Humphrey Bradstreet was born circa 1594 in Suffolk, England to John Bradstreet (1546-1625) and Joanna Bradstreet (c1545-) and died 1655 Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Bridget Harris (1604-1665) 1622 in Capel Saint Mary, Suffolk, England.


1634 Voyage of the Elizabeth

Humphrey Bradstreet, with his wife and four eldest children, traveled to America from Suffolk, England on the Elizabeth.

The ship Elizabeth sailed from Ipswich, England in April, 1634 with William Andrews, Master. On board were Richard and Ursula Kimball and their children, (one son would marry Humphrey's daughter) Ursula’s mother Martha Whatlock Scott and her brothers Roger and Thomas Scott. Humphrey and Bridget Bradstreet sailed on the same ship. They arrived in July at Boston.

They settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Besides being given a town lot in Ipswich in 1635, Humphrey was also granted one hundred and thirty acres of outlying land, eighty of which were north of the North River also called Egypt, Rowley or Wharehouse) and fifty acres on the south side of the river. They were located on the southern border of Rowley and were associated almost wholly with Rowley, having their membership in the Rowley church, burying their dead in the Rowley cemetery, and training with the Rowley military company.

Ipswich Freeman

Humphrey Bradstreet was made freeman, May 6,1635, and was thereafter entitled to be called Mr. Previously, he was, of course, termed Goodman. He was undoubtedly the Bradstreet who came to Chebacco, and, according to the Ipswich records, had a house-lot granted to him, not long after his arrival, the precise locality of which, however, is not mentioned.

Ten years afterwards, he had another houselot granted him, which was in the central or western part of Ipswich; and still later he owned a farm, which was subsequently annexed to Rowley; in which latter place he died in 1665, leaving several children, one of whom, Moses, became a physician.

Marriage and Family

Humphrey and Bridget Harris (1604-1665) were married in 1622 in Capel Saint Mary, Suffolk County, England. First four children were born there and the others in Ipswich MA.


Offspring of Humphrey Bradstreet and Bridget Harris (1604-1665)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Hannah Bradstreet (1625-1675)
John Bradstreet (1631-1660)
Martha Bradstreet (1632-1678)
Mary Bradstreet (1633-1698) 1633 Capel Saint Mary, Suffolk, England 6 May 1698 Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts John Kimball (1631-1698)
Moses Bradstreet (1636-1690)
Sarah Bradstreet (1638-1721)
Rebecca Bradstreet (1639-1687)


Vital Records

Last Will and Probate

Humphrey Bradstreet was made a freeman May 6, 1635, and was a representative for Ipswich to the general court in the same year; he died in the summer of 1655.

His will, dated July 21, 1655, proved September 25, 1655, directs, among other things, that son Moses is to have the home farm after the decease of his mother; "son John is to have the farm at Muddy river. His wife Bridget Bradstreet died in November, 1665. Her will is dated October 16, 1665. The children of Humphrey and Bridget Bradstreet were: Hannah, John, Martha, Mary, Sarah, Rebecca and Moses.



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