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Biography: My Life Story by Edith Hardaker
Biography: My Life Story by Edith Hardaker
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This paper documents the early life of Edith Hardaker from her first childhood memories growing up around Bradford through until her time at teaching training college. 
 
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Link to: Baptist Beginnings in the West Riding (Buckstone Baptist Chapel)
Link to: Baptist Beginnings in the West Riding (Buckstone Baptist Chapel)
Richard Hardaker (#727; #270), recorded the births of his four sons at Buckstone Baptist Chapel. The congregation was believed to have evolved from the group of Puritans who worshiped in secret under the lee of Buckstone Rock, Rawdon, among whom John Hardaker (#7), son of Roger who died in 1667, was a leading light. 
 
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Our Family History - Private Burial Ground at Thackley
Our Family History - Private Burial Ground at Thackley
On Apr 3 1785 Lucy Ann Smith #63, a Quaker, married Dr John Rawson #382 at Calverley St Wilfrid, Yorkshire. The ceremony was performed by a priest. This was against the Quaker rules and, after various investigations, it was decided that Lucy and her parents (William and Ann Smith) should have 'Testimonies of Denial', meaning that they were in effect excommunicated. When William Smith Rawson #802, the only son of John and Lucy, died in infancy, his grandfather wanted him buried in the Quaker graveyard at Idle. He was refused, so William established a private cemetery at Thackley for the interment of the child and other members of the family. This is a historical record of some of the families descended from William and Ann who are buried at this cemetery, as compiled by J. Horsfall Turner in 1907. 
 
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Our Family History - Research on our Pullein Ancestors
Our Family History - Research on our Pullein Ancestors
Our link to the Pullein family comes through Mary Pullan, the wife of John Hardaker of Idle. Mary was born in Idle in 1786 and died there in 1854. She and John had ten children, among them Samuel Hardaker, father of John Lee Hardaker. 
 
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Our Family History - Research on the Ancestry of Martha Clare (1841-1903)
Our Family History - Research on the Ancestry of Martha Clare (1841-1903)
Martha CLARE #70 was my mother's maternal grandmother. She married Thomas SUTCLIFFE #69 at Bradford in 1868. They had two children, Annie #71, who married William BALL #78, and Arthur #304, who died in childhood. Annie and William were my mother’s parents.

Martha's farther, James CLARE seems to have been an interesting character. He was married twice. His first wife Elizabeth, Martha's mother, died at the young age of 28. Within a matter of weeks James had married Mary TWISS, the daughter of his next-door neighbour. At the time Mary had two children of her own, apparently both illegitimate. This very quick remarriage suggests that James and Mary were on extremely friendly terms even before Elizabeth's untimely death. James worked for much of his life as a whitesmith, meaning that he worked with metals such as tin and pewter. Later in life we believe that he owned and ran a pub in the centre of Warrington (possibly called the Wheatsheaf), so had apparently by then become reasonably affluent.

This research traces Martha's parentage. 
 
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Our Family History - Research on the Ancestry of Richard Hardaker born c. 1740 at Rawden, Yorkshire
Our Family History - Research on the Ancestry of Richard Hardaker born c. 1740 at Rawden, Yorkshire
Richard Hardaker who married Betty Overend at Calverley church on 17 January 1770 is the earliest direct Hardaker ancestor I have been able to find. This document outlines the main lines of enquiry investigated to date in an attempt to determine his ancestry. 
 
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Research on Families of Samuel Hardakers born 1780-1790
Research on Families of Samuel Hardakers born 1780-1790
A short research paper that attempts to match five Samuel Hardakers born between 1780 and 1790 in the Guiseley and Calverley area to families that are to be found in the UK censuses of 1841 and 1851. 
 
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Research on John Hardaker Miller of Wibsey
Research on John Hardaker Miller of Wibsey
John and Jane Hardaker, corn millers of Wibsey

That John Hardaker was a corn miller at Wibsey in the late 18th century is clear from the Bradford Parish Church registers. He baptised a number of children there between 1778 and 1800 and some of these records give his place of residence and occupation. It is also clear that he operated a windmill at Wibsey for there is a record in the West Yorkshire Archive Service of a ‘lease and release’ for John Hardaker (the younger) of Allerton, yeoman, of a windmill in Wibsey, dated 8-9 Nov. 1776. 
 
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Research on Joseph Hardaker Cooper of Bramley
Research on Joseph Hardaker Cooper of Bramley
One of a number of Hardaker families from the West Yorkshire area that we have not yet been able to connect to Roger Hardaker (#4, born early 1600).

It is evident that Joseph was a man of property – in 1741 a Joseph Hardacre [sic] of Bramley was recorded as the owner of freehold property at Bramley. He died in 1760 and was buried at Bramley St Peter on 28 May. In his will he leaves his ‘loving wife Esther’ a close of land and a house and contents for her life. 
 
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Research on Richard Hardaker Badger of Otley
Research on Richard Hardaker Badger of Otley
This Richard Hardaker lived in the late 1500's at Farnley about 12 miles to the north of Leeds in Yorkshire. He was a "badger", which meant an itinerant trader in cereals such as wheat, oats and flour. The story of his family through the 1600's is rather sad with very few children surviving to adulthood, and more than a little strange with a confusing series of Francises and Franceses moving, marrying and having children. We have done our best to untangle all this in this research. 
 
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Research on Richard Hardakers of Rawdon and Surrounds (born 1600s and early 1700s)
Research on Richard Hardakers of Rawdon and Surrounds (born 1600s and early 1700s)
The genealogy records provide us with evidence of at least six Richard Hardakers born or baptised between 1693 and 1707 around the Rawdon area. Working out the parentage of these Richards is not straight forward, and harder still is working out which of them married whom, and had which children. This paper details our best attempt at coming up with the correct answers. 
 
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Research on Samuel Hardaker (1889-1922)
Research on Samuel Hardaker (1889-1922)
A paper summarising what little we know about Samuel Hardaker (1889-1922), half-brother of John Bertram Hardaker (Brian's father), both of whom are mentioned on the home page of this web site. 
 
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Research on Susy Hardaker born 1786 at Eccleshill
Research on Susy Hardaker born 1786 at Eccleshill
This paper details the evidence we have in support of the theory that Susy daughter of William Hardaker of Eccleshill, a Comber, baptised 12 Nov 1786 at Bradford parish church (now Bradford Cathedral) is in fact the daughter and first child of William Hardaker #306 and Elizabeth Briggs #642. 
 
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Research on The Descendants of Benjamin Hardaker and Sarah Stewart
Research on The Descendants of Benjamin Hardaker and Sarah Stewart
Benjamin Hardaker #1191 of Guisely married Sarah Stewart #899, also of Guiseley, at Guisely St Oswald on 1 Dec 1811. This story is about their rather complex descendants. 
 
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Research on The Furness Family of Hampsthwaite
Research on The Furness Family of Hampsthwaite
Rachel Furness who married John Hardaker, the maker of the locally famous ‘Salem’ grandfather clocks, reported in various censuses that she was born in Darley, which is a village in Hampsthwaite parish in the (then) West Riding of Yorkshire. 
 
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Research on The Hardaker Connection to the Renowned William Vint
Research on The Hardaker Connection to the Renowned William Vint
This research suggests that Harriet Hardaker (#11, #544) married William Stringer (#356, #618) in 1853. Harriet is believed to be the daughter of John Hardaker and Mary Pullen (Brian's ancestors). William was the son of the Rev. Joseph Stringer and his wife Sarah Vint, Sarah being the daughter of William Vint, the lead character in this research paper. 
 
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Research on The Hardakers at Rawdon and Surrounding Areas: The Early Generations
Research on The Hardakers at Rawdon and Surrounding Areas: The Early Generations
The first Hardakers apparently arrived at Rawdon early in the seventeenth century. It seems likely that the family originated in Ribblesdale, in and around the Forest of Bowland. The surname was probably originally a place-name. There are a couple of hamlets at Newby, near Clapham, in the shadow of Ingleborough Hill and in upper Ribblesdale, which are now called Upper and Lower Hardacre. These might well be what remain of the place concerned. 
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Research on The Hardakers of Ackworth
Research on The Hardakers of Ackworth
It was William HARDAKER (1823-1887) who moved from Leeds to Ackworth and set up a stone quarry business at Moor Top. Ackworth stone was apparently of good quality and widely sought after and William and his sons evidently prospered. In this paper we have traced as many of his descendants as the available information allows, and have been able to link him back to the Hardakers of Guiseley Parish, ultimately to Roger who died at Rawdon in 1667. 
 
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Research on The Hardakers of Baildon
Research on The Hardakers of Baildon
This paper details much of the research undertaken in relation to many Hardakers originating from, or with close family links to Baildon, Yorkshire.

This includes William #225 born in 1737 who we think was the first Hardaker to raise a family at Baildon. Also James #85 born 1769 who's three sons John, Thomas and James all emigrated to America. Richard #282 born 1813 who was a successful worsted spinner. And Abraham #755 born 1820 who's son Samuel #755 spent several years in Queensland Australia, and then returned to his home town of Baildon. 
 
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Research on The Hardakers of Eccleshill
Research on The Hardakers of Eccleshill
Eccleshill is just across the Aire valley from Rawdon and Horsforth, both originally in Guiseley parish, where some of the early HARDAKERs lived. Some of the ones who moved to Eccleshill maintained their links with the Rawdon area. And parts of Eccleshill are closer to Calverley church than to Bradford church, which is probably why some residents chose to patronise the Calverley church rather than go to Bradford. In addition, to make things even more complicated, occasionally some Eccleshill residents were baptised or buried at Horsforth or Rawdon. 
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Research on the Hardakers of Haworth - BDM Database of Hardakers from the Haworth registers.
Research on the Hardakers of Haworth - BDM Database of Hardakers from the Haworth registers.
 
 
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Research on The Hardakers of Howarth
Research on The Hardakers of Howarth
St. Michael and All Angels is the parish church of Haworth, a village about 9 miles west of Bradford. The earliest Hardaker event recorded at St. Michael’s was the baptism of Abraham by Stephen Hardaker in February 1669. Descendants of Stephen can be found in the Haworth church records over the next two hundred years.

Stephen Carr has attempted to interpret the rather sub-standard genealogical data available from the Haworth register in this paper. 
 
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Research on The Will of William Atkinson of Shipley
Research on The Will of William Atkinson of Shipley
Transcript of the will of William Atkinson of Moor End House in Shipley, dated 7 Jan 1864. Noted in this will is Martha Hardaker nee Butterfield #1434 married Richard Hardaker #796 at Bradford St Peter on 25 September 1826 
 
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Research on William Hardakers at Horsforth circa 1780
Research on William Hardakers at Horsforth circa 1780
There were at least three William Hardakers living and bringing up families at or near Horsforth between about 1774 and 1795. All three were clothiers for at least part of that period. This paper presents one particular evidence-based theory on which William was father to the various Hardaker children baptised at Horsforth or Rawden chapels in the late 1700s and into the early 1800s. 
 
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The Dennison Connection
The Dennison Connection
Through our research we have identified a number of marriages involving the Dennisons and Hardakers over a 100 year period from 1689. Our research in relation to the Hardaker One-name Study provides a reasonably clear understanding of how the Hardakers involved in these unions were connected. This paper investigates the Dennison side finding that both family links and religious affiliation are likely reasons for these multiple intermarriages.