Hardy, Isaac Joseph (1838-1907)
Isaac was born on 3 October 1838 at Newark, Nottinghamshire to parents Hezekiah Hardy and Mary Mason. Hezekiah, a cordwainer died in 1848. Mary attended the Congregational church. Isaac was one of ten children, had a limited education as a child and was put to a trade aged 12.
As a lad he was described as being full of fun, frolic and mischief.
A PM Minister occasionally called on his mother’s home and the visits made a deep impression. Isaac attended a Camp Meeting led by Rev Robert Parks and had a conversion experience, aged 16. He joined the Primitive Methodists and in turn became a Sunday School teacher, a tract distributor and local preacher.
Isaac went to Hinckley as a hired local preacher before his regular probation period began,
Isaac’s obituary records that he was a good man with great faith in the Gospel he preached, eminently evangelistic, and able to present the Truth in an attractive and almost irresistible way. Strength of character was his also; a strength revealed in his dealings with men, in the business of the church as well as in the homes of the people.
Isaac married Rebecca Burdett, nee Lord, (1821-1879) in the spring of 1861 at Hinckley, Leicestershire.
Isaac married Jane Parker Mason (1852-1934) in the summer of 1879 at Hinckley, Leicestershire. Census returns identify one child.
- Arthur Reginald (1880-1914) – a doctor and surgeon
Isaac died on 21 August 1907 at Buxton, Derbyshire.
- 1860 Hinckley
- 1862 Boston
- 1863 Horncastle
- 1864 Bolsover
- 1866 Chesterfield
- 1868 Nottingham ll
- 1870 Derby
- 1873 Ashby de la Zouch
- 1877 Sheffield l
- 1879 Lincoln l
- 1883 Ashby de la Zouch
- 1886 Buxton
- 1891 Ilkeston
- 1894 Retford
- 1896 Retford (S)
- 1897 Leicester ll
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1880/246 (Rebecca); 1891/577; 1908/484
PM Minutes 1908/13
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers