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Francis Bradley appears in Talbot County, MD as early as 1699. His will was written in Chester County, PA in 1735/36 and proved in Lancaster County, PA in 1737/38. His will mentions his wife Rebecca and the following children:
Henry Bradley
Ann Bradley
Francis Bradley
Marie Bradley
James Bradley

I have information on the families of his sons Henry and James, both families settled in Meckenburg County, NC. By 1800 some of the family moved to Sumner County, TN and then continued to spread west across the rest of the country. My own line settled in Jackson County, IL in 1817.

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My Wilmington, N.C., Continental Line paymaster Capt. Richard Bradley, Sr., alledgedly from Yorkshire (another sources says Kendall), England; was originally a Quaker from Chester Co., Penn., also. He and his father-in-law, John Sharpless, III., briefly removed to Quaker, Pleasant Garden, N.C. ; then circa the 1750's, they opened the Bradley & Sharpless Inn at now long defunct "Choefington" (then Bladen Co.?), now eastern Cumberland Co., N.C., prior to Wilmington.

I have a 1984 two-page letter from Russell Mortimer, custodian of the records of Settle Monthly Meeting, , Leeds, England. He writes in the two minutes from H4, pages 160, 161, Settle Monthly Meeting, 4 iii 1752, Minute 5, "Richd. Bradley late a member of Bentham Meetinfg, being remov'd to London, and intending to go to Pennsylvania, has requested a certificate.. This Meeting being willing to grant one, Appoints James & David Kendall (two Bentham Friends) to prepare one in readiness to be sign'd at our next Meeting if approved of. Settle Monthly Meeting, i iv 1752, Minute 4 --David Kendall brought to this Meeting a Certificate on behalf of Richd. Bradley to Friends of Philadelphia, which was here read and sign'd. David Kendall is desired to forward it to him".

It's long and detailed; if it copied ok and I could figure how to attache it; I'd be glad to. Jim Southport, N.C.

P.S. There was if memory serves, a Patriot Capt. Richard Bradley of Savannah in the Revolution; and there is a reproduced Revolutionary War militia "Courts Martial" book (this was not just for punishment, militia democratic business was also conducted before or behind the drums. I think it was a Capt. John Bradley (likely not the John Bradley, brother of my Richard Bradley, Jr.) who was on the unit, Patriot. It was a county adjoining, or near adjoining, New Hanover Co. (Wilmington) N.C. I just can not recall the county's name.





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