By Erica Cameron
James Bradford, who is my great-great-great grandfather, was born in North Carolina the year of 1791. He worked as a blacksmith and later married Sarah J. She was born in South Carolina. They had my great-great grandmother, Hester Bradford on July 18, 1867. James later died in 1871. Hester married John J. Neal who was born on February 21,1860. John came to Dade County when he was 19 years old and worked in the furnace in Rising Fawn guarding prisoners. Hester was a mid-wife, which is a person who goes to people’s houses and delivers babies. John and Hester had nine children, one of which was my great grandfather, Lunsford Neal. Lunsford was born on May 30, 1898 in New Salem. Later, John J. died on March 15, 1933 and Hester died on May 22, 1942. Lunsford married Jessie P. Bradford. She was born on May 25, 1901. Lunsford was a farmer and Jessie was a housewife. Jessie’s mom and dad were Wesley Bradford (b. Sept. 13, 1877, d. 1955) and Ettie Moore Bradford (b. 1878, d. 1953). Lunsford and Jessie had eight children (five boys and three girls), one of which was my grandmother, Alline Lois Neal. Alline was bom on December 23, 1930 in Dade County. Her grandmother, Hester Bradford Neal delivered her. She married Floyd LeRoy Cameron on January 4, 1947 in Dade County. Floyd was born on July 11, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Ga. He works as a mechanic. His parents were Boyd Cameron, who was born on April 15,1898 in Walker County, GA and Mary Abott Cameron, who was born on September 3, 1903 in Alabama. Boyd later died in Fort Oglethorpe in 1983. Mary also died in Fort Oglethorpe, but in 1996. Alline’s parents, Lunsford and Jessie also died later. Lunsford died of a stroke on December 3, 1981 on Lookout Mountain and Jessie died of a heart attack on September 12, 1988 in Fort Oglethorpe. Floyd and Alline had five children. Their firstborn died at birth. They later had Danny Cameron, who is my father, on June 20, 1961 in Lafayette, GA. He married Sheryl Brittingham (my mother) on May 23, 1982. I was born on August 16, 1981 in Sunrise, FL. Sheryl was born on July 6, 1962 in Pompano Beach, FL. Her biological father is Henry Pavillard, but she was adopted and raised by Charles Brittingham. Her mother is Adrienne Lee Moore, who was born on January 6, 1941 in Bartow, Florida. Adrienne has a paternal cousin who was born on the Mayflower. Adrienne’s parents were Amos Russell Moore, who was born on January 11, 1910 in Illinois and Margaret O’Brien, who was born on July 14,1912 in Indiana. They were married on December 24, 1937. Amos was a farmer and Margaret was a journalist. Amos died of a heart attack on November 21, 1978 in Belize (Central America) and Margaret died of cancer on December 8, 1969 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Amos’s parents were Free Moore and Harriet White Moore. Free was a farmer and worked for the railroad. Harriet was an accountant. The Moore’s died as a result of high blood pressure and heart problems. Margaret’s parents were Norma Louise Hoffinan O’Brien and William O’Brien. William worked for the railroad and Norma was a housewife. The O’Briens died as a result of some type of cancer.