Edward Bredell was born near Snowhill, Worcester County, Maryland, Oct. 21, 1812. His father's ancestors were French, his mother a daughter of Peter and Catherine Collier of that place.
In the year 1820, when eight years of age, his mother being dead, and his grandmother, Mrs. Collier, having settled in St. Charles, he was brought to Missouri by his uncle, John Collier, and remained with his grandmother at St. Charles until 1823, when he returned to his father's residence in Maryland to receive his education, which being completed, he returned to St. Louis in the year 1833, and was admitted to the bar at the age of 21 years.
Soon thereafter in 1834, concluding to change his vocation, he entered into partnership with James T. Sweringen, as Dry-goods Merchants, on North Main Street.
In 1838, he associated with him, his brother John C. Bredell, as Dry-goods Merchants, at the southwest corner of Main and Market Streets. About the year 1850, Mr. Bredell retired altogether from business, and removed his residence to the south side of Lafayette Park, where he continues to reside to the present day.
April 6, 1835, Mr. Bredell was married to Miss Angeline Cornelia, the only daughter of the late Samuel Perry, Esq., of Potosi, Washington County, Mo., born Oct. 12, 1818; she died June 28, 1887, at the age of 68 years and 8 months.
Lieut. Edward Bredell, Jr., the only child they raised, born Aug. 3, 1839, was killed in the Confederate service at Ashby's Gap, Virginia, Nov. 16, 1864, at the age of 25 years, 3 months.-Annals of St. Louis in its Territorial Days, from 1804 to 1821