Jay County Indiana Biographies
JOHN BRADLEY, eldest son of Benjamin and Mary (Reed) Bradley, is a native of Ohio, born in Trumbull County, May 6, 1848. He has always lived with his parents, and since his majority has been associated in business with his father, first in the harness and saddler trade in Portland, and since 1876in the ownership and management of their farm on section 24, Green Township. He served an apprenticeship at harness making, and followed that business altogether about ten years. May 13, 1870, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth A. Mason, who was born in Franklin County, Ohio, the mother dying at her home in 1879, and the father dying in 1870, his death resulting from a limb falling from a tree while at work in the woods. Of the four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, two are deceased-Charles R. died aged sixteen months, and Carrie F. died at the age of eleven years. Rufus R. and Earl E. are the names of the children living. Mr. Bradley is now serving as trustee of Greene Township, having been elected to that office in the spring of 1886. He was reared in the faith of the Christian church, his parents being members of that church. He is a member of the Odd Fellows order, belonging to Omega Lodge, No. 281, of Portland.