Samuel Bradford (1683 - 1740)

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Birthplace: Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Death: Died in Plymouth,Plymouth,MA
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About Samuel Bradford

Lt. Samuel Bradford was born on 23 December 1683 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He served in the military as Lieutenant of Plympton Battery in Plympton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He Selectman several times. Samuel owned property inherited from his father's estate. He died on 26 March 1740 in Plympton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Parents: Maj. John Bradford and Mercy Warren.

Spouse: Sarah Gray. Sarah Gray and Lt. Samuel Bradford were married on 21 October 1714 in Plympton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. They lived in Plympton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Children were: Capt. John Bradford, Gideon Bradford, William Bradford, Mary Bradford, Sarah Bradford, Dr. William Bradford, Mercy Bradford, Abigail Bradford, Phebe Bradford, Bradford, Dr. Samuel Bradford MD.

-------------------- Samuel Bradford was a leading citizen of Plympton. He was Selectman several times, a Representative to the General Court, and Lieutenant of Plympton Battery. He died in Plympton on Mar. 26, 1740, at the age of 56, and was laid to rest in Ye Olde Burial Grounds there.

A BIOGRAPHY OF LT. SAMUEL BRADFORD, by Larry Overmire Aug. 2008:

Samuel Bradford was born in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Dec. 23, 1683, the fifth of seven children of Maj. John Bradford and Mercy Warren. His father was the grandson of Gov. William Bradford of the Mayflower. His mother was the granddaughter of Richard Warren of the Mayflower.

On Oct. 21, 1714, at Plympton, Massachusetts, 31-year-old Samuel married 17-year-old Sarah Gray, the daughter of Edward and Mary Smith Gray of Tiverton, Rhode Island. Sarah was the half-sister of Samuel Gray who was the second man shot at the Boston Massacre and the first American to die in the Revolutionary War. She was also the aunt of Capt. Robert Gray, the American explorer who discovered the Columbia River and staked America's claim to the Oregon Territory.

Sarah gave birth to ten children: John, Gideon, William (died in childhood), Mary, Sarah, William, Mercy (died in infancy), Abigail, Phebe, and Samuel.

Samuel inherited property from his father's estate. He also inherited Gov. William Bradford's precious manuscript, "Of Plimouth Plantation," one of the most important documents of early American history. The work was loaned to Rev. Thomas Prince who was using it as a reference for his own book that he was writing. He kept it in his library in Boston's Old South Church. The British, who occupied the Old South Church during the Revolution, then got hold of it. Later it turned up in the Bishop of London's palace and was only returned to the state of Massachusetts, after some negotiation, in 1897.

Samuel Bradford was a leading citizen of Plympton. He was Selectman several times, a Representative to the General Court, and Lieutenant of Plympton Battery. He died in Plympton on Mar. 26, 1740, at the age of 56, and was laid to rest in Ye Olde Burial Grounds there.

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Lt. Samuel Bradford's Timeline

1683
December 23, 1683
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1691
March 2, 1691
Age 7
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1714
October 21, 1714
Age 30
Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1717
April 8, 1717
Age 33
Point Independence, Plymouth, MA
1718
October 27, 1718
Age 34
Plympton, Plymouth, MA, USA
1720
December 16, 1720
Age 36
Plympton, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts
1722
October 16, 1722
Age 38
Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1725
April 4, 1725
Age 41
Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1731
April 12, 1731
Age 47
Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1732
June 12, 1732
Age 48
Plympton, Plymouth, MA, USA