It is only from printed records we can glean anything concerning Wymond Bradbury
, but there are those among us who can recall his son William, and more who remember the daughters of William's family.
The fact that I have anything to tell you tonight concerning this family is due to pleasant memories of some women bearing this name who came into our family life as neighbors when I was but a child.
Although after diligent search I can offer you but little, yet it has been a pleasure to glean these facts, many of which were known to me only recently.
From the coming of the first Bradbury
to settle within the present limits of our city, to the death of a granddaughter in 1882, this family was here more than a hundred years; and if we look up the Bradbury
line, we shall find its members to be descended from good English stock, from eminently respectable and intelligent men and women, well educated, many of them talented, and occupying prominent positions in public affairs.
‘The name Bradbury
is of Saxon
origin, and of the class styled “local.”
Its components are Brad
, meaning broad, and Bury
, which is variously defined as a house, a hill, a domain, and a town.
It is found variously spelled in English records as Bradberrie, Bradberrye, Bradberry
, and Bradbury
. The latter is the orthography adopted by the emigrant Thomas
, and followed by his descendants generally.
Unlike most local names, it never had a wide diffusion in England
, and tracing it back through two centuries previous to the settlement of this country, it seems to have narrowed its limits and finally to have confined itself to a single parish in Derbyshire
The radiating point seems to have been Ollerset in the parish of Glossop, in the northerly part of the county of Derby
No mention of the name has been found prior to 1433, when there were living among the gentry at Ollerset, Roger de Bradbury
and Rodolphus de Bradbury
The connection between these two persons is not known, nor the length of the time they had resided at ’