Pioneers of the Friday Family
Andrew Friday Descendants
Andrew Friday and Elizabeth Hoyle
Andrew Friday was one of Nicholas Friday's sons. He inherited a large tract of land along the West side of the South Fork River. This is where the Hardin NC Community stands today.
A note from the Lincoln County Tax records of 1821 indicates Andrew Friday held 1200 acres at that time. It also includes the land that is now St. Paul's Lutheran Church, The Hardin Baptist Church, and the Hardin Baptist Cemetery. A gravestone in that cemetery marks 1800 burial of a stillborn infant who belonged to Andrew and Elizabeth.
"Infant Son of Andrew and Elizabeth Friday..."
Elizabeth Hoyle was the daughter of John Hoyle and Margaret Costner. John Hoyle was the son of Hoyle family pioneer, Peter Hoyle. I would expect that Hoyle’s Creek, just east of Hardin is named after this family. Margaret Costner’s father, Adam Costner, was the pioneer of that family in Tryon County.
Andrew Friday and Elizabeth Hoyle had several other children:
David Friday and Susan Best Jenkins
David Friday married Susan Jenkins and they had one child, Marion David. Susan died October 27, 1837.
David then married Frances Carpenter. They had four children:
John H. Friday died in service to the Confederacy on July 17, 1862. He served in Co. B, 28th NC Regiment in the Army of Northern Virginia.
Before the War Between The States, David Friday owned 5 slaves. according to the 1850 U.S. Census. In September, 1850, the Census for Gaston County listed the following slaves belonging to David Friday:
David and Susan Friday, and Frances Carpenter-Friday are buried at Hardin Baptist Cemetery. Their homeplace stood on the old US 321 Hwy, across from Robinson Lake.
Marion D. Friday and Sarah Anne Black
Marion Friday was a member of the Dallas Masonic Lodge. His gravestone is marked with the Masonic Emblem. He also served in the NC Militia during the Civil War. He was a Justice of the Peace, County Commissioner, and prominent citizen in Gaston County.
The children of Marion Friday and Sarah Black were:
The picture shown here below, of the man and woman with the mule and buggy, is that of Marion Friday and Sarah Black. The mule’s name is Jack. I am told the child in the picture is Ernest Friday. Marion’s father and mother are David and Susan Best Jenkins Friday.
Robert Lathan Friday and Jennie Robinson
Robert Friday and Jennie Robinson lived in the Hardin community. Robert was a farmer and lived in the family homestead. The road in that community is now called "Bob Friday" Road.
Robert Friday and Jennie Robinson had 8 children:
Above: Harold, Gay, Modell, Craig, and Kenneth Friday: children of Robert L. Friday and Jennie Robinson. This picture was probably taken in the 1960s.
Below: John Fred Friday, Born December 1901. Fred was the oldest of Robert L. Friday and Jennie Robinson's children. He was well respected among members of his family and looked after his brothers and sisters as though they were his own children.