North Carolina Bradford Project
- The database for this project is finally online! Check out the database at http://bradfordnc.tribalpages.com/. The database is still in its infancy stage and there is a lot more to do. There are still a lot of people in the database marked as "living" who really are not, and I'm in the process of fixing this.
About the Project
Why is there a project on the NC Bradford lines? Very simply because there were so many of them and it has been a real pain to sortthem out, who belongs to which line. This project has been underway for about 10 years. At the time the project started, researchers, including myself, though there were only 3 lines of Bradfords in NC. Through DNA research and original records I've found, there were at least 4 lines, possibly 5, all before 1800! 1 line, which I am descended from, was primarily centered in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg Counties, close to the SC border. 2 lines were up North near the VA border. 1 of the northern lines was centered in Granville County and the other was centered in Orange County.
How are the goals of the project being met?
The goal of this project is to seperate and identify the various lines and Bradfords in the state of North Carolina. There are 2 ways that I am trying to acheive these goals. The first is that I am asking anyone with NC Bradfords to contribute their information. I am keeping a database of the NC lines. I am not asking you to send the information so I can hoard it or keep control of it, I will gladly accept help. What I am doing with the information is 3-fold.
- First,I created a database that is publicly accessible (no password). This database is continually updated. If you have already sent in information, feel free to send updates, and please do! The database is a work in progress, there are still some problems in the tree, so if there is no source citation for the person, I suggest you take it as a clue rather than fact.
- Secondly, I am entering all names and any information contributed information. While doing this, I make note of any documented information specified and any estimated information (for instance, born between 1790-1795). When I enter this information, I also note for every documented information and name who sent the information. I use this information so that if someone else sends the same line, I can put you in contact with each other. I also use the information so that if I dig up anything for your line, I'll know who to contact.
- Third, I have a TON of NC resources at my fingertips and have easy access to the state archives and aim to do research on the NC Bradfords on a regular basis, and while doing so, updating sources in the database. So far, I've found wills, marriages, land information, court records, and more. I make copies of all records I find and hopefully can fill in some missing information for you and make them available online through the database.
You can access the Database at https://bradfordnc.tribalpages.com/. I chose to ue tribalpages for the database because it's so easy to use and update. When you go to the page, you will notice a navigation menu that includes edit. Note that I am the one one who can actually edit, but if you have information to add or edit, please do feel free to contact me.
Why is there a need for the project?
- In the 1700s, there were about 5 David Bradfords in three counties of NC.& In the 1800s, there were about 10.
- In the 1700s, there were about 13 Elizabeth Bradfords primarily in the Granville and Orange County lines. In the 1800s, there were about 8.
- In the 1800s, there were about 13 George Bradfords in both northern and southern lines.
- In the 1700s, there were about 6 James Bradfords in both northern and southern lines. In the 1800s, there were about 8.
- In the 1700s, there were about 8 William Bradfords in all lines, in the 1800s, there were about 23!
As you can see, It is really easy to confuse these lines and they can get jumbled up into a huge knot. For instance, three lines had a David Bradford all living around the same time before the 1800s. 2 of those Davids has sons named David, both born around the same time. There are many cases of Thomas and William and Philemon in both northern lines, all living around the same time. Through the DNA project, we know it is not a case of folks moving back and forth between counties or owning land in both counties, they are distinctly different lines. And to top it all off, none of the lines are related. It's my goal (and I'm sure others!) to untangle that knot.
Originally, I was adding transcripts of documents directly to this site, but in the past 3 years, have been adding it to the database and then linking the record directly to the person. You can also look at all the documents at once by going to the photo albus. Below are documents I've already added to this page. If what you are looking for is not on the site or in the database when you come, check back periodically, it may be uncovered, or sitting in my "to do" pile. I try to spend time each week on the database, but my time is limited as I have a full-time job.
What you can do is, if you haven't already, send me your NC Bradford information. No gedcoms, just text. I will add it to the database. At this point, it would be unlikely if you did not connect with anyone as there are over 500 Bradfords in the database, and I'm still in the process of adding others.
Also, you can help by sending biographies of your NC Bradford ancestors. I've seen some very interesting information sent to me, as far as occupations and records they've found, but I'd love hear more about the individuals and I'm sure others would as well.
Deeds and Indentures
- Indenture of Thomas Bradford, Orange County-May 1, 1823
- Indenture of Joseph Bradford, Orange County-Jan 18, 1823
Links to other websites
In this section, I am providing links to outside pages that have information related on Bradfords in NC as well as an annotation of what you can find there. Eventually, I'll get around to organizing the list by county or something, right now I'm just trying to get up the links so you can find the information. If you know of a site that is not listed, please email me the link, and a short description would be nice.
- Will of Richard Pace, Bertie Precinct, 1736 - Lists dauther Rebecca Bradford
- Burke County Deeds - Listed alphabetically by surname, 2 entries for John Bradford dated 1789 and 1799, respectively
- Confederate pension application for D. L. Bradford, 1901 and 1913 (Also for Mecklenburg County
- Confederate pension application for David L. Bradford, 1885
- Charlotte Democrat Newspaper abstracts, 1890 - John R. Bradford is listed about 1/2 way down
- Catawba County Cemetery Index - 13 Bradfords are listed here in alphabetical order
- John White Family Bible, Chatham Co. - Lists a Polly Bradford born in 1808
- Mountain Rest Cemetery Section 8, Cleveland County - 2 Bradford burials are listed that died in the early 1900s. They are almost at the very bottom. If your browser will allow it, click on "edit" and then "find" and type in Bradford. They are next to each other, so if you can find, one, the other is directly above or below.
- Will of Nathaniel Bradford, 1757
- Abstract of NC Wills - For the abstract of the will of Joseph Lane (listed alphabetically) in Edgecombe Co., 1757, it names John Bradford as an executor
- Confederate Pension Application John W. Bradford (also for Granville County)
- Franklin County Will abstracts - These are listed by page and then each will is given a number, scroll down to page 36 number 174, mentions Philemon Bradford as an executor, proved 1810
- Confederate Pension Application John W. Bradford (also for Fortsyth County)
- Voter List, Granville Co., 1845 - Lists James Bradford (no. 218)
- Granville County Muster Rolls, 1754 - Use your "find" tool to seek out the Bradfords
- Granville County Tax List, 1754 - Philemon Bradford and his son Philemon are listed on the 2nd column of the first page 7th and 8th up from the bottom (NOTE: 2 pages are listed and they are divided by a line. Page 1 is above the line, page 2 below, they are on page 1)
- James McCrory Pension Records, Guilford Co. - Revolutionary War Pension Application, a Thomas Bradford testified as a character witness
- Confederate pension application for D. L. Bradford, 1901 and 1913 (Also for Cabarrus County
- War of 1812 Pay Voucher for Joseph Bradford
- War of 1812 Pay Voucher for Thomas Bradford
- Mallett-Bradford Deed, Orange Co., 1801 - Deed of Peter Mallett to George Bradford, signed by the Court in Oranage County in 1801
- Will of Edmund Gilliam, Orange Co., 1810 - Thomas and David Bradford are named in this will
- Will of James Tate, Orange Co., 1816 - Mentions a "D Bradford, Senr". D was most likely David Bradford.
- Orange County Tax List, 1755 - A Thomas Bradford is listed here
- Index of Orange County Marriages - Bradfords can be found thoughout the whole list, either as a wife or witness. The list is alphabetized by grooms name.
- Orange County Marriages, by grooms A-C - List is alphabetized by grooms, Bradfords are found throughout the whole document
- Orange County Marriages, by grooms D-J - same as link above
- Orange County Marriages, by grooms K-Q - same as link above
- Robeson Newspaper, 1890 - Mention of an Effie Bradford in the first paragraph of the "Notice"
- Rowan County Marriages - 1 Bradford marriage is listed (Susanna to John Humphrey) 4/5ths of the way down
- Sampson County Wills - C. A. Bradford listed as a witness towards the end of the document
- Will of William Moore, Wake Co., 1772 - In the section for the Estate Record, John Bradford is mentioned
- Will of Henry Cole, Wake Co., 1789 - Lists John Bradford as an executor
- Election Record, Wayne Co., 1838 - At the very bottom, Mathew Bradford (with his mark) was a signer for certifying the document's authenicy
- Confederate pension application, C. R. Bradford
- Bradford Cemetery, Yancy Co. - 5 burials are listed, some are marked with only names: Charlie, Loretta, Mintie, N. Dempsey, and Perry Bradford, McKinley Edwards, and Mary L. Beaver
- Bradford (Milburn) Cemetery, Yancy Co. - 11 burials are listed with death dates ranging from 1973-2001
- Phillips Cemetery, Yancy Co. - 5 burials are listed with death dates ranging from 1905-1970: Ethel and Monroe Bradford, Coy and W. J. Phillips, and 3 infants (triplets) of Charles and Atlas Randolph Phillips
- Sampson/Wilson Cemetery, Yancy Co. - 45 burials are listed with the following surnames: Adkins, Bradford (7 burials), Burleson, Crain, Edwards, Haney, Hensley, Phillips, Wilson
- Radford Cemetery, Yancy Co. - 73 burials are listed with the following surnames: Bradford (10 burials), Calloway, Cannon, Edwards, Effler, Franklin, Hensley, Lewis, McCourry, McCurry, Phillips, Radford, Stewart, Teague, Tolley, Wilson
- Hilemon/Hylemon Cemetery, Yancy Co. - 28 burials are listed with the following surnames: Bradford (2 burials), Hilemon/Hylemon, Silvers, Tipton, Williams
- Will of Samuel L. Bradford from Yancy Co., 1932
- Yancy County Marriages - This lists 2 Bradford grooms (Perry to Minnie Pate and Samuel to Ruhama Hensley)
- Yancy County Court Minutes, 1836 - About 3/4 of the way down mentions the case "John Bradford vs Nathan Honeycutt"
- Yancy County Court Minutes, 1837 - About 4/5ths of the way down, a case of the State vs Samuel Bradford is mentioned
- Estate of William Wilson, Yancy Co., 1872 - In the "Contributors Note" at the beginning, it states that his wife was Mary Bradford