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Below is a family biography included in History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  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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W. H. BRADLY is one of the best farmers in Ballard County, was born December 22, 1849, in Somerset County, Md., and is the eldest of five children, born to L. M. and Ellen (Lynch) Bradly, natives of Somerset County, Md., and Sussex County, Del., respectively, of Irish descent. The grandparents of our subject were Jesse, who married Mar Taylor, and is the son of James Bradly, who was over one hundred years old when he died; and on the mother’s side they were James and Pheba (Surmon) Lynch. Both the grandfathers were soldiers in the war of 1812, and both were sailors. The father of our subject was a ship builder, but finally located on a farm in Maryland. W. H. Bradly lived with his parents till twenty years of age, when he went to Indiana and engaged in the jewelry business in Troy for three years; later he went to Hawksville, Ky., where he was engaged in the art business. In this business he traveled through the different States for nine years. In the fall of 1879 he located in Ballard County, three miles northwest of Blandville, where he owns 150 acres. He was married in May, 1876, to Bell Wingo, of Graves County, Ky., a daughter of German and Sarah (Beedles) Wingo, natives of Virginia and of Irish origin. There were born by this marriage three children: Pearl, Lucien E., and Alice. Mr. Bradly and wife are both members of the Baptist Church and he is a Mason. He cast his first presidential vote for Tilden and Hendricks, in 1876.

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This family biography is one of 186 biographies included in the Ballard County, Kentucky section of The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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