When Benjamin Stukely Harding was born in December 1777, in Exeter, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Thomas H. Harding Sr, was 26 and his mother, Hannah Stark, was 19. He married Mary Polly Hawkins on 19 September 1799, in Exeter, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Eaton Township, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States in 1830. He died in 1850, in Eaton Township, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 73.
English: from the Middle English personal name Harding (Old English Hearding, literally ‘the hard one’ a derivative of Old English heard ‘hard, harsh, strong, firm, brave’). The surname was first taken to Ireland in the 15th century, and more families of the name settled there 200 years later in Tipperary and surrounding counties.
North German and Dutch: patronymic from a short form of any of various ancient Germanic compound personal names beginning with hard ‘hardy, brave, strong’, or a habitational name from a farm named Harding, of the same etymology.
History: Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865–1923), the 29th president of the US, was born on a farm in OH, of English and Scottish stock on his father's side. Early American bearers of this very common name include Joseph Harding who died at Plymouth in 1633. His great-great grandson Seth was a naval officer during the American Revolution.