Problem w/ Thos Hardy b 1695 Bradford MA
In most available records and research of the Hardy family of Bradford, MA (including "Hardy and Hardie: Past and Present"),Thomas Hardy is shown as born 12/14/1695, the son of William Hardy b. 1644 and his second wife, Sarah Savory.However, I have come across some interesting information which seems to contradict this.In "Extracts of Old Parish and Church Records of the Congregational Church in Groveland" which can be viewed online at , Thomas Hardy is shown as the son of William Hardy b. 1670 and his wife Sarah Walker.He is shown as one of three children of this couple, the others being Susanna b. 1705, and Sarah who is shown as born in 1690.However, this presents the first of several problems, as William Hardy and Sarah Walker are given as married in 1703.Going by the other records (those showing Sarah and Thomas to be children of William Hardy and Sarah Savory), she is also shown as born 6/1/1690, with the parents married in 1689.
Despite the apparent problems with the church extracts, it nonetheless contains a huge amount of information on the early Hardy and other related families.There are about 700 entries, and there appears to be a later volume somewhere.I encourage people to check it out, and I would like to get some feedback from other Hardy researchers who can help shed some light on this.The implications for my own family tree are major, as I'm sure they are for many others.
Thanks, Scott Rew