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Below is a family biography included in The History of Carroll County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Alfred Mc. Bradley is a Tennessean, who was born in Jefferson County May 13, 1834. His father, Jesse Bradley, was a native of North Carolina, and a son of James Bradley, also a native of the Old North State. In Jefferson County, Tenn., he married Susan Coffman, a native of the State. He removed his family to Alabama in 1837, locating in Cherokee County, and resided there until his death, about 1872. Alfred Mc. Bradley was reared on his father’s farm in Cherokee County, Ala. In 1862 he enlisted in the Confederate army, joining Col. Shaler’s regiment of infantry. After serving one year with that regiment he joined Col. Wood’s battalion, and served until they were disbanded at Jackson Post, Ark., at the close of the war. He participated in the battle of Poison Springs. Mr. Bradley came to Arkansas in 1854, and located in Searcy County. The following year he married Nancy E. Lawrence, a native of Chattooga County, Ga., where she was also reared. After their marriage they resided in Searcy County until after the war, when they removed to Barry County, Mo., and engaged in agricultural pursuits. In the spring of 1867 they came to Carroll County, and the following year located on their present farm. He purchased 120 acres of raw land, and has since cleared seventy-five acres and made fair improvements. On his farm is an orchard of over 400 bearing trees of a fine variety of apples. About 1870 Mr. Bradley was elected county treasurer, and served two years. In 1886 he was elected justice of the peace of his township and still serves in that capacity. He and wife have seven children living, namely: Melinda (Mrs. Andrew Walker), Matilda, Martha (Mrs. W. J. Ashe), Melissa (Mrs. A. J. Goforth), Susan, Clementine and Barton Ellis, and five dead, one who died in early childhood, three infants and Walter, who died September 2, 1887, aged seventeen years. Mr. Bradley is industrious, enterprising and well respected.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of Carroll County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Carroll County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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