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when he suffered the loss of one of his lower limbs.
He nevertheless continued his activity by taking up
the trade of shoemaking, and exercised a general
oversight in the management of the farm. He died
in Nelson, November 28, 1S62. He married Jeru-
sha Kimball, born in Nelson, August 13, 1790, and
died there January 11, 1854. The children of this
union are: Augustus F.. Sylvander W., George
G., Abbie M., Noah W., Charles, Caroline M., Silas,
Franklin B. and Ezra P.

(Vni) Judge Silas, sixth son and eighth child
of Noah and Jerusha (Kimball) Hardy, was born
in Nelson, April 3, 1827. Having studied prelimi-
narily in the public schools, he prepared for a col-
legiate course at the Marlow, New Hampshire,
Academy, and was graduated at Dartmouth College
with the class of 1855. After teaching school for a
year in Foxcroft, Maine, he became a law student
at Keene in the office of Levi Chamberlain, under
whose preceptorship he remained two years, and
he was admitted to the bar in 1858. Since entering
the legal profession he has transacted a profitable
general law business in Keene, covering a period of
nearly half a century, and is still in active practice,
being at the present time one of the oldest as well
as one of the ablest lawyers in the state. From
1859 to 1864 he served as register of probate; was
judge of probate from the latter year to 1874; was
a member of the school board for some time; was
an alderman in 1884; city solicitor two or three
terms ; represented Keene in the constitutional con-
vention in 1876 and in the lower branch of the state
legislature for the years 1900-01. In his younger
days he was an Old Line Whig in politics, but he
has supported the Republican party continuously
from the time of its formation in 1856. His activi-
ties have by no -means been confined exclusively
to legal and civic afifairs, as he has identified him-
self with most of the public and semi-public insti-
tutions of Keene, giving them the benefit of his
"business ability and sound judgment. He was for-
merly president of the Cheshire Mutual Fire In-
surance Company, and has dealt quite extensively
in real estate. Judge Hardy is president of the
Winchester, New Hampshire, National Bank. In
iiis religious belief he is a Unitarian.

On December 31, 1863, Judge Hardy married
Josephine _M. Kingsley, .a graduate of Mount Hol-
yoke Seminary, class of 1857. She died June 19,
1871, leaving one son, Ashley K. Hardy, who is
now professor of the German language and literature
and instructor in old English at Dartmouth Col-
lege. Dr. Ashley K. Hardy married, in June, 1902,
Adelaide, daughter of Rev. Sanford, near Meriden,

(V) Jesse, fourth son and sixth child of Phineas
and Abigail Hardy, was born in Hollis, December
19. 1760. He was with his father and three older
brothers in the garrison at Portsmouth in the Rev-
olution, and was also one of the sixteen men from
Hpllis for West Point, who were enlisted in Cap-
lain William Barron's company of Colonel Nichol's
regiment. He enrolled July 6. 1780, and was dis-
•charged October 22, following, after serving three
Tuonths and sixteen days at £134 per month, with
travel allowance of 6s per mile. He married (first),
January 3, 1788, Rebekah Bayley; married (sec-
•ond), Rhoda Wood. By the first wife he had two

daughters Rebekah and Martha ; and by the second
wife seven sons : Jesse, Joel, Amos, Eli, Luther,
Phineas and Daniel.

(VI) Amos, third son and child of Jesse and
Rhoda (Wood) Hardy, was born August 12, 1797,
and died in' 1881. He was a farmer, and lived in
the northern part of town. He commanded the re-
spect and confidence of his townsmen, and was a
member of the board of selectmen in 1844-45-46.
For many years he was a member of the Congre-
gationalist Church. He married Mary Cummings,
born April 2, 1800, daughter of Thomas and JNIary
Cummings. They had seven children : Francis A..
Daniel, Harriette, Edward, William, Horrace and

(VII) Edward, third son and fourth child of
Amos and Mary (Cummings) Hardy, was born in
Hollis, August 6, 1825. After attending the coni-
mon schools for a time he learned the cooper's
trade, and worked at that at Hollis, continuing the
business until about 1880. He employed from ten
to fifteen men and made pork and beef barrels.
In 1880 he bought, the farm of one hundred and
thirty acres, where he now resides, in the east part
of Hollis. Mr. Hardy is a Democrat in politics,
and has held the offices of town treasurer and
member of the board of selectmen. He is a leading
member of Hollis Grange, Patrons of Husbandry,
of which he has served as master and twenty-one
years as treasurer. He married, November 5, 1850,
Louisa M. Wheeler, born in Hollis, March 12, 1827,
daughter of James and Dorcas (Moore) Wheeler,
of Hollis. She died September 20, 1881. One son
was born to them, Charles E., the subject of the
next paragraph.

(VIII) Charles E., only child of Edward and
Louisa M. (Wheeler) Hardy, was born in Hollis.
September 26, 1857, and was educated at Hollis
and McGaw Institute, Mont Vernon. He carries
on his father's farm and is largely engaged in dairy-
ing. He is now a member of the board of educa-
tion. He was a member of the legislature, 1897, was
master of the Hollis Grange two years, is past
grand of Amom Lodge, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, of Hollis and secretary and treasurer of
the Mutual Fire Insurance Company, of Hollis.
He also has extensive interests in Old Mexico.
Mrs. Hardy was one of the organizers of the Anna
Keyes Powers Chapter, Daughters of American
Revolution, of Hollis, and a charter member of the
Relief Corps, Grand Army of the Republic. She
joined the Hollis Congregational Church when six-
teen years of age and has been active in church
work for many years. He married, Feb-
ruary 20, 1879, Nellie L. Cameron, of Hol-
lis, November 30, 1854, daughter of Henry
G. and Rosanna B. (Willoughby) Cameron,
of Hollis. They had three children: Ed-
ward Cameron, born March 14, 1884, died Novem-
lier 2, 1885. Harold E., born March 20, 1887, now
a student in the New Hampshire College of Agri-
culture and Mechanic Arts. Louisa, born Decem-
ber 9, 1890, now attending the Hollis high school.

(III) William, son of Thomas and Mary (Ten-
ney) Hardy, was born January li, 1669, in Brad-
ford, where he made his home. His wife's name
was Sarah, but no record of their marriage appears
in Bradford. Their children were : Sarah, Wil-
liam, Anne, Thomas, Edmund and Susannah.

(IV) Thomas (3). second son and fourth child
of William and Sarah Hardy, was born December
14, 1695, in Bradford, and died there "middle
aged" December 19, 1736. He was married
May 14, 1719, at the First Church in Bradford.





to Deborah Wallingford, who was born in June,
1701, daughter of James and Deborah WalHngford.
Their children included Amos, Jonas, Oliver, Rose,
Esther, Ezekiel, James and Deborah. There is a
tradition that he married the daughter of an Indian
chief, by whom he had two children, but this does
not seem to be borne out by the records. It is
said that some of his descendants displayed marked
Indian characteristics.

(V) Jonas, second son and child of Thomas (3)
and Deborah (Wallingford) Hardy, was born Oc-
tober 19, 172X, in Bradford, and passed his life in
that town, where he died. There is no record in
that town of his marriage or death and it is pos-
sible that he died in some other place. It appears
that his children lived elsewhere, and it is probable
that he died at the home of one of these, in New

(VI) Jonas (2), son of Jonas (i) Hardy, was
born about 1750 in Bradford, according to family
tradition, but no record of his birth appears in
that town. He was a private in the Second Foot
Company of Bradford, which marched to the de-
fence of Cape Ann, November 30, 1775. under com-
mand of Captain John Savory. He died May 13,
1833, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, in his eighty-
third year. He resided for some time in what
is now Hudson, in Chester, New Hampshire,
whence he perhaps removed to Lebanon. Very little
concerning the history of his life can now be dis-
covered. He was married in Bradford, August 5,
^773> to Molly Hardy, and was married (second)
in Februarv, 1780, in the same town, to ISIehitable

(VII) Daniel, son of Jonas (2) and ]Mehitable
(Hardy) Hardy, was born in 1782, perhaps in
Stoddard, New Hampshire. He lived at Hebron,
this state, and at Hyde Park, Vermont, but he is
most closely identified with Lebanon, New Hamp-
shire, where the greater part of his mature life was
spent. He was a merchant and farmer, and was
a self made man of great energy of character. He
belonged to the Baptist Church in Lebanon, and
brought up his large family according to strict re-
ligious principles. Daniel Hardy married Betsey
Packard, who was born in Enfield, New Hampshire,
and they had a family of fifteen children, of whom
five died in infancy or early childhood. The ten
who lived to grow up were: i. Laura. 2. Orinda,
married Solomon Heater. 3. Ichabod P., whose
sketch follows. 4. Caroline. 5. Julia. 6. Almeda.
7. Rev. Daniel, married Sarah Page. 8. Matilda,
married Gardner Briggs. 9. Edwin, whose twin,
Edna, wa? drowned when three years old. 10. Rev.
Anthony Colby, married Eliza Martin. The mother
of this family was a great reader, and to her is
doubtless due in considerable measure the literary
tendencies of her descendants. Of the ten chil-
dren just mentioned, two of the sons became clergy-
men, Rev. Daniel belonging to the Methodist Church,
and Rev. Anthony C, the ]\Iethodist and later the
Episcopal ; and two of the daughters, Laura and
Julia, married Methodist ministers. Laura Hardy
married Rev. Jonas Scott, an old time exhorter,
and W'as herself gifted in writing and speaking
at meetings. Julia Hardy married Rev. Charles
Lovejoy, and moved to Kansas, where they endured
thrilling experiences in Free-Soil times. She wrote
Anti-Slavery articles for the Nezu Hampshire States-
man and the Lebanon Free Press, and also for
western papers. Some of her statements aroused
such bitter feeling that she was forced to hide all
night in cornfields at the time of QuantrelTs Raid.
Almeda. who married Noah Barden Stoddard, and

lived at Hanover, also wrote for the papers; and
Caroline married 1 lorace Hoyt, and became the
mother of Horace F. Hoyt, for many years com-
missioner of Grafton county. Daniel Hardy, the
father, died at the home of his son Daniel at
Hyde Park, Vermont, during the winter of 1869;.
and his wife died at the old homestead about

(Vlll) Ichabod Packard, eldest son and third
child of Daniel and Betsey (Packard) Hardy, was
born July 5, 1808, in Lebanon. He was educated
at the old New Hampton Institution, and lived in
Groton, Rumney, Lebanon and Hebron, again at
Groton, New Hampshire, and was engaged in farm-
ing, lumbering and general mercantile traffic. He
was a man active in business, eager to promote
the public weal, and always ready to help the needy
by giving them employment. He was a member
of the Christian Church, and his hospitable home
was always open to visiting brethren. Large family
parties also were in the habit of driving up with-
out warning, and they never failed to find a warm
welcome and abundance of good cheer. It was a
house where relatives and strangers alike were made
to feel at home, and an extra plate at the table
was a matter of course. Mv. Hardy was a man of
progressive ideas, helped to establish schools in
his town, and was one of the earliest members of
the Republican party. He died at Groton, New
Hampshire, ^larch 17, 1887. On February 2, 1836,
at Rumney, Ichabod Packard Hardy married Eme-
line Mary Webster, daughter of David and Lucy
(Hutchins) Webster, who was born at Rumney,
New Hampshire, ]May i, 1815. (See Webster, Vl").
JNIrs. Hardy, w'ho is still living in her ninety-third
year, is a woman of remarkable activity, and does
needle-work of exquisite fineness without glasses.
She is a granddaughter of Captain Gordon Hutch-
ins, one of the three men from Concord, New" Hamp-
shire, who commanded a company at the battle of
Bunker Hill. He died the year she w-as born, and
ninety years later she visited his grave at Concord.
Emeline (Webster) Hardy was educated at South
Parsonfield, Maine, and in early life was a successful
teacher, instructing the old-time district schools of
fifty or sixty scholars. After her marriage she did
all the writing in connection with her husband's
business, and became an inspiring" companion for
her children. The Nezv York Tribune was a weekly
visitor to the home for fifty years, and many other
papers and magazines were read by the family.
The house was always a stopping place for visiting
ministers, some of whom stayed six weeks at a
time. Mrs. Hardy was a helpful neighbor withal,
and though she had the care of a large house-
hold, she was always ready to respond when sick
people needed a "watcher," or a family in affliction
called on her to "lay out" the dead.

Ichabod Packard and Emeline (Webster) Hardy
had five children : Adeline, David Peabody, Lucy
Edwina, Emily Sarah and Ellen Selomy (twins).
Of this family two died in infancy. Adeline, the
eldest child, who was born April 27, 1837, lived
but eight days, while Emily Sarah, one of the
twins, died two weeks after her birth. The three
children who lived to maturit\', not only exhibited
unusual intelligence and force of character them-
selves, but have reared families in which these
traits became marked to even greater degree.

(IX) David, son of Ichabod Packard Hardy,
w^as born in Groton. New Hampshire, August 21,
1838. Lie was a blacksmith by trade, and in his later
years engaged in agricultural pursuits in connection
with his trade. He was a Republican in politics,



"held the various local town offices, and a man of
excellent judgment, honorable and straightforward,
filling the same to the satisfaction of all concerned.
He was married, May i, 1859, in that town to
Sarah Diantha Fox, who was born November i,
1840, in Groton, a daughter of David Page and
Sally Spaulding (Powers) Fox, and granddaughter
of IJaniel Fox, who was born April 20, 1774, and
died April 13, 1848. David Page Fox was born
May T-T, 181 1, in Hebron, New Hampshire, and
died in Orange, same state, October 28, 1865. He
was married February 5, 1835, to Sally Spaulding
Powers, who was born April 9, 1809, and died
in Hill, New Hampshire, July 27, 1899. The chil-
dren of David P. and Sarah D. (Fox) Hardy
were : Nettie Aldonna, Edward Dana, Ellen Eme-
" line, Mary Adeline, Lucy May and Lizzie Webster

(X) Nettie A., the eldest daughter, graduated
from the academy at Monson, Massachusetts, and
was a successful teacher. She married Orin Smith
of Stowe, Vermont, and with her husband is active
in church work.

(X) Edward D. Hardy, the only son, was
graduated from the Thayer School of Civil En-
gineering, Dartmouth College, and has charge of
the filtration plant at Washington, D. C." He mar-
ried Mary Noud of Washington, and they have three
children now living.

(X) Ellen Emeline Hardy, the second daughter,
married Dr. Clarendon P. Webster, D. D. S., of
Franklin, this state. She is a lecturer and writer,
and has made a specialty of ornithology, contributing
to the Nezv York Times and other journals. She
has been president of the Woman's Club at Frank-
lin, and has given stereopticon lectures on her
travels and other subjects before different clubs
in the state.

(X)' Lucy May, daughter of David Peabody
and Sarah Diantha (Fox) Hardy, was born August
II, 1872 in Hebron, New Hampshire. She was
educated in the village school, formerly known as
Hebron Academy, New Hampton Literary Listitu-
tion and Commercial College, from which she
was graduated, and the Ladies' Boarding School at
Bishop Hopkins Hall, Burlington, Vermont, which
she attended one year, receiving one of the Webb
and Vanderbilt prizes. She was married in Hebron,
October i, 1902, to Elbert David Currier, of An-
dover, New Hampshire (see Currier, HI). After
marriage she went to Franklin to reside, and with
her husband became a member of the Village Con-
gregational Church in Franklin, and was also a
member of the Missionary Society and the Ladies'
Aid Society connected with the church, and has
served as soprano singer and chorister in different
choirs in the city. In winter of 1906-07 she was
prominent in organizing the Franklin Choral Society,
and was elected its secretary. Her vocal instruction
covered a period of several years, studying with
C. S. Conant, of Concord, New Hampshire, and
later going to Boston Fortnightly during winters
of 1904-1906 to complete her study. She was a
prominent and enthusiastic member of the Audubon
Society, and served her turn as secretary and ac-
quired considerable knowledge in bird-lore. Since
1902 she has been a member of the Franklin
Woman's Club, contributing her part in literary and
musical work. In 1907 she was elected as its pres-

(X) Lizzie Hardy became the wife of Elihu
Sanborn, of Contoocook, this state, and is a leader
■In musical aft'airs in churches of that town.

(IX) Lucy Edwina Hardy, second surviving

child of Ichabod P. and Emeline (Webster) Hardy,
born July 26, 1840, graduated at the age of fifteen
from the classical course at Kimball Union Academy,
Meriden, this state. She taught school at Tilton
Seminary and Meriden, New Hampshire, and was
then married to Professor George I. Cummings,
of Harvard Universit}-, Washington, D. C. Their
only daughter, Lucy Webster Cummings, was
graduated from Wellesley College in 1897 (June),
was educated in music at Washington, D. C., and
married Henry Coburn Sanborn, of Webster, New
Hampshire, who was graduated from Dartmouth
College, studied in Germany and is now superintend-
ent of schools at Danvers, Massachusetts.

(IX) Ellen Selomy Hardy, third surviving
child of Ichabod P. and Emeline (Webster) Hardy,
was born at Rumney, New Hampshire, March 2,
1844, a"d married Rev. Henry P. Lamprey, of
Concord, New Hampshire (see Lamprey, VII).

(II) John, son of Thomas (i) and Lydia
Hardy, ^was born 1638, in Ipswich, Massachusetts,
and spent most of his life in Bradford. He mar-
ried, April 2, 1666, Mary Jackman, who died De-
cember 2, 1689. The name of his second wife w-as
Alartha, but a record of the marriage has not been

(III) Joseph, son of John and Mary (Jackman)
Hardy, was born February 3, 1674, in Bradford, and
lived in that town. He married, April 6, 1698, Mary
Burbank, born November 26, 1675, in Rowley, Mas-
sachusetts, a daughter of Caleb and Martha (Smith)
Burbank (see Burbank, II).

(IV) James, son of Joseph and Mary (Bur-
bank) Hardy, was born April 14, 1699, in Brad-
ford. His early life was passed in Bradford, and
he subsequently spent some time in Tewksbury and
late in life removed to Andover, Massachusetts.
He married, July 4, 1727, Hannah Bailey.

(V) James (2), son of James (i) and Han-
nah (Bailey) Hardy, was born 1742, probably in
Bradford, and lived throughout his adult life in
Andover, where he built ^ a house. He died there
March 7, 1825. He married Jemima Palmer, daugh-
ter of Andrew Palmer, of Andover.

(VI) Benjamin, son of James (2) and Jemima
(Palmer) Hardy, was born 1768, in Andover, Mas-
sachusetts, and died in Greenfield, New Hampshire,
in 1852, aged eighty-four years. In 1779 he removed
from Andover to Greenfield, where he purchased a
farm, still owned and occupied by his descendants.
His original home was the usual log cabin of the
time, and his clearing was about sixty acres. He
married, November 10, 1794, Phoebe Dane, of a
prominent Andover family. She was born 1767,
a daughter of William and Mary Osgood Dane.
Her brother, William Dane, was a veteran of the
Revolutionary war. A daughter of the latter mar-
ried Samuel Baldwin, of Amherst and Mont Vernon.
The children of Benjamin and Phoebe (Dane)
Hardy were: John Dane, Benjamin, Hermon,
Phoebe, Betsy, Hiram and Hannah.

(VII) Hiram, fourth son and sixth child of
Benjamin and Phoebe (Dane) Hardy, was born
July 6, 1806, in Greenfield, and died February, 1866,
at his native place. He succeeded his father in the
occupancy and ownership of the homestead, to
which he made additions until it included two hun-
dred and seventy acres. He was an extensive fruit
■grower and stock raiser. He was a gold seeker,
going to California in 1853 and returning in 1857.
He was fond of music, and from the age of twelve
years until the disbanding of the militia he played
the fife in that organization. He was not a mem-
ber, but attended the Congregational Church. Be-



iiig deeply interested in public questions, he became
a leader of the Democratic party in his town, lie
held various town offices, was overseer of the poor,
selectman a number of times, and representative
in the general court in 1865. He married (tirst)
Abigail Dodge, and they had two children : Frances
and Charles. He married (second) Maria Dodge,
■of Greeiifield, sister of his first wife, who was born
in 1817, and died October, 1893. They were the
•daughters of Levi and Keziah (Stanley) Dodge,
their father being a Revolutionary soldier, and an
aide on General Gates' staff. Their children were :
Sidney Hiram, Sarah Abigail and Levi Bradley.
Sarah A. married Albert H. Hopkins, of Medford,
2klassachusetts, and has three children : Bertham A.,
a physician; George W. and Lilian Gertrude.

(Vni) Sidney Hiram, first son and eldest child
of Hiram and Maria (Dodge) Hard}-, was born
in Greenfield, February, 1840. He prepared for
college at Kimball Academy, from which he gradu-
ated with the class of 1865, and in the autumn
of the same year entered Dartmouth College, in-
tending to pursue the scientific course there, but
the death of his father obliged him to leave college
after he had attended one term. He has always had
a fondness for mathematics, in which he excels.
Until two years ago he alone carried on the farm,
which the brothers now cultivate together. They
have two hundred acres of land, raise considerable
stock, and do some lumbering. They have an
■excellent orchard which yields as high as five hun-
dred barrels of apples a year. They pay but slight
attention to politics, but vote the Democratic ticket.
They attend the Congregational Church.

(Vni) Levi Bradley, second child of Hiram
and Maria (Dodge) Hardy, was born in Greenfield,
August 31, 1850. He attended high school and
Francestown Academy, and is a carpenter and
electrician by trade. From 1886 to 1902 he worked
at carpentering in Medford, Massachusetts. Since
the latter date he has resided on the old homestead.
He is a member of Mont Vernon Lodge, No. 186,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of ]\Iedford.

23, 1845, and has carried on farming for about forty
years, and shoemaking fifteen years. He is a Re-
publican in politics, and is a member of the Con-
gregational Church. He married Lydia E. Dow,
who was born in Goffstown, June 2Z, 1847, daughter
of Samuel and Lydia (Black) Dow, of Goffstown.
Four children were born by this union : Helen, Scott
E., Louis J. and Bertha D.

One hundred Hardys are enumerated
HARDY among the revolutionary soldiers and

sailors of Massachusetts. Persons of
this name came early to New Hampshire, and the
family was well represented among the sons of the
Granite State who fought in the revolution. Dea-
con Noah Hardy was a revolutionary soldier, and
afterward lived in Hollis, Nelson and Antrim. Ben-
jamin Hardy, of Andover, Massachusetts, settled in
Greenfield in 1800.

(I) John Hardy was born in Goffstown, and
was drowned while attempting to cross the Pis-
cataquog river on a ferry boat. He married Betsy
George, who was born in Gofifstowai and died in

(II) Rodney, son of John and Betsy (George)
Hardy, was born in Goffstown and died in Hooksett,
January, 1876. He was a farmer, but for forty
years he was employed as a dyer in the cotton mills.
He moved to Hooksett, and spent the remainder
of his life there, being employed in the mills for
many years, and was sixty-three years old when
he died. He married Esther Ayer, who was born
in Goft'stown, in 1813, and is now (1907) living at
the age of ninety-four. They had five children :
Ira C, died July, 1905 : Rodney ; Esta ; Elizabeth,
who married George Harwood ; and John, whose
sketch follows.

(III) John, youngest child of Rodney and Esta
(Ayer) Hard}-, was born in Manchester, March

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