|Birth: ||Dec. 31, 1821|
|Death: ||Jun. 8, 1886|
Caroline Bradford married Richard Kempton; they lived on a farm with his parents on the outskirts of Nauvoo. Caroline is the descendant of Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth Colony. Caroline's parents and family also lived in Nauvoo. In Feb 1846 the LDS Saints began to move west. Richard died March 1846. Possible causes of Richard's death could be in defence of the city and temple from the troops or mobs, or being a target as he stood out in his field. Caroline married Erastus Harper Rudd, Jr. They continued the pioneer trek and settled in Farmington, Utah.(Robert Wiemer Company)
-From Rebecca Scano
"My grandmother, Caroline Bradford, was born 31 Dec. 1821 at Hocking County, Ohio. Her father was Moses Bradford. When a young woman she was engaged to marry Alvin Kempton, a son of John Kempton, but a few days before they were to be married Alvin was accidently killed [on 29 December 1840] as he was hauling ice and was caught in the ice slide. Afterwards my grandmother married Alvin's brother, Richard Kempton, on the 24th of October 1843 at Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois [sic Swan Township, Hocking County, Ohio]. When their son was born they gave him the name Alvin Bradford Kempton. Which is my father and in the year 1846 Richard Kempton passed away leaving her a widow with one son one and a half years old who was my father.
While in Nauvoo Caroline Bradford's brothers came from Maine [sic more likely Iowa where her brothers Ward and Duffield lived at the time] to get her and the baby to go home with them as they had good homes and plenty of money. They said they would give her a good home and take care of her if she would stay with them that she would never want for anything but she was impressed to stay with the Saints and would not go home with her brothers. She had no way of coming on with the Saints and no money but still she had faith that the way would be opened up for her to come. When it was time for the Saints to come there was a good man by the name of Brother Curtis Bolton who made room for her and her baby to come to Winter Quarters and from there Brother Joseph Hancock arranged for her to come to Council Bluffs, by putting a berth up in his handcart large enough for her and her baby to sleep. She walked most of the way to Council Bluffs. It was there she met ERASTUS HARPER RUDD [Jr.], a widower with three children. Later they were married at Council Bluffs in 1847. In 1852 they immigrated to Utah with the Saints and settled in Farmington, Davis County. The family consisted of seven. Their daughters Elixa [sic Eliza Caroline, b 1849] and Marcum [sic Mariam Malina, b 1852] were born at Harris Grove.
Erastus Rudd was a carpenter by trade and comfortably situated downtown until he became ill with sugar diabetes which lasted three years before his death. After a long illness he passed away leaving a large family in rather difficult circumstances. They sold and located in Payson, Utah, where the family got work of any kind they could do. Grandmother made candy and sold which helped to support the family as she was real good at candy making [and] she made different kinds.
My father built a two room log house and all the furniture, being a carpenter he was able to make all furniture such as cupboard, chairs, [and] bedsteads. He and mother lived in one room and his mother and her family lived in the other one, the family being smaller in number as in the year 1868. In 1868 grandmother was given the school. She taught the first school in Salem, Utah."
By Annie Christenson
In Apr 1873 Caroline married Charles Lapper.
Moses Bradford (1776 - 1845)
Richard Kempton (1819 - 1846)
Erastus Harper Rudd (1817 - 1863)*
Alvin Bradford Kempton (1844 - 1917)*
Eliza Caroline Rudd Hancock (1850 - 1895)*
Laura Lucinda Rudd Jones Hone (1853 - 1939)*
Avasta Adelia Rudd Frodsham (1855 - 1899)*
Payson City Cemetery
Created by: JessMorr
Record added: Sep 03, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15608051