James Hard and Hannah Kimberly

My 7x Great Grandparents, James Hard and Hannah Kimberly lived in Newtown, CT. James born 8 January 1695 in Newtown is the son of James Hard and Elizabeth Tomlinson. Hannah Kimberly born 19 January 1697 in Derby, CT to Abraham Kimberly and Abigail Fitch.

James and Hannah married 19 January 1714 in Newtown and had 12 children all births are estimates: Abner 1719, James 1724, Amos 1730, Prudence 1732, Abraham 1734, Ann 1735, Hannah 1737, John 1738, Zadock 1740, Elizabeth 1741, Lois 1743, and Jonathon 1745.

I have found several entries for land transactions. Below are a few of them. The first 2 show that James father gave him land, one in 1714 and the other in 1726. The one in 1714 is probably what James started with as that is the year he got married. The third one is from Hannah’s father, Abraham Kimberley in 1742. The final one from 1761 is most likely James expanding his land assets.


James died in 1766. His will names all but 2 sons who may have predeceased him, John and Jonathon. His wife, Hannah, received the house, barn, and some land. Abner being the oldest son received 10 more pounds than the other sons. They divided up what was left after the daughters received their share. Lois and Ann each received 25 pounds. Elizabeth received 45 pounds because she did not receive anything from the estate when she married. Prudence Moss in 1756 and Hannah Foote in 1754 died before their father. James left money for the grandchildren of those 2 daughters. Sarah and Prudence Moss and Elizabeth Foote each received 10 pounds. Grandsons George, James, and John Foote each received 1 pound. The reason given in the will as to why they only received 1 pound is because they were provided for after their father, George Foote died in 1755. It looks like Ann took in the orphaned kids of the Foote family.

Hannah died in 1781. The will distributed the land between her sons. There was an extensive inventory of the movable goods but there was no indication who would get them. If it followed the way all the other wills I have come across thus far, the daughters normally divide up the movable estate. There was an interesting entry in the inventory of debts. There were the usual entries for the coffin, digging the grave, the doctor, court fee, but then there was one for a quart of rum for 3 schillings and 7 pence due to her son Abner and a pint of rum for 1 schilling and 2 pence due to her son Amos. Rum was the most popular drink in the colonies in the 1700’s. There were distilleries throughout and the rum was made from molasses shipped in from the Caribbean but the more expensive rum came from the Islands. It was commonly used for illness or weakness and to enliven the elderly. I wonder what Hannah was using it for?

I have not found where either James or Hannah are buried.


James Hard married Hannah Kimberly their son,

Abner Hard married Hannah Beers their daughter,

Currence Hard married David Bostwick their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Freelove Frisbee their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Sarah Jane Chase their son,

John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby their son,

Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins their daughter,

Florence Bostwick -my grandmother


Newtown’s history and historian, Ezra Levan Johnson Published 1917

Newtown: 1708-1758 ; historical notes and maps
Boyle, John Neville Published 1945

Ancestry Hannah Hard Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
Death: Abt 1781 – Connecticut, USA

Ancestry James Hard Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
Death: Abt 1764 – Connecticut, USA

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