James M. Bratton, Sheriff Huntington County, is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born October 2, 1809. He was the oldest son born to Edward and Sidda (Hall) Bratton, natives of Pennsylvania and North Carolina, respectively. His paternal grandparents were James and Bethsheba (Hollady) Bratton. His maternal grandparents were William and Sarah (Applegate) Hall, the later of whom lived to be one hundred and seven years old. When James was but fourteen years old he left home, and went to Pittsburg[sic] where he learned the carpenter trade. Two years later he went to Harperâ€™s Ferry, Md., where he began the trade of a mill-wright. About 1828 he emigrated to Ohio, where he worked in various counties at the trade of a mill-wright. In December, 1832, he came to this State and located at Marion, Grant County. In October, 1833, he returned to Ohio and worked at his trade in Champaign and Logan Counties. In 1835 he again came to this State and located this time at Peru. July 12, 1835, he was married in Grant County to Hannah A. Wall, after which he worked at his trade in Grant County two years. He removed to La Gro, Wabash County, in 1837. In 1839 he came to the City of Huntington, where he has ever since resided. Since coming here his occupation has chiefly been that of a contractor and builder. His first wife died February 6, 1860, and on the 12th day of July, 1862, he was married to Rosamond M. McDonald, who died April 17, 1871. He was married a third time on the 23rd day of August, 1874, to Fredrecca C. Billenstine. In all, Mr. Bratton is the father of twelve children, nine of whom were by his first wife, and three by his second. Seven of his children still survive. Our subject is a member of the F. & A.M. Lodge, and a Republican in politics. He has been honored with the Coronerâ€™s office in this county two years, and the office of Justice of the Peace seven years. In the fall of 1886, at the age of seventy-seven, he was elected Sheriff of Huntington County, and though advanced in years, he is now discharging the duties of the office as would a man of thirty.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biosketches of Huntington City and Township pages 453 and 454.