by AUDREY CREEL / December 16, 2020
©Audrey Creel, 2020 (All rights reserved.)
There is only one known record of Hardy’s life. Hardy (last name unknown) was enslaved by Hardy Murfree. Upon Murfree’s death, his estate and slave holdings were divided amongst his living relatives.[i] Hardy was among the enslaved individuals who were placed under the ownership of Dr. James Maney. Hardy, named after his former owner, was not listed alongside any family members.[ii] The court deciding the estate settlement placed a monetary value on Hardy of two-hundred dollars.[iii] Hardy likely was taken from his home in North Carolina to work on the Maney plantation (present day Oaklands Mansion) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It is unknown what happened to Hardy after the 1814 estate settlement. There are no further known records of Hardy’s life.
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[i] Estate settlement, Hardy Murfree estate settlement, Williamson County Archives, Probate Records, .
[ii] Estate settlement, Hardy Murfree estate settlement, .
[iii] Estate settlement, Hardy Murfree estate settlement, .