RICHARD BARDAN, farmer, section 30, Barton Township, was born in Elgin Co., Ont., June 7, 1833. His parents, Albert and Nancy (Gibbs) Bardan, were natives of the Dominion, and there passed their lives.
The circumstances of his family prevented Mr. Bardan from obtaining much education. They were situated remote from schools, and it was necesary for each member to contribute toward the common maintenance. He remained at home until he was 22 years of age, when he went to Benton Co., Iowa, and was there engaged in farming five years. In 1860 he came to Mecosta Co., Mich., and 11 years later settled in Newaygo County, where he located 40 acres of land in Barton Township and established his homestead. His political faith assimilates with the principles of the National party.
Mr. Bardan was married in 1857, to Sarah A., daughter of Lewis V. and Paulina (Wheeler) Keller. The parents were natives of Pennsylvania and New York. Mrs. Bardan was born April 16, 1843. she is the mother of seven children, born as follows: Susan F., born Oct. 3, 1859; Annie L., Jan. 31, 1761; Alpha J., Jan. 27, 1865; Cora E., May 10, 1868; Ida M., Sept. 27, 1876; John O., -Jan. 29, 1881.