William Bradford (c. 19 March 1590 – May 9, 1657) was an English Puritan separatist originally from the West Riding of Yorkshire in Northern England. He moved to Leiden in Holland in order to escape persecution from King James I of England, and then emigrated to the Plymouth Colony on the Mayflower in 1620.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Bradford_(Plymouth_Colony_governor)
William Bradford (1590-1657) was a founder and longtime governor of the Plymouth Colony settlement. Born in England, he migrated with the Separatist congregation to the Netherlands as a teenager.
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Aug 21, 2020 · William Bradford was a leading figure in the Puritans' Separatist movement. He and other congregants eventually sailed from England on the Mayflower to establish a colony in Plymouth,...
Nov 02, 2020 · William Bradford (l. 1590-1657 CE) was one of the leading members of the congregation of pilgrims who came to North America aboard the Mayflower, a signer of the Mayflower Compact, and the second governor of the Plymouth Colony after the death of the first, John Carver (l. 1584-1621 CE), in 1621 CE.
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William Bradford was born in the village of Austerfield, Doncaster, in 1589 to William Bradford and Alice Briggs, and was baptised at St Helena's Church. Despite being born into a wealthy family, Bradford was to endure a tough childhood. He is thought to have been brought up in Austerfield Manor Houseby his grandfather and uncles, after being orphaned at the age of seven. A subsequent long illness meant that Bradford was too ill or weak to work on the family farm so, instead, he concentrated on reading and and studies - especially the Scriptures. St Helena's Church in Austerfield
As a teenager, Bradford drawn to the local Separatist church, All Saints' Church in Babworth, Nottinghamshire, where he regularly listened to Richard Clyfton. The congregation there also included fellow Mayflower passengers William Brewster and John Robinson. Some years later, when the group faced prosecution, they started meeting secretly at Brewster's house, Scrooby Manor. When their meetings came to the attention of the authorities, however, a number of the group - including Bradford - were imprisoned for 30 days in the cells at the Boston Guildhall, after attempting to flee to Holland. The following year, they succeeded in fleeing the country via another route and arrived in Amsterdam in August 1608, before relocating to Leiden. There, Bradford continued to live with the Brewster family and in 1613 married Dorothy May, the daughter of a well-off English couple from Cambridgeshire who were living in Amsterdam. They had a son, John, who was born in 1617, before selling their home...
William and Dorothy Bradford left their three-year-old son with her parents in Amsterdam and boarded the Speedwell in 1620, before transferring across to the Mayflower when the Speedwell was deemed unseaworthy. After surviving the treacherous transatlantic crossing, Bradford was one of the 41 “true” Pilgrims who signed the Mayflower Compact. Shortly afterwards, though, he suffered a terrible personal tragedy. While the Mayflower was anchored off Provincetown Harbour, the Pilgrims sent out several men to explore the region to seek out the best place to build their Colony. Less than a month later, while her husband was ashore exploring, Dorothy accidentally drowned in the freezing waters of the Harbour after falling from the Mayflower. After overcoming illness himself, and the death of first Governor John Carver, Bradford was elected to lead Plymouth Colony and was subsequently re-elected 31 times before his death, missing only five years. In 1623 he remarried to Alice Southworth (nee...
William Bradford was generally sick throughout the winter of 1656/57, and predicted to his family and friends on 8 May 1657 that he would die. He passed away the next day at the age of 68. At the time of his death he is believed to have owned a library of more than 100 books. His own book, 'Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation, 1606-1646', remains the most authoritative account of the Pilgrims and the early years in Plymouth Colony. Famous and notable descendants of William Bradford include actors Clint Eastwood and Christopher Reeve, and William Hubbs Rehnquist, who served on the US Supreme Court for more than 30 years. Bradford's wife, Dorothy, is also still remembered today. In June 1869, a fictional story was published in Harper's Weekly, in which her fall from the Mayflower was portrayed as a depression-induced suicide, involving an affair with Master Christopher Jones. Although this story had no historical proof, it has nevertheless made it into some popular accounts of t...
“Just as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many." When William Bradford penned those immortal words, he couldn’t have known that nearly four centuries later, they would spark an idea to unite people all over the world. Illuminate 2019 marked a signature event in the Mayflower 400 programme - a spectacular festival comprising a dazzling programme of light shows and cultural extravaganzas that wowed crowds on both sides of the Atlantic. The breathtaking series of events featured light-based art installations and projections at a number of locations across the UK, Holland and the US. As well as providing a wonderful spectacle, Illuminate 2019 also helped mark the first Thanksgiving that took place between the Mayflower Pilgrims and the native American people in 1621. Illuminate will return in 2020 at key Mayflower locations across the globe. 1. Learn more about the passengers of the Mayflower with our interactive guide
William Bradford (c. 19 March 1590 – May 9, 1657) was an English Puritan separatist originally from the West Riding of Yorkshire in Northern England. He moved to Leiden in Holland in order to escape persecution from King James I of England, and then emigrated to the Plymouth Colony on the Mayflower in 1620.
William Bradford, (born March 1590, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England—died May 9, 1657, Plymouth, Massachusetts [U.S.]), governor of the Plymouth colony for 30 years, who helped shape and stabilize the political institutions of the first permanent colony in New England.
William Bradford was born in 1590 in the small farming community of Austerfield, Yorkshire. His father William died when young Bradford was just one year old. He lived with his grandfather William, until his grandfather died when he was six. His mother Alice then died when he was seven.
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Married 1. on 10 Dec 1613 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Dorothy May, b abt 1597, died Dec. 7, 1620, Cape Cod Harbor, (now Provincetown) MA. Records suggest she was the daughter of Henry May. 2. on 14 Aug 1623 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA to Alice Carpenter (1590-1670), widow of Edward Southworth. She was the daughter of Alexander Carpenter and Priscilla Dillen. William and Dorothy had one child, a son: 1. John Bradford; b. c 1615, Leyden, Holland; d. Sep. 7, 1679, Norwich CT. Married Martha Bourne; no known children. William and Alice had three children: 1. William Bradford b: 16 Jun 1624 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA. Married 1) Alice Richards 2) Sarah Tracy, widow Griswold 3) Mary Atwood, widow Holmes 2. Mercy Bradford b: 1627/1630 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA. Married Benjamin Vermayes; no known children. 3. Joseph Bradford b: 1627/1630 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA. Married Jael Hobart. A good genealogy link to follow as of 5 Oct 2013 is Pedigree of: William Bradford 1589/90-1657by Phillip...
Wikipediamaintains a list of the descendants of William Bradford who have achieved noteworthy standing in numerous fields. Phillips V. Bradford, Sc.D. noted in 2005: "From statistical analysis, I can estimate that there are about 4 million descendants of Gov. Wiliam Bradford of Plymouth in the US alive today. And, about 10,000 of us, still bear the family name."
From Find A Grave Memorial# 124 William Bradford was a leader of the separatist settlers of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, and was elected thirty times to be the Governor after John Carver died. He was the second signer and primary architect of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor. His journal (1620-1647), published as Of Plymouth Plantation. It was a handwritten journal detailing the history of the first 30 years of Plymouth Colony. Large parts of this journal have been republished a number of times. Bradford, along with Edward Winslow and others, contributed material to George Morton, who merged everything into a book, published in London in 1622, nicknamed Mourt's Relation, which was primarily a journal of the colonists' first years at Plymouth. Bradford is credited as the first to proclaim what popular American culture now views as the first Thanksgiving. At an early age William was attracted to the "primitive" congregational church, in nearby Scrooby, and became...
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Written by William Bradford, a Pilgrim leader in the religious Separatist movement, the book presents in manuscript format the initial authoritative account of the Mayflower voyage and the settling of what would become the first permanent settlement of Europeans in New England, using the newly-signed Mayflower Compact as the colony’s governing document.