James Hardie, the builder/contractor for St. Mary Cathedral in Natchez, has no grave marker. His wife, Jane, and daughter, Margret, and brother, Alexander, are buried in Plot 1, lot 26.
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James Hardie was born in Scotland in 1806. He had four brothers and two sisters. James and Jane (Irvine) had three daughters: Margret or Margarette, Mary and Sarah. James, an architect, came to Natchez in the early to mid-1830’s, and became superintendent of construction for Neibert and Gemmell, a large contracting firm.
1836-1837 St. Mary’s gothic chapel at Laurel Hill
1842-1843 St. Mary Cathedral
1846 Natchez Institute on S. Commerce Street
1851 Presbyterian Church, remodeled and enlarged in Greek Revival style
1852 Methodist parsonage
1852 Wall Street Baptist Church (demolished)
1855-1860 Homewood for Balfour and Catherine Hunt (burned)
1880’s Rivara Building on the north side of Franklin Street between Union and Rankin Streets
1889 September 10 James died in the care of the Masonic Order in their lodge rooms.
“ Being a builder by trade he has left many monuments of his skill as such throughout Adams County and this city notably the grand and beautiful Saint Mary’s Cathedral, which was the thorough work of his hand.”
Obituary in The Daily Democrat, 11 September 1889.
SMBA for All Soul’s Day Cemetery Procession November 5, 2017
Additional information provided by Historic Natchez Foundation