WILLIAM HARDEN, formerly one of the best known and most highly esteemed citizens of Cross Creek Township, where, for many years he was successfully engaged in general agriculture, was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, in 1831, and died on his farm of 210 acres in Cross Creek Township, Jefferson COunty, January 29, 1905. His only brother, Merritt, died in California. His two sisters, Harriett and Sarah, are both married, the former to John Miller and the latter to William Kirkpatrick.
William Harden spent his boyhood in acquiring an education and in assisting on the home farm, thus securing the training that made him able subsequently to successfully manage his own extensive farm industries. He acquired and owned one of the best agricultural properties in Cross Creek Township, the said property having been formerly owned by his father-in-law.
On September 22, 1859, Mr. Harden was married to Miss Elizabeth Jane Hanlin, only child of John and Isabel (Lockhart) Hanlin. They were prominent people in Cross Creek Township and they owned and lived on the farm which is now Mrs. Harden's property. Mrs. Harden's grandparents were Joseph and Elizabeth Hanlin. Mr. Harden was a Democrat in his political views. He and wife belonged to Long's Methodist Episcopal Church in the Bloomingdale district.