HARDWICK -- My family roots are in the UK. My grandparents migrated to Suth Africa. My father (born in South Africa), My grandfather (Birth 1879) and great-grandfather (birth 1858) both born in England.
Hardwick -- Grandmother (family name CULLUM) Believe she was born in England. Great-grandmother (family name Rouch) born in England.
THOMSON -- My mother was born in South Africa, my grandmother and great grandparents were born in Scotland between (1870 - 1888) Am awaiting confirmation of details of all my Thomson grandparents.
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The most famous of Hardwicks is BESS of Hardwick. She was born 1520 at Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. She married four times. Each marriage made her richer and more influential. Her parents are Sir John Hardwick born 1495 at Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea and her mother is Elizabeth Leake of Hasland Hall, Hasland, Chesterfield. All her children were born of her marriage (2nd one() to Sir William Cavendish of Chatsworth Manor, Baslow, Derbyshire. These offspring all became enobled; the most famous of them being William Cavendish who was created the fisrt EARL of Devonshire and then First DUKE of Devonshire. The first Duke was one of the main players in the Revolution of 1688 when he and other noblemen met at THE COCK and MAGPIE INN at Whittington, Chesterfield to decided to invite Prince William of Orange to be King of England, replacing King James II. This family's descendents live, to this day, at Chatsworth House, Baslow, Derbyshire.
Elizabeth Hardwick's fourth marriage elevated her into the aristocracy of England and Wales when she became the wife of George Talbot, 6th EARL of Shrewsbury of Sheffield Castle, Sheffield, Yorkshire, (he was jailer, by royal command of Queen Elizabeth First,) of Queen Mary of Scots). Elizabeth was then known as Lady Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury. Her son William, purchased from the creditors of her bankcrupt nephew, Sir James Hardwick of Hardwick Hall, (died c1581) the ESTATE of Hardwick and gave it to his mother for her lifetime. Hardwick stayed in the Cavendish family until early 1950's when it was handed over to the National Trust in lieu of DEATH DUTIES.
The Hardwick family trace their family back to Sir Josceline de Evermue/Evermere/Havermere de Herdewycke, born circa 1040 in the then Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia, during the reign of King Canute. Sir Josceline fought at the Battle of Hastings, ay Senlac Hill, Hastings, Sussex on 14 October 1066 for KING HARROLD GODWINSON of WESSEX against Duke William of Normandy, "THE CONQUEROR". Duke William punished Sir Joseceline for "fighting against the rightful heir of the thone of Wessex" by depriving him of his knighthood and estate. These privilages were returned to the son of Sir Josceline, also Sir Joseceline, by King Henry 1st of England c1120.
Consult the English Census records from 1841 to 1911, and Government registration of B/M/Ds from 1837, for your own hardwick family.
Church records from 1537 to 1837 for births, marriages and deaths are available on Family Search.org and the IGI.
The VICTORIA COUNTY HISTORIES written by scholars as a gift for Queen Victoria give detailed historical records for each County in the UK. Available at British History on-line.
The National Archives of Great Britain and satellite sites in the counties of the UK.
Begin your search in Derbyshire, England if you do not have any other geographical information re your ancestors.
My own descent is from Dorothy Hardwick, baptised 2 5 1729 at the Church of All Saints in the village of Heath, Chesterfield. Heath is across the valley from Hardwick Hall which is in the parish of Ault Hucknall, (Church of St John the Baptist). Her father is James Hardwick, baptised 1 11 1699 at All Saints, Heath. His father is Thomas Hardwick 1662 Heath, (no parents names are given for him). His wife is Easter/Esther Watkinson, bapt 11 4 1666 at St Mary and All Saints Church, Chesterfield. They married at this church 10 January 1689.
Hope all this helps you to get to the bottom of your ancestral tree