From History of Northern Wisconsin 1881
Thomas Beardmore, farmer, Farmington, Sec 21 and 20, P O Waupaca; born March 23, 1823 in Staffordshire, Eng.; spent most of his early life in Shropshire, Eng.; came to America in 1848, locating in Oshosh, Wis., at that time he could have bought 160 acres, i what is now the heart of the city, for $1,100. In August, 1852, Mr Beardmore made a claim on Bald Prairie, which was "jumped" by other parties; to February, 1853, he came to Farmington, and for $50 bought the claim which is now his homestead farm; here, he and his family lived for years, in the rude "claim shanty". Mr Beardmore now has 260 acres of valuable land with suitable buildings. Few farmers in Waupaca Co., have succeeded in life as has Thomas Beardmore; for years past he has made a specialty of the the breeding of horses for general purposes; has devoted but little times to the politics of his town, though he has served as Justice of the Peace, and four years as Assessor. He married in Oshkosh, Wis., Elizabeth J Barber, a native of Cheshire, Eng. Of their six children, the two eldest were born in Winnebago Co., and the others in Farmington.