Joseph was born 8 April 1892 in New Durham, Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States to Joseph D Harding (1861-) and Ida Pearl (1855-1906) and died January 1981 of unspecified causes. He married Merle Hayes Bennett (1892-1973) circa 1911 . Ancestors are from Canada.

Joseph was a mechanic at George F. Mooney & Son wood-turning mill in Farmington, NH, from 1917 or earlier through at least the 1940s. Family sources indicate Joseph was known by his middle name Harold.


Offspring of Joseph Harold Harding and Merle Hayes Bennett (1892-1973)  ¢
Name Birth Death Joined with
Stanley L Harding (c1915-1997)
Olive L Harding (c1917-2007)
Harold Vernon Harding (c1919-?)
Elinor Pearl Harding (1920-1981) 30 May 1920 New Hampshire, United States 27 October 1981 Harold Henry Schulte (1917-1986)

Dorothy Barbara Harding (?-?)

Military Service

There is no indication Joseph served in the military. Census records indicate he was not a veteran. He signed draft cards for WW1 and WW2, but was apparently not drafted in either war.
Joseph Harold Harding WW I draft card

World War I draft card

Joseph Harold Harding WW II draft card

World War II draft card

Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
  • 1900 and 1910 USA Censuses list Joseph's parents. 1930 Census lists Merle and children.
Ω Birth
  • USA Census 1900 (Strafford County, NH) - lists Joseph w/correct age 8, but the enumerator wrote 1882 as the year rather than 1892. 1910 census lists him as age 18 and was taken by the same enumerator from 1900, supporting the 1892 birthdate. 1930 Census lists him as age 38. His WW1 and WW2 draft cards have his exact birthdate on them with his signature.
₪ Wedding
  • USA Census 1930 lists Joseph and Merle as having been 19 when they were married, which places the wedding date c1911.
¢ Children
  • 1930 Census, Strafford County, New Hampshire, USA. Family sources for Harold and Dorothy's middle names.