David Morris Harding Family Papers

Identifier: MSS.0857

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Scope and Contents

This collection is primarily composed of business and personal receipts of David Morris Harding and his wife, Fanny Gieves Harding. It also includes a few letters, account statements and books, land records/surveys, and miscellaneous notes. Some of the receipts belong to various members of the Harding family and Thomas R. Baker.


  • 1797 - 1869

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact specialcollections@vanderbilt.edu.

Biographical Note - David Morris Harding (1795-1854)

David Morris Harding was born on March 9th, 1795 in Goochland County, Virginia to Amidia Morris Harding and Giles Harding (2). His family would later move to Davidson County in Nashville, Tennessee where they would acquire large plots of land. Amidia Harding died in 1800, and Gile Harding remarried Martha Harding sometime after. In 1810, Gile Harding died leaving his land to Martha (2). When Gile Harding’s second wife died in 1816, David Morris and his brother Thomas Jefferson Harding inherited the family land, which would become Devon Farm and later the site of Ensworth High School (3). In that same year, he married Fanny Grieves Davis Harding, daughter of another large landowners in Nashville, John Harding (1). They never had children, but frequently looked after and cared for Fanny Grieves Harding’s nephew Edward Dickson Hicks II. David Morris Harding died in 1854, leaving all his land to his wife (3). At her death in 1865, Edward Dickson Hicks II inherited the property (1).

David M. Harding is also notable because of his relation to the Hardings of the Belle Meade Plantation. His brother John Harding first established the plantation, and his Nephew (the son of John Harding) built the famous mansion on the property (1).

1. Cornwell, Ilene J. “Devon Farm: Harpeth Landmark,” Tennessee Historical Quarterly 34, no. 2 (1975): 113-29. http://www.jstor.org/stable/42623513. 2. “David Morris Harding.” Geni Family Tree. December 04, 2016. Accessed February 08, 2018. https://www.geni.com/people/David-Harding/6000000019049539085. 3. Hoobler, James A. A guide to historic Nashville, Tennessee. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2008. https://books.google.com/books?id=CvF_CQAAQBAJ&pg=PP23&lpg=PP23&dq=david morris harding nashville family&source=bl&ots=IqtoaheV54&sig=ewHy-O9JavPDKbWPQxmihIRZOj0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwicna2wm5fZAhXEY98KHeFqB-AQ6AEIQjAF#v=onepage&q=david%20morris%20harding%20nashville%20family&f=false


.63 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This collection is primarily composed of business and personal receipts of David Morris Harding and his wife, Fanny Gieves Harding, from the early 19th century. It also includes a few letters, account statements and books, land records/surveys, and miscellaneous notes. David Morris Harding is the Uncle of William Giles Harding of Belle Meade Plantation.

Physical Location

Offsite Storage, Special Collections & Archives

Family Tree in Relation to David M. Harding (non-comprehensive)

Wife: Fanny Gieves Davis Harding

Brothers: George Harding, Giles Laforce Harding, Thomas Jefferson Harding, John Harding, William Harding

Sister: Sarah Ann Harding, Mary Harding, Martha Harding Johnson

Father: Giles Harding

Mother: Amidia Morris Harding

Step-Mother: Martha Harding

Finding Aid for the David Morris Harding Family Papers
Laura Grove
2018 February
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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