Re: Hardwidge, South Brent, Somerset, England
Many thanks for your reply.
I have the following for a Joseph Hardwidge, but for much earlier generations. The name was unknown in previous generations of Raines, yet suddenly appears as one of Hester Hardwidges children:
s.r.o. ref: DD/Wby 1/14 in Dulcot & Chilcot
1611 Elizabeth Hardwitch wid. & Joseph her son & son Richard, the 3 lives on a piece of property. Elizabeth has copyhold lease on tenament. Thomas is a yoeman and signs with a wavey "T".
1648 Thomas Knight & Thomas Hardwitch
Freestones tenament 3yds. Close of arable called Stubbings close 3 acres. Close called Stoneyland or Fishacre 1 acre. Lives of Aaron Hardwitch, John Hardwitch, James Hardwitch, sons of the above Thomas. Thomas has a good signature.
1649 Knight - David Hardwitch husbandman, the Elder 2 yds of meadow, David & Elizabeth his wife, and David their son, ground called Willes etc etc with ground of Alice Hardwitch on left side.
1691 Thomas Hardwitch grandson of the above Thomas to Evans. Freestones & 16 acres. Close called Priddy Way 6 acres, Stubby, Stoney Way, etc etc. very long.
Married James Reins in 1703 at Wells Cathedral and had four children, namely, James, Mary, Joseph, and John, and possibly was the mother of William who may have been the first born. She is described as being "of Pamborough" at the time of her marriage, and the registers of Wedmore reveal that a Leonard Harditch was living there at this time. It is unlikely that he was her father, and more probable that he was her uncle.
Hester was buried at Westburyon the 2nd of July 1712 after the birth of her last child John.There were many Hardwitch's in Westbury at this time and some in Wookey also.
Son of James Raines of Easton was buried at Westbury on the 12th of May 1712
So, it may just be that your Joseph originates from the Westbury area and born around 1770. It could well be worth a look. If i get a chance, I'll check the Westbury transcripts again for any sign of him. There are many other Hardwidges here at this time, and ealier.
Hope this is of interest.
Best regards, and enjoy the festivities!