A peak into the Bradley family history and Rockford history

October 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

Readers expressed interest in the history of the Bradley family following last week’s story on the Scarecrow Make It and Take It event which continues this weekend, October 6 and 7 and the weekend of October 13 and 14 as part of Rockford’s Harvest Festival events. The following information about her family was provided by organizer Denise Bradley for your enjoyment: My family has lived in the Rockford/Cedar Springs area for generations.  The immediate family ancestor names are, Bradley, Schoonmaker, Shaw, Round, Spring, and Morgan.  There is an old stained glass window at the Rockford United Methodist Church, that was donated by my third great-grandparents, Jared and Catherine Cronk Spring. The Rockford Cemetery has many ancestors.  I walked the Cemetery one day and took over 100 pictures of grave markers from direct and indirect family members.  My great grandparents Lafayette and Laney Bradley are in the Cedar Springs Cemetery.  Lafayette was in the Civil War and I have copies of his civil war papers.  I have shared some of my information with the Rockford Area Historical Society and I have also gotten information from them to help with my family tree. One of the reasons the RAHS is so special to me, and it’s so important to help raise money for the new museum through the Scarecrow Make-N-Take is because of their wonderful genealogy area.  They have about 95 percent of the old Rockford Register newspapers (and the Rockford Squire), in hard copy and on microfiche.  I have gotten so much information from these old newspapers to help with my family tree. They have filing cabinets full of birth, death, marriage and more items in between. Plus, walking through the museum is like walking through my ancestors lives.  There is an World War II bomber quilt that was made by Rockford residents.  Their names including my grandparents were signed and embroidered on the squares of the quilt.  They made about $242.00 ,from it to help buy bombers for the war. There are old tools that my uncle donated to the museum when my Grandpa Dale Bradley died.  But, not just my family, it’s all of our families, it’s our heritage and we need to preserve it and share it with everyone, especially for our children […]