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Bradenton in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Braden River

 
 
Braden River Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, October 21, 2019
1. Braden River Marker Side 1
Inscription.  Side 1
The Braden River is the largest tributary of the Manatee River and is 35 miles in length. It is named for Dr. Joseph Braden, a Tallahassee sugar planter who came here in 1842 and established a sugar plantation at the western intersection of the Manatee and Braden Rivers. In 1850, settlers began arriving on the eastern side of the Braden River. Lambert and Mary Catherine Vanderipe Hayes came here when Hayes received 40 acres of this land as reward for service in the Second Seminole Indian War. Later, he homesteaded 150 acres adjoining the original property. In 1855, he drowned after falling from a raft while crossing the river. Shortly after his death, a group of local Indians told his widow of an impending Indian attack and she took her three children by rowboat to Braden Castle. While she was gone, the Indians burned her home, which was located about 100 feet north of this site.
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Side 2
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Other families came to the Braden River area in the 1850s including those of James Cunliffe and the Rev. W.W. Burts. Because of the remoteness
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of the community, deep friendships formed between settlers. Frequently, families intermarried, further strengthening these relationships. Burts was a Methodist minister and served as a traveling preacher, a circuit rider for the Manatee area. Cunliffe married Mary Catherine Hayes' mother, Nancy Vanderipe, in 1853. In June, 1858, Mary Catherine Hayes married Levin P. Johnson. Their two sons, Morgan and Maurice, formed their own company called the Johnson Brothers Cattle Company. The family owned vast acres of land from what became known as Morgan Johnson Road to Lena Road, which was named in honor of Maurice's wife.
 
Erected 1999 by The Manatee County Historical Commission with the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1842.
 
Location. 27° 28.187′ N, 82° 29.369′ W. Marker is in Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is on Morgan Johnson Road (57th Street East) south of 32nd Avenue East, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3312 Morgan Johnson Road, Bradenton FL 34208, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jiggs Landing Cabin (approx. 2.6 miles away); Fire Alarms
Braden River Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, October 21, 2019
2. Braden River Marker Side 2
(approx. 3.2 miles away); Braden Castle (approx. 3.3 miles away); Braden Castle Ruins (approx. 3.3 miles away); Long Pier (approx. 3.3 miles away); Long Pier Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); Manatee Academy (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Edmund Lee Family Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bradenton.
 
Braden River Marker looking north image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, October 21, 2019
3. Braden River Marker looking north
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 9, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 539 times since then and 133 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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