William Henry Bradford

a biography

William Henry BRADFORD was born 22 Sep 1829 probably in Green County, Alabama, USA. He was the son of James Randolph BRADFORD and Nancy HALL, both of North Carolina, having removed to Alabama.. He was the first son of at least 4 children. His siblings were Emma BRADFORD, Martha BRADFORD, and James Randolph Riley BRADFORD.

William Henry BRADFORD died 28 Feb 1911 at Dobbs Valley, Palo Pinto County, Texas. He is buried in the Dobbs Valley Cemetery there, which is just south of Mineral Wells.

On 9 Apr 1850, in Cherokee County, Alabama, William Henry BRADFORD married (1) Mary LAWSON, the daughter of Reuben LAWSON and Emaline (unknown). Mary LAWSON was born 1831 in Talledega County, Alabama. She died 1857 at Cumby, Hunt County, Texas. She is buried, without a grave marker, at the Campbell Cemetery, Cumby, Hunt County, Texas. They had the following children:

  • Columbus Randolph BRADFORD, b. Jun 1851, Alabama . He married Sarah Elizabeth NEWBERRY
  • Reuben R BRADFORD, b. Nov 1852, Alabama. He married Mary E DOBBS
  • John Henry BRADFORD, b. Feb 1855, Texas . He married an Emily LITTLEFIELD..
  • James Thomas BRADFORD, b. 1856 , Cumby, Hunt County, Texas. He married Mary Jane GILBERT.

On 12 Jan 1860, in Hunt County, Texas, William Henry BRADFORD married (2) Catherine Caroline BRUMBELOW who was born about 1842 in Arkansas. She died 21 Mar 1888, and she is buried in Dobbs Valley Cemetery. They lived near Brazos, Palo Pinto County, Texas. They had the following children:

  • Martha Emily BRADFORD, b. abt. 1861 . She married Tom STOVER.
  • Elizabeth BRADFORD a.k.a. Emily Q, b. 4 Aug 1865, Palo Pinto Co, Texas . She married Wes HARRIS.
  • Louisa BRADFORD, b. 1866.
  • Buakin BRADFORD, b. 1868, Palo Pinto Co, Texas. She married Haney REEDER.
  • Charles BRADFORD, b. 1871. He married Mary BLEEKER.
  • Mary Ann BRADFORD, b. 1874, Palo Pinto Co, Texas. Never married.
  • Amanda BRADFORD, b. 26 May 1875, Palo Pinto Co, Texas. She married Henry STOVER.
  • Stella BRADFORD, b. abt. 1876. She married Claude HINES.
  • William Henry Richard BRADFORD, b. abt. 1878. He married Delphia COBERLY.
  • Albert Ralph BRADFORD, b. 30 Dec 1880. He married Vada JOHNSTON.
  • Andrew J BRADFORD, b. Mar 1886. Never married. Accidental death.

On 11 Nov 1894, in Palo Pinto County, William Henry BRADFORD married (3) Sarah E LANDRETH. No issue known.


  • 1850 Cherokee County Alabama Federal Census, hh 162, 27th District, Ancestry.com, www.ancestry.com.
    Enumerates Martha L Bradford as head of household. Also lists Mary Bradford under William Henry Bradford instead of ditto mark thus indicating marriage of the two. Mary is also enumerated in her father Reuben's household on a different day.
  • 1880 Palo Pinto County Texas Federal Census , Page 40, Precinct No H, 24 Jun 1880, Ancestry.com, www.ancestry.com.
    Enumerator listed: Bradford, Wm H; Index maker listed: Wm K by mistake.
  • Santo, The Hub, pages 103,104,105,106,122.
    Clara Buzbee , Stephenville Printing co,1980.
  • Complete Cemetery of Palo Pinto County Tx 1854-2002, 333.
  • Bible records.

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