The Bradley Family
Peter Bradley was
born in Ireland
about 1810 and married Mary Kelly,
the daughter of Dennis and Susan Kelly. Mary was born in Ireland
on 31 January 1810 and died
12 April 1885 in Berlin,
Minnesota and is buried in Bath
of Peter and Mary (Kelly) Bradley (two missing):
Hugh Bradley, b: 16 Jan 1833 in Ireland, d: 19 Aug 1905, m: Honora (Hannah) Maria Lonergan on 18
Nov 1865 in Steele County
Susan Bradley, b: 19 April 1835 in Ardstraw, Co. Tyrone, Ireland, d: 13 June 1893 in Berlin, MN and is buried in Bath Cemetery, m: William Lonergan
Patrick Bradley, b: ca 1838
James Bradley, b: ca 1840
Margaret Bradley, b: 1842
Mary Bradley, b: 1844 in Lowell, MA
The Marquis of Abercorn was a major landowner in County
Tyrone and he lived in
Ardstraw parish. He was the only wealthy person in Ardstraw Parish. His annual
income from his Irish holdings was 34,000 pounds at a time when a few pounds was most common. In the early 1800s, the Abercorn holdings
were 47,615 acres in County Tyrone
alone. Probably for a better life, the Bradley family reportedly moved to America
in 1838 and first lived in Lowell, MA.
Lowell was noted as a destination
for immigrants from County Tyrone.
The earliest record for the family in America
is the 1844 birth record for Mary (who must have died as an infant). In the
1847 and 1851 Lowell Directories, he is listed as working for Hamilton
Manufacturing, a textile and “print works” company. He probably operated a loom
as he is listed as an “operative” in the 1850 census for Lowell,
MA. It was a natural profession as textiles
was also a major industry in County Tyrone.
Above is where the
Bradleys lived in
Lowell, Massachusetts at 20 North
The map at left shows North Street
and also the Hamilton Mills where
Peter had an easy walk to
We can only assume that Peter died about 1858 as he is not
listed in the 1859 Lowell Directory nor the 1858
Nashua Directory. Mary is in the 1860 census for Hudson, Hillsborough,
NH as a widow. Hugh is still living with
her (couldn’t read his occupation). James is also there and is listed as a
shoemaker. Patrick is also in Hudson
with his wife, Catherina at 28, and two children
(Mary A. at 3, Peter at one month). After the marriage of Susan to William
Lonergan in 1860 in Nashua, N.H.
they move west to Minnesota and
Mary Bradley joins them. Mary lives with her daughter until her death on 12 April 1885.
Hugh Bradley was in the army from 6 August 1862 until 16 August 1865. He served in Company F of Minnesota’s 7th
Regiment during Indian battles and the Civil War.
Bradley farm, built about
1860 in Steele
County, MN. Purchased from a Lonergan
Bradley family: Hugh and
Hannah, William Lonergan (Susan Bradley?)
Susan Bradley was
born in Ardstraw, Co. Tyrone, Ireland
on 19 April 1835 to Peter
Bradley and Mary Kelly and died on 13
June 1893 in Berlin, Minnesota.
Susan married William Lonergan in
1860 in Nashua, NH.
Ardstraw is both a village and a parish. The village
of Ardstraw stands on the River Derg, about 5 miles from Newtownsteward
(population of about 300) and is central to Newtownstewart,
Sion Mills, Victoria
Bridge, Strabane and Castlederg. Emigration from the area in-between 1821 and
1841 was due primarily to economic downturn as a result of the decline of the
textile manufacturing in Ulster,
in particular, from competition to cotton manufacture in England
and mechanized production elsewhere.
Any additional information should be sent to Jerry Franck at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or 2317 Nashua Lane, Mendota Heights, MN 55120