Mr. W. R. Hardman of Yellow Springs Ohio, whose death occurred on the 26th of December 1906, was a life long resident of Greene County, having been born near Osborn April 20, 1833, the youngest of a family of seven children all of whom have passed away except one sister living in Iowa. There were also a number of half brothers and sisters none of whom are now living. He was married to Harriet Rebecca Miller September 10, 1857.
To this union were born four children, Charles L., Lee Adams, William M., and Hattie Lee having died at the age of eight years.
There is also another who mourns this loss in the home, one who came into the family when a little tot of five years, Miss Della, now grown, who by her loyal-devotion merits the place of daughter and sister which she holds in the hearts of the family.
The parents of the late W.R. Hardman were Peter Hardman and Sarah Adams Hardman. Peter Hardman was of German descent, born July 23, 1776 in Hardy County, Virginia. In 1797 he married his first wife, Margaret Hacker, and later came to Ohio, settlingon the farm now owned by J.R. Hardman near Osborn. His first wife having died, he married, October 25, 1815, Sarah Edge a widow, formerly Miss Sarah Adams. She was of Welch ancestry. Her family came to Ohio from Eastern Tennessee in May 1804, on pack horses crossing the Ohio river at Cincinnati when there were but one brick one frame and a few log houses there. They stopped at a point near where Camp Dennison is now located where they found families of the name McCormac, Ransom, Gatch and Wallsmith. After remaining here about one year they moved up the Little Miami to a place about two miles below Clifton, Greene Co. now known as the Brewer farm where they lived for some years (experiencing the usual trials and tribulations of frontier life).
Their lighter clothing was made from flax raised and spun by themselves, the heavier, manufactured by their own labor, when so fortunate as to save their sheep from the savages of the wolves. Their grain was marketed on pack horses.
After the death of her husband who was a victim of the war of 1812 Mrs. Edge with her two young sons remained at her home in the picturesque but lonely spot on the Little Miami until her marriage in 1815 to Peter Hardman.