Margaret Leah Graham Bradford News Article
(James Webb information too)
Courtesy of JoAnn Bradford
JoAnn Bradford writes:
This is from an article that my Grandmother Margaret Leah Graham Bradford carried in her suitcase. After my Granddad David Crockett Bradford died she would spend time with each of her children. I took the letter and copied it word for word many years ago. I have no idea who wrote it. Her [Margaret Bradford] mother was Rachel Webb daughter of John Martin Webb and Elizabeth Sturgill from Lawrence County, KY. One of the days I hope to get over there to see where she came from. She and her sister Mary went back and lived with John and Elizabeth after their mother died. She told of having fond memories of her Aunt Nancy Cooksey and mentioned her Uncle David Webb coming by the home in Arkansas and visiting them on his way to Hot Springs then on to Oklahoma where he died.
Grandma was born in 1874 in KY and died in 1981 at 107 years old. She descends from the Webb family with family history dating back to the time of the Virginia Colony.
During the time when the Indians had absolute control of the Ohio and
Mississippi valleys, the Webb family came from England and settled in
Virginia. As hundreds of others had done, they left England because of
religious persecutions and sought the wilds of America where "they could cut
their own vine and fig trees without being molested and daring to make
anyone afraid," and worship God according to the dictates of their
This family took a prominent part in the struggle for independence and after
the adoption of the Constitution and the Indians had made treaties with the
whites, the tide of immigration was westward.
In the year of 1826, James Webb, great-grandfather of Mama Maggie, emigrated
from Virginia to Kentucky and settled on Dry Fork where Webbville now
stands. His family consisted of seven boys and three girls of whom John M.
Webb, grandfather of Mama Maggie, was the second son. He was nine years old
when he came to the wilds of Kentucky and at age of 22 he returned to the
Cumberland Mountains where he married Elizabeth Sturgill. They returned to
Lawrence County and settled on Bellstrace. To this union was born eight boys
and five girls. Rachel, mother of Mama Maggie, was the third child born and
on January 29, 1874 she married Richard Graham and emigrated to Arkansas. To
this union was born six children, the forth being Margaret Leah Graham on
July 13, 1874.
In 1894 Mama Maggie married David Crockett Bradford and the spent most of
their married life at Eglantine in Van Buren County, Arkansas. She was
prominent in the Church of Christ there keeping it going when there were
only a handful to attend and no men leaders. To this union of marriage 11
children were born, Keith,of Eglantine, Eunice of Quitman, Carrie of
Shirley, Everett of Clinton, Dee her only child who has passed on, Edra
Hodges of Arizona, Sherman and Herman of Shirley, Woodrow of Higden, Ocie
McKuin of Missouri and John Aday of Damascus.
She has 32 grandchildren living, and four dead, 62 great grandchildren
living and one dead, 30 great great grandchildren and one greatgreatgreat
A reception was held for family and friends on Sunday, July 10 at the
home of Carrie and Bryson Bradford at Shirley with approximately 70 signing
A beautiful four-layered cake baked by Beverly Bradford Weaver a great
granddaughter was served with orange punch.
One more note from granddaughter, JoAnn Bradford:
Grandma Maggie live to be 107 years old, She died August 17, 1981. She had
wanted to have 12 children like her Grandmother had but she only gave birth
to 11. She did help raise a step-daughter Bertha Bradford whose Mother had
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