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Nathan Bradley

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Bingley, West Yorkshire, England
Death: November 10, 1713 (74)
Madison, New Haven, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Madison, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel Bradley, of Bingley and Elizabeth Evarts
Husband of Hester Bradley; Hannah (Munson) Tuttle Bradley and Rachel Strong
Father of Anne Murray; Mary Tuttle; Abigail Willard; Hester Bradley; Daniel Bradley and 2 others
Brother of Joshua Bradley and Capt. Stephen Bradley
Half brother of William Evarts; Hannah Evarts; Sarah Evarts; Daniel Bradley; Mary Leaver and 5 others

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About Nathan Bradley, of Guilford

Nathan Bradley

  • Birth: Nov. 18, 1638 Bingley West Yorkshire, England
  • Death: Nov. 10, 1713 Madison New Haven County Connecticut, USA
  • Burial: Hammonasset Cemetery Madison New Haven County Connecticut, USA
  • Parents: Daniel Bradley (1588 - 1641) & Elizabeth Sheaffe Evarts (____ - 1682)
  • Spouses: 1) Hester Griswold Bradley (1648 - 1693), 2) Hannah Munson Tuttle-Bradley (1648 - 1695), 3) Rachel Holton Strong Bradley (1650 - ____)
  • Children: Anna Bradley Murray (1669 - 1749)

"Mr. Nathan Bradley was one of the first settlers of this town, he built his house about two and a half miles eastward of Madison Church and near the Killingworth line. He was but a lad when he came from England he intended to land at New Haven but was obliged to land at Saybrook and come across the wilderness to New Haven then being in settlement at that time.

[see f/g # 18822557 for extended bio]

Created by: Rhonda Record added: Apr 08, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 18822557 -tcd

The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)

6. Joseph Tuttle, bap. in New Haven, Nov. 22, 1649; m. May 2, 1667, Hanna, dau. of Capt. Thomas Munson.* b. June 11, 1648.

His wid., Hannah, m. Aug. 21, 1691, Nathan Bradley* of Guilford, and d. thr., Nov. 30, 1695. In deed, dated 1695, Hannah Bradley conv. to Samuel Tuttle the dwelling house whr. he is now living; Wm. Jones, Hannah Jones (dau. of Gov. Eaton), wits.

  • Nathan Bradley, b. 1638; came from England, a boy; landed at Saybrook; thence journeyed across the wilderness (then unbroken by settlements) to New Haven. He set in Guilford. He was quite a hunter, and discovered the sources of the Hammonaset river in a pond which is still called "Nathan's Pond", For a bear story in which he played a subordinate part, the principal being borne by the bear, see Farber's Hist. Coll. of Conn., p. 225. He m. (3) May 10 1698, Rachel Holton, dau. of Dea. Wm. of Northampton, Mass., and wid. of Thomas Strong; Nathan Noah Bradley, exr. of the will of Nathan Bradley of Guilford, paid legacies in 1711. Dec. 11 and 31, to Mary Tuttle, Patience Eaton, Esther Marshall; wit. to Mary Tuttle, Isaac Griswold and Wm. Rogers; wit. to Patience Eaton, Jonathan Murray and Joshua Tuttle.
  • Thomas Munson came in the Elizabeth to Boston in 1634; rem. to Hartford and was of the Hartford Contingent under Capt. Mason at the destruction of the Pequot Fort. (See Hartford in the Olden Times); rem. to New Haven, 1642; offered one-third of an unclaimed allotment in the Governor's Wuarter on conditions that he never complied with, namely, that he would build a house thereon and devote himself to making wheels and ploughs for the good of the colony. In 1669 he was a commissioner with Samuel Bishop and three others, to meet five commisioners from Branford, to establish boundaries. In 1675 he commanded the New Haven troops who, at Norrituck, defended the plantation against the Indians. His military rank was Capt. He was representative in the General Assembly 24 sessions from 1666 to 1683; d. 1685; inv. (english pound)270. An agreement for distribution, signed June in, 1685, by Samuel Munson, Richard Higginbottom and Joseph Tuttle; movable divided between Elizabeth Higginbottom and Hannah Tuttle. His s. Samuel m. Martha, dau. of Wm. Bradley of Guilford. His dau. Elizabeth m. Richard Higginbottom.


"Mr. Nathan Bradley was one of the first settlers of this town, he built his house about two and a half miles eastward of Madison Church and near the Killingworth line. He was but a lad when he came from England he intended to land at New Haven but was obliged to land at Saybrook and come across the wilderness to New Haven then being in settlement at that time.

Mr. Bradley was quite a hunter and was the first white person to discover the source of the Hammonassett River which originates in a pond still called 'Nathan's Pond'. Mr. Bradley lived to an advanced age and he killed several hundred bears while residing in this town. Mr. Bradley in his old age went out to see a friend who lived about a mile northerly from the present meetinghouse in Madison.

On his way he met a bear and her cubs. He endeavored to ride around her but as he moved, the bear moved, and when he stopped, she stopped and sitting on her haunches presented an undaunted front and determined to oppose his further passage. Mr. Bradley in his old age being somewhat childish, was obliged to turn back, shed tears that he had killed so many bears should be obliged to turn back on one of them."

From the "Connecticut Historical Collections" by John Warner Barber published in 1836 and now out of print.

Adjoining the Murray gravestones in the Old Hammonassett Cemetery is a curious marker, which is apparently that of Nathan Bradley. This marker consists of rough natural stone, on which is crudely cut or chiseled "75- N.IL-17 13" in three lines parallel. The New England Genealogical ~ Historical Register, Vol 57 states that Nathan Bradley was born in 1638 and died in 1713 and the letters N.B. for his name.

He married Esther (Hester) Griswold, daughter of Michael Griswold and Ann Adams Griswold of Wethersfield CT, in 1668. They had eight children.

He married second Hannah Munson August 21, 1694. She was the widow of Joseph Tuttle, and daughter of Thomas Munson and Johannah ( ) Munson.

His third marriage was to Rachel Holton Strong May 16, 1698. She was the widow of Thomas Strong.

Children (by first marriage): Anna Bradley Murray, Mary Bradley Mix, Abigail Bradley, Esther Bradley, Esther Bradley, Daniel Bradley, Nathan Bradley Jr, Noah Bradley, and Patience Bradley Crittenden.

Nathan Broadley, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975" Name: Nathan Broadley Gender: Male Christening Date: 18 Nov 1638 Christening Place: BINGLEY,YORK,ENGLAND Birth Date: Birthplace: Death Date: Name Note: Race: Father's Name: Daniell Broadley Father's Birthplace: Father's Age: Mother's Name: Mother's Birthplace: Mother's Age: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: P00737-1 System Origin: England-ODM GS Film number: 844552 Reference ID:

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Nathan Bradley, of Guilford's Timeline

November 18, 1638
Bingley, West Yorkshire, England
November 16, 1669
Age 30
Guilford, New Haven, CT
March 13, 1671
Age 32
Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony
March 13, 1672
Age 33
Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
November 2, 1674
Age 35
Guilford, New Haven, CT
June 10, 1680
Age 41
Guilford, New Haven, CT
September 18, 1685
Age 46
Guilford, New Haven, CT
April 6, 1688
Age 49
Guilford, New Haven, CT