The Brader Family

My grandfather, Edmund P. Brader, told many stories. From what I have heard of them I missed a great deal by not hearing them from him first hand. His little sister, Adelina, was the only one of his siblings I ever had what could be termed an adult conversation with. She had been taken in by so many of these tales, later to find them false, that she dismissed them all as pure fantasy.

One of the old standards was the tale of their remote German ancestors. How much of this is fact or fiction. we cannot easily determine at this time. It went something like this:

All was not well in Bradertown. There was a despot in power, and the four brothers had crossed him too many times. They were to be incarcerated for some infraction, and determined instead to leave Germany altogether.

In the dark of the night, Grandpa told it, they snuck away. After numerous escapades, the managed to arrange passage for America, and came to settle in Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia.

I relate that story because there may be some grains of truth hidden there. It is certain that the earliest Brader ancestor we have found in this country, Henry, is listed in the 1840-60 US census, in Salem township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. With little trouble his son James can be traced to Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, where he and his wife, Lydia Booth, raised their family.

There are some leads that need to be followed up on Henry, including the suggestion that his father was Phillip Broeder, a German immigrant to Northampton County, Pennsylvania.


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