Biography of Ashley Bradford
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





ASHLEY BRADFORD, Recorder, Springfield; is a native of New York State; was born in 1824; his parents, Clifford and Sibyl Bradford, removed to Clark County in 1838, coming by lake and canal to Columbus, and then by wagon to their new home in Springfield Township, where they resided the remainder of their lives. The subject of this sketch was brought up on the farm, and, when a young man, tanght school during the winter for a number of years; he continued farming until Jan. 1, 1864, when he removed to Springfield to take charge of the Recorder's office, to which he had been elected the previous October, and to which he has been reelected each succeeding contest, which is sufficient proof of the able and satisfactory discharge of his duties. Mr. Bradford married, in 1848, Julia A., daughter of George and Mary Knaub, of Pennsylvania. His death occurred here in 1868. Mrs. Knaub still resides in Springfield, being now in the 81st year of her age. From this union are ten children - seven sons and three daughters, all of whom are living; the oldest son, Oliver P., is agent of the American Express Company at Columbus; the second, Irving, is Deputy in his father's office; the oldest daughter is the wife of Rev. H. K. Fenner, of Louisville; the second daughter is the wife of Rev. J. C. Kauffman, of Orrville, Ohio, both of whom are prominent ministers in the Lutheran Church. Mr. Bradford is a quiet, unostentatious citizen, which is illustrated by the fact that, in the fall of 1863, when his friends went to apprise him of his nomination, they found him busy sowing wheat, and the nomination was a clear surprise, affording one of those rare instances in the days in which the office seeks the man.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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