Sunday, March 30, 2014

Elizabeth Town, New Jersey

New-found graves in Elizabeth, new Jersey
This link below is a quick 1 page read by Janet Cook. It's a great summary of where the Scots-Irish came to when they left Northern Ireland. It fits so very well with what we know about our Miller and Bradford ancestors. I could not copy the information, so here is the link:

The 1684 entry mentions New Jersey, and records confirm that Rebecca's uncle, her father Samuel's brother, James, settled there for awhile [ bold added]:

James Bradford Sr.
b:1716 Ireland d: d.12-14-1789 Strabane, Twp, Washington Co, PA
JAMES BRADFORD SR and wife Janet migrated from Ireland about 1740. They first located at Elizabeth, New Jersey. Later moved to Peach Bottom, Cecil County, Maryland. In 1785 they crossed the mountains and located on the rich hills between Washington and Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Their children all lived in the same neighborhood, either preceding or accompanying them.

Tombstone in Chartiers Presbyterian Church: In Memory of James Bradford Who Departed this Life Decd the 14 1789 Aged 73

wife. Jane/Jennet/Janet [Gibson] b: Ireland

Remember, James was the father of David Bradford, the leader of the Whiskey Rebellion and subject of the last 3 posts. 

Did Samuel Bradford (James brother and Rebecca's  father) follow this same route to America? Did he immigrate with his brother or did he leave northern Ireland and come to America separately, taking the Newcastle County, Delaware route, also mentioned in the link above? 

Either way, both brothers ended up in nearby Cecil County, Maryland, and then eventually moved very near each other in western Pennsylvania. Perhaps more research into the records of Elizabeth, New Jersey will turn up new information about our Bradford ancestors.

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