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William Bradford, Governor of the Plymouth Colony

Male 1590 - 1657  (67 years)


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  1. 1.  William Bradford, Governor of the Plymouth Colony was born on 19 Mar 1590 in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England (son of William Bradford and Alice Hanson); died on 9 May 1657 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was buried in 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 on 14 Aug 1623 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Alice (daughter of Alexander Carpenter and (Unknown wife of Alexander Carpenter)) was born about 1590; died on 26 Mar 1670 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was buried in Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachussets. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

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

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  William Bradford (son of William Bradford and (Unknown first wife of William Bradford)); died before 15 Jul 1591 in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; was buried on 15 Jul 1591 in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England.

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


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

    Other Events:

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

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


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  William Bradford (son of Robert Bradford); died before 10 Jan 1596 in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; was buried on 10 Jan 1596 in 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) before 28 Nov 1552. (Unknown died before Oct 1567. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  (Unknown first wife of William Bradford) died before Oct 1567.
    Children:
    1. 2. William Bradford died before 15 Jul 1591 in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; was buried on 15 Jul 1591 in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England.

  3. 6.  John Hanson

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


  4. 7.  Margaret Gressam
    Children:
    1. 3. Alice Hanson was born before 8 Dec 1562 in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; died before 23 May 1597 in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; was buried on 23 May 1597 in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Robert Bradford was born about 1487 in of Wellingley, Tickhill, Yorkshire, England (son of Peter Bradford); died between 28 Nov 1552 and 5 Oct 1553.
    Children:
    1. 4. William Bradford died before 10 Jan 1596 in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; was buried on 10 Jan 1596 in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England.