Catching Up

Well, as I might have expected, there was work to do when I got home from our trip to South Carolina. I apologize for not getting things posted more quickly. Beginning here, I am going to going to spend my day off today trying to get all the documentation noted and uploaded. First up are the 1810, 1820, and 1830 federal census records from Kershaw Co, SC. Of course these are available online, particularly if you are on But the kind folks of the Kershaw County Historical Society have typed them up for easier reference. I’m uploading the pages for the 1820 and 1830 census records that I believe indicate our Thomas. As a reminder, we know our Thomas was in Kershaw Co in 1816, since this is when and where his son James Banks was born. On the 1820 and 1830 census records, there is only one Thomas Bradley head of household. I also purchased the 1810 census and will list all Bradley heads of household on that census. Since James Banks was born in 1816, perhaps our Thomas and Sarah were there in 1810, living at home with their parents. Tracing each of the Bradley heads from 1810 may result in finding our Thomas and his father. So here is the 1820 census image:

Thomas is half way down the bottom page.

Here is the 1830 Kershaw Co SC Federal Census:

Thomas is halfway down the “B” list on this page.

In 1810, we find the following Bradley heads in Kershaw Co, SC (as they are enumerated, spelling and all):

  1. Hope Bradley
  2. John Bradley
  3. Cornl Bradly
  4. John Bradly
  5. Joseph Bradly
  6. Judy Bradly
  7. Samuel Bradly
  8. Solomon Bradly

The “Bradly” spelling was either an enumerator error or the family was inconsistent on its spelling of the name. Some of the same Bradley’s appear on the 1820 and 1830 census with the more common spelling. A list of manufacturers of homespun cloth includes the following:

  1. S. Bradley
  2. P. Bradley
  3. H. Bradley
  4. J. Bradly
H is perhaps Hope and J is perhaps Judy. The S and P are most likely wives of heads or minor daughters.
Looking closely at the household composition, and assuming that Thomas is likely 17 during this census, we find the following households in which Thomas might be present:
  1. John Bradly (1 male 10-16, 1 male 16-26)
  2. Samuel Bradly (1 male 10-16)
  3. Cornl. Bradly (1 male 10-16)
  4. Hope Bradley (1 male 10-16, 1 male 16-26)
  5. John Bradley (1 male 16-26)
  6. Joseph Bradly (1 male 10-16, 1 male 16-26)
The males 10-16 are less likely to be ours, but could be. This yields four households that would be best to start with, the two Johns, Hope, and Joseph.

So perhaps one of these is Thomas’ father or mother?


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