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  • ID: I0262
  • Name: John Hardgrove
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 JUN 1834 in Kilkishen, County Clare, Ireland
  • Death: 18 DEC 1928 in Hopkins,Hennepin County, Minnesota of Myocardial insufficiency
  • Occupation: Farmer, Teacher
  • Immigration: 1846 near Toronto, Canada
  • Emigration: 1848 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Emigration: 1857 Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
  • Burial: St. Margaret's Cemetary, Hopkins, Minnesota
  • Residence: 1901 Hopkins, Minnesota
  • Reference Number: 262
  • Medical Information: Fractured neck of left hip from fall on floor 11/25/1928.
  • Note:
    John Hardgrove (June 24, 1835-December 18 1928)

    Born in Kilkishin, County Claire , Ireland to Henry Hardgrove and Mary Hines. Though he received a meager start in school in Ireland, John set about to educate himself and succeeded admirably. He was rated as a crack mathematician and served in many important capacities in his lifetime.

    The family sailed from Limerick in the spring of 1846 and located in Toronto Canada. Then, moved on to Milwaukee ,Wisconsin in 1848. The family purchased government land in the town of Forrest in Fond du Lac County and moved there in1851.

    John received a liberal education at the common schools; but basically was self educated. At the time of his death he was one of the few remaining of the old time country school masters.

    In 1862, John married Catherine Heragarty, daughter of James Heragarty and Bridget Ryder at Byron Sheboygan County Wisconsin. The couple had ten children.

    John farmed in the summer on 100 acres, taught district school in the winters for many years, was town school superintendent, served in the state of Wisconsin legislature, and was elected the town clerk of Forrest.

    John experienced marital difficulties and abandoned his family in Wisconsin in 1892, moving to Hopkins, Minnesota to work at the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company, working at this company for 24 years retiring at the age of 81, following an accident where he was struck by a car. Catherine divorced John in 1897 to facilitate the running of the farm of 100 acres.

    John died at the age of 93 a month after he entered Eitel Hospital, Minneapolis, suffering from a fractured hip which occurred from a fall at home.

    Emily, Julia, Agnes, Lucy, James, Mary, George, John , Nora, Edward.

    Sources; Emily Hardgrove Haskin, George Hardgrove, 1880 County History Fond du Lac, Obituary ;
    Hennepin County Review, 20 Dec. 1928 front Page



    Son George,
    In answer to your many inquiries about the origin of our family, I shall try and enlighten you a little and in doing so I must give you a meager history of conditions in Ireland for ages back. In doing so I must say that this is the first letter I have written in many years and I doubt whether you can read it. I know that I can't read it myself after I have written it.

    The land in Ireland for ages back was awarded to the English man for services they were supposed to have rendered for the British Government. The owners of these " grants" rerented to the Irish tenants. These tenants could be removed at any time the landlord saw fit to dispense them, and this took place when the landlords could get a higher rent for the land.

    One of these grants was situated near Kilkishen, a city in Clair County Ireland. About 40 years before Father was born, a big Englishman wife and baby son came to Kilkishen as owner of the "grant" and had the tenants removed, settling on the place himself. He was known as "Big Jack" Hargrove ever afterwards. He was a Protestant and wrote his name without the "D" in it.

    A few years after he came, his wife died leaving a baby son named Edmund about three years old. A few years after his wife's death Hargrove married a woman named Walker. The Walkers were quite well to do. They would be termed at that time about the top crust of the middle class of the Irish people.

    The issue of the second marriage were two daughters and five sons. It seems there was an understanding between Hargrove and his second wife that her children could be brought up Catholic, that being her faith, himself and Edmund to remain Protestant. Edmund, when he became of age could choose for himself.

    The eldest son of the second wife, Richard was taught the blacksmith trade, some years after he became of age, he came to Canada and made his home in Ottawa. His descendants are there yet.

    The second son , John, got a strip of the old grant and settled down as a farmer, I don't know anything of his descendants.

    The third son, George, was provided with a stock of merchandise and set up as a storekeeper in Kilkishen, I don't know what became of his descendants.

    Father (Henry Hardgrove) was helped to rent a farm about six miles from Kilkishen. We came to Canada in 1846, to Milwaukee, 1848 and to Forrest in 1851. You were born in Forrest and lived there after I left as you know about as much about our family as I do.

    About a year before I came here, your Uncle, Tim and family removed from Eden to Fon du Lac, he being appointed Jailer by a newly elected sheriff. (1891.)

    About that time, a youngish person came to the city, his name was Hardgrove. He was a printer by trade. In talking with Tim he stated that he was surprised to find persons of his name in this town. He said he never knew any one by the same name Hardgrove but his own relatives. He was born in San Francisco and practiced his trade there. His father was American born but his grandfather was born in Ireland. He knew but little of his ancestors, but thought his were from the west of Ireland. County Claire is in the extreme west of Ireland. He said he had relatives in Montana, an editor and publisher of a newspaper and he did newspaper work for him. He remained in Fond du Lac a few weeks. I never saw him myself and that was thirty years ago. Now he may be a relative of the Billings Hardgroves.

    When I came up here, Uncle Henry and myself stayed one night in Eau Claire. Henry told me that there were two Canadian women living in the city by name of Hardgrove. He said they were relatives of ours. He said their husbands were lumber men. He didn't know from which part of Canada they came.

    Written circa 1922


    Obituary John Hardgrove 1834-1928

    John Hardgrove, Pioneer, Schoolmaster, dies at 93
    Came to Hopkins 35 years ago; Worked at shops until 81; was self-educated manů.. Burial tomorrow

    John Hardgrove, 93, one of Hopkins' oldest pioneers and a resident here for the last 35 years, died at Eitel Hospital, Minneapolis, Tuesday. He entered the hospital a month ago suffering a fractured hip. Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow morning from St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
    Mr. Hardgrove had lived with his daughter, Mrs. L.O. Haskin here for several years and was one of the highly respected members of the pioneer colony. A self-educated man, he was one of the few remaining of the old-time country school masters.
    In Wisconsin, where he lived before coming to Hopkins, he taught school winters and worked his farm summers for 35 years. Hundreds of successful men in the business and political life of Wisconsin owe their start in school to Mr. Hardgrove. He worked here for many years at the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company, and retired from active work at the age of 81 years following an accident in which he was struck by a car.
    The deceased was born in County Clare, Ireland, June 24, 1834. Coming with his parents to America in 1846, he settled near Toronto, Canada, moving from there to Milwaukee, in 1848. In 1857, the family moved to Fond du Lac County Wisconsin, where he remained until coming to Hopkins.
    Though he received only a meager start in school in Ireland, the deceased set about with determination to educate himself and succeeded admirably. He was rated as a crack mathematician and served in many important capacities during his life time. He was superintendent of schools for several years in Wisconsin and served also in the state legislature (1883 session)
    In 1863, he married Catherine Heraty at Mitchell, Wisconsin. Eight (12) children 29 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, three sisters and two brothers survive.
    The children are Mrs. L.O. Haskin of Hopkins, with whom he lived for the past twenty-three years, Mrs. S.S. Root, Mrs. G.P. Doyle and the misses Agnes and Nora Hardgrove of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, William Lynch of Chicago, James H. Hardgrove, Columbus, Ohio, L. George Hardgrove of Lovell, Wyoming. The sisters and brothers are Mrs. J. Tice of Janesville, Wisconsin, Mrs. Ellen Smith of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and Mrs. Elizabeth Redmond of Chicago, Illinois and Henry M. Hardgrove of Madison, Wisconsin and Richard Hardgrove of Fond du Lac. Six grandsons will be pallbearers, Elmer, Emmett, Leon Jr. and Harry Haskin, Adolf Hanson and Alrick Skogman

    Hennepin County Review, 20 Dec. 1928 front Page


    Obituary John Hardgrove 1834-1928 (2)

    Former teacher taken by death
    John Hardgrove is stricken at Minneapolis; Funeral at Hopkins, Minnesota

    The death of John Hardgrove, former school teacher and assemblyman in this county, occurred December 18, at Eitel Hospital in Minneapolis. The deceased was born June 24, 1835 (1834) near Tulla, Clare, Ireland coming to this country with his parents in 1846. The family located in Toronto, Canada and later resided in Milwaukee. In 1882, the deceased served as member of the state assembly and had held various town offices among them the office of town clerk.
    Acquiring an education by studying at night after his work upon the farm, he taught school for about 35 years in Fond du Lac and Sheboygan.
    On February 28, 1893, he entered the employ of the Minneapolis threshing machine Company and was stationed at Hopkins, Minnesota. He served the company for 12 years and was obliged to retire after meeting with an accident in which he was struck by an automobile while returning home from his work.
    The deceased was married December 8, 1862 to Miss Catherine Heraty of Mitchell, Sheboygan County, the ceremony being performed at Byron. Surviving he leaves eight children who are, Mrs. L.O. Haskin of Hopkins with whom he resided for 23 years, Mrs. S.S. Root, Mrs. G.P. Doyle and the Misses Agnes and Nora Hardgrove of this city, Mrs. William Lynch of Chicago, James H. Hardgrove of Columbus, Ohio and George Hardgrove of Lowell, Wyoming. Sisters and brothers of the deceased are Mrs. Francis Tice of Janesville, Mrs. Ellen Smith of this city, Mrs. Elizabeth Redmond of Chicago, Henry M. Hardgrove of Madison, and Richard Hardgrove of this city. There are 29 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
    The funeral will be held Friday at St. Joseph's Church at Hopkins with burial in St. Margaret's Cemetery at that place. Pallbearers will be six grandsons, Elmer, Emmett, Leon, and Harry Haskin, Adolph Hansen and Alrik Skoogman.

    Commonwealth Reporter
    Thursday, December 20, 1928
    Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

    Father: Henry Hardgrove b: 2 FEB 1809 in Kilkishen, County Clare, Ireland
    Mother: Mary Hynes b: 1815 in Six Mile Bridge, County Clare, Ireland

    Marriage 1 Catherine Heraty b: 17 MAR 1845 in Castle Bar, County Mayo, Ireland
    • Married: 8 DEC 1862 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
    • Marriage fact: 21 JUL 1897 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
    • Marriage Ending Status: Divorce
    1. Has Children Emily Teresa Hardgrove b: 11 SEP 1863 in Forest Township, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
    2. Has Children Julia Hardgrove b: 25 JAN 1865 in Forest Township, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
    3. Has Children Catherine Hardgrove b: 27 DEC 1866 in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
    4. Has No Children Agnes Bridget Hardgrove b: 26 APR 1868 in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
    5. Has No Children Lucia Helen Hardgrove b: 21 JUN 1871
    6. Has Children James Henry Hardgrove b: 20 MAY 1873 in Armstrong, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
    7. Has No Children Mary Ellen Hardgrove b: 4 OCT 1875 in Armstrong, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
    8. Has No Children Frances Bridget Hardgrove b: 28 DEC 1877 in Forest Township, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
    9. Has Children George J. Hardgrove b: 22 APR 1880 in Armstrong, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
    10. Has No Children John Hardgrove b: 20 APR 1882 in Armstrong, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
    11. Has No Children Nora Hardgrove b: 29 DEC 1884 in Armstrong, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
    12. Has No Children Edward Hardgrove b: 18 MAR 1886 in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
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