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Robert Young Bradford was born August 19, 1831 in Tennessee.  He married Mary Frances Hall on July 30, 1851.  He fought for the Union as a first lieutenant of Co. "C" 7th Regiment Tennessee Union Cavalry in the civil war. He was captured twice and managed to escape.  He died February 2, 1865 in Paducah, Kentucky of pneumonia.  The cause of death listed on his death certificate was delirium tremors; however, this was later proven to be totally false.  But because the cause of death was listed as delirium tremors, his widow was denied a pension.  She was later able to clear his name when two men who knew him well and were with him at the time of his death (George M. Barber and William B. Wyatt) wrote letters and swore affidavits that he died of pneumonia, was not drunk at the time of death, and that they had never seen him drunk.  She was finally awarded a pension of eight dollars a month with no back pay.  Robert Young Bradford is buried in Mounds National Cemetery in Illinois.  Mary Frances died August 20, 1916 and is buried in Mt. Comfort Cemetery, Carroll County Tennessee.
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