Hardy, Thomas (1830-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.H.

Mr. Thomas Hardy was born at Newbold in the North Cave Circuit in 1830. Under the preaching of the Primitive Methodists he found salvation and, with his wife, joined our Church. Forty-nine years ago he removed to Wawne. Immediately he joined the church and took sittings in the chapel. His great aim was to live the life of a true Christian and to train his family to walk in the same way, and help the church as far as he was able.

He was a shepherd and often found it hard to get bread and clothing for his numerous family. He never borrowed a penny, nor did he ever owe one longer than he could earn it; but he kept out of debt. On December 31st, 1913, he celebrated the diamond jubilee of his wedding. 

He was a conspicuous example of a quiet, retiring man whose godliness shone out brilliantly in his everyday life. All those who knew him regarded him as a man who really adorned the Church and the doctrine of our Lord Jesus. 

On March 24th he passed quietly to rest in his eighty-fifth year. His memory is blessed, and his influence will long be felt.


Thomas was born in 1830 at North Newbald, Yorkshire, to parents William Hardy and Ann Cock. He was baptised on 5 December 1830 at North Newbald.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1851 farm labourer
  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 shepherd
  • 1881 labourer shepherd
  • 1891 shepherd
  • 1901 shepherd
  • 1911 farm labourer

He married Maria Wise (1830-1919) on 31 December 1853 in the Pocklington Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify ten of eleven children.

  • Ann (1855-1947) – married William Skelton, a labourer (1881), in 1875
  • William (1857-1928) – a farm servant (1881); farm labourer (1921)
  • George (1862-1876)
  • James (1864-1944) – emigrated to USA in 1890; farmer (1910)
  • Tom (1867-1926) – a railway goods foreman (1911)
  • Harriet (1868-1929) – married Charles Coupland, a rullyman for railway (1911) in 1891
  • Peter (1871-1950) – a farm labourer (1911)
  • John (1873-1923) – a coal filler (1911)
  • Walter (1875-1960) – farm labourer (1901)
  • Joseph (1877-1952) – a rullyman (1911)

Thomas died on 24 March 1915 at Wawne, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/666

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Thomas was born at Newbald, Yorkshire, not Newbold as stated in the obituary.

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