Ollie May Bradford

Brief Life History of Ollie May

When Ollie May Bradford was born on 17 December 1881, in Van Buren, Iowa, United States, her father, Oscar Orin Bradford, was 31 and her mother, Mary Miles Lawson, was 24. She lived in Union Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States in 1885. She died on 14 August 1887, in Iowa, United States, at the age of 5, and was buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Van Buren, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Oscar Orin Bradford
1850–1925
Mary Miles Lawson
1857–1944
Ollie May Bradford
1881–1887
Miles Oscar Bradford
1883–1974
Lester Leo Bradford
1887–1951
Harry Earl Bradford
1889–1979
Jay E Bradford
1891–1907
Myrtle Ann Bradford
1893–1936
Van Thomas Bradford
1894–1972
Mystic Bradford
1895–
Velma Cecilia Bradford
1897–1979
Maggie Bradford
1900–

Sources (4)

  • Ollie M Bradford in household of Oscar O Bradford, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Child Bradford, "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935"
  • Ollie M. Bradford, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (4)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

1884 · There is now a Capital Building

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

1886

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places, large and small, called Bradford; in particular the city in Yorkshire, which originally rose to prosperity as a wool town. There are others in Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Greater Manchester, Norfolk, Somerset, Cheshire, Wiltshire and elsewhere. They are all named with Old English brād ‘broad’ + ford ‘ford’.

History: This name was brought independently to North American by many different bearers from the 17th century onward. William Bradford (1590–1657), born in Austerfield in South Yorkshire, England, the son of a yeoman farmer, was among the Pilgrim Fathers who emigrated to North America on the Mayflower in 1620. He was a signer of the Mayflower Compact and in 1621 he was elected governor of Plymouth colony, being re-elected thirty times. Another William Bradford (1663–1752), printer, came from Barnwell, Leicestershire, England, to Philadelphia, PA, in 1685, subsequently moving to New York, where he set up a printing press and founded a paper mill. His grandson, also called William Bradford (1721–91), was known as ‘the patriot printer’, famous for his Philadelphia newspaper, which among other things denounced the Stamp Act, "which no American can mention without abhorrence".

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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