WILLIAM CLARDY was b. 1800 in Granville County, North Carolina. In 1841, William Clardy taxed for 1 poll, 2 slaves 2 cattle, and 1 mule. In neither 1844 or 1848, was anyone by the name of Clardy on the rolls.  

In 1840 William Clardy bought 80 acres in Lot 1 of SW pt 6-36-23 and Daniel B. Clardy bought 240 acres in SE¼ & E½ of 24-36-24, 74 acres in Lot 2 SW pt 30-36-23. In 1846, William Clardy was indicted for murdering Stansbury Ponds in Hickory County and on a change of venue the case went to Benton Co. where he was convicted. He pled not guilty and a jury was called in March 1849. The jurors could not agree and William was kept under the custody of the sheriff until another jury could be called. He was convicted in September and sent to the penitentiary for 10 years. Those records state he was b. in 1800 in Granville Co, North Carolina.[1]

Soon after her husband’s conviction, Katharine Clardy petitioned for divorce and alimony from William. The petition was granted (register had no date). Joseph C. Montgomery was appointed trustee of William’s affairs while he was in prison.

 The only Clardy found in Hickory County in 1850 was Catharine Clardy, age 26, b. Ohio living with James Averfield, age 6, b. Missouri, William W. Clardy, age 1 b. Missouri John Murphy age 12 b. Oh and George W. Murphy age 5 b. Ia. (Indiana) James Clardy was not listed on the Mortality schedule. No one named Clardy appeared in the 1840 Missouri census index. Catharine Clardy entered S34-T38-R22 with the federal land office in 1854.

 This William may be connected to the Clardy family in Christian County as they also originated in Granville County, North Carolina.


     [1] Missouri State Penitentiary Book A:122.


Circuit Court Box 211, file 9 Hickory County 27 November 1856

James H. Clardy, James H. Buckingham and Frances S. Buckingham, his wife vs. Amos Richardson. Stated they would appeal case to Supreme Court.

Clardy stated that since 1 August 1852, plaintiffs have been owner of slave William age 22 or 23, mulatto of yellow color and valued at $1200. Since 1856, defendant has kept boy from the plaintiffs and that he wrongfully took the boy.

Joseph C. Montgomery said that as trustee of William Clardy he sold to defendant a negro boy named Bill or William, a yellow boy now about 24 years old. He was acquainted with William Clardy in Smith County from 1825 to 1831 when he moved to this state. When Montgomery moved to this state in 1833, Clardy was in Tennessee.

Catharine Scarbery stated she had been acquainted with William Clardy for a considerable time and had frequently see him write. She said the agreement was in his handwriting. She first knew him about ten years ago and she is the late wife of said William Clardy.

 Deed of gift dated  May 3 1834 William Clardy of Wayne County, Tennessee, for the love and affection I have for daughter and son Frances S. and James H. and for good causes give them negro woman Rose, yellow girl Agnes and yellow boy William. Wit: Willis Hays and Joseph Holt. Deed of gift recorded in Smith County, Tennessee

Solomon DeBow, age 66, knew and saw William Clardy make deed of gift.  

Charles McMurry, age 51, stated he was present at the wedding of Frances Clardy to James Buckingham in 1844 or 1845 and that she was a minor at the time. He also stated he knew James Clardy and that he was 24 years old.

 James M. Blackwell, age 46, said that he had heard William Clardy say several times that the slave Agnes and William did not belong to him, but to his children. Amos Richardson, however, refused to believe it. Blackwell said he went to Callaway County, Kentucky with William Clardy and came home with him to Smith Co. in October 1834 with the said negroes, namely Rose, Agnes and William. Agnes and William remained in Smith County for 8 years and that the negroes were left with Grand Father Benjamin Clardy and remained in his possession during the 8 years they remained there. When Blackwell went to Hickory County and was putting his mares to Richardson’s Jacks, he saw William and told Richardson they belonged to Clardy’s children. Richardson did not believe it. I am a brother in law to William Clardy.

Depositions taken 10 December 1855 in Smith County.

Case was not heard because the plaintiff stated there was a mistrial. They asked for a new trial. Over ruled by court.

 Supreme Court ruled that the court improperly rejected the evidence offered in relation the execution of the deed. Witnesses were non residents and out of the jurisdiction of the court. Judgment reversed.

State Penitentiary Files

A:122 William Clardy born in Granville, North Carolina, age 49, 6 feet ¼ inches white, black hair, dark eyes and fair complexion. Large scar on inside of right leg. Ten year sentence. September term Benton Co. Court; entered Sept. 25th 1849

B:5. William Clardy died March 26, 1857. William Clardy was enumerated in 1850 in the penitentiary in Cole County, Missouri, p. 69 of the census as a fifty-one year old farmer, born North Carolina, who had entered the penitentiary in 1849 for murder. [He had murdered Stansbury Ponds in Hickory County].