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Only two copies of Henry's Autobiography from 1907 survived destruction by his son.  Help me reprint this important historical story.
Only two copies of Henry's Autobiography from 1907 survived destruction by his son. Help me reprint this important historical story.
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In his Autobiography Henry Martin Bradley tells how he was born in Massachusetts in 1824, moved with his family to the wilderness of Ohio in 1835 where he helped clear the land for farming and encountered wolves and bears, how he owned a lumber company in Bay City, Michigan in the 1850's and 1860's and engaged in rough and tumble politics together with his brother Nathan who was the Mayor and later became a Congressman.

Henry then prospected for iron ore in northern Minnesota in the 1880's and became wealthy later in life.  He wrote his Autobiography in 1907, had it printed and distributed copies to the family.  After he died his son Edward destroyed all the copies but two that had been sent to his younger sister in Ohio.  I have a photocopy of one of those copies.

This interesting historical story needs to be reprinted with carte de visite photographs and an introduction so it can be available to local historical societies, genealogical libraries and anyone interested in American History.  It contains invaluable insights into the early history of Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota and was almost lost to future generations.  Please help me reprint it.

My daughter Maeve, an art student at the University of Virginia, has agreed to illustrate the book with pen and ink drawings to break up the text and make the book more visually appealing.

Oh, and did I mention that Henry Martin Bradley was my great great grandfather?

Henry Martin Bradley in Bay City, Michigan
Henry Martin Bradley in Bay City, Michigan

 

First Page of Henry's Autobiography of 1907
First Page of Henry's Autobiography of 1907

 

Cover of 1977 "Moving with the Frontier" book
Cover of 1977 "Moving with the Frontier" book

 

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I expect to retype the Autobiography in Word, lay it out in InDesign and have it printed by a Print on Demand (POD) company. There may be delays in any part of this project but I do expect that I can complete it by April of 2017.

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    Reprinted Autobiography

    Henry Martin Bradley's Autobiography of 1907 will be reprinted with carte de visite photographs and an introduction written by Stuart Bradley, author of the BradleyHistory.com blog. The reprinted book is expected to be 50 to 60 pages long, measuring 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches, with a perfect binding. Free 1st Class Shipping with tracking.

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    Autobiography & Bradley History

    Henry's Autobiography will be bundled with "Moving with the Frontier: The Bradley Family of America 1644 - 1918 in three biographies" written by Stuart Bradley as his college history thesis and printed in a limited edition of 500 in 1977. Very few copies are still available.

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    Family History Consultation

    Obtain advice on pursuing your own family history & genealogy from Stuart Bradley, author of the BradleyHistory.com blog with 50 years of experience. This consultation can either be done though the mail or by email. Includes copy of Autobiography when it is available.

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    In Person Family History Consultation

    Spend a day with Stuart Bradley, author of the BradleyHistory.com blog, in Alexandria, Virginia talking about family history & genealogy and viewing his collection of family artifacts. Lunch at a local restaurant is included as well as a copy of the Autobiography when it becomes available.

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