Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A pioneer whose memory posterity will always cherish was the late William Bardin, a native of Mississippi, his birth having occurred in Tippah county, January 31, 1843. His parents were James and Lucinda Bardin, an estimable couple enjoying the good will and confidence of a wide circle of friends. The lad was thirteen years old when he came with his parents to Monterey county, California, where he finished his schooling and assisted his father in farming, the latter having become a large landowner in this favored section of the Golden state. Later William Bardin was engaged in mercantile business in Monterey until his marriage and then moved to the ranch at Blanco in 1877. In this enterprise, as in all he undertook, he met with reasonable success.

On March 29, 1871, Mr. Bardin was married to Mrs. Mary Ann Collins S:one, also a native of Tippah county, Mississippi, born June 16, 1848. Two of their six children are now living: Ada May, at home, and Oliver P., who is a grain farmer in Monterey county. Another son, John C. Bardin, is deceased. Twins, Benjamin Alva and James Albert, both are deceased, and William Walter, died when four years of age. As a democrat, Mr. Bardin was prominent in political circles, and he often served as a delegate to both county and state conventions. In an early day he was also county recorder of Monterey county, proving a capable official.

On the death of her husband, on February 9, 1891, Mrs. Bardin took charge of the home ranch, and although never ambitious of, such a role, she proved herself, perhaps through necessity, a fine business woman. She superintended the growing and the marketing of the crops, and having cleared the ranch from all debt, she is now the proud possessor of what her husband so admirably organized and partly developed. Thus the community, so fortunate in attracting and holding this thoroughly American family, has found pleasure in honoring an exceptional couple, each gifted in a manner and to a degree that has worked for the public weal as well .as their own good.

A right hand to her affectionate mother, Miss Ada May Bardin is also favorably known in and about Salinas, being active in the First Baptist church of the city, where she is financial secretary. She also takes a commendable part in the work of the Sunday school and in this manner widely extending the good influence of her parents, in their own day always a power in social and religious circles.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.