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Harding Cemetery (Lost)

OH-46:  NASHVILLE DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN.  Original location Granny White near present-day Tyne Blvd.

The following report was sent to the Davidson County Cemetery Survey project by Colleen Campbell Taylor, whose husband is a descendant of Eliza Harding and her son Nicholas D. Harding.

" My husband's great great great grandmother, Eliza Stuart/Stewart Harding died circa 1888 in Davidson County, Tennessee.  Ten years before that date, she purchased land from the Henry Compton estate.  This sale was recorded in the Registers office of Davidson County on December 17, 1878, Book No. 61 Pages 407 & 408.
Recorded August 1888.

Eliza Harding left a will, Tennessee Will Book 30, Page 9. Her will specified the land that she had acquired from the Henry Compton estate was to be given to her son, Nicholas D. Harding.  By all indications, this property stayed in the Harding family until they sold it to E. A. Balch, in 1919, 14 years after the death of Nicholas Harding. 
Recorded January 22, 1919.

The deed showing the transfer of this property is recorded in the Davidson County Deed Book 518, Page 227:   
        But there is reserved from the operation of this conveyance the Harding Family Graveyard of 15 feet by 50 
        feet, with right of way by the way of the house as it now exists to said graveyard for the purpose of visiting 
        and burying or removing the dead."  
This is the last sentence in the deed - the first time the Harding Family Graveyard is mentioned.

Then, surprisingly, George W. Harding and his wife, Mabel Gray Harding, purchased the same property from E. A. Balch and his wife in 1924, recorded in Davidson County Deed Book 647, Page 259. Recorded July 15, 1924:
        For and in consideration of the sum of Twenty-seven hundred fifty dollars paid & to be paid by George W. 
        Harding and his wife Mabel Harding ...  to E. A. Balch and his wife Kittie Balch ... a certain tract or parcel of
        land in Davidson County, state of Tennessee (description of location) ... but there is reserved from the 
        operation of this conveyance the Harding Family Graveyard of 15 feet by 50 feet with right or way by way of
        the house as it now exists to said graveyard for the purpose of visiting the same and burying and removing 
        the dead.
        
In 1938, George Harding and his wife sold this property to Howell M. Campbell, Jr. for $5,000.  This sale was recorded in the Davidson County Deed Book 1082, Page 73."

Research by Colleen Campbell Taylor.  

Anyone with information about this cemetery is invited to send an email to the Davidson County Cemetery Survey website.

Report: 7-16-2013
        


    


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