- From Ancestral File (TM), data as of 2 January 1996.
James Hard, the progenitor of the Hard race in the United States, came from England, probably about 1680. He had fought for King Charles I, and as a reward for his services, King Charles II gave him a grant of land in Fairfield County, Connecticut. About 1693 he married Elizabeth Tomlinson of Derby, Connecticut. Their children:
JAMES, born January 7, 1695; moved to Northern Vermont from New Milford, Connecticut; children: Abner, born 1719; John, died young (drowned); James III, born about 1725; Amos, born September, 1730; Abraham, born about 1733; Zaddock (see page 94).
RUTH, born February 10, 1705.
JOSEPH, born September 1, 1707; had two sons who died without issue.
(From "Ancestors of Anson Wales Hard"), found in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
Information recieved from Emma hard in a letter dated May 27, 1957. Emma Hard is a member of the Anne Helm Chapter D.A.R. tracing to David Ford Emma's number is 164554.
" We could be Colonial Dames on the Hard side, but not D. A. R. The Hards had a Coat-of-arms. Cap and Hound. Ann Hard, wife of William Hard, roving Editor of Reader's Digest, wrote me about it. Also, told me that Hard means Shingle on the beach."
"James Hard I came to America with a grant of land from the King of England. You will find this history in Connecticut Archives. the grant was for'Loyal service rendered'".
Relating to the Colonial Wars 1675-1775 following names are listed: Jabez Hard died 1760
James Hard, Lieutenant 1756
James Hard, Jr., Lieutenant 1758
James Hard, Captain 1762 (Newtown)
James Hard, Jr., Lieutenant (Newtown 1755)
James Hard, Jr., CAptain (Newtown 1761)
They were loyal to the King at the time of the Revolutionary War, 1776. The Torres were wealthy, aristocratic people.
You will find Captain James Hard listed as an "opulant farmer"
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Most of James' family died in the Black Plague of London in 1660's. Only the mother and infant son (James?) survived the Plague, then came to America, landing, instead, in Canada.