The New Lexington TribuneNewspaper ObituaryDeparture Of An Old Friend Died at his home on Columbus Street, Somerset, Sunday, November 12, 1899, of a complication of diseases, after an illness of several months, Michael J. Braddock, aged 68 years, 11 months, 21 days. Michael J. Braddock was the son of John Braddock by the second marriage and was born at Gallitzin, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, November 21,1830, where they settled at Pigeon Roost, in Jackson Township, about four miles southwest of New Lexington. Young Braddock grew up on a farm and attended district school. Before he was a grown man he became something of a rover, worked his way down the Mississippi on a steamboat and was quite well acquainted with the South and slavery in antebellum days, with the result that he changed his politics and united with the republican party after its organization. Mr. Braddock returned North about 1851, learned the confectioner business at McConnelsville and then opened a small establishment, in New Lexington, where he continued in the business about two years. He then learned the jeweler trade at Lancaster, set-up and carried on there for a few months, then for a year or so at Logan but located in New Lexington, in 1855, in which place he carried on a jewelry and notion store until April of 1886, when he changed his business and residence to Somerset, where he died. He had been in business in Perry County about forty-five years. He endured many hardships in his early business career, attended with personal affliction, but he fought like a hero, and eventually overcame all. Michael J. Braddock and Julia Meloy were united in marriage at Somerset, July 3, 1856, where Miss Meloy then resided, her father being County Auditor and living at the old seat of justice. Five children resulted from the marriage, namely, Sophia, (dead), William H., of Trimble, Edgar M., of new Lexington, Mary E., wife of William Graves, of Somerset, and Frank M., now with the U. S. Army in the Philippines. Deceased was a zealous and prominent Mason and had held offices of both Master and High priest. He had for years been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and religious services were conducted by Rev. D. S. Priest, of that denomination, at Somerset, Wednesday forenoon, and final services, late in the day in New Lexington, under the auspices of the Knights Templar of which the deceased was a member. Mr. Braddock enjoyed only a district school education, but he was a reader and a student all his life, and was very well informed on subjects of a genial character. He was an entertaining conversationalists, and very cordial in manner as well as speech, and his friends were numerous wherever he was known. It would hardly be proper to omit to state that Mr. Braddock was a close student of the doctrines as propounded by Emanuel Swedenberg, and held that the same did not conflict with the teachings of other sects, but were, in many respects, a higher exemplification of the Christian religion and the present and future life.