David Beecher
Martha Jane Appleton
George A. Bradley
Elizabeth K. Beecher
(Abt 1846-1882)
Zella May Bradley


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1. Alfred Bradley DeKay

Zella May Bradley 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 18 Dec 1875, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA 1 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Alfred Bradley DeKay on 4 Sep 1900 in Ida Grove, Ida County, IA 1
  • Died: 24 Oct 1965, Helena, Lewis and Clark, MT at age 89 3 4 5
  • Buried: 26 Oct 1965, Helena: Forestvale Cemetery, Lewis and Clark, MT 3

   FamilySearch ID: 2767-4GH.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1880 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 2 The 1880 census recorded on Tioga Street in Homewood: George Bradley, occupation alderman, 38, living with wife Elizabeth K., 34; Lillie B., 14; Alexander, 9; and Zella May, 4. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

2. Census in 1920 in Kenwood, Lewis and Clark, MT. 6 The 1920 census recorded Alfred B. DeKay, building contractor, 42, living with wife Zella B., 42; and son Norman B., lawyer U.S. survey, 18; and daughter Mabel E., 16. Alfred his parents, and Norman and Mabel were born in New York. Zella and her parents were born in Pennsylvania.

3. Residence: 420 E. Benton Ave., Helena, MT on 24 Sep 1929 in Helena, Lewis and Clark, MT. 7

4. Obituary: The Independent Record: obituary of Zella B. DeKay on 25 Oct 1965 in Helena, Lewis and Clark, MT. 4 Zella B. DeKay, resident of Helena for more than 50 years, and widow of Alfred B. DeKay, building contractor, died early Sunday morning at Cooney Convalescent Home, following an extended illness. She was born Dec. 18, 1875 in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of George A. and Elizabeth K. Beecher Bradley. In 1900 she was married to Mr. DeKay at Ida Grove, Iowa. The couple moved in 1910 to Helena, where DeKay became active in the contracting business as a builder of the Marlow Theatre, Placer Hotel and several apartment buildings and homes. One of his last assignments before his death Aug. 19, 1940 was as project supervisor on the Helena Junior High School building. Also preceding Mrs. DeKay in death were her son, Norman B. DeKay, Helena architect, who designed the Junior High School building and the Benton Towers Apartment among other buildings before his death here June 7, 1939; her sister, Lillian Fiero here in 1939 and a brother, Alex Bradley in 1947 in Nevada. Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. William (Mabel) Fredricks and grandson, Conrad Fredricks, both of Helena; sister, Mrs. A. T. Kramer of Bene, Nev.; granddaughters, Mrs. Gordon C. (Laverne) Kostyk of Canoga Park, Calif., and Mrs. A. Wayne (Betty) Gordon, Jr., of Bethesda, Md.; five great-grandchildren, Gregg and Timothy Kostyk, Allison, Ellen and Steve Gordon. Before her final illness Mrs. DeKay was affiliated with the Order of Eastern Star. Funeral services arc planned for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Retz Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Forestvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Warren Harrisberger, George A, Porte, Carl O. Parsons, and William Allen, Jr.

Zella married Alfred Bradley DeKay on 4 Sep 1900 in Ida Grove, Ida County, IA.1 (Alfred Bradley DeKay was born in Jun 1877 in , , NY,1 8 died on 19 Aug 1940 in Helena, Lewis and Clark, MT 4 9 and was buried in Helena: Forestvale Cemetery, Lewis and Clark, MT 9.)


1 FamilySearch.org, Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCH3-KC6 Elizabeth K. Beecher in entry for Alfred B. Dekay and Zella M. Bradley, 04 Sep 1900; citing Ida Grove, Ida, Iowa, United States; FHL microfilm 1035288.

2 1880 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MW62-K9S Elizabeth K Bradley in household of George Bradley, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 510A, NARA microfilm publication T9.

3 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=67272188.

4 "The Independent-Record (Helena, MT)," 25 Oct 1965, page 3, obituary of Zella B. DeKay.

5 FamilySearch.org, Montana, Death Index, 1860-2007, (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VHCN-5M5 Zella Dekay, 24 Oct 1965; citing "Montana Death Index, 1907-2007," Ancestry.com.

6 1920 United States Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Kessler, Lewis and Clark, Montana; Roll: T625_972; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 92; Image: 155.

7 Ancestry.com, Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956, National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, D.C; Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Sweet Grass, Montana, August 1917-June 1954. Lillian Bradley Fiero citing sister Mrs. A. B. DeKay. Online image 265.

8 1880 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MD2K-ZP2 Alfred B Dekay in household of Chas Dekay, Ida Grove, Ida, Iowa, United States; citing sheet 90B, NARA microfilm publication T9.

9 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=88307481.

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