October 5, 1882 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3rd page, 3rd column)
Under OUR ENFIELD LETTER section:
With an indefinable feeling of regret, as though the shadow of a great grief hung over me, I mention the death of Mr. James G. Bradley, which sad event occurred in Wilmington on the 28th ult., after a lingering illness, in the 27th year of his age.
His sister, Mrs. H. Bond, went down about two weeks ago and remained with him till he breathed his last. The end was foreseen sometimes before it came, and there, amid a wide circle of loving and sorrowing relatives and friends he yielded up his young life.
He was a favorite in society, and beloved by all who knew him. In the flush of manhood, life was before him, but the fell destroyer came and nipped in the bud all his manly hopes and aspirations.
Death is sad at all times, but when it comes, inexorable and relentless, and claims such “shining marks” for its own, it is hard to become reconciled to the inevitable.
[Son of Alfred Owen Bradley (1821-1871) and Eliza Frances Lippitt (1832-1863), he was born in 1857. His sister, Mary, was married to Henry Bond, and they had moved from Wilmington to Enfield. Perhaps he visited her often since their parents died over 10 years before his own death. There is a family tree on familysearch.org, and I have attached this story to his record. His ID# is KZK2-TGN.]