Henry Bradford arrives in Virginia in 1621 aboard the ship Temperance.
John Bradford is the great-grandson of Governor William Bradford. William Bradford arrived on the ship Mayflower. After establishing a settlement in Plymouth, Massachusetts, he was unanimously elected Governor. With a few breaks in between, William served as Governor for some 30 years.
John Bradford is a large land owner, with property on Marr’s run, between William McBee and Captain John Williams land in Prince William County, Virginia. Not far from John Bradford is the lands that the Fowlkes settled..
About 1717, John marries Mary Marr, the daughter of John Marr. Mary was previously married to Kingcart. Before Kingcart dies in death, they have a daughter, Martha Kingcart. John Bradford inherits the Kingcart lands and accepts Martha as his child. John and Mary have 9 children.
Daniel is John and Mary (Marr) Bradford's firstborn son.
Daniel's brother William marries Mary Morgan, the sister of Daniel's wife, Alice Morgan.
William and Mary (Morgan) Bradford have 2 children.
1760. William dies in death.
1764. Mary Morgan, William's widow, marries William Nash.
William Nash arrived in Virginia in 1635.
His descendant, William Nash, marries William Bradford's widow.
Mary (Morgan) Bradford and William Nash have 4 children.
In 1717 what is now Nashville was a French trading post. Later, in 1779, James Robertson, a close companion and friend of Daniel Boone, cleared land and built a log stockade called Nashborough in honor of General Francis Nash. In 1784 the name was changed to Nashville.
(Marriage unites the Bradford's and the Nash families. Before the war General Nash was a lawyer. On October 4, 1777, during the battle at Germantown, Pennsylvania, Francis dies. It is in his honor that people that respected him named settlements after his name.)
1784. Henry Bradford builds a stockade on Drake's Creek, some 15 miles northeast of Nashville.
1785. Henry Bradford marries Elizabeth Payne.
Henry and Elizabeth Bradford have 6 children.
1813. Cecelia Bradford is the only child to have a wedding at the Bradford's House.
1815. Henry Bradford dies in death. The house eventually is called the Priestly Bradford House.
The Fowlkes locate in Dyer County and the Martin's locate in Obion County. The Green's locate in Lauderdale County and Tipton County. The border between Tipton and Lauderdale Counties is the Hatchie River. Henry Bradford settles on Drakes Creek near Hendersonville in Sumner County and Theodorick Fowlkes Bradford settles in Shelbyville, Bedford County.
Daniel Bradford's brother Alexander Bradford marries Jenima Jones. Their daughter Elizabeth Bradford marries Joseph Morgan. Their son, Joseph Jr. Morgan marries Sally (Sarah) Martin, daughter of George Martin. George's father Captain William Martin was born in Halifax County in Virginia in 1806 and moved to Weakly County, Tennessee, in 1832 with his wife Sarah. Captain Martin prospered through tobacco farming. He is known for his work in establishing a route for the railroad that would have a connection to his farms and to Union City in the North and Nashville in the South.
Daniel Bradford's son William Bradford marries Fannie Fowlkes. Their son, Theodorick Fowlkes Bradford marries Lucy Martin, the daughter of Matt and Sally Martin.
During the Mexican War Theodorick Fowlkes Bradford served as a Colonel in the Tennessee State Militia.
Theodorick F. Bradford serves 4 terms as Tennessee State Senator, from 1821-1823, 1825-1829, and 1831-1833. Theodorick (Theo) Fowlkes Bradford is recognized for establishing the Tennessee road system and supporting Academies for Women; the Shelbyville Herald, the first newspaper in Shelbyville as editor, publisher, and owner; and the first Bank in Shelbyville. He is also a lawyer.
The movie The Secret behind the Mystery will bring to life the heroic and brave actions of Major William F. Bradford and Captain Theorderick F. Bradford during the attack on Fort Pillow, Tennessee. After the battle, Forrest kills Captain Bradford, but fails to kill Major William Bradford. William escapes, but is later caught. He is brought to General Forrest and ordered executed. To justify Mayor Bradford's execution, General Forrest states that Major Bradford is "feeble and odious." If Forrest is correct, Major Bradford should be a frail weak person, that is so repugnant and disgusting that he is the reason why people have feelings of contempt and hatred for him.
The opposite is the truth. Major Bradford is 36 years old, tall, muscular, and very strong. An excellent horseman and a good shot with pistol and rifle. As for intelligence, Bradford is an educated successful lawyer. He is known for his practical wisdom and for being thoughtful, kind, and considerate. Court records prove that he is generous, and a person others trust. He is loyal, and people are drawn to him, not repelled. His is a man of action and fearless, not reckless. For what is right and just, he willingly puts his life on the line. In view of these facts, there must be another reason why General Forrest states Major Bradford is "feeble and odious."
General Nathan Bedford Forrest's Family History
The turning of a villain into a hero was accomplished by suppressing the truth about Major William F. Bradford, and promoting a false image of General Forrest. The movie The Secret behind the Mystery and the books Domestic Breeding - America's hidden Shame, Extinguish the Flames of Racial Prejudice - The Fort Pillow Massacre and The Person or the Skin brings to life the truth.