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William Bradley, IV

Birthplace: Bingley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death: May 29, 1691
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Bradley, III and Johanna Bradley
Husband of Alice Bradley
Father of Isaac Bradley; Martin Bradley; Martha Sherman; Dr. Abraham Bradley; Mary Todd and 4 others
Brother of Elizabeth Evarts; Magdalena Bradley; Letticia Bradley; Samuel Bradley; Marie Leaver and 1 other

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About William Bradley, IV

William Bradley was born in Bingley (Minden-Bradley?), Yorkshire, England, on Saturday, September 4, 1619, and died on May 29, 1691.


He is the son of William, (Sir) and Joanna (Waddington) Bradley.

Alice Prichard of New Haven, Connecticut was born about 1624, and died in 1692. They were married in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, February 18, 1645. She took the name Alice Bradley. She is the daughter of Roger and Frances (_____) Prichard.

They had eight children:

  • i. Joseph Bradley was baptized in New Haven Colony on January 4, 1645, and died in 1705. He married Silence Brockett on 25 Oct 1667.
  • ii. Martha Bradley was born in New Haven Colony in October, 1648, and died in 1692-3. She married Samuel Munson on 26 Oct 1665; her second marriage was to Eliasaph Preston; her third marriage was to Daniel Sherman, widower of Abiah Street. Very much more information on the Munson family is available in The Munson Record; A Genealogical and Biographical Account of Captain Thomas Munson and His Descendants, by Myron A. Munson, M.A., 1895
  • iii. Abraham Bradley was born in New Haven Colony on October 24, 1650, and died on October 19, 1718. He married Hannah Thompson on 25 Dec 1673.
  • iv. Mary Bradley was born in New Haven Colony on April 30, 1653, and died on September 26, 1724. She married Samuel Todd, son of Christopher and Grace (Middlebrook) Todd [#1332/3], on November 26, 1668. Among their children was Abigail who married John Gilbert. (Read about the early New Haven Gilbert family which is separate and distinct from the main Gilbert line of this genealogy.)
  • v. Benjamin Bradley was born in New Haven Colony on April 8, 1657, and died in 1728. He married Elizabeth Thompson on October 29, 1677. She was the daughter of John and Ellen (Harrison) Thompson, born June 3, 1657, in New Haven and died on November 3, 1718, in New Haven. He married a total of three times. His second wife was Mary Sackett, daughter of John and Agnes (Tinkham) Sackett, another line in this genealogy.
  • vi. Hester Bradley was born in New Haven Colony on September 29, 1659. She died young.
  • vii. Nathanial Bradley [#658]: He was born in New Haven Colony on February 26, 1660/1, and died on August 17, 1743.
  • viii. Sarah Bradley was born in New Haven, Connecticut Colony, on June 21, 1665. She married Samuel Brockett on 23 (or 21) May 1682.

William Bradley was unmarried when his mother died. He joined Theophilus Eaton, William Davenport, and a dedicated group who sailed to Boston Harbor in 1638. They were supported by the Warwick Patent:

In June, 1638, the Company of Lords and Gentlemen all grantors of the Warwick Patent made John Winthrop, Jr., governor for them of the jurisdiction of Connecticut and sent him with a large amount of money and a great army of carpenters, masons, gardeners, and experienced engineers to found a settlement at the mouth of the Connecticut River with proper accommodations for themselves, but more especially to construct such houses as might be fit to receive gentlemen of quality presently come from England.

The construction of the settlement took three years. In 1641, Eaton, Davenport, Rev. Peter Prudden, the young William Bradley, and others finally reached New Haven. Bradley took the oath of fidelity on August 5, 1644.

Some interesting reading on the Warwick Patent and the history of the settlement of the mouth of the Connecticut River is available at the Old Saybrook Web site.

Note: This genealogy originally included Isaac Bradley as a son between Joseph and Martha. However, the author has removed that entry until its correctness can be established.

Families of Ancient New Haven by Donald Lines Jacobus, pg. 261, 324, 1492

William, along with a dedicated group, sailed to Boston Harbor in 1638. They were supported by the 'Warwick Patent'. The construction of the Conneticut settlement took three years.


'Families of Ancient New Haven, vol. II, p 261'

'A Compilation Some of the Descendants of Roger Prichard c1600-1671, 1953'

'The Muson Record; A Genealogical & Biographical Account of Capt. Thomas Muson & His Descendants, 1895'

'Genesis of the White Family, p 207-208'

Came from England to New Haven, Conn., July 16, 1637

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William Bradley, IV's Timeline

September 4, 1619
Bingley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Born on a Saturday.

September 4, 1619
West Riding, Yorkshire, England
July 8, 1621
Age 1
Saint Michael-Le, Yorkshire, England
Age 27
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
October 14, 1648
Age 29
New Haven, New Haven Colony
October 1648
Age 29
October 24, 1650
Age 31
New Haven, New Haven Colony
April 30, 1653
Age 33
New Haven, New Haven Colony
April 8, 1657
Age 37
New Haven, New Haven Colony