Born: 12 January 1844 in Missouri (Tombstone says 15 January 1844)
Died: 7 August 1918 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Bradford Family Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: William and Elizabeth (Huddleston) Bradford

Married: Mary Ann Pullen on 17 April 1875 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 4 December 1843 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: about 1922 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Bradford Family Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Thomas and Sarah (Unknown) Pullen


  1. Bettie Bradford
  2. Mamie Bradford



  • Brother: David F. Bradford - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment


25th Tennessee Infantry
Company F


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Corporal
  • Enlisted 31 July 1861 in Livingston
  • Age: 16
  • Mustered In: 1 October 1861 at Camp Myers: At home sick
  • 31 July - 31 Oct 1861: Present
  • Sep - Oct 1862: Present
  • 30 Jun - 1 Nov 1862: Present
  • Nov & Dec 1862: Present
  • Jan - Jun 1863: Present
  • Jul & Aug 1863: Promoted from Private to 2nd Corporal 17 Jul 1863
  • Sep - Dec 1863: Present
  • Jan & Feb 1864: Present
  • 6 Jan 1864: Age 20; Promoted to Captain in August 1863
  • Mar - Dec 1864: Present
  • 9 Apr 1865: Surrender at Appomatox with Lee at the Floyd House and Ocmulgee Hospital in Macon, GA
  • 2 Oct 1863: Returned to duty 5 Oct 1863



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  • Filed January 11, 1909
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Cookeville, TN
  • Member of the 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Company F
  • Born 12 January 1844 in Missouri
  • Enlisted 1861 in 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment in Col. S. S. Stanton; Captain Joseph Shaw; commanded at the end of war by Capt. J. H. Curtis
  • Wounded slightly at Knoxville
  • Family: Wife, Self and Mother
  • Attest: H. R. Terry

Supporting Documents:

  • J. H. Curtis (11 Dec 1908) - Commander of the Regiment - Recommends Him



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  • Filed 21 August 1918
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Cookeville, Putnam County, TN
  • Resident of TN all her life
  • Born in Overton County on 1 December 1844
  • Charles Bradford was born in Missouri on 12 January 1844
  • They were married in Overton County by John Webb, JP
  • He died at her home in Putnam County on 7 August 1918.
  • She had three children, but only one was living now.
  • Witness: John W. Hicks
    • He has known her twenty or more years.
    • She resides one mile from him on Cookeville, Route #5.
    • She was born in Overton County.
    • He has known her husband 25 years or more.

Supporting Documents:

  • J. N. King (20 Aug 1918) - I am sending you the application of Mrs. Mary Ann Bradford. Mrs. Bradford states that they got the license in Putnam County and was married in Overton County by John Webb. Putnam County's records are burned, and we cannot find the record in Overton County. The possibility is that they were never returned.
  • J. N. King (24 Aug 1918) - We cannot find the marriage record. We are sending the affidavit of J. B. S. Martin and Mike Moore.
  • J. B. S. Martin, MD and Mike Moore (24 Aug 1918) - They were well acquainted with the applicant. They have known them as husband and wife for forty or more years. The records from the courthouse burned.
  • Martha E. Braswell, age 58 (6 Sep 1918) - She accompanied the applicant and husband to Overton County to the home of John Webb, JP and witnessed their marriage. As best she recalls it was on 17 April 1875.
  • J. N. King (6 Sep 1918) - The court house has burned and records were lost.


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 236
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 7 (Listed as Charles Pullen, age 16. His mother Elizabeth married Thomas Pullen after the death of his father.)
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 106 (Listed as Charles Pullen.)
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 77A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 5A
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 13A

Cookeville, Putnam County
Pat Cleburne Bivouac No. 27
Membership Applications

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  • Born on 12 January 1844 in Missouri
  • Enlisted 31 July 1861 in Company F of the 25th Tennessee Infantry
  • Rank: Private
  • Paroled 9 April 1865
  • Address: Cookeville
  • Admitted 27 May 1891


Putnam County Herald
8 August 1918 
Vol. XVI, No. 32, Page 1
(Chronicling America)

  • Bro. Chas. Bradford was reported some worse. (He died early Tuesday morning and was buried in the family cemetery. -- Ed.)

Putnam County Herald
15 August 1918
Vol. XVI, No. 33, Page 1
(Chronicling America)

  • The death of Bro. Chas. Bradford was announced. Bro. Bradford died on the 6th inst, and was buried with honors of the order, for warrant on the treasurer to burial benefit was made. A committee on resolutions was appointed.

The Tennessean
08 August 1918
Page 2

  • CHARLES BRADFORD - Prominent Putnam Countian Dies After Long Illness.
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 7. - (Special.) - Charles Bradford, a gallant Confederate veteran; and one of the best known and most highly esteemed citizens of Putnam County, died today at his home, two miles east of this city, after an illness of several weeks. He served throughout the Civil War in the company of the late Captain James H. Curtis of this city, and his record as a Gallant Confederate soldier was unsurpassed. He served three terms as sheriff of Putnam County, having retired from this office in 1894. He served for twelve years as an official of the state prison at Nashville, serving under the administrations of Governors McMillin, Frazier, Cox and Patterson. He was a man of the strictest integrity and unbounded moral and physical courage. He was a devoted member of the Methodist Church, and for the past forty-five years he had been an active member of Mount View Lodge, No. 179, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of this city, under the auspices of which lodge his funeral will be conducted. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Burt Harbough of this city, and a number of grandchildren. His remain will be interred at Salem Cemetery.

Putnam County, TN
Will Book 6
Online at FamilySearch

Page 294
Written: 8 Dec 1909
Recorded: 8 Aug 1918
Spouse: Mary Bradford


  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1918) - #555 - Charles Bradford
  • Putnam County Herald, 10 September 1914 V. XII, No. 36, Page 3
    Former Sheriff Charles Bradford is critically ill with pneumonia at his home two miles East of the city. There is not more highly esteemed citizen of Putnam county than this old Confederate veteran and everyone earnestly hopes he will recover.
  • Putnam County Herald, 1 October 1914 V. XII, No. 39, Page 1
    Mrs. Elizabeth Pullen. Mrs. Elizabeth Pullen died at the home of her son, Chas. Bradford, Wednesday, aged 92 yrs. She leaves two children, Mrs. John Braswell of Lancaster and Mr. Chas. Bradford of Cookeville. A brother, J. F. Huddleston aged 89 years, was present at the funeral. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. W. W. Baxter, Mrs. Pullen had been a member of Salem Methodist Church for 78 years.
  • Nashville Tennessean and the Nashville American, 6 March 1914, Page 7
    Mrs. Elizabeth Pullen Resident of that Section Before Co. Was Organized

    COOKEVILLE, Tenn., March 4. - (Special) - Mrs. Elizabeth Pullen, who lives with her son, former Sheriff Charles Bradford, two miles east of this city recently enjoyed her ninety-third birthday.
    This venerable lady is wonderfully well preserved for her years. Her faculties are unimpaired. Her splendid memory appears to be as good as it was seventy-five years ago. She manifests a lively interest in local and general news, and enjoys conversing with her relatives and friends.

    Mrs. Pullen was a middle-aged woman when Putnam county was established, sixty years ago. She has lived in this vicinity all of her life.

    Her maiden name was Huddleston. She has one brother-Esquire Jurdon Huddleston-still living. He resides near this city and is ninety years old. He enjoys the distinction of being the oldest Odd Fellow in Tennessee.

    Mrs. Pullen's first husband was named Bradford. He was the father of her son, former Sheriff Charles Bradford, with whom she has lived for many years. After the death of her first husband, she married a Mr. Pullen. She has one daughter by her second marriage - Mrs. John W. Braswell of Lancaster, Smith county.

    Mrs. Pullen has been a widow for about fifty years. When she married her second husband, he had a daughter by a former marriage-Charles Bradford- so Mrs. Pullen is the stepmother, as well as the mother-in-law of Mrs. Bradford.

    Mrs. Pullen enjoys talking about the famous camp meetings of the olden days, especially those held at the old Salem camp ground, near her girlhood home. She remembers well when the first term of circuit court was held in the newly organized county of Putnam, at the old Salem church, two miles southeast of Cookeville, sixty years ago. This old church was near her home.
    She had many interesting and exciting experiences during the civil war, while her son, Charles Bradford, was a Confederate soldier.

    Mrs. Pullen has been a devoted member of the Methodist church for eighty-five years.

    She has a very large family connection. She is a great-aunt of Esq. B. C. Huddleston, secretary of the Putnam county famers' union, and a prominent member of the county court.
    Marvin L. Brown of Aurora, Mo., another great-nephew of Mrs. Pullen, is one of the editors of "The Menace," a well-known anticatholic periodical.

    Mrs. Pullen was well acquainted with the present site of Cookeville for more than twenty-five years before the town was established, or a single house built in it, and, since the original sale of town lots, she has watched its progress for sixty years.

    Mrs. Pullen is the oldest woman in Putnam County.

Top Photo Source: Pictorial History of Putnam County, Tennessee, Page 51

Bottom Photo Source: Stray leaves from Putnam County history : pioneer families, sights and sounds from the past, old school groups, Civil War soldiers, Page 233