John Elly Harding

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John Elly Harding

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His Honour John Elly Harding, County Court Judge, was born in Beverly Township of Wentworth County in Upper Canada on May 29, 1840, son of John Harding and Jane Talbot. In 1866, Harding married Mary Stevenson of Sarnia, Ontario; Mary died in 1905 and Harding married Elizabeth Malcolmson seven years later. Harding was initiated into Masonry in St. John's Lodge No. 73 and in 1868 was elected Worshipful Master. From 1872 to 1874 he served as the District Deputy Grand Master of South Huron District. Harding was educated at the Caradoc Academy and later was privately tutored by Reverend H.B. Jessop. He read law with Richard Bayley, K.C., of London, Ontario and with Eccles and Carroll of Toronto, Ontario. Harding practiced law in St. Mary's and Strafford, Ontario until 1898, when he was appointed Junior Judge of the County Court in Victoria County, Ontario. In 1906, he was appointed Senior Court Judge of Victoria County. Judge Harding died on March 16, 1925 at the age of 84 and is interred in Lindsay, Ontario. (Taken from Who's Who and Why, Vol. 5. Vancouver: International Press Ltd, 1914.; biography further augmented from information received from Ernest Huggins, 2012).

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