Biography of Austin Bradley (1822- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 510.

Austin BRADLEY, farmer and stock raiser, of Lincoln County, is the youngest of nine children born to the marriage of Layton C. BRADLEY and Nancy DELANY, who were born in Culpeper County, Va., about 1775 and 1780 respectively.  They were married in their native State, and became residents of Bourbon County, Ky., previous to 1805.  In the year 1830 they became residents of Missouri, and in 1841 came to Lincoln County.  The father was a farmer and died in Ralls County.  Austin BRADLEY was born in Bourbon County, Ky., in 1822, and was reared in the woods of Pike County, and at the age of eighteen years went to Wisconsin and worked in the lead mines for about a year, and after an interval of one year, spent six months more there.  He then spent about one year traveling in the Southern States - Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Arkansas.  He was married in 1848 to Prudence DOWNING, and by her became the father of twelve children, six living: Martha Ann (wife of James A. BRADLEY), James Cooper, Ida L. (wife of B.F. GREEN), Owen W., John A. and Oscar D.  The children have all received good educations, and are doing well for themselves.  In 1850 Mr. BRADLEY crossed the plains to California, but was taken sick soon after his arrival there and was unable to work.  He remained about fifteen months and then returned home, and since 1865 has been a resident of his present farm of 376 acres of land.  He was formerly a Whig in politics, but is now a Democrat.  He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity for about twenty-five years, and he and wife have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South for nearly forty years.  Mrs. BRADLEY's parents, James and Martha DOWNING, were Kentuckians, and became residents of Missouri at an early day, and both died in Lincoln County.  Mrs. BRADLEY was born here in 1830.

File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Betty Lavy Krieg, 25 Nov. 2000.  Link change or update: 13 January 2001

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