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Governor William BRADFORD[1]

Male 1590 - 1657


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  • Name  Governor William BRADFORD 
    Prefix  Governor 
    Born  19 Mar 1590  Austerfield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Died  9 Apr 1657  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Colonial Governor. An Englishman who came to the New World on the “Mayflower” in 1620, in England he became one of the religious separatists known as "Pilgrims" Born in Austerfield, Yorkshire, he was an autodidact who met in secret with the other followers of the religious movement who later sought refuge in Holland in 1608. When it was decided that the group would come to the new world it was Bradford that made the arrangements (1617) and in July of 1620, his group traveled to Southampton, England to join the English separatists on the “Mayflower”. When Plymouth Colony's original Governor, John Carver died in 1621, Bradford was unanimously elected to office. He was later reelected 30 times. Bradford kept Plymouth alive until the end of his term in 1660. He is considered by historians to be one of the most influential of the Pilgrim settlers for his outstanding leadership, his desire to steadfastly hold to his religious and moral ideals and his determination to keep Plymouth a thriving and independent colony.
    Person ID  I3849  Brian & Darcy Zalewski | Darcy's Direct Line
    Last Modified  30 Sep 2012 

    Father  William BRADFORD,   b. Abt 1560, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1591, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Alice HANSON,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  21 Jul 1584  Nottingham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1308  Group Sheet

    Family  Alice CARPENTER,   b. 3 Aug 1590, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1670, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  14 Aug 1623  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    >1. Major William BRADFORD, Jr,   b. 17 Jun 1624, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1703, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1307  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S343] Find-A-Grave Entry, 29 September 2012; William Bradford; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=124.

    2. [S343] Find-A-Grave Entry, 29 September 2012; Alice Carpenter-Southworth Bradford; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40142433.


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