Along The Elk As It Looks Today
The previous two posts have centered on our great, great…uncle, Rebecca Bradford’s brother, David Bradford. In this post we will consider her other brother, William.
The family consisted of parents Sarah and Samuel Bradford, Rebecca born in 1759, her brother David in 1765, with William, the youngest, having been born in 1770. [There were two other siblings that we know nothing of; one, a sister Jane, is said to have died young, and a brother Samuel we have absolutely no information about; perhaps he,too, died young]. Rebecca, David and William grew up along the headwaters of the Elk River near Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland. There is little information about their young years, until a move west changed their lives forever.
In June 1778, Rebecca married William Miller, she being the first of the siblings to wed. Some time around 1782, she and William decided to go westward to
It appears that father Samuel died very shortly after their arrival in 1782 (records indicate that some time in the next year, Sarah was recorded as the “Widow Bradford” in “A Listing of Inhabitants in 1783 of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania,” compiled by Shirley McQuillis).
William outlived all his parents' family. He died in 1862 at his home near Maysville, KY. Both he and his wife Margaret (nee Parkinson) are said to have been buried in family plot on their other farm “just across the river from Maysville, located on Lick Skillet Road between Aberdeen and Manchester, Ohio.” (from the “Holmes Tree”).
Maysville, Kentucky as it looked in earlier years.
However, the story does not end there. In the next post we will examine the truly shocking story of the earlier life of William Bradford, brother of our Rebecca Miller