Our line of descent from Thomas and Mary Bradbury continues through their son David, who was born October 13, 1760 in Elizabeth New Jersey. His father died when David was around seventeen years old, and in May of 1778 a Petition was filed for the appointment of a Guardian for his property. After his father’s death, David was apprenticed to a shoemaker to learn that trade, but with the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, his master was called into the service, and David also came to join the colonial cause for independence. “Hazard’s History of Henry County Indiana” (1906) states that David served for five years as a soldier in the Revolution, and among other engagements participated in the battles of Staten Island New York; Monmouth New Jersey; and also spent the winter with Washington at Valley Forge. During this time he served as a private in the New Jersey Militia. The battle of Monmouth was fought in sweltering 100 degree heat, but the British were repulsed and withdrew. In later describing the engagement David Bradbury recounted how his rifle became so hot from repeated firing that he had to lay it down three times for it to cool off during the battle.
On February 21, 1781 David married Susannah Craig. A daughter of James Craig and his wife Phoebe Terrill, she was born April 27, 1762 in Elizabethtown New Jersey. After the close of the Revolution they remained in New Jersey until about 1787 or 1788 when they moved west to Pennsylvania. Several Bradbury families moved there together, and the 1790 Federal Census found them all living together in Fayette County. These were David and his brother Hezekiah, in Menallen Township, and Abner and Stuffel in German Township. Some of these, including Abner’s family were to stay in Pennsylvania, but David and others later moved westward. Two of David’s sons, Abner and Daniel, later wrote short memoirs which describe the fortunes of the family during these years and their movements from New Jersey to Indiana. Abner’s, which was printed in Richmond Indiana, seems to have predated Daniel’s, which are dated September 22, 1879, and were printed in Hagerstown Indiana. The two show identical text in a number of places, but Daniel’s seem more complete. They offer detailed and informative sketches of the lives of David and Susannah and their westward movements to the frontier.
Abner’s memoirs notes: “Father’s mother was left a widow, and he, when quite young, was taken by a shoemaker to learn that trade, but the Revolutionary war called his master into the service, and he, also, in some capacity of another, was in the service a great portion of the time until the close of the war; say from the age of thirteen to twenty. At the close of the war he was totally illiterate, but through the aid of Mother, after their marriage, he became a tolerably fair English scholar. Mother was left an orphan in infancy; was kindly raised and educated by her grandparents. They were married in the year 1782, and continued to reside in their native state until about six years thereafter. They then emigrated into the State of Pennsylvania; remained there only about four years. Their next emigration was into the state of Kentucky.” He notes later: “In the Autumn of the year 1812, Father made a tour of inspection to the western parts of Indiana, then almost a wilderness, with a view of emigrating to it; but the war put a stop to it for the time being.” Susannah Craig Bradbury died at the age of fifty-seven years on May 27, 1819 in Parke County Indiana, and is buried about sixteen miles from Terre Haute. After her death David returned to Wayne County Indiana, and later married Rachel Hatfield, a widow from Butler County Ohio. David died on his farm west of Greenfork in Wayne County Indiana on May 7, 1824, and is buried in the Jacksonburg cemetery. The family Bible of David and Susanna’s son Ezekiel, printed in 1830 by Guilford Morgan and Sanxay lists the dates of their children’s births and deaths.
Family Bible Printed Memoir of Abner Bradbury Printed Memoir of Daniel Bradbury 1879
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