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Monday, October 15, 2012
More Evidence for County Armagh?
As in the previous post, we are still examining clues as to exactly where our Bradford’s came from in
Though the Bradford DNA study makes it clear that the family has its origins in
Northern Ireland Scotland, I am certain they
were moved to
to become farmers on the Ulster Plantations. There are very few records about
the common people from this era, so we will really have to dig deep to find any
clues. And while we are quite certain that the Miller’s were from the Lifford
area of Ireland County Donegal,
but there is no indication that the Bradford’s
were from that area.
In the last post,
was suggested as a possibility for the Bradford’s home in .
Following is a little more evidence: Ireland
We do know that Samuel Bradford (Rebecca’s father) and his brother James came from
(search previous posts for “James Bradford”), and that it was a common practice
to immigrate with other families, friends and religious leaders. From the two
paragraphs below, we see that Samuel’s brother, James Bradford, was associated
here in Northern Ireland America with a
Reverend James Finley, and the good reverend was from .
While this isn’t proof that Samuel and James Bradford were from there, that
possibility certainly bears more research. County Armagh
“Another noted pioneer in the western advance of Presbyterianism was James Finley, who was born in County Armagh,
in February, 1725, but was educated in under Samuel Blair at
the Flagg's Manor school. He was licensed by New Castle Presbytery and in
1752 was ordained pastor of America East Nottingham Church, Cecil County, In addition to pastoral work he engaged in
teaching. As lands in the West became open for occupation emigration among
Finley's people began on so large a scale that he joined the movement. He
crossed the mountains in 1765 and again in 1767. Thirty-four heads
of families belonging to Finley's congregation settled in Western
Pennsylvania, and the emigrants included three of Finley's sons. He
asked for a demission from his charge, that he might follow them, but the
congregation was loath to give him up, and the Presbytery refused his
application. He appealed to the Synod which dissolved the pastoral relation,
May 17, 1782. He was called to Rehoboth and Round Hill, both in the Forks of
the Youghiogheny, in the fall of 1784. He was commissioned by the State
Government both as Justice of the Peace and as Judge of the Common Pleas. He
retained his Youghiogheny charge until his death, January 6, 1795.” (http://www.libraryireland.com/ScotchIrishAmerica/XV.php) Md.
“Rev. Finley first visited
Western PA in 1765 and in 1783 he brought his family.
In those intervening years as many as 34 families connected with his
congregation came to Western PA. They
had hoped to settle in a cluster but ended up somewhat scattered. Among them
were and James Bradford of
Chartiers; Henry Graham, Robert Barr, James and Samuel Fleming of Cross
Creek; John Wright, Robert Moore and John Powers of Rehobath; John Allen
and Samuel Finley of Laurel Hill.” (From Old Redstone published in 1854
County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org My love of genealogy started when I was a child. I remember spending hours looking through my parents' bottom dresser drawer filled with old family photos. Dad would come in and sit down on the floor with me. He would tell me of the people and places, stories of his childhood in New Braunfels, Texas, and memories of his parents and grandparents. I felt so close to these people, and this naturally flowed into a love of genealogy in later years. Thanks Dad!