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  • ID: I6199
  • Name: William Garland Bradley
  • Surname: Bradley
  • Given Name: William Garland
  • Nickname: Williard
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 26 Aug 1907 in Old Fort, McDowell County, North Carolina
  • Death: 2 Mar 1997 in Old Fort, McDowell County, North Carolina
  • _UID: 4330F1BCCA58264598FA7446F84FD6B9CFC1
  • Census: 1920 McDowell County, North Carolina
  • Census: 1930 Old Fort, McDowell County, North Carolina
  • Census: 1940 Old Fort, McDowell County, North Carolina
  • Residence: Old Fort, McDowell County, North Carolina
  • Note:
    United States Census, 1920

    Name: Willard G Bradley
    Residence: , McDowell, North Carolina
    Estimated birth year: 1908
    Age in years: 12
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Relationship to head-of-household: Son
    Gender: Male
    Race or color (on document): White
    Marital status: Single
    Father's birthplace: North Carolina
    Mother's birthplace: North Carolina
    Film number: 1821309
    Digital GS number: 4384897
    Image number: 00351
    Sheet number: 4
    Collection: United States Census, 1920


    Willard G Bradley in household of William J Bradley, "United States Census, 1930"
    name: Willard G Bradley
    event: Census
    event date: 1930
    event place: Old Fort, McDowell, North Carolina
    gender: Male
    age: 22
    marital status: Single
    race: White
    birthplace: North Carolina
    estimated birth year: 1908
    immigration year:
    relationship to head of household: Son
    father's birthplace: North Carolina
    mother's birthplace: North Carolina
    enumeration district number: 0016
    family number: 435
    sheet number and letter: 24A
    line number: 44
    nara publication: T626, roll 1704
    film number: 2341438
    digital folder number: 4608299
    image number: 00310
    Collection: Willard G Bradley in household of William J Bradley, "United States Census, 1930"


    Garland Bradley in household of John Bradley, "United States Census, 1940"
    name: Garland Bradley
    titles & terms:
    event: Census
    event year: 1940
    event place: Old Fort Township, McDowell, North Carolina, United States
    gender: Male
    age: 34
    marital status: Single
    race (original):
    race (standardized): White
    relationship to head of household (original):
    relationship to head of household (standardized): Son
    birthplace: North Carolina
    estimated birth year: 1906
    residence in 1935: Same House
    enumeration district number: 56-22
    family number: 72
    sheet number and letter: 5A
    line number: 17
    nara publication number: T627
    nara roll number: 2938
    digital folder number: 005460246
    image number: 00594
    Collection: Garland Bradley in household of John Bradley, "United States Census, 1940"


    Five Bradleys Spend Seven Decades Together On Old Homeplace
    By Molly Harrington

    Home to Mary, Hattie, Minnie, Jim and Garland (Hoss) Bradley is just east of Old Fort near I-40 Parker Padgett exit and not much more than a stones throw from Ebenezer.

    From a family of ten children, these five Bradleys all in their seventies and eighties are unique in that they live together, operating a compatible and relatively self-sufficient household.

    Through the years they have gardened, quilted, upholstered, sewn and done other kinds of needlework and crafts to earn a living within their house.

    Hoss (Garland) is the only one to have help public employment and has been retired from Cohoma (now Arrowhead) Knitting several years.

    Minnie, at 80 the middle child at home, says she has "babysat from East Marion to Black Mountain" to earn outside income.

    The three Bradley sisters, Mary, Hattie, and Minnie are widely known for their quilting skills.

    "Why law me, " says Minnie, "at one time this lady from Canton came down with eleven quilts that she wanted us to do."

    The sisters quilted those eleven and many more including at least one that found its way overseas, sold to "a lady from a foreign country that just had to have one" example of Bradley handiwork.

    Brothers and sisters alike sometimes reminisce of the earlier days spent with their parents on the family's hundred-plus acre farm.

    "Daddy'd take the young-'uns and dinner and off we'd go to farm all day, " they remember. "Farmed Greenlee to Old Fort, sun-up to sundown."

    "A lot of those acres were sold to the government when forty came through, " the Bradley's explain. The five retain 17 acres that provide both garden space and firewood for the woodstove that heats their home.

    While it is evident that the five Bradleys are both creative and industrious, they often tease each other about being lazy.

    Hattie and Minnie agree that they share the cooking duties, adding that "May washes dishes - sometimes."

    "Hoss is lazy, too, " one sister teased and another said, "We're all lazy." The five enjoy the good-natured ribbing and each gracefully accepts his turn on the block.

    The jokes might not be so funny if the Bradley family were not so resourceful raising and canning from a huge garden each summer, cutting and splitting their winter firewood and maintaining a neat house and yard.

    During the recent snows, "young" Hoss - the lazy one - kept the driveway and parking area scraped with his tractor and blade and has sometimes obliged neighbors, scraping other roads while he was using his tractor.

    Also recently, Minnie tailored a smart two-piece corduroy suit for herself that is another example of Bradley industry.

    All ten of the original Bradley clan grew up in a large, two story house that sat just west of the present home site. The old home place was destroyed by progress - the building of I-40 - but the sisters and brothers remember being able to look down on the town of Old Fort from "the big house."

    They also remember walking from home to Siloam School of Ebenezer, a two room building for grades one through seven. The walk to Siloam was relatively short compared to the trip along the railroad bed that the Bradleys made when weather permitted to gain the higher education of Old Fort School.

    Beginning school between 1902 and 1913 before the advent of buses, the Bradley children sometimes even crawled across the railroad trestle over the Catawba River on snowy and icy days to get to the schoolhouse.

    Besides the five Bradleys who live together, the family includes firstborn Elizabeth who died before her second birthday, second oldest Logan who died in 1969, Annie who lives in Greenlee and will be 90 this March, Maggie (Mrs. Will) Hicks born between the births of Mary and Minnie, and the youngest of the family, Clarence, who died in 1979.

    All together Mary, 86 years old; Hattie, 82; Minnie, 80; Jim, 78 and Garland, 75, have logged 401 years of life experience in McDowell County.

    And yes, thank you, they have managed to stay as close as any five brothers and sisters, still members of the same household on the samefarm where they began life together well over 70 years ago.
  • Change Date: 29 Jan 2013 at 21:23:25

    Father: John William Bradley b: 21 Mar 1863 in Old Fort, McDowell County, North Carolina
    Mother: Carrie Greenlee Bradley b: 22 Jun 1868 in Old Fort, McDowell County, North Carolina
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