Sumter City Cemetery, Sumter, South Carolina
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|Jack Bradford Obituary|
The State (Columbia, SC) 24 Feb. 1930 pg. 3
Original from Kate Baker Ryan Bible
"Jack" probably was a nickname. The dates of birth, place, and death are the same. The cause of death is listed as appendicitis. That fits with the obit saying that he died after a short illness. Parent's names, however, are listed as unknown. The informant Horace Bradford, one of his brothers named in the obituary. How could Horace not know the details to fill in the parent's information?
Family stories say that Jack was taken in by the Bradford's after a family member gave birth to him out of wedlock. A look at the structure of the family that raised him for 10 years seems to support that rumor.
William Hartwell Bradford (1870-1941) and Gertrude (Wells) Bradford (1870-1961) are named as Jack's parents in his obituary. Simple math shows that Gertrude would have been 50 when he was born. Not impossible, but unlikely. There is an 8-year gap between Jack and a son born in 1912. All point to a child taken in to raise. This could answer the question as to why the parents names were not filled out on the death certificate.
Either Horace did not know who the birth parents were, or he was protecting someone.
|Milford Robert Bradford|
24 February 1930
Is this Mimi's cousin Jack she remembered playing with?
For now, his identity is unknown, but perhaps someone seeing this post will be able to let me know.
|Mary (Baker) Hudson|
Sumter County, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudson Passey
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