So I have been assisting in the G2G question to connect Miles Davis and Cicely Tyson, and came across some information that I haven't been able to prove. If the information proves true, I believe we'll be able to connect all the profiles in the chain, plus Miles and Cicely. However, so far I have not found any evidence to support the claim.
The claim (found on a reasonably sourced Ancestry tree) is this: Charles Hardy, born 1810 in Virginia and most likely born a slave, was the son of a slave owner, Enoch Harding.
The Ancestry information can be found here (if you have the Library Edition): https://www.ancestrylibrary.com/family-tree/person/tree/27839427/person/332072395284/facts
While much of the tree is sourced, this fact is not. So to prove this, I suspect we'll need a couple of things.
One - Enoch Harding died in 1849 in Virginia. So it seems unlikely (but possible) that he freed his slaves upon his death. If we can look over a copy of his will, it might reveal additional information to help us figure out this puzzle. It's even possible he acknowledged this illegitimate son in his will. Either way, this could potentially help understand the situation.
Second - presuming that Enoch transferred ownership of Charles Hardy to one of his sons, there seems to be evidence that several of his sons travelled to Calloway County, Kentucky, where Charles Hardy and his family are found post-Civil War (see Charles' profile for a link to the 1870 Census entry). If we can obtain additional data regarding the sons who relocated to Calloway County and determine if they had slaves of approximately the correct age, it might help us to carry this forward to the next component - was Charles freed early or possibly at the end of the Civil War. And if he was freed at the end of the Civil War, is there any evidence we can find of this, either in Freedmen Bureau records or otherwise.
So there's the dilemma. I'll put Charles Hardy's profile in the question, as it really relates towards sourcing his parentage more than anything else. There could easily be something clever I'm missing here too, so please point out any other avenues of approach I might be leaving out. Thanks!