|Emma Sarah Hardy (186?-1947)|
|Henry Todd (1863-1942?)|
|Married: 30th October 1902|
Emma Sarah Hardy married Rev. Henry Todd on 30th October 1902 in St Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh. Emma Sarah is the eldest daughter of John Hardy and Mary Crooks Stanley of Bessbrook. Henry is the youngest son of James Todd of Stonebridge, Kilmore, Co Armagh.
Henry was born on 12th January 1863 in Portadown. He was educated at The Educational Institution, Dundalk; Santry School, Co Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. In Trinity he obtained Mathematical Sizarship, Senior Exhibition, Michael Roberts Prize in Mathematics, First Honours and Prize in Modern History and Logics, First Resp. B.A. 1895.
Before entering the Church, he was Mathematical Master in the Royal School, Cavan; and in Drogheda Grammar School; and Mathematical Lecturer in Mungret College, Limerick.
On entering the Church of Ireland, he became Curate of Carlingford and was ordained Deacon in 1896, and Priest in 1897; in 1899 he became Curate of St Mary’s, Newry, and was installed as Incumbent of Camlough Parish on 30th July 1900 a post he held until his death on the 17th November 1942. In addition to his Incumbency he held the following posts within the Church: Examining Chaplain to the Archbishop of Armagh, 1911-1914; Chancellor of Armagh Cathedral, 1928-1934; Prebendary of Yagoe and Representative Canon of Armagh in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, 1934-42.
Rev. James B. Leslie in his book ‘Armagh Clergy and Parishes’ described him as “probably one of the best all-round scholars in the Church of Ireland”.
Emma Todd died on 22nd February 1947, and was buried with her husband in Bessbrook Churchyard. The couple had no children.
This post is compiled from entries in the following books:
Rev. James B. Leslie ‘Armagh Clergy and Parishes’ Dundalk: William Tempest, 1911; pages 155 and 163.
Rev. W.E.C. Fleming ‘Amagh Clergy 1800-2000’ Dundalk: Dundalgan Press, 2001; page 249.