Mary <I>Hardie</I> Bradford

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Mary Hardie Bradford

  • Birth 5 Nov 1835 Thornhill, Talladega County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 1885 Talladega, Talladega County, Alabama, USA
  • Burial Talladega, Talladega County, Alabama, USA
  • Memorial ID 7102790

Mary Isabell/Isabella ("Belle") Hardie, born 5 Nov 1835 at Thornhill in Talladega County, Alabama, daughter of John and Mary Mead Hall Hardie. Married at Thornhill to Taul M. Bradford on 13 Feb 1856, son of Jacob Tipton Bradford and Louisiana Taul.

"He was born in Mardisville, Alabama, and died 20 Oct 1883 in Talladega, Alabama," a family history states, but may be confusing his date of death with his wife's. "They had 12 children."

Taul Bradford practiced law in Talladega until the outbreak of the Civil War. In June 1861 he joined the 10th Alabama Infantry Regiment as a major on the regimental staff. The regiment went immediately to Virginia, but it did not arrive in time for the first battle of Manassas. He resigned in August 1861 and returned to Talladega. In March 1862 Taul Bradford helped organize a new regiment, the 30th Alabama Infantry, of which he was elected lieutenant colonel. The 30th Alabama served in Tennessee and Mississippi, and it surrendered at the end of the siege of Vicksburg in July 1863. The members of the 30th Alabama were
paroled and then reactivated in a controversial exchange. That exchange left them vulnerable to charges of parole violation when they were assigned to the Chattanooga area in September 1863 after the battle of Chickamauga. Some time in early 1864 Taul Bradford again resigned and returned home, perhaps as a result of his health or the uncertainty over the parole. After the war he returned to the practice of law in Talladega. He was elected to the House of Representatives, and he was a member of the Congress that resolved the disputed election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden. Taul and Belle Hardie Bradford had twelve children between 1856 and 1882.

Another family history states: "Taul Bradford died 28 October 1883, and Belle died 5 December 1885; both suffered from tuberculosis."

His newer tombstone gives his death as 5 December 1885. Family papers consistently confuse his and his wife's death dates, and it is uncertain whether the dates on the Taul Bradford's stone or those in the family papers are correct.

Their daughters Jennie and Alvah Hardie Bradford were brought up by their uncle and aunt, Maj. Joseph Hardie and Margaret Discretion Isbell Hardie.

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  • Maintained by: Ray Isbell
  • Originally Created by: Richard Robinson
  • Added: 21 Jan 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7102790
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Hardie Bradford (5 Nov 1835–1885), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7102790, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Talladega, Talladega County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Ray Isbell (contributor 47188697) .