John Bradford was born Feb. 20, 1651/52 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, the eldest of ten children of Maj. William Bradford and his wife Alice Richards. He was the grandson of Gov. William Bradford of the Mayflower.
Major Bradford was prominent in civic affairs. He was not only a military leader, but served as representative to the First General Court at Boston and helped to incorporate Plymouth as a separate town.
Maj. John Bradford died on Dec. 8, 1736, in Kingston, at the age of about 84, and was laid to rest in the Old Burying Bround at First Church in Kingston.
King Philip's War 1675
Maj. Bradford's home in Kingston, built in 1675, is still standing and open to the public today. According to tradition, the Indians attempted to burn John's house during King Philip's War. The Major discovered the fire. He spied an Indian on Abrams Hill waving a blanket and shouting to his fellows, and shot him. But on approach, he could not find the body. After the war, the Indian met Bradford and showed him the scars of his wound.
John inherited Gov. William Bradford's precious manuscript, "Of Plimouth Plantation," one of the most important documents of early American history. He passed it down to his son Samuel. At some point, the work was loaned to Rev. Thomas Prince who was using it as a reference for his own book that he was writing. He kept it in his library in Boston's Old South Church. The British, who occupied the Old South Church during the Revolution, then got hold of it. Later it turned up in the Bishop of London's palace and was only returned to the state of Massachusetts, after some negotiation, in 1897.
Marriage & Family
John married Mercy Warren on Jan. 6, 1673/74 in Plymouth. She was the daughter of Joseph and Priscilla (Faunce) Warren, and the granddaughter of Richard Warren of the Mayflower. John and Mercy shared common ancestors in Alexander Carpenter and Priscilla Dillon, who were the father and mother-in-law of Gov. William Bradford.
|Offspring of Maj. William Bradford IV and Mary Fitch (c1635-1675)|
|Joseph Bradford (1675-1746)|
|Offspring of Maj. William Bradford IV and Mary Atwood (1642-1715)|
|Ephraim Bradford (1685-1741)|| |
|David Bradford (1687-1729)|| |
|Hezekiah Bradford (1687-1761)|| |
|Israel Bradford (1678-1760)||1678 Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts||26 March 1760 Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts|| Sarah Bartlett (1678-1761)|
Namesakes of John Bradford (1653-1736)