About the gypsy


Goldie Hardin
Goldie Hardin

She was a gypsy and her name was Goldie. That’s all I ever knew about her. That’s all anyone knew about her, really. Nobody even knows what nationality she was. She was my great-grandmother on my mother’s side. The way I hear it, she married my great-grandfather and they had 2 children: Vivian and Oliver. Oliver was the oldest, my grandfather. My great-grandfather was a Methodist minister. I’m not quite sure how they met, although it must have been an interesting story.

When Oliver was very young, Golda abandoned her family. She just packed up and left with a man on a motorcycle. I can’t imagine what that was like… for my grandfather and his sister… for my great-grandfather… or for Goldie. What would possess a woman to abandon her family like that?  I understand she came back a couple of years later but didn’t stay.  My grandfather saw her and asked his dad who she was, and his father replied, “that’s your mother.”

Though I don’t understand her or know her, I do know that her blood still runs in me. She is my great-grandmother. In some ways I still feel her soul. Maybe that sounds odd. But that’s the reason for the name of this blog: Soul of the Gypsy.

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4 thoughts on “About the gypsy

    1. Thanks, Erin. I posted that picture after I found it online. The baby, Oliver is my grandfather (my mother’s father). Are you related to the Hardins? If so, how?

      1. I’m Steve’s ex! If you want to email me your address, I’ll copy what I have and send it to you and then you can let me know if you have anything I don’t have.

        I did find a book with info about Franklin Allen …it let me save the book in pdf on my hard drive

        http://books.google.com/books?id=rF5Sb8YW40oC&pg=PA404&lpg=PA404&dq=%22franklin+allen+hardin%22&source=bl&ots=Dw7Q8Uq24d&sig=yU38F_2AravbIdD2MI5m6HkYS8o&hl=en&ei=ZX3WS6HnEoTMsgOejLixAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22franklin%20allen%20hardin%22&f=false

        Much of my info is not documented…just stuff I’m pretty sure of, so I don’t want to post it on genforum. I know that site would prefer only facts that have been documented (which is costly).

  1. Im friends with Jim Warren, I am also a graduate graphic designer and web developer, though I took a year off after graduation. Just wondering what you do, and maybe we could colaborate. I have a full time job, many musical bands, and “side projects” for friends. I’m pretty busy, but would eventually would like to graphically design full time from anywhere in the world. Maybe you have some insight? Maybe you need help? Contact me if you’d like.

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