Captain Gamaliel Bradford, privateersman, was born in Duxbury, Massachusetts., 4 November 1763.
He commanded the American private armed ship Mary in 1799, during the Quasi-War with France. In July 1800, in command of Industry, he routed four French privateers at Gibraltar. Captain Bradford died at Cambridge, Mass., 7 March 1824.
American Revolutionary War Edit
14th Massachusetts Regiment was raised on September 16, 1776, under Colonel Gamaliel Bradford at Boston, Massachusetts. The regiment would see action in the American Revolutionary War at the Battle of Saratoga and the Battle of Monmouth. before encamping with the army for its final cantonment at New Windsor, New York. When the number of Massachusetts regiments was reduced in January 1781, the men of the 14th were folded into the 7th Massachusetts Regiment at which point the 14th was disbanded.
The younger Gamaliel, he enlisted in the 14th Massachusetts Regiment (commanded by his father, also named Gamaliel) as a private at the age of thirteen on May 28, 1776. He fought at the battles of Saratoga and Monmouth before encamping with the army for its final cantonment at New Windsor, New York. After Monmouth, he was promoted to Serjeant on June 28, 1778, followed by promotions to Ensign (8/8/1779) and Lieutenant (9/3/1780). When the number of Massachusetts regiments was reduced in 1781, Gamaliel and the other men of the 14th were folded into the 7th Massachusetts Regiment. He stayed on another year in the army before finally returning home in 1784.
Quasi-War if 1800 Edit
In 1798, he was offered command of the frigate Boston by President John Adams, but declined.
After the war, he commanded the American private armed ship Mary in 1799, during the Quasi-War with France. In July 1800, in command of Industry, he routed four French privateers at Gibraltar, though he sustained an injury that would cost him his leg. Captain Bradford died at Cambridge, Mass., 7 March 1824.
Bradford House Edit
In 1807, Capt Gamaliel Bradford built his home in Duxbury MA. The house is locally distinctive for its brick side walls and monitor section above the hip roof. The house was home to Rev. Josiah More later in the 19th century. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Marriage and Family Edit
He married Elizabeth Parker Hickling on August 6, 1798. They would go on to have seven children.
|Offspring of Captain Gamaliel Bradford III and Elizabeth Hickling (1767-1817)|
|Sarah Alden Bradford (1790-1867)|| |
|Elizabeth Bradford (1794-1796)|| |
|Gamaliel Bradford (1795-1829)|| |
|Daniel Neil Bradford (1797-1821)|| |
|Martha Tilden Bradford (1799-1860)|| |
|John Brooks Bradford (1803-)|| |
|Margaret Stevenson Bradford (1805-1847)|| |
|George Partridge Bradford (1807-1890)|| |
|Hannah Rogers Bradford (1810-1880)|
|Offspring of Col. Gamaliel Bradford II and Sarah Alden (1731-1788)|
|Perez Bradford (1758-1802)|| |
|Sophia Bradford (1761-1855)|| |
|Gamaliel Bradford (1763-1824)||4 November 1763 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States||7 March 1824 Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States|| Elizabeth Hickling (1767-1817)|
|Alden Bradford (1765-1843)|| |
|Sarah Bradford (1768-1840)|| |
|Jerusha Bradford (1770-1833)||3 January 1770 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States||11 October 1833 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States|| Ezra Weston (1772-1842)|
|Daniel Bradford (1771-1838)|| |
|Gershom Bradford (1774-1844)|
- Gamaliel Bradford - Wikipedia
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
- Gamaliel Bradford - disambiguation
- Gamaliel Bradford at Find A Grave - #20461640
- Tour Historic Duxbury MA - Notable Families of Duxbury
- History of the Town of Duxbury MA - Free on Google Books
- Alden Family Kindred Society
In 1943, the destroyer USS Bradford (DD-545) was named in his honor.