Karen, I have some information on this family. I believe W. J. Radford moved his family to Washington County, TX, ca 1874. They lived there briefly before migrating to Lee County, TX where they settled in the Blue Branch community. The entire family can be found in the 1880 Lee County Federal census. Blue Branch was a cotton farming community which all but vanished during the boll Weevil infestations of the 1890's.
My great grandfather, Ebenezer Curry, moved from Alabama to Washington County, TX in January 1874. At one time (1830-1858), Ebenezer lived in southeastern Montgomery County, AL, not far from where W. J. Radford was living at the time of the 1860 census.
One of Ebenezer's daughters (and my grand aunt), Martha Amanda Curry, married W. J. Radford's eldest son, John Wesley Radford in Washington County, TX in June 1874. Their first daughter, Mattie Belle Radford, was only one month old at the time of the 1880 census in Lee County. At that time, W.J. Radford was living nearby with his wife, Martha, and his children George P. Radford, J. F. Radford, Mary J. Radford, and Minnie Radford. His youngest son, Samuel A. Radford, was living nearby in the household of his brother-in-law, W. M. Landers. I am assuming that his wife, Sarah J. Landers, is the daughter of W. J. Radford. I believe there may be another daughter, Margaret or Maggie, that I did not find in the 1880 census.
None of these Radfords remained in Blue Branch after the 1890's. If you think this is the Radford family you are seeking, please e-mail me direct and I'll share my informaton with you. By the way, most of these Radfords did not remain in Texas.
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