Isaac Wesley Bradey owns and operates a farm of sixty eight acres on section 35, Knoxville township, and has
made many of the improvements thereon, which render his place one of the valuable and productive farms of the neighborhood.
His birth occurred on this section on the 9th of December, 1852, and the old frame dwelling in which he first opened
his eyes to the light of day is still one of the landmarks of the community. Prior to its erection the family occupied
a log cabin, for they were among the pioneer settlers of the county and were closely identified with the early
phases of frontier life here.
The parents of Mr. Bradey were Isaac and Lydia Ann (Cloe) Bradey, both of whom are now deceased. The father, who
was born in Indiana in 1811, passed away December 7, 1874, and the mother, who was born in Stafford county, Virginia,
March 13, 1813, died on the 3d of February, 1894, when in the eighty first year of her age. She was a daughter
of Henry and Ann Cloe, who removed to Kentucky in 1816 and in 1831 took their family to Vermilion county, Illinois.
That was a year before the Black Hawk war occurred. In 1832 she became the wife of Gilbert Cloe, who died in 1833,
leaving a daughter, Narcissus, who is now the widow of William London and resides at Carson, Iowa. In the '4os
Isaac Bradey arrived in Marion county, Iowa, after having spent some time in Vermilion county, Illinois. It was
there that he was married in 1836 to Mrs. Lydia Ann Cloe and three children were born to them in that state. In
1845 they left Illinois for Iowa, casting in their lot with the pioneer settlers of Marion county at a day when
the government owned much of the land. Mr. Bradey secured a claim on section 35, Knoxville township, a part of
which is now owned by his son, Isaac W. Bradey. The family shared in all of the hardships and privations incident
to settlement upon the western frontier and participated in the work which brought about the transformation of
the county from a wild and undeveloped region into one of the populous and prosperous sections of the state.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Bradey were members of the Methodist Protestant church and took an active and helpful interest
in its work. They had a family of nine children, one of whom died in infancy, the others being: John, who resides
in Knoxville; H. B., who died in Knoxville township about 1899; Elizabeth, who is the widow of Hezekiah Davis and
resides in Missouri; Nancy Ella, the wife of S. G. Elder, of Knoxville township; Martha Ann, who married Captain
Henry McCoy, of Knoxville; Isaac Wesley; S. B., who lives in Knoxville but is the owner of a farm in this county;
and Lydia, the wife of Van O. Davis, of Madison county, Nebraska.
Isaac W. Bradey, born in this county in pioneer times, was educated in the public schools and has always remained
a resident of Knoxville township with the exception of a period of three years. His life has been devoted to farming
and he is today the owner of sixty eight acres of land situated on section 35, Knoxville township, which is a part
of the old homestead claim that was entered by his father from the government.
On the 15th of July, 1875, Mr. Bradey was united in marriage to Miss Mary Asbury Scott, a daughter of Robert Scott,
who resided near Attica and died in 1857. Her mother afterward became the wife of a Mr. Walls and passed away in
Minnesota. Mrs. Bradey was born in Knoxville township, in 1855, and her only brother died in the west in early
manhood. Mr. and Mrs. Bradey became the parents of six children: Mossey, the wife of William Calkins, of Indiana
township; Willis, a farmer and trader of Marysville; May, the wife of Ira Ingram, living in Decatur county; Oscar
and Worth, both of whom died in childhood; and Fern, fourteen years of age, at home.
Mr. Bradey, his wife and family are all members of the Christian church. He gives his political allegiance to the
republican party but the honors and emoluments of office have had no attraction for him. He and his family occupy
an enviable position in social circles and the high esteem of many friends is freely given them.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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