Charles L. Hardy Papers
Scope and Contents
Collection contains a letter book, household and farm account books, and diaries documenting Hardy's life and activities. The letter book lists incoming and outgoing mail, including the purpose or topic. Three-line diary entries focus on the weather and daily activities, including farm work. Account books include figures for neighbor Frank J. Whitcomb, also of Springfield, VT.
- Hardy, Charles L. (Creator, Person)
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Collection is open for research.
All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.
Biographical / Historical
Charles Lowell Hardy was born in June of 1861 in Waltham, Massachusetts to John Kirk Hardy (1822-1905) and Mary Wood Hardy (1827-1900). One of 13 children, Charles grew up on the family farm in Waltham.
According to the 1880 federal census, Charles was apprenticed to the blacksmith James A. Judd and lived in Newton, Massachusetts. According to the 1900 federal census, Charles lived in Flambeau, Wisconsin where he worked as a farmer. The printed genealogy "Hardy and Hardie, a past and present" by H. Claude Hardy and Edwin Noah Hardy (1935) note that Charles's brother Cyrus (b. 1857) "spent most of his time in the west" which may help to explain this move. Charles appears in the 1920 and 1930 federal census records as a farmer and farm laborer living in Springfield, VT. The same genealogical source reports that brother Isaac (b. 1866) lived in nearby Bellows Falls, VT.
Charles died in 1941 and was buried in the family plot in Waltham, Massachusetts.
0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
Collection contains a letter book, household and farm account books, and diaries documenting Hardy's life and activities, especially on his farm.
Library Research Annex; contact email@example.com for access.
See findagrave.com entries for most of the Hardy family.
The Ancestry.com transcription records "Chas L Hardy" in 1920. No record of Charles could be found in the 1910 or 1940 federal censuses.
The print genealogy "Hardy and Hardie, past and present" by H. Claude Hardy and Edwin Noah Hardy (published 1935 in Syracuse, NY) is available online via Hathi Trust. John Kirk Hardy is identified as 1345 and found on page 776. As Charles did not have any children, he is listed only once (identified as 2093). A few siblings are described on pages 917-919.
- Guide to the Charles L. Hardy Papers
- 2018 April
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