Children: Rev. John DOANE probably brother, came in 1629, married Ann Perkins; Martha
Martha DOANE taxed at Plymouth 1632-3, died in 1633 in Plymouth, had brother John who cared for her sons Joseph & John
Spouse: Joseph HARDIN, died 1630, in Maine with Gorges as early as 1623, when settlement abandoned went to Plymouth, Braintree, Cape Cod (If married 1624 Duxbury per NE Marriages then some children could not be Martha's)
Children: John; Joseph born circa 1630-2, of Braintree & Eastham, married Bethia Cook daughter of Josiah; Phoebe married John Brown 1634; Winifred married Thomas Whiton 1639;
The Great Migration Begins: ASSOCIATIONS: MARTHA HARDING ORIGIN: Unknown MIGRATION: 1632 FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth ESTATE: 'Widow Harding' was assessed 9s. in the Plymouth tax list of 25 March 1633 [PCR 1:11]. On 28 October 1633 'John Done presented an inventory of the goods & chattels of Martha Harding, deceased, who, in the behalf of her son, was allowed the administrator of the said Martha' [PCR 1:18]. The inventory totalled £20 18s. 6d. and included no real estate [MD 1:82-3, citing PCPR I :8]. The estate showed disbursements to 'her husband's brothers in England, to one eight pounds to another nine pounds to another three pounds"; "This Martha Harding died without will leaving one son in the custody of Mr. Joh Done the administrator of the said Martha..." [MD I :83, citing PCPR 1:9). BIRTH: By about 1612 based on estimated date of marriage (and probably some years earlier). DEATH: Plymouth berween 25 March 1633 (tax assessment) and 28 October 1633 (administration ofestate). MARRIAGE: By about 1632 Harding, who presumably died in England before his widow and son sailed for New England. CHILD: 1 JOSEPH, b . by 1632; m. Eastham 4 April 1660 Bethiah Cooke [PCR 8:27], daughter ofJOSIAS COOKE It is likely that Martha Harding was sister to JOHN DOANE, who administered her estate and took her son, Joseph, into his household after her death. Joseph Harding was complained of on 3 June 1652 for "carrying an Indian's gun unto the smith to be mended in his uncle's name" [PCR 3: I 0], and it is assumed by some that the uncle mentioned here would be JOHN DOANE. COMMENTS: There were others by the name of Harding in early Plymouth, but with no obvious connection to Martha Harding: John. b. by 1627 (in Duxbury section of 1643 Plymouth list of men able to bear arms [PCR 8: 190]); Phebe who married 26 March 1633 John Brown [PCR 1:26]; and Winifred who married 22 November 1639 Thomas Whiton [PCR 1:134].
Gen Reg of the First Settlers of NE; HARDING, JOHN, MA, freeman 1640, may have been the representative of Medfield in 1689.
Families of Robinson Ancestors (1957): After the DeGorges party arrived in America, there were listed among the passengers, Richard Harding and infant son, John Harding and two young sons, and Joseph Harding. These three brothers, Richard, John and Joseph, were cousins of Lady Georges. //P// The children of John Harding were: Richard b. circa 1580 d. circa 1657, married (2) Elizabeth Adams. Joseph died 1630 m. 1624 Martha Doane.
Genealogical and personal history of the Allegheny Valley ..., Volume 3: There were in Massachusetts before the year 1650 six immigrants of the name of Harding. Abraham who left many descendants in Medford and the vicinity. George of Salem nothing more being known of him. John of Weymouth. Robert of Boston. Elizabeth who settled in Boston, and Martha Harding a widow who settled in Plymouth Massachusetts as early as 1632 and is mentioned further as the wife of Joseph Harding below. I Joseph Harding the immigrant ancestor of this line came to Maine it is believed as early as 1623 in the company of Governor Gorges and when the colony was abandoned took refuge at Plymouth. He may have died however before the family removed to Plymouth for we find that his widow Martha Harding was taxed at Plymouth January 2 1632-33. The inventory of her goods was made by James Hurst, Francis Cook, and John Doane and amounted to the value of twenty pounds eighteen shillings and six pence. She died in 1633 leaving her son Joseph to the care of John Doane who was probably her brother, her elder son John having been committed to his care prior to her death. The sons returned to Braintree Massachusetts afterward to take possession of their father's land in that place. Children of Joseph and Martha Harding: John of previous mention, Phoebe married John Brown, Winifred married Thomas Whiton, Joseph mentioned below. II Joseph 2 son of Joseph 1 and Martha Doane Harding was born about the year 1630 and lived during his youth with Deacon John Doane of Eastham Massachusetts to whose care he had been consigned by his widowed mother who was probably a sister, removed to Braintree circa 1650, married Bethia Cook.
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