Of course we know that the father and maternal grandfather of our Rebecca Bradford were both named Samuel Bradford. Her father has been ruled out as being related to Governor Bradford, this Samuel (and his brother James) being Scots-Irish, having come from Northern Ireland in the 1700's.
Of Rebecca's maternal grandfather, whom we affectionately refer to as Red Lion Sam in this blog, we know nothing of his origins. We only know that he was born around 1690 (place unknown), married "Margret" around 1710, and we learn from his will that he died on April 20, 1767, in Red Lyon/Lion,
Can we glean any clues about Samuel's life by studying the history of Abner Bradford?
Here is an interesting description of young Abner, a Revolutionary War patriot, who enlisted soon after the Declaration of Independence:
|Taken From A Delaware Military War Record|
- Abner Bradford was born 1758 in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware. Brandywine Hundred is right next door to Christiana Hundred where he enlisted (see above), and both are only about 10 miles north of Red Lion Hundred, where our Samuel lived.
- Abner died March 2, 2841, in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
- His first wife was Rachel Baldwin. She died and he had a second wife named Elizabeth (surname unknown to me). He and Elizabeth lived for awhile in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.
- He is thought to be the son of Abner Bradford (b. 1707 Kingston, Massachusetts) and Sarah Porter.
- That would make him grandson of Israel Bradford and Sarah Bartlett) whose father was Deputy Governor William Bradford, son of the famous Governor William Bradford.
|Brandywine Valley, Delaware|
Also, if any of you men can trace your surname line directly back to Red Lion Sam, a Bradford DNA test would be invaluable in solving this mystery (please see immediately preceding post).