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George Gordon Hardie, wives and descendents

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rootgatherer Report 20 Jan 2013 17:28

I thought that the Maria Hardy there was maybe Ruth using her middle name but if it is looks like her age is a bit out?


Name: Ruth M Andrews
Age in 1860: 22
Birth Year: abt 1838
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Home in 1860: New Bedford Ward 5, Bristol, Massachusetts
Gender: Female
Post Office: New Bedford
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members: Name Age
Christopher Andrews 49
Ruth Andrews 46
Ruth M Andrews 22
Caroline Andrews 21
Christopher S Andrews 19
Frederick W Andrews 15
Ruth Pollay 74
Catherine Desmond 43
Hannah Mcdonnall 22


Name: Ruth Maria Andrews
Age: 12
Birth Year: abt 1838
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Home in 1850: New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts
Gender: Female
Family Number: 694
Household Members: Name Age
Christopher Andrews 40
Ruth Andrews 34
Ruth Maria Andrews 12
Caroline A Andrews 10
Christopher S Andrews 8
Fredk W Andrews 5
Eliza Reynolds 34


rootgatherer Report 20 Jan 2013 18:18

This may be a complete co-incidence.

(Sorry my computer has suddenly slowed down, so it may take me a while to follow this up)

Name: Gordon George Hardy
Birth Date: abt 1877
Birth Place: Byhalia, Miss
Age: 68
Death Date: 15 Oct 1945
Death Place: Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee
Burial Date: 17 Oct 1945
Burial Place: Byhalia, Miss
Cemetery Name: Byhalia
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Divorced
Residence Place: Whitehaven, Shelby, Tennessee
Occupation: Millwright
Father's Name: George Hardy
Father's Birth Place: Byhalia, Miss
Mother's Name: Lovina Carhoun
Mother's Birth Place: Byhalia, Miss
FHL Film Number: 2137363

Draft Registration
Name: George Gordon Hardy
County: Poinsett
State: Arkansas
Birth Date: 2 Jun 1876
Race: White

Not seeing him on pre 1900 census

Neil Stewart

Neil Stewart Report 21 Jan 2013 00:24

Thanks everyone. Andrew's Maria is a mystery. George Gordon had a daughter Maria by his first marriage but she would have been 14 in 1870 and in any case appears in the 1871 Scottish census as a domestic servant living in Old Machar, Aberdeenshire.

Saying this was his first marriage is in character. I believe that the marriage was actually bigamous as his first wife didn't die until 1871 and there is no record of a divorce. This may mean that he used variant names or otherwise evaded detection which makes tracing his subsequent history all the more difficult.

Anyway keep the information coming as this story is fascinating.

Neil Stewart

Neil Stewart Report 21 Jan 2013 08:48

Thanks everyone.

The Maria in the 1870 census tallies with her marriage certificate which also shows her age as 26 meaning she was born about 1844. So this must be George Gordon and his wife. It is useful to know that she used her middle name Maria. That might make it easier to trace the birth of her child and her death, whenever that was.

George's age is wrong. He was actually 37 but he faked his age consistently throughout his life and the discrepancy grew as he got older. On his third marriage certificate in Scotland he claimed to be 40 when he was actually 50. I am not surprised either that he claimed it was his first marriage. In fact I believe the marriage was bigamous as his first wife didn't die until 1871 in Scotland and there is no trace of a divorce.

That being the case it is likely that he used variant names and moved around to escape detection which makes the task of tracing his subsequent movements all the harder. Nevertheless I will keep trying and any more information would be welcome particular about George Gordon and Maria's child.