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Beauford Warrick Bradburn Biography

from Allen County, Kentucky – Biographies

Beauford Warrick Bradburn, one of the rising young lawyers of Allen County, was born in Simpson County, Kentucky, on the 16th of April 1855.  His parents were unable to give him such an education as they desired, but at the age of sixteen he had acquired a proficiency in the English branches as taught in the common schools, which he attended only in the winter months; his summers were passed amid the labors on the farm.  In his eighteenth year he taught a term of school, and for the next three years divided his time between the profession of teaching and attending school as a student.  In the meantime he applied himself assiduously to the study of law.  After reading Kent and Blackstone, he read for six months in the offices of B. M. Mulligan, until August, 1876; there he occupied an office with H. P. Bailey until July, 1878, at which time he was examined in the law by W. H. Botts and H. T. Clark, and received a license, which was approved by Judge Garnett of the Sixth Judicial District of Kentucky.  He then entered into the practice of law, which he has followed successfully up to the present time.  On the 12th of February, 1881, he was appointed to the office of county attorney, to finish the unexpired term of H. P. Bailey, and in August, 1882, was elected to the same office, in which he yet continues.  On the 10th of January, 1877, he was united in marriage with Mary E. Barton, an accomplished lady and a native of Allen County.  She is a daughter of James S. and Sarah J. Barton, also natives of Allen County.  Politically Mr. Bradburn is a Democrat.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Church South.  Mr. Bradburn is a gentleman of liberal views and high aspirations, and bids fair to become one of the leading lawyers of his native state.  He is a son of George and Isabella A. (Allen) Bradburn, who were natives of Kentucky, married in 1852.  Miss Isabella Allen was a native of Simpson County.  Her children were nine in number and our subject was the second.  George Bradburn has been engaged in various kinds of business, having been farmer, county assessor, and is now in the livery business.  He was born in 1829, and is a son of William C. Bradburn, who was a native of the Old Dominion, and came to Kentucky and located in Simpson County, where he was one of the early settlers and followed the trade of a carriage-maker; he died at the age of forty-five years.  His wife was Mary Martin.  She was also a native of Virginia, and came to Kentucky with her husband soon after her marriage.  Mr. Bradburn’s maternal grandfather, Thomas Allen, was a North Carolinian by birth, his ancestors being English.  He came to Kentucky when a boy and remained here during life.  His trade was that of a wheelwright.  He died in 1862; his widow, Sarah (Lewis) Allen, survived until 1866.  Her age at death was sixty-five years.

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