Thomas Harding

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Thomas Harding, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), died before 25 September 17081,2,3 when he was buried at Wollingborough, Burlington Co., New Jersey.1,2

Thomas married (1) Ellen Bagwell at All Hallows London Wall, London, England, 26 February 1661/62;4 he married (2) Elizabeth Nichols after 3 July 1683. The ancestry of both wives is unknown (or not traced here).5

Thomas Harding was of Friday Street, London in 1676 when for demands of £2. 2s. 6d goods valued at £3. 0s. 5d were confiscated.6

He arrived on the Kent in August 1677, disembarking either at the mouth of Raccoon Creek or at Chygoes Island (now Burlington) in New Jersey.

Thomas signed the original charter by which the lands of Edward Byllynge were conveyed from his creditors to two groups of Quakers. "The Concessions and Agreements of the Proprietors, Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Province of West New Jersey in America" was initially witnessed and signed 3 Mar 1676, with many more names added later.7,8,9

Thomas left a will dated 8 February 1707, and proved 6 Dec 1708:
I, Thomas Harding of Wollingborough in the County of Burlington and Province of New Jersey, being weake of body but of sound and perfect memory praised be All mighty God for the same doe make and ordain this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills and testaments formerly made by me.

Impris I bequeath my soul unto almighty God my creator that gave it and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named.

2dly My will and mind is that all the just debts by me due and owing to me be honestly paid by my Executors who I also empower to receive all such debts that are owing to me from any person or persons whatsoever.

3dly I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary the wife of Henry Ballinger the sum of one shilling and I give and bequeath to each of my said daughter Mary's children that are now living each one shilling current money in the western division of the said province.

4thly I give unto John Willis twenty shillings of like current money to be laid out for fencing the burying ground in the Township of Northampton.

5thly I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary now wife of Henry Ballinger the full and just sum of seventy-five pounds to be paid unto her or to her heirs or assigns in manner and upon the terms [in or] mentioned in an article of judgment made betwixt us (viz) the said Henry Ballinger and myself given under our hands and seals and dated the tenth of the eleventh month 1707, the penalty of the said article being one hundred and fifty pounds current money of the eastern division as by the said articles may appear.

6thly I give and bequeath unto my two daughters Hope and Rebecca Harding all the remainder of my estate both real and personal (my debts and legacies afore mentioned being first paid) to be equally divided between them I say I give it as afore paid to them and their heirs and assigns forever.

Lastly I ordain and appoint my trusty and well beloved ffriend John Wills of Northampton my sole Executor of this my last will and testament, hereby giving unto him as full & ample power and authority to sell and dispose of the plantation I now live upon lying on Northampton River as I myself now have and also to sign, seal and execute good substantial and of legal conveyances for the said land or plantation I now myself can either in law or equity to any person purchasing same plantation of my Executor. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my seal this eighth day of the twelveth month called February 1707/8.

     Thomas Harding

Signed, sealed & declared and published in the presence of
     John Woolman
     John Lambert
     Thomas Eves.10,11,12

Family 1

Ellen Bagwell d. bef. 10 Jul 1692

Family 2

Elizabeth Nichols d. bef. 16 May 1707
  • Hope Harding13 b. 11 Jul 1694
  • Rebecca Harding13 b. 26 Aug 1695
  • Deborah Harding13 b. 23 Jun 1698, d. bef. 8 Feb 1708
  • Thomas Harding13 b. 6 Feb 1699/0, d. bef. 8 Feb 1708
This person was last edited on18 Dec 2017


  1. [S1628] Asa Matlack and Milton Rubincam, "The Genealogical Record of John Wills (New Jersey 1660-1746/7)," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 42 (June 1954): 63-67, at 65, further cited as Matlack and Rubincam, "Record of John Wills."
  2. [S1617] James S. Elston, Descent From Seventy-Nine Early Immigrant Heads of Families (Burlington, Vermont: Chedwato Service, 1962), 54, further cited as Elston, Early Immigrant Heads of Families.
  3. [S1586] State Library Archives and History, [Burlington Co., New Jersey] Record of Wills 1C-21920C, 1688-1900, 95097, FHL microfilm 545453, further cited as Burlington Co. Will Records.
  4. [S1622] Guildhall Library, London, All Hallows London Wall Parish Register Transcripts, MS 5085:37, FHL microfilm 0374334, further cited as All Hallows Transcripts.
  5. [S1156] William Wade Hinshaw and Thomas Worth Marshall, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (six vols., 1938; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991), 2:229, further cited as Hinshaw and Marshall, Quaker Genealogy.
  6. [S1615] Joseph Besse, A Collection of the Sufferings of the People Called Quakers, for the Testimony of a Good Conscience, from the time of their being first distinguished by that name in the year 1650, to the Act, commonly called the Act of Toleration, granted to Protestant Dissenters in the first year of the Reign of King William the Third and Queen Mary, in the Year 1689 (London: Luke Hinde, 1753), 1:439, further cited as Besse, Sufferings of the People Called Quakers.
  7. [S1604] Walter Lee Sheppard Jr., et al., Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684: Reprints of Articles with Corrections, Additions and New Materials (1970; reprint, Pennsylvania: The Welcome Society of Pennsylvania, 1985), 139-40, further cited as Sheppard, et al., Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684.
  8. [S1629] Emma Barrett Reeves, Three Centuries of Ballingers in America (Nacogdoches, Texas: Texian Press, 1977), xvi, further cited as Reeves, Ballingers in America.
  9. [S1643] William A. Whitehead, et al., editors, Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, 42 vols. (Newark, New Jersey: Daily Journal, 1880-1949), 269, further cited as Whitehead, et al., Colonial History of New Jersey.
  10. [S1586] Burlington Co. Will Records, 95c-98c; FHL #545443.
  11. [S1033] New Jersey, Record of wills in New Jersey, 1705-1804, 1:220-1, FHL microfilm 522714, further cited as New Jersey Wills.
  12. [S1629] Reeves, Ballingers in America, 384-386.
  13. [S1156] Hinshaw and Marshall, Quaker Genealogy, 2:176.