|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1826|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 1904|
The Warren Tribune, Friday, April 29, 1904
Sketch of Man's Life Who Was Useful to his Fellows.
Was Born in England
Came to America to Fight in Mexican War.
The death of Joseph Bardsley, brief mention of which was made in our last issue,
was due to an attack of senile pneumonia, from which he had been suffering eight
days. While the friends of the deceased were aware that he had been in feeble
health for a long time his sudden death came as a great shock to them.
The funeral was held from the Christian church Sunday at eleven o'clock. Rev.
J.E. Etter delivered the funeral sermon and the services were in charge of the
I.O.O.F. lodge. Considering the inclemency of the weather the obsequies were
witnessed by an unusually large number of the friends and brethren of the aged
Joseph Bardsley was born in Lancshire near Oldham, England, Oct. 16, 1826.
When a little boy nine years of age he commenced work in a nearby cotton mill,
and by persistent effort and strict application to his duties and an aptitude
for mechanics he rose by rapid strides and at fourteen he was foreman of the
twiners' room. At eighteen he was foreman of an entire department.
In the meantime he attended night school and at twenty he was considered an
expert in the manipulation and adjustment of the machines in his department.
At this time he became interested in America's struggle with Mexico and wishing
to change his life of drudgery and confinement for one of active hostilities he
sailed from Liverpool Feb. 7, 1848, with the expressed purpose of joining the
After a rough and stormy journey of fifty-four days in a sail boat he arrived in
New York, where he learned the clash of arms had ceased.
Finding no chance to follow his military ambitions he took himself to the
country and labored upon a farm, vowing never again to enter a dark and dusty
He worked at various occupations until the middle of the summer, when he met a
young English machinist by the name of Herman Cofroff who persuaded him to go
with him to Fort Ann, Vt, on the shore of Lake Champlain where he had been
employed in a large cotton mill there John J. Holloway & Co., had just completed
a new factory and Mr. Cofroff was employed as superintendent to set up and
adjust the new machinery, with Mr. Bardsley as assistant. Before they had
completed their job, however, Mr. Cofroff took sick with fever and the
responsible job fell upon the shoulders of Mr. Bardsley. He, however, after two
months of patient effort had the factory in operation.
He was offered a working interest in this factory to stay and operate it but
declined, having decided to push on into the west where some relatives had
previously settled in Franklin county, Indiana.
Mode of travel at that time was not as rapid as it is today. He went by canal to
Buffalo, thence across Lake Erie to Cleveland, then across the state of Ohio by
canal to a little town of Beaver, thence down the Ohio river to Cincinnati. He
arrived with his relatives in Franklin county in the early winter of 1848.
On Jan. 1, 1857, he was married to Jane E. Barrickman whose parents were of
German origin, having emigrated to this country in the early part of the
century. From this union were born nine children, one having died in infancy.
James T., William E., Mrs. James Marshall, Mrs. H.O. Brelsford, Mrs. D.S. Bowman
are all residents of this county; Mrs. Henry Buzzard, of Wells county; Mrs. H.M.
Blake, of Payne, Ohio, and Mrs. J.H. Smith, of Watsonville, Cal., the latter
being unable to attend the funeral. Besides these there is a family of
In October 1866 he moved with his family to Huntington county and settled upon
the farm of 130 acres where he died.
The country was new, heavily timbered and covered with water. It seemed almost
impossible to make a home in this wilderness, but setting about with the same
progressive spirit which characterized his youth he cleared and ditched until he
had one of the finest farms in the county. Something over a year ago he moved from
the large farm residence to a cottage on one side of the farm, to leave the arduous
tasks of looking after the farm and stock to younger hands.
In 1872 he with B.F. Webb, S.C. Smith, Hiram Brown and J.W. Alexander organized
and received the charter for Salamonie Lodge No. 392 I.O.O.F. From that time
until his death he was a devoted member of that order.
His religious belief was in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. He
was a faithful and loving husband, a kind and indulgent father, and had the
welfare of his family and friends always at heart. To his praise may it be said
that all who knew him respected him for his honesty, integrity and true morality.
In the great economy of the universe it has not been vouchsafed to mankind to
read the riddle of his own existence, but his aim was to discharge every duty
that devolved upon him.
He had a well cultured mind and took great pleasure in the correct investigation
of Truth, and believed in the omnipotent God of Love. He was happily free from
the blight of superstition. He only believed what reason approved. He sought to
know the truth and the right and believed in the universal salvation of mankind.
The fearless are the free and the free have no foreboding.
Armed by a fortitude founded upon love and justice, on reason and rectitude,
sustained by a sense of duty done and the consciousness of truth and integrity
and pure intent, they who have lived an unspotted life in which they have meant
well, will know no dread of death. Those who know how to live will know how to
die. The grave will have no terror and death no sting.
He loved to tell his children of his early adventures, his trip to the interior
of this continent, his first trip to Huntington county on horseback through the
"bridle paths" of the forest. On one occasion a foot pad undertook to steal one
of his horses but was persuaded from the notion by unexpectedly looking into the
muzzle of a gun. One thing he always felt honored to relate, was an occurrence
which happened when he was a boy 14 years of age, during a "shut down" of the
His father being a well-to-do country gentleman, kept some fine saddle
horses, and on this occasion he was exercising one of these upon the public
road. It was a day of "the hunt" for the lords and dukes on the manor, and the
hare was started near him. The horse he was riding had been ridden in many a
chase, at the "huntsman horn" and the "baying of the pack," despite the efforts
of the youth, leaped the low stone wall which skirted the road and dashed across
the moor and joined that of the lords carrying the unwilling rider to the end of
In 1858 while yet living in Franklin county he became a member of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and after moving to this county became one of
the charter members of Salamonie Lodge No. 392. During the early days of the
order in Warren he was one of its most enthusiastic members and was a regular
attendant at its meetings. During recent years the infirmities of age prevented
him from being present at the sessions of the lodge but he was always in good
standing in the order and was one of its most honored members. His death removed
from the order here the last of those whose names appear upon its charter.
Jane Elizabeth Barickman Bardsley (1837 - 1927)*
James Taylor Bardsley (1857 - 1946)*
Anna Delilah Bardsley Marshell (1859 - 1937)*
Ida L Bardsley Brelsford (1861 - 1950)*
Hannah M Bardsley Blake (1863 - 1937)*
Alice K. Bardsley Bowman (1865 - 1936)*
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Record added: Jun 10, 2011
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