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William Bradford

Male 1624 - 1704  (79 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  William Bradford was born 17 Jun 1624, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts (son of William Bradford, Governor of the Plymouth Colony and Alice Carpenter); died 20 Feb 1704, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was buried , Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachussets.

    Notes:

    From Wikipedia:

    He held the rank of major in the militia and was the commander of the military forces of Plymouth Colony during the King Philip's War. He commanded the Plymouth Regiment at the Great Swamp Fight on 19 December 1675. During the battle his eye was wounded.

    He later served as the deputy governor of Plymouth Colony under Governor Thomas Hinckley from 1682 to 1686 and from 1689 to 1692 when the colony was merged with the Massachusetts Bay Colony to form the Province of Massachusetts Bay. Bradford was suspended from office during the governorship of Sir Edmund Andros from 1686 to 1689.

    William married Alice Richards Aft 23 Apr 1650, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Alice (daughter of Thomas Richards and Welthian) was born 16 Jun 1627, Pitminster, Somerset, England; died 12 Dec 1671, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Alice Bradford was born Abt 1659, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died 15 Mar 1746, Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut.
    2. Samuel Bradford was born 1668, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died 11 Apr 1714, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

    William married (Unknown second wife of William Bradford) Abt 1673. (Unknown died Bef 1676. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Joseph Bradford was born 18 Apr 1675, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died 16 Jan 1747, New London, New London, Connecticut.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  William Bradford, Governor of the Plymouth Colony was born 19 Mar 1590, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England (son of William Bradford and Alice Hanson); died 9 May 1657, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was buried , Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachussets.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 19 Mar 1590, St. Helen's, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England

    Notes:

    From Wikipedia:

    William Bradford was an English Separatist originally from the West Riding of Yorkshire. He moved to Leiden in Holland in order to escape persecution from King James I of England, and then emigrated to the Plymouth Colony on the Mayflower in 1620. He was a signatory to the Mayflower Compact and went on to serve as Governor of the Plymouth Colony intermittently for about 30 years between 1621 and 1657. His journal Of Plymouth Plantation covered the years from 1620 to 1657 in Plymouth. [...]

    William Bradford's most well-known work by far is Of Plymouth Plantation. It is a detailed history in journal form about the founding of the Plymouth Colony and the lives of the colonists from 1621 to 1646. Bradford's journal is described as a retrospective account of his recollections and observations. The first work was written in 1630; the second was never finished, but "between 1646 and 1650, he brought the account of the colony's struggles and achievements through the year 1646." As Walter P. Wenska states, "Bradford writes most of his history out of his nostalgia, long after the decline of Pilgrim fervor and commitment had become apparent. Both the early annals which express his confidence in the Pilgrim mission and the later annals, some of which reveal his dismay and disappointment, were written at about the same time." In Of Plymouth Plantation, Bradford drew deep parallels between everyday life and the events of the Bible. As Philip Gould writes, "Bradford hoped to demonstrate the workings of divine providence for the edification of future generations."

    In 1888, Charles F. Richardson referred to Bradford as a "forerunner of literature" and "a story-teller of considerable power." Moses Coit Tyler called him "the father of American history." Many American authors have cited his work in their writings; for example, Cotton Mather referred to it in Magnalia Christi Americana and Thomas Prince referred to it in A Chronological History of New-England in the Form of Annals. Even today it is considered a valuable piece of American literature, included in anthologies and studied in literature and history classes. It has been called an American classic and the pre-eminent work of art in seventeenth-century New England.

    The Of Plymouth Plantation manuscript disappeared by 1780, "presumably stolen by a British soldier during the British occupation of Boston"; it reappeared in Fulham, London, England. Philip Gould states, "In 1855, scholars intrigued by references to Bradford in two books on the history of the Episcopal Church in America (both located in England) located the manuscript in the bishop of London's library at Lambeth Palace." A long debate ensued as to the rightful home for the manuscript. Multiple attempts by United States Senator George Frisbie Hoar and others to have it returned proved futile at first. According to Francis B. Dedmond, "after a stay of well over a century at Fulham and years of effort to [e]ffect its release, the manuscript was returned to Massachusetts" on May 26, 1897.

    William married Alice Carpenter 14 Aug 1623, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Alice (daughter of Alexander Carpenter) was born Abt 1590; died 26 Mar 1670, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was buried , Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachussets. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Alice Carpenter was born Abt 1590 (daughter of Alexander Carpenter); died 26 Mar 1670, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was buried , Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachussets.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Bef 3 Aug 1590, Wrington, Somerset, England
    • Baptised: 3 Aug 1590, Wrington, Somerset, England
    • Alternate death: 26 Mar 1671, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    She was the widow of Edward Southworth, and is thus referred to in many sources as "Alice Southworth." She arrived in New England on the Anne on 14 Aug 1623.

    Children:
    1. 1. William Bradford was born 17 Jun 1624, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died 20 Feb 1704, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was buried , Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachussets.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  William Bradford (son of William Bradford and (Unknown first wife of William Bradford)); died Bef 15 Jul 1591, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; was buried 15 Jul 1591, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England.

    William married Alice Hanson 21 Jun 1584, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England. Alice (daughter of John Hanson and Margaret Gressam) was born Bef 8 Dec 1562, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; died Bef 23 May 1597, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; was buried 23 May 1597, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Alice Hanson was born Bef 8 Dec 1562, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England (daughter of John Hanson and Margaret Gressam); died Bef 23 May 1597, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; was buried 23 May 1597, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 8 Dec 1562, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England

    Children:
    1. 2. William Bradford, Governor of the Plymouth Colony was born 19 Mar 1590, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; died 9 May 1657, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was buried , Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachussets.

  3. 6.  Alexander Carpenter was born , of Wrington, Somerset, England.

    Notes:

    "Alexander Carpenter, who is the ancestor of so many Americans, through the marriages of his daughters, apparently never came to America. He was in Leyden with the Pilgrims about 1611, and had gone there from Wrington, Somerset, England. Apparently he returned to Wrington later, as his daughter Mary was living there in 1664. William Bradford, who had married her sister, Alice, the widow of Edward Southworth, wrote to her, in that year, inviting her, since her mother was deceased and she was alone, to come to America and make her home with them, and addressed her at Wrington. She accepted the home thus offered her and outlived her sister by many years." [Mary Lovering Holman, The Scott Genealogy]

    Children:
    1. 3. Alice Carpenter was born Abt 1590; died 26 Mar 1670, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was buried , Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachussets.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  William Bradford (son of Robert Bradford); died Bef 10 Jan 1596, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; was buried 10 Jan 1596, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England.

    Notes:

    "He was apparently the first of the Bradfords to settle is Austerfield, was called 'Willm Bradfurthe of Austerfelde' as early as 12 Feb. 1557/8, in the will of his uncle, Peter Bradfurthe, and was one of the six executors who proved this will, 6 Apr. 1558. According to Hunter (The Founders of New Plymouth, p. 102) William Bradford and John Hanson (the two grandfathers of Governor Bradford) were about 1575 the only inhabitants of Austerfield who were assessable in the subsidy." [William Bradford Browne, "Ancestry of the Bradfords of Austerfield, County York"]

    William married (Unknown first wife of William Bradford) Bef 28 Nov 1552. (Unknown died Bef Oct 1567. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  (Unknown first wife of William Bradford) died Bef Oct 1567.
    Children:
    1. 4. William Bradford died Bef 15 Jul 1591, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; was buried 15 Jul 1591, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England.

  3. 10.  John Hanson

    John married Margaret Gressam 23 Jul 1560, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England. [Group Sheet]


  4. 11.  Margaret Gressam
    Children:
    1. 5. Alice Hanson was born Bef 8 Dec 1562, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; died Bef 23 May 1597, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; was buried 23 May 1597, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England.