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Capt. Thomas Bradbury

Male Bef 1611 - 1695  (> 84 years)


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  • Name Thomas Bradbury  [1
    Prefix Capt. 
    Born Bef 28 Feb 1611  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 28 Feb 1611  Wicken Bonhunt, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Died 16 Mar 1695  Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
    Person ID I35243  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JDM
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2021 

    Father Wymond Bradbury,   b. Bef 16 May 1574,   d. Abt 1649, Whitechapel, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 74 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Whitgift,   b. Mar 1574, Clavering, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1612  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Married Abt 1605  [2, 3, 8
    Family ID F20709  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Perkins,   b. Bef 3 Sep 1615,   d. 20 Dec 1700, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 85 years) 
    Married Abt 1636  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10
    Children 
    +1. Mary Bradbury,   b. 17 Mar 1643, Salisbury, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1724  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 25 May 2021 
    Family ID F20705  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Arrived in 1635; first at York, Maine, then in Salisbury by 1640. He was initially a business agent for Ferdinando Gorges, to whom it has been said he was related. Obviously the beneficiary of a fine education, he held many public offices in his long life, and numerous samples of his excellent handwriting have survived to the present day.

      Over time he has had several descents from the Plantagenet kings attributed to him, but each has been disproved. Nevertheless, his known ancestry extends far back into the Middle Ages. One of his great-uncles was an Archbishop of Canterbury; a 3XG-uncle, also named Thomas Bradbury, was a mayor of London. As Marshal K. Kirk (citation details below) wrote in 2007, "Unlike most immigrants to seventeenth-century New England, Thomas Bradbury's ancestry rates an entire book. Given his social standing as a member of the gentry and his business dealings with Sir Fernando Gorges, it would stand to reason that a royal descent from a Plantagenet king should be provable for Thomas Bradbury. Many of his siblings and aunts and uncles married people with such descent."

      John Brooks Threfall's The Ancestry of Thomas Bradbury (1611-1695) and His Wife Mary (Perkins) Bradbury (1615-1700) of Salisbury, Massachusetts, of which we have the second of three editions, traces for him a descent from Charlemagne through the Marmions of Checkingden, Oxfordshire, which seems to us sufficiently well-argued. But whether or not this descent is valid, the sheer number and variety of Thomas Bradbury's proven medieval forebears seems to us to earn him the title of "gateway ancestor" for his descendant JDM.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5807] The Cilley Pages by Mark Cilley, at cilley.net, via the Wayback Machine at archive.org.

    2. [S5810] Mary Lovering Holman, "The Bradbury Family." The American Genealogist 18:220, 1941; 19:36, 1942.

    3. [S5811] Robert Charles Anderson and John B. Threlfall, "Ancestor Table for Thomas Bradbury of Agementicus and Salisbury (1611-1665)." The American Genealogist 55:1, 1979.

    4. [S5817] Marshall K. Kirk, posthumously edited by Martin E. Hollick, "A Probable Royal Descent for Thomas Bradbury of Salisbury, Massachusetts." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 161:27, 2007.

    5. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008.

    6. [S5818] Bradbury Memorial: Records of Some of the Descendants of Thomas Bradbury of Agamenticus (York) in 1634 andof Salisbury, Mass., in 1638, compiled from the collections of John Merrill Bradbury by William Berry Lapham. Portland, Maine: Brown Thurston & Company, 1890.

    7. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    8. [S5861] The Ancestry of Thomas Bradbury (1611-1695) and His Wife Mary (Perkins) Bradbury (1615-1700) of Salisbury, Massachusetts by John Brooks Threlfall. 2nd edition. Madison, Wisconsin, 1995.

    9. [S5818] Bradbury Memorial: Records of Some of the Descendants of Thomas Bradbury of Agamenticus (York) in 1634 andof Salisbury, Mass., in 1638, compiled from the collections of John Merrill Bradbury by William Berry Lapham. Portland, Maine: Brown Thurston & Company, 1890., date only.

    10. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011., "By 1637".