Margaret Holden Hardman – Ever Onward

Margaret Holden Hardman Picture#AncestorClips – As the smoke of the industrial revolution continuously settled on residents of Manchester England, in 1834, death persistently came to rest on the small home of Margaret and Richard Hardman. Likely with broken heart wondering if she would ever have children, she laid her fifth lifeless baby to rest in an early tiny grave. Margaret was a weaver, Richard was a rope-maker, but another 9 hopeful months passed with no daughters for mom to dress, and no sons to enter dad’s trade. With prayer, work, endurance, and love, another 10 years passed and 6 more pregnancies. Three would die, but three lived on; Alice Eliza, Lehi Nephi, and George Richard. Alice received the middle name of her grandmother, Elizabeth; George bore the middle name of his father, Richard; and Lehi Nephi carried the names given him by a prophet a year before he was born. Poor health restored under Priesthood hands by the Gospel of the Restoration, Margaret and Richard carried on, gathered with the Latter-day Saints, moved from their home with many of their family, ever onward, following the prophets from Manchester to Nauvoo. Living only blocks from the Nauvoo temple, they built Nauvoo, the Temple, and their posterity. After their eternal marriage and sealing in the Temple of God, Margaret lost Richard, missing on the Mississippi while working and escorting family members to Zion. Widowed, cast out through trails of sorrow, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and the loss of her second husband William Presley to cholera, she pressed onward, eventually to a place where her children including Jane Amanda Presley met their companions, raised righteous families, and gave Margaret posterity beyond all that she could have imagined. We too, can press onward, ever onward.

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6 Responses to Margaret Holden Hardman – Ever Onward

  1. Patty Headley says:

    I am a direct decendant of George Richard and am on the Board of Directors of the George Richard Hardman Family Organization. I write the family newsletters and edited an excerpt from my mother’s printed copy of Margaret’s flight from Navoo. Since my mother has since passed on and her records scattered I need help locating the source where she found the story. Do you have any info you can share?

    • Patty, Very please to get you message. I’m excited to know that there is great family history work going on in the George Richard Hardman family. I just now sent to you a file, a compilation of histories that I received from my parents that include histories about Richard and Margaret Hardman. Please check your email and confirm receipt. I look forward to getting to know your family. Sincerely, Ken Hardman

      • Karisa says:

        Kenneth, I’d love to get copies of your compiled histories if you’re willing to share. I’m a direct descendant.

    • Karisa says:

      How do I become a member of the organization? I can’t find it online.

  2. Karisa, there are a number of stories at this free site. Let me know if you would like more. https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=LC48-R5D&section=memories

  3. Steve L. Smythe says:

    Kenneth, how does one become a member or join the George Richard Hardman Family Organization? I can’t seem to find it online…
    My maternal grandmother was a Hardman, Hazel Lucetta Hardman (1901-1969). George Richard is her grandfather and my 2nd great grandfather.

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