Saturday, March 21, 2020

Ziba and Tabitha in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census

1850 is the first census that lists all the names of the household. (I love this census!) Ziba is still living in Coosa County, Alabama but now in Hatchet Creek District. His two oldest sons from his first marriage, Joel and John have moved back to Monroe County, Alabama.

1.) Hardy, Ziba, age 56, farmer, born in North Carolina
2.) Hardy, Tabitha, age 40, born in Georgia
3.) Hardy, Elender, age 16, born in Alabama
4.) Hardy, William, age 14, born in Alabama
5.) Hardy, Samuel, age 10, born in Alabama
6.) Hardy, Bryant, age 8, born in Alabama
7.) Hardy, Thomas, age 6, born in Alabama
8.) Hardy, Caroline, age 5, born in Alabama
9.) Hardy, Julia, age 2, born in Alabama

The family listed after him is his oldest daughter, from his second marriage and her husband:
1.) Wood, Green A., age 28, Farmer, born in AL
2.) Wood, Sarah, age 18?, born in AL
3.) Wood, Mary, age 1, born in Alabama

The next family down is his oldest son from his second marriage to Tabitha.
1.) Hardy, James E., age 25, farmer, born in Alabama
2.) Hardy, Susan, age 22, born in Alabama
3.) Hardy, Redsin?, age 1 born in Alabama

William T. Hardee listed above is my 2nd Great Grandfather. His future wife, Juda Lee, is listed a few families apart on this census.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Ziba Hardee, Green Wood and James Hardee in 1850 U.S. Agricultural Census
In 1850 the US started it's first agricultural census. I found Ziba, Green Woods (his son-in-law), and James Hardy each listed in this census together.

You can really learn a lot about the family and their status by how many acres they own and the cash value, crops and other items produced and the number and value of livestock.

Here is the transcribed information for the above families:

Hardy, Ziba, 50 improved and 30 unimproved acres of land, cash value of farm $450, value of farming implements and machinery $100, 2 horses, 13 Milch Cows, 2 working oxen, 25 other cattle, 18 sheep, 50 swine, value of livestock $465, bushels of Indian Corn 500. [next page] 1 ton of hay, 50 lbs of beeswax and honey, value of animals slaughtered $20.

Woods, Green, 18 improved and 20 unimproved acres of land, cash value of farm $100, value of farming implements and machinery $10, 1 horse, 7 milch cows, 21 other cattle, 12 swines, value of livestock $245, bushels of Indian Corn 200. [Next page] 6 400lbs bales of ginned cotton, 40 bushels of sweet potatoes, 150 lbs of butter, 3 tons of hay, value of homemade manufactures $100, value of animals slaughtered $100.

Hardy, James, 10 improved acres of land, cash value of farm $40, value of farming implements and machinery $10, 1 horse,1 other cattle, 4 swines, value of livestock $100, bushels of Indian Corn 100. [next line] 40 lbs of sweet potatoes, 100 lbs of butter, value of homemade manufactures $150, value of animals slaughtered $24.

I don't know why, but it made me smile to know that Ziba owned bees. 50 lbs of beeswax and honey seem like a lot!


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Ziba Hardee in the 1840 U.S. Federal Census

Ziba is next listed in the 1840 census living in Jordan, Coosa County, Alabama. Again, only the head of household is listed.
Two Males under 5; one male 10-14; one male 40-49; two females 5-9; two females 10-14; one female 15-19; one female 30-39. No slaves are listed.

I believe the children are: William T. and Samuel, James E. and Ziba for the males and Sarah and Martha, three unknown females and Tabitha.
The next name listed on the census is John Hardy, Ziba's son. His other son Joel is living in Lindsey, Coosa County, Alabama not far away.

Listed below is Ziba and John's names listed on the 1840 census.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Ziba Hardee in the 1830 U.S. Federal Census

In 1830 only the head of household was listed in the census. Ziba is listed on the 1830 US census as Ziba Hardy living in Monroe County, Alabama. The rest of the family is listed as tick marks.

One male under 5; One male 5-9; one male 10-14; one male 30-39; two females under 5; one female 5-9; one female 15-19. Two slaves were also listed, one male, one female.
I believe the males were James E., John, Joel and Ziba. The three younger females are unknown - hence the reason I believe they had three unknown daughters from his first wife Peggy. The last female is Ziba's second wife Tabitha Brooks, who was much younger than Ziba.

No marriage record has been found for Ziba and Tabitha. Some people list a marriage record for them with a date of 1834 but this is the marriage of Ziba's son John who was born in 1816 and he married Sabbetha Brooks in 1834.

Ziba and Tabitha's first child, James E. Hardee was born about 1825 so they were likely married prior to that.
Below is his name as it is listed in the 1830 census.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Ziba Hardee marriage to Peggy Mitchell

Ziba Hardee was married twice. He was first married to Peggy Mitchell in Baldwin County, Georgia on February 6, 1813. Below is their marriage record recorded in Baldwin-Marriages, Book, 1806-1842, page 321.

TRANSCRIPTION: Georgia, Baldwin County
To any Judge, Justice of the Inferior Court, Justice of the Peace or Minister of the Gospel- You or either of you, are hereby authorized to join in Holy Mate of Matrimony John Hardee and Peggy Mitchell of this county, and for your so doing this shall be your sufficient License. Given under my hand and seal this 4th day of February 1813.
[signed] Abner Locke for
[signed] A. B. Fannin, Clk seal
Georgia Baldwin County - I certify that the within named persons, were duly solemnized in the Holy bonds of wedlock by me this 6th day of February 1813.
James Jackson J.P.

[His name is listed as John Hardee and it is assumed this is Ziba Hardee. This is the only record I have found so far that lists his name as John.]

Saturday, February 15, 2020


This is the only know photo of Ziba and Tabitha Brooks Hardee. Date unknown. Ziba and Tabitha Hardee are my 3rd Great Grandparents.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Karen Suzette Hefley

Bellah Gallo

August 11, 1964 - February 26, 2019

This is a memorial to my sister Karen. She left us on February 26, 2019 and we are still all in shock. Karen was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, cousin, co-worker, boss and friend. Karen had a natural happy presences and was liked by all. 

Karen was born August 11, 1964 in Fort Worth, Texas. Her parents were Ed Hefley of Downs, Kansas and Linda Hardee of Fort Worth, Texas. Ed was in the Air Force and stationed at Carswell Air Force Base and met Linda at the drive in where she worked. They were married November 15, 1963. They lived in Fort Worth for a while and then Ed was sent to remote duty in Alaska and Linda and Karen stayed with family in Fort Worth and Downs. 
Karen with her Grandparents Joe and Dessie Hardee in Texas. Her first cowboy hat!

Karen's first Birthday, celebrated in Downs, Kansas.
Karen's first Christmas.
When Ed returned from Alaska the family moved to Laredo Air Force Base (AFB) and lived there for five years. During that time Karen welcomed her new sister Tina to the family. 
Karen and Tina Hefley in Laredo, Texas.
The family then spent four years at Lowry AFB in Denver, Colorado, two years at Lajes Field in the Azores, one year in Fort Worth, Texas while Ed was stationed in Korea, three years at Barksdale AFB in Bossier, Louisiana and two years in Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska. Karen attended multiple schools in multiple states. 
Tina and Karen in 1974 Colorado.

Karen in 1975 in the Azores wearing dress made by Grandmother Irene Hefley.

Tina and Karen in 1976 Azores.
Karen in red shirt with cousins Christmas Eve in Texas, 1977.
Karen in 1980 in Louisiana.
Karen's school and graduation photos.
After Karen graduated high school she moved to Texas and stayed with family. She met and married Tony Bellah in Texas. Her parents had been transferred to Florida and Karen and Tony moved there and their first child was born in 1985. 
Chris Bellah, 7 months old.
In 1987 they had a daughter, Lavona, named after Karen's Aunt Lavona. 
Karen and Lavona 1988.
Karen and Tony divorced and in 1993 she married Tom Gallo. They merged their families and Karen raised four children.
Chris, Lavona, Stephanie and Tom.
Karen raised four children, worked a full time job and put herself through school to earn her Masters Degree. This was not an east task and it shows what an amazing person she was. She supported the family and loved the jobs that she had. She started in Civil Service and had a security clearance to work on the projects she was assigned. She then worked for Siemens in Orlando and later transferred to the Georgia location as she moved up the ranks.

I didn't get to see Karen as often when she moved to Georgia but some of her kids still lived in the area and she would return for holidays and birthday celebrations. I loved Thanksgiving and Christmas because everyone would get together as a family. We had a lot of memorable times as a family.

Texas rings from Dad made from a Texas quarter.
Shadow box of our military lives made by Dad.

A few days before this last Thanksgiving Karen and I sat in the living room in our parents house and the four of us got to spend some time together. We talked, reminisced and laughed. I loved that special moment, it just felt so good. I'm so glad we were able to spend that time together.

I miss my sister every day. Her memory will remain alive in my heart.
My Sweet Angel Karen