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Samuel Harrison Harden

Male 1836 - 1901  (65 years)


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  • Name Samuel Harrison Harden 
    Born 11 January 1836  Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Painter and paper hanger 
    Died 16 August 1901  Newaygo, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 18 August 1901  Newaygo Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (It’s been stated that Samuel and Sarah (Grubaugh) Harden had a daughter Ophelia Anna Harden, born 1 Sep 1857 in Batavia, IA, m. George Washington Cameron 1876, and died 3 May 1900. They did not have a daughter Ophelia. An Ophelia Harding, age 13, appears in the 1870 census at Van Buren IA, and in 1860 as Aphelia Harding, or Heading, 3, in the same town, in the same family. Ophelia was the daughter of Ira and Sarah Harding.)

      Marriage License, Volume 2, page 257, Probate Court, Ashland County, Ohio states that Samuel Harden and Sarah Grubaugh were married 14 December 1854, by A. E. Mathes, a minister of the Gospel.

      1860 Federal Census. Loudonville village, Ashland County, Ohio
      Roll 930, page 176
      Samuel Hardin, 26, chairmaker, $150 personal estate, b. PA
      Sarah Hardin, 26, b. PA
      Harriet Hardin, 6, b. OH
      David Hardin, 3, b. OH
      Sarah Hardin, 1, b. OH
      Elizabeth Grubaugh, 16, b. PA
      Elizabeth is Sarah’s younger sister. The following year she married Andrew Lloyd.

      Civil War Service: Samuel H. Harden enlisted at the age of 26 on 10 May 1862 in Ohio as a private. On 30 December 1862 he enlisted in the 6th Ohio Sharp Shooters. Hew was mustered out on 19 July 1865.
      U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. Original data: Data compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA

      Civil War Military Records of Samuel Harrison Harden -
      Military records state Samuel H. Harden, private, Capt. Coe’s Sharp Shooters, Ohio Volunteers, Co. H Sixth Independent Co. Sharpshooters, Ohio was 26 years old when he appeared on the Company Muster-in Roll. The roll dated Dec. 30, 1862 mustered him into the service. He joined for duty and enrolled Oct. 5, 1862 at Camp Zanesville for a period of three years. He was paid a bounty of $25. He was present for the company muster roll on Feb. 28, 1863 and 10 April 1863.
      On April 10, 1863 there is a note that he was, “Detailed as ambulance driver for 1st Battn’ ovss.” He was present for the March through December 1863 Muster Rolls. However, there is no note indicating he was an ambulance driver in the May/June Muster Roll; all of the others indicate he was.
      For the muster rolls of January/February, March/April and July/August, he was present and was detailed as an ambulance driver for the battalion. He was absent for the Sharpshooter’s Muster in May/June of 1864 as he was “detailed ambulance driver for battalion; absent at Maj. Gen. Sherman’s HdQrs with ambulance.”
      On 28 February 1865, Samuel H. Harden was furnished with a ticket from Cinncinati, Ohio to Louisville, Kentucky because he was on furlough. The Quartermaster’s Office charged him $12.50.
      He was present for the May/June Company Muster. There is a note that he is to be charged the “$12.50 for transportation for furlough.”

      Pension papers for Sarah Harden state, “June 30, 1864 absent detailed ambulance driver for Battalion. Feb. 25, 1865 absent on furlough for 30 days from Jan. 31, 1865.”
      Ron Strauss indicates that at the end of the War, Samuel Harden marched in the Grand March in Washington D. C. with Sherman’s Army.

      Ron Strauss, gg grandson of Samuel H. Harden, says that his grandfather, Samuel J. Harden, often described Samuel H.’s homecoming after the war. Samuel J. said that his mother was living in Ashland County, Ohio, with her mother, Elizabeth Black Grubaugh Horn. Sarah was doing the dishes when Samuel H. came up the drive and opened the door. She dropped the plate she was washing and hugged him. She was surprised to find that he had grown a beard.
      When asked what the food was like during the war, Samuel H. is reported to have said, “For breakfast we had hardtack, coffee and beans. For lunch we had beans, hardtack and coffee, and for dinner we had coffee, beans and hardtack.”

      1870 Federal Census. Green Township, Ashland County, Ohio
      Roll 1169, page 597B
      Post Office Perrysville
      Samuel Harden, 34, painter, b. PA
      Sarah A. Harden, 34, keeping house, $600 personal estate, b. PA
      David Harden, 13, at home, b. OH
      Inas Harden, 7, b. OH
      Samuel Harden, 4, b. IN
      Emma Harden, 1, b. IN

      1880 Federal Census, Independence, Richland County, Ohio
      Roll 1061, page 280A
      Samuel Harden, 45, cabinet maker, b. PA, parents b. PA
      Sarah Harden, wife, 45, keeping house, b. PA, parents b. PA
      David L. Harden, son 21, painater, b. OH, parents b. PA
      Iris Harden, daughter, 17, domestic servant., b. ditto
      Samuel Harden, son, 13, laborer, b. ditto
      Emma Harden, daughter, 10, at school, b. ditto
      Rosa Harden, daughter, 7, b. ditto
      Harry Harden, son, 5, b. ditto
      Sylva Harden, daughter, 3, b. ditto

      1884 Brooks Township, Newaygo County Census - Last name is spelled “Harding”. Children at home are Samuel 16, Emma 14, Rosie 12, Harrold 9 and Sylvia 6. Samuel H. is working as a cabinet maker. Samuel J. is a painter. All of the children older than Harold can read and write, but none have attended school within the past year. Sarah has had nine children. Both of Sarah’s parents were born in Pennsylvania. Samuel’ s mother was born in Pennsylvania and his father in Vermont. Emma and Samuel J. were born in Indiana while the rest of the children were born in Ohio.

      David and Dora are living next door to his parents. So is Inez. Inez is listed as being 23, single, a mother and a dressmaker. She has a two year old son, LeRoy, who was born in Ohio.

      Three letters were written from Samuel H. Harden to his son Samuel J. Harden, Manistee, MI, in 1887. All three are in the possession of Ron Struass of Wyoming, Michigan. The first is dated June ninth.

      Newaygo Mich
      Thursday evening June 9th/87
      Dear Son & /SV co., & Emma,
      your letter received this evening and all glad to hear from you but Dear we are all so sorry to hear that Emma is not able to be around (Dear Emma keep in goo Heart all may be well by & byif you you dispair not)
      Well Emma Ma say that she is so sorry that she cannot be with you but she will have Inez to come on monday the 13th Frank or Samuel or both must shure to be at the train to meet her She will liave hre on the 10 oclock train monday morning June 13th unless something awful happens
      well Mother has felt better today than she has for a long time but She is far from being well
      Rosa is getting better every day and Emm’s little girl is getting just as pretty as a peach plum and fat well I am just the same as I always intend to be (well as usual)
      Hoping to hear from you soon and often I will close with these few remarks and leave the Ballance for Inez to tell you when she comes
      write often as it will make your mother’s mind easier to know how Emma gets along & me too let us know the worst as welll as the Best
      from us all S H Harden
      Newaygo Mich
      Newaygo Box 136
      Friday morning June 10th I and Ma is done breakfast and the rest area all asleep yet Man is feeling quite good
      S H Harden


      The second letter was written on July 19th 1887.

      Newaygo Mich.
      July 19th 1887
      Harden Zolber & co.,
      Manistee Mich.,

      S J H &Wife. F Z & Wife
      Dear Children your letter at Hand & noted I got the check cashed & Shaw was on a beastly Drunk so I will wait till morning & maybe sober &I will pay him. well in regard to trading I will say if the lady you speak of has five hundred dollers in stock & and wants to rade with me I will trade her the house and two lots for the difference of ($100.00) as I hold the house and two lots at ($600.00) six hundred dollars & I will take the stock she has at the invoice & and if she has ($500.00) worth I will want $100.00 difference but if her stock comes to more there will be less difference if the stock does not come to five hundred there will be more difference coming to me but I will not put the 10 acres in the trade for less than three hundred dollars difference probvided her stock will reach ($500.00). Well Inez and Frank we are all glad that your good are all right and glad too that you (Frank’s) sickness did not terminate seriously well dear one, we are all well as common except your poor mother she is growing sorse every day her head and ears pains her all the time day and night we get a prescription filled not at the drugstore we will get it in the morning and try that. well yes children I will need helpto the amount of railroad fare and than I will make it all back to you after we get there but I would like it we could all live together as I would not saty there his winter unless we make the trade then I would stay there as soon as I could. well again is this grocery in manistee or in East Lake & what rent does she have to pay. but again mother is just kicking like a steer against trading & I have reasoned with her & she is better satisfied. well tall the lady to come down & if I can’t suit her in the property we live in I can suit her in the one David lives in & and I will make the turn with Dave Just tell her to come down & let on to her that I have two properties if one don’t suit her perhaps the other will. tell her I hold one at ($850.00) and the other at ($600.00) well let us know when she will come so I will be at home when she does come well write soon Rosa & Sadie is well Harry is a Rosa’s a & Frank’s Picking Roses Berries
      Kincaids are all well Dav & Dora & Georgie & Ida is well & now it is bed time I will close
      From your Father
      S.H. Harden
      Newaygo, Mich.,
      Box 136
      Newaygo Co.,

      The third letter is postmarked 7 Jul 1887, with “From Grandpa Harden” on the back of the envelope. Original in the possession of Ron Strauss (2002).

      “Newaygo, Mich., July 7th, 1887
      “Harden Zolber & Co, Manistee, Mich.
      “Dear Children again I write to let you know that the long looked for box of goods has come & it will cost 75 cents to start them to Manistee & I have not one cent of money nor dave has not one cent & I nor dave can neither one get a cent of money befor Saturday night and maybe not before monday might & no real insurance of it then & now if you have any loose change just put it in a letter & send it by next mail & I will start the goods on the first train. you have no idea though how bad I feel because I cannot send those goods without asking you for the money but it cant be helped but if you have not got the money you will have to let them lay at the depot till I can get the money. well I will say now I have quit the furniture factuory last Wednesday morning & took my tools home & struck a job on my way home I am white wash and paper four small houses for mr Carpenter the undertaker but I will not get my pay from the furniture company till monday night & then I will only get a part & the other part the next pay day unless I deal it all out the store & I had to borrow some money three weeks ago & I promised to pay it this coming pay day & I will not have enough to pay up all round[.] well Saml your letter at hand & noted you say you had a sad part for the fourth[.] well, sutch [sic] is the way of all the world I cant give up the idea that Emma (your sister) is dead but yet it must be so. little Sarah is as pretty as a peach your sister Rosa got her picture taken with little Sarah on her lap & she will send you one but if she can get a chance she will get a photo of the baby and let you have one of them instead[.] well I and harry Worked all day (on the 4th) in the factory in order to finish my job so I could quit & got it completed on the 6th[.] mother says tell Sam that the 4th was a dull day to her too & she remembers the 4th before when you was here & emma an all the rest except Inez & frank and she still mourns the loss of Emm. & her ears hurts her so bad that she can hardly live & there seems to be no relief for your poor mother[.] Well all of you have an equal share in this letter. Dora sister, Ida got here yesterday and not dora is all right Dave & his family are all well Rosa frank & little Sadie are well & Jene [Eugene Kincaid] is well[.] Jene stayed in their camp all day alone on the 4th[.] Jene, Jim & george are taking out shingle bolts 7 miles from here and on the 4th Jene watched the camp while the rest spent the 4th. well I guess I had better not come to manistee till business begins to Boom up again but however I will come any time you send for me[.] write soon this leaves uus all as well as usual hoping it will find you all well. I will close By signing myself your Father, mother Brothers & sisters
      “S. H. Harden
      “Newaygo Mich”

      1894 Brooks Township, Newaygo County, Michigan Census - Samuel and Sarah are both 58 and were born in Pennsylvania. His father was born in Virginia and her mother in Pennsylvania. Birthplaces for his mother and her father are unknown. She has had ten children, of whom six are living. Harold H. is 16 and was born in Ohio. Both he and Samuel are common laborers and partially deaf. The surname is spelled “Harding.”

      Civil War Pension - On 2 October 1890, Samuel applied for benefits as an invalid; application number 914273, certificate number 894022. On 12 September 1901 Sarah A. applied for benefits as his widow; application number 748472, certificate number 530999.

      When Samuel enlisted as a private on 5 October 1862 in Janesville, Ohio, with the Sixth Independent Sharpshooters, he was 5’5 3/4” tall, with a light complexion, blue eyes and auburn hair. He was mustered out in Cleveland, Ohio on 19 July 1865.

      In 1897, in an affidavit witnessed by A. C. LLoyd and John G. Vanheusen, Samuel declares he is, “Wholly unable to earn support by reason of total deafness of right ear, partial deafness of left, and impaired eyesight.”

      In 1898 records Samuel states that while serving with the Sixth Independent Sharpshooters in the sping of 1864 near Chatanooga, he contracted catarrh and rhumatism from exposure in the line of duty causing deafness. He was treated at the Battalion Hospital. He also contracted granulated sore eyes in the sping of 1865 at “exchange barracks” in Nashville, Tennessee. He was treated at the Battalion Hospital near Chatanooga.

      In the 1898 pension record affidavits, Samuel indicates that following the end of the war he lived in Muskingum County, Ohio; Warsaw, Indiana; and, for 15 years in Michigan. He states he was a mechanic when he enrolled in the service and that now he is totally disabled.

      Petition - In 1895 Samuel Harden and 16 other Civil War veterans from Newaygo County signed a petition asking for passage of Joint Senate Resolution No. 11. This resolution requested, “. . . making an appropriation for the erection of of a statue of ‘Michigan’s War Governor,’ Austin Blair, upon the Capitol grounds adjacent to the Capitol building in the City of Lansing.” In addition to Samuel H. Harden, Peter Race also signed.

      22 February 1900, “Local and General News,” Newaygo Republican:
      “Samuel H. Harden of Newaygo has received an increase in his pension from $6 to $12.”

      1900 Federal Census. Brooks Township, Newaygo County, Michigan
      Roll 735, page 3A
      Samuel H. Harden, head, b. Jan 1836, 64, m. 46 years, b. PA, father b. VA, mother b. MD, house carpenter
      Dorah H. Harden, b. Aug 1835, 64, m. 46 years, 10 children, 6 living, b. PA, parents b. PA
      Harold H. Harden, son, b. Mar 1875, 25, single, b. OH, parents b. PA, day laborer

      Newaygo Republican, August 22, 1901:

      ANOTHER OLD SOLDIER GONE
        Samuel Harrison Harden was born near Hollidaysburg, Pa., January 11, 1836. At the age of 17, he went to Ohio, and there on Dec 14, 1854 he was married to Sarah A. Grubaugh, who survives him. He died in Newaygo, Aug. 16th, 1901, and was buried Aug. 18th, Samuel Judd Post, G.A.R., having charge of the funeral. The sermon was preached by Rev. Samuel Crawford of Grant. Mr. Harden was loyal to his county, serving in the 6th Independent Company Ohio Vols., Sharpshooters, during the civil war, and bore two honorable discharges. He leaves a family of six grown up children, three sons and three daughtes, and an invalid wife, to mourn the loss of a dearly beloved husband and parent. They were all at his bedside during his last monents, except his daughter, Mrs. Rosa Kincaid, of Melrose, Idaho.

      Following Samuel’s obituary there is a “Card of Thanks.”
      To the members of the Samuel Judd Post and to our good neighbors and friends, I wish to say on behalf of my mother, brothers and sisters, we all thank you greatly and feel under obligation for your help and sympathy during the sickness and burial of our lamented father, Samuel H. Harden.
      (signed) D. L. Harden

      Newaygo County death records indicate Samuel died of catarral consumption on 16 August 1901 in Newaygo. He was 19 years old when he was first married and was the father of ten, with six children still living. He was a painter and paper hanger, born in Pennsylvania, married, and 65 years 7 months and 5 days old. His father was Louis Harden, born in Virginia and his was mother unknown. D. L. Harden was the informant. He was buried in Newaygo Cemetery on 18 August 1901. Book 2, page 181, #3506.

      Newaygo Republican, 5 September 1901, “Real Estate Transfers;”
      “Samuel H. Harden and wife to Harold H. Harden pt sec 19 Brooks and pt blk 109 Newaygo - $400.”
      “Samuel H. Harden and wife to David L. Harden pt sec 19 Brooks - $75.”

      Newaygo Cemetery
      Sarah A. Harden, Section H, Lot 210, Grave 2
      S. H. Harden, 1836-1901. Section H, Lot 210, Grave 1
      6th Indp’t Co. Ohio Vol. Sharpshooters
    Person ID I18823  Schirado
    Last Modified 10 November 2013 

    Father Lewis Harden,   b. 3 June 1789, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 July 1860, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Harriet Harper,   b. Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1839, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4611  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Sarah Ann Grubaugh,   b. 28 August 1835, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 July 1917, Grand Rapids Township, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 14 December 1854  Loudenville, Ashland County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Children 
     1. Harriet E. Harden,   b. 22 August 1855, Loudenville, Ashland County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. David Louis Harden,   b. 22 July 1857, Loudenville, Ashland County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 January 1927, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     3. Sarah C. Harden,   b. September 1859, Loudenville, Ashland County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. March 1863  (Age ~ 3 years)
    +4. Inez Charlotte Harden,   b. 8 September 1863, Loudenville, Ashland County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1945, Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +5. Samuel John Harden,   b. 5 December 1866, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1932, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +6. Emma Laura Harden,   b. 27 March 1869, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1887  (Age 18 years)
    +7. Rosa Belle Harden,   b. 9 June 1872, Jefferson Township, Knox County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1941  (Age 68 years)
    +8. Harold H. Harden,   b. 16 March 1874, Loudenville, Ashland County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 February 1955, Sparta, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +9. Sylvia Leoria Harden,   b. 17 December 1877, North Liberty, Astabula County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F4595  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S363] Harden Family.


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