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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Thomas Bradley (1845-1884)

Customs official.

Born at Ottawa, Ontario in 1845, son of Captain Clements Bradley, he resided at Ottawa until 1870 when he moved to West Lynne, Manitoba where he took up an appointment as the first customs collector at that site. He later took charge of the customs office at Emerson and it was said that he and W. H. Nash were the founders of Emerson. He acquired property there and elsewhere in Manitoba. He was also a Justice of the Peace.

On 28 September 1871, he married Caroline Maria Jenkins, eldest daughter of federal civil servant Charles W. Jenkins. They had several children before her death in 1879. He remarried to Charlotte Tweddell, widow of Charles Henry Poston.

In 1884, Bradley was arrested on a charge of fraud and embezzlement of over $4,000 and transported to Winnipeg for trial. He became too ill to appear in court, and died at the Winnipeg home of physician Alfred Codd on 27 February 1884. His body was returned to Emerson for burial.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bradley Grave Site (RM of Franklin)


“Arrest of Mr. Bradley, the collector at Emerson”, Manitoba Free Press, 25 February 1884, page 4.

Death notice, Manitoba Free Press, 28 February 1884, page 1.

“Demise of Mr. Bradley”, Manitoba Free Press, 29 February 1884, page 4.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“In memorium”, Manitoba Free Press, 6 March 1884, page 3.

We thank Marilyn Stewart for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 October 2012

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