Olive May Harding

Brief Life History of Olive May

When Olive May Harding was born on 21 June 1863, in Iowa, United States, her father, Benjamin George Harding, was 34 and her mother, Eliza Ann Hoskins, was 26. She married Enos Pendergast Corbaley on 23 April 1893, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States for about 8 years. She died on 3 February 1950, at the age of 86, and was buried in Crescent, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States.

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Enos Pendergast Corbaley
Olive May Harding
Marriage: 23 April 1893
Roy Corbaley
Forest Corbaley
Gladdis Corbaley

Sources (31)

  • Olive Hardy in household of Benjamin Hardy, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Ollie M Harding, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"
  • Ollie M Corbaley, "BillionGraves Index"

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The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.


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Name Meaning

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.

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

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