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"Mr. Bradley, My name is Gary Carden and I am doing research on the Cowee Tunnel disaster in which 19 chain gang convicts drowned in 1882. I see where you have published a list of names for the convicts that were participating in the Swannanoa Tunnel…"
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Chivous Omar Bradley replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion The Swannanoa Tunnel depended on convict labor
"William G. Hagan- in charge of stockade, William F. Neal- Steward, Joseph B. Moore- overseer.  The next 11 are guards: James Conley, Albert Hicks, Thomas Burnett, James G. Stroud, John C. Finley, William Gilbert, Thomas Gilbert, John Elliotte,…"
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Chivous Omar Bradley replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion The Swannanoa Tunnel depended on convict labor
"They are listed but some are quite difficult to read.  I was looking for a Thomas Turner who I thought might have been from McDowell County.  One of the guards had that same name.  I have a keen interest in WNC history - whatever it…"
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Chivous Omar Bradley replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Painters
"In the summer of 1956, when I was ten years old, my family moved into a new house my dad had built in Dark Corner where we had property.  The place is in southwest Rutherford County.  The closest neighbor was  a mile away and there…"
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Chivous Omar Bradley replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion The Swannanoa Tunnel depended on convict labor
"Another interesting point!     The prisoners ranged in age from 14 to 66."
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Chivous Omar Bradley replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion The Swannanoa Tunnel depended on convict labor
"The 1880 US Census for McDowell County NC - pages 25-29 Old Fort Township- lists those who were " at work on the Western North Carolina RR and from the Penitentiary at Raleigh NC".  It lists (if I've read the census taker writing…"
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Rutherford County Historical Society at Old Tryon Geneaology Society Library, Doggett Road, Forest City

November 1, 2011 from 6pm to 8pm
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Chivous Omar Bradley commented on terrell garren's blog post Garren's Civil War research
"Mr. Garren, James Dickerson Bradley was born February 2, 1840.  His age fits the James D. Bradley who enlisted in Co. A of the 60th NC Infantry Regiment CSA.  I didn't have that in my notes but it makes sense.  Someone in the…"
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Chivous Omar Bradley commented on terrell garren's blog post Garren's Civil War research
"J. Willis Bradley and Elias Alexander Bradley-first cousins from Buncombe County- were members of Co. K, 4th Regiment Tennessee Cavalry, Union Army. "
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Chivous Omar Bradley replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Spirit of Lamar Stringfield attends Asheville Symphony
"As a youth in the 1950's, I remember having an annual performance in our school by the North Carolina Symphony. The Lamar Stringfield Music Club of Rutherfordton was responsible for this, if I remember correctly. There had been an active music…"
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Chivous Omar Bradley left a comment for Linda Hoisington
"There is no family connection between my ancestors and the Justice, Adair, or Nanney families that I am aware of. My interest in the Justice family was in regard to a biographical sketch of Rev. C. B. Justice in a little church history I wrote. He…"
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"Hi Mr. Bradley, I have come across your name before in some of my genealogy research, it was in some information regarding the Justice family of Rutherford County. I am wondering if perhaps we are related somehow? My gggrandmother was Sarah Wallace…"
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Chivous Omar Bradley replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Place-names salute us in a revised gazetteer
"The origin of the name for Uree Post Office is indeed a puzzler. Since first reading the article, I've tried to find an answer. Clarence Griffin, on page 613 of his 1937 "History of Old Tryon and Rutherford County, simply states:…"
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Sallie left a comment for Chivous Omar Bradley
"Thank you for your gracious comment on my WNC comments..Are you related to the famous WW2 General? I think my Dad said our Miller, Keener? relatives were related to Gen Omar Bradley, but I did not check out his information. Interesting about…"
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Chivous Omar Bradley left a comment for Summer Campbell-Kelsch
"My great great grandfather, Alexander Bradley, married Elizabeth Goldsmith. Elizabeth was a sister to William A. Goldsmith and John Turner Goldsmith."
May 29, 2010

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At 1:28pm on February 15, 2013, Gary Carden said…

Mr. Bradley,

My name is Gary Carden and I am doing research on the Cowee Tunnel disaster in which 19 chain gang convicts drowned in 1882.

I see where you have published a list of names for the convicts that were participating in the Swannanoa Tunnel project.  Is it  possible to obtain a list of the convicts who were engaged in the Cowee Tunnel construction?

At 10:10am on July 24, 2010, Linda Hoisington said…
Hi Mr. Bradley,
I have come across your name before in some of my genealogy research, it was in some information regarding the Justice family of Rutherford County. I am wondering if
perhaps we are related somehow? My gggrandmother was Sarah Wallace Justice on
my maternal side. My grandmother was Velma Cordelia Adair, her mother's name was Nannney. I would love to hear from you if you have any family information.
Thank you in advance, Linda Hoisington - Grosse Pointe, Michigan
At 4:10pm on May 30, 2010, Sallie said…
Thank you for your gracious comment on my WNC comments..Are you related to the famous WW2 General? I think my Dad said our Miller, Keener? relatives were related to Gen Omar Bradley, but I did not check out his information.
Interesting about Jonathan Bradley possibly being a victim of the Shelton Laurel Massacre.
My Dad's first cousin Roger Messer was married to a Cole lady. I noticed That Nelson Morgan Bradley was married to Adinah Freeman, and I think she was the daughter of Sallie Buckner,and Robinson Freeman and I noticed that Adinah lived at Nimrod Buckner's home during one of the censuses along with my Great Grandmother Nancy Goldmith. (Then Fisher) They actually have Adinah listed as Adinah Fisher but I do not think she was Nancy's child..
 
 
 

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