Bathsheba Harding

29 November 1731–14 September 1819 (Age 87)
Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Bathsheba

When Bathsheba Harding was born on 29 November 1731, in Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Isaac Harding, was 25 and her mother, Rachel Hill, was 27. She married Elijah Clark on 25 April 1751, in Medway, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 14 September 1819, in her hometown, at the age of 87, and was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Millis, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

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Elijah Clark
Bathsheba Harding
Marriage: 25 April 1751
Theodore Clark
Louise Eunice Clark
Elijah Clark
Hannah Clark
Jotham Clark
Bathsheba Clark
Prudence Clark
Bathsheba Clark
Joseph Clark
Abijah Clark

Spouse and Children

25 April 1751
Medway, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America



    Louise Eunice Clark




    Jotham Clark


+5 More Children

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World Events (4)


Age 45

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 45

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 69

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

1 English (mainly southern England and South Wales) and Irish: from the Old English personal name Hearding, originally a patronymic from Hard 1. 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.2 North German and Dutch: patronymic from a short form of any of the various Germanic compound personal names beginning with hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Bathsheba Harding, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Bathsheba Harding Clark, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Bathsheba Clark in entry for Abijah Clark, "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910"

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