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This collection contains copies and transcriptions of letters John Hamilton Bradford. Letters were addressed to his oldest son Joseph Bradford, from 1879 to 1890.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Hamilton Bradford was born in Jackson County, Georgia, on July 31, 1818. He was the oldest of six children in the family of James S. and Mary A. Cook Bradford. John married Anna Butler in 1841. They moved to Arkansas in 1853 and settled close to Cabot Station, Prairie County, which later became Lonoke County. He and Anna had five children: Joseph, James, Henry, Alice J., and Francis [Frank]. After Anna died in early 1854, John H. married Milley A. Allen on September 21, 1854. Milley and John H. had two children: Elias and Mary Ann. Milley died March 16, 1859. John H. married Milley's sister Arena on July 19, 1862. They had five children, Elizabeth, Silvia, George, Margret, and Matthew Elzie. John H. was a member of the Agricultural Wheel. During the Civil War John H., and sons Joseph and James, joined the Confederate Army. John H. and Joseph Bradford enlisted with the Arkansas Second Mounted Rifles in 1862. James enlisted August 1861 with the 22nd Georgia Infantry. John H. contracted camp fever and returned home. James drowned June 23, 1863, when his unit crossed the Potomac River in Virginia, on the way to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. John H. Bradford was a Representative for Lonoke County in the Arkansas General Assembly during 1874 and 1875. Later he served as Justice of the Peace in Lonoke County. He died September 25, 1893, and is buried in Hicks Cemetery, Lonoke County, Arkansas.

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Document, 8.5" x 11"

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John Hamilton Bradford papers, MS.000330


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

John Hamilton Bradford papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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