La Salle County IL


Contributed by Perry Ward Jr.


 Silas Washington BARDWELL was born May 11, 1843 in Tunkhanno ck Township, Pennsylvania. His father was Silas BARDWELL, born 1807 in Rome twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. His mother was Bathsheba Mahala BALL, born April 23, 1811 in Tunkhannock Township., Pennsylvania. His grandfather was Silas BARDWELL, born 1764 in Hatfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. His grandmother was Lavina ABBOTT. Silas the "eldest" served three years in the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War.

"Silas BARDWELL, who had served three years in the struggle for Independence, came to Wysox about 1790, settling on a strip of land adjoining that of John HINMAN and extending to the river. He was a son of Lieutenant Perez BARDWELL (also lived in Wysox a few years) and was born, 1764, at Hatfield, Mass. Soon after the war he removed with his father's family to Ontario county, N.Y., where he remained until coming to Wysox. He had married Lavina ABBOTT. In 1811 during an epidemic of smallpox he was stricken and died, and three days lat er his wife passed away of the same disease. They left eight children, six sons and two daughters".

Page 196, Pioneer and Patriot Families of Bradford Co., Pennsylvania, Vol. 1, Clement F. Heverly.

After 1853 Silas (Jr.) moved to La Salle Co., Illinois taking Silas Washington and his other children with him. Silas Washington BARDWELL enlisted in 26th Illinois Infantry in August 1861.He was wounded November 25, 1863 in Chatanooga, Tenn. He was MIA in November 1864, found to be captured. Paroled by Confederate Forces April, 1865.

Company "E" 26th Illinois Infantry

Silas Washington BARDWELL

Born: Tunkhannock twp., Pennsylvania

Enlisted: Bruce LsSalle County, Illinois August 2, 1861 in the 26th Illinois Infantry Co. E

Re-enlisted Veteran January I , 1864

Wounded in Tenneeese in 1863

MIA November 3, 1864 ( captured ) Paroled by Confederate Forces april 1865

Database of Illinois Civil War Veterens





Silas Washington BARDWELL married Mary Susan OLIVER in 1866. Mary Susan Oliver was born March 27, 1847 in La Salle Co., Illnois. They had the following children:

---Bertha Elizabeth, born August 13, 1867 Grundy Co., Illinois

---Kitty Prudence, born July 30, 1870 Co., Illnois

---Zack Millard born February 16, 1872 Newton Co., Indiana ---Lizzie Lorina born September 12, 1875, Newton co., Indiana

---Ira Silas born September 19, Ness Co., Kansas

---Marrietta " Etta" born November 10, 1885 Great Bend Barton Co., Kansas.

Silas Washington BARDWELL died June 9, 1909 in Great Bend Barton Co., Kansas. Mary Susan BARDWELL died October 21, 1929 in Great Bend Barton Co., Kansas. They, along with some of their children and grandchildren are buried in the Great Bend Cemetery in the Family Plot Section Q.


Aaron G. Bardwell

Company F, 104th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

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Transcribed from volume 4, pages 2099-2100 of A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; originally transcribed 1998

A. G. BARDWELL—Aaron G. Bardwell is a retired farmer of Erie, Kansas, who by many years of close association with agricultural interests, won a competence that now enables him to rest from his labors. He was born in Wyoming county, Pennsylvania, in 1834, a son of Silas and Mahala (Ball) Bardwell, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Vermont. The father was a farmer and followed that pursuit throughout his entire life. In 1855 he removed to Lasalle county, Illinois, where he made his home until his death which occurred in 1861 when he was sixty-five years of age. His wife died in 1867 also at the age of sixty-five. They were devout and consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Our subject was the third in order of birth of their eleven children, five of whom are yet living, namely, Aaron G., of this article; Nelson H.; Silas W., who resides at Great Bend, Kansas; Catherine, the wife of George Greer of Denver, Colorado; and Zachariah of Hutchinson, Kansas. Those who have passed away are Lovina, the wife of William Barker; Daniel; Irene, the wife of Christopher Osborn; Lydia, the wife of William Julian; Charles, and Helen.

Upon the old farm Mr. Bardwell, of this review, was reared and remained until August, 1862, when he enlisted in the 104th Illinois infantry of which he became orderly sergeant. He was in the Kentucky campaign and at the battle of Hartsville was on detail duty. At Gallatin, being taken ill he was sent home, it was thought to die, but he recovered and rejoined his regiment at Stevenson, Alabama, and after that time never lost a day from the service, participating in the engagements at Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Buzzard's Roost, Rocky Faced Gap, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, and the Siege of Atlanta. He was made color bearer by Colonel Hakeman for distinguished military conduct. He also took part in the pursuit of Hood as far as Chatanooga, then joining Sherman, was with him in the march to the sea, the campaign in the Carolinas and the battle of Bentonville, bein mustered out with his regiment on the 6th of June, I865. He did valiant service for his country in her hour of trial and deserves the praise due to the old soldier and the upright citizen. He was never wounded or taken prisoner but his health became impaired from the experience and hardships of army life. Before enlisti ng he was very rugged and no man could boast of better health or a stronger constitution, but the experiences at the front told upon him as upon thousands of others and he has never been a rugged man since.

After the close of the war Mr. Bardwell returned to Illinois and has since followed farming. He yet owns a quarter section of land in Big Creek township, Neosho county. For a number of years he was an active factor in agricultural interests here but at the present time is living retired.

On the 6th of January, 1860, at Ottawa, Illinois, Mr. Bardwell wedded Mary Drake, a native of Pennsylvania and a daughter of Jesse R. and Jemima (Ferguson) Drake, both natives of the Keystone state. Her father, who was born in 1800 served his country in the war of 1812 and died in July, 1869. Her maternal grandfather, William Ferguson, was a drummer of the Revolutionary war and remained with the army for seven years undergoing all the hardships of the memorable winter at Valley Forge. His wife, Patience (Franklin) Ferguson, was captured by the Indians and many were massacred, including her two brothers but she was=2 0released, a girl of twelve years and for two weeks she wandered through the woods, eating berries and whatever she could find, but at length reached civilization and safety. Unto the parents of Mrs. Bardwell were born eight children, but she is the only one now living. The others were Ruth M., the wife of John Wright; William A.; Benjamin F.; Jesse Wells; Adelia, the wife of William Brooker; Isaac 0., and James Henry.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Bardwell has been blessed with six children. Helen J., born November 1, 1861, died October 18, 1864, at which time her father was marching with Sherman to the sea. Mary D., is the wife of R. B. McCutcheon, editor of the Longton News of Longton, Kansas, who has two children—Ruth B. and Charles Herald. Charles H., of Longton, who for the past twelve years has been employed as postal clerk on the railroad, married Cora Ferrell and they had two children—Everett, deceased, and Frank. Dora B., is at home and is a twin sister of Cora B., the latter the wife of 0. N. Holly, a traveling salesman, residing in Independence, Kansas, and Frank A. a, grain buyer of Longton, married Ira M. Ferrell.

In his political views Mr. Bardwell is an ardent Republican, having supported that party since 1856 when he voted for Fremont. He has since cast a ballot=2 0for each of its presidential candidates and has firm faith in its principles. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity and the Grand Army of the Republic and both he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church. His worth in the community is widely acknowledged and he commands the warm regard of a very large circle of friends.

1850 Census Wyomong County, Tunkhannock twp. , Pennsylvania

Silas Bardwell 42 sawyer b. Pa.

Mihala 39 b. Pa.

Lovina 20 b. Pa.

Daniel 18 b. Pa.

Aaron 16 b. Pa.

Nelson 14 b. Pa.

Irene 11 b. Pa.

Lydia 9 b. Pa

Silas W. b.Pa.

Catherine 5 b. Pa.

Mircellis 2 b. Pa.

Husband: Silas Bardwell (Jr) born: 1807 Rome twp. Luzerne Co. Penn.

Wife: Bethsheba Mahala Ball born: 23 April 1811 Tunkhannock, Penn.

Children: Nancy Lovina born: 2 Feb 1830 Tunkhannock, Penn.

Daniel Abbott born: 16 Oct. 1831 Tunkhannock, Penn.

Aaron Galloway born: 4 May 1834 Tunkhannock, Penn

Nelson Horatio born: 25 Aug. 1836 Tunkhannock, Penn.

Irene L. born: 25 May 1839 Tunkhannock, Penn.

Lydia Lovina born: 13 July 1841 Tunkhannock, Penn.

Silas Washington born: 11 May 1843 Tunkhannock, Penn.

Catherine Ann born: 27 Dec. 1846 Tunkhannock, Penn.

Marcellus Zackariah born: 9 March 1848 Tunkhannock, Penn.

Charles Marsh born: 4 July 1850 Tunkhannock,Penn.

Helen born: 1853 Tunkhannock,Penn.

1860 United States Federal Census

about Silas Bardwell

Name: Silas Bardwell

Age in 1860: 17

Birth Year: abt 1843

Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Home in 1860: Granville, Putnam, Illinois

Gender: Male

Post Office: Hennepin

Value of real estate: View Image

Household Members: Name Age

Silas Bardwell 53

Mahala Bardwell 49

Danl Bardwell 27

Lydia Bardwell 18

Silas Bardwell 17

Catharine Bardwell 14

Marcellus Bardwell 12

Charles Bardwell 10

American Civil War Soldiers

about Silas Bardwell

Name: Silas Bardwell

RESIDENCE: Bruce, Illinois

Enlistment Date: 2 Aug 1861

Side Served: Union

State Served: Illinois

Service Record:< /SPAN> Enlisted as a Private on 2 August 1861.

Enlisted in Company E, 26th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 2 Aug 1861.

Mustered Out Company E, 26th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 15 Jul 1865.


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