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Below is a family biography included in The History of Weakley County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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J. W. Bradley, cabinet-maker, undertaker and house carpenter, of Palmersville, Tenn., was born in 1838, in Henry County; son of Robert and Mary (Stewart) Bradley. The former was born in North Carolina in 1810, and was a farmer by occupation. In 1828 he left his native State and came to Tennessee, purchasing 160 acres of land in Henry County. He is yet living and is one of the pioneer settlers of the county. The mother died in 1854. Mr. Bradley has been married three times and became the father of six children by his first wife, only two of whom are now living: James D., who resides in Henry County, and J. W. Bradley, our subject, who resided with his parents as long as he remained single. In April, 1861, he enlisted in Company F, Fifteenth Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, and took an active part in the battles of Belmont, Shiloh, and numerous minor engagements. He returned home in May, 1863, and in 1864 married Miss Mary Martin, who was born in Henry County in 1836. They have two children: Domar N. (Mrs. Dr. R. T. Matheny), and Flora. In 1865 Mr. Bradley came to Weakley County and began his career as a farmer and in 1869 began carpentering. Since 1877 he has been a resident of Palmersville and worked at his trade until 1884, when he engaged in the cabinet-maker’s and undertaker’s business. He is a skillful worker and a good citizen and in politics has been a life-long Democrat. He is a Mason and a member of the I. O. O. F., and himself, wife and daughter Domar, are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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This family biography is one of 108 biographies included in The History of Weakley County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Weakley County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

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