Friday, July 9, 2010


The following is submitted by Carolyn Johnson CHristensen, 4th great grand daughter of Mally Stott.  See below

MALLY STOTT HARDY 1776-1861 (Brief Sketch)

Pedigree: Carolyn Johnson Christensen > Doris Kirkham Johnson > Sarah Adelaide Wrigley Kirkham > Sarah Ann Robinson Wrigley > Sarah Eckersley Robinson > Hannah Hardy Eckersley (Crompton) > Mally Stott Hardy

My fourth great-grandmother is prominent in my memory because the picture I have of her is the oldest I have of any relative. Also – the picture is the most unusual of any relative.  I feel fortunate to have her memory live in this picture which was probably produced before her daughter left for America in the 1850s.

Mally was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England; a place I visited and left with fond memories. She was christened in St. Peters on 24 November 1776; her parents being Charles Stott and Anne Moorehouse, both of Oldham. She was the 6th of eight children. The sisters born on each side of her died when they were toddlers, and she named one of her children, my direct ancestor, after the older sister, Hannah, that died.

Nothing is known about Mally’s life except the bare facts. Interestingly, she grew up in an area that would soon become the heart of the great industrial revolution in England. Also, we know that she was not monetarily blessed.

When Mally was about 26 or 27 years old, she married James Hardy, also of Oldham. They had 9 children, all of which lived to adulthood with the exception of their frist baby. Their seventh child, Hannah, who married William Eckersley, was the first in the family in England to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and later traveled to America.

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