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William Bradford, II

Birthplace: Austerfield, Yorkshire, England
Death: July 15, 1591 (32)
Austerfield, Yorkshire, England
Place of Burial: Blyth, West Riding, Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of William Bradford, I and Alice Bradford
Husband of Alice Briggs
Father of Margaret Bradford; Alice Bradford and William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony
Brother of Alice Bradford
Half brother of Susanna Bradford; Robert Bradford; Elizabeth Hall and Thomas Bradford

Occupation: Yeoman
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About William Bradford, II

William Bradford (1559-1591) was born, married, and died at Austerfield, Yorkshire, England. [1] He was a Yeoman, within a class of farmers and animal husbandrymen below that of a Gentleman, but able to own property. He was suffiently prosperous that he was one of two Yeomen in Austerfield to be taxed. He married Alice Hanson on June 21,1584, in Austerfield. William died at the relatively young age of 34, in1591, when his son, William Bradford (1589/90-1657), who was to become Governor of the Plymouth Colony, was not yet two years old. William Bradford (1559-1591) is thought to have died of a pestilent contagious disease.


  1. January 21, 1583/84 in Harworth, Yorks, England to Alice Hanson, daughter of John Hanson & Margaret Grashon. She married Robert Briggs 2nd.


  1. WILLIAM6 BRADFORD, b. March 19, 1589/90, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England; d. May 09, 1657, Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA. Married 1) Dorothy May 2) Alice Carpenter
  2. MARGARET BRADFORD, b. March 06, 1584/85, Austerfield, England; d. March 08, 1584/85, Austerfield, England. (died young)
  3. ALICE BRADFORD, b. October 30, 1587, Austerfield, England; d. January 30, 1606/07, Austerfield, England.


  1. Mayflower Planters p.103, 104


  1. Ancestry.com. History and genealogy of the Mayflower planters and first comers to ye olde colonie [database on-line]. Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Hills, Leon Clark,. History and genealogy of the Mayflower planters and first comers to ye olde colonie. Washington, D.C.: Hills Pub. Co., c1936-c1941. (see document, attached)
  2. Gendex, per Susan Roser's Mayflower Increasings, 2nd ed
  3. Bradford Register, Vol 4 , 83 & 84
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William Bradford, II's Timeline

Austerfield, Yorkshire, England
March 19, 1559
Austerfield, Yorkshire, England
March 8, 1585
Austerfield, Yorkshire, England
October 30, 1587
Austerfield, Yorkshire, England
March 19, 1589
Austerfield, Yorkshire, England
July 15, 1591
Age 32
Austerfield, Yorkshire, England
Age 31
Blyth, West Riding, Yorkshire, England
December 16, 1884
Age 32