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Chevaliere Josephine de Gersdorff was born on 18 Jun 1896 in Manhattan, New York, USA to Carl August de Gersdorff (1865-1944) and Helen Suzette Crowninshield (1868 - 1941) and died 15 Oct 1975 in Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, USA. She is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. She married Frederick Josiah Bradlee, Jr. (1892-1970) on 3 July 1917 in Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, USA.

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  1. Frederick Josiah Bradlee III was born on 6 Feb 1919 in Manhattan, New York, USA and died on 12 Jul 2003 in Manhattan, New York, USA.
  2. Chevalier Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee was born on 26 Aug 1921 in Back Bay, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA and died on 21 Oct 2014 in Georgetown, Washington, DC, USA. He married first on 8 Aug 1942 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA to Jean Saltonstall. She was born on 17 Jan 1921 in  Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA and died on 19 Jul 2011 in  Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA. He married second to Antoinette "Tony" Eno Pichot. She was born on 15 Jan 1924 in Manhattan, New York, USA an died on 9 Nov 2011 in Milford, Pick County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married third on 20 Oct 1979 in Washington, DC, USA to Sally Sterling Quinn. She was born on 1 Jul 1941 in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. She is lives in Washington, DC, USA.
  3. Constance Bradlee was born on 11 Apr 1923 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA and died on 10 Apr 1993 in Manhattan, New York, USA. She is buried in New Marlborough Cemetery in New Marlboroough, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA. She married first to Francis Curtis Thayer. He was born on 6 Mar 1918 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA to Raymond Lowery Thayer (1886 - 1955) and Lilian L. (1886) and died in May 1975 in Manhattan, New York, USA. She married second to David W. Devins. He was born on 10 Apr 1920 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA to Arthur Lithgow Devins (1879 - 1957) and Wenonah Wetmore (1883 - 1983) and died on 5 Feb 1995 in Manhattan, New York, USA.

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Kasper von Gersdorff ( - )

m. Euphemia von Pfug ( - )

Hieronymus von Gersdorff ( - )

m. Martha von Luttichau ( - )

Wolf Kaspar von Gersdorff (1598 - 1632)

m. Anna von Wolfersdorff ( - )

Siefried von Gersdorff (1627 - 1674)

m. Anna Maria von Rackel (1673 - 1703)

Wolf Ernst von Gersdorff (1666 - 1714)

m. Maria Susanne von Temritz (1668 - 1707)

Siegmund von Gersdorff (1702 - 1797)

m. Erdmuth von Metzradt (1709 - 1781)

Ernst Siegmund von Gersdorff (1737 - 1797)

m. Charlotte Marie Eleonore, Countess von Feil und Klein-Ellguth (1761 - )

Heinrich August Baron von Gersdorff (1793 - 1874)

m. Augustua Theodora von Tschirschky und Bogendorff (? - 1883)

Dr. Ernst Bruno von Gersdorff (1820 - 1883)

m. Caroline Choate (1834 - 1889)

Carl August de Gersdorff (1865 - 1944)

m. Helen Suzette Crowninshield (1868 - 1941)

Chevaliere Josephine de Gersdorff was born on 18 Jun 1896 in Manhattan, New York, USA to Carl August de Gersdorff (1865-1944) and Helen Suzette Crowninshield (1868 - 1941) and died 15 Oct 1975 in Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, USA. She is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. She married Frederick Josiah Bradlee, Jr. (1892-1970) on 3 July 1917 in Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, USA. In 1900 he was aged 7 and living with his parents at 59 Chastant Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts and going to school. In 1908 he was at St. Mark’s School in Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. In 1910 he was living at West Cedar Street in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts with his parents. On 5 Jun 1917 he joined the army in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts as a second lieutenant, however he never went over seas. In 1920 he was living at Beacon Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts and working as a clerk for a bank. He arrived on 12 Aug 1928 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts on the ship “Scythia” coming from Liverpool, England. In 1930 he was renting a house living on block 1320 at 267  Beacon Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts; his home value was worth $300.00. In 1940 he was still living at 267 Beacon Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. The value of his house was worth $14,000. There is a WWII registration card dated 1942. He worked for, after he graduated from Harvard, the National Shawmut Bank as Secretary to it's president, William A. Gaston, then the WWI came and afterwards went back to work for the bank; he then went on to work for Richardson, Hill & Company and then for Blair & Company, Inc., first as a salesman and then as vice president in charge of their New England activities. In 1925 he was appointed to the Visiting Committee of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 1933 he had an office at 19 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts. For four years he was President and Treasurer of the cosmos Chemical Corporation, owned then by Bayard Warren. After that company folded he then became treasurer of Dexter School, the New England Peabody Home for Crippled Children, the Society for Preservation of New England Antiquities, the Gore Place Society and the Somerset Club and President of the Essex Country Club in Manchester. B was appointed to a draft board by Gov. Leverett Saltonstall at the outbreak of WWII and then in 1944 to the Parole Board. He was reappointed by several governors and finally in 1952 he was named it's chairman by Gov. Christian A. Herter; B resigned in 1957 at the age of 65. In 1957 he was elected to the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and in 1959 to the Massachusetts Historical Society.  In 1959 he was elected to the Council of the Essex Institute of Salem, Massachusetts. In 1959 he was elected to the council of the Peabody Museum and was there to 1969. He was on the Museum Committee from 1958 to 1964 as a member and then from 1961 as it's chairman. In 1960 he created a committee that were the "legally constituted as the Trustees of the Wayside Inn." In 1959 he became a member of a special committee to help save and move the Crowninshield-Bentley House from being torn down. In 1963 he became the general chairman of the Essex Institute Fund.He married on 3 Jul 1917 in Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts to Josephine de Gersdorff. She was born on 18 Jun 1896 in Manhattan, New York and died on 15 Oct 1975 in Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Carl August de Gersdorff who was born on 10 Jul 1865 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts and died on 21 Jan 1944 in Manhattan, New York.

  1. Frederick Josiah Bradlee III was born on 6 Feb 1919 in Manhattan, New York, USA and died on 12 Jul 2003 in Manhattan, New York, USA. He dropped the "K" and the "III" from his name. His memorial service was held on 7 Jul 2003 on Thursday at 12:00 at the Church of The Resurrection in Manhattan, New York, USA. He had a string of lovers and parters thought his life. Attended Harvard University in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. He enlisted in the army on 20 Jan 1942 at Fort Dix, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA. He was an actor on Broadway in Manhattan, New York, USA. He was co author with Cleveland Amory of the 1960 Vanity Fair: A Cavalcade of the 1920s and 1930s-the Best Stories, Articles, Humor, Photographs, Art from America's Most Memorable Magazine, author of the 1967 novel Esperie and A Lady In My Life (a book about his grandmother: Helen Suzette Crowninshield. In 1920, 1930, 1935, 1 Apr 1940, he lived in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA. On 20 Aug 1936 he arrived in Manhattan, New York USA. In 1941 he was living in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. In 1993 he was living in Manhattan, New York, USA.
  2. Chevalier Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee was born on 26 Aug 1921 in Back Bay, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA and died on 21 Oct 2014 in Georgetown, Washington, DC, USA. He married first on 8 Aug 1942 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA to Jean Saltonstall. She was born on 17 Jan 1921 in  Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA and died on 19 Jul 2011 in  Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA. He married second to Antoinette "Tony" Eno Pichot. She was born on 15 Jan 1924 in Manhattan, New York, USA an died on 9 Nov 2011 in Milford, Pick County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married third on 20 Oct 1979 in Washington, DC, USA to Sally Sterling Quinn. She was born on 1 Jul 1941 in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. She is lives in Washington, DC, USA.
  3. Constance Bradlee was born on 11 Apr 1923 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA and died on 10 Apr 1993 in Manhattan, New York, USA. She is buried in New Marlborough Cemetery in New Marlboroough, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA. She went to Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. She went to the Modern School of Fashion and Design. She was a vlunteer fo the Red Cross during World War II. She was a Secretary for Vogue Magazine and the first Fashion Editor for Vogue Magazine's junior department in Manhattan, New York, USA. In 1930, 1935 and 1 Apr 1940 she was living in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA. On 16 Aug 1937 she arrived in Manhattan, New York, USA. In 1939 she was living in Southborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA. She at one point visited and left Le Havre, France. She married first to Francis Curtis Thayer. He was born on 6 Mar 1918 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA to Raymond Lowery Thayer (1886 - 1955) and Lilian L. (1886) and died in May 1975 in Manhattan, New York, USA. She married second to David W. Devins. He was born on 10 Apr 1920 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA to Arthur Lithgow Devins (1879 - 1957) and Wenonah Wetmore (1883 - 1983) and died on 5 Feb 1995 in Manhattan, New York, USA.

Chevalier Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee was born on 26 Aug 1921 in Back Bay, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA and died on 21 Oct 2014 in Georgetown, Washington, DC, USA. He is buried in Oaks Hill Cemetery in Georgetown, Washington, DC, USA. In 1942, two hours after he graduated college he joined the Office of Naval Intellegence as a communications officer. Battles; 4 May  to May 8, 1942, Battle of the Coral Sea; 1942 Naval Battle of Guadalcanal; 1944, Second Battle of Guam; 1943, Battle of Vella Lavella 23-26 Oct, 1944 Battle of Letey Gulf; 1945 Bougainville Campaing. In 1946 he co founded the New Hampshire Sunday News; sold the paper in 1948 to William Loeb III. In 1948 he became a police reporter for the Washington Post. In 1951, became the pess attache for the American embassy in Paris In 1952 he joined the US Information and Education Exchange (USIE) where he would broadcast the CIA-directed European propaganda which lead to the controversial spying and executoin of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in Jun 1953. In 1954 joined Newsweek as a foreign correspondentds, had a contreversial interivew with the secret anti-French Algerian guerilla fighters led to his band from France. In 1957 he was expelled from France, however he was invited back to the country and received the Legion d'honneur. In 1959 he met with Sen. John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie which led to their friendship until the 1963 JFK's assignation. In 1961 became bureau chief of News Week. In 1965 he became mannaging editor of News Week, a position wiich he held until 1965. In 1968 he became Executive Editor of the Washington Post until 1991 when he becme the Vice President. During that time he exposed the Pentagon Papers; he hired two Washington reporters name Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and together they challenged President Richard Nixon which ultimately led to his resignation. He is the author of several books: Conversations with Kennedy published on 17 Nov 1984, his autobiography A Good Life: Newspaper and Other Adventures published in 1995 and a Father's And Sons' A Life's Work, which he co wrote with his son Quinn Josiah Crowninshield-Bradlee. In 1976 he was portrayed by actor Jason Robards in the film All the President's Men. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He married first on 8 Aug 1942 in in Lindsey Memorial Chapel in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA to Jean Saltonstall. She was born on 17 Jan 1921 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA to John Lee Saltonstall ( - ) and died on 19 Jul 2011 in  Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA. On 28 Apr 1953 she arrived in Manhattan, New York, USA. On 24 Sep 1955 she departed Manhattan, New York, USA. In 1959 and 1994 she was living in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA. At one point she departed from Le Havre, France. He married second to Antoinette "Tony" Eno Pichot. She was born on 15 Jan 1924 in Manhattan, New York, USA an died on 9 Nov 2011 in Milford, Pick County, Pennsylvania, USA. She is buried in Milford Cemetery in Milford, Pike County, Pennsylvania, USA. On 1 Jun 1925, 1930 and on 19 Apr 1947 shew as living in Manhattan, New York, USA. In 1943 she was living in Poughkeepsie, Duchess County, New York, USA. He married third on 20 Oct 1979 in Washington, DC, USA to Sally Sterling Quinn. She was born on 1 Jul 1941 in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. She is lives in Washington, DC, USA. He had with his third wife:

  1. Chevalier Quinn Josiah Crowninshield Bradlee, KJ George Washington Hospital in Washington, DC, USA. He graduated from the Gow School in Buffalo, New York, USA. He attended two years at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, USA. Bradlee is the Founder and CEO of FriendsOfQuinn.com: a social network for young adults with learning differences and for their friends and family; the author of his auto biography, "A Different Life; Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures and "A Life's Work, Father's and Son's, which he wrote with his father Benjamin C. Bradlee (1921 - 2014). He is was also the assistant producer of the HBO documentary "I Can't Do This But I Can Do That." Bradlee has interviewed celebrities with dyslexia on his website such as Steven Spielberg, David Boise, Sir Richard Branson, super agent Ari Emanuel, Lt. Governor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom, New York lawyer David Boies, and Whoopi Goldberg. He had also interviewed leading figures such as Indie race car driver Stan Wattles, Elisheva Schwartz, British journalist Barbara Salman, FRSA, Founder and Executive Dyslexic of Notice Ability Dean Bragonier, Founder of PlayDHD Kirsten Milliken, Co-Founder of Decoding Dyslexia Liz Barnes, and ADHD Expert and author of Psych Central Zoe Kessler. His first book was Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures which was a memoir of his child hood growing up with Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome that causes his learning differences. His second book he wrote with his father: Father's and Sons, A Life's Work; a memoir about growing up with his father working in the woods and Bradlee's father talks about his father. Bradlee made a small documtentary with filmmaker Mark Meuhime who founded Meuhime Motion Pictures called Life with VCFS. It was about his syndrome Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome (VCFS) and was filmed at the University of Syracuse, New York. He was the brainchild and co producer of the HBO documentaries "I Can't Do this, but I can do That." In November 2017 he was the brainchild and a co producer of the HBO documentary, The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee, his father and the legendary editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate Trials. Bradlee is a Fellow of the Antiquarian Society of Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a Member in the Most Venerable Order of Saint John of Jerusalem and a Knight Commander of the Royal House of Braganza.

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  • A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventurers, ps. 41, 41, 399

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  • A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventurers, ps. 21, 22, 23

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  • A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventurers, p. 16

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