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  • ID: I2352
  • Name: Willis Bradley Jr
  • Surname: Bradley
  • Given Name: Willis
  • Suffix: Jr
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1789 in South Of Old Fort, North Carolina
  • Death: AFT 1880
  • _UID: A13D7E985184D24A9D0DEA48D57B5F50C07F
  • Census: Film number 444657, Image number 00199, Reference number 36, Household id 1427 1850 Rutherford County, North Carolina
  • Census: NARA film number T9-0971, Page 452A, Entry number 4621, Film number 1254971 1880 Old Fort, McDowell County, North Carolina
  • Residence: Catawba River, South Of Old Fort, North Carolina
  • Note:
    1850 United States Census
    name: Willis Bradley
    event: Census
    event date: 1850
    event place: Rutherford county, part of, Rutherford, North Carolina, United States
    gender: Male
    age: 60
    marital status:
    race (original):
    race (standardized):
    birthplace: North Carolina
    estimated birth year: 1790
    dwelling house number: 1381
    family number: 1427
    line number: 36
    nara publication number: M432
    nara roll number: 644
    film number: 444657
    digital folder number: 004204423
    image number: 00199
    Collection: Willis Bradley in household of Willis Bradley, "United States Census, 1850"

    Household Gender Age Birthplace
    Willis Bradley M 60 North Carolina
    Ruth Bradley F 54 North Carolina
    Hampton Bradley M 22 North Carolina
    Caroline Bradley F 16 North Carolina
    Nancy Smith F 80 Virginia


    1880 United States Census
    name : Willis Bradley
    event: Census
    event date: 1880
    event place: Old Fort, McDowell, North Carolina, United States
    gender: Male
    age: 91
    marital status : Widowed
    occupation : Boarder
    race or color (original) :
    ethnicity (standardized) : American
    relationship to head : Father
    birthplace : North Carolina, United States
    birthdate : 1789
    spouse's name :
    spouse's birthplace :
    father's name :
    father's birthplace : North Carolina, United States
    mother's name :
    mother's birthplace : North Carolina, United States
    page : 452
    page character : A
    entry number : 4621
    nara film number : T9-0971
    gs film number : 1254971
    digital folder number: 004243283
    image number: 00019
    Collection: Willis Bradley in household of William Bradley, "United States Census, 1880"


    The Laws of North-Carolina, Enacted in the Year 1823,%20north%20carolina&f=false

    CHAPTER XC An act to restore to credit Villis Bradley of the County of Rutherford _ Be it enacted by the General Issembly of the State of North Carolina and 1l l8 hereby enacted by the authority my the same That from and after the passing of this act Willis Bradley of Rutherford county in North Caro 11 be and he is hereby restored to credit in as full and ample a manner to all intents and purposes as if he the said Villis Bradley had never been convicted of any crime whatever and he is hereby declared to be a competent witness to depose and testify in all cases where the same may be necessary any law usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding


    Willis Bradley was the illegitimate son of Willis Bradley who came from overseas, and lived in Virginia. His mother Betsy married a man by the name of Jim Smith, who owned a blacksmith shop in Newfort. Betsy bound Willis to a man in Cleveland County, North Carolina. After he worked out his time in boundary, he married Ruth Self and moved to Catawba River, South of OldFort, or Rutherford County.

    Here is a bit of information from the abstractof the 1850 Rutherford County census (found by Judson Crowe)

    page 173 gives the following information for the Willis Bradley Household number 1380;

    Willis Bradley age 60, Laborer, born in NC; Ruth, age 54, born in NC; Hampton, age 22, Laborer, born in NC; Caroline, age 16, born in NC; Nancy Smith, age 80, born in Va.

    From the age given for Ruth Self she would have been born in 1796, and Willis would have been born in 1790. We have no information on her death so Ruth Self dies AFT. 1850. David Bradley found Willis in the 1860 census as a Laborer for Thomas Hemphill. So Willis Bradley dies AFT.1860. I can only presume Nancy Smith age 80 from Va. would be related to Willis possibly Betsy Smith. So Nancy (Betsy) Smith born 1770 dies AFT. 1850.

    The date of their marriage was November 17th 1812. and to this union the following children were born:

    b. 6 Mar 1818 d. 20 Oct 1884
    m. Elizabeth C. Painter, 19 Apr 1839
    b. abt. 1818 d. 1918

    b. 16 Feb 1819 d. 20 Apr 1895
    m. Sarah B. Reed, 4 Jun 1840
    d. 1886

    b. 27 Oct 1821 d. 27 Dec 1920
    m. Eva Deck Painter, 1 Jul 1841
    b. 16 Apr 1823 d. 28 Jul 1918

    b. 17Nov 1827 d. 17 Nov 1919
    m. Martha J. Glendown, 20 Oct 1884
    b. 17 Oct 1838 d. 23 Nov 1920

    Ruth Caroline
    b. 3 Feb 1832 d. 15 Nov 1901
    m. Levi Shuford York, 1 Sept 1854

    Homer Lee Walker recorded this information from an interview with Sarah Carolina Bradley Parker (Grandma Mauley)

    Willis was a cripple the last five years of his life. Seated in a straight short-ladder-back chair, he moved too near to the edge of the porch, and fell off -- probably broke a leg or a hip.
  • Change Date: 24 Feb 2013 at 20:40:13

    Father: Willis Bradley Sr b: BEF 1774 in Overseas
    Mother: Betsy Smith b: 1770 in Virginia

    Marriage 1 Ruth Self b: 1795 in Lincoln County, North Carolina
    • Married: 17 Nov 1812 in Lincoln County, North Carolina
    • Note:
      North Carolina, Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 about Ruthey Self
      name: Willis Bradly
      titles & terms:
      event: Marriage
      event date: 17 Nov 1812
      event place: Lincoln, North Carolina, United States
      estimated birth year:
      father's titles & terms:
      mother's titles & terms:
      spouse: Ruthey Self
      spouse's titles & terms:
      spouse's age:
      spouse's estimated birth year:
      spouse's father:
      spouse's father's titles & terms:
      spouse's mother:
      spouse's mother's titles & terms:
      reference number:
      film number: 001760461
      digital folder number: 004364814
      image number: 00913
      Collection: Willis Bradly, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "
    1. Has Children James Willis Bradley b: 6 Mar 1818 in Rutherford County, North Carolina
    2. Has Children John Bradley b: 16 Feb 1819 in Rutherford County, North Carolina
    3. Has Children William Bradley b: 25 Oct 1821 in Rutherford County, North Carolina
    4. Has No Children Hampton Bradley b: 17 Nov 1827 in Rutherford County, North Carolina
    5. Has Children Ruth Carolina Bradley b: 3 Feb 1832 in Rutherford County, North Carolina
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