Danyell Broadley de West Morton, a Common Ancestor for Many American Bradleys

Danyell Broadley de West Morton lived in Bingley, Yorkshire, England from 1588 to 1641 and was the father of our ancestor, William Bradley, who emigrated to New Haven, Connecticut in 1637.  He was married three times and fathered children with each of his wives.  His first wife, Elsabeth Atkinson, had eight children: Agnes, William, Daniell, Mathew, Michaell, Samuell, Abraham and Marie.  William’s brother Daniell also emigrated to New England where he was a yeoman farmer and miller and had the misfortune of being killed by an Indian raiding party in 1689 when caught alone on the road outside Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Danyell’s second wife was Annis Holdroide and their only child Esther died in infancy.

His third wife was Elizabeth Sheaffe and they had five children, Ellin, Joshua, Daniell, Nathan and Steuen.  After the father’s death, William as the oldest son, made provision for the emigration of his stepmother and his half siblings to come and settle in Connecticut.  Many American Bradleys are descendants of these half siblings.

Joseph Philo Bradley who was appointed to the US Supreme Court by President Grant, and served from 1870 to 1892, was interested in genealogy and traced his ancestors to Francis Bradley of Fairfield, Connecticut who emigrated in 1637 and concluded that Francis was probably the first cousin of William Bradley.

William’s stepmother Elizabeth lived until 1683 and outlived all three of her husbands, her two American husbands were both from Guilford.

This genealogy of the descendants of Danyell Broadley de West Morton was prepared by Saul M. Montes-Bradley and is available at this link.

Joseph P. Bradley

Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Bradley

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Jesse Alva Bradley, His Children & Grandchildren 1952 Family Portrait


Duncan Scott Bradley sent me this photograph taken in 1952 in Duluth.  He is the ten year old in the center of the top row with his mother and father to the right side of him.

He is the son of Jesse Duncan Bradley and Mary Alice Manley Bradley, the grandson of Jesse Alva Bradley and Mabel Duncan Bradley pictured in the center of the photograph.  He is the great grandson of Alva William Bradley and Orleana Tenney Bradley who are both in the Family Portrait of 1891.  Alva was Henry Martin Bradley’s oldest son.


In this detail from the Family Portrait of 1891 my grandfather, Edward Cook Bradley, on the left appears to be arm and arm with his first cousin Jesse Alva Bradley.  Jesse’s brother Frank is on the right.  I like to think that Ed and Jesse were pals as first cousins can be, and as I have been with my first cousin David Bruce Bradley.

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New Family Stories from Cousins

In doing the Henry Martin Bradley Autobiography reprint and Kickstarter project I have been hearing from some cousins of mine.  Cece Menard Lane and her brother John Menard, 2nd cousins and grandchildren of Lucile Bradley Shepard, wrote me on Thanksgiving saying that they wanted to contribute to the reprint project with checks.  Cece then wrote me a letter saying that she is old enough to remember our great grandfather Edward Luther Bradley and his house at 2229 East 1st street in Duluth.  She said he played the card games “Slap Jack” and “War” for her.

My first cousins tell me that their father, Bruce Burris Bradley, proposed marriage to their mother, Ruth Atkins, in that same house.  I have also heard from 3rd cousin Press Norpell, widow of the former family trustee Tim Norpell.  She has the 1891 family portrait in her house just as I do.  I would love to hear where the other copies of the 13 1/2 by 20 inch, 1891 family portrait ended up.  She also confirmed that she still has one of the two original bound copies of the Autobiography of 1907.

Rumsey Young, also a 3rd cousin, came for a visit and told me the history of the Norpell family.  Carl Norpell who married Adie May Bradley was a lawyer in Ohio and his father emigrated from Germany.  His son Max was also a lawyer and researched and printed the Genealogy update of 1927.  Max’s sister Louise was Rumsey’s grandmother.  Max was the father of Tim who also was a lawyer.

Finally, I have been trying various items with Zazzle such as shirts and mugs using the carte de visite photograph of Henry Martin Bradley that was in the album given to me by my 3rd cousin Ruth Boone.  Her grandmother was Alice Bradley Edwards, the oldest child of Henry.  So I now offer the Henry Martin Bradley 15 ounce coffee mug at $18 postpaid.  All proceeds go to the Autobiography project.

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Autobiography Publication as a Kickstarter Project is Funded

The Kickstarter project is over and is funded at $1,053.00 which is 175% of our goal.  That means we can produce a quality book.  Thank you so much for your support!

We now have an editor!  My old and dear friend Nancy Growald Brooks has agreed to edit this book.  We are not deleting anything from Henry’s Autobiography but it is in need of more paragraph breaks.  I just transcribed a section where he went over 2 and one half pages without breaking for a new paragraph.  Nancy is retired from being an editor at the Smithsonian American History Museum and did exhibits and publications.  How perfect is that?

I have now transcribed the entire Autobiography and it comes to 51 solid pages of text in Word.  It has been edited by Nancy Brooks.  I am working on the Introduction and Afterword.

My daughter Maeve Sullivan Bradley, an art student at the University of Virginia, has agreed to illustrate the book during her winter break.  She will illustrate it with small pen and ink drawings that will break up the text and make the book more visually appealing.

The book will also contain carte de visite photographs of Henry, his mother, his brother Nathan and his five children and their spouses.

The proceeds of this Kickstarter crowdfunding project will ONLY be used for the actual printing cost of the book which will be issued under the Railway Station Press label with me as publisher.

If you wanted to contribute to the cost of reprinting the Autobiography but did not want to go through Kickstarter you can make your contribution payable to “Railway Station Press” care of Stuart Bradley, 105 East Glendale Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301.  You will also receive a copy of the Autobiography by May 2017 and my gratitude, of course.

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Henry Martin Bradley as a younger man in Bay City, Michigan

Autobiography of Henry Martin Bradley will be Published in 2017

After 110 years “A Brief Autobiography of Henry M. Bradley” will be published in 2017.  Only three copies of the original 96 page, small 1907 privately printed book are known to have survived.  The rest were destroyed by his son Edward Luther Bradley.  I believe that this small book would have appeal beyond his direct descendants and at the very least should be available in genealogical libraries and local historical societies in the places that Henry describes.

The Autobiography is an invaluable historical resource of early Ohio history in the 1830’s and 1840’s where Henry’s family was clearing the forest for farming and living with the danger of wolves and bears.  Henry then worked in the cloth industry.  He goes on to describe his lumber business and the rough and tumble politics in Bay City, Michigan in the 1860’s and 1870’s.

Later in life, he moved to Duluth, Minnesota and became wealthy from iron ore lands that he prospected in northern Minnesota.  It was this wealth that led him to have the 1891 Family Portrait taken, write and print the Genealogy of 1898, and write and print his Autobiography of 1907.  Henry died in 1918 at the age of 94.

I am in the process of retyping the Autobiography and will divide it into chapters, add an introduction and photographs, and lay it out in the computer program Adobe InDesign.  The result will be a PDF file that can be printed in a small press run.  It is my plan to purchase enough copies that I can be the principal distributor of the book under my press name Railway Station Press.  See the Items For Sale page at that website by clicking here.  Railway Station Press serves as the e-commerce site for this website.

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Here is the first page of the Autobiography scanned from an original copy owned by Melissa Rumsey Young.

3rd Cousins Interested in Genealogy

I have recently started corresponding by email with two 3rd cousins that coincidentally both live in Florida and both found this website.  Our common ancestors in both cases are our great great grandparents although in different parts of the family tree.

First is Rumsey Young whose great grandmother was Addie May Bradley Norpell, the youngest daughter of Henry Martin Bradley.  My great grandfather was Edward Luther Bradley, Addie May’s older brother.  Her grandmother Louise is sitting on her father, Carl Norpell’s, lap in the 1891 family portrait.  Louise married Paul Deady Meek and they gave birth to Rumsey’s mother Frances Warfield Meek (see photo) who married William Blue Young.

It just so happens that Rumsey Young inherited one of the two copies of Henry Martin Bradley’s Autobiography of 1907 and when she came to northern Virginia recently she let me see it. She has also done extensive family genealogy research through Ancestry.com and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) based in Boston.

My other newly discovered 3rd cousin is Doug Price whose mutual great great grandfather is Samuel Parker Hoover.  This is all related to other blog posts as Samuel Parker Hoover was the son of John Hoover who fought in the War of 1812 and the brother of George Hoover that was killed in the Civil War at the Battle of Gaines Mill in Virginia.  Samuel was also the father of my great grandmother Fannie Hoover Burris.

Doug Price is doing a genealogical DNA project through Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) and paid for me to have one of these tests done.

My new email address is bradleyhistory.com@gmail.com

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Frances Meek (standing) with her sisters Marjorie and Emily

Bradley Generations in America

1st Generation:

William Bradley (c.1619 England – 1691)

arrived in New Haven, Conn. in 1637

married Alice Prichard Feb. 18, 1645

eight children

2nd Generation:

Abraham Bradley (1650 – 1718) 3rd child

married Ann Thompson Dec. 25, 1673

four children

3rd Generation:

Daniel Bradley (1679 – 1723) 2nd child

married Sarah Bassett Jan. 16, 1702

two children

4th Generation:

Daniel Bradley Jr. (1706 – 1773) 2nd child

married Abigail Punchard in 1727

six children

5th Generation:

Jesse Bradley (1736 – 1812) 4th child

who moved to Lee, Mass.

served as Captain in Revolutionary War

married Mamry Ives Jan. 19, 1758

eleven children

6th Generation:

Eli Bradley (1762 – 1832) 3rd child

married Phebe Bartholemew Jan. 9, 1783

nine children

7th Generation:

William Bradley (1796 – 1858) 7th child

married Lucy Ball Nov. 28, 1816

moved to Wellington, Ohio in 1835

nine children

8th Generation:

Henry Martin Bradley (1824 – 1918) 4th child

married Mary Elizabeth Cook Jan. 1, 1846

moved to Bay City, Michigan

eight children

Since this website primarily serves the descendants of Henry Martin Bradley I will stop there with the 8th generation.  I am the 12th generation of Bradleys in America tracing back to William Bradley and my children are the 13th generation.  So for me it would be:

9th Generation: Edward Luther Bradley m. Lucretia Ann Pringle / five children

10th Generation: Edward Cook Bradley m. Kathryn Stuart Burris / four children

11th Generation: Stuart Van Leer Bradley m. Janet Van Orden Williams / four children

12th Generation: Stuart Van Leer Bradley Jr. m. Ellen Christine Sammon / two children

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