NameMartha Ann “Patsy” HARDY
Birth8 Apr 1837, Greene Co., NC
Death20 Nov 1858, Siloam, Oktibbeha Co., (now Clay Co.), MS
ReligionBaptist, joined the Siloam Babtist Church in 1854
FatherJoshua Taylor HARDY (1807-1871)
MotherAnna H. “Annie” HARDY (1816-1857)
Notes for Martha Ann “Patsy” HARDY
Martha was engaged to William Ball, but when Martha died Mr. Ball became engaged to Unity Elizabeth Hardy, her sister.

Obit. Unknown newspaper clipping, undated:
Martha Ann Hardy.
Departed this life on the 20th nlt., in the vicinity of Siloam, Oktibbeha County, Miss., Miss Martha Ann Hardy, aged 21 years, 7 months and 12 days. She was born in Greene County, North Carolina, and while an infant, her father, Joshua T. Hardy, moved to this county where he has resided ever since. He was one of the first Baptists in this portion of the State, and has ever been distinguished for his “godly walk and Christian conversion.” He is truly a pious man. She joined the Baptist Church at Siloam, in 1854, and continued in full fellowship, an ornament to the church and beacon-light to the world, until it pleased God, in his infinite wisdom, to summon her into his holy presence. In good and, apparently perfect health, within a few moments of the time the fell destroyer, death, laid his icy fingers upon her mortal body, and ushered her never-dying soul into the presence of her Maker, her prospects for a long life of usefullness in this world seemed as flattering as that of any of her gay and mirthful companions, who ever found pleasure in the genial sunshine of her influence. With scarce time to bid a sweet, yet sad “good-bye” to her loving brothers and sisters, and to her devoted father, she was suddenly hurled into the august presence of the Great I am, there to join a fond mother and affectionate sister, in chanting the praises around the eternal throne of God. Her mother and sister died about a year ago. She possessed a quick and well-balanced mind; a kind and benevolent disposition. All the finer feelings of our nature were prominently developed in her character. She was devoted in her attachments; kind and affectionate toward her brothers and sisters, to whom she acted both the part of a mother and sister, since the death of her mother; obedient and respectful to her deal old father; and most zealous in the cause of Christ. Her benevolence was unbounded - her devotion sublime. But this tenement of clay of hers has returned to its mother dust; the gaping grave has swallowed up her mortal remains; and her beautiful form once strong and active in life, now lies cold and lifeless beneath the molding sod. Her spirit is in heaven; entwined in that of her mother’s, they float through the celestial halls on golden pinions. But she still lives on earth - lives embalmed in memory sweet of those who knew and loved her. Kind friends and mourning relatives cease your mourning, dry up those bitter tears - she awaits you upon the threashhold of heaven. -- Frederick Beall.

Martha’s grave is carved: “Weep not, O weep not, Kindred Dear, for whose last remains lie here; for Jesus, she on earth did love and now she dwells with him above.” I have photos of her grave.
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