James Byron Bradley

[James Barefoot, James Banks, Thomas]

Born: 18 August 1875 in Hartselle, Morgan Co, AL

Married: 21 November 1900 in Rice, Navarro Co, TX to Leona Todd

  • Born: 29 April 1882 in Rice, Navarro Co, TX
  • Died:8 April 1976 in Trinidad, Henderson Co, TX
  • Buried: Trinidad City Cemetery, Trinidad, Henderson Co, TX
  • Find-a-Grave: 39451465

Occupation: Appears on 1900 census as either a saw mill hand or a saw mill engineer (there is some confusion…see below), then on 1910 census as a saw mill manager, then on 1920 census as a “ginner” operating a gin, then on 1930 census as a carpenter. It is known (and there is a photo below) that he worked on trains at one point as well.

Died: 12 February 1946 in Trinidad, Henderson Co, TX.

Buried: Trinidad City Cemetery, Trinidad, Henderson Co, TX.

Children:

  1. Ellis Jack Bradley (F, 1901, TX)
  2. Frankie May Bradley (F, 1902, TX)
  3. George Todd Bradley (M, 1905, TX)
  4. Vivian Cornelia Bradley (F, 1908, TX)
  5. Tom Allen Bradley (M, 1909, TX)
  6. Doris Brown Bradley (F, 1912, TX)
  7. Bill Bradley (M, 1914, TX)

Narrative:

1880 Federal Census shows James Barefoot married to Celia and living in Morgan Co, Alabama. [This census is included here on James Byron’s page because James Byron appears as a son on this census] It reads: John B Bradley, white, male, 35 years old, married, farming, can read but cannot write, born in SC and both parents born in SC; Celia A Bradley, white, female, 26 years old, wife, married, housekeeper, can read and write, born in SC and both parents born in SC; Thomas Bradley, white, male, 8 years old, son, single, attending school, can read but cannot write, born in SC and both parents born in SC; James B Bradley, white, male, 6 years old, son, single, can read but cannot write, born in AL and both parents born in SC; Cora, white, female, 3 years old, daughter, single, born in AL and both parents born in SC; John B Bradley, Sr, white, male, 66 years old, father, married, can read but cannot write, born in SC and both parents born in SC. Peter and Stephen are both on this same census sheet. Mahaza is living with Peter. See Peter’s page to read the full census data.

1900 Census is a bit confusing. The family is living in Ellis Co with James Barefoot as the head (see “1900 Federal Census (James Barefoot – Head)” in the documentation below). James Byron is not living at home, however. Instead he appears on the next sheet (see “1900 Federal Census (James Byron – Head)” in the documentation below) as the head of household. What makes it clear that something is amiss is that he is listed there as the husband of Lula and head of a household that is clearly Thomas’ family (his older brother). This could be explained several ways. First, Thomas could have been at Barefoot’s and Byron at Thomas’ (either visiting, or living there) on the day the census taker showed up. Alternatively, the census taker could have simply been confused. Often the census takers had to rely on neighbors for information, and it may be in this case that the neighbor was mistaken. Whatever the explanation, we know that Byron was never married to Lula. There are too many living relatives able to attest to this for it to be in question. Ages on this census are also considerably in error, leading us to further doubt the trustworthiness of the census details. What we CAN clearly say is that the Bradleys were living in Ellis Co, TX in 1900. For this reason, I have provided the census photos below, but don’t plan to list the details here. If you think there is something noteworthy on either page (Barefoot as head or Byron as head), let me know and I’m happy to add it to this paragraph.

On the 21st of November 1900, James Byron and Leona Todd were married. See the “This is Your Life” link below to read the story of how they were married. The ceremony was performed by a Methodist preacher by the name of WH Crawford. This is one more link between the Bradleys and the Methodist church.

1910 Federal 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 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 James Byron, Leona, and their youngest son, Bill, living in Henderson Co, TX with James Byron’s mother, Celia Ann as the Head of Household. It reads: Celia Bradley, head, home owner, living on a farm, female, white, 77 years old, widowed, has not attended school, can read and write, born in SC and both parents born in SC, speaks English, occupation listed as “none”; Byron Bradley, son, male, white, 54 years old, married since he was 19, has not attended school, can read and write, born in AL and both parents born in SC, speaks English, carpenter (house), class of worker “W”, at work the day before the census, not a veteran; Lenora Bradley, daughter-in-law, female, white, 54 years old, married since she was 19, has not been to school, can read and write, born in TX, both parents born in TN, speaks English, occupation listed as “none”; Bill Bradley, grandson, male, white, 16 years old, single, has been to school, can read and write, born in TX, father born in AL, mother born in TX, speaks English, occupation listed as “none”.

James Byron died in 1946 of a heart attack in Trinidad and was buried in the Trinidad Cemetery. Leona lived into her 90s and died in Trinidad in 1976. She is also buried in the Trinidad Cemetery.

Documentation:

Photos


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