays Funeral home in Nevada made the funeral arrangements and she was buried in Worsley beside her parents (and later her husband) - obituary from the April 15, 1936, Bronaugh Journal is shown to the right.


Left: A short article from the June 7, 1944, Bronaugh Journal. It told that the old Hardy home east of Bronaugh had burned. The George Saathoff family lived there at that time. George's father, Albert Saathoff, had purchased the farm in before 1920.

Left: The Hardy graves are on the first row on the east side of Worsley Cemetery.




Right: The Burket graves are beside the Hardy's.


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