(Grimwade 1799) as at October 1787
Ann Harding (Partner) (Widow)
Mary Ann Harding (Partner) (Daughter of Ann)
Ann Harding (Partner) (Daughter of Ann)
Elizabeth Harding (Partner) (Daughter of Ann)
.......Harding (Son of Ann (Senior))
As can be seen from the above, Thomas Harding was deceased by October 1787 and it is very likely that he was the Thomas Harding, silversmith, that was buried at St. Bennett's, Paul's Wharf, on the 7th March 1787, as recorded by Arthur Grimwade.
The business appears to have passed to the female line, which is somewhat unusual as Thomas had at least one son, also called Thomas, who was a goldsmith, and possibly two others, John and Benjamin, who were also Free of the Goldsmiths Company. Perhaps the sons were already well established in their own business's, but at least one son, who may well be a different individual from those already noted, was still working in his Mother's and Sister's business.
The address noted from the court case that the above details were found was No. 43, The Minories, the same as recorded by Ambrose Heal for Thomas Harding and for Thomas Harding & Co.
Link to the trade card of Thomas Harding:http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/s ... _id=400444
and:http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/s ... _id=400365
As can be seen from Ambrose Heal's notes, this business became known as 'Harding & Proudman' in around 1809.
Source: Old Bailey Court Records