Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899, p89.
Identified with the business interests of Madison for the past forty-two years, Mr. BARDON is a native of Germany, having been born in what was formerly the state of Hesse-Homborg, on the 21st of July, 1827, a son of Jacob and Catherine (HEINE) BARDON. The early youth of Henry BARDON was passed in attending school until he was fourteen years old, when he learned the harness-maker's trade, serving three years as an apprentice, after which he worked as a journeyman until arriving at his twentieth year, when, in 1847, he was drafted into the German army, according to the law of the country, and served until 1850, during which time he participated in the war with Denmark. In 1850 he emigrated to the United States, the voyage occupying forty days, and landed in New York, where he followed his trade for eleven months and then moved to Newark, New Jersey. Here he entered the employ of William Wright, with whom he remained for five years. In 1855 he came to Madison, established a harness shop and has since continued to conduct the same with a distinct success, his honesty, industry and genial disposition gaining for him a large and ever increasing patronage, and to-day he is recognized as one of the leaders in that line of industry.
In 1853 Mr. BARDON was united in marriage to Miss Catherine BANGHART, who was born in Morris county, a daughter of Josiah BANGHART. The latter was a native of Morris county and was a son of Barnabas BANGHART. Josiah BANGHART married Miss Sarah VAIL, daughter of Thomas VAIL, and a descendant of one of the oldest families in the county. Mr. and Mrs. BARDON became the parents of four children, namely: Josiah, who died when two years old; Henry, who died at the age of twenty-seven; Fred, and George. Mr. BARDON and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Socially he is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, and was one of the organizers of Madison Lodge, No, 93, in which he has filled nearly all the chairs. Politically Mr. BARDON is a stanch Democrat.
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