Oliver Nathan Bradley
Oliver Nathan Bradley was born
about 1784 in New York,
and died April, 1822, in Haldimand Twp., Northumberland Co., Newcastle District,
Upper Canada, at about age 37. He is the son of
Nathaniel Bradley of Massachusetts, and Harriet "Elizabeth" Harden of Connecticut.
Potts Abbey was
born 1773 in Windham, Windham Co., CT, and died after 1825 in Haldimand Twp.,
Northumberland Co., Newcastle District, Upper Canada, at about age 50. She is the daughter of
of Windham, Windham Co., Colony of
Connecticut, and Darla Potts
of Coventry, Tolland Co., Colony of Connecticut.
Nathan Bradley and Dorcas Potts Abbey were married 1803 in Northumberland Co., Newcastle
District, Upper Canada.
Oliver Nathan Bradley and Dorcas
Potts (Abbey) Bradley had
Ontario was known as: "Upper Canada" from
26, 1791, to February 10, 1841;
"Canada West" from February 10, 1841, to July
1, 1867; and
"Ontario" after July 1, 1867.
Dorcas Potts Abbey was born 1773 in
Windham, Windham Co., CT.
Oliver Nathan Bradley was born
about 1784/1785 Haldimand Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario, Canada.
Oliver and Dorcas were married in
Oliver Nathan Bradley died 1821 in Haldimand Twp.,
Northumberland Co., Newcastle District, Canada at about age 37.
Dorcas (Abbey) Bradley died after 1825 in Haldimand
Twp., Northumberland Co., Newcastle District, Canada.
December 16, 2011
I came across your site when researching the wife of my
long lost GGG-Grandfather, Elemuel (or Lemuel) Rogers. His wife’s name was
Olive Bradley the daughter of Oliver Bradley.
Olive and Elemuel married and lived in Haldimand,
Northumberland Ontario, Canada. Olive died in 1863 at the age of about 47.
Before good civil records but the Church records and newspapers confirm this
In your genealogy there is an Oliver of the right age
to have a daughter Olive but you did not find one in your research. Do you
have any additional data?
Elemuel and Olive had 5 children, 4 boys and one girl.
John, William, Joseph and James Edward were the boys. Emma Ester was the
girl. All of the boys immigrated to the Midwest of the US. Emma married
Albert Hall and stayed in Northumberland area.
After Olive died in 1863 Elemuel remarried Armeda Tuck.
Their wedding is well documented but there movements after the wedding are
not as clear. They travel with Emma and John (who has married and has one
child) to Wisconsin and John sets up a home in Green County, Wisconsin. They
are there for the US 1870 Census but in Canada for the 1871 Canadian
Census. Emma marries in 1873; no record of Elemuel and Armeda at this event.
Later however, Armeda is a witness for her brother's wedding in 1876. After
that no record of either Armeda after 1876 or Elemuel after 1870.
happened to Elemuel and Armeda? Where is Olive buried? Can you help?
Abbey, Isaac: 1 Male 16 - 60; 2 Females
16 - 60; 1 Male Under 16; Total of 4 in Family.
Leslie Wilson of Canada has
provided the following information:
The 1851 Charles and Oliver
were sons of Isaac Abbey & Lucinda Bradley, and grandsons of Nathaniel Abbey b
1773/74 NY d 1825/26 Hope & Mary____ b Apr 11 1777 d Mar 29 1869. If you
recall, Lucinda Bradley was the daughter of Dorcas Abbey (believed to be a
sister of Nathaniel #1 and his brother Isaac) and Oliver Bradley. Isaac Abbey,
brother of the 1773/74 - 1825/26 Nathaniel Abbey, had no surviving issue.
Lucinda & her husband Isaac did not help matters because they named the boys,
Charles Oliver Abbey and Oliver Nathaniel Abbey!!!
It has been argued that Isaac
Abbey, husband of Anne, was the father of Dorcas Abbey-Bradley and Nathaniel
Abbey #1. This is possible, but there are many circumstantial factors that
argue equally that he was their brother.
1) The Abbey men were not long
lived - average age of death (and yes, I removed the ones who were killed in the
Civil War to come up with this) - about 50.
2) In the 1790s, very few men
over the age of 50, without a housefull of strong sons and daughters between the
ages of 14 and 21, took up homesteading in Upper Canada.
3) When Isaac died sometime
between March of 1813 and March of 1814, it seems he died intestate - and the
property did not pass to Nathaniel Abbey Sr. but rather to David King Bradley
and Nathaniel Abbey Jr. If Nathaniel #1 had been Isaac's son, by British law it
would have passed to the son. But Isaac died - without heirs it seems - so it
passed to the two eldest male heirs of Dorcas (Abbey) Bradley and Nathaniel Abbey,
they being David King Bradley and Nathaniel Abbey Jr.
4) I suspect Isaac died of a
disease that entered local lore as the Spotted Plague. It seems to have affected
only those in the prime of life - two teenage boys died, everybody else was in
their forties and fifties. Most were male.
This was not small pox - that
had swept through the area in 1811, the people were familiar with it and of
those who remained, most had acquired an immunity to it. This disease was
especially virulent - death occurred within 7 days of contact, the victim
remained lucid until the end - the body swelled and large purple spots, like
bruises, appeared all over the body within 24 hrs of death. Believe it or not,
I was able to find a specialist in weird epidemic diseases (he once worked for
the Atlanta Centre for Disease Control) who agreed to take on the project of
finding out what this plague was. It only affected those living in Hope Twp,
the only exception was a man from Hamilton Twp who had been called to the death
bed of one of the victims to notarize the will. I expected Mr. Lamb would take
at least a month or two to work out a possible cause - he came back in less than
48 hours with the answer - a disease endemic to flying squirrels, carried from
them to humans by lice. The first case appeared in early February - by the end
of April, it had petered out. When I asked him how certain he was about this
being the cause, his reply was: "99 percent, and you can quote me".
The scenario is that the men
were out cutting down trees (this still is winter time work in southern Ontario),
the boys found a downed tree with a litter of young flying squirrels, took them
home and divided them up amongst their friends. The lice on the squirrels
spread from person to person.
The disease cannot be passed by
sputum or touching feces or urine of an infected person or squirrel - it must be
introduced into the blood stream by an infected louse, and only a louse, not a
flea or mosquito.
Anyway - I digress, although
that is the sort of stuff my book is about, not the genealogy. The genealogies
are needed to discover the whys and wherefores of the movements and interactions
of this 1793-1813 group of people.
It is surmised that brothers Isaac
Abbey (age 27) and Nathaniel (age 28), along with their sister Dorcas Abbey (age
26) and their nephew Clement Neff (age 1 or 10) came to Northumberland Co., Ontario,
Canada West from New York about 1798. They were some of the pioneering settlers
of Durham Co., Ontario, Canada. If this connection is accurate, the Abbey
ancestry can be connected through their father Isaac Abbe all the way back to John Abbe, born about 1587 in West Halton, Lincolnshire, England. His son, John Abbe,
Jr. of Norwich, Norfolk Co., England emigrated to the United States about
1635 and married Mary Loring in 1635 at Wenham, Essex Co., MA.
Elgin County, Ontario, Canada Estates:
Last Name: Bradley
First Name: David King
Residence: South Dorchester
Date: November 21, 1859
M F No.: 1375
Notes: Formerly of the Township of Whitby,
Executor was Lovicia Bradley, widow
Mention of brothers Levi Bradley,
Nathaniel Bradley, Isaac Bradley,
Nathan Bradley, Hiram Bradley