This letter was sent from Martigues, France
to Roland G. Hazard II,
(Grandson of Roland G. Hazard)
in November 1896. There is a
notation on the reverse of the cover (SEE:
of Cover) that states, "Probably
from Thomas Junior." However, Thomas
Jr. wasn't born
in 1924 and Thomas
Sr. was born in 1892,
so the letter couldn't have been from either Thomas Sr. or Jr. There was a
second penciled notation on the face of the cover that states, "For
That notation could be accurate, there is no way of telling now, as the
contents were not with the cover.
The cover is franked with the
25-Centime "Peace and Commerce" issue of 1879-1890,
(Scott #100 black, pale-rose issued in 1886).
It is tied with a Martigues, (Department
of Bouches De Rhone) France
CDS. There is a second clearer
strike of the Martigues CDS at top center. The reverse
of the cover bears New York and
Peace Dale, RI receiving cancels.
The town of Martigues
or Les Martigues is located in southeast
France on the Mediterranean
about 18 miles northwest of Marseilles.
It is currently the site of a chemical manufacturer.
The town was formerly a major fishing
There is a connection
of the latter-day Hazards and France,
but I haven't found what that is as of yet. Perhaps the Hazard family sent
their sons to finish their education there. The letter might have been
from their oldest son, Roland III
who was born in 1881.
The Hazard family
(originally Hassard) traces its
origins to Switzerland and the
earliest known records tie their lineage to the Duke
De Charante, (born in 1060).
It is also known that they followed William
the Conqueror into England in 1066
and were rewarded with estates
and titles there. The earliest
named Hazard in England
was Hazard De Charante born in 1080
in Gloucester Shire. The first
Hazard in America
was Thomas Hazard born in 1610.
Roland G. Hazard II was of the 9th
generation of Hazards in America.
Mary Pierpont Bushnell
was born in Waterbury, Connecticut
on April 10, 1859. She was the
daughter of the Reverend George Bushnell
of Beloit, Wisconsin. She was
the mother of Roland
III, Elizabeth, Margaret,
Mary and Thomas
Pierpont Hazard. SEE:
Letter from Nice, France C/O Hon T. P. Hazard