Hardee Family Collection

Manuscript Collection #557
Hardee family
Physical description
0.2475 Cubic Feet, 150 items
Preferred Citation
Hardee Family Collection (#557), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Correspondence, notes, a family history, and other genealogical materials of Col. David L. Hardee pertaining to the Hardee-Hardy families.

Biographical/historical information

David Lyddall Hardee was born September 16, 1890, to Dr. Parrott Rastus Hardee and Roberta Buford Bacon Hardee in Granville County, North Carolina. After graduating from Trinity College in Durham, N.C., in 1913, he worked for Atlantic Coast Realty Company and Wachovia Bank and Trust Company before enlisting in the U.S. Army on January 29, 1918, joining Company H, 61st Infantry, and 5th Infantry Division during World War I. After the war's end, Hardee stayed in the Army, making it his career. He married Elizabeth Neely Harry on October 5, 1922, in Salisbury, N.C.

On November 1, 1941, Lieutenant Colonel Hardee sailed off to the Philippines to assist in training new Filipino divisions since he had previously served in the Philippines in 1929 through 1932. Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and invaded the Philippines shortly after his arrival. He fought with the Provisional Air Corps as executive officer to Col. Irvin E. Doane for which service he received many awards. Hardee was among the American armed forces at Bataan who were forced to surrender to the Japanese armed forces. He is best remembered as a survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March in the Philippines in World War II. During his military career, Hardee received numerous decorations for service and valor. These include the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star with three oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Presidential Unit Citation with two oak leaf cluster and many others. He was liberated on February 4, 1945, after 34 months of captivity.

He retired from the Army on December 31, 1949, and then organized the Hardee Concrete Company, served as Civil Defense director for Wake County and Raleigh, and served as national commander for the Army and Navy Legion of Valor. In 1966 he published The Eastern North Carolina Hardy-Hardee Family in the South and Southwest, and he died on November 23, 1969, in Raleigh, N.C. He is buried in New Maplewood Cemetery in Durham, N.C.

Source: https://www.ncdcr.gov/blog/2018/10/09/brief-biography-col-david-l-hardee

Scope and arrangement

This collection contains a detailed record of the Hardee/Hardy family, compiled by David L Hardee, who primarily resided in the south and southwest regions of the United States. The Hardee family originated in Wales and England then migrated to American during the Colonial Period. The family in North Carolina extended from Chowan to New Bern by 1685. The Hardee/Hardy family became very prominent during, before, and throughout The Revolutionary War. The family was noted for its energy, industry, patience, resourcefulness, initiative, courage and leadership.

Administrative information
Custodial History

June 28, 1988, ca. 150 items; Correspondence, notes, a family history and other genealogical materials of Col. David L. Hardee pertaining to the Hardee-Hardy families. Donor: Mrs. Mary Hardee Stutz.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Mary Hardee Stutz

Processing information

Encoded by Apex Data Services. Processing by Faith Harris 2019.

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Correspondence, 1949-1964

Correspondence between Colonel David L. Hardee and Ann Adele Clark, corespondence from Frank O. Goodlett, clippings (1964), records for the eastern North Carolina Hardy and Hardee family in the South and Southwest (undated), questionnaire for Ann Adele Clerk (1963), Copy of application for DAR memebership (1949), Chapter 6 and 15 from. "The Eastern North Carolina Hardy and Hardee family in the South and Southwest"

Box 1 Folder b Printed Materials, 1966

Contains invoice Offset Printing Company (1966) and "the Hardee family in the South and Southwest history" loose-leaf book (1966)

Box 2 Folder a printed materials, 1960-1965

Contains the Hardy family genealogy (1965), correspondence about "The Eastern North Carolina Hardy and Hardee Family in the South and Southwest", (1960-1965), handwritten-letters to Colonial Hardee (1961-1964), and Hardee family history records with notes (1963).

Box 2 Folder b Correspondence, 1963-1965

Contains general correspondence (1963-1965), photograph of Lt. Gen William Joseph Hardee, hand written notes, family records (1964), , letters and handwritten notes, Deed of Gift to Allen Hardee (undated), chapter 10 from "The Easten North Carolina Hardy and Hardee Family in the South and Southwest"

Box 2 Folder c Correspondence, 1963-1965, undated

Contains general correspondence (1963-1965), handwritten notes (1963-1940), history of Johnson County (undated), family tree (undated), Christmas card from Serena Parrish to Colonial Hardee (undated)

Box 2 Folder d printed materials, undated

Contains notes about the Hardee family by Colonial Hardee