John HARDING (c1807-1883)
and Eliza STONER (1815-1892)
John Harding and Eliza Stoner married
by banns on 26 May 1838 in Upper Beeding, Sussex. John was a labourer and bachelor from Lower Beeding
and Eliza was a spinster from the same place. Their fathers
were named as James Harding a carpenter and John Stoner a labourer. The witnesses to their
marriage were James Stoner and James
(They were not my direct ancestors.)
John Harding may have been born about 1807 in Slaugham, Sussex, although in
the 1861 census he said he was born in London. John died aged 75 years
and was buried on 31 October 1883 in Lower Beeding.
Eliza Stoner was baptised on 24
December 1815 in Cowfold, Sussex. She was the daughter of
Sarah Gibson (1787-1829). Eliza died
aged 77 years and was buried on 14 January 1892 in Lower Beeding.
Before her marriage she had an illegitimate son:
Amos Stoner was baptised on 26 April 1835 in Slaugham.
In 1841 he was 6 years old and living in the home of his maternal
grandfather. The 1851 census records that he was 18 year old
Amos Harding and he was living with his mother.
He was then an agricultural labourer and his place of birth was given as
The 1851 census records that 44 year old John was an agricultural labourer
living at Sandygate in Lower Beeding, along with his 36 year old wife Eliza
and their 10 children. Eliza's father was also living with them.
In 1861 the couple and their 10 children were living at Plummers Plain in
Lower Beeding. John was then a 55 year old agricultural labourer and
said he was born in London, Middlesex. Eliza was 47.
John Harding and Eliza Stoner had
13 known children:
Selina Harding was born in Beeding and baptised on 11
November 1838 in Nuthurst. She was a 12 year old scholar in 1851.
William Harding was born about 1840 in Beeding.
He was an 11 year old scholar in 1851. In 1861 he was an unmarried
21 year old agricultural labourer and he was living with his parents.
George Harding was baptised on 11 July 1841 in Lower
Beeding. In 1851 he was a 10 year old scholar. He was a 19
year old agricultural labourer in 1861.
James Harding was baptised on 11 June 1843 in Lower
Beeding. He was an 8 year old agricultural labourer in 1851,
although I think he was more likely to have been a scholar. In
1861 he was an 18 year old agricultural labourer.
Caroline Harding was baptised on 11 September 1844 in Lower Beeding.
She was a 6 year old scholar in 1851 and 16 years old in 1861. She married
in 1867. (They have their own page.)
Fanny Harding was born about 1846 in Beeding. She
was a 5 year old scholar in 1851. Frances was 14 years old in
As Frances Harding she may have married William
Henry Buckle by banns on 31 August 1870 in Lower Beeding.
He was a bachelor and painter of 3 Wood Street, North Finsbury, whilst
she was a spinster. Their fathers were named as Thomas
Tatton Buckle, deceased and John Harding a
labourer. The witnesses to their marriage were James
Harding and Margaret Garner.
Ellen Harding was born about 1848 in Beeding. She
was a 3 year old scholar in 1851. In 1861 she was 12 years old.
Mary Ann Harding was baptised on 5 May 1850 in Lower
Beeding. As Mary Harding she may have died aged
17 years and have been buried on 16 March 1867 in Lower Beeding.
The 1851 census records that she was a year old and a scholar! In
1861 she was an 11 year old scholar.
Thomas Harding was born in 1851 in Lower Beeding.
At the time of the 1851 census he was 2 days old. He died aged 3
years and was buried on 16 October 1854 in Lower Beeding.
Edwin Harding was born about 1852 in Lower Beeding.
He was a 9 year old scholar in 1861.
Sarah Jane Harding was baptised on 2 December 1855 in
Lower Beeding. As Sarah Harding she may have been
buried on 24 July 1872 in Lower Beeding, aged 17 years. In 1861
she was 6 year old Sarah Jane.
John Harding was baptised on 8 March 1857 in Lower
Beeding. He was 4 years old in 1861.
Henry Harding was baptised on 22 February 1863 in Lower
This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012