Sylvester Bradford

Male17 November 1839–26 April 1916

Brief Life History of Sylvester

When Sylvester Bradford was born on 17 November 1839, in Switzerland, Indiana, United States, his father, Jehial Bradford, was 35 and his mother, Abigail Sprague, was 27. He married Mary Ann Jones on 15 October 1864, in Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons. He lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States for about 10 years and Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States for about 40 years. In 1880, at the age of 41, his occupation is listed as farmer in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. He died on 26 April 1916, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Spanish Fork City Cemetery, Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Sylvester Bradford
Mary Ann Jones
Marriage: 15 October 1864
Sylvester Bradford Jr.
Hial Charles Bradford
Rawsel Sprague Bradford
Robert John Bradford
George Washington Bradford
Lewis Ellison Bradford
Neil Gardner Bradford
Pleasant Miles Bradford
Eli Alma Bradford

Sources (41)

  • Hial Bradford, Indiana - "United States Census, 1840"
  • Sylvester Bradford in entry for Lester Glenn Bradford and Rebecca Simmons, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"
  • Sylvester Bradford in entry for Annie Christine Hansen Bradford, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    15 October 1864Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children (9)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (7)

    +2 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy

    Age 2

    The State of Indiana was near bankruptcy in 1841 due to the inability to repay interest incurred for the Massive Internal Improvement Act. The state liquidated much of its public works. Many of the projects were handed over to the state’s creditors as a way to reduce debt. Only two of the eight proposed infrastructure projects were completed by the creditors.


    Age 4

    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.


    Age 24

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    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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    Letter to Sister Electa

    Great Salt Lake City Feb. 4, 1861 Dear Sister Electa we received your letter dated Dec. 25 1860 by the hand of Mrs. Clark a few days ago, and was glad to hear from you but sorry to hear of your tro …

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