Harding Family Bible

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In the last few years of her life, Elizabeth Sands Harding lived with her son Orlando B. Harding, in Sibley, Iowa.[1] note: The index for this census record says Harwig but the original image can easily be recognized as Harding.

Orlando lived in a large house on the edge of Sibley that was still known as The Harding Home when I was there in 2003. The house remained in the family for three more generations after Orlando with the last owner being his great-granddaughter Sharon Scharlepp. Sharon found the Bible while cleaning out the house and entrusted it to me.

The Family Records include the birth dates for Curtis, both his wives and all of his children, 7 by Martha Parrish and 9 by Elizabeth Sands. Also included are dates for both his marriages and a few deaths.

We do not know who made the entries, they appear to have been written in one or two sessions rather than as events occurred. All but two of the events recorded occurred while Elizabeth Harding was still alive. Alva and Orlando died well after their mother and those records are clearly written by someone else.

All are transcribed below:


Curtis Harding and Martha Parrish were married Feb’y the 7th A.D. 1832

Curtis Harding and Elizabeth Sands were married October 21st 1846


Curtis Harding was born August the 6th A.D. 1812

Martha Parris was born July the 2nd A.D. 1812

Charles Stuart Harding was born November the 20th A.D. 1832

Dwight Harding was born June the 23rd A.D. 1834

Anning Harding was born December the 2nd A. D. 1837

Lloyd Harding was born April the 4th A. D. 1839

Wayne Harding was born September the 14th A.D. 1840

Louesa Caroline Harding was born December 17th 1842

Elihu Parrish Harding was born July 16th 1845

Orlando B Harding was born September 20th AD 1847

George Corwin Harding was born May 7th AD 1850

Lewis Harding was born December 17th AD 1853

Almedia Angeline Harding was born Noveber 8th AD 1855

Elizabeth Sands was born July 19th AD 1826

Mary Elnorah Harding was born February 19th 1858

Martha Harding was born May 28th 1860

Alvah Harding was born September the 2nd A. D. 1862

Estella Harding was born April the 22nd A.D. 1865

Eugene Harding was born July 8th A.D. 1871


Martha Harding died July 31th AD 1845

Elihu Parrish Harding died Aug 15th 1845

Lewis Harding died November the 27th 1860

Mary Elnorah Harding died September the 16th 1861

Angeline A. Harding died June 10 1887

Alvah Harding 13-Aug-1931 Clark S. D.

Orlando B. Harding February 27, 1933


  1. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MGMY-JTD : accessed 30 July 2018), Orlands B Hardwig, Holman, Osceola, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 102, sheet 10A, family 240, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 416; FHL microfilm 1,374,429.


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