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Histories and Biographies of Ballard, Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, McCracken and Marshall Counties, Kentucky A Reprint of Part H of Battle. J.H., W.H. Perrin And G.C. Kniffin. Kentucky: A History of the State. First Edition. Louisville, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1885, pg 113-114. Ballard Co.
W.H. Bradly is one of the best farmers in Ballard County, was born December 22, 1849, in Somerset County, Md., and is the eldest of five children, born to L.M. and Ellen (Lynch) Bradly, natives of Somerset County, Md., and Sussex County, Del., respectively, of Irish descent. The grandparents of our subject were Jesse, who married Mar Taylor and is the son of James Bradly, who was over one hundred years old when he died; and on the mother’s side they were James and Pheba (Surmon) Lynch. Both the grandfathers were soldiers in the war of 1812, and both were sailors. The father of our subject was a ship builder, but finally located on a farm in Maryland. W. H. Bradly lived with his parents till twenty years of age, when he went to Indiana and engaged in the jewelry business in Troy for three years; later he went to Hawksville, Ky., where he was engaged in the art business. In this business he traveled through the different States for nine years. In the fall of 1879 he located in Ballard County, three miles northwest of Blandville, where he owns 150 acres. He was married in May, 1876, to Bell Wingo, of Graves County, Ky., a daughter of German and Sarah (Beedles) Wingo, natives of Virginia and of Irish origin. There were born by this marriage three children: Pearl, Lucien E. and Alice. Mr. Bradly and wife are both members of the Baptist Church and he is a Mason. He cast his first presidential vote for Tilden and Hendricks, in 1876.