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James B. Bradford

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Death: March 26, 1762 (73)
Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. Thomas Bradford; Anne Bradford and Ann Bradford
Husband of Edith Bradford; Leah Bradford and Edith Susannah Bradford
Father of William Bradford; Thomas Bradford; Jerusha Pellett; James Bradford; William J. Bradford, III and 4 others
Brother of Joshua Bradford; Jerusha Newcomb; Nehemiah Bradford and William Bradford

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About Lt. James Bradford

James Bradford*; b. 1684, Norwich CT; d. Mar. 26, 1762, Canterbury CT. Lieutenant James Bradford has been said to have had 4 wives, however only 3 are known, as listed below.

m1. Edith Adams* (1688-1722) in 1711.

James and Edith had 5 children: Thomas Bradford; bap. Nov. 14, 1712 Canterbury, Windham, CT.

m. Eunice Adams, on May 2, 1733 in Canterbury. She died Aug 5, 1804. She was the daughter of Capt. Joseph Adams and Eunice Spaulding.

Thomas and Eunice had 11 children all born in Canterbury:

  • Thomas Bradford, b. Mar 23, 1734, d. Feb 12, 1735/6, Canterbury
  • John Bradford, b. Jul 1, 1735, d. May 18, 1750, Canterbury.
  • Susannah Bradford, b. Feb 12, 1737; m. Ebenezer Brown on Jan 8, 1760.
  • Eunice Bradford, b. Apr 6, 1739, d. Mar 3, 1749/50, Canterbury.
  • Edith Bradford, b. Oct 23, 1741; m. Asa Bacon on May 16, 1765.
  • Lydia Bradford, b. Mar 6, 1744, d. May 24, 1750, Canterbury.
  • James Bradford, b. Jan 4, 1746, d. Sep 27, 1749, Canterbury
  • Samuel Bradford, b. Jul 27, 1748; m. Lydia Dean on Jan 19, 1778.
  • Submit Bradford, b. Feb 21, 1749/50; m. Joseph Pellet on Apr 29, 1782
  • Thomas Bradford, b. Jan 29, 1751/2; d. Jun 8, 1807; m. Philenia Davison on Nov 29, 1788, Canterbury CT.
  • John Bradford, b. Aug 12, 1754;

John Bradford; b. Jan. 30, 1715, Canterbury, Windham, CT. May have died before 1762, because he is not mentioned in his father's will. He had no known issue.

Jerusha Bradford; b. June 27, 1716, Canterbury, Windham, CT. She died in 1807. m. Jonathan Pellet on Feb. 20, 1733, in Canterbury CT. Jonathan, son of Richard Pellet and Anna ___?, was b. Mar 2, 1704 and d. Oct. 4, 1782. Jerusha and Jonathan had 13 children, all born in Canterbury CT:

Jonathan Pellet, b. Jun 20, 1733, d. Mar 8, 1735/6, Canterbury Edith Pellet, b. Mar 25, 1735 James Pellet, b. Feb 9, 1737 Edith Pellet, bap. Mar 27, 1739 Jonathan Pellet, b. Oct 13, 1739, d. young. Thomas Pellet, b. Apr 20, 1742 William Pellet, b. Jun 6, 1744 Jerusha Pellet, b. Jun 6, 1744, twin to William Joseph Pellet, b. Mar 18, 1748 David Pellet, b. Feb 21, 1750 Jonathan Pellet, b. Jul 12, 1753 Hezekiah Pellet, b. Feb 25, 1757 Rufus Pellet, b. May 25, 1760

William Bradford* (1718-1781). m1. Zerviah Lathrop, on Dec. 13, 1739 m2. Mary Cleveland*, on Apr. 6, 1743. m3. Mary Martha (Warren) Killingsley; d. Sep. 23, 1775. m4. Mrs. Abigail Stedman; died 19 June 1781. She remarried to Dr. Franklin Knott after William Bradford died in 1781.

Sarah Bradford; born Aug. 27, 1720, Canterbury, Windham, CT. She died on Mar 20, 1807. m. Lt. Joseph Adams, in 1739. He was b. Dec 6, 1715, died Dec 6, 1780. He was the brother of Eunice Adams, and son of Capt. Joseph Adams and Eunice Spaulding. Sarah and Joseph had 12 children, all born in Canterbury.

William Adams, b. Mar 4, 1740, d. Jul 5, 1759, Canterbury Samuel Adams, b. Mar 20, 1742 John Adams, b. Feb 17, 1743 Joseph Adams, b. Feb 2, 1745/6 James Adams, b. Jun 7, 1748 Sarah Adams, b. June 7, 1748, twin to James John Bradford Adams, b. Jun 11, 1750 Jesse Adams, b. Dec 7, 1752, d. young Elisha Adams, b. Dec 7, 1752, d. Jan 12, 1753, Canterbury. Mary Adams, b. Dec 5, 1755 Jesse Adams, b. Jul 7, 1757 Tryphena Adams, b. Jul 17, 1760

m2. Susannah Adams, Dec. 7, 1724. She was born abt. 1700, of Chelmsford, Middlesex, MA, the daughter of Samuel Adams. She died Mar. 17, 1752. James and Susannah had three children:

Anna Bradford; bap. Jul 10, 1726, Canterbury CT m. Eleazer Cleveland, on Apr 25, 1750, in Canterbury. Eleazer was b. May 27, 1722 at Canterbury, the son of Samuel Cleveland and Sarah Bushnell. Eleazer moved to Salisbury in the period: 1767-1777, and then moved to New London CT. Anna and Eleazer had 10 children, all (except possibly William) were born in Canterbury:

Anna Cleveland, b. Nov. 3, 1750 Susannah Cleveland, b. Jul 29, 1752 Squires Cleveland, b. Jul 29, 1754 Mehitable Cleveland, b. Jul 14, 1756 John Cleveland, b. Jun 29, 1758 Perez Cleveland, b. July 17, 1760 Polly Cleveland, b. Aug 19, 1762 Bradford Cleveland, b. Sep 9, 1764 Alice Cleveland, b. Dec 16, 1767 William Cleveland, b. ?

Mary Bradford; b. 1729, Canterbury CT m. Capt. Joseph Woodward, on May 31, 1748. Joseph was b. Feb 28, 1725/6 in Canterbury, the son of Joseph Woodward and Hannah Richards. He died in 1805. He moved to Castleton VT in 1775, and was Rep. to the Dorset Convention in 1776, Chairman of the Council of Safety in Dorset, 1781, Moderator to Castleton in 1793 and later moved to Hanover NH. Mary and Joseph had 10 children:

James Woodward, b. Feb 16, 1749 Rufus Woodward, b. Apr. 21, 1751; d. Sep 11, 1753 in Canterbury CT Arunnah Woodward, b. Dec 27, 1753 Wealthean Woodward, b. Jan 3, 1756 Rufus Woodward, b. Feb 15, 1758 Asa Woodward, b. Feb 5, 1760; m. Ruth Joy; ancestors of Hugh Hefner (see footnote below) Ebenezer Woodward, b. Jul 2, 1762 Mary Woodward, b. Jun 26, 1764 Susannah Woodward, bap. Jul 13, 1766 Sarah Woodward, b. May 28, 1768

James Bradford; bap. Feb. 4, 1733, Canterbury CT.

m3. Leah (Ripley) Cook on Nov 9, 1752 at 3rd. Congregational Church of Windham (now Scotland CT). Leah was b. Apr. 17, 1693; d. 1762. Leah was the daughter of Joshua Ripley and Hannah Bradford. Hannah was a sister of Thomas Bradford, James' father. Thus, Leah was a first cousin to James. Leah was the widow of Samuel Cook. She died Apr. 28, 1779. This marriage produced no children.

Brief Biography: James Bradford* (1684-1762) was born in Norwich CT and inherited some farmland from his father in Canterbury CT. He acquired more farmland in Canterbury, some of which was passed down to his son, William Bradford (1718-1781). He prospered as a farmer, raised cattle and tanned hides. He served in his local militia as an Ensign and later as a Lieutenant. Local historians refer to him as "LT. James Bradford" and he was regarded as a "most respected citizen", probably in deference to his moderate wealth and political offices. He was a Deputy from Canterbury to the General Court in Hartford. When he died he left an estate of more than 6,000 pounds and 600 acres of land, an unusually large estate for his time and place. Footnote on the line to Hugh Marston Hefner b. 1926, founder of Playboy magazine and Playboy Enterprises.

Daniel Woodward, m. Elizabeth Dana; and had: Joseph Woodward, m. Hannah Richards; and had: Capt. Joseph Woodward, Jr., m. Mary Bradford (b. 1729, Canterbury CT - see above) ; and had: Asa Woodward, m. Ruth Joy; and had: Masury Woodward, m. Mary Wright; and had: Lurena Virginia Woodward, m. John Householter: and had: Lois Nina Householter, m. J. Marston Hefner & : and had: Glenn Lucius Hefner, m. Grace Caroline Swanson; and had: Hugh Marston Hefner m1. Millie Marie Williams: Children: Christine Ann Hefner, and David Paul Hefner. m2. Kimberley Conrad: Children: Marsten Glen Hefner, and Cooper Bradford Hefner.

References: Genealogies of the Raymond families of New England, 1630/1 - 1886, by Samuel Raymond, J.J. Little & Co. New York, 1886. Henry Adams of Somersetshire, England and Braintree, Mass., compiled by J. Gardner Bartlett for Edward Dean Adams, privately printed, New York, 1927. Descendants of Governor William Bradford, by Ruth Gardiner Hall, under auspices of the Bradford Family Compact. Bradford Genealogy by Faith Bradford A Line of Bradfords 1460-1988 by Bradford Stone. Barbour Collection Connecticut Vital Records

Inscription: In Memory of Lieut. James Bradford who Departed this Life Mrch 6, 1762 In ye 74th year of his age.

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Lt. James Bradford's Timeline

March 26, 1689
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony
November 14, 1712
Age 23
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony
June 27, 1716
Age 27
July 1, 1718
Age 29
Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
July 1, 1718
Age 29
Canterbury, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Age 28
Canterbury, New London County, Connecticut Colony
August 27, 1720
Age 31
Canterbury, Connecticut, United States
Age 32
Age 34