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Bradford Worthington was born May 4, 1804, in Kentucky. As a young man he migrated to Brown County, Illinois (then Schuyler County). There he purchased a tract of land in Cooperstown Township, four miles east of Hersman and built a log cabin on it. Bradford lived and worked on this farm, along with his sons all of his life. During the Black Hawk War he joined the Illinois Volunteers, serving under Capt. Hart Fellows. He was honorably discharged at Rushville, Illinois, on the 12th day of July A.D. 1831. For this service the government gave him one hundred and sixty acres of land adjoining the tract he already owned.

In 1833 Bradford married Lucinda Hills, daughter of Robert N. and Elizabeth Angel Hills. They were the parents of six children: Matilda, Elizabeth, William J., Robert, Jonathon, and Lucinda. Robert and Lucinda died in infancy.  Lucinda Hills, died at the age of 30 years. In 1846, he married Elizabeth Dunbar, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Huffman Dunbar. Nine children were born to this union; Henry, Andrew Jackson, Almarinda Jane, Thomas J., Peter Franklin, Bradford (Brook), Francis Marion, Lucy Ann, and Amos Landow. Elizabeth, wife of Bradford, died in 1870 and he died in 1881. They were buried in the Perry Cemetery, Cooperstown Township, Brown County.

"Bradford Worthington was a self_made man. He earned the respect of all with whom he had any dealings.  The children attended the Hill School and Cross Roads Church. The family enjoyed the quiet peaceful life they lived.  There was always work to be done and each shared his responsibility. Besides school and church there was occasional entertainment in the school or home. In the hustle and bustle of today's living, it makes some of us long for some of the quiet every day living of those days long past. Bradford and his two wives have certainly left a large family to posterity." Goldie Brown Ancelet

The Worthington Family Reunion is held each summer to celebrate the life of Bradford, and his descendants.
Please join us in at the reunion and share your family tree, histories,  and photos. We are currently working on a
Worthington Family History Project. If you are unable to attend, but would like to participate, please mail, or e-mail,
your family information to
Eileen Worthington or Joyce Brewer.

Eileen Worthington
23595 E. 1500th St. - Good Hope, IL 61438
Joyce Brewer
135 Olive St. - Galeburg, IL 61401

(309) 774-4186


(309) 343-3300

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