Harriet M. Worden

Harriet Worden was born in Manlius, New York on July 13, 1840.  She and her younger sisters became members of the community when their widowed father, Marquis de Lafayette Worden, joined the OC in 1849.  She was a leader among the women of her generation and worked for many years as an editor of the community newspaper, the Circular.  She also worked as a compositor and music teacher.  She was multi-talented and possessed a keen intellect.  She studied French, Greek, Latin and mathematics, played the piccolo and guitar and sang in musical performances.

In 1868-69, she kept a public journal, providing a rare and fascinating window into the ordinary daily life in the community.

She had three community children, including one with John Humphrey Noyes, Pierrepont B. Noyes, who became the leader of Oneida Ltd. after the breakup on the community.  She died at the age of 51 and is buried in the Community cemetery.


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