Berry Harding

North Carolina, USA
Death 1 Jan 1910
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Burial Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Plot Section 4, Lot 69
Memorial ID 167400381 View Source


Death of a Veteran
Berry Harding, aged 84 years, a veteran of the Civil War, who formerly lived in Wilmington, died last Saturday in the Soldiers Home at Dayton, O. The body has been sent to Wilmington and will be buried at Riverview cemetery tomorrow.
(Every Evening, Wilmington, DE, 5 Jan 1910 (Wednesday), Page 7)

The following information provided by Martha Stams, FAG #49179010:

This is the story of Berry/Berryman Harden/Harding. About 1829 an extended family of mixed-race, free-colored persons named Harden moved from Sampson Co., NC to White Co., TN. Among them came Duncan Harden, noted in the White County Court Minutes of 1840 as having frozen to death in the snow. Some months later, the court bound out five Harden orphans including Berryman b. 6-25-1825, Henry b. 1-1-1827, Nelly b. 9-15-31, Elizabeth b. 4-5-1833, and Jefferson b. 5-22-1835 (also listed in Middle Tennessee's Forgotten Children by Alan N. Miller, 2004, p. 239). Their birth dates, necessary for determining when their apprenticeships would end, could only have come from their mother. Presumably these are the children of Duncan Harden, who's impoverished wife (Elizabeth Harden?; listed as free colored in the 1840 Census for White Co. with three sons and three daughters but no adult male) could not support them. After completing his apprenticeship in TN, Berry Harden moved to IN, where many of his extended family members had already settled, IN being the only state that afforded due process to free persons of color against the predations of slavers. It was in Indiana that the spelling of the name changed from Harden to Harding. On June 8, 1853, Berry Hardin married a young widow, Sarah (Jobe)
Williams in Morgan Co., IN:

By 1860 they were enumerated in Clay Co., IN:

By 1870 Barry and Sarah were enumerated in Cumberland Co., IL. Note that their son, Berryman Jr., is listed as "Bary Ann":

By 1880 Berry and Sarah were enumerated in Vigo Co., IN:

Sarah's maiden name is documented in the IN marriage record of their son, James W. Harding:

Sarah must have died before 1892 when Berry Harding listed his son, Berry Jr., as his next of kin at his first admission to the Old Soldiers' Home in Dayton. I have looked but cannot find a link to her grave, which is probably somewhere in the wilds of West Terre Haute. Berry Sr. is interred in Wilmington because his daughter Eliza and her husband Alexander Miller were living there when he died and were probably best able to cope with whatever burial costs were not covered by the government. I cannot find links to their graves, either. This is the record of Berry Harding's final admission at Dayton:

Gravesite Details

Civil War veteran - PVT, 5th IL Cavalry, Co. A


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