To refresh your memory, here is the reference where we learned that James Bradford was from Ireland:
"Judge James Allison was a prominent citizen in Washington Co. Pennsylvania. James [Allison] was born in
It's reasonable to suggest that finding the ancestral village of the Allison in-laws might provide a possible clue as to where our Bradford's hailed from. A Google search turned up Allisons in County Donegal, Northern Ireland "hearth roll" (see note # 1 below). It mentions a James Allison in the parish of Conwal (see note #2 below). I wondered if this was the same James Allison who married Mary Bradford, niece of our Samuel?
However, upon searching this record which contains hundreds of names, not a single Bradford is listed. As ever, our Bradford's remain frustratingly elusive!
However, it did notice several Dunlaps and Gibsons, and those names are prominent in the list of in-laws of Millers and Bradfords respectively.
While it will take more research to determine of any of these people are our direct or indirect ancestors, this hearth roll record is worth keeping in mind as we continue our long-fought Miller-Bradford research.
#1: In our day and age, many taxes seems extremely arbitrary. It looks like this practice is not new--the people of Northern Ireland were taxed on how many hearths they owned! Here is how the above-referenced record:
#2: Is it just a coincidence that Conwal Parish is only 15 miles from Ballindrait, the village next to Lifford where our Miller's are from?