DON R. BRADLEY
Farmer and thresher; Floyd Township (postoffice, Cameron); is a representative of an old American family which, in successive generations, has been noted for patriotism, enterprise, integrity, hopefulness and patience under adversity.
He is a son of Lewis and Sarah (Means) Bradley, natives of Warren County, Ky. His maternal grandfather was John Means, born in North Carolina, and his grandfather in the paternal line was Celia Northcot, a native of Virginia. His great-grandfather, Northcot, was with Washington at Valley Forge, and he was himself a soldier in the Civil War. In 1865, when he was scarcely sixteen years old, he enlisted in Company G, Fifth Illinois Cavalry, with which organization he served in operations against Gen. Kirby Smith in the Southwest.
It was expected that the regiment would be sent to Mexico in a movement against Maxi milian, but it was retained in the United States and was mustered out of service October, 1865. Mr. Bradley was born in Floyd Township, July 26, 1849, and was educated in the common schools near his home. He is a member of the Christian church, a Mason and a member of the order of Modern Woodmen of America, and, as a Democrat., has been elected Supervisor of his township. He took up the battle of life on his own account very young, and began his career as a farmer near Bedford, Iowa, but soon returned to Warren County and bought a farm in Section 10, Floyd Township.
For twenty-five years he has done threshing over a considerable territory surrounding his home, where he has an extensive personal acquaintance; has been Tax Collector for Coldbrook Township and Assessor of that township one year and of Floyd Township two years, besides holding the omce of Constable of Coldbrook Township four years previous to his election as Supervisor, in which office he is filling his third term. He married in Coldbrook Township, Dec ember 21, 1871, Malvina Whitman, who was born there in 1849, a daughter of John and Martha (Shelton) Whitman, who, in 1836, came from Hardin County, Ky., to Coldbrook Township, where Mr. Whitman, who was a farmer, died July 25, 1S96; his wife in 1894. Mrs. Bradley has borne her husband nine children named as follows: Myrtie B.. Samuella. Mary, Mark M., Harry W., Cressie B., Frank M., Ed L. and Ruth. Lewis Bradley, father of the subject of this sketch, removed from Kentucky to Missouri, whence, in 1847, he came to Illinois, where he married.
After owning a
farm in Section 9, Floyd Township, five years, he sold it and bought another in Section 5 and 6, in the same township, on which he lived until he purchased eighty acres of land in Coldbrook Township, where he died in 1859, his wife, June 10, 1901.
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