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Alice Bradford (Carpenter)

Also Known As: "Alice (Carpenter) Southworth Bradford"
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Wrington, North Somerset, England
Death: Died in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Alexander "of Leyden" Carpenter and Priscilla Carpenter
Wife of Edward Southworth, of Samlesbury & Leiden and William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony
Mother of Ens. Constant Southworth; Capt. Thomas Southworth, of the Plymouth Colony; Maj. William Bradford, Jr., Dep. Gov. of Plymouth Colony; Joseph Bradford, of Plymouth and Mercy Vermayes
Sister of Nathaniel Carpenter; Juliana Kempton; Bridget Fuller; Joan Or Jone Carpenter; Agnes Fuller and 4 others

Occupation: The First, First Lady
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About Alice Bradford

Alice came over on the ship "Anne" in 1623.

Alice came to America a few years after the Mayflower. She was a widow (last name Southworth) and had two young sons.

Alice Carpenter was one of the Leiden Separatists in Holland. She married Edward Southworth while in Holland, and they had two sons. After Edward died, Alice sailed to America on the Anne in the summer of 1623. She had sisters at the Colony. Her sister, Priscilla Wright, had come on the Fortune. Her sister Juliana came with her on the Anne. William Bradford was also a Separatist and had arrived at the Colony on the Mayflower in 1620 with his wife Dorothy. While the Mayflower was anchored off Provincetown Harbor and many of the men were out looking for a place to settle, Dorothy Bradford accidentally fell overboard and drowned. William had been elected governor of Plymouth Colony in 1621, and was re-elected nearly every year thereafter. As governor, he oversaw the courts, the colony's finances, corresponded with investors and neighbors, and had a very active role in the running of the entire Colony. Shortly after her arrival, Alice Southworth married Governor William Bradford. Captain Emmanuel Altham of the Little James reached Plymouth ten days after the Anne. Altham described the wedding feast: Upon the occasion of the Governor's marriage [August 14, 1623], Massasoit (Native American chief) was sent for to the wedding, where came with him his wife, the queen, although he hath five wives. With him came four other kings and about six score men with their bows and arrows—where, when they came to our town, we saluted them with the shooting off of many muskets. And so all the bows and arrows was brought into the Governor's house, and he [Massasoit] brought the Governor three or four deer and a turkey. And so we had a very good pastime in seeing them dance, which is in such manner, with such noise that you would wonder.... And now to say somewhat of the great cheer we had at the Governor's marriage. We had about twelve pasty [meat pie] venisons, besides others, pieces of roasted venison and other such good cheer in such quantity that I could wish you some of our share. For here we have the best grapes that ever you saw—and the biggest, and diverse sorts of plums and nuts. William and Alice had three children, all of whom survived to adulthood. The Governor's wife has been credited with "laboring diligently for the improvement of the young women of Plymouth and to have been eminently worthy of her high position." She was typical of those women who came in the Mayflower and her sister ships. Although she escaped the tragic struggles and illness of that first winter, yet she revealed the same qualities of courage, good sense, fidelity and vision which were the watchwords of that group of women in Plymouth colony. William Bradford was sick during the winter of 1656-1657. He died in May 1657, at the age of 68. Alice Southworth Bradford's death was noted in the Records of Plymouth Colony: On the 26th day of March, 1670, Mistress Alice Bradford changed this life for the better, having attained to fourscore years of age, or thereabouts. She was a Godly matron, and much loved while she lived, and lamented, tho aged, when she died, and was honorably interred on the 29th day of the month aforesaid at New Plymouth.

Alice (Carpenter) Southworth, age about 32, in Plymouth on August 14, 1623. She had arrived on the ship Anne some weeks earlier. Alice was the widow of Edward Southworth. She was one of five daughters of Alexander and Priscilla Carpenter of Wrington, co. Somerset in England, all being of Leiden about 1600. Alice brought two sons to her marriage – Constant, born about 1612, and Thomas, born about 1617. Alice and William had three children. She died in Plymouth on March 26, 1670 and was buried on Burial Hill in Plymouth near her husband's stone.[54][55][56][57]

Juliana Morton (Carpenter), sister of Alice Bradford (Carpenter), was widowed in 1624, shortly after her family had arrived at Plymouth. Juliana had a newborn son, Ephraim Morton, born on the Ann, and other children, who accompanied them on the Ann. Alice Bradford took in the Morton family and raised the children as her own. Juliana died on Feb. 19, 1665. Ephraim's older brother, Nathaniel Morton, assisted Governor Bradford in many ways; Nathaniel wrote a history of Plymouth Colony, and served as a deputy governor.

Tenth Great-Grandmother

Alice was the wife of William Bradford (Governor of Plymouth Colony), according to "Epitaphs from Burial Hill", Plymouth, Massachusetts, from 1657 to 1892, by Bradford Kingman, pg. 3. She married Governor Bradford on 14 Aug 1623 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA.

Wife of Edward Southworth, married in Leyden on 28 May 1613, mother of Thomas and Constant, born in Leyden. She came to the colonies on the Anne with a Mr Snow and her son, Thomas Southworth.

Alice's and William's children were:

William Bradford #7190993 B 6/17/1624 D 2/20/1703/04

Mercy Bradford b 6/1627 D 5/09/1657

Joseph Bradford B 1630 D 7/10/1715

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"Epitaphs From Burial Hill," by Bradford Kingman, [p. 2] that Alice Bradford is no doubt buried near her husband's monument, but there is no gravestone for her.

Above information provided by Find A Grave Member: Sandra Lennox (#47383634). Thank you.

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Alice Bradford's Timeline

March 7, 1584
St James, Bath, Somerset, England
March 17, 1584
St. James's, Bath, Somerset, England
August 3, 1590
Wrington, North Somerset, England
August 3, 1590
Wrington, Somerset, England
August 3, 1590
Wrington, Somerset, England
August 3, 1590
September 1, 1592
Age 2
Wrighton, Somersetshire, England
September 1, 1592
Age 2
Wrighton, Somersetshire, England
September 1, 1592
Age 2
Wrington, Somersetshire, England
September 1, 1592
Age 2
Wrington, Somersetshire, England