The subject of the following biography was born December 15, 1810, in Lancastershire, England. His parents, Robert and Ann (Radcliff) Boardman, were both natives of England, where their ancestor had resided for many generations.
Our subject immigrated to the United States, April 13, 1849. He worked nearly one year in New York City, and then went back to his native country, where his family resided, but returned to New York in 1851. The following year he sent for his family. While in New York he followed the occupation of an iron molder. In 1859 he removed to Bureau County, Ill., where he farmed seventeen years on Section 7, in Milo Township. In April, 1876, he came to Mineral, where he at present resides.
Mr. Boardman was married January 26, 1833, in England, to Jane Cahtterton, who is a native of England. She is the mother of ten children; of these four are now living, viz.: Joseph, Mrs. Mary A. Walker, Mrs. Jane Vantassell and Mrs. Amelia Conibear.
Mr. and Mrs. Boardman have been active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for forty-two years. The have celebrated their golden wedding, and their retrospective view of life is satisfactory. As a farmer Mr. Boardman has been fairly successful. He owns 160 acres in Shelby County, Iowa, besides property in this county. Politically he supports the Republican party.
Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885