Harding Name Study

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About the Project

The Harding Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Harding name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Harding name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Hardings), by time period (18th Century Harding), or by topic (Harding DNA, Harding Occupations, Harding Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

Also see the related surnames and surname variants.

How to Join

To join the Harding Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Kathy Edmond for assistance.

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Research Pages

Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!


Related Surnames and Surname Variants



  1. Prince William County, Virginia Will Book Liber C, 1734-1744; John Fredrick Dorman pg 36-385
  2. "Maryland, Marriages, 1666-1970," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4V3-D86 : accessed 16 Mar 2014), Richard Hardy and Rachel Crepel, 30 May 1790; citing German Reformed Church,Frederick,Frederick,Maryland, reference ; FHL microfilm 13935.
  3. There are DNA links with descendants of Thomas Harding and Ann Moseley, though it is likely they originate from the Crepell line.
  4. Abstracts of the Testamentary Proceedings of the Prerogative Court of Maryland by Vernon L. Skinner, Jr., V. L. Skinner
  5. Hardin and Harding of Virginia and Kentucky compiled by Dorothy Ford Wulfeck.
  6. Henrico Co., Virginia Deeds: 1677-1705 by Benjamin Weisiger
  7. DNA evidence suggests this line is related to the line of Thomas Harding, possibly a son of George Harding who immigrated separately to Virginia.
  8. The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island by John Osbourne Austin (1887)
  9. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts by William Cutter
  10. History of the Town of Medfield by William Tilden.

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Hi, I am a descendent of Colonel Joseph Hardin of Hardin County Tennessee, my ancestors were enslaved . I am searching for any information on which of his sons owned my family. I have census reports but there are no owner names only district 1 and 8 . any help would be appreciated.
posted by Tantara Hardin
I would like to ion. Thank you.
posted by [deleted]
Hi Everyone!

I am new to WikiTree but I am excited to meet cousins and make connections. My Harden/Hardin ancestors settled in central Alabama (Tallapoosa County) in the 1840s/1850s. Currently I am desperately trying to find documentation or dna results that prove or disprove my ancestor Ellis Harden b. 1812 GA is the son or perhaps nephew of Elijah Hardin b. 1775 in SC or NC.

All I can say is....Hardens/Hardins/Hardings are good people! 😊

posted by Sid Harden
edited by Sid Harden
Hello. I am new to Wikitrees but I have had a passion for family history since about 1985, before the internet, lots of library trips. My interest was piqued by stories of the famed outlaw, John Wesley Hardin. I've satisfied myself I am not related to the homicidal maniac, directly anyway. My grandpa Hardin lost both his parents as a small child. He was born in 1906, raised by his grandfather, Rev John Hardin, in Lawrence Co, Arkansas, and told me very little. My earliest Hardin I can prove is Moses J Hardin, who was born 1825 in Tennessee, married in Franklin Co, TN in 1847 to Margarett H Morgan. They had two sons, Isaac D in 1848 and James in 1850 who died in infancy. They migrated to Lawrence Co Arkansas in 1850-51. Their third son was born in Arkansas in April 1851 and he was my ancestor Rev John Eliga Hardin. In 1853 Moses remarried to Nancy Heath. Oddly, Nancy is found on the 1850 USC in the residence of Margarett's parents, Issac and Catherine Morgan who came to Franklin Co TN in the 1820s from Pasquotank, NC. They were Quakers. In Lawrence Co Arkansas there were numerous Hardins, some were from Col Joseph A Hardin of whom Hardin Co. TN is named. Moses is found on the USC in Arkansas in 1860, enlisted in the CSA in 1862. He was captured in 1862 in his home county by Union soldiers, went to a POW prison in Alton Illinois. He was swapped in an exchange in Vicksburg MS and his record records that he was "sick". He never made it home and his estate was probated in 1866. I would sure like to find who he comes from as I know more about all of my other family lines than I do this one. I've just been on here a couple of days, very lost but learning. I'm impressed so far by the concept of not creating duplicates of individuals to track down. Also, the importance of sources seems to be pretty strong here. i don't want to make someone fit my tree like I see on Ancestry quite a bit. Lookin forward to this approach.
posted by Ron Hardin
Hello! My name is Randall Prouse and I have Hardins (Harding) in my family tree. My 5th great grandparents were George Prouse and Jane Harding. They wee from Talbot Co, Maryland. George was born about 1704 and Jane about 1712. Jane's father was Edward Harding or Hardin who married a Sarah or possibly Mary last name unknown. Edward's father appears to be Judatus Harden born about March 2, 1663 and died before June 3, 1717. His wife's name was Mary possibly Gittings or Githins. She was born about 1666 and died between Oct 20, 1718 and August 18, 1719. I believe Judatus was a Quaker.

Some say Judatus migrated from Scotland, but this has not been proven.

Biography "Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland" vol 4 p. 119: Dudatus Harden At June Court 1705 John Morgan asked for runaway time against his servant Dutatis Hardin for absenting himself 47 days. Approved {TAJU CR F20) At November Court 1707, John Morgan prayed for judgment against his servant Dictatis Hardin for 76 days of runaway time. {TAJU CR 399-1:344} On 30th da., 3rd mo., 1716, the meeting agreed with Judatus Harden to accommodate the widow Register from the 1st day of the 4th month next one year for which consideration he is to have the rent of her land this insuing year & Friends are to pay him the remaining part to make up the sd. rent the value of 1200 lbs. of tob. in corne meal and at a reasonable price. {THMM} Seem to have been Quakers Maryland Marriage Evidences, 1634-1718 Gittings [-?-], of TA Co., m by 20 Oct 1718, Mary, mother of Edward Harding and Sarah Lovdy (MWB 15:236). Gittings, John, of CV Co., m. March 1666, Margery Mollings, sister of Margaret, wife of Walter Hall of SM Co., he m. 2nd, Margaret Reade, widow (MDTP 8:135, 136; ARMD 56:203, 383: MDTP 2:147). Philip (Gittins), m. by 9 May 1704, Ann, dau. of Thomas Sprigg of PG Co. (MWB 3:448).

The following is included for the purpose of drawing speculation and further research on the Harding Line in Talbot Co, Maryland on p. 128 of info sent by Barbara Bognetti Joseph Harding 14.277 A TA £131.14.2 £37.19.4 Jul 18, 1737 Payments to: Tench Francis, Charles Calvert, Esq., Benjamin Tasker & Daniel Dulany, Esq., Daniel Dulany, Esq., Thomas Bozman (gentleman), Rev. Daniel Maynadier, John Dewlin [Dulin?], Foster Cunliffe, Esq., Trustram Thomas, Daniel Boyer. Representatives: Martha Holton (accountant, widow), children: William Harding (accountant), Henry Harding, Joseph Harding, Robert Harding, John Harding, Cornelia Harding. Executors: James Holton and his wife Martha Holton, William Harding. Sources https://books.google.com/books?id=u57N4mbwToIC&pg=PA164&lpg=PA164&dq=%22mary+hardin%22+maryland+1717&source=bl&ots=5q7aUGmei3&sig=alAbtzqE5EIKxYyNuGJp0Qrpvk4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi_6PG7m8jSAhVJOyYKHSIPBf8Q6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=%22mary%20hardin%22%20maryland%201717&f=false Abstracts of the Testamentary Proceedings of the Prerogative ..., Pages 44-402 By Jr. Skinner Court Session: 16 Sept 1718 Page 164 Bond of Mary Hardin adinistratrix of Duadalus Hardin. Sureties: Thomas Spry, Sr., William Cooly. Date: June 3, 1717

posted by Ran Prouse