Joshua Harden

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History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey

Compiled by James P. Snell, Assisted by Prof. W. W. Clayton and a Numerous Corps of Writers
Everts & Peck (1881)

(page 436 A)

     “The Hardin family are mentioned among the early settlers of New England; from there they removed to that part of New Jersey now Sussex County.

     The grandfather of the subject of our sketch was Thomas Hardin, who settled in Lafayette township, Sussex Co., before the Revolutionary war; he married Elizabeth Lance of the same place. Later in life he removed to Ohio, where he died.

     Reuben Hardin, one of his sons, was born in Lafayette township, and married Susan, daughter of Casper Snook, of the same place. Of this union were born the following children: John, deceased, and Joshua.” [deceased bef 1880]

     Joshua Hardin was born on the homestead in Lafayette, Sept 26, 1801. he attended school and worked on the farm until he was sixteen years old, when he removed to Stillwater township, and engaged in agricultural labor until he was twenty-five years of age. He then removed to Frankford township and learned the trade of blacksmithing. After gaining a knowledge of that business he went to Newton, NJ where he remained fourteen years, working at his trade. In 1855 he removed to Green township, and purchased from Ralph Dildine the farm on which his family now reside. In 1830 he married Effie, daughter of Michael Roff (Roof) of Newton township. Mrs Hardin’s grandfather was Christopher who emigrated from Germany to this country during the middle of the eighteenth century. The children of this marriage are James C., of Orange, NJ; John R., living in Iowa; Matilda, the wife of Peter Smith, of Yates Co., NY; Susan; Marcus A., now living in Iowa; Mary A.; Thomas W., deceased; Phillip R.; Elizabeth S., married Josiah Ketcham, editor of the Belvidere Apollo, Belvidere, NY; Rev. Oscar J., missionary to Tripoli, Syria; Robert M., living at Fredon, NY; Amanda C., married A. Crawn, of Newton, NJ.

     Joshua Hardin always followed farming, and his life was passed in a devout Christian manner. He was a good neighbor and kind father, and was respected by all who knew him. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Newton, NJ, which his family now attend. In politics he was a Democrate, but never an aspirant for office. His death occured March 12, 1886.

     Mrs. Hardin is now living on the old homestead in Green; she is in her sevety-second year, hale and hearty, and beloved by all who know her.”