George Bradfield, who for the past seven years has lived retired in Brookville, was numbered among the substantial
and representative agriculturists of Jefferson county during his early manhood; later, he engaged in business as
a huckster and painter of Fairfield. His birth occurred in Monroe county, Ohio, on the 16th of January, 1837, his
parents being Stephen and Nancy (Bradfield) Bradfield, both of whom were natives of Prince William county, Virginia,
in which state their marriage was celebrated. The father came of English descent; the mother was of Scotch lineage.
In 1831, they removed to Ohio, locating in Monroe county, where they continued to reside until t849, which year
witnessed their arrival in Jefferson county, Iowa. Stephen Bradfield operated a rented farm in Fairfield township
for several years. Subsequently he purchased a tract of land north of Abingdon, in Polk township, residing thereon
throughout the remainder of his life. His wife survived him for seven years.
George Bradfield obtained his education in the district schools. After he had attained his majority, he worked
on shares with his father, residing under the parental roof until thirty years of age, when he was married and
established a home of his own. In 1863, he enlisted for service in the Union army as a member of Company F, Third
Iowa Cavalry. He participated in the battle of Little Rock, Arkansas, and was then assigned to the Eastern department,
taking part in the engagements at Oxford and Guntown. Mississippi. He was also in a numher of skirmishes incident
to Price's raid through Arkansas and Missouri, and on the Blue river. On one occasion, his horse was killed and
fell upon him, dislocating one of his ankles and shoulders. After spending four months in the hospital at Jefferson
City, Missouri, Mr. Bradfield returned to his company at Louisville, Kentucky. and did active ditty as a soldier
until the cessation of hostilities, when he was mustered out at Davenport, Iowa. Returning home with a creditable
military record, Mr. Bradfield resumed farming, in association with his father. Following his marriage, he took
up his abode on a farm in Wapello county, where he remained for one yearn; subsequently, he spent four years on
the old Gow place in Fairfield township, Jefferson county. Removing to Kansas, he there remained for four years,
on the expiration of which period he was obliged to leave the Sunflower state because of the ravages of the grasshoppers.
In 1874, he returned to this county, locating in Brookville, where he made his home for twenty years. He next removed
to Fairfield, where he resided for two years; he then spent four years in Brookville, and afterward again lived
in Fairfield for five years. While a resident of Fairfield, he was successfully engaged in business as a huckster
and painter, but, during the past seven years, has lived in honorable retirement at Brookville, owning an attractive
residence and thirteen acres of land in section 11, Locust Grove township.
On the 19th of February, 1867, at the home of the hride's parents in Fairfield township, Mr. Bradfield was united
in marriage to Miss Christina C. Gow, a native of Ohio and a daughter of Peter and Jeanette (Parker) Gow, both
of whom were born in Glasgow, Scotland. Emigrating to America, her parents first located in Ohio; later, about
t848, they took up their abode on a farm in Fairfield township, Jefferson county, Iowa. The last years of their
lives, however, were spent in retirement at Fairfield.
The record of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Bradfield is given below. Cora Eva gave her hand in marriage to Benson
Ashmead, an agriculturist residing east of Bloomfield, by whom she has five children: Ethel, Edgar, Clifford, Fred
and Carl. Harry E. operates a farm of one hundred and twenty eight acres, just south of Brookville, in association
with his son Bruce. In early manhood, he wedded Miss Nora Hoffman, daughter of Esham Hoffman, a well known farmer
of Locust Grove township. Unto them were born four children, two of whom survive; Bruce and Bernice. Both Mr. and
Mrs. H. E. Bradfield are devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Brookville. The former served as
assessor of Locust Grove township for one term. Frank Bradfield, who farms a tract of land northeast of Brookville,
married Lilly Ireland, of Locust Grove township, by whom he has two children, Hilda and Charles. The mother was
twice married, her first husband heing Nelson Goodman, by whom she had one child: Marjory May Goodman.
In politics, Mr. Bradfield is a stanch republican, loyally supporting the party which was the defense of the Union
during the dark days of the Civil war. For four years, he held the office of postmaster at Brookville. under President
Benjamin Harrison. Both he and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal church of Brookville, taking a helpful
part in its work. Mr. Bradfield was a member of Abingdon post of the Grand Army of the Republic, until it was disbanded.
Now, in the evening of life, he is living retired, enjoying the fruits of his former toil in well earned ease.
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Jefferson County, IA
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