Person:Gilbert Wardwell (2)

Gilbert Barker Wardwell
b.28 MAY 1854 Swampscott, Essex, MA
m. 9 JAN 1853
  1. Gilbert Barker Wardwell1854 - 1935
  2. James WardwellABT 1855 -
  3. Edwin Reynolds Wardwell1857 - 1935
m. 21 JUL 1880
  1. Elizabeth Wardwell - BEF 1906
  2. Samuel Sargent Wardwell1881 - 1918
  3. Cora A. Wardwell1883 - 1970
  4. Jennie WardwellABT 1886 - BEF 1906
  5. Alice Wardwell1889 - 1975
  6. Gilbert Edward Wardwell1893 - 1978
Facts and Events
Name Gilbert Barker Wardwell
Gender Male
Birth[1] 28 MAY 1854 Swampscott, Essex, MA
Marriage 21 JUL 1880 Hutchinson, Reno, KSto Matilda L. Ward
Death[2] 22 FEB 1935 Grants Pass, Josephine, OR
Occupation? Farmer in 1880 & 1910, Salesman in 1900, Retail Merchant in 1920

Living in Grove, Kansas at 1880 cenus, where he was farming.

Granted land patent for 162 Acres in Asotin County, Washington 05 July 1883 and for another 80 acres 28 May 1889. Granted land patent for 80 acres in Lake County, Oregon 22 March 1906

Listed in 1883 Census for Garfield County, Washington. Listed in 1885 & 1887 Census in Asotin County. Listed in the 1889 census for Lincoln County, Washington.

Living in Silver Lake, Oregon at 1900 and 1910 Census. In 1920, living on County Road, Precint 19, Yamhill County, Oregon. Daughters Cora and Alice are living with their husbands in the neighboring two houses. Living with daughter Alice and her family in Grants Pass, Oregon at 1930 census.

After marriage to Matilda Ward in Kansas, "they continued accross the Plains by team and wagon and arrived at Grande Ronde, Oregon in December of that year (1880). He continued to live in Oregon most of his life, moving to Grants Pass in 1922 where in he died in 1934."

"The Antecedants of Gilbert Barker Wardwell (1829-1895) and his Descendants" by David Sargent Wardwell"

From : :"History of Central Oregon " published 1906 Biographical Sketches of Lake County OSSDAR Schminck Memorail Museum Library Lakeview, Oreogn


Gilbert B. Wardwell is United States land commissioner at Silver Lake. He is a well know resident of this part of Lake county and is one of the leading business men. He was born on May 28, 1854, in Swampscott, Massachusetts, the son of Gilbert and Abbie (Sargent) Wardwell,now deceased. The father followed the seas and traveled all over most of the world. His death occurred in Massachusetts. Our subject has one brother, Edward, still living in the home state. Gilbett B. was educated in the common schools an in a classical college of Massachusetts. He also completed a business course in the Beryant and Stratton college. Then he engaged as a salesman in a mercantile house and also did bookkeeping. In the fall of 1876, he came west to Hutchinson, Kansas, and was engaged in trade and traffic through Kansas, Indian Territory, Texas and Colorado. after that, he went to the Black Hills in South Dakota and followed mining and prospecting. Returning to Hutchinson, he was their married on July 21, 1880, to L. Matilda Ward, a native of Pennsylvania and the daughter of Samuel A. and Elizabeth (Russell) Ward. the father was born in Pennsylvania and met his death at the terrible Silver Lake fire in 1894. The mother is still living in Silver Lake.

Our subject and his wife started across the plains about August 1, 1880, by wagon and arrived at the Grande Ronde valley in December following. I the summer of 1881, he moved to Asotin county, Washington, and followed farming. While their, he was county commissioner for two terms. In 1888 Mr. Wardell journeyed to the Willamette valley with a band of horses. Later, we find him in Lincoln and Spokane counties Washington, and in the fall of 1889, he arrived in Lake county. He immediately engaged as bookkeeper and salesman in Mr. Chrisman's store and on April 21, 1898, he was appointed United States land commissioner by Judge Bellinger. At the expiration of his term of four years, he was re appointed and is now filling his second term. He is clerk of the W.W. order in Silver Lake and chairman of the Republican central committee of the Silver Lake percient. Mr and Mrs Wardell have the following named children: Samuel S, Cora A, the wife of Arthur A. Martin, Jennie and Elizabeth deceased, Alice and Gilbert. Mr Wardell owns a homestead of eighty acres, half a mile east of Silver Lake town, which is his home at the present time. It is a fine location, provided with a good nine room residence, large barn and all other improvements necessary.

Mr. Wardell is a good citizen, an ardent laborer for the progress of educational interest and the general upbuilding of the country and is considered one of the substantial men of principle and integrity in this part of the country.

  1. 1900 United States Census.
  2. Oregon Death Index, 1903-98

    Oregon Death Index, 1903-98