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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  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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A. E. BRADLEY. Among the enterprising young farmers of South Middleton township, Cumberland county, who have materially aided in the development of this section of the Keystone state, is A. E. Bradley, who was born Nov. 13, 1866, son of Abram and Amanda Bradley.

Thomas Bradley, the father of Abram, and grandfather of A. E. Bradley, was a farmer and miller, who died in South Middleton township. Abram Bradley was born in Lancaster county, and educated in the common schools. In 1854 he was married and commenced farming on the family homestead. He became quite prominent in his community, acting on the school board of South Middleton township for many years. He died Nov. 7, 1869, highly esteemed by all who knew him. His children were: A. E., Thomas J., Anna, Sarah and Amanda, the last two now deceased.

A. E. Bradley was educated in the schools of his neighborhood, and at the age of eighteen years left school, that in conjunction with his brother, Thomas J., he might attend to the farm, which their father had left to the widow and children. These brothers conduct the homestead, and have an excellent farm, and are numbered among the leading agriculturists of this locality.

On Dec. 25, 1890, A. E. Bradley was united in marriage with Emma Rice, daughter of David S. and Mary Rice. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, Eva A. and Mary E., both of whom are now attending school in South Middleton township, this county, and are very bright and promising little girls. In political belief both Mr. Bradley and his brother are stanch Democrats, and both have given good service to their party and community by serving in township offices, performing their duties with marked fidelity and ability.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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