George Todd Bradley

[James Byron, James Barefoot, James Banks, Thomas]

Born: 28 Oct 1905 in Kerens, Navarro Co, TX

Married: 15 Nov 1925 in Kerens, Navarro Co, TX to Louise Newell Burleson

  • Born: 25 mar 1907 at Angus, Navarro Co, TX
  • Died: 26 Apr 1988 at Hubbard, Hill Co, TX
  • Buried in Mt. Calm Cemetery, Mt. Calm, TX
  • Find-a-Grave: 31582993

Occupation: He appears on the 1930 census as a mechanic (and we have several photos of him working). When his health declined and he lost both legs, he invented a series of mechanisms that allowed a person to drive a car with only their hands. He subsequently sold the patent, but I understand someone in the family has the paperwork. I’ll post it as soon as I can get my hands on it. In later life he also drove a taxi in the town he lived in.

Died: 17 June 1945 in Kerens, Navarro Co, TX.

Buried: Originally buried at Oak Grove Cemetery near Kerens, Navarro Co, TX. Moved by his son, George Ray, in about 1987 to Trinidad City Cemetery, Trinidad, Henderson Co, TX.

Children:

  1. George Ray Bradley (M, 1926, TX)

Narrative:

1910 Federal Census [included on this page because George Todd appears as a son on this census] shows James Byron and Leona living in Trinidad, Henderson Co, TX. This census is considerably harder to read than most, so feel free to take a look at the original if you doubt something I’ve transcribed. As a reminder, I type them as the enumerator wrote them. This includes name misspellings. It reads: James B Bradley, Head, male, white, 35 years old, married (first marriage) for 10 years, born in AL and both parents born in SC, speaks English, works as a manager at a saw mill, can read and write, and rents a home (as opposed to a farm); Leona Bradley, wife, female, white, 28 years old, married (first marriage) for 10 years, mother of 5 children, 4 still living, born in TX and both parents born in TN, speaks English, can read and write; Allis Bradley, daughter, female, white, 8 years old, single, born in TX, father born in AL, mother born in TX, attended school in previous year; George Bradley, son, male, white, 4 years old, single, born in TX, father born in AL, mother born in TX; Vivian Bradley, daughter, female, white, 2 years old, single, born in TX, father born in AL, mother born in TX; Thomas Bradley, son, male, white, 7 (or possibly 4) months old, single, born in TX, father born in AL, mother born in TX; there are also 3 single white males whose names I can’t make out but who appear to be “hired men” if I am reading the census correctly. None are Bradleys.

1920 Federal Census [included on this page because George Todd appears as a son on this census] shows the family still living in Henderson Co, TX. It reads: JB Bradley, head, home owner (free and clear), male, white, 44 years old, married, can read and write, born in AL and both parents born in SC, can speak English, occupation is “ginner”, operating [indecipherable] gin as owner; Leona Bradley, wife, female, white, 37 years old, married, can read and write, born in TX and both parents born in TN, can speak English; George Bradley, son, male, white, 14 years old, single, attended school during that year, can read and write, born in TX, father born in AL, mother born in TX, can speak English, occupation is laborer at [indecipherable…something “place” it looks like]; Vivian Bradley, daughter, female, white, 11 years old, single, attended school during that year, can read and write, born in TX, father born in AL, mother born in TX, can speak English; Tom Bradley, son, male, white, 9 years old, single, attended school during that year, born in TX, father born in AL, mother born in TX, can speak English; Doris Bradley, daughter, female, white, 7 years old, single, attended school during that year, born in TX, father born in AL, mother born in TX, can speak English; Bill Bradley, son, male, white, 5 years old, single, born in TX, father born in AL, mother born in TX, can speak English.

1930 Federal Census shows George Todd, wife Louise, and son George Ray living with Louise’s family in Kerens, Navarro Co, TX. The head of household is her father, Arthur Alfred Burleson. It reads: Arthur A Burleson, home owner, home worth $3000, the family does not live on a farm, male, white, 56 years old, married at the age of 19, not attending school, can read and write, born in TX, both parents born in the United States, speaks English, occupation is Farmer, general farming, class of worker is “O”, was at work the day before the census taker arrived, is not a veteran; Mattie Burleson, wife, female, white, 55 years old, married at the age of 18, not attending school, can read and write, born in TX, both parents born in the United States, speaks English; George Bradley, son-in-law, male, white, 25 years old, married at age 21, not attending school, can read and write, born in Texas, and both parents born in Texas [this is a mistake, possibly caused by AA and Mattie both being born in TX – actually George Todd’s father was born in AL and mother was born in TX], speaks English, is a mechanic in a garage, class of worker is “W”, was at work the day before the census taker arrived, is not a veteran; Sousie Bradley [mistake: Louise], daughter, female, white, 23 years old, married at age 21, not attending school, can read and write, born in TX, both parents born in TX, speaks English; George R Bradley, male, white, 3 years and 7 months old, single, not attending school, born in TX, both parents born in TX.

George Todd Bradley died in 1945 after a long battle with illness which eventually took both legs, confining him to a wheelchair. Despite this he continued to work as a mechanic. He is buried in the Trinidad City Cemetery. His funeral services were conducted by a Methodist preacher, assisted by a Baptist pastor. One more Methodist connection.

Louise lived in the same part of Texas until her death 1988. She worked for many years for, and retired from, the Adams Hat Co. She remarried a man by the name of Truman Holder in the 1970s (no children from this marriage). Truman preceded Louise in death. Louise lived the last years of her life at home alone in Hubbard, TX, where she was visited frequently by her only child, George Ray Bradley.

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