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  • ID: I377
  • Name: William Bradford
  • Prefix: Gov.
  • Given Name: William
  • Surname: Bradford
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1590
  • Death: 19 MAY 1657 in Plymouth, PLY
  • Baptism: 19 MAR 1590 St. Helen's chap, Austerfield, YKS
  • Probate: 3 JUN 1657
  • Will: 9 MAY 1657
  • Note:
    The last Will and Testament Nunckupative of Mr William Bradford senir: Deceased May the Ninth 1657 and exhibited to the court held att Plymouth June 3d 1657

    Mr William Bradford senir: being weake in body but in prfect memory haveing Defered the forming of his Will in hopes of haveing the healp of Mr Thomas Prence therin; feeling himselfe very weake and drawing on to the conclusion of his mortall life spake as followeth; I could have Desired abler then myselfe in the Desposing of that I have; how my estate is none knowes better then youerselfe, said hee to Lieftenant Southworth; I have Desposed to John and William alreddy theire proportions of land which they are possessed of;

    My Will is that my son Josepth bee made in some sort equall to his brethern out of my estate;

    My further Will is that my Deare & loveing wife Allice Bradford shalbee the sole Exequitrix of my estate; and for her future maintainance my Will is that my Stocke in the Kennebecke Trad be reserved for her Comfortable Subsistence as farr as it will extend and soe further in any such way as may bee Judged best for her;

    I further request and appoint my welbeloved Christian ffrinds Mr Thomas Prence Captaine Thomas Willet and Lieftenant Thomas Southworth to be the Suppervissors for the Desposing of my estate according to the prmises Confiding much in theire faithfulnes

    I comend unto youer Wisdome and Descretions some smale bookes written by my owne hand to bee Improved as you shall see meet; In speciall I Comend to you a little booke with a blacke cover wherin there is a word to Plymouth a word to Boston and a word to New England with sundry usefull verses ;

    These pticulars were expressed by the said William Bradford Govr the 9th of May 1657 in the prsence of us Thomas Cushman Thomas Southworth Nathaniell Morton; whoe were Deposed before the court held att Plymouth the 3d of June 1657 to the truth of the abovesaid Will that it is the last Will and Testament of the abovesaid Mr William Bradford senir.
  • Type: Creation Date
  • Note:
    From Rose Weinbrecht:

    b. 19 mar 1588/89
    Austerfield,, England
    d. 9 May 1657
    Plymouth,, MA

    Notes from Bradford/Robinson family tree online

    William was baptized in St, Helens of Austerfield, Yorkshire, Eng on 3 19 1589. He was self taught. He was imprisoned at 18 in Boston, Lincolnshire, Eng for attempting to escape to Holland. Was successful in reaching Holland in 1609 with 125 Puritans that met illegally in Scooby, Eng. Was apprenticed to a French Protestant for silk dying. Later his profession was listed as Fustian (weaver of course cloth of cotton and Flax-corduroy, mole skin & velveteen). He was a citizen of Leyton, Holland on 3 30 1612. It is said he courted Alice Carpenter, but was opposed by her parents because of his inferior social position. She married Edward Southworth and had 2 children before being widowed. William married Dorothea May. She drowned by jumping or falling from the Mayflower as it was berthed in the Cape Cod Harbor in America. After his wife's death he wrote to Alice Carpenter Southworth; "I am not that Bill Bradford I once was. I am now Governor of the Colony, a widower, and if you will come to America, I am at your service." Apparently the letter did the trick, as she arrived in Plymouth on the ship "Anna" in July 1623. They were married in the 4th wedding held in the colony.

    He was elected as 2nd Gov., of Plymouth Colony after the death of John Carver in April 1621. Was re-elected 30 times and served until 1656 all but 5 of the years. It was said that he provided strong leadership that kept the tiny community alive during the early years.

    When he died he was the richest man in the colony-his property valued at 400 pounds. He had a home in Plymouth and a farm in Kingston. He left a library of 274 volumes. He was proficient in Dutch, French, Latin, Greek and Hebrew. He learned Hebrew so he could read the Old Testament in the original language. Listed as some of his possessions at his death were: white blankets, green rug, snaphance and matchlock muskets, Holland sheets, hemp sheets, Holland tableclothe, 1 great beer bowl, Wine cup suit with silver buttons, black coat, green gown, Violet cloak, 1 black hat, light colored cloak, and 6 pairs of shoes. Books included: French Academy, History of the Netherlands, Peter Martire on the Romans, Mayers work on the New Testament, Luther on the Galations, Calvin on Genisis and Commentary on the Acts, Mr. Ainsworth on Genesis and Exodus, Gifford Refuted, Speed's General Description of the World, a Physics book, and 2 bibles.
  • Date: 12 Apr 2000
  • Change Date: 22 MAR 2009 at 15:16:10 1



    Father: William Bradford
    Mother: Alice Hanson

    Marriage 1 Dorrothea May
    • Change Date: 17 Apr 2000
    Children
    1. Has No Children John Bradford b: AFT 1615 in ,,, Holland

    Marriage 2 Alice Carpenter b: EST 1590
    • Married: 14 AUG 1623 in Plymouth, PLY 2
    • Change Date: 27 May 2002
    Children
    1. Has Children William Bradford b: 17 JUN 1624 in Plymouth, PLY
    2. Has No Children Mercy Bradford b: BEF 1627
    3. Has Children Joseph Bradford b: MAY 1630 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA

    Sources:
    1. Title: The last Will and Testament Nunckupative of Mr William Bradford senir
      Abbrev: Will of William Bradford
      Date: 3 JUN 1657
      Place: Plymouth,, PLY
      Text: The last Will and Testament Nunckupative of Mr William Bradford senir: Deceased May the Ninth 1657 and exhibited to the court held att Plymouth June 3d 1657

      Mr William Bradford senir: being weake in body but in prfect memory haveing Defered the forming of his Will in hopes of haveing the healp of Mr Thomas Prence therin; feeling himselfe very weake and drawing on to the conclusion of his mortall life spake as followeth; I could have Desired abler then myselfe in the Desposing of that I have; how my estate is none knowes better then youerselfe, said hee to Lieftenant Southworth; I have Desposed to John and William alreddy theire proportions of land which they are possessed of;

      My Will is that my son Josepth bee made in some sort equall to his brethern out of my estate;

      My further Will is that my Deare & loveing wife Allice Bradford shalbee the sole Exequitrix of my estate; and for her future maintainance my Will is that my Stocke in the Kennebecke Trad be reserved for her Comfortable Subsistence as farr as it will extend and soe further in any such way as may bee Judged best for her;

      I further request and appoint my welbeloved Christian ffrinds Mr Thomas Prence Captaine Thomas Willet and Lieftenant Thomas Southworth to be the Suppervissors for the Desposing of my estate according to the prmises Confiding much in theire faithfulnes

      I comend unto youer Wisdome and Descretions some smale bookes written by my owne hand to bee Improved as you shall see meet; In speciall I Comend to you a little booke with a blacke cover wherin there is a word to Plymouth a word to Boston and a word to New England with sundry usefull verses ;

      These pticulars were expressed by the said William Bradford Govr the 9th of May 1657 in the prsence of us Thomas Cushman Thomas Southworth Nathaniell Morton; whoe were Deposed before the court held att Plymouth the 3d of June 1657 to the truth of the abovesaid Will that it is the last Will and Testament of the abovesaid Mr William Bradford senir.
      Type: Creation Date
      Date: 22 MAR 2009
    2. Title: Pilgrim Hall Museum Web Page on Alice Carpenter
      Abbrev: Pilgrim Hall Museum
      Date: 26 Dec 2005
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