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By Myron Bradley

Josiah Farrington, born in 1827, moved from Vermont to Whitehouse Ohio, in the early 1850's accompanied by his wife Araadna Goodwin Farrington. He farmed and became a Justice of the Peace. According to his nephew and namesake, Albert Josiah (A.J.) Bradley, he also "ran the one and only store in town and in partnership with Alex Walp ran the first stone quarry there." Araadna died in September, 1860, leaving him with their two children, daughter Addie and son Ambrose ("Bose").

The next July he enlisted for a three-year period in Captain James McCabe's Company, 14th Regiment of the Ohio Infantry for Civil War duty. He left his two children and his mother, Almira Hall Farrington, with his younger sister Cyntha Pike Farrington Bradley, and her husband Eber. It is to Cyntha, Eber, his mother, and his two children that his letters are addressed.

The diary and letters along with other family papers were given to Myron Bradley in 1932 or 1933 by his grandfather, A. J. Bradley. His edited version appeared in  the NORTHWEST OHIO QUARTERLY, Summer, 1977, Volume XLIX, No. 3, The Maumee Valley Historical Society.

Scanned and OCR March 2005 from an original in my possession - John Nicholson.

Josiah Farrington's Civil War Diary and Letters - click here to view entire document online (html)

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