Hardaker One-Name Study
This ‘work in progress’ started with the Hardakers of Rawdon, near Leeds in West Yorkshire and then broadened because descendants of the Hardakers of Rawdon spread to surrounding areas, such as nearby Yeadon, Horsforth and Guiseley, as well as Baildon, Eccleshill and Idle. Early on there were Hardakers in Otley and in and around Leeds. By the latter half of the eighteenth century there were Hardakers in Bradford itself as well as the suburbs of Horton and Wibsey. Mainly in the nineteenth century, Hardakers spread around the world, including North America, India, Australia and New Zealand.
We have information,
not all of which is included here yet, on other places where the surname
was common, such as Haworth,
Keighley, Kildwick and Upper Ribblesdale (where the surname probably
Our family history
research to date falls broadly into two categories. That relating
directly to the ancestry of Brian and Shirley Hardaker and the other
being work done on Hardakers and immediate relatives from the West
Yorkshire area, some of whom we are directly related to, and many others
to whom we have no apparent connection. We have therefore organised the
available people data into two databases. One being Brian and
Shirley's family tree, and the other being the larger collection of
Hardaker-related information. As a result, a number of individuals
are duplicated (deliberately) across the two databases where they are
known relatives of ours, and also logically form part of the larger
Hardaker one-name study. Hopefully this does not create any
The Hardaker one-name study database contains a number of families that have (so far) not been connected with any certainty through common ancestry.
The Hardakers of Rawdon, near Leeds in West Yorkshire. This is the largest branch of Hardakers in this family tree database. Roger Hardaker #4 of Rawdon who died there in 1667 is a good starting point for this family group.
Anne Hardaker #1025 who baptised an apparently illegitimate daughter named Hannah at Guiseley church on 16 Nov 1740. We have no clues to help us know who Anne's parents were or where she was born.
Hardaker #2713. We have records for six children baptised
between 1746 and 1762 where the father was recorded as Benjamin
Hardaker. Three were are Calverley Church with Benjamin residing
at Bolton or Calverley. The others were recorded at Leeds St
Peter, Holbeck Chapel and Leeds West Park United Reformed Church with
Benjamin residing at Leeds or Holbeck. The first two
baptisms, one at Calverley the other at Leeds St Peter, occurred a day
apart (Thomas on 30th March 1746, then Betty on 31st March 1746).
All of this appears to point to there being two Benjamin Hardakers, one
living at (or near) Bolton, the other at (or near) Holbeck.
Unfortunately we have only one marriage involving a Benjamin Hardaker at
around the right time to match to these six children, that being
Benjamin Hardaker (#52) marrying Elizabeth Holmes in 1744 at Calverley
Church. We think it probable that this Benjamin is the son of John
Hardaker, born about 1717 at Carlton (near Yeadon). We
have assigned the three children baptised at Calverley Church to this
couple, leaving us with no known marriage for Benjamin #2713, the father
of the other three children. We do have a Benjamin (#2983) born
around the right time who could be this person. He was born at
Cononley (south of Skipton) in 1719 into a Quaker family. However
the Benjamin baptising children in Leeds does not appear to have been a
Quaker, and the names given to the children do not strongly suggest a
link to the family of Benjamin #2983, so for now we are keeping Benjamin
#2713 (birth unknown) and Benjamin #2983 (born 1719 at Cononley) as
Benjamin Hardaker #1637 born Eccleshill c 1787, married Dinah Thornton #894 at Leeds (?) in 1812. One son named John.
Hannah Hardaker #936 born Idle c 1791. She married Samuel Hardaker #129 and raised a large family at Rawdon. She could be Hannah #734 born Baildon in 1791, but it seems probable that she married William Hudson. She could be Hannah #351 born at Horsforth in 1791 but likely that most of the children of her parents died young. She might have been a widow (and hence Hardaker is not her birth name), but in the marriage register she is described as a spinster of Calverley parish. Currently unresolved.
Hardaker #2981. Probably born around 1690. We know
that his wife was named Elizabeth. The couple were Quakers living
at Cononley (just south of Skipton) and had at least six children there
in the early 1700s. No birth or baptism record has been found, and
neither do we have a burial or marriage record that might give us his
birth year or his parents names.
Hardacre #1796. James and his wife Jane (maiden name
unknown) had several children in the area of Cockerham Lancashire. They
named one son Lancelot, a rather unusual name. Lancelot was born
in 1803 and as best we can tell was the couple's first child. This
would suggest that James and Jane may have married around 1800, and that
both would have been born around 1770-1780, however to date we have
found no records that we can confidently match to the couple for their
marriage or their births/baptisms. Lancelot married Elizabeth
Coates in 1826 and moved to Manningham just outside Bradford and hence
became part of our one name study of West Yorkshire Hardakers.
John Hardaker #1763. He married Mary Holmes. Since he died in 1838 he is not in a census so uncertain where he was born. Based only on his reported age when he died we have him born around 1761, but there are too many candidates to guess which John he is. His family has been entered as a separate branch.
John Hardaker #2669. This John married Ann Benson in October 1793 at Leeds St Peter. The couple had one child that we know of, Elizabeth Benson Hardaker born in 1794 at Mill Hill (Leeds). We have nothing to help us determine John's birth year or place, but we might guess that he was born between 1760 and 1770.
John Hardaker #2750. This one married Sarah Watter in July 1805 at Guiseley St Oswald. The had at least nine children between 1806 and 1823. We have a likely burial for John in 1839 with his age given as 56, so born about 1783 (the same age as Sarah, who can be found in several of the census records). Unfortunately we have eliminated the other Johns born about that time (either married to other women, or died young).
Joseph Hardaker #1404 born 1799 in Chapel Allerton. We know that his father's name was John, but we don't know which John this is (there are a large number of candidates). There are no other births of Hardaker children to a John at Chapel Allerton within 10 years of this Joseph making it difficult to match him to a family already recorded. We believe that he married Sarah Tomlinson in 1818. The couple had a least three children at Rawdon, but are missing from the UK censuses.
Hardaker #3099. He was probably born around 1750. He married
Isabel Stockdale at Bafferton (North Yorkshire) in 1772 and had at least
two children (Mark and Ann) there. Isabel and Mark (at least)
apparently moved to Leeds at some point. Mark, who became a
shoemaker, married and raised a family at Leeds. A number of
Mark's descendants followed him into the shoemaking business and can be
found living in Leeds through the late 1800s. Joseph #3099 was
probably not from the Guiseley area, more likely from somewhere in the
Craven district centred around Skipton. We have yet to attempt a
detailed research effort into the Hardakers from that area, so for now
Joseph's origins are undetermined.
Hardaker #1. Michael is one of the first Hardakers we have
identified as living in the Guiseley/Rawdon area. He was probably born
around 1600, but we have not identified a matching record with any
confidence. We think he baptised two daughters in 1628 and 1630 at
Guiseley church, but no sons it seems, so his branch of the Hardaker
One-name Study is very small.
Richard Hardaker the badger of Otley #1030. This Richard 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 of his descendants surviving to adulthood, and more than a little strange with a confusing series of Francises and Franceses marrying, moving, and having children. We have done our best to untangle all this in this research. As best we can determine, this particular Hardaker line came to an end in the late 1600s.
Richard Hardaker #438 Joiner of Eccleshill. We know that he married Sarah Burnley in 1811, and later Hannah Willam (or possibly Wittam) in 1816. He died in August 1847 aged 59, indicating a birth year of 1788. All known West Yorkshire baptisms around this time are allocated to other individuals with good confidence, and we have found no information pointing to the names of his parents, or his place of birth. Richard and Sarah were the parents of Joseph Burnley Hardaker (born 1815), who emigrated to the United States and became a successful and well known businessman in Pennsylvania.
Hardaker #3128 Cloth Weaver of Rawdon. From the UK census
records we know that he was born about 1810, probably at Rawdon. He
married Hannah Clapham in 1832 and raised a family at Rawdon. We
have record of around a dozen Hardaker families raising families at or
near to Rawdon around 1810, and Samuel could quite easily belong to a
number of these. Perhaps the most likely are Samuel #112 and his
wife Mary, but we have so far found no specific evidence to link this
Samuel to that family, or to any other for that matter.
Hardaker #629 ancestor of many of the Haworth Hardakers. We
suspect that this Stephen Hardaker was one of the first Hardakers to
move to the Haworth area probably around 1660. The Haworth church
records leave a lot to be desired in terms of data quality making it
difficult to trace the the Haworth Hardakers, particularly the earlier
generations. Stephen Carr took up the challenge, and thanks
largely to his efforts we have been able to include information about
this branch of Hardakers in the Hardaker One-Name Study. We have
no information about Stephen's origins.
Hardacre #552. This William married Grace Greenwood in August
1748. They appear to have had at least five children baptised at
Bramley, Farsley and Pudsey. We have traced a large number of
descendants from this family, however to date we have been unable to
determine who William's parents were, or where he was born. We suspect
that he was born around 1722/23 based on a likely burial record.
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