Columbus Randolph BRADFORD

a biography

Columbus Randolph BRADFORD was born Jun 1851 in Alabama, probably in Cherokee County where his father, William Henry BRADFORD, married his mother, Mary LAWSON. Columbus Randolph BRADFORD died in 1932 at Santo, Palo Pinto County, Texas. He is buried in the East Side Cemetery at Santo.

On 15 Oct 1873 he married Sarah Elizabeth NEWBERRY (the daughter of James Robert NEWBERRY and Rebecca MCGINNIS) at Palo Pinto County, Texas. They had the following children:

  • James Henry BRADFORD b. 15 Jul 1874, d. 19 Mar 1963 at Fort Worth, Texas. He married Minnie Dallas JOHNSON, and they had 2 children.
  • Mary C Rebecca BRADFORD b. 16 Nov 1876, d. 19 Feb 1909 at Palo Pinto County. She married John Thomas RANSPOT.
  • Salena Elizabeth BRADFORD b. 18 Apr 1878, d. 11 Dec 1913 at Palo Pinto County. She married William Lee HORTON
  • Orestes Bragg BRADFORD b. 18 Jul 1883, d. 8 Feb 1960 at Palo Pinto County.

The BRADFORD family was fond of nicknames. Each of the brothers of Columbus had nicknames. There were two nicknames for Columbus Randolph BRADFORD: "Lum", being three of the letters in his first name and "Lurie", which was a mistake made by the enumerator of the 1900 census; a mistaken name that, unfortuately, has been repeated by many researchers.

There are several land deeds or conveyences on record in Palo Pinto County. (1) 1882, Book N page 288, (2) 25 Mar 1882, Book L, page 467, this is a purchase of 46 acres from his brother J H BRADFORD for 300 dollars (3) 21 Oct 1884, Book K, page 546,547,614, (4) 7 Mar 1891, Book G, page 536.


  • 1860 Palo Pinto County, Texas Federal Census, Precinct 8, roll M653_1302, pg 346
  • 1880 Palo Pinto County, Texas Federal Census, Precinct 4, roll T9_1322, pg 173.1
  • 1900 Palo Pinto County, Texas Federal Census, Precinct 4, roll T623_1663, pg 11A
  • 1910 Palo Pinto County, Texas Federal Census, Precinct 4, roll T624_1583, pg 13A
  • 1920 Palo Pinto County, Texas Federal Census, Brazos, roll T625_1839, pg 11A
  • Texas Death Indexes, 1903-2000, Texas Department of Health, Vital Statistics Unit
  • Census of Cemeteries Surrounding Santo, The Hub, pg 9
  • Texas Palo Pinto County Cemetery Records, Vol 1, pg 106
  • Complete Cemetery Records of Palo Pinto County 1854-2002, pg 363
  • Marriage Records 1858-1881, Palo Pinto County, Texas, 976.4552v2h, pg 2, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT

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