Birth: William Bradford was baptized in Austerfield,Yorkshire
March 19, 1589/90, the son of William and Alice (Hanson) Bradford.
Death: He died in Plymouth May 9, 1657, and was buried at
Ship: Mayflower, 1620
Life in England: Orphaned young, Bradford was raised
first by his grandfather, then by uncles. At the age of twelve, he
became an avid reader of the Bible, and began attending Separatist
services in Scrooby. Against the wishes of his family he joined the
Separatist church at sixteen and went with the congregation to Holland
two years later.
Life in Holland: The Scrooby congregation, lived first in
Amsterdam, then in Leiden. He worked as a weaver, and in 1612 became a
citizen of Leiden. In 1617, he was appointed one of the organizers of
the voyage to “Virginia” (America).
Life in New England: Appointed governor after the death
of John Carver in the summer of 1621, Bradford held the office from 1621
to 1656, except for five years service as Governor’s Assistant.The
colony’s most prolific author, he wrote the journal known as Mourt’s
Relation with Edward Winslow, three “Dialogues,” and the colony’s
Family: William Bradford married Dorothy May (1) in
Amsterdam on December 10, 1613. They had one son. She drowned in Cape
Cod harbor on December 7, 1620. On August 14, 1623, he married (2) Alice
(Carpenter) Southworth in Plymouth and had three children. She died in
Plymouth on March 26, 1670.
Child of William and Dorothy Bradford:
Children of William and Alice Bradford: