that he was the Thomas Hardy baptized by Robert Hardy at Bradford St Peter, West Riding of Yorkshire, England in 1600. This church might have been the spiritual center of some people who emigrated to the New World.. And Bradford was the name of the town he supposedly settled in.
The following is quoted from Find A Grave website and is included here to illustrate the widely held, but essentially unproven, story about Thomas Hardy:
THOMAS I HARDY was born about 1605 in England.
THOMAS I HARDY came to America with Governor WINTHROP in 1630. He had at least two brothers, JOHN HARDY who settled in Salem, Mass. and probably RICHARD HARDY, who settled first in Concord, Mass. and then in about 1640 he moved to Stamford,Connecticut. In 1633 THOMAS I HARDY was one of twelve men to establish Ipswich, Mass. In 1653 he moved to Rowley, Mass. and then in about 1663 he moved to Bradford (now Haverhill), Mass. where he became owner of one thousand acres of land. A codicil to his will (4 Mar 1671-2) dated 12 Dec 1677 said he was ab. 72.
According to Anderson, "no connections are seen between the family of Thomas Hardy of Haverhill and that of John Hardy of Salem."
There is no proof of speculation that John Hardy (that came to Salem MA) was a brother of Thomas.
Thomas Hardy, known as Thomas Hardy Sr after the birth of his son, Thomas.
Thomas Hardy was born about 1605, (based on the age given in the codicil to his will), or "circa 1606" (Essex Probate #12405).
In 1633, Thomas Hardy migrated from England, first to Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. He purchased sixteen acres in Ipswich on 29 September, 1653.
April 1, 1633, Thomas is listed as one of the nine men allowed by the Massachusetts Bay Company to go with John Winthrop Jr. into Agawam (Ipswich) to settle.
Note: Unknown which ship Thomas sailed. His name does not appear on any of the Winthrop Fleet lists of passengers. Some speculate that Thomas was a servant of John Winthrop Jr., and that was the reason he was not listed. Apparently, there is a record that
John Winthrop, Sr. had a servant named Thomas Hardy. Could it be that this person was the Thomas Hardy who went to Agawam and settled there? Could Winthrop have given him his freedom for good service? Could his servitude have been completed?
Note: According to Anderson, there is no evidence for a first wife named Lydia (although several early writers believed this Lydia).
It is said that Thomas had a first wife, Lydia, but no proof has ever been found.
Note: Will leave Lydia attached to this profile for now, to avoid creating more duplicates.
Married Ann ______ "Old Anne Hardy Widdow died May 1, 1689" (Bradford VRs 1:7)
Note: This profile links Thomas with Anna Rowley as his wife. Will leave this for now, until further research. Evidence of Rowley as her name at birth is needed.
William born say 1651; mar 1) Ruth Tenney 2) Sarah (possibly Savory)
Ferry operator at Bradford.
Husbandman and farmer. He owned about eight-hundred acres when his estate was inventoried after his death in 1677.
"20 April, 1667 Thomas Hardy Sr. of Bradford, husbandman, gave to the inhabitants of Bradford two acres of land to promote the settling of a minister in Bradford [ILR 4:106]," quotation from The Great Migration Begins.
Karen, please use caution. We will likely detach this Thomas' parents because there is no proof that these are the immigrant's parents. Hardy-347 has even different parents. Please discuss on the attached g2g thread before continuing. Thank you.
Hardy-374 and Hardy-57 appear to represent the same person because: Many children of Richard Hardy husband of Alice Wilson have been attached to John Hardy by mistake. They originated from the pedigree in Wurts Vol VII pp.2133-37 which contains many errors and confusion and uncertainties. Wurts attaches them as children of Richard: Richard 15 yrs; Thomas; 13 yrs; Alice; 11; George 9; John 6; Mary 7 Jacquette 4; Michael 1 yr. (ages in 1619) I propose to merge these with Richard Hardy and Alice Wilson's children.
There is a Robert Hardy who baptised a son Thomas Hardy at Bradford St Peter, West Riding of Yorkshire, England in 1600. Since that church seems to have been the spiritual center of the folks who emigrated to the New World, wouldn't it make sense that Robert, rather than Thomas, is Thomas's father? Why Wetwang? Wetwang is about 18 hours' walk from Bradford Cathedral. And Bradford was the name of the town he supposedly settled in. Also, saying he was born in 1605 would have satisfied the seemingly universal rule about lying about your age: subtract five years....what say you?