Born: 1793-XX-XX South Carolina
Flourished: 1839-05-23 Sangamon County, Illinois
Bridges was among the first settlers to what would become Chatham Township. In 1827, he purchased eighty acres of public land in what would become the Curran Township, and in 1833, he bought forty acres in the Chatham area. In the 1840s, Bridges, his wife, Sarah Lindley Bridges, and three children moved to Missouri. In 1850, he was farming in territory belonging to Harrison County and owned real estate valued at $800. By 1860, he was farming near Marion, Missouri, and owned real estate valued at $2,150 and had a personal estate of $325.
History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 828; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Sangamon County, 68:31, 138, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 459; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Sangamon County, IL, 55; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Harrison County, MO, 449; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Marion, Harrison, MO, 45.