On 26 May 2003, we lost one of our cousins, Officer Patrick K. Hardesty of the Tucson, AZ, Police Department, was killed by gunfire in the line of duty. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, two sisters, and a brother, Ed Hardesty, who is also an officer on the Tucson Police force.
Patrick and his siblings are my third cousins, and are the descendants of Joseph Paul2 Hardesty.
Cousin Pat's memorial page is on-line at the Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc. website.
The Hardesty name is one of that class of surnames which are derived from place names. In this case, from a locality in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. The name is, as shown above, Heardwulfstig, which being translated into modern English from the Anglo-Saxon, means Hardwolf's Path. Who was Hardwolf?? He was, apparently, a Saxon landowner of pre-Norman times in Fewston Parish, Yorkshire. Hardwolf was in time spelled Hardulf or Hardolf. The Poll Tax records for the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379 show a Stephanus and a Johannes de Hardolfsty, both from the village of Timble Great, or Great Timble as it is known today. From Fewston, Hardestys spread into surrounding parishes, with the parish of Hampsthwaite being one of the major sources of the colonial Hardestys. The family has spread from this small parish to around the world. The name is variously spelled Hardesty, Hardisty, Hardestye, Hardistye, Hardestey and Hardester, etc. A coat-of-arms is known for the name.
As always, a project such as this could not be done without help. Among those who have contributed to this work (and continue to do so), I take especial pleasure in naming these particular individuals: the late Lurana Jayne (Hardesty) Yekel, who with our late cousin Vera Rosella (Hardesty) Calapp, got the ball rolling. To Janet Tinnin we owe our knowledge of the family and descendants of Joseph Paul Hardesty. Lest I forget, Frank Sawyer has also been of great assistance. There are many more who have contributed and I wish I could name them all, but space does not permit it. Yet their contribution was and is essential, and we could not continue without it. Thank you one and all ! !
UPDATE: I am currently in the process of adding information provided me by the descendants of several of James' daughters. We found them by virtue of this web site. It is always good to find new cousins!
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Background courtesty of NetCreations. Page last updated 02/26/04.
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