Jacque M. <I>Bradley</I> Swift

Jacque M. Bradley Swift

Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA
Death 16 Jan 1914 (aged 23–24)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot Sec M, Lot 276
Memorial ID 123547624 · View Source
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Daughter of John Clarke Bradley and Molly V. ______. John was the manager of Cotton Compress in Huntsville, AL, and an alumnus of Washington-Lee University.

Married [Charles] Thomas Swift, 6 Sep 1907, in Columbus, GA (div. 10 Apr 1912 in Atlanta, GA).

1. Jacqueline Lena Swift, b. 1 Jun 1910. Possibly the Jacqueline L. Swift listed in the Georgia Death Index, 1919-1998, who was born about 1910 and died 25 Jun 1998 in Cobb County, GA, but more research needs to be done.

Jacque Bradley Swift died in Providence Hospital, Washington, DC. Her cemetery record cites "exhaustion and pelvic peritonitis" as the cause of death.

Actress Jacque Bradley met Thomas Swift, the heir to the S.S.S. Tonic fortune, in Atlanta while she was performing in a vaudeville show. Thomas was still a teenager at the time. After a whirlwind courtship, they were married in 1908 in Columbus, GA, where Jacque was performing. In 1910, Thomas and Jacque were living on Pine Street not far from the residence of his mother and quite near the homes of his sisters. He reported that he was a salesman for a medicine company.

Late in 1910, Jacque Lena Swift was born, an occasion that must have brought great joy. But even then dark clouds were gathering that would undermine the marriage of Thomas and Jacque. Around the time of Jacque Lena's birth, Jacque Bradley Swift filed for divorce from Thomas on the grounds of desertion. The petition was granted and alimony awarded. Thomas persuaded Jacque to return and she apparently did so but rapprochement was short lived. The Atlanta Constitution for March 31, 1912, carried a lengthy story with picture of Jacque announcing her intentions to return to the stage and give up her home on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Thomas was not quoted and no mention was made of the child.

In mid January 1914, The Washington Post carried a story that Jacque Bradley was dying of tuberculosis and that she had prepared a will bequeathing all her possessions to "Little Jacque". This will also appointed Jennie Wendel, Jacque's sister, as the guardian for Jacque Lena Swift. The story continued with the assertion that Thomas Swift "heir to the Swift family millions in Atlanta" had offered $30,000.00 to get his child back. That offer had been refused. The newspaper account made direct reference to the fears of the Wendel family that the Swifts might attempt to get the child by whatever means necessary. Perhaps those fears caused the family to hold Jacque Bradley's funeral in the home of her sister. Negotiations between the two families continued with little success until a few months later when Lena Swift Huntley traveled to Washington and convinced the Wendels to give "Little Jacque" to her. However, the 1930 census for Washington, DC shows Lena Swift living in the home of Isaac and Jennie Wendel, the uncle and aunt of Lena, nee Jacque Lena Swift, age 19. Jennie Wendel was the sister of Jacque Bradley and the person appointed as guardian for her daughter. Why "Little Jacque" had left the home of her grandmother and returned to live with her aunt remains a mystery.

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  • Created by: HWA
  • Added: 16 Jan 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 123547624
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jacque M. Bradley Swift (1890–16 Jan 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 123547624, citing Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by HWA (contributor 46565033) .