John and Elizabeth Bradding (nee Day) were my 3xgreat grand-parents. John is consistently
recorded as a labourer.
John was born in around 1738, however where he was born is a mystery. There is no
record of his baptism in
the IGI and his family do not feature in any Settlement or Removal Orders. The Hitchin
PRs have been
checked, and although legible, John’s baptism is not noted.
However, a little information about Elizabeth Day may be deduced. She was born in
around 1744 and again
her baptism is not recorded at Hitchin. But their son, William, married Rose Day
in 1804 and John and
Elizabeth named a daughter, Rose. Perhaps William and Rose were related.
John and Elizabeth married at St Mary’s, Hitchin on 31 July 1772. As John is recorded
in the Hitchin Militia
Lists from 1775 until 1782, they were living in the town during this time. But in
1784/5 John is noted as living at Charlton - which indicates a move there in around
Charlton is a small hamlet lying two miles to the north of Preston and about a mile
south-west of Hitchin. The River Hiz rises nearby and formed a millpond. There was
a mill at Charlton until late into the nineteenth century. The Braddings lived in
the southernmost cottage in Charlton, on the road to Preston.