Historical sketch of Macon County Illinois 1910 p.705 & 706
Timothy P. Hardbarger
The Civil war was a severe school for a young man in which to receive his introduction to the great world,and yet thousands of the leading citizens of the north and south wore the blue and the gray,and in the camp,on the march or on the battlefield,gained the lessons that served them for a successful career in the peaceful vocations of life. Among the men now living in Macon county who saw service on the firing line is TIMOTHY P. HARDBARGER. He was then just emerging from boyhood, being but seventeen years of age and one of the young soldiers of the Confederacy, but the impressions at that time made on his mind are as clear as if but yesterday.
He first opened his eyes to the light of day in Roanoke county, Virginia February 15,1849, a son of Henry and Margaret (KINGRY) HARDBARGER. Henry Hardbarger was a native of Germany and came to America as a boy with his parents,who settled upon a plantation in Roanoke county. He participated as a soldier in the war of 1812. He was twice married and became the father of twenty-one children,the subject of this review being a child of the second marriage and ninth in order of birth in a family of eleven children. Three of his brothers were soldiers of the Confederacy and he himself having been conscripted into theservice,became a membet of the Nineteenth Virginia Battalion of Light Artillery,which was stationed at the city of Richmond and participated in its defense. He continued in the army until the close of the war,his total period of serving being about twelve months. The state of Virginia suffered tremendously on account of the great armies which devastated it for four long years and even at the present time has scarcely recovered from the vast destruction of property which then took place.
The young soldier, after returning to his old home, decided to seek his fortune under more favorable surroundings, and in 1867 he came to Sangamon county Illinois, and began to work by the month on a farm. In 1874, having in the mean time become married, he located in Christian county, but at the end of two years removed to Macon county, where he has since been sucessfully engaged in farming and stock-raising.
In 1869 Mr. Hardbarger returned to familiar scenes in Virginia and on November 12,1873 was united in marriage to Miss MARY MC FALL, of Roanoke county. His wife accompanied him on his return westward the following year and has been to him in all the vicissitudes that have followed, a constant encouragement and a never-failing source of strength. Eight children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Hardbarger,. Minnie ,who married James HACKY now resides in Logan county and is the mother of six children, Blanche who became the wife of Herbert FRENCH, lives in Macon county and has four children, Bessie Maude, now residing in Arkansas, married Thomas WILSON and has four children, Oscar, the fourth member of the family, is employed by the month at farm labor, Clyde, who married Miss Lena HENDERSON, is living in Decatur and is the father of two children, Cleveland died at the age of twelve years, John married Grace MARKWELL, May became the wife of Charles SCHOTTS,of Harristown, this county.
Mr.and Mrs.Hardbarger are both consistent members of the Christian church and their home is noted for its hospitality and good cheer. He has all his life been a stanch democrat,but has found it necessary to devote his attention to his large family rather than to use his energies in the excitment of the political campaign. While laboring to become independant in life,he has not been unmindful of his duties as a good citizen,and as the result of a kindness of heart and consideration for others,which are prominent characteristics in his career,he has always been according the respect and esteem of his neighbors and acquaintances.
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