Leonard Wilford Hardy

31 December 1805–31 July 1884 (Age 78)
Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life Summary of Leonard Wilford

When Leonard Wilford Hardy was born on 31 December 1805, in Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Simon Hardy, was 37 and his mother, Rhoda Hardy, was 33. He married Elizabeth Stewart Nichols on 12 October 1826, in Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1850 and lived in Lowell Junction, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States in 1826 and Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States for about 10 years. He died on 31 July 1884, in Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Leonard Wilford Hardy
Sophia Lois Goodridge
Marriage: 28 November 1850
Leonard Goodridge Hardy
Oscar Harvey Hardy
William Bell Hardy
Sophia Manselena Hardy
Jesse Wallace Hardy
George Goodrich Hardy
Marian Penelope Hardy
Lusannah Jane Hardy
Martha Lois Hardy

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  • Marriage
    28 November 1850Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 3
    Atlantic slave trade abolished.
    Age 7
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 25
    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

    Name Meaning

    English, French, and Walloon: nickname for a brave or foolhardy man, from Old French, Middle English hardi ‘bold, courageous’. The surname of Walloon origin is also found in the Flemish part of Belgium (mainly in Belgian Limburg). Compare Hard 2.Irish: in addition to being an importation of the English name, this is also found as an Anglicized form (by partial translation) of Gaelic Mac Giolla Deacair ‘son of the hard lad’.Americanized form of Swiss German Härdi: from a pet form of an ancient Germanic personal name composed with hard ‘brave, strong’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Story Highlight

    Leonard's conversion story

    From the book "William Bell Hardy Family History" by Kenneth R. Hardy Leonard was taught the gospel by Samuel Smith and Orson Hyde in the fall of 1832, and was baptized into the Church on the 2nd of …

    Sources (74)

    • Lenard Hardy, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Leonard Hardy, "Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910"
    • L*Nard in entry for Benj F Hardy, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"

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