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Below is a family biography included in Biographical Record of Oakland County, Michigan published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1903.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Albert Bradway, a prominent and successful farmer of Royal Oak township, Oakland County, who owns a fine farm of 120 acres in section 7, was born January 13, 1850, in Salem County, New Jersey, and is a son of Jonathan B. and Dorcas (Griscom) Bradway, both of whom were also natives of New Jersey.

Jonathan B. Bradway came with his family to Michigan in 1868, but later returned to New Jersey, where his death took place in 1891, at the age of 82 years. He came of English ancestors and by occupation he was a farmer. In his early political preference he was a Whig, but later became a Republican. The mother of our subject was born in Salem County, New Jersey, and died there in 1894, at the age of 70 years. She was of Scotch extraction. Both parents were members of the Society of Friends and belonged to the most estimable class of residents of Salem County, where they were highly esteemed. A family of 12 children were born to them, the survivors being: Anna, George, Richard, Charles, Rebecca, Ruth, Jonathan and Albert.

Albert Bradway came with his parents to Michigan in 1868 and remained in the vicinity of Birmingham, Oakland County, when they returned to the old home. He was educated in the common schools of Salem County, New Jersey, and has made farming his life business. In 1876 he located in Royal Oak township, and since 1889 has been located on his present farm. Under Mr. Bradway’s excellent management this farm has proved very productive and is included among the choice properties of Royal Oak township.

In 1876 Mr. Bradway was married to Mary Reuder, who was born in 1853 at Redford, Michigan, a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Reuder. Two children have been born to them, Minnie, who is the wife of Edward L. Benedict, a designer engaged in business at Detroit; and Ira J., who is also a resident of Detroit, engaged in the real estate business. Mr. Bradway, like his father, has been a stanch supporter of the Republican party. He is a man of reliability and influence in his neighborhood and enjoys the esteem of all who know him.

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