W. O. Harding
W. O. Harding (1863-?)
William Osborne Harding was born on 21 August 1863, to parents Gamaliel and Eliza Ann (née Cromwell) Harding in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Harding family also included two older sons Obadiah Cromwell (1847-1929), and Alvin Cromwell (1851-?).
On 10 May 1888, William married Augusta Paunders (1863-?) in Exeter, New Hampshire, J.N. Chase was the clergy who performed the ceremony. William and Augusta went on to have a son, Harry Osborne Harding, born on 19 January 1890 in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia.
On 5 January 1890, William moved to Stoneham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US. From William’s declaration document, he is described as white, with a medium complexion, 5’9 and 140 pounds, he also has light hair and blue eyes and worked as a salesman.
By 1910, William, Augusta, and Harry have been living at 29 Warren Street, Stoneham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, where he was a merchant for retail furniture.
Between 1920 and 1923, William was in the process of being naturalized as a US citizen. He would take the Oath of Allegiance on 25 July 1923. From the 1920 US Federal Census, William and Augusta are still living at 29 Warren Street but he is now working as a travelling salesman for lighting fixtures. By the 1921 Census of Canada, Harry, a dentist, would marry Helen Gladys Hatfield Harding and live in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on Brunswick Street.
Sometime before 1930, Augusta has passed away and William is living on Winthrop Street and working as a Broker for Real Estate.
The UPEI Provenance Collection has a copy of Rose à Charlitte, by Marshall Saunders, that has the signature “W. O. Harding Stoneham, Mass” on the inside cover. There is also a signature from “Gary Carroll Yarmouth, N.S Jan 1971”, located on the top right hand corner of the inside cover. They are currently listed under the Unidentified tab, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information.
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