Mrs. Emma BRADFORD © The Standard-Sentinel August 11, 1921 Submitted by:Wanda Elliott
Mrs. Emma BRADFORD was born June 24th 1848, in Virginia; was married to Henry Martin BRADFORD in 1866 in Tennessee, and moved to this country and has lived in this immediate vicinity, in what is now Adair county, since the year of 1883.
Grandma BRADFORD was mother of 12 children, namely: Martin BRADFORD, father of six children; Mrs. Susie KETCHER, mother of 13 children; Bennett BRADFORD, who died in infancy; Joe M. BRADFORD, father of nine children; Mrs. Belle WALKINGSTICK, mother of one child; Tom BRADFORD, father of five children; Mrs (?)ettie BARNES, mother of seven children; Sam BRADFORD, father of five children; Mrs. Lillie JONES, mother of five children; Charley BRADFORD, father of seven children; Lulu BOWLES, mother of one child. She was also stepmother of four children: Noah W. BRADFORD, Josephine DAVIDSON, W.H. BRADFORD and J.W. BRADFORD.
She was grandmother to 45 children, and great grandmother to 20.
All of her children are living except two, and all present except three.
Most all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren are living, and were present at her burial, July 31, in the Reese Cemetery.
Mrs. BRADFORD outlived her husband, who was buried in this same cemetery 15 years ago.
Grandma BRADFORD was a member of the Methodist church 40 years and her last days were spent in prayer for her children and grandchildren and relatives and friends to live a Christian life.
She was in bed five and one-half months, and never in any way or at anytime complained, but continued day after day to call on her Savior to come for her, as she was ready.
Several weeks ago she made a request that Brother J.N. VICK preach her funeral, and her request was complied with, and the long Christian life of the deceased was held forth to relatives and friends as a great lesson to all.
Grandma's last advice to relatives and friends was to prepare to meet our God, while there is yet time, that we may all be united in that home in Heaven, not made by hands of man.
The family unite in extending thanks to all who gave assistance, and especial thanks to Brother Vick and Peavine choir.
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