Isn't Ann Armitage Hardy a dour-looking lady? I know nothing about her personality when she wasn't in front of the camera: it's possible she assumed this expression at the photographer's request that she be still for the camera.
Ann, or Annie as she seems sometimes to have been called, and my great-grandmother, Elizabeth Armitage Meinzen, were sisters. Ann was born in 1850 in or near Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Her parents were Abel and Eliza (Hartley) Armitage. Eliza died sometime before 1861 and Ann's father remarried and four more children were born into the family.
Ann came to the United States in 1864 and settled in Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio. She married Thomas Hardy in about 1872. Living sons recorded in census records were Robert, Peter, Thomas, William, and Jacob. The 1910 census records that she was the mother of 10 children with only 3 living at that time.
Her obituary in the January 22, 1919 issue of The Steubenville Herald-Star reads:
"Mrs. Annie Hardy entered into rest at her home on River avenue, Brilliant, on Tuesday, at noon, aged 68 years. She was the widow of the later Thos. Hardy. Three sons survive her. She was held in high esteem by a large circle of friends."
Photographs of Ann and her gravestone are courtesy of Joyce Humphrey, another Armitage researcher.
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This post is in response to Amy Johnson Crow's call to her readers to write about 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.