Louisa Maria <I>Hardy</I> Grouard

Louisa Maria Hardy Grouard

Bradford, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 28 Oct 1892 (aged 60)
Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA
Burial Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA
Memorial ID 8804053 · View Source
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Daughter of Jacob Hardy and Louisa Kimball

Married Benjamin Franklin Grouard, 24 Janury 1853, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Ella Frances Grouard, Charles E. Grouard, Josephine M. Grouard, Hope Evelyn Grouard, Charlotte Isabell Grouard

History - Louisa M. Grouard was born at Bradford, Mass., October 31, 1831. She was the daughter of Jacob and Louisa Hardy, who ancestors were of Mayflower stock. Her life presents many interesting features, showing her to be a woman with some of the lasting qualities of old Plymouth Rock itself.

We can do no better than quote from a memorial sketch published in a California paper soon after her death: She was married to B. F. Grouard in 1852, and accompanied him to the Golden State, which threw out such bright allurements at that time, but which alas, lured only too many on to poverty and suffering. They remained in California until 1864., she sharing all enforced hardships with her husband without complaint, and caring for her children under the rudest shelter. Good fortune sometimes smiled upon her, but not often, and in 1864 she and her family moved to Farmington, Ill.

[If Doctor Grouard was not one of the family "49ers" of the great gold struggle of California, that took place at that time, she is at lease entitled to a place among them as one of the pioneers of an undeveloped country, and as one of the few women who dared to brave its hardships.--EDITOR.]

In Farmington the Doctor began the study of medicine with a local physician and finished her course in the Women's Medical College, in 1876. After graduation she entered at once upon the practice of medicine, which she followed successfully until her malady resulted in death.

She was the mother of eight children, three of whom died in infancy.

Dr. Grouard died in Santa Ana, California, at an advanced age, with her five remaining children, grown to man and womanhood, around her.

* Alumnae of the Woman's Medical College of Chicago, 1859-1896 by Northwestern University, Evanston Ill. Woman's Medical School, Chicago


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Louisa Maria Hardy Grouard (31 Oct 1831–28 Oct 1892), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8804053, citing Santa Ana Cemetery, Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .