Amy (Hart) Joy (b. 1741) of Dartmouth, MA and her son Simpson Hart of New Bedford, MA (d. 1823)



My mother’s ancestor Amy Hart was born in 1741 in Dartmouth, Mass., the daughter of William Hart (b 1710) and Mary (Shepherd) Hart (ca. 1719-1809). She had an interesting life, which included the birth of a son, Simpson Hart, upon which she was disowned by members of the Society of Friends (Quakers). She had distinguished progeny.

Posted below as a downloadable Word file is an article about Amy Hart and her son, Simpson Hart of New Bedford, MA.


— Roger W. Smith




About Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; classical music; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. Besides (1), a personal site, he also hosts websites devoted to (2) the author Theodore Dreiser and (3) to the sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin.
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