Lydia Hardy first appears in Johnson county IL about 1841 buying land at a public land sale record. Her dau, Laura Marinda also appears the same day and purchases twice the amount of acres.
Then Laura Marinda marries 1842 John A Echols. He is primarily from Union and Pulaski counties IL. His father is a local Methodist minister that was all over southwestern IL.
We next find them on the 1850 AR Hot Spring county census. Lydia consistlently gives New Hampshire for her birth place. And other the next many years she buy and sells land in her own right. The HH of Lydia also contains a presumed son Augustus born 1830 NH as a surveyor. He is on the 1860 census as a Lawyer and served as a county official before his death in 1862. He also married and had one child but a divorce had been started but never completed before his death. One girl child was born but probably died before the 1870 census. Wife remarried and they moved on.....
Augustus also gave birth place both times as N H.
Laura had several children before her death in 1865. Laura consistently gave N H as her birthplace and on later her children gave NH as their mothers birthplace.
Lydia would appear to have had means and above average education.
Was Lydia born a Hardy? or was she a Hardy widow? There are very few possiblilties if you give Lydia an age range with 2 children female b 1822 and male b 1830 on the NH 1840 Census of Hardy households. The only other person that she has dealings with that is not southern is a Phineas Barnes from OH but he also seems to disappear.
Any and all help would be appreciated. We have been at this point of research for many years and do not have access to NH items other than census.
Thanks in advance