The Heritage of Daniel Haston


Isham Bradley
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Isham Bradley's relationship to the Daniel Haston family can be traced back (at least) to the turn of the 19th century in Knox County, TN.  Isham was the bondsman for David Haston's May 5, 1800 marriage to Peggy Roddy.  What we do not know is what that relationship was specifically.  Was he a relative to the Hastons or was he just a friend?  According to the Blount County, TN marriage records Isham (Isom) Bradley married Susana Matlocks on May 13, 1798 in Blount County.*  Thus, "apparently" (but see note below) he wasn't a son-in-law of Daniel Haston, as Jacob Mitchell (who settled adjacent to him in White County, TN) may have been.  Whatever the relationship was, it was strong enough for him to travel to the wilderness of middle Tennessee in order to settle adjacent to the Haston family (even before his friend David arrived to the area).  In 1811, David Haston named his third son "Isham Bradley Haston."**  The first and middle names "Isham Bradley" appear at other times down through the Daniel Haston family lines.

Source of marriage date:  Dodd, Jordan. Tennessee Marriages to 1825. [database online] Provo, UT:, 1997. 

*Note:  The 1850 Hickory County, MO census indicates that Juriah [Bradley] Hobbs (probable daughter of Isham Bradley) was 56 years old and born in TN.  If this was true, then she was born about four years before Isham married Susanna Matlock in 1798.  If so, Isham probably was married to someone prior to his 1798 marriage to Susanna Matlock.  Could he have been married earlier to a daughter of Daniel Haston who died in the mid-1790s?

This all assumes that "Juriah" was the wife of Henry Hobbs who qualified him to be the son-in-law of Isham Bradley, and not a subsequent wife.

**Note:  "Isham Bradley" Haston (who married his Van Buren County, TN neighbor, Rebecca Steakley, in 1834) moved to Hickory County, MO sometime before the 1850 census (between 1843 and 1845, as per the census records for his youngest children).  He resigned his official positions in Van Buren County, TN in October 1842.  In 1850 was living in the same district (District 37) of Hickory County, MO as his namesake's (Isham Bradley's) son-in-law, Henry Hobbs.  Two houses away from Isham Haston (Hastings) was Joel I. Bradley's household, who was born in South Carolina in about 1813.  Was he related to Isham Bradley?

Estate of Charles Medlock / Matlock / Midlock

Charles Matlock (also spelled Midlock & Medlock) submitted his will on June 23, 1796.  He named Susanah Midlock (his wife) and John Midlock (his son) as the executors of his estate.  A reference to his "children" indicates that there were other children in his family.  Joseph Braddy & Henry Hawkins witnessed the will.  Did Isham Bradley marry the daughter of this Charles Matlock, who could have been named for her mother?  Or, did he marry the widow of Charles Matlock?  This will was signed approximately two years prior to Isham Bradley's marriage to Susana Matlocks.
Source:  Page 17 of Knox County, TN Will Book 0 (zero), July 1796 session.

Jason Matlock - Relationship to Susanna?
In 1830, Isham Bradley lived adjacent to Jason Matlock in Monroe County, TN (in Regiment 67, as per page 110 of roll 175).  This Jason Matlock was very probably a close kin of Isham's wife, Susannah Matlock Bradley.  But what was that relationship?

According to records, there were at least three males by the name of Jason Matlock who lived in east TN in the early & mid 1800s.

As per Tennessee Marriages to 1825:

  • Jason Matlock married Polly Miller on November 24, 1807 in Roane County, TN.
  • Jason Matlock, Jr. married Betsey Hicks on September 30, 1815 in Roane County, TN.

As per Federal Census records for Tennessee:

  • 1830 in Monroe County - of 30 and under 40 years old
  • 1830 in Roane County - of 60 and under 70 years old
  • 1840 in Roane County - of 70 and under 80 years old
  • 1850 in Polk County - age 55, wife = Elizabeth
  • 1850 in Polk County - age 1, son of More Matlock
  • 1860 in Polk County - age 65, wife = Elizabeth

As per Tennessee Census, 1810-1891:

  • Jason Matlock on 1796 tax list in Sullivan County, TN
  • Jason Matlock on 1805 tax list in Roane County, TN


Thus, apparently the senior Jason Matlock had lived in Sullivan County of upper east TN before moving westward to Roane, TN.  His 1807 marriage to Polly Miller in Roane County was his second marriage. He was married first to Elizabeth Fannie Rayburn, who was the mother of Jason, Jr.

Jason (B. ?) Matlock, Sr. - born July 18, 1769 in VA and died November 29, 1848 or 1849 in Roane County, TN.  He was the son of Moore & Emily Jane Powell Matlock of  VA.

Jason, Jr. ("James Jason Matlock" as per Ancestry World Tree entries) was probably born in Sullivan County, TN and married Elizabeth (Betsey) Hicks in 1815 in Roane County, TN.  He moved to Monroe County, TN sometime before 1830 and then later to nearby Polk County, TN.  One source indicates that he was the minister of the Ocoee Baptist Church of Christ, near Benton & Athens, TN and is buried in the Matlock Cemetery (about 3 miles east of Riceville, TN in SW McMinn County).  This would have been the "Jason Matlock" who lived adjacent to Isham Bradley in Monroe County, TN in 1830.  But what was his relationship to Isham Bradley's wife, Susannah Matlock Bradley?

The one year old "Jason Matlock" on the 1850 census was the son of Moore Matlock, who was the son of Jason Matlock, Jr. (and grandson of Jason Matlock, Sr.).

Here are some of the facts, in addition to the ones stated above, that we know regarding Isham Bradley:

  • According to the census records, he was born sometime in the 1770s. Thus, he was probably a few years older than David Haston (born 1777), since he was married at least two years prior to David.

  • On July 22, 1806 he signed a petition for the creation of White County, TN.

  • He purchased 50 acres on the "Big Spring," adjacent to Daniel and Joseph Haston on August 28, 1807. 

  • He sold his Big Spring area 50 acres tract to Charles Mitchell on February 15, 1809.  This was the very same day on which Joseph Haston sold his 50 acres tract to his brother, David Haston.  The deals were apparently made official at the same time, since the parties of both deals witnessed for each other's transactions.  Who was Charles Mitchell?  Was he the brother or some other close relative of Jacob Mitchell?  If you have information on this Charles Mitchell, please contact us.

  • Isham Bradley's name does not appear on the 1820 White County census.

  • In 1824, Isham Bradley and "Lady" (his wife?) were employed to superintend the business of Bell Tavern in Sparta.  Their credentials were described as: "long experience which they have had in this line of business, and the high reputation which they sustained with their friends and the public generally..."
    Source: The Sparta Review, Wednesday p.m., September 15, 1824. (available on microfilm in the White County, TN Public Library)

  • Isham Bradley appears on page 210 of the 1829 White County, TN tax list in Captain Eastland's company (which would have been on the Cumberland Plateau, east of Sparta).  He owned 175 total acres of land and was not charged for a poll tax (which might indicate that he was over 55 years of age).

  • He moved to Monroe County, TN before 1830.  According to the 1830 Monroe County, TN census there was one male 5-10 years, one male 20-30 years, one male 50-60 years (this would be Isham), one male 80-90 years (his of his wife's father?), one female 40-50 years (Isham's wife) and one female 60-70 years (his or her mother?).  Various other Monroe County records (ex. court records and deeds) also indicate that he lived in Monroe County.  Isaac Haston was known to have moved to McMinn County, TN (adjacent to Monroe County) at about this same time.  However, one court record (Monroe Chancery Court Record, #124, Joseph Donohoo v. Charles K. Gillespie, Will Forester, Alexander Webb, and William Wooden) stated that by 1840 Isham Bradley had "left the country" (probably referring to that local area) with his son-in-law, Henry Hobbs.

Note:  The 1840 Monroe County, TN census indicates that he was living next door to Jason Matlock (30-40 years old) at that time.  Perhaps Jason Matlock was a brother of Susanna Matlock, Isham Bradley's wife.

  • Isham Bradley lived, adjacent to Henry Hobbs, in Polk County, Missouri, according to the 1840 Polk County, MO census.  He made a January 16, 1839 land entry in the east half northeast Section 26 of Polk County, MO January 16, 1839.*  This was undoubtedly the same man who lived in Monroe County, TN in 1830, because in Missouri he was living adjacent to Henry Hobbs (stated in a Monroe Co, TN court record to be the son-in-law of Isham Bradley).  This was approximately the same time that Isaac Haston moved to Missouri, but Isaac moved to nearby Greene County, MO.  *Source: Page 224 of Goodspeed's History of Hickory County, MO (1889).

Note:  As per Goodspeed's history, Isham Bradley's place in Polk County, MO Section 26 was adjacent to that of Archibald Blue, a close associate of the notorious Hiram Turk family of the Slicker War (see below). 

Email from Tom Hobbs - November 6, 2004
If you check the Monroe County (TN) Court Records for 1839*, under the name of Henry Hobbs, you will find that the record states that Henry Hobbs and his father-in-law, Isham Bradly (Bradley), have left the country and moved to Missouri.  Henry Hobbs and wife Juriah Bradley Hobbs are in Polk County MO in 1840 and Hickory County MO in 1850.  You will find Isham Bradley here also.  Note that Henry Hobbs' son, Isham/Isom Hobbs, was famous during the Slicker War (see below).

*Note:  Monroe Chancery Court Record, #124, Joseph Donohoo v. Charles K. Gillespie, Will Forester, Alexander Webb, and William Wooden

My GG Father Silas Austin? Hobbs named his fifth child William Bradley Hobbs.  My G Grandfather was also named Silas Austin Hobbs.  My old grand aunts always referred to him as Austin Jr.  Another middle name which pops up out of my Gr. Grandfather Silas Austin Hobbs Jr. is Benton.  My Grandfather, Father and myself all have the middle name of Benton.  I have found a relative by marriage from the 1840's who named a son James Benton Watson. His mother was a Hobbs from TN - probably Anderson County - her name was Matilda.  I do believe that one James (probably Benton) Hobbs (born 1776 in NC and died September of 1849 in Hunt County, TX) is the father of Silas Austin Hobbs Sr. (1813 TN - 1887 MO). T he only TN county that I have have a feel that the above were in is Anderson County in about 1805.

The above Hobbs' were all in Dade County MO and lived here most of their lives.

Tom Hobbs (
Greenfield, Dade Co., MO.

  • We do not know when and where Isham Bradley died and was buried.

Who were the Parents of Isham Bradley?

We have no documented answer to that question, but "John Bradley" may have been his brother or some other close relative.  A man by that name appears frequently in the 1790s & early 1800s records of Washington & Knox & Blount counties of east Tennessee.  The names, dates, and places associated with this John Bradley would seem to associate positively with what we know of Isham Bradley.  Here are just a few examples:

  • John Bradley married Nancy Tate in Washington Co, TN on November 6, 1793.  Samuel Tate performed the ceremony and James Charter was the bondsman.  David Tate was the bondsman for the James Roddy who married Elizabeth Haiston (Houston?) on December 21, 1793 in the same county. 

  • John Bradley and Benjamin Tipton were in Knox Co, TN court for an assault and battery case in 1792.  Source: Pages 166-167 of Knox Co, TN Court of Pleas & Quarterly Sessions, Book 0 (Docket # 255/242)

  • Jonathan Cunningham took John Bradley to court in 1794.  Source:  Jonathan Cunningham vs John Bradley, Docket 209-168, Knox County, TN Court of Pleas and Quarterly Sessions (original document)

  • John Bradley (along with John Woods and others) qualified to be a Blount Co, TN Justice of the Peace on November 28, 1803.

  • John Bradley apparently lived on the Little River in the northern end of Blount Co, TN, which was almost half way between Maryville & Knoxville, TN.  Source:  Page 18 of Blount Co, TN County Court Record, Book I (1795-1804).

Where were Isham Bradley's Pre-Tennessee Roots?

We do not know, but perhaps Pittsylvania County of south central Virginia.

Mixed Probate Records - Pittsylvania County, VA
Book 3, 1797-1805
  • Bradley, Isham (Isham Bradley of this current webpage was living in TN at this time)
  • Bradley, John (there was a John Bradley who lived near Isham Bradley in east TN)

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Census Records

1820 White County, TN Census
Isham Bradley's name does not appear on this census, even though other sources indicate that he lived in White County in that general time.


1840 Monroe Co, TN - Isham Bradley & Jason Matlock
In Regiment 67, as per page 110 of roll 175


1840 Polk Co, MO - Isham Bradley & Henry Hobbs


1850 Hickory Co, MO - Henry Hobbs

Note that Henry Hobbs (born about 1782 was 12 years older than Juriah, his wife, who was born in about 1794.

1850 Hickory Co, MO - Isham Bradley Hastings

Another Isham Bradley in Missouri

The name Isham within the broader Bradley family was not unusual.  A search on indicates that there were several men by this name in the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly in Virginia.

There was an Isham Bradley who lived in Jackson Co, MO (see 1850 Jackson County, MO census), but he would not have been the same man who lived in east & middle Tennessee in the 1790s - 1830s.  The Jackson County, MO man was only 49 years old in 1850.  Since he was born in Virginia in about 1801, he was probably not the son of the Isham Bradley who was associated with the Daniel Haston family, since that Isham Bradley was very probably in east Tennessee at that time. 


Information concerning the Bradley Farm furnished by Mrs. Virginia Duck Baker, Grandview, Missouri.  Compiled and copied by Mrs. Max A. Christopher.

Isham Bradley and his wife, Catherine Hudgens Bradley, with their two small children, Lucy Bradley (who married Willis Steele), and Martha Bradley (who married James Noland) together with Finnius Scruggs, his brother-in-law, came to Westport from Virginia in 1831

Mrs. Virginia Duck Baker of Grandview, Missouri, states that her mother, Catherine Bradley, daughter of Isham Bradley and wife (Catherine Hudgens), was born in Westport in 1832, and married Benjamin ?Duck of Williamsburg, PA., who came to Lexington, MO., in 1843, and to Jackson county in 1848, and was the Superintendent of the Sunday school in the First Methodist Church organized in Kansas City, of which Mr. and Mrs. Duck were charter members. Mr. Duck was the grandson of Jake Duck, a soldier of the American War of the Revolution, who married Nancy Norris, a daughter of Henry Norris, who laid out Norristown, PA.

On this old Bradley Farm was a Family Buying Ground in which were buried:

  • Isham Bradley, buried about 1868
  • Catherine Bradley, wife of Isham Bradley, buried July 4, 1866
  • Robert Hudgens, brother of Catherine Bradley, died about 1875
  • Several slaves of the family

This Burying Ground was vacated in 1885.  The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley were removed to West Line, Cass county, MO.


Grandsons of Isham Bradley & The Slicker War Benton & Polk (later Hickory) Counties, MO
Isom (Isham) Hobbs and his brothers, Jeff & John, played major villainous roles in the Slicker War of Benton & Polk Counties of MO (area where Hickory County, MO was later formed) from 1840 to 1845.

Isom, Jeff, and John Hobbs, were sons of Henry and Juriah Bradley Hobbs.  Juriah was the daughter of the Isham Bradley who was associated with the Daniel Haston family in Knox and White Counties, TN.  Thus, Isom and his brothers were grandchildren of Isham Bradley.  Isom/Isham Hobbs was probably named after his grandfather.

The Hobbs boys were closely associated with the infamous family of Hiram Turk, both in Missouri as well as previously in Monroe County, TN. 

This story of civil chaos, vengeance-motivated vigilantes, inhumane brutality and murder, very likely took place all around Isham Bradley.  There is no indication in this book that Isham Bradley or any of his sons were directly involved in the Slicker War activities, but it is hard to imagine that they could have remained neutral among these conflicts.

The main value of the book for Isham Bradley researchers, other than for the fascinating story of the Slicker War plot, is to identify the location and historic setting of the extended Bradley family in early Missouri.

Area Where this Slicker War Occurred

From pages 14 & 15 of The Slicker War by Thomas and Glendenning. 


The Slicker War by Clarke Thomas and Jack Glendenning
 is available from the Polk County, MO Historical Society:

Note:  Page 220 of  Goodspeed's History of Hickory County, MO (1889) says that the Turks (Turk family and associates) rendezvoused at Hastian's Hotel.  This would have been the Warsaw, MO establishment owned by Daniel M. Hastain, son of David Haston and grandson of Daniel Haston.
Goodspeed's History of Hickory County, MO is also available from the Polk County, MO Historical Society.