Hardy County Genealogy

Welcome to the home of the Hardy County WVGenWeb project. You will find queries, lists of published resources, links to other genealogy sites and other items of interest to Hardy County genealogy researchers. This page will be updated and expanded as I find more to include. Please come back often!

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In the Hardy County Family Album

Hardy County Cemetery Readings Recorded by Clifton and Lila Funkhouser
Persons of Color in the 1870 Federal Census of Hardy County

Johann Michael Ernst Hörner; His Birth Family, Marriage and Life Span

* 1800 Hardy County Personal Property Tax List

* South Branch Manor Rent Rolls

* Hardy County Genealogy E-mail Discussion List


* About Hardy County West Virginia

Research Sources

* Published Resources and Lookup Volunteers

* Queries

Updated 2 February 2020

* Hardy County Surnames

Updated 2 February 2020

* More Hardy County Resources

Documents, Data and Articles

* Hardy County Family Album

Add a page to the Hardy Family Album. The format? It is open to your creativity: send me -- a family story, memoir, letters, or family group sheets, descriptions of places in Hardy County, bits of County history or geography, photographs or illustrations -- old or new. As the pages fill we will learn more about the County our ancestors lived in.
Write to me with your page ideas: Margaret C. Lew

A sample of Hardy County Family Album articles:
Deaths in United Bretheran Church Records, Hardy Charge, 1879-1896
The Benjamin Bean and Rebecca Evans Family
The Hanson Veatch and Elizabeth Bean Family
Hanson Veatch Estate Settlement records
The Sniders From Hardy County to Winchester Virginia, A Family History
George and Elizabeth Stump Family Bible
Dating Daniel Tevebaugh's Death and Will - using contemporary documents
North Mill Creek Church Records
The David & Lydia Knee House, near Wardensville
Some MacDonald Family records from Grant and Hampshire Counties
The Parents, Siblings and Birth of Johann Michael Ernst Hörner
(aka Michael Harness, Sr.)
Kidner Family, items from Hardy County Records
John Hopewell Family Bible Records
L. Brake et al vs. N. See et al.
Hardy Blues Muster Roll
Obituary of Isaac Rumer
Johann Michael Ernst Hoerner and his Harness Children
Alfred Slusher of Hardy County, Virginia
Michael Stump Sr. of Virginia 1709-1768
Michael Stump and The Phoenix, 1743
Descendants of John Groves

* Colonial Notes

Learn about colonial Hardy County and surrounding area as local historian Terry Gruber shares insight, advice and experience.
Suggested Readings on Life in Virginia During the Colonial Period

* Hardy County Marriages

Some marriages performed by Valentine Powers for the years 1792 and 1799. Transcribed from courthouse records.

* Hardy County Marriage List

A collection of marriages from Hardy County from 1792 through 1842.

* Hardy County Cemeteries

Over 50 cemetery readings
Hardy County Cemetery Readings Recorded by Clifton and Lila Funkhouser
These readings are from the collection held by the Hardy County Public Library which has kindly allowed them to be shared here.

* Hardy County Will Records

Photocopies and transcriptions of some Hardy County wills
Index of persons named in each will
New wills added January 2014

* Hardy County Estate Appraisals and Sales

New Appraisal added January 2014

* Names found on Lists of Wills and Appraisements for Hardy County

A list of the wills on record for Hardy County in the early years of its history. The county was formed in 1785 and the list extends through the first decade of the 19th Century.

* Hardy County Land Records

Deeds, Sales, Survey and other Records
South Branch Manor Rent Rolls

* 1782 & 1784 Tax Enumeration Information

Lists locations, enumerators and some residents

* 1800 Hardy County Personal Property Tax List

* Hardy County in 1800

Names from tax lists, was your ancestor taxed?

* Hardy County Genealogy Archives

General Information and Links

* About the USGenWeb Project

* About the WVGenWeb Project

* GENDEX - Gene Stark's WWW Gedcom Index

About Hardy County

Formation of Hardy County

The Act Creating Hardy County Passed October 1785 --- 10th of the Commonwealth. The newly formed county was created as follows:

Be it enacted by the General Assembly, that from and after the first day of February next, the county of Hampshire shall be divided into two distinct counties, by a line beginning at the north branch of Potowmack, opposite to the mouth of Savage river, and running thence in a direct course so as to strike the upper end of the plantation known by the name of Myres's mill, on New Creek; thence in a direct course to the highest part of the mountain known by the name of the High Nob; thence in a direct course to the gap of the short Arse Mountain,where the North river runs through the same; thence along the road leading by the upper end of Henry Fry's plantation on Cap Capon, and along the said road to the top of the North mountain to the dividing line between the counties of Shenandoah and Hampshire; and that all that part of the said county lying south of said line shall be called and known by the name of Hardy; and the residue of said county shall retain the name of Hampshire.

A court for the said county of Hardy, shall be held by the justices thereof the Friday after the 2nd Tuesday in every month, after such division shall take place.

The first court was held at the house of William Bullitt.

Part of Hardy County was added to Hampshire County on 4 December 1787. "... all that part of the County of Hardy lying North of a line to be run from the mouth of Stoney River to the High Knob, shall be and the same is hereby added to and made part of the County of Hampshire."

A part of Pendleton County was also formed from Hardy County in December 1787.
(12 Hening, Ch 35 pp. 86-88)

The County Seat is Moorefield.

Note: See 1787 Petition to add a portion of Hardy County to Hampshire County. The list of petitioners is included.

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Lookup Volunteers

Published Resources and Lookup Volunteers

The Handy Book for Genealogists lists the following records available for Hardy County: birth, marriage, death and burial records from 1853; probate and land records from 1786; civil court records from 1960 and divorce records. For records or events prior to the date of formation of Hardy County try its parent county Hampshire or their parent county Frederick County, Virginia.

West Virginia became a state in June 1863. Records that were of interest to the state government (tithables, military records, assessor's records, etc.) prior to 1863 may be on file in the county or at the Virginia State Library.

Similar records after West Virginia statehood will be found at Archives and History, the Cultural Center, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0300. Archives and History recently acquired the tax records for most West Virginia counties pre-1863.

We are collecting information about published records, county histories and other references about Hardy County families and adding it to the Publications Information Page for you.

Please write to me if you can add to this list. Margaret C. Lew

To the Hardy County Resources
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Please send me your Hardy County VA/WV query. Use either the New Query Form, or send the query to me in e-mail.

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Hardy County Surnames

Please add your Hardy Surnames to our list. Click here to see the Hardy County Surname Page. To send your surnames for this page write to me: Margaret C. Lew

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More Hardy County Resources

Hardy County Courthouse
204 Washington Room 111
Moorefield, WV 26836-0540
Phone: 304-530-0250
Phone: County Clerk 304-530-0250
E-mail: hdyclerk@court.state.wv.us
Advice regarding local genealogical researchers may also be available from the Court Clerk.

Hardy County Historical Society
P. O. Box 644
Moorefield, WV 26836

Hardy County Public Library
102 North Main Street
Moorefield, WV 26836
Phone: (304) 538-6560
Hours Monday - Saturday 9:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.
The collection contains Hardy County local history, genealogy and records including some funeral records from local mortuary.

Hardy County Cemetery Listings on Rootsweb
Maintained by Suzanne Whitson suzanne.whitson@comcast.net who continues to add information about cemeteries in the county.

Hardy County Deed Books
The County Clerk of Hardy County maintains Deed Books online, available for search by grantee, grantor or both including deeds dating from the 1790's.

Hardy County Wills
Family Search.org provides images microfiled from Hardy County Will Books that can be read online, saved or printed.

Hardy County
General information about Hardy County today.

Hardy County Convention and Visitor's Bureau
What to see, where to stay, events, history, attractions
Hardy County Courthouse

Chalkley's Abstracts of Scotch Irish Settlers from Augusta County Records
All three volumes of this wonderful collection of entries from records of the early settlement of Augusta County, Virginia are now online! In spite of its title, there are records of many non Scots-Irish settlers.

Hening's Laws of Virginia
An online transcription of the laws of Virginia from 1619 to 1792.

700 West Virginia Families
These records, compiled by Don Norman, can provide many clues to help you identify your West Virginia ancestors.

Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants:
Members research nearly all the counties of Central West Virginia. Many have roots in Hardy County. You will find numerous West Virginia genealogy resources on this page.

Allegheny Regional Family History Society
This society focuses on Counties of North Eastern West Virginia and some Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia counties.

Beyond Germanna
If you have early German lines from Orange Co. VA or who lived in the Virginia Piedmont, east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the modern counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock you must see John Blankenbaker's website and newsletter.

West Virginia Database

West Virginia Division of Culture and History
Vital research records search (births, marriages and deaths) is possible online now for Calhoun, Gilmer, Hardy, Harrison, Mineral and Pendleton Counties. New counties to be added in 2007: Braxton, Cabell, Grant, Greenbrier, Jefferson, Lewis, Logan, Marshall, Mingo and Wood.
Included on this web site are: Genealogy Corner, History Center, West Virginia Memory Project and State Archives, many links and databases to explore.

West Virginia Collection
Special West Virgina collection at Marshall University

WVGenWeb Military Research
A site devoted to information about West Virginians in the Military from colonial to present times. Coordinated by Linda Fluharty

West Virginia Wills
FamilySearch.org is a treasure trove if your ancestor left a will in West Virginia. Read the will as it is recorded on the pages of the county will books. In addition, if your ancestor had his/her estate probated in one of these counties, there may be other papers in the probate, sales, appraisals etc.

WVPT HOME VIDEO - Road Trip To History
This is the web site for WVPT, West Virginia's PBS site, which has a series of DVD's called Road Trip to History. I purchased the Moorefield one and it is excellent. They talk about the Civil War there with people in Moorefield interviewed in the film. Check it out. Suggested by Barbara Weese

Civil War: West Virginia
Linda Fluharty's Civil War site with information on:
First WV Cavalry, First WV Infantry, 12th WV Infantry, and 5th WV Cavalry

Documenting the American South
First-Person Narratives of the American South, Library of Southern Literature, North American Slave Narratives, The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865, The Church in the Southern Black Community

Documenting the American South (DAS) is a collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. The Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sponsors DAS, and the texts come primarily from its Southern holdings. An editorial board guides its development.

American Memory.
At the Library of Congress Web site, American Memory, Historical Collection for the National Digital Library contains hundreds of digital images including George Washington's Papers. The contents can be searched online

Maps of West Virginia Counties
These detailed maps show landmarks, dwellings, cemeteries and more. They are inexpensive and easy to annotate. Order from:

WV Department of Transportation
Division of Transportation Planning
Map Sales
1900 Kanawha Boulevard I Building 5
Charleston, WV 25305-0430
Tel: 304-558-2868
Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm (lunch 12-12:30)

"Maps, Charts, & Atlases: The Alan M. Voorhees Collection at the Library of Virginia."
The exhibition of maps, charts, and atlases in the main exhibition gallery at the Library of Virginia will remain on view through 3 July 2004.

The permanent on-line exhibition allows easy access to images of the maps and information about the maps and cartographers. To view the on-line exhibition on the Library of Virginia's web site


click Spotlight What's New in the left margin
or, click Site Index, click the letter E, and click Exhibitions.

U.S. Geological Survey
GNIS Query Form
Visit the USGS and the Geographic Name Information System online for maps and information.

Land Record Research Help
Taking the Mystery Out of Land Records
Where to Obtain a Land Patent
Linda Haas Davenport maintains these pages to help you with your research into land records.

35 free electronic spreadsheets for archiving federal, state and international census data! Designed and offered by Gary Minder.

Hardy County Genealogy Mailing List
This list is maintained by Margaret Lew for the discussion of families in Hardy County. To subscribe, send regular e-mail to WVHardy-L-request@rootsweb.com.

In the body of the message type Subscribe. Instructions for posting will arrive in the e-mail confirmation of your request to subscribe.

Terry Gruber's Historical Research Site
This page features historical research articles about the area surrounding Hardy County. Watch this page grow. Specifically Hardy related material by Terry can be still be found in the Hardy County Colonial Notes.

Grant County Historical/Genealogy Society
Grant County, created from the western portion of Hardy County in 1866, County Seat Petersburg. Find data, links and connections at the GCHGS Web site.

West Virginia Histories Homepage
Steve Bonner's page which features an online copy of History of Mt. Storm Community written in 1927 by D. W. Idleman.

How to Grow a Mountain Man
Meredith Bean McMath presents Bean family history compiled from her mother, Maxine Bean, her father, Lorenzo Lee Bean, Jr., and her cousin, Fred Heltzel. This colorful and engaging story begins in the 1860's and is illustrated with photos of family and Hardy County scenes.

Brake Family History
Dan Hyde's page which features research on the Virginia and West Virginia Brake families, descendants of Johan Jacob and Mary Margaret Brake of Germany. Includes genealogy, articles, queries, images and links.
Boots - Stiefel Family
Mark Siler's web page begins with his ancestor Hans Adam Stieffel of Hardy County. Includes database of names, links.

Brooks Family
Otis Slusher's web page devoted to: James Brooks 1785-1869 of Hardy Co. and his descendants.

Denton Family Genealogy
a website created by Sue Montgomery-Cook (1942-2006) and maintained in her memory has a lot of Hardy County folks in it.

Harness Family Website
Created by Tom and Charles Harness, there are many references to early Hampshire,VA and Hardy County as well as later references to Harnesses who lived in Greene and Fayette counties in Ohio in the 1800's and early 1900's.

Iman / Eyman Family Web Page
Created by Stephen Iman, find Iman family information from Switzerland to America.

Knee Family Web Page
Created by Jack Knee, contains a history of the Knee family from its entry into Wardensville about 1853 to the last Knee there in the 1930's. Other names such as Orndorff, Funkhouser, Cline, and Emswiller can be found in the Knee Genealogy (a pdf file).

Teets Family & Ancestry
Created by John Teets, this web page contains an extensive database and much material on the Teets family in West Virginia. Many Hardy County family names are cited.
American Crossroads
Carolyn McDaniel's page devoted to migrations is organized by geographic area. It includes information about Hardy County families. Take a look!

Announcements - Reunions

Please notify me of Hardy County Family reunions or other events of interest to genealogists and local historians.
Margaret Lew

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© 1996-2023 Margaret C. Lew
Created: 11 November 1996.
Last Updated: 25 January 2023
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