|Birth: ||Feb., 1750|
New Haven County
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 1800|
In 1766, at about the age of 16 years, Lemuel moved from Guilford, New Haven County, Colony of Connecticut, with his father, Joseph Bradley, to the New Hampshire Grants and settled in Sunderland (now in Bennington County, Vermont).
Lemuel was a member of the party, led by his father on March 22, 1772, that rescued Remember Baker of Arlington from John Munro, the New York Magistrate, and his posse.
In early 1775, Lemuel, moved to Burlington on the New Hampshire Grants (now in Chittenden County, Vermont) and settled on a tract of land that he purchased on the Winooski River (part of this tract being the broad bend below the town was for many years known as the Bradley bend). The next year, 1776, Lemuel was Burlington's Delegate to the General Convention of the New Hampshire Grants held at Cephas Kent's dwelling house (Inn) in Dorset on July 24th and at it's adjourned session held at the same place on September 25th.
Sometime during late 1775 or 1776, at the time of the breaking out of the Revolutionary War, a raiding party burnt his house in Burlington, destroyed his furniture, and smashed a set of his greatly valued china. Homeless and disappointed, Lemuel returned south to Sunderland where he resided until his death.
Faced with an advancing British Army commanded by Major General John Burgoyne following his capture of Fort Ticonderoga in early July 1777, the Vermont Council of Safety resolved to raise a Regiment of Rangers for the defence of the state. On July 15, 1777, Samuel Herrick was appointed Lieutenant Colonel commandant of the Regiment and Lemuel Bradley was apponted Ensign of Captain John Warner's Company to serve until January 1, 1778. Captain Warner's Company was engaged in the Battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777. Lemuel was "sick in the service" under the care of Doctors Cotton and Paige from September 19, 1777 until discharged. Captain Warner's Company was discharged, December 3, 1777.
The 6th Regiment of Vermont Militia was established October 23, 1779 upon the reorganization of the 2nd and 5th Regiments of Vermont Militia into 3 Regiments. The Sunderland Company, Captain Daniel Comstock commanding, was then reassigned from the 5th Regiment to the 6th Regiment of Vermont Militia placed under the command of Colonel Ira Allen. Lemuel served for 5 days in Captain Comstock's Company as a Private when that Company turned out on the emergency of March 22 and 26, 1780. In mid-1780, a 2nd Sunderland Company was formed within the 6th Regiment of Vermont Militia. Lemuel was that Company's Lieutenant and served as it's commander for 20 days when the Company was called out to respond to the alarm in October 1780 caused by the raid led by British Major Christopher Carleton into the Lake Champlain Valley and beyond.
In 1781, Lemuel became Captain of the 2nd Sunderland Company, Colonel Ira Allen's 6th Regiment of Vermont Militia and served in that capacity for 3, 11, 4, and 4 days respectively when that Company was called out on August 6, 1781, October 21, 1781, December 16, 1781, and May 1, 1782 to pursue after the enemy (Tories) which had taken Lieutenant William Blanchard and Captain Hind's son, both of Arlington, Bennington County, Vermont.
Lemuel married, in January 1782 at Lenox, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, his 2nd wife, Mercy Washburn (1754-1839) by whom he had 6 children (3 sons and 3 daughters): Harriet (1786-1819), Olive (1788-1809), Maria (b. 1790), Harry (1793-1837), Lemuel (b. 1796), and John M. (b. 1800).
(1) "The Vermont Historical Gazetteer:" Vol. I, by Abby Maria Hemenway, 1867, pages 239, 491-492, & 638-639
(2) "Records of the Council of Safety and Governor and Council of the State of Vermont" Vol. I., by E. P. Walton, 1873, pages 15, 22, 27, 150, & 283
(3) "The State of Vermont Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War 1775 to 1783" by John E. Goodrich, 1904, pages 48-49, 150, 224, 414-415, 515, 547, 595, 800, & 809
(4) US Federal Military Pension File No. R.1361
Mercy Washburn Bradley (1754 - 1839)
Ethan Bradley (1775 - 1845)*
Olive Bradley (1788 - 1809)*
Harry Bradley (1793 - 1837)*
John Bradley (1800 - 1866)*
Dec. 11th AD 1800
In the 50th Year of
Ira Allen Cemetery
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Record added: Nov 19, 2006
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