Ezra Bradford Gravestone

Location: Ames Cemetery, Greenwood, Maine

Jan. 3, 1827
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Comment by Franz Martin on June 2, 2013 at 6:18pm

Gayle & Chris -- I am following this exchange with interest, but surely there is an error in Gayle's comment that Ezra Bradford, son of Luther and Mary Wentworth Bradford, was born in Greenwood in 1836, then married Amanda Carr in Iowa in 1846!  Can one of you clear this up?  Also to Chris -- you give the birth of Luther Bradford, son of Ezra and Polly Tobey Bradford as "supposedly" 1810.  I'm wondering where you got that date, and why you say "supposedly".  Thanks to both of you.

Comment by Gayle on June 2, 2013 at 7:01pm

I noticed that, but that's what it says in the book. I could have read it wrong. Some of these county histories have long sentences and they mix subject matter within paragraphs. Google "Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington County, Iowa" and go to page 476. Please note: There seems to be several Ezra Bradfords during  this same timeframe which may be the reason for some of the confusion. The Ezra I'm looking for is a "Junior." The Ezra of this biography was apparently born in Maine, moved to Boston when he was 14, worked as a sailor for a time then moved to Iowa. From my point of view, it's even more confusing because the Leightons were friends of both the Carrs and the Bradfords.

Comment by Chris Dunham on June 2, 2013 at 7:40pm

Ezra and Polly's first four children were recorded in Augusta. I haven't found the birth records of any of the other children. Luther's 16 Apr. 1810 birth date I believe came from the old FamilySearch IGI, which was notoriously unreliable. It is consistent with other evidence, though.

Ezra Bradford and Amanda Carr married 4 Oct. 1865 in Washington County, Iowa.

Comment by Kathleen Baxter on June 3, 2013 at 10:33pm

Ezra Bradford born in 1836 was my great great grandfather.  He married Amanda Carr in 1865.  I have several photos of him, including one of him holding my mother, who was maybe a year old at the time.  

I was in the Wassonville Cemetery in Wellman, Iowa, a few years ago and saw a gravestone Charlotte Bradford wife of Ezra (I would be glad to send this to Chris and Gayle if they wanted).  She was not with anyone and it was utterly confusing.  Who was she?  How did she relate?  I do not like loose ends, and eventually figured out she might be Charlotte Leighton.  Somehow, I connected with someone on ancestry.com who is descended them and had been looking for her missing Charlotte.  She said Ezra came back to Maine after his wife died and then died back in Maine, which accounts for his mystifying single burial, and hers.  I can find out the name of this person, Chris, and put you in touch with her if you wish.  The earlier Ezra was the uncle of the second Ezra.

Kathy Baxter, who is a huge fan of this website and is amazed by Chris.  

Comment by Kathleen Baxter on June 3, 2013 at 10:38pm

I feel very stupid as I think I just contributed to the confusion.  The Ezra who died in Maine apart from his wife was the brother of the Luther born in 1810 who was the father of the Ezra born in 1836.  By the way, my brother still has the 1836 Ezra's sea chest.

Kathy Baxter

Comment by Chris Dunham on June 4, 2013 at 11:42am

Thanks for the kind words, Kathy. I'm glad that Ezra and Charlotte have been reunited—at least on the Internet.

I would be interested in a photo or transcription of Charlotte's gravestone.

Comment by Kathleen Baxter on June 4, 2013 at 8:39pm

How do I send you the photo of the tombstone?

Is this not wonderful that we can all find out the information?  Kathy Baxter

Comment by Chris Dunham on June 4, 2013 at 8:44pm

If you would like to share it with all of us, you can attach it to your comment by clicking the Image icon just above the comment box.

Comment by Gayle on June 4, 2013 at 10:15pm

Kathy, Yes, please I would like the photo of Charlotte's grave. If you would, you can email it to me at gVanD@sbcglobal.net. I just sent an email to Wellman city clerk asking some questions about missing Leightons, Charlotte included. Thanks in advance.

Comment by Gayle on June 5, 2013 at 2:17am

More Bradford questions: The date of marriage for Ezra Sr. and Mary Tobey is 23 Jan 1800; their first child, Betsey is born 22 May 1800; if the dates are correct, does anyone know how did the state [or the church] dealt with that situation in 1800? Previously, Puritan-era couples [or sometimes only the woman] would be charged with fornication and may receive a harsh sentence like whipping.

I located Olive's death record and it seems she was born in 1821. If this is correct, she was only 6 when her father died. Wouldn't she have had to have a guardian or a trustee?

The children I have found for Ezra Sr. and Mary are: Betsey 1800; Polly 1802; Ezra Jr. 1804; Susan 1806; and Luther 1810. I have also seen these children but proof seems loose: Rufus 1808; Sarah C. 1812; and Lucinda 1815. At first I was wondering why the 9 year space between Luther and Olive but if these are correct, Sarah and Lucinda sort of bridge that gap.


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