Looking for information about the family of Robert F. Bradley (1841-1869), who was my gg-grandfather from Caldwell County, MO.
Robert’s parents may have been James M and Lydia Bradley.
He served as a Private in the Union Army 33rd Regiment Missouri Infantry, Company G (1862-1865)
Robert married Margaret Ross Martin in 1861. She was previously married to Isaac Martin. Margaret had 6 children with Isaac Martin and 2 more with Robert F. Bradley.
1850 Ralls Co MO
James M 36 KY
Lydia 36 OH (1860 says b PA)
Elizabeth 14 MO
James 12 MO
Robert F 8 MO (1860 says IL)
George 4 MO
Rebecca 2 MO (d before 1860)
Margaret Ross was previously married to Isaac Martin
1850 Caldwell Co MO
Isaac 26 TN
Margaret 26 TN
William 4 MO
Jane 2 MO
John 2/12 MO
W F 13 (William)
S J 12 (Jane)
J ? 10 (John)
J M 7 (James)
N A 4 Nancy Ann (m 12-31-1874 Enoch COX)
M L 2 (Mary Louisa m. 3-18-1875 John Thomas MARTIN)
Isaac MARTIN d. 1858-60
Margaret MARTIN m. Robert F BRADLEY 7-12-1861.
Margaret 35 TN
James 16 MO
Nancy 14 MO
Mary 12 MO
Isaac 8 MO
Thomas 1 MO
Robert F Bradley d. 1869
Robert and Margaret’s sons were Isaac and Thomas
1880 Ray Co
Margaret 43 TN
James 25 MO
Isaac 16 MO
Thomas 10 MO
1890 Veterans Schedule from Margaret
Caldwell Co, MO, states, “husband was murdered years ago.”
James 48 MO
Margaret 75 Widow
From The History of Caldwell and Livingston Counties Missouri published in 1886.
KILLING OF ROBERT BRADLEY BT JOHN MARTIN.
February 24, 1869, John Martin shot and killed his step-father,
Robert Bradley, at the residence of the latter in Fairview township. It is claimed that Mr. Bradley, on the morning of his death, roughly demanded that his step-son, who was in bed, should get up. A quarrel arose and Martin showed a revolver. Very soon Mr. Bradley walked away from the bed and sat down. Martin was sitting on the bed with the revolver in his hand, when he claimed it was discharged accidentally and the ball struck Mr. Bradley in the back part of the head, killing him instantly. Martin was indicted for murder in the first degree. In August, 1870, he was tried and acquitted, the jury not believing that the killing was intentional. John Martin died of TB in 1911 at the age of 60.
From: TROUBLES AT THE OLD CALDWELL COUNTY JAIL
Narrator: W.W. Clevenger of Kingston
Caldwell County jail was razed 1891 and the present one was built. Mr. Clevenger's father was sheriff in the earlier days, and he himself was deputy, so he knew many incidents connected with the older jail. The first jail was finished the end of 1869, the first prisoner was a man named Martin charged with murder but freed of the charge. D.P. Stubblefield, who died 1834, and for years was known as a Republican leader, was the first sheriff in this jail. J.W. Harper, a farmer living west of Hamilton the next
one, L.B. Clevenger (father of William W.) was the next, followed by D.A. Glenn, W.W. Clevenger, William Brown and others.