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
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: Ancestry.com, 1997.
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?
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.
"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?
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
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?
Ancestry.com records, there were at least three males by the
name of Jason Matlock who lived in east TN in the early & mid
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
- 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
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
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
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)
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
He moved to
Monroe County, TN before 1830. According to the
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
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.
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.
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
Haston moved to Missouri, but Isaac moved to nearby Greene County,
MO. *Source: Page 224 of Goodspeed's History of Hickory
County, MO (1889).
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
Email from Tom Hobbs - November 6,
|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
*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
The above Hobbs' were all in Dade County MO and lived here
most of their lives.
Tom Hobbs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Greenfield, Dade Co., MO.
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:
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
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)
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)
(along with John Woods and others) qualified to be a Blount Co, TN
Justice of the Peace on November 28, 1803.
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
Isham Bradley's Pre-Tennessee Roots?
We do not know,
but perhaps Pittsylvania County
of south central Virginia.
If you have
additional information regarding Isham Bradley or his family,