Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Mrs. George (Lucina) Hardenbrook

Obituary for Mrs. George Hardenbrook
Her Death at Her Daughter’s in Batavia, After Brief Illness

Mrs. Lucina Bush Hardenbrook, widow of George Hardenbrook, died about 12:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon [Nov. 10, 1912] at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Martha Lindsley of No. 135 Ross Street from a complication of diseases. She had been in ill health for some time, but was not taken seriously ill until Saturday. Owning to the fact that her illness had been so brief Coroner Snow was called on to issue the death certificate.

Mrs. Hardenbrook was born in Barre, Orleans County, on March 24, 1832, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ebenezer Bush. Her grandfather was Elisha Smith, who took a deed of his farm in Barre in 1806, traveling there from Massachusetts with his family by wagon. Mrs. Hardenbrook’s great-grandfather was Abija Harding, a Revolutionary soldier, and she was also a grand niece of Cheater Harding, the noted portrait painter. Her marriage to George Hardenbrook took place in Middleport on September 25, 1849. She resided with her husband in Clarendon nearly sixty years.

Two years ago Mrs. Hardenbrook came to Batavia and took up her residence with her daughter, Mrs. Lindsley, besides whom she is survived by a son, Fred Hardenbrook of Clarendon; a sister, Mrs. Wallace of Geneseo, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


  1. Can you tell me if your Abija Harding who was born in Illinois, and who his children were?

    1. I don't know anything at this point about Abija Harding, but it is a good question. Once I get my book marketing under control (see latest blog post), I'll delve back into my Hardenbrook family. And you, too, please let me know if you find out anything about him.

    2. I believe Lucina Bush Hardenbrook's great grandfather was ABIEL Harding, not Abija. Abiel was a Rev War soldier, born in Connecticut in 1760, married to Olive Smith. One of their children was Sophia Harding, who married Elisha Smith. Their daughter, Laura, married Ebenezer Bush. I only know of one other child of Abiel, a son named Samuel. I am just researching Lucina's line to Abiel, and one of her 2nd great grandsons, who is applying for the Sons of the American Revolution. I haven't seen any of them in Illinois. Barb in Michigan.

    3. Mary, thank you. Here is the information on the daughter of my "Abija Harding",. Sarah Jane Harding Cain Birth: Mar. 1, 1842
      Kansas, USA
      Death: May 13, 1932
      Pittsburg County
      Oklahoma, USA

      Funeral records indicate her father was Abija Harding who was born in Illinois.

      Wife of Newton Cain."
      This seems to be a dead end.

    4. Reardonba, Thank you. I don't have anything else to go on except for what I posted above. If you find anything that looks like him, please let me know.

    5. Thank you for all this information. Now that I have published my second mystery, maybe I can get back to genealogy!

    6. You're welcome! I hope we are on the right track and will be able to rejoin the family tree!