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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - John K. Bardwell

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois," Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1887


John K. BARDWELL, of Hensley Township, was born in Shelburne, Franklin Co., Mass., March 9, 1835. His father, Ebenezer BARDWELL, and his grandfather, Zenas, were born on the same farm. The BARDWELLS were among the earliest settlers of that section of the country, the farm having been handed down from father to son for several generations; it is now owned by a brother of our subject. Ebenezer BARDWELL spent his entire life on the farm where he first opened his eyes, and died there in about 1872. He was married in early manhood to Miss Clarinda RICE, who was born in Conway, Franklin Co., Mass., and was the daughter of Daniel RICE, whose ancestors were among the earliest settlers there. The mother of our subject died on the old homestead in 1844. The latter was reared, and received his early education in the district schools. He afterward pursued his studies in the academy at Bernardstown, and after his school days were over engaged at farming. He remained with his parents until 1860, when he came West and purchased land in Crittenden Township, this county, which he occupied four years, and then purchased his present farm. This he has brought to a fine state of cultivation, has erected a commodious frame barn and is now building a handsome house. Mr. BARDWELL was married, in August, 1860, to Miss Levilla KELLOGG, who was a native of his own town in Massachusetts, and the daughter of Elam and Betsey (DOLE) KELLOGG, both also natives of Shelburne. Elam KELLOGG held the office of Deacon in the Congregational Church of Franklin County, Mass., for a period of over fifty years, and was one of three who voted the Free-Soil ticket at its birth in Shelburne. He was widely known as Deacon KELLOGG. Of the union of our subject and his wife there have been born seven children, three living; Ellen, Julia and Faith. Four died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. B. and two of their children are connected with the Congregational Church at Champaign. Our subject is a stanch Republican, and greatly interested in the success of the Prohibition party.

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