Nancy Jane Holderfield Bradford

Submitted by Sandra Nichols

August 3, 1945
Van Buren County Democrat
Clinton, Arkansas

"Aunt Nan" Bradford

"Aunt Nan" Bradford passed away at her home on Burnt Ridge, Thursday, July 26, 1945, being 85 years old. She was born to Mr.and Mrs. James M. Holderfield in Izard County in 1860. Being orphaned at the age of three, she was reared by foster parents in Missouri. At the age of nineteen she moved to Van Buren County and spent the remainder of her life here.

She was united in marriage to W.S. Bradford at the age of twenty, he preceding her in death several years. She and her husband homesteaded a farm on Burnt Ridge in 1881 and with the exception of one school term at Choctaw, she spent the remainder of her life on this farm.

Surviving her are eight children: Mrs. Lillie Huie of the home, Mrs. Ike Rhoades of Kennett, Mo., Mrs. Dan Maulden of Choctaw, Mrs. J. R. Towery, Mrs. George Hackett and Claude H. Bradford of Shirley, W.D. Bradford of Rio Vista, Calif., and J. H. Bradford of Saticoy, Calif., two sisters; Mrs. John Griggs of Clinton and Mrs. Belle Jones of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; 29 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren.

She professed faith in Christ early in life, uniting with the Church of Christ and living a true Christian life to the end. She was a faithful mother and a loyal friend to all who knew her. She will be sadly missed by all of her friends and loved ones, although we know that she is now at rest. Interment was at the Eglantine Cemetery, Friday, July 27, 1945 , by Coffman Burial Association.

Van Buren County Democrat
Clinton, Arkansas
August 3, 1945

Card of Thanks
We take this method of expressing thanks to our many friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy shown us in the death of our beloved mother, Mrs. Nancy Jane Bradford, who passed away Thursday, July 26, 1945, at the home.

We thank the Rev. Roy Hendrix for his comforting words, those who sang the songs requested and all others who took special part in the services, and all who sent flowers.

Always will we cherish these acts of kindness in our memory. God bless and guide every one.

Mrs. Lillie Huie and family
Mr. and Mrs. Ike Rhoades and family
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Maulden and family
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Towery and family
Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Bradford and family
Mr. and Mrs. George Hackett and family
Mr. and Mrs. Claude H. Bradford
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bradford

Nancy Jane Holderfield was not a true orphan. Her mother and infant brother died in Rolla, Missouri, where the family was living while her father, James Monroe Holderfield, served with the Union Army. Her husband was William Simpson Bradford who died May, 28, 1899. At his death, her children ranged in age from two to eighteen. She worked the farm, raised those eight children alone, and remained a widow. What a pioneer!