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Rev Joshua Bradford
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Birth: 1799
South Carolina, USA
Death: May 13, 1877
Gwinnett County
Georgia, USA

Weekly Gwinnett Herald Obituary 16 May 1877 Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
Note:Death of Rev. J. BradfordOur community was startled last Sunday evening by the intelligence that this aged minister had died suddenly at his home. He had not been more unwell than usual, and prepared to go to church at Prospect on that day; but feeling unwell after he got ready to go, told his wife that he had decided to remain at home, and she went on. After her return he seemed in good spirits and inquired about the meeting. He then lay down, and his wife went to an adjoining room to prepare dinner. In a few minutes she heard him exclaim 'Oh! my head.' She immediately returned to the room, and found the good man breathing heavily. He lived but a few minutes and died without a struggle. His death is supposed to have resulted from apoplexy.

He has for some months been afflicted with a cancer, and was impressed with the idea that he would have to suffer a slow, torturing death as it eat [sic] to the fountain of life. Hence, his family say, he continually prayed that he might be spared that affliction-his prayers were answered, for the monster came like a thief in the night.

He was buried at Prospect church, where he had long ministered to his neighbors in spiritual things, by the masonic fraternity! Not withstanding the short notice, a large congregation assembled at the church and a funeral sermon was preached by Rev. J. R. Parker.

Mr. Bradford was born-1799, and moved from South Carolina to Gwinnett in 1823.

In 1835 he joined the church and was licensed to preach in 1848 by Rev. J. W. Glenn, presiding Elder-and in 1852 was ordained Deacon by Bishop Capers.

For forty two years he was a faithful servant of his Master, and for nearly thirty years a faithful, zealous, and effective minister. He had the confidence of all who knew him, and inspired them with the conviction that 'all his serious thoughts had rest in heaven.'

We were struck with the appropriateness of the opening hymn at his funeral:

"Servant of God, well done,
Rest from thy loved employ;
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter thy Master's joy."
From: Weekly Gwinnett Herald issue of Wednesday, May 16, 1877, p 3. 
Family links: 
  Mary Kirkland Bradford (1793 - 1874)*
  David Joshua Bradford (1828 - 1896)*
  John Wesley Bradford (1876 - 1876)*
  Thomas Parker Bradford (1877 - 1878)*
*Calculated relationship
Born in Fairfield Co., S. C. 1799
Moved to Ga. 1823
Was converted and joined the
Church 1835
Was licensed to preach
July 21, 1848
Joined the Masonic Fraternity 1854
Died May 13, 1877
Aged 78 years

Additional information I have found:
First wife was Mary Kirkland married 1820 In S.C.
Second wife was Mrs. Martha E. Betenbough married 1-3-1875 Gwinnett Co.

Thanks again for your work on FAG. Sincere thanks, Wesley Martin

Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery
Gwinnett County
Georgia, USA
Created by: Rebecca Scano
Record added: Mar 30, 2013
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Rev Joshua Bradford
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Rev Joshua Bradford
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Very possible my GGG Grandfather, the father of Mary Bradford Pruett.
- Valerie Pruett Smith
 Added: May. 24, 2016
Thank You for the kind of man that you were and the example that you set forth for the younger men to follow. "May you rest in Eternal Peace"
- Valerie Pruett Smith
 Added: Jun. 18, 2014
In Reply to: Re: BRADFORD by Shirley Bradford Dove of 1140 The following is engraved on a tombstone in the cemetery at Prospect United Methodist Church Corner of Prospect Road and Prospect Church Road, north of GA.Hwy 124 Lawrenceville, Georgia: "JOSHU...(Read more)
- Valerie Pruett Smith
 Added: Jun. 18, 2014

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