Velma Hardesty
Fictional Character
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): Grantville Gazette III, Grantville Gazette V, 1635: The Dreeson Incident
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: United States of Europe, (formerly United States)
Religion: Presbyterianism
Date of Birth: 1958
Parents: Ben Hardesty, Gloria Hardesty
Spouse: Joe Lang (divorced), Carney Logsden (divorced), Laurent Mauger
Children: Cory Joe Lang, Susan Logsden, Tina Logsden, Pam Hardesty, Rose Mauger, Laurent Pierre Jacques Mauger
Relatives: Fred Logsden (father-in-law), Betty Hardesty (sister)

Velma Hardesty was a resident of Grantville. A divorcee, Velma was married to a Joe Lang and sired her son Cory Joe Lang. In her second failed marriage, she successfully won over a custody battle against her second ex-husband Carney Logsden over their children. After the Ring of Fire, Velma lost Carney Logsden back in the original timeline. The loss of Carney took a toll on her which drove her into a pessimistic and depressive state. She began dating other men, but she routinely sabotaged these relationships. Her lifestyle soon hanged in the balance of endangering her youngest daughters, Susan and Tina.

Eventually, her father-in-law Fred Logsden saw to legally seeing his granddaughters being taken under his care after she publicly showed willingness to rob Susan's future. Velma was none too pleased, began soliciting at the 250 Club, then unreasonably blamed Germans for her problems, and fell in with the town's undesirables, taking a job at 250 Club after waitress Brandy Bates had quit. However, her job didn't last long and she became a waitress at Marcantonio's Pizza.

Velma was a Presbyterian, but was not in good standing with Rev. Enoch Wiley.

Velma became acquainted with the undercover French Huguenot spy Jacques-Pierre Dumais after being introduced to each other by Veda Mae Haggerty.