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The Earliest Known Bradley Arms
Current region
Earlier spellings Bradley
Place of origin England
Notable members Benjamin C. Bradlee, Sarah Bradlee, Frederick Bradlee
Connected families
Traditions Banking, Journalism, Newspapering, Writing, Philanthropy
Name origin and meaning

"Broad Meddow"

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Though they were not Boston Brahmins they were among the first families of Boston, and also married into the Boston Brahmin families of Putnam, Crowninshield, Saltonstall as well as the Choate family. Nathan Bradley was the first American-born ancestor of the Bradlee family of Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Nathan Bradley was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1631 and died on 26 July 1701 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. On 17 May 1666 he married Mary Evans in Dorchester. His grandson, Constable Samuel Bradlee, changed the name from "ey" to "ee" while he was running for Constable of Dorchester. Samuel's daughter Sarah Bradlee was dubbed the "The Mother of the Boston Tea Party." The most notable Bradlee is Benjamin C. Bradlee aka Ben Bradlee, long-time editor of the Washington Post during Water Gate and is now the current Vice President at-large of the Washington Post. The lineage shown below is a paternal lineage and also the descendants of Benjamin C. Bradlee. His father was Frederick Josiah Bradlee, Jr. who was the son of Frederick Josiah Bradlee I and Chevaliere Josephine de Gersdorff, who's parents were Carl August de Gersdorff, famed New York Lawyer and Hellen Suzette Crowninshield, who was born in Paris, France.

Patrilineal descent

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