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William Bradford, Jr.

<span class='language-label'>Spanish: Bradford, Jr.</span>
Also Known As: "Lt. Gov. William Bradford", "William Bradford IV", "Maj. William Bradford"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Death: February 20, 1703 (78)
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony; Governor WIlliam Bradford, III; Alice Bradford and Alice Bradford
Husband of Alice Bradford; Alice Bradford; 2nd wife of William Bradford and Mary Bradford
Father of Melethia Steele; Maj. John Bradford; William Bradford, III; Lt. Thomas Bradford; Alice Fitch 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: Assistant to the colony, deputy governor, treasurer and Major in King Phillip War and wounded in battle at Narragansett’s Fort Fight., Deputy-Governor of Plymouth Colony
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About Maj. William Bradford, Jr., Dep. Gov. of Plymouth Colony

Not a descendant of Dorothea Bradford (May) Mayflower passenger

Major William Bradford, Jr

  • Birth: June 17 1624 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Parents: Govenor William Bradford, Alice Carpenter
  • Wife: 1) Alice Richards; 2) an unnamed woman; 3) 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 an unnamed woman about 1673, who died before 1677. Note: it is no longer accepted that she was wife of Francis Griswold [widow of Francis Griswold], who died in 1675.

Children were:

  1. Joseph Bradford

Married 3rd To Mary Wood [Atwood], widow of John Holmes

Children were:

  1. Israel Bradford
  2. Ephraim Bradford
  3. David Bradford
  4. 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"


http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7190993

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)*
  • Calculated relationship
    • Half-sibling

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


Deputy Governor of Plymouth Colony


Maj. William Bradford succeeded Myles Standish as the chief military man in the colony. He was the commander of the Plymouth forces in King Philip's War. He was wounded in battle at Narragansett Fort and carried the musket ball in his flesh the rest of his life. He also served as Assistant Treasurer and Deputy Governor of Plymouth, residing in what is now Kingston on the south side of Jones River in the same house his father lived in from 1627-47. (ref. findagrave.com)


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(f/g) William Bradford, IV Birth: Jun. 17, 1624 Plymouth Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA Death: Feb. 20, 1703 Plymouth Plymouth County 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.

Bradford wrote his will June 29, 1703, he died Feb. 20, 1703/4, his small moveable inventory was taken Feb. 28, 1703/4, his will probated Mar. 10, 1703/4 and recorded Mar. 29, 1704. Per the old Julian calendar then in use in England and the American colonies. (Info. provided by Don Blauvelt 8/10/15)

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 Southworth Bradford (1590 - 1670) 
Spouses:
 Alice Richards Bradford (1627 - 1671)
 Mary Wood Bradford (1643 - 1715)* 
Children:
 John Bradford (1653 - 1736)*
 William Bradford (1654 - 1687)*
 Thomas Bradford (1658 - 1731)*
 Mercy Bradford Steele (1660 - 1720)*
 Alice Bradford Fitch (1661 - 1744)*
 Hannah Bradford Ripley (1662 - 1738)*
 Melatiah Bradford Steele (1664 - 1739)*
 Samuel Bradford (1667 - 1714)*
 Sarah Bradford Baker (1671 - 1705)*
 Joseph Bradford (1675 - 1746)*
 Israel Bradford (1678 - 1760)*
 Ephraim Bradford (1685 - 1746)*
 David Kingston Bradford (1690 - 1730)* 
Siblings:
 Constant Southworth (1612 - 1678)**
 Thomas Southworth (1616 - 1669)**
 John Bradford (1618 - 1676)**
 William Bradford (1624 - 1703)
 Joseph Bradford (1630 - 1715)* 
  • Calculated relationship
    • Half-sibling

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 -tcd https://famouskin.com/family-group.php?name=55718+david+hyde+pierce&ahnum=1436


Maj. William Bradford, Jr., Dep. Gov. of Plymouth Colony and (first name unknown) Wiswall (possibly) Bradford. His mother was Alice (Carpenter) Southworth Bradford.

GEDCOM Note

Deputy Governor Plymouth Bay Colony, Major, Deputy Governor of Plymouth Colony, Lt. Governor


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Major William Bradford Jr

Born 17 Jun 1624 in Plymouth, Plymouth

Son of William Bradford and Alice (Carpenter) Bradford

Brother of Constant Southworth [half], Thomas Southworth [half], John Bradford [half], Mercy (Bradford) Vermayes and Joseph Bradford

Husband of Alice (Richards) Bradford — married after 23 Apr 1650 in Plymouth

Husband of Sarah (Unknown) Bradford — married about 1674 (to 1675) in Norwich, Connecticut [uncertain]

Husband of Mary (Wood) Bradford — married after 7 Mar 1676 [location unknown]

Father of John Bradford, William Bradford, Thomas Bradford, Alice (Bradford) Fitch, Mercy (Bradford) Steele, Hannah (Bradford) Ripley, Melatiah (Bradford) Steele, Mary (Bradford) Hunt, Samuel Bradford, Sarah (Bradford) Baker, Joseph Bradford, Israel Bradford, Ephraim Bradford, Hezekiah Bradford and David Kingston Bradford

Died 20 Feb 1704 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay

Profile last modified 15 Jul 2019 | Created 10 Sep 2010

William Bradford Jr was related to a passenger on the Mayflower.

Biography

Lt. Gov. William Bradford, son of Gov. William Bradford and Alice Carpenter. Born on 17 June 1624 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, (Now in Massachusetts USA). He died on 20 Feb. 1703/4 in Plymouth, 79 years old. Buried in Burial Hill, Plymouth.

Married first Alice Richards, dau. of Thomas Richards and Welthian Loring, after 23 April 1650 in Plymouth when at least 25 years old (Alice was at least 22 years old). Alice Richards b. on 16 June 1627 in Pitminster, Somerset, England; bap. on 7 April 1629 in Pitminster when a year old; d. on 12 Dec. 1671 in Plymouth, 44 years old. "On 23 Apr 1650 William Bradford deeded land to his son William upon his agreement to marry Allice, dau. of Mr. Thomas Richards of Waymouth." Quoted from William Bradford of the Mayflower, 4th Ed., p. 7

Deputy 1657; Assistant Governor 1682-86 Commander in Chief of Plymouth forces in King Phillips War at the Great Swamp fight where he was severely wounded. Deputy Governor of Plymouth from 1682-86 and from 1689-91. Served on Sir Edmund Andros' Council in 1687 & 1688 Resided in Kingston, MA on the north side of the Jones River. Inherited a large estate from his father.

He had 10 children with his first wife, a son Joseph with his second wife, whose identity has not been proven, and 4 sons with this third wife, Mary Wood or Atwood, widow of John Holmes.[1]

The identity (and even the existence) of the second wife of William Bradford, son of the immigrant, remains a major mystery. His will included a bequest to his son Joseph of "a portion of lands near Norwich aforesaid (which was his mother's & part I purchased)" [ MD 4:144]. Many sources call her "widow Wiswall," but the basis for this is not seen. A good argument has been made that his second wife was Sarah, widow of Francis Griswold.[2] William was born in 1624. He passed away in 1703.

Sources

↑ See NEHGR, 155 (July 2001): 245-50 ↑ Webber, David Jay. "Major William Bradford's Second Wife: Was she the Widow of Francis Griswold?" New England Historical and Genealogical Register 155(July 2001): 247

See also:

Lainhart, Ann Smith and Wakefield, Robert S., FASG, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Volume 22, General Society of Mayflower Descendents, Plymouth, MA., 2004 a/k/a "The Silver Book" Findagrave.com Major William Bradford, Jr. William Bradford on Wikipedia.org State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Descendants of Governor William Bradford through the first seven generations, Author: Ruth Gardiner Hall, Publication: N.p.: Bradford Family Compact, 1951. World Family Tree Vol. 8, Ed. 1, Author: Brøderbund Software,Inc. Publication: Release date: January 12, 1997, Media: Family Archive CD Personal E-Mail from Wayne Dyer, Groton, Vermont Publication: Mayflower Descendant William Bradford of the Mayflower, 4th Ed., p. 7 Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriage Records Before 1699. Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA: Biblio Co., 1926. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) Author: Godfrey Memorial Library, comp. Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.Original data - Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library. Shepard, James, Governor William Bradford, and his son, Major William Bradford (New Britain, Conn. 1900 [1] The Mayflower Descendant (Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Boston, 1902) Vol. 4, Page 143-7: "Major William Bradford's Will and Inventory" Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Extracts From The Itineraries and Other Miscellanies of Ezra Stiles (Yale Univ. Press, New Haven, Conn., 1916) Page 208 Fessenden, G.M. A Genealogy of the Bradford Family, The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (NEHGS, Boston, 1850) Vol. 4, Page 45 Stott, Clifford L., Humphrey Blake (1494?–1558) and His Descendants in New England and South Carolina: Blake, Richards, Selleck, Torrey, and Wolcott, The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (NEHGS, Boston, Mass., 2009) Vol. 163, WN 652, Page 295. Bradford's History "Of Plymouth Plantation", Wright & Porter Printing Company,Boston, 1898. Willison, George F., Saints and Strangers, The Cornwall Press, Cornwall, NY, 1943, Third Printing "Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Descendants of the Pilgrims Who Landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 1620, Volume Twenty Two, Family of William Bradford" compiled by Ann Smith Lainhart and Robert S. Wakefield, FASG, published by General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2004, p. 5

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

1624
June 17, 1624
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
1653
February 20, 1653
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1655
March 11, 1655
Plymouth, Massachusetts Colony
1657
January 1, 1657
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
1660
September 2, 1660
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
1661
March 27, 1661
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1662
May 9, 1662
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1664
November 1, 1664
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
November 1, 1664
Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA, United States