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?
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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