Biography of Benjamin F. Hardesty (1842- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888), p. 548.

Elder Benjamin F. HARDESTY, minister of the Old School Baptist Church, was born in Burr Oak Township, Lincoln Co., Mo., April 9, 1842, and is a son of George W. and Sarah (TAYLOR) HARDESTY, who were born in Kentucky and Virginia in 1811 and 1806, respectively. They were married in Shelby County, Ky., in 1833, and came to Lincoln County three years later, settling in what is now Snow Hill Township, where they improved a good farm. Both are members of the church, and are still living. They reared seven of their eight children, and Benjamin F. is the fifth. He received but little schooling until after attaining his majority, and then spent a short time at Auburn, and afterward taught school for several years. Eveline OVERALL became his wife in 1865, and their union resulted in the birth of twelve children, eleven of whom lived to majority: Sarah Lizzie, Annie M., Tully O., Nora E., Lucy E., Riley R., Susie F., George M., Willis B., Joseph W. and John F.  Mr. HARDESTY owns 400 acres of land, on which he has resided since 1866. At the age of fourteen years he was converted to Christianity, and in 1867 was ordained by the Missionary Baptist Church to preach the Gospel, which calling he followed for several years. In 1876 he united with the Old School Baptists, and was ordained a minister by that order, and since his early conversion has been an active and earnest worker for the noble cause of Christianity. In his political views he is a, Democrat. Grandfather Capt. William HARDESTY was born in Maryland, and was a captain in the early Indian wars. He died in Shelby County, Ky., and his wife died in Lincoln County, Mo., in 1863. The maternal grandparents, John and Nancy TAYLOR, were born in Ireland, and both died in Shelby County, Ky., of the cholera, in 1832.

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