Jacque Alexander Tardy was an unusual pirate He was the son of a wealthy plantation owner in Saint Domingue (Haiti), they escaped the revolution there, to settle in Philidelphia, PA. There Tardy ran a dry goods shop until, through lack of effort, he lost that business. He then relocated to Charleston SC, where he was a tin smith for several years. His shop burned to the ground, Tardy was insured and received $800 compensation. He moved his business to Savanah GA. This is when his relatives pressured Captain John Smith to employ him aboard the USS Congress on during the War of 1812. It was aboard this ship that Tardy stole some of the Captains belongings, and auctioned them off to other crew members. For this crime he was publicly lashed and sent ashore. When the USS Congress put into port, Tardy was dismissed from his position. He moved on to Rhode Island where he attempted to steal a passengers belongings from a ship, by impersonating the owner of those belongs. He hired a lawyer, Rep. William Hunter, in this attempt. He was discovered to be an imposter by the lawyer who dropped the case. He then settled in Boston where he apprenticed under a German dentist. He was fired from this position, because of his inordinate interest in the medications used on the patients. He was then caught stealing G.W. Balsh's pocket book at Col. Wilde's stage shop. For this he was sentenced to three years in state prison. Upon leaving prison, he boarded the ship Maria, bound for Charleston SC. Once aboard this ship he poisoned Captain Latham and all aboard with arsenic in the hash. He then accused John Gibson the ships cook of the crime. as a result John Benjamin of North Carolina died of poisoning and John Gibson hung for the crime. A few months later Tardy boarded the Regulator in Boston bound for Philadelphia, PA. He poisoned all the passengers killing Godfrey Daniel Lehman. Blaming the ships cook, once again. This time however, his accusations were felt to be too strong, and he was tried for the crime. When the case came to trial, lack of witnesses resulted in a light sentence of seven years in Walnut Street Prison for conspiracy. After his release from prison he again settled in Charleston SC, under the title of dentist. There he bribed two dock workers to assist him in stealing a pilot boat. The workers informed the owner's of the boat, who lay in ambush, catching him red handed. He was sentenced to two years in Charleston Jail for this crime. Upon this release, he sailed for Matanzas Cuba, where he set up shop as a dentist and plotted his next piratical adventure. He enlisted the aid of three criminals to capture the Brig Crawford. After the brig set sail Tardy attempted to poison all the passengers. This failed and then ensued a bloody battle for the ship. Aboard the Brig Crawford an Irish carpenter, an american carpenter from providence RI, Captain Henry Brightman of Troy, MA, Asa Bicknell of Conn., Joseph Dolver of Salem MA, Oliver Potter from Westport, MA, Nathaniel P. Deane, and Norman Robinson Conn. were all killed. Only first mate Edmund Dobson of Somerset, MA, Stephen Gibbs the cook, and Ferdinand Ginoulhiac survived. Dobson escaped while the ship was near Fort Monroe. He informed the soldiers there of the events and the ship was boarded. Tardy's three conspirators were captured to later stand trial, while Tardy was discovered in the Captains quarters where he had slit his own throat. He was buried at low tide mark face down at Old Point Comfort in front of Fort Monroe.
Tardy was exhumed and his skull removed, by J. Everett, U.S. Army Surgeon, who was stationed at the fort. This was done at the request of Dr. Brereton, to provide the Washington Phrenological society with Tardy's skull for study. Commodore Rogers carried the skull from Fort Monroe to Washington DC. Three casts made of the skull were sent to the Edinburgh, The London Phrenological Society, and Dr. George Combe. Dr. Combe's cast now resides at the University of Edinburgh Anatomical Museum which had a facial reconstruction done on the cast.
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