|Birth: ||Nov. 14, 1901|
|Death: ||Feb. 23, 1968|
Ethel Golden Hardesty was the 3rd of 8 children of Dallas Madiston Hardesty and Cora Emma (Griffin) Hardesty. Her father farmed and mined coal. Her childhood was spent in the vicinity of Senecaville, Guernsey County, Ohio or around Barnesville in Belmont County, Ohio.
She was descended from early settlers to the region. Her paternal grandfather's grandfather Richard George Hardesty had settled in Belmont County before 1830 and her great-grandfather married there in 1831. Her grandmother Ruth Campbell's parents were both born in Belmont County, one in 1815 and the other 1818. Her mother Cora Griffin's grandfather Griffin did not come to the area until sometime between 1842 and 1860, though Cora's mother's father was in Belmont County prior to 1820.
Ethel Hardesty married Frederick Philander Ayers on March 27, 1918. She was only 16 and he 19. Neither ever finished high school, both having only an 8th grade education. Together they had three sons and one daughter. They had the initial 3 between 1919 and 1923 (John Dallas on January 10, 1919; Frank Willis on September 11, 1920 and Edith Martha on January 27, 1923), and then a son born quite late after the other children were grown and moved out, with two sons in the service and their daughter married to a serviceman, in WWII. This son was Frederick Douglas Ayers (born October 28, 1942).
Fred and Ethel lived at first with her parents in Barnesville, where Fred worked as an auto mechanic and apparently for some time in a glass factory. However, sometime in the mid-1920's (after daughter Edith's birth in 1923 in Guernsey County) they moved to Marietta, Washington Cty, Ohio and remained there. Her husband Fred worked for Marietta Concrete company mainly erecting silos, at various points in labor, a foreman, and in sales. At points both older sons worked with him.
The lives of Fred and Ethel were marked by financial struggle, often poverty, dealing with the Great Depression and other disasters such as a flood of the Ohio River they lived along. Yet they managed to raise 4 successful children who each had life-long marriages to their first spouse, and maintained an excellent marriage themselves.
Ethel died of stomach cancer on February 23, 1968, in Marietta. Her husband Fred never remarried and died on July 31, 1983 while living at the Masonic Home in Springfield, Ohio. At this writing their daugher Edith lives. The other 3 children are all deceased (John on December 17, 1994, Frank on May 31, 2001, and young Freddie --too young -- on February 14, 2000). Ethel had 7 grandchildren by son Frank (4 boys 3 girls), 2 by son Freddie (boy and girl), and 3 by daughter Edith (2 boys 1 girl). Fred and Ethel are both buried in East Lawn/Valley Cemetery outside Marietta, Ohio.
Dallas Madison Hardesty (1874 - 1959)
Cora Emma Griffin Hardesty (1877 - 1963)
Frederick Philander Ayers (1898 - 1983)
Frank Willis Ayers (1920 - 2001)*
Ethel Golden Hardesty Ayers (1901 - 1968)
Freda Amanda Hardesty Williams Jensen (1906 - 2006)*
Wilford Walter Hardesty (1911 - 1992)*
East Lawn Memorial Park
Created by: David Ayers
Record added: Aug 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95297856