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How Bradley became Bradlee
Two "E"s and NO "Y"
As the story goes Samuel Bradley of Dorchester, MA b.Oct 5 1707, d.July 7, 1768
changed the spelling of his last name to Bradlee about the time he became
constable for Dorchester Massachusetts. The reported reason "there were too
many Bradleys in the Boston area" may have something to do with the fact
he was running for public office and did not wish to be confused with the Boston merchant
also with the same name.
That does not answer the question of why there are Bradlee's in the 1732
Census of New Hampshire or the reports of Francis Bradlee as having sailed
from England (born in Yorkshire) and
arriving in Connecticut in the Year 1650.
What we do know is that four of Samuel's sons, his daughter Sara and his son-in-law
were responsible for the planning and execution of the Boston Tea Party. This
act of civil disobedience that not only contributed heavily to the start of the
war with England but succeeded in making the family infamous enough to have
Samuel's family's genealogy well documented.
The Bradlee Family with particular reference to the Descendants of Nathan Bradley of
Dorchester Mass, was collected and arranged by Samuel Bradlee Doggett and printed
in 1878 on the Press of Rockwell and Churchill, No 39 Arch Street, Boston is considered
to be the definitive source of information about the prerevolutionary Bradlee ancestors.
Samuel's brother John who's name is recorded on his tombstone as John Bradlee, was said to have
moved "The Family" up north during the Siege of Boston. The Britsh had a warrent for the arrest of
anyone who spelled Bradlee with 2 e's and no Y! As the story goes Samuel's daughter Sara's husband
was in fact jailed as a spy by the British, now there is a subject that needs to be muttered about.
In the late 90's when I started this page, my initial Net-search into the Bradlee Surname, revealed that
there were about 75 households listed in the US phone listings under the Bradlee spelling.
There was only about a dozen businesses that have the Bradlee name in their title.
A more exhaustive search turned up close to 100 households are currently
using the Bradlee spelling.
A deeper search of several genealogical databases revealed the names of hundred
more Bradlees (all deceased) dating from the early 1700's to the date of latest
Social Security death benefits records available.
In contrast a phone record search of the Bradley spelling of the name came
up with over 17,000 residences and 1200+ business listings in the US alone.
It was at that point that I made the decision that I was going to document
the Bradlee side of the family and only include Bradley's that
had a direct connection to the Bradlee tree.
So the next time someone comments on the unique spelling of the Bradlee
name you can proudly point out that it is less than One Half of One Percent
spell it with two E's and no Y!
Using the YGAMS tool, in April 2007: a lookup of
[Bradley] comes up with ~24M while
[Bradlee] only comes up with ~218K about 1%.
Feel free to test your Internet Footpring at YGAMS.COM.
This new statistical lookup tool was concieved and authored by who else, a Bradlee!
My spelling tends to be bad, and my typing is not much better. I am a Photographer and Technologist
and appreciate good proof-readers. I will strive to fix the problems and omissions pointed out,
by those who have a better grasp of the subject or language than I :)
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