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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 1386-1387 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

The Bradfords of Broadalbin were formerly residents of Montgomery county, New York, where James Bradford was a farmer and stock raiser. He married and had issue.

(II) James (2), son of James (1) Bradford, was born in the town of Florida, Montgomery county, New York, February 15, 1809, died April 22, 1892. He settled in Broadalbin, Fulton county, where he engaged in farming and carried on a business in dressed meats. He was a Presbyterian and a Democrat. He married, February 2, 1832, Mary Koones, born April 4, 1811, died June 7, 1896. Children:

  1. Ludentia, born February 2, 1833, died January 28, 1861.
  2. Mary, June 13, 1841, died April 14, 1895; married, December 27, 1860, George M. Briggs, born May 11, 1835, died February 28, 1896; children:
    1. Jessie, born November, 1867;
    2. Catherine, married Louis M. Rappleye, and has Donald and Elizabeth.
  3. James Theodore, of whom further.
  4. Candace, married, February 24, 1875, Byron Northup, born September 26, 1841, died May 26, 1909; educated at Jonesville public school and Eastman's Business College at Poughkeepsie; he was engaged as glove salesman until 1880, when he began manufacturing; in 1891 he located in Johnstown, New York, and continued glove manufacturing, later engaging in the insurance business; he was a member of the Presbyterian church and of the Masonic order; in politics he was a Democrat.
  5. Kate, married Charles H. Butler; children:
    1. Mabel, born October 8, 1886;
    2. Raymond, February 8, 1888.

(III) James Theodore, son of James (2) and Mary (Koones) Bradford was born in the town of Broadalbin, Fulton county, New York, 1843.

He grew up on the home farm and attended the public schools. After finishing his studies he became clerk in a drug store, after which he spent three years in Little Falls, New York, as clerk in a dry goods store. In 1865 he returned to Broadalbin, and in 1866 in company with Thomas C. Knapp established the drug business of Knapp & Bradford. In 1868 Mr. Knapp retired, his place being taken by George O. Dickenson. The firm of Bradford & Dickenson continued until 1909, when in consolidation with the Finch & Lee interests, the Broadalbin Drug Company was incorporated with James Theodore Bradford as president. For forty years he had an interest in the drug business at Broadalbin, and since 1883 had been connected with the drug trade in Amsterdam, New York. He is also a director and vice-president of the Broadalbin Knitting Company, and interested in the prosperity and advancement of Broadalbin in many ways. He is public-spirited and aids in all good works. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, trustee and elder. Politically he is a Democrat. He married, November 29, 1867, Sarah Antoinette, born March 1, 1845, daughter of John and Mary (Capron) Thompson, a descendant of Archibald Thompson, of New Brunswick, New Jersey, of an early New Jersey family. Children:

  1. Mary Celestia, born September 29, 1870;
  2. Le Roy Thompson, October 3, 1875;
  3. Ralph Eugene, October 3, 1875.

Archibald Thompson married Jacoba Shureman and had a family, including Captain John Thompson, captain of a sloop that carried freight and passengers between Amboy, New Jersey, and New York City. His sloop was captured by the British during the revolution, and Captain John Thompson, who was also first lieutenant of Captain John Lyle's third regiment, Middlesex county, New Jersey Militia, was taken prisoner and confined in the old "Sugar House" prison on Liberty street, New York City. In 1802 Captain John Thompson was removed to Fulton county, New York, settled in Broadalbin, where he had a grist mill and lime kiln until his death in 1820. Captain Isaac S., born October 3, 1872, in New Brunswick, son of Captain John Thompson, continued his father's business, but converted the grist mill into one for making paper. Isaac S. served at Sackett's Harbor during the war of 1812, with the rank of captain. He married, January 23, 1806, Wilhelmina Bant. Their son John, born July 23, 1808, died May 9, 1854. He was a paper manufacturer. He married, February 2, 1836, Mary Capron, born 1810, died February 16, 1907. Children:

  1. Mary Celestia, born March 2, 1837, died August 12, 1870;
  2. Anna Jane, January 7, 1839;
  3. Sarah Antoinette, died in infancy;
  4. Sarah Antoinette (2), born March 1, 1845, married James Theodore Bradford;
  5. Francelia, January 8, 1848, married, October 20, 1869, George N. Brown, of Broadalbin;
  6. Edward W., born November 1, 1850, died June 3, 1905, married Ella Andrews, of New Britain, Connecticut, October 14, 1874, children:
    1. Fred and
    2. Harold;
    3. Rosalinda, born September 17, 1853.

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