New Bradford Cemetery of 19W

Spivey Mountain, Unicoi County, Tennessee

Surveyed and documented by Beth Bradford-Pytel

Updated on 03/23/14


New Bradford Cemetery is located on Bradford Lane off 19W (also called Spivey Mountain Rd.) at the summit of Spivey Mountain in Unicoi Co.  The family cemetery was established in 1962 with the death of Howell Hensley [s/o Silas Hensley and Sarah Hensley].  The property upon which the cemetery resides originally belonged to William A. Hensley and Lucinda Higgins which they acquired about 1000 acres in 1843 after the removal of the Cherokee natives in 1838 for this area.  Over time, the land has been dispersed among the descendants of William A. Hensley and Lucinda Higgins [buried Old Hensley Cemetery #3 on the other side of 19W].


Take 19W towards Burnsville, NC heading towards the summit of Spivey.  At the summit, passing the Mountain Dale Freewill Baptist Church on the right, make the next right onto Bradford Ln. that crosses Spivey Creek. This is a private drive; visitors should seek permission before proceeding. 


NOTE:  Macro view of Bradford Cemetery taken April 2005 --bbpytel


1a.  BRADFORD, Andy Roscoe

b. March 12, 1907 - d. Dec. 20, 1974

[s/o Samuel L. Bradford and Ruhamia Hensley buried Bradford Cem. Little Creek, Yancey Co., NC]

NOTE:  Born in Little Creek, Yancey Co., NC,  worked as a  lumberjack, tobacco farmer and lineman for Erwin Electric and Power Co. [TVA]  Photo link - brothers Arthur-Lyde-Andy 1964 --photos by bbpytel

1b.  BRADFORD, Pearl Lee [HENSLEY]

b. July 12. 1913 - d. June 11, 1994

[d/o Howell Hensley #2 and Maggie Ibbie Foster Foster Cem #3; w/o Andy Roscoe Bradford; married May 11, 1935; they had 6 children]

NOTE:  1931 Unicoi Co. High School senior photo; mother of 6, Teacher, farmer/raised tobacco; received 2-yr. teacher's certificate from East Tennessee State Teacher's College [ETSU] - photo -bbpytel


2.  HENSLEY,  Howell

b. Jan. 22, 1875 - d. March 24, 1962

"His Soul in Bliss is Now Above"

[s/o Silas and Sarah "Sally" Hensley buried Old Hensley Cem #3]; wife Maggie Foster buried Foster Cem #3;

child: Pearl L. Hensley]

NOTE:   He was the first person to be buried at the family cemeteyr.  Howell served as Brownlow Postmaster along with his brothers Allison and Burgess; shoemaker, farmer, and teacher.  His wife, Maggie, died early in life due to peritonitis from a ruptured Appendix.  She is buried next to her parents at the Foster Cem.  Howell never remarried and spent much time educating and fathering his only child Pearl.  He highly valued education and became a teacher for a period of time in the early 1900's for the Mountain Dale School of Spivey.  Photo of Howell taken about 1905.


3.  BRADFORD, Douglas

b. September 26, 1941 - d. May 24, 2009

[s/o Andy R. Bradford and Pearl Lee Hensley]

NOTE: He lost his courageous battle with multiple myeloma.   Doug was born in a farm house built around 1900 and raised on Spivey Mountain.  He graduated from Unicoi County HS in 1959 and was a member of the Future Farmers of America and played varsity basketball.  In 1959, he moved to Maryland to live with his uncle Conway McCourry (from Bee Log) who was a D.C. police officer seeking work.  To no avail, he moved back to Spivey  to cut timber to age 21 after which time he left for Maryland again in search of an opportunity.  He briefly was in sales for the Government Employees Mart (G.E.M) which took him to Elizabeth, NJ.  He then works for Hahns Shoes which transfers him back to the DC area.  In 1969, he joined the US. Secret Service Uniformed Division serving 20 years at the White House, Foreign Missions at the Egyptian Embassy during Anwar Sadat; he also provided Executive Protection for Queen Elizabeth's arrival in NYC; protection at the Reagan Ranch in California and protection at the George H. W. Bush estate in Kennebunkport, ME.  My father served an esteemed career under the following presidents: Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and George H. W. Bush.



4.  BRADFORD, Woodroe

b. May 3, 1912 - d. November 1973

Tech 5, US Army WW II

[brother of Andy Roscoe #1; s/o Samuel Bradford and Ruhamia Hensley buried Bradford Cem. Little Creek]

NOTE:   Woodrow enrolled in the 2nd Army on February 20, 1941, serving as Private and trained at Fort Bragg, NC.  His service record upon enlistment shows that he was single, no dependents, two years of High School and 72 inches tall / 170 lbs.  He served for 4 years and received an "Honorable Discharge" on September 17, 1945.  After the War, he moved to the Detroit area, along with several other Bee Log/Spivey relatives, to work in the auto factory.  He never married and had no children.  Family said he was sort of a recluse and lived alone.  Sadly, in 1973 he was found dead in his home in Algonac, St. Clair Co., Michigan and the cause of death was alcohol abuse.  His brothers went to Detroit to gather his things and his body and bring back to Spivey Mountain to rest next to his grandfather Howell Hensley who was the first to be interred.

PHOTO:  tombstone taken 2003 --bbpytel; Military photo courtesy of Kim Barlow Sexton.



5.  BRADFORD, Terry Keith

b.  June 13, 1952 - d. January 5, 2012

[s/o Andy R. Bradford and Pearl Lee Hensley]

NOTE: He was high school / vocational teacher of the Unicoi County School system for 32 years.  He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Masonic Lodge 461 F&AM;  he served in US Army Reserves and was a long time member of Mountain Dale Freewill Baptist Church of Spivey where he served as deacon and taught the men's Sunday School Class.



5.  BRADFORD, Nolan Shaun

b. December 26, 1979 - d.  May 17, 1992

"Forever in Our Hearts"

[s/o Terry K. Bradford and private]

Photo triptych: "Bradford Farm" by Kevin Hinsdill,  May 2009


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Updated on 03/23/14