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American Silversmiths

Noah Bradley
(1722-1800)
Elizabeth Clark
(1731-1813)
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Zebul Bradley
(1780-1859)

 

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Spouses/Children:

1. Dorcas Trowbridge

2. Frances Atwater

Zebul Bradley

  • Born: 14 Jan 1780, Guilford CT
  • Marriage (1): Dorcas Trowbridge on 13 Oct 1804 in New Haven CT
  • Marriage (2): Frances Atwater after 13 Dec 1837 in New Haven CT
  • Died: 9 Jun 1859, Guilford CT

  General notes:

Silversmith and jeweler

  Events in his life were:

  • Apprenticed from 1802 to 1806 to Marcus Merriman in New Haven CT 1
    After he finished his term, he continued on as a journeyman.

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  • He was a partner from 1813 to 1817 with Marcus Merriman in New Haven CT as MARCUS MERRIMAN & Co. 4

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  • Beaker by MARCUS MERRIMAN & CO, c 1814
    Yale University 14
    h: 4 11/16"
    Engraved "Presented / the / CHURCH of CHRIST / IN / NORTHFORD / by / Mrs. MARY NOYES / May 14th / 1814" Made for the donor, Mary (Johnson) Noyes; her daughter, Mary Ann Noyes gave the church a beaker made by MERRIMAN & BRADLEY in 1816.

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  • Alternate Mark for MARCUS MERRIMAN & Co.

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  • Glasses by MARCUS MERRIMAN & CO, c 1815
    Private Collection

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  • He was a partner from 1817 to 1826 with Marcus Merriman in New Haven CT as MERRIMAN & BRADLEY 4

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  • Alternate Mark atrributed to MERRIMAN & BRADLEY

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  • Alternate Mark attributed to MERRIMAN & BRADLEY by Winterthur, but doubtful.

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  • Beaker by MERRIMAN & BRADLEY, c 1817
    Yale University 13
    h: 4 3/4"
    d: 2 15/16" (of base)
    wt: 6 oz, 3 dwt
    Engraved "Presented / the / CHURCH of CHRIST / in / NORTHFORD / by / Miss MARY ANN NOYES / February 26, 1816" The donor's mother had given a similar beaker by Marcus Merriman to the church in 1814.

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  • Alternate Mark for BRADLEY & MERRIMAN.

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  • Alternate Mark for BRADLEY & MERRIMAN.

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  • Alternate Mark for BRADLEY & MERRIMAN.

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  • Alternate Mark for BRADLEY & MERRIMAN.

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  • Spoon , c 1830
    Private Collection
    l: 6"
    Engraved MERAB R. HEATON.

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  • Spoons, c 1838-1840
    Private Collection 1
    The top spoon, monogrammed C.W. Bradley, was made for the wife of Gustavus Bradley, Caroline W. Hotchkiss. The bottom spoon, monogrammed JCF, was made for Julia Caroline French, the grand daughter of Caroline & Gustavus Bradley through their daughter Catherine.

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  • He worked from circa 1840 to 1855 as a silversmith and jeweler in New Haven CT with a shop on Chapel Street till 1840, then at 62 State Street.
  • Advertised in the New Haven Directory (New Haven CT), 1840, informing the public that the firm was making the flat silver it offered for sale ". . . in the shop at the back." and "We have on hand, of our own manufacture, a large assortment of Table, Tea, Cream, Dessert, Mustard and Salt Spoons: Sugar Tongs, Soup Ladles, Forks and Butter KNIVES. As the above articles are manufactured in our store and under our supervision, we can warrant them to be of good SILVER."

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  • Advertised in the Price & Lee's New Haven City Directory (New Haven CT), 1840,
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at New Haven CT, listed as a jeweler.

Zebul married Dorcas Trowbridge on 13 Oct 1804 in New Haven CT. (Dorcas Trowbridge was born on 14 Jan 1786 in New Haven CT and died on 13 Dec 1837 in New Haven CT.)


Zebul next married Frances Atwater after 13 Dec 1837 in New Haven CT. (Frances Atwater was born on 17 Sep 1789 in Cheshire CT and died on 11 Mar 1871.)




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