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Thomas S. BRADFORD
Rosa M. STROUP
Husband:  Thomas S. BRADFORD
Birth:  Jun 1889, Jefferson Co., MO
Occupations:  farmer; foreman and clerk for the railroad
Father:  Joseph BRADFORD, b. Jun 1850, England
Mother:  Jane E. MERCER, b. May 1851, NY d/o James D. MERCER (b. 1816/7, NY) & Mary __?__ (b. 1816/7, NY) and s/o the Charles B. MERCER (b. 1857, NY) who later married Rosie's widowed (adoptive) mother.

A file at OneWorldTree shows this Joseph BRADFORD as son of John Burnett BRADFORD, a descendant of Gov. William BRADFORD, Plymouth Colony, MA, which does not jibe with the fact that Joseph was born in England and that all of John's children were born in the U.S.  The OneWorldTree file contains only dates, not places, possibly to obscure this fact.  I tried to "fix" the file at OneWorldTree, but working with that interface is a nightmare, so I may not have succeeded.  Other sources do not show John Burnett with a son Joseph.

Marriage:  20 Feb 1910, DeSoto, Jefferson Co., MO
Wife:  Rosa M. "Rosie" STROUP
Birth:  Jul 1895, MO
Occupation:  homemaker
Adoptive Father:  John STROUP
Adoptive Mother:  Jessie Ava HORINE
Children born in Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO:
1.  Merta J. BRADFORD, b. 1910/11
2.  Ray T. BRADFORD, b. 1913/4
3.  Emma M. BRADFORD, b. Jul 1915
4.  Bertha Elizabeth BRADFORD, b. May 1918; d. 10 May 1970, DeSoto, Jefferson Co., MO; m. Robert Lee HAVERSTICK (1914-1969)
5.  Ray C. BRADFORD, b. 1920/1
6.  Earl A. BRADFORD, b. 1923/4
7.  Edgar R. BRADFORD, b. 1926/7
8.  Hazel E. BRADFORD, b. Sep 1929
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; UK, United Kingdom, ENG; USA, US, United States, Missouri, New York

Sources:

1.  Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 (index plus scanned images of marriage book pages; online at Ancestry.com; abstracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Thomas S. BRADFORD (over age 21) and Rosa M. STROUP (under age 18; guardian consenting) both of De Soto, Jefferson Co., MO, obtained a marriage license at Potosi, MO, on 7 Feb 1910.  They were married 20 Feb 1910 in DeSoto, Jefferson Co., MO, by D.W. CROW, minister of the M.E. Church.
Thomas was not over 21, so he apparently lied about his age.

2.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Joseph BRADFORD not found.  Jane E. MERCER (æ 9) is living in Thompson, Sullivan Co., NY (p. 20), with her parents, James MERCER (æ 43) & Mary (æ 43), plus siblings, including brother Charles (æ 4).

3.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Joseph BRADFORD not found.  Can't find Jane or Charles MERCER, either.

4.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Joseph BRADFORD (æ 29, b. Eng/Eng/Eng) and his wife, Jane (æ 29, b. NY/NY/NY), are living in Big River Twp., Jefferson Co., MO (p. 109A), with their four children, who do not yet include Thomas.  The children's birthplaces indicate they moved from New York to Boston, MA, ca. 1875, then to Missouri by 1878.  Charles MERCER (æ 23, b. NY) is living in Thompson, Sullivan Co., NY (p. 320A) with his parents, James D. MERCER (æ 63, b. NY) & Mary (æ 55, b. NY), plus siblings, not including Jane.

5.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

6.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Thomas S. BRADFORD (æ 10, b. Jun 1889, MO/Eng/NY) is living in DeSoto City, Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO (p. 188B), with his parents, Joseph BRADFORD (æ 49, b. Jun 1850, Eng/Eng/Eng) & Jane (æ 49, b. May 1851, NY/NY/NY), plus siblings.  Listed next to Charles MERCER (æ 42, b. Oct 1857, NY) and his wife, Viania, and six children.  Rosa STROUP (æ 4, b. Jul 1895, MO/MO/MO) is living with her adoptiveparents in DeSoto City, Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO (q.v.).

7.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 18):  DeSoto and Mamoth Mines Road, Valle Twp. (Part west of St.L. & I.M.R.R.), Jefferson Co., MO, Roll T624_792, p. 255A, SN 7A, SD 11, ED 41, enumerated 27/28 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 23 24 26 28 29
* 114 112 Bradford Thos S Head M W 22 M 1     MO Eng NY Eng Farmer Farm New OA Y Y R F 112
    ________ Rosa Wife F W 18 M 1 - - MO MO MO Eng       Y Y      
*De Soto and Mamoth Mines Road
Thomas and Rosa are both younger than the ages given here.

8.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 17):  Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, Roll T625_930, p. 225A, SN 1A, SD 11, ED 44, enumerated 2 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 21 23 25 26 27 28 29
Fm 5 5 Bradford Jane E Head O F F W 67 Wd   Y Y NY NY   NY Y Farmer General farm OA 5
      ________ Thomas S Son     M W 28 M   Y Y MO Eng Eng NY Y Foreman railroad shop W  
      ________ Rosie Dau-in-law     F W 26 M   Y Y MO MO   MO Y None      
      ________ Merta Granddau     F W  9 S Y     MO MO   MO   None      
      ________ Ray T Grandson     M W  6 S Y     MO MO   MO   None      
      ________ Emma M Granddau     F W 4 5/12 S       MO MO   MO   None      
      ________ Bertha E Granddau     F W 1 7/12 S       MO MO   MO   None      
Listed next to Rosie's remarried (adoptive) mother, Jessie (HORINE) STROUP MERCER.

9.  1930 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 13):  Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, Roll 1206, p. 263A, SN 7A, ED 50-24, SD 14, enumerated __ Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27
164 164 Bradford Thomas S Head O 1500 N M W 39 M 19 N Y MO Eng NY Y Supply Clerk R R Shops W
    ________ Rosa M Wife       F W 36 M 16 N Y MO MO MO Y None    
    ________ Merta J Dau       F W 19 S   N Y MO MO MO Y None    
    ________ Ray T Son       M W 16 S   Y Y MO MO MO Y None    
    ________ Emma M Dau       F W 14 S   Y Y MO MO MO Y None    
    ________ Bertha E Dau       F W 11 S   Y Y MO MO MO Y None    
    ________ Ray E Son       M W  9 S   Y   MO MO MO   None    
    ________ Earl A Son       M W  6 S   Y   MO MO MO   None    
    ________ Edgar R Son       M W  3 S   N   MO MO MO   None    
    ________ Hazel E Son       M W 6/12 0 S   N   MO MO MO   None    

10.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

11.  One World Tree (online at Ancestry.com).

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