John Wesley Harding

Brief Life History of John Wesley

When John Wesley Harding was born on 21 July 1865, in Wapello, Iowa, United States, his father, Charles Wesley Harding, was 38 and his mother, Mary Ann Failyer, was 30. He married Mary E Barger on 10 March 1920, in Lucas, Iowa, United States. He lived in Richland Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States in 1880. He died on 28 January 1923, in Lucas, Lucas, Iowa, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Chariton, Lucas, Iowa, United States.

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John Wesley Harding
Mary E Barger
Marriage: 10 March 1920

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  • John W Harding in household of Charles Harding, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Birth & death information for John Wesley Harding
  • John W Harding, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

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World Events (8)

1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.


Historical Boundaries: 1868: Lucas, Iowa, United States

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

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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