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 Robert Fort Bradford

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Robert Fort Bradford

  • Birth 17 Jan 1847 Leon County, Florida, USA
  • Death 11 Jan 1921 Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Oswichee, Russell County, Alabama, USA
  • Memorial ID 13211858

From Becky Mosely 6/2006
Parents: RICHARD HENRY BRADFORD & ANN 'NANCY' BRYAN FORT
(both buried Bradford-Eppes Cemetery, Bradfordville, Leon Co., FL)

RFB sent to wife MEW April 5, 1877
MY CREED by Bohemian
Whether the tempests lull or blow,
Whether the currents ebb or flow,
Whether the future smile or no,
Whether the harvests blight or grow,
Whether the years are swift or slow,
In days of joy or days of woe,
In fortune high or fortune low,
This be my creed for friend or foe -
GATHER THE ROSES AS YOU GO.

September 1st, 1863,Cousin Rob did not have a hat when he was getting ready for school, which opens today, so I plaited palmetto and sewed it into shape and Aunt Robinson, who knows everything, pressed it on a block and then I sewed a ribbon around it and there it was, a sure enough hat and very becoming. He sat near and admired the braid all the time I was making it.
I had no shoes except some terribly rough ones that old Mr. McDermid made and Cousin Rob tanned some squirrel skins and made me a pair of really beautiful shoes, nice enough to wear with my one and only silk dress. This dress, you must know, is "made of Mammy's old one" like Jim Crack Corn's coat - Little Diary, I am afraid you do not know very much of Mother Goose.
Through Some Eventful Years, Susan Bradford Eppes p205

In "Home Life in Florida," published in 1889, Helen Harcourt provides this "list of reliable breeder of purebred stock" in Leon County:....Col. John Bradford,
Bradfordville, herd of eighty Jerseys, stock first introduced from Channel Islands in 1857, carefully bred
up to standard since then; Robert F. Bradford, herd of twenty-five Jerseys, originally from above herd [of
Colonel John Bradford], in present hands ten years.
.....(p.55, "From Cotton to Quail" by Clifton Paisley]

FIRST FLORIDA RESERVES, COMPANY E
3rd Lt R. F. Bradford enlisted 6/3/64 at Tallahassee. He was present on the last roll and was paroled 5/14/65 at Madison. He was 5'8", light hair, dark skin & eyes.
His brother, Richard 'Rich' was the first soldier killed in FL in the Civil War, Santa Rosa Island.
Bradford Co. FL is named in his memory.



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  • Created by: Christine Thacker
  • Added: 3 Feb 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13211858
  • Becky
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Fort Bradford (17 Jan 1847–11 Jan 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13211858, citing Oswichee Cemetery, Oswichee, Russell County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Christine Thacker (contributor 44643987) .