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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence 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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Gabriel J. Bradley is one of the industrious farmers of Greenbriar Township, Independence County. He is a native of Randolph County, Ill., and was born July 13, 1831. His parents were Isaac A. and Mary T. (Jones) Bradley, of whom the former was born in Sumner County, Tenn., in 1806, and the latter was a native of Adair County, Ky., born about 1813. They were married in Randolph County, Ill., but removed to Perry County in 1834, where Mrs. Bradley died about 1854 and her husband about 1883, both having been members of the Baptist Church. Isaac A. Bradley was one of the commissioners of Perry County seven years; he was a son of Joshua Bradley, a native of North Carolina, who lived some years in Sumner County, Tenn., and then moved to Jackson County, Ill., where he died; he was of Irish descent. Col. Gabriel Jones, the maternal grandfather of Gabriel J. Bradley, was born in Virginia, from which State he went to Kentucky, and when Mrs. Bradley was about seven years old removed to Randolph County, Ill. Mr. Jones was killed at Chester, Ill., in a storm during the war; he represented Randolph County in the legislature in an early day, and was a colonel in the Black Hawk War. Gabriel J. Bradley was the eldest of the family of five sons and one daughter. He remained at home, and most of the time until nineteen years of age attended the common schools. In 1857 he married Mrs. Malinda Wilson, daughter of William Osburn. She died in 1883, leaving five children, viz.: James, Ada, Ann, Emma and Zoe. In August, 1885, Mr. Bradley married Edie E. James, of Independence County. She is a daughter of Henry B. and Eveline James, of Coffey County, Tenn., who removed to Independence County, Ark., before the war, where Mr. James died; his widow is still living. One child has been born to the last marriage of Mr. Bradley — Ethel. Mr. Bradley removed from Perry County, Ill., to Independence County, Ark., in 1866, and has since lived in Greenbriar Township. He has a good farm of 168 acres, about 100 of which are under cultivation. He is an enterprising farmer, and devotes his entire attention to his occupation. His political sympathies are with the Democratic party. Mrs. Bradley is a member of the Methodist Church.

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This family biography is one of 158 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Independence County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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