William Harding Deeds

Do you have same name challenges in your tree? If you are like me, those challenges are throughout your tree. I’ve written before about the challenge of separating records for two men of the same name in the same location. However, another challenge that I face is a given name that is used generation after generation. My HARDING line is an example of this where the given name William appears in at least 4 generations.

When that is compounded by the siblings use of the name ‘William’ for their sons, it can become a struggle to figure out which record belongs to which William. The grantor/grantee indexes for land in New Brunswick illustrates this problem. It shows quite a few William Harding deeds.

While I likely need to retrieve all of these HARDING deeds, I’m starting with my third great grandfather who fortunately used his middle initial on at least some of his land transactions. Unfortunately, the first two deeds I acquired are between William G. Harding and another William Harding. While I could assume that this second William was the father of William G. Harding, I currently have no proof of that. I also have no proof that the William Harding in both deeds is the same person. Thus figuring out these land records is going to prove very challenging!

1830 Deed William Harding sells land to William G. Harding

New Brunswick Canada
Deeds

Vol. U
Film 846742
page 214

Willm Harding
Deed
William G Harding

No 5095 Know all men by these presents that I William
Harding Esquire of the Parish of Westfield in the County
of Kings and Province of New Brunswick Yeoman and
Elizabeth his wife for and in consideration of the sum of six hundred
pounds lawful money of the said Province to the said William Harding Esquir
in hand well and truly paid by William Gillies Harding of the Parish of
Westfield aforesaid farmer at or before the ensealing and delivery of these
presents the receipt whereof the said William Harding Esquire doth here
by acknowledge have granted bargained & sold and by these presents
do grant bargain and sell to the said William Gillies Harding his heirs

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and assigns all that lot piece or parcel of ground situate lying and being in
the Long Reach in the parish of Westfield County of Kings and Province aforesd
known and distinguished as lot no five and bounded as follows on the lower
side by a poplar tree running North 45 degrees East (to reserved land belonging to
said William Harding Esquire) to a Rock Maple Tree marked with a blaze and
three hacks thence south 45 degrees East 135 chains thence north 45 degrees wet 60 rods till it
joins lot No 4 thence North 45 degrees West till it joins Saint Johns River containing
about two hundred acres more or less (a reservation being made of a piece
of land between lots & 6 containing 25 rods & 12 feet the upper boundary
lot No 6 is a pine stump lying between the piece of land and lot number 6 and
likewise of the new part of the house now n possession of William Harding
Esquire and one half of the barn situated on the said lot to the sole use
and behoof of the said William Harding Esq together with all and singular
the dwelling houses, farms and out houses buildings and fences therein (reservations
above excepted) and all and every of the appurtenances thereunto belonging to have
and to hold the said lot piece and parcel of ground with their and every of their
appurtenances unto the said William Gillies Harding his heirs & assigns to the only use
and behoof of the said William Gillies Harding his heirs and assigns forever
In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this twenty
seventh day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred
and thirty.
William Harding (seal)
Elizabeth Harding (seal)
Signed Sealed & Delivered
in the presence of
Henry Nase
Joel Waters Junr
Westfield
KC
Be it remembered that on this 28th day of September
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty personally
appeared before me Henry Nase Esquire Judge of the Inferior Court of
Common Pleas for the said County of Kings, William Harding Esquire
and Elizabeth his wife the grantors within the named, and do acknowledged
the foregoing instrument to be their act and deed & that they executed
the same freely & voluntarily for the purpose therein mentioned and
the said Elizabeth Harding being also by me examined and separate
and apart from her said husband acknowledged that she executed
the same freely and voluntarily without any fear threat or compul
sion of or from her said husband.
Henry Nase J.C.[I.]
Filed & Registered the foregoing Deed this 29th day of September 1830
Ninyon [Chatomes]
Register

1832 Deed William G Harding to William Harding

New Brunswick, Canada
Land Petitions, 1784-1845

V. W1-Y3 1785-1845
Film 86743 DGS 8632792

Volume W1
page 399

William G Harding
Deed to
William Harding Esq

No 5596 Know all men by these presents that
I William Gillis Harding of the parish of Westfield
and County of Kings and Province of New Bruns
wick Yeoman and Elizabeth his wife for and in consideration of the sum of
two hundred pounds of lawful money of the said province to the said
William Gillis Harding in hand well and [freely] paid by William Harding esq
his heirs and assigns all that piece and parcel of land situated
lying and being in the Long Reach in the parish of Westfield County
of Kings & Province aforesaid containing fifty acres bounded as
follows in the upper side by reserved land belonging to the said William
Harding Esquire and Measuring Fifteen Rods from a Certain rock
Maple Tree marked with a blaze and three Hacks down the River
St John to a certain stake thence South 45 degrees east 135 chains thence
North 45 degrees West 15 Rods till it joins the reserved land thence north
45 degrees west till it joins the River St John together with all and singular
the appurtenances thereunto belonging. To have and to hold the said
piece and parcel of land with all and singular the appurtenances unto
the said William Harding Esqr his heirs and assigns forever.
In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and
seals this twenty fifth day of April in the year o our Lord one thousand

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thousand and thirty two
William G. Harding (seal)
Elizabeth Harding (seal)
Signed Sealed & Delivered
in the presence of
George Harding Junr
Abel Harding

Kings County
Be it remembered that on this 11th day of May in the year of
Lord 1832 personally appeared before me Henry Nase Esquire
one of his Majesty’s Justices of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas
for the said County William G. Harding and Elizabeth his wife and
acknowledged the same to be their act and deed by them executed
for the purposes therein contained and Elizabeth his wife being
by me examined separate and apart from her said husband
acknowledged that she executed the same freely and voluntarily
without fear threat or compulsion from her said Husband
Henry Nase – JCP

Recd & Registered the foregoing Deed this 20th day of October 1832
Ninyon Chalones – Register

One thought on “William Harding Deeds

  1. Do you know the late Lloyd Bockstruck’s wonderful little book, THE NAME IS THE GAME. It’s full of examples of name changes over the centuries. I bet your readers would be interested in knowing about it, and I would be glad to send you a sample copy.
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