Constance WILSON

Female 1881 - 1968  (87 years)

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  • Name Constance WILSON 
    Born 20 Jun 1881  Mandalay, Burma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    _UID 598F9A9C73144EAC9545B7ACCC440B3F3623 
    Died 12 Oct 1968  Angwin, Napa Co. CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Social Security Death Index
      Name: Constance Hardinge
      SSN: 559-68-60**
      SSN Issue State: California
      Birth Date: June 20, 1881
      Death Date: October, 1968
      Last Residence: Angwin, Napa County, California
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      1940 United States Federal Census
      Name: C G Hardinge
      Age: 58
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1882
      Gender: Female
      Race: White
      Birthplace: India
      Marital Status: Married
      Relation to Head of House: Wife
      Home in 1940: Mission, San Bernardino, California
      Owned home, valued $5000
      Street: Central
      House Number: 360
      Inferred Residence in 1935: Adelaide, Australia
      Residence in 1935: Adelaide, Australia
      Citizenship: Alien
      Education: High school, 4 years

      California Death Records

      Last Name First Name Middle Birth Date
      HARDINGE CONSTANCE G 06/20/1881
      Mother Maiden Father Last Sex Birth Place
      Death Place Death Date SSN
      NAPA 10/10/1968 559-68-6048

    • Southern Asia Tidings,vol. 78, No. 10 October, 1983

      BEGINNINGS OF SDA [Seventh Day Adventist] WORK IN ASSAM

      One day in the year 1908 a Seventh-day Adventist Colporteur
      knocked at door number 49 Wellesley Street, in a residential area of Calcutta, India. She was shown into
      the presence of the lady of the house, and presented her canvass. The lady showed little interest in the religious books the colporteur was displaying, and was preparing to
      usher the unwanted visitor out when she was struck with an idea. "Now, if you were only selling a cookbook that would show me how to cook without meat, I would be interested," she said. "The market is a disgrace and I don't want to buy anything more from it. I would like to learn how to manage without the disease-laden meat that is all that is
      obtainable here," she continued.

      "Madam, I think I can help you with that," replied the book saleswoman, "Just wait for a few days and I will be back with a book of vegetarian recipes." True to her word the colporteur returned a few days later with a vegetarian cookbook. While the lady was scanning the recipes in rapture, the colporteur asked, "Do you know how to cook vegetarian food?"

      "No!" she replied, and then asked, "Do you?" "Yes!" was the response. "Would you care for me to demonstrate how to prepare some vegetarian dishes?" she then asked politely.
      "Why, yes," hesitantly replied the lady of the house, "but would that not be an imposition?" "It can be easily arranged," replied the colporteur. And so it happened that a few days later the local Adventist Bible Instructor who was the colporteur, again presented herself at the
      Hardinge home.

      Constance Hardinge took to her immediately, and she and the Indian cook were soon turning out surprisingly tasty dishes without the help of meat under the Bible Instructor's tutellage. Dr. Mervyn Hardinge still has this cook book and on the fly leaf is written "Constance Hardinge, 1908."

      As for the Bible Instructor, she was far more interested in giving the Hardinge family spiritual food than in improving their menus, important though it was. With wisdom and heavenly tact she unfolded the truths of the third angel's message, until first Constance Hardinge, and then her husband and their two children, Phyllis and Ivan, accepted
      the Lord and were eventually baptized, and became early members of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Calcutta.

      Several years passed by, and one day in 1915 Mr. Hardinge received word that the survey department of the government of India, for whom he worked, was about to transfer him
      to a more responsible position. "I don't know where it will be," he told his wife.

      "Oh, I hope it is in the northwest somewhere," said Mrs. Hardinge, "You know there is a good Seventh- day Adventist school, Vincent Hill, in Mussouri. How wonderful it
      would be if we were sent somewhere near, so that we could send Phyllis and Ivan to it. "Yes, wouldn't it!" acquiesced Mr. Hardinge, "and it won't be many more years before Leslie and Mervyn will be readv for school. Let's pray
      that the government will send us near Mussouri."

      So daily their prayers ascended for the move to be in the westerly direction of Mussouri, but always they ended with the words, "Thy will be done." But it was not God's will. When the orders came, Mr. Hardinge was invited to be the officer-in-charge of the Assam Survey and Traverse Party
      with the responsibility of making revenue maps of the province of Assam, located eastward, an area that
      had never been completely surveyed. The family would live in Shillong, the capital of Assam.

      Assam! it was as far from Mussouri where they longed to go as it could be! Their disappointment was great. How could this be God's will? they were tempted to ask. But it must be! So instead of attending a Seventh-day Adventist school the Hardinge children were obliged to look for their
      education to the Catholic schools found in Shillong.
      Was this God's will?

      Back in Calcutta Mr. Hardinge had made inquiries about the church in Shillong. They had so much enjoyed the fellowship in the Calcutta church and looked forward to being united
      with the Adventist family in their new station. "There is no church there," he was told. "Nor is there an Adventist in the whole of Assam," the mission added with regret.
      "No church?" "No, and no believers there at all?
      yet! You will be isolated members," he was informed. So the Hardinges moved to Shillong in 1915, and did the best they
      could to witness for Christ in the circumstances. They subscribed to The Review and Herald, The Youth's Instructor, and Our little Friend and bought Advenrist and other good books by Ellen White as they came out. In Shillong they made every Sabbath a special day for their family. On fine days they would seek out a beautiful spot beneath some trees, and have Sabbath School and take turns reading from papers and books, and they would hike in the beautiful hills around Shillong, especially beyond the Polo grounds.

      On rare occasions, every three or four years, a pastor from the mission office in Calcutta would make the long trip to look up these isolated members and encourage them. Pastors Wilson, Wellman, Wyman and Raymond were given great welcomes when they took the trouble to visit them. The Gilliards from Australia, and their family stayed in
      Shillong for a year, fostering the interests.

      The concern which the Hardinges felt went beyond their own family to their neighbours. Invitations were given first to the friends of the children Phyllis and Ivan, and then to
      their parents, to join the family group on Friday evening for hymn singing, and later for Sabbath Bible studies.
      Personal Bible studies followed, and in due course one of the visiting pastors was called upon to conduct a baptism. In 1928 the first baptism was carried out by Pastor Keller. It consisted of an 84 year old man, Mr. Matthews, and Leslie and Mervyn Hardinge in a stream called the Umkhrah. Then Mr. Doram was baptized and began to sell Adventist
      books. Soon there was a little company in the Hardinge living room at Shillong on Bancroft Road.

      But even that was not enough for the missionary-minded Hardinges. Often Mr. Hardinge would lift up his eyes to the Khasi Hills among which they lived. They were populated by
      simple, untaught people, many of whom were bound in the chains of heathen worship and animistic customs. They needed the Gospel.

      Who was to take it to them? He seemed to hear a Voice saying, "You, Mr. Hardinge." "But I don't know the language," was his excuse. But God does not receive our excuses when they try to get us out of serving Him.
      Painstakingly he wrote a tract in English. In simple words it told the story of the Gospel embedded in the doctrines of the Adventist message, in words which the Holy Spirit made appealing and beautiful. As Mr. Hardinge travelled up and down Assam, he became known as the sahib who did not smoke or drink, did not eat meat and kept the Sabbath as his
      holy day.

      An employee in Mr. Hardinge's office was familiar with the Khasi language, so he paid him to make a translation of the tract he had written into Khasi. To make sure that every-
      thing was correct and clear Mr. Hardinge had someone else who knew Khasi translate and read it back to him in Bengali! At last satisfied that the tract said what he intended, Mr. Hardinge had it printed at hisown cost. And as he went into the hill country on his survey trips he took
      along copies and distributed them far and wide.

      God had promised that His Word will not return unto Him void, and so it was that one by one as a result of this little Khasi tract, people came to learn more of the message contained in it. The Gospel light was spreading!
      There were young people among those who made inquiries and
      listened to the teaching of the Word, and the Hardinges thought to themselves, "There should be a school to train these young people."

      More years went by. All but one of Surat the Hardinge children left to seek higher education in England. Retirement time was coming around. The Hardinges felt that they would need to sell their home and leave India. But
      because times were changing in India, it was getting more and more difficult for Europeans to sell their property at a fair price. There were no bids for the Hardinge home for
      some time. They prayed about it, of course. Then an idea struck! They changed the mode of their praying!"Lord," they prayed, "if Thou wilt send a buyer for our house, we will
      give a portion towards the establishment of a training school for the mountain young people."

      It was certainly no coincidence that in a very short while someone bought the house for a fair price and the Hardinges kept their promise and turned in part of the proceeds to the
      mission towards a fund to establish what was to become the Jowai Training School?later the Assam Training School.

      In 1933 the Hardinges retired and left Assam never to
      return. Had God disregarded their prayer request when they asked to be sent to the Mussouri area? Far from it. It was
      his purpose for the Hardinges to let their light shine in that dark area of India? light that has spread into many of Assam's hills and valleys and brought the peace of God to many a heart.

      The health message that the Adventist church had to offer, attracted Mrs. Hardinge and led the whole family into
      the church. Therefore, it is not surprising that one of their sons, Dr. Mervyn G. Hardinge, is the Director of Health and Temperance of the General Conference. Dr. Leslie G. Hardinge, one of the other sons visited India last year. He is connected with the Theology Department of
      the Philippine Union College. Dr. Mervyn Hardinge will be visiting Southern Asia Divison to acquaint with the
      Health and Temperance work in this Division. This will be his first visit since he left this country as a boy.
    Person ID I2402  Master File
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2012 

    Father Charles Walker Wilson,   b. ca 1846, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1906, Simla, Himaachal, Pradesh, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Mother Clara Julia Marchant,   b. 02 Feb 1859, Kidderpore, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1897, Bangalore, Madras, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 10 Sep 1878  Landour, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8479  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eustace Gilbert HARDINGE,   b. 06 May 1873, Rangoon, Pegu, Burma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1961, Loma LInda, San Bernadino Co. CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 25 Sep 1900  Mandalay,MC, Burma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Eustace & Constance were married at the English Wesleyan Church,Mandalay, Upper Burma.
     1. Phyllis Constance HARDINGE,   b. 19 Dec 1901, Calcutta, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Apr 1970, Loma LInda, San Bernadino Co. CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     2. Ivan Gilbert HARDINGE,   b. 02 Jun 1903, Bangalore, Karnataka, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca Mar 1977, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. Leslie Gilbert HARDINGE,   b. 20 Apr 1912, Calcutta, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 2002, Ventura, Ventura Co. CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    +4. Dr. Mervyn Gilbert HARDINGE,   b. 29 Jul 1914, Calcutta, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 2010, Loma LInda, San Bernadino Co. CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     5. Alan Gilbert HARDINGE,   b. 01 Mar 1925, Shillong, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1992, Lancaster, Los Angeles Co. CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2012 
    Family ID F1716  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart