Matilda Bradley, wife of James B. "Jim" Masters and the Bradley Family Link
Back in the years prior to 1989, when our book was published I never really had the time to fully research Matilda Bradley, the wife of James B. "Jim" Masters, my great great grandmother and grandfather. We knew her name was Matilda Bradley and thought her parents were Eli Bradley and Jane, based solely on the following family in the 1850 Hawkins County, Tennessee Census:
We looked for Eli Bradley in subsequent census records and never found him - Until recently, by accident I found the following transcription in the Tennessee 1860 Census:
"BRADLEY, Leevi 48, Jane 55, Mariah M. 22, Larkin W. 18, Andrew J. 11 Ov-210-177"
As with the case of many researchers, the census takers spelling of a family name had resulted in a difficult
path of discovery.
the 1850 census is called "Mariah
M" in the 1860 census
but since the dates work it's
obviously the same child.
The census takers next household in the 1860 census was:
"Bradley, Levi P. 21, Thena 19, Ov-200-172"
Living close to his parents, Levi P. Bradley was another child of Levi and Jane Bradley. One additional son, Larkin N. Bradley enlisted in Company B of the 13th Tennessee Cavalry from Overton Co., TN.
This places Eli/Leevi Bradley and Jane in Overton County as residents prior to 1860 when Matilda Bradley and James B. "Jim" Masters were married on 28 April 1859 in Overton Co., TN. It' interesting to note that 3 children of this marriage would be named for siblings of Matilda - Jane, Larkin Andrew and Martha.
A little closer checking into the "Extract from 1880 Tennessee Census" found that Matilda listed her birth state as Tennessee and both her father and mother as being born in North Carolina. North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 showed:
Marriages of Wilkes County, North Carolina, 1778 - 1868 compiled by Brent H. Holcomb, notes that a condition of the marriage was "consent from James and Hannah Bradley, parents of Levi Bradley."Next in the North Carolina Marriages:
The Barlow Family migrates eastward along with the Bradley Family While reviewing an internet site "Going Home for History - Barlow family of Wilkes County, North Carolina" The following lines are outlined: 1
Note John Barlow Jr. and his 2nd wife Elizabeth Kindall Meritt as well as the parents and lines of Jane Barlow. This establishes Jane's surname an well as the confirmation that the parents of Levi were listed as James Bradley & Hannah Pogue.
Another interesting site was called Bunches of Barlows 2 When listing the names of the children of John Barlow Jr and Elizabeth "Betsy" Kendall Merritt, the following caption was given:
xi. JANE BARLOW born 1810 Wilkes Co North Carolina. She married LEVI BRADLEY April 29, 1828, son of JAMES BRADLEY and HANNAH POGUE. Levi was a year or two younger than Jane and had to have his parents consent to marry. They are shown in the 1830 Wilkes Co census as 1 male 15-20, 1 female 20-30, and one male under 5. They moved to Greene Co Tennessee. She was apparently still living in 1855, when she is named in her father's will as Jane Bradley.This same site lists:
John Barlow, Jr. & Nancy Rash
(JOHN3, JOHN2, THOMAS1)
was born about 1796 in Wilkes
February 11, 1823, Wilkes Co
North Carolina, daughter of
JAMES BRADLEY and HANNAH
POGUE. She was born about
Children of ELIPHALET BARLOW and NANCY BRADLEY are: i. JAMES5 BARLOW born 1824 - married CYNTHIA NICHOLS ii. AMANDA BARLOW born 1829 - married SAMUEL BROWN iii. MILLY BARLOW born 1831 34. iv. JOHN ASBURY BARLOW born Oct 30, 1833 died Oct 28, 1903 v. ALFRED BARLOW born 1835 - married SARAH JANE NICHOLS vi. PICKENS BARLOW born 1840 - died after 1860 vii. THOMAS W. BARLOW born 1847 - married DELIA MASTERS
Eliphalet Barlow was born in Wilkes Co. NC. and was last found in Wilkes Co. on the 1830 census. On the 1840 and 1850 census he was a resident of Greene Co. TN. By 1860 he had moved to Overton Co. TN. and died there before the 1880 census.
Thomas W. Barlow, above listed as child vii. married Delia Ann Masters in Overton County, TN in 1870.
If all this sounds confusing - it's because it is. A map of the areas more clearly shows the migration route followed from Wilkes County, NC to Overton County, Tennessee. Interesting to note most families came via Greene and Hawkins Counties in Tennessee. I am certain about the migration of our Bradley and Barlow families - why they chose Overton County is an interesting topic we may never understand.
Considerable more information may be obtained by visiting the sites outlined in the "End Notes" below. As I continue to work on these lines I'll update this site. Your input would be valuable as well.
2. Bunches of Barlows aka ... The Wilkes County Bunch...