The cover above was sent from Nice, France
to Madame Edmond Jandzier,
(who was a guest of the Hazard family) in care of the
Honorable Thomas Pierpont Hazard,
(son of Roland Gibson Hazard II) on August
16, 1940. Nice
is located on the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 110 miles
from Martigues, France the
source of the 1896 letter
addressed to Thomas' father Roland G. Hazard
Martigues, France to Roland G. Hazard II
of 1940 Cover Above
cover is franked with the 2.50 Franc
"Ceres" issue of 1938-40
(Scott #338 Green) and the 10
Franc "Keep and Gate of
Vincennes" issued in 1938,
(Scott 346 brown, blue). They
are tied to the cover with two Nice, France
Circular Date Stamps,
a third Nice CDS to the left. The letter was sent via Airmail.
Pierpont Hazard was the second son and youngest child
of Roland G. Hazard II
and Mary Pierpont Bushnell Hazard.
He was born on October
26, 1892 in Peacedale, RI. Thomas married Anne
Francis Cope on May 20, 1922
and they had four children; Sophia F.
born 1922, Mary
P. born 1926, Thomas
Pierpont Jr. born 1924
and Anne F. born in 1929.
The 1930 Peacedale Census
lists Thomas as an "Estate Manager."
Thomas died on October
Peacedale Manufacturing Company
was managed by Thomas' father Roland G. Hazard
II until his death in 1918.
At this time neither Thomas nor
his brother Roland III had any interest
in keeping up the family
business and the company
was sold on July
1, 1918 to the Stevens Company.
The family's other businesses; Semet-Solvay
Company and Solvay Process
Company were joined with three
other chemical companies in 1920
and became "Allied Chemical and Dye
(Later became Allied Signal). Both Thomas
served on the board of Allied
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 an 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.