Name: Thomas HARDY
Birth: 14 DEC 1695 in Bradford, Essex, MA
Death: 19 DEC 1783 in Havermill, Essex, MA
The following was copied from Ginny Berry, World Connect db=I5539:
Thomas Hardy, from First Church Bradford Jun 7, 1727. Son of William and Sarah Hardy, born in Bradford Dec 14, 1695. Married Martha Hardy Jan 4, 1721. Died in Bradford, Dec 19, 1736, aged forty-one years and five days. Source: Groveland Congregational Church Records. Note: Thomas was one of the original 48 members of this church.
Some descendants of Thomas and Martha Hardy have believed that this Thomas was a son of Thomas and Mercy (Tenny) Hardy instead of William and Sarah (Savory) Hardy, as here given. The authors have taken special pains to examine all available evidence in this connection, and have come to the conclusion that the record as given in this book is correct beyond any question of doubt. David W. Hoyt, eminent genealogist, in his compilation entitled "The Hardy Family of Bradford", has listed Thomas Hardy as son of William and not of Thomas. Besides, as Hoyt has implied, Thomas (born 29 June 1557) probably died as a young man unmarried, since he was not mentioned in his father's will in 1716. Dr. Louis A. Woodbury of Bradford, Mass., one of the most reliable authorities on Hardy genealogy, as far as the Bradford records are concerned, has also stated that Thomas Hardy was a son of William and Sarah Hardy.
Mention has already been made of the fact that William Hardy, father of Thomas, died intestate. In the settlement of the estate it appears that the four sons, Samuel, William, Thomas, and Edmund, brought out their sisters, Ann and Sarah and agreed with their mother in reference to the rights of dowry. Doctor Woodbury has corroborated these facts in a letter as follows:
"William (Ephraim?) Lacy of Andover and his wife Ann and Sarah Hardy of Bradford, daughters of William Hardy, late of Bradford having received their legacies in their father's will released to their borthers, Samuel, William, Thomas and Edmund all their right to the personal and real estate of their father William Hardy."
Thomas died at Bradford 19 Dec. 1736, without making a will. Administration of his estate was granted his widow, Martha, 7 Feb. 1736-7, and the real estate was divided in 1744.
Source: Hardys and Hardies Past and Present, page 382.
NOTE: After 5 sons (4 surviving), Thomas & Martha finally had 3 daugters, but all 3 died in May 1736 (of some pestilence?).
Father: William HARDY b: ABT 1651 in Ipswich, Essex, MA
Mother: Sarah SAVORY b: 12 NOV 1657 in Newbury, Essex, MA
Rose b: 1691 in Bradford, Essex, MA
Deborah WALLINGFORD b: 1691 in Bradford, Essex, MA
14 MAY 1719
in Bradford, Essex, MA
Martha HARDY b: 17 FEB 1699/00 in Bradford, Essex, MA
4 JAN 1721/22
in Bradford, Essex, MA
- Gideon HARDY b: 7 MAY 1722 in Bradford, Essex, MA
- Reuben HARDY b: 24 SEP 1724 in Bradford, Essex, MA
- Phineas (Phinehas) HARDY b: 11 JUL 1726 in Bradford, Essex, MA
- Ebenezer HARDY b: 7 NOV 1728 in Bradford, Essex, MA
- Isaac HARDY b: 5 AUG 1730 in Bradford, Essex, MA
- Martha HARDY b: 29 DEC 1731 in Bradford, Essex, MA
- Phoebe (Phebe) HARDY b: 3 DEC 1732 in Bradford, Essex, MA
- Anna HARDY b: 30 JUL 1735 in Bradford, Essex, MA