|Source: COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD of HARTFORD COUNTY,
CONNECTICUT (Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative
Citizens, and of Many of the Early Settled Families.); Illustrated.;Chicago:
J. H. Beers & Co., 1901.
Location: Private Library
AMOS BRADLEY, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Southington, was born in that town Feb. 20, 1812, and traces his ancestry back to Isaac and Elizabeth Bradley, of Branford, Conn. The name of Isaac Bradley first appears on the Branford records in 1674, where he is mentioned as a "sojouner at New Haven", and the town granted him a house lot of two acres at Canoe Brook. In 1683 he removed to East Haven, where he died Jan. 12, 1713, aged sixty-two years, and his wife died Jan. 3, 1713, aged fifty-six years.
Samuel Bradley, son of Isaac , was born in 1686, and was married, Jan. 17, 1715, to Sarah, daughter of Jacob Robinson, of East Haven.
Daniel Bradley, son of Samuel, and the grandfather of our subject,
was married, Nov. 28, 1751, to Sarah Judd, daughter of Benjamin and
Sarah (Hollister) Judd, of Glastonbury. She died Nov. 19, 1764, after
giving birth to her sixth child, the father of our subject, by reason
of which he was called Ichabod. In 1774 these children became heirs
to a large property from the grandfather, Benjamin Judd.
Ichabod Bradley, father of our subject, was born in East Haven Nov. 10, 1794, and was married Nov. 27, 1788, to Miss Abigail Moore. The founder of the Moore family in the New World was Deacon John Moore, who settled in Dorchester, Mass., in 1630, and removed to Windsor, Conn., with the first settlers, about 1635. He frequently served as juror, and was deputy to the General Court from Windsor in 1662, 1665, 1667 and 1674. He lived in that part of Windsor now known as Simsbury, and died Sept. 18, 1677. His son, John Moore, was born in Windsor Dec, 5, 1645, and died there. On Sept. 21, 1664, he married Hannah Goffe, who died April 4, 1697, and on Dec. 17, 1701, he married Martha Farnsworth. His son, John Moore, was born in Windsor June 26, 1665, and married Abigail Strong. Their son, john, the grandfather of Mrs. Ichabod Bradley, was born March 21, 1694, and died at Lake George, N. Y., Aug. 12, 1758. On Dec. 2, 1724, he married Abigail Stoughton, and daughter of Capt. Thomas and Abigail (Edwards) Stoughton; the latter was a sister of Rev. Timothy Edwards, the father of the celebrated Dr. Jonathan Edwards. Roswell Moore, the father of Mrs. Bradley, was born in East Windsor May 17, 1728, and located in that part of Farmington now known as Southington, June 30, 1775. He married Desire Dunham, daughter of Gideon Dunham, formerly of Martha's Vineyard. He died Dec. 13, 1794. In 1779 Ichabod Bradley came with his father to Southington, where he successfully engaged in farming throughout the remainder of his life. He died Oct. 13, 1832, aged sixty-eight years, and his wife April 1, 1832, aged sixty-three. Their children were Polly, wife of Benjamin Andrews; Wyllys, who married Diadamia, wife of Julius Hart; Hial, who married Eliza Gilbert; Charles. who married Delia Stedman; and Amon, our subject, who is the only survivor of the family.
Amon Bradley was reared upon a farm, and received a good common-school and academic education. He continued to work upon the old homestead until his twentieth year, and then engaged in general merchandising in Southington for about two years, after which he spent two winters in the South, traveling as a peddler of dry goods and Yankee notions through Virginia and North Carolina. In 1835 he again embarked in general merchandising, and continued in that business until 1866, for some years having Merritt N. Woodruff as a partner, the firm name being Amon Bradley & Co. Mr. Bradley has represented the Aetna Fire Insurance Co. in Southington for over forty years, and there are few enterprises in the town that he is not interested in, but since his retirement from merchandising, in 1866, he has given his principal attention to his real estate interests. He has acquired a handsome property through economy, thrift and perseverance, and has become one of the prosperous and substantial citizens of the community.
On Oct. 9, 1836, Mr. Bradley married Miss Sylvia Barnes, of Southington, and to them were born three children: Franklin B.; Alice B., deceased wife of Norman A. Barnes; and Emma M., wife of Edward S. Yeomans. Truman Barnes, Mrs. Bradley's father, was born April 23, 1783, and was a prominent farmer of Southington. He was married Jan. 3, 1805, to Lowly Barrett, a daughter of William and Ruth (Coggswell) Barrett. His father, Jonathan Barnes, was born Feb. 2, 1731, and was married Aug. 4, 1757, to Elizabeth Woodruff, daughter of Hezikiah and Sarah (Macon) Woodruff, of Southington. Jonathan Barnes lived on East street for some time, but later removed to Kensington road. His parents were Stephen and Martha (Wheadon) Barnes, of Branford, who at an early day removed to Southington where he died March 27, 1777, and his wife March 18, 1773, she being the first one interred in Plantsville Cemetery. Stephen Barnes was a son of Stephen and Mary Barnes, early settlers of Branford, Conn., formerly of Long Island.
There are few men in Southington that have done more for its commercial interests and its growth and development than Mr. Bradley. When the Lewis Academy was erected he was one of the building committee, and by his zeal and enterprise he, with others, promoted the cause and secured the charter of the Southington Savings Bank, of whose first board of directors he was a member, having continued as such to the present time. Politically he has always been a stanch Democrat. He was postmaster of Southington for twelve years, and represented the town in the State Legislature in 1863, 1864 and 1866. He is the oldest living Freemason in the place, having joined Friendship Lodge, No. 33, F. & A. M., of Southington, about 1850, and he is honored and respected wherever known.