A biographical sketch of Seth E. Bardwell found in HISTORY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE states that his parents Seth and Louisa White Bardwell were both born in Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. They came to Ohio in 1833, first to Margaretta Township, but later settled in Groton Township. Mr. Bardwell found his land to be almost covered completely with timber. He cleared the land until it became a "well-improved tract." Seth Bardwell was Democratic in his politics, and was a member of the Universalist Church. He died on March 31, 1863, and he is buried in Graves Cemetery. Mrs. Louisa White Bardwell survived her husband. She died in 1898 at the age of 90.
According to the publication Bardwell/Bordwell Descendants,published by the Robert Bardwell Descendants' American Ancestry (available on Heritage Quest), the parents of Seth Bardwell were Remembrance and Sophia Allis Bardwell. The paternal grandfather of Seth Bardwell was also named Seth Bardwell. The grandfather was born in Hatfield, Massachusetts in 1752, and he died by a "divine stroke of lightning" on June 16, 1795.