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William Bradford, Jr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony and Alice Bradford
Husband of Alice Bradford; Sarah Bradford and Mary Bradford
Father of Maj. John Bradford; Richard Bradford; Mercy Steele (Bradford); Lt. Thomas Bradford; Alice Adams (Bradford) and 11 others
Brother of Mercy Vermayes and Joseph Bradford, of Plymouth
Half brother of Lt. John Bradford; Ens. Constant Southworth and Capt. Thomas Southworth, of the Plymouth Colony

Occupation: Deputy Governor Plymouth Bay Colony, Major
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About Maj. William Bradford, Jr., Dep. Gov. of Plymouth Colony

Major William Bradford, Jr

  • Birth: June 17 1624 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Parents: Govenor William Bradford, Alice Carpenter
  • Wife: Alice Richards; Sarah, widow of Francis Griswold; Mary Wood, widow of John Holmes
  • Death: Feb 20 1704 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts

brief biography

Major William Bradford "removed to Kingston, Massachusetts, was assistant deputy governor, was one of Governor Andro's council in 1687, and was the chief military officer of Plymouth colony." He was a Major in King Philip's War, assistant to the colony, deputy governor, and treasurer.

Maj. William Bradford was born on 17 June 1624 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. From 1657 to 1658 he was a Member of the Council of War. He owned a large estate inherited from his father after 1657. William lived at the north side of the Jones River in the section known as Stony Brook in Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He served in the military as Major Commander-in-Chief of Plymouth forces in The Great Swamp Fight in 1675. He was severely wounded during the fight. From 1679 to 1685 he was a Treasurer. William was elected as Deputy Governor from 1682 to 1686 in New Plymouth Colony. In 1687 he was a Member of Gov. Andros Council. From 1689 to 1691 he was a Treasurer. William was elected as Deputy Governor from 1689 to 1691 in New Plymouth Colony. In 1691 he was an a Member of the Council of Massachusetts. From 1692 to 1698 he was a Councillor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. William died on 20 February 1703/4 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He was buried after 20 February 1703/4 in Burial Hill Cemetery, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He is buried beside his father. He had his estate probated in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. His will mentions his wife, living children and grandson William.

Family

Married 1st to Alice Richards about 1650.

Children were:

  1. Maj. John Bradford,
  2. Lt. Thomas Bradford,
  3. Alice Bradford
  4. Mercy Bradford
  5. Dr. Hannah Bradford
  6. Meletiah Bradford
  7. Lt. Samuel Bradford
  8. Mary Bradford
  9. Sarah Bradford

Married 2nd to Sarah, widow of Francis Griswold, after 1671.

Children were:

  1. Joseph Bradford
  2. Israel Bradford

Married 3rd To Mary Atwood.

Children were:

  1. Ephraim Bradford
  2. David Bradford
  3. Hezekiah Bradford.

Refs

  1. State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations at the End of the ..., Volume 1  edited by Edward Field. "Great Swamp Fight"

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Birth: Jun. 17, 1624 Plymouth Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA Death: Feb. 20, 1703 Massachusetts, USA

Son of William Bradford, second governor of Plymouth Colony. Bradford Jr was assistant to the colony, deputy governor, treasurer and a Major in King Philip War where he was severely wounded at the Narraganset Fort Fight.

Family:

Married Alice Richards B. 06/16/1627, D. 12/12/1671 Children John 1652-1736 William 1654-1687 Thomas 1658-1681 Alice 1659-1745 Mercy 1660-1720 Hannah 1662-1738 Melatiah 1664-1739 Samuel 1667-1714 Mary 1668-1720 Sarah 1671-1705

Married Mary (Fitch) Wiswall Child Joseph 1675-1746

Married Mary (Wood) Holmes Children Israel 1677-1760 Ephraim 1685-1741 David 1687-1729 Hezekiah 1687-1761


Family links:

Parents:
 William Bradford (1590 - 1657)
 Alice Carpenter Bradford (1590 - 1670)

Spouses:
 Alice Richards Bradford (1629 - 1671)
 Mary Atwood Bradford (1643 - 1714)*

Children:
 John Bradford (1653 - 1736)*
 William Bradford (1654 - 1687)*
 Thomas Bradford (1658 - 1731)*
 Alice Bradford Fitch (1659 - 1745)*
 Mercy Bradford Steele (1660 - 1720)*
 Hannah Bradford Ripley (1662 - 1738)*
 Samuel Bradford (1667 - 1714)*
 Sarah Bradford Baker (1671 - 1705)*
 Joseph Bradford (1675 - 1747)*
 Israel Bradford (1678 - 1760)*
 Ephraim Bradford (1685 - 1746)*
 David Kingston Bradford (1690 - 1730)*

Siblings:
 Constant Southworth (1612 - 1678)**
 Thomas Southworth (1617 - 1669)**
 William Bradford (1624 - 1703)
 Joseph Bradford (1630 - 1715)*
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Inscription: Here lyes ye body of Honourable Major WILLIAM BRADFORD who expired Febr ye 20th 1703/4 Aged 71 years.

He lived long but still was doing good, & in his country's service lost much blood. After a life well spent he's now at rest, His very name and memory is blest.

Epitaphs from Burial Hill By Bradford Kingman Published 1892 Epitaph #11


Burial: Burial Hill Plymouth Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA Plot: B 247.1


Maintained by: Ken Saccocia Originally Created by: Dee Smith Record added: Feb 17, 2003 Find A Grave Memorial# 7190993

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Maj. William Bradford, Jr., Dep. Gov. of Plymouth Colony's Timeline

1624
June 17, 1624
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
1636
1636
Age 11
1651
January 28, 1651
Age 26
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
1653
February 20, 1653
Age 28
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1655
1655
Age 30
1655
Age 30
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1657
January 1, 1657
Age 32
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
1661
March 27, 1661
Age 36
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1662
May 9, 1662
Age 37
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1664
November 1, 1664
Age 40
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)