About Rachel Orvis
RACHEL (HARDING) ORVIS ~
Rachel Harding was the daughter of Captain Samuel Harding, of Rutland, Vermont. Her mother was born on the island of Martha's Vineyard, South of Boston. Her name was Mahew, descendant of Priest Mahew, who owned the island and preached to the Indians. In 1817, Captain Samuel Harding, father of Rachel, moved to Sullivan, Pa., and at age 18 she married Timother Butler Orvis.