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Thomas Bradley (1741- )

John Howard, Percy, Frederic, John Henry, Benjamin, THOMAS, Anthony, Henry

Benjamin was born to Thomas and Jane Granger. Jane`s parents were Benjamin Granger and Hannah Orme, the Orme surname appearing in the minute books of the Carrs Lane Chapel in Birmingham along with the Bradleys. I have not managed to find a death for Thomas but Jane I think was buried 9 October 1819 age 81 in Birmingham, a widow, having moved to Birmingham sometime before 1805. Benjamin Bradley was the eldest child, his younger siblings being:

Anthony, John, Thomas, Catherine, Sarah, Samuel, Joseph and Harry. All these children were born and baptised at Atlow in Derbyshire. On Benjamin`s baptismal entry his parents Thomas and Jane are ‘of Hallfield’. Thomas was a farmer.

Benjamin (bp1765-1848) and Eliza(beth) Baker were married by licence at St Martin`s Birmingham, the licence and obligation being dated 23rd July 1799.

According to the Carrs Lane Chapel minute book entry, Jane Bradley was admitted to Brookside Chapel, Derby 11 October 1787 moved from Derby 4 July 1805, to Birmingham, joining her eldest son Benjamin, in 1805.

Anthony (bp1767 – 1771) and John (1769-1771) both died within a few weeks of each other.

Thomas (bp1770- ?) It is possible this Thomas is the same listed on the census for the Lunatic Asylum in Lichfield for 1841 (age 65) and 1851 (age 81 and place of birth Bradbourne, Derbys.) the former census stating he is an ‘independent and merchant’. The 1851 occupation is illegible.

Catherine, (bp1772-? ) married William Nevill (who was bondsman for Benjamin and Eliza) 8 August 1797 at St Alkmund, Derby. William was of the parish of Sutton Coldfield, Warwick.

Sarah (bp1774-?)

Samuel (bp1777-1860) married Helen Bellhouse. See Rev Samuel Bradley

Joseph (bp1778-1779) survived about six months.

Harry (bp1780- ?)

I was only able to find out any more about Benjamin`s origins through posting a message on the Derbyshire message board asking if anyone knew anything about the Rev James Gawthorne.  This led to a response from Simon Martin, a professional researcher, who was wholly responsible for leading me to the Derbyshire records for Atlow and Bradbourne and consequently further information about Benjamin and his family.

I have no information about Thomas except through an interesting archived document (William Bemrose – LIfe of Joseph Wright of Derby) wherein Thomas Bradley of Hallfields, Atlow and his wife Jane, lease premises in St Michaels Lane from William Duesbury in Derby for a grinding mill for the purpose of grinding and mixing china clay. This is dated the year 1765. Jane died age 81 in 1819 in Birmingham (Crescent) and the burial is registered at St Marys Chapel on October 9th 1819. She was a widow.