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“The LORD is the
help of my life.”


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“What our fathers
with so much
difficulty secured,
do not basely
relinquish.”



Grave of William Bradford on Burial
Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts


“...to keep a good conscience, and walk in such a way as God has prescribed in his Word, is a thing which I must prefer before you all, and above life itself. ...yea, I am not only willing to part with every thing that is dear to me in this world for this cause, but I am also thankful that God has given me an heart to do [so], and will accept me so to suffer for him.”

– William Bradford


“...all great and honourable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and must be both enterprised and overcome with answerable courages. ...the dangers were great, but not desperate; the difficulties were many, but not invincible. ...all of them, through the help of God, by fortitude and patience, might either be borne or overcome.”

– William Bradford


WILLIAM BRADFORD AND HIS FAMILY IN THE PILGRIM HALL WEBSITE:

William Bradford

William Bradford in 17th Century Documents

William Bradford’s Will and Inventory

Life of William Bradford
(from Cotton Mather’s Magnalia Christi Americana)

Of Plymouth Plantation:
The Journal of William Bradford

Alice Carpenter Southworth Bradford

Alice Bradford in 17th Century Documents

Alice Bradford’s Will and Inventory


WILLIAM BRADFORD AND HIS FAMILY IN THE MAYFLOWER HISTORY WEBSITE:

William Bradford

Dorothy (May) Bradford

Primary Source Archive


WILLIAM BRADFORD IN THE SAIL 1620 WEBSITE:

Purloined, Found and Recovered:
The History of Bradford’s History

Pilgrims and Wampanoag:
The Prudence of Bradford and Massasoit

William Bradford


WILLIAM BRADFORD AND HIS FAMILY IN THE PLIMOTH PLANTATION WEBSITE:

A Genealogical Profile of William Bradford

A Genealogical Profile of Constant Southworth

A Genealogical Profile of Thomas Southworth


WILLIAM BRADFORD IN THE PLYMOUTH COLONY ARCHIVE PROJECT WEBSITE:

A New Insight into the Early Settlement of Plymouth Plantation
(J. Jason Boroughs)

Bradford’s 1620 Sketch of Plymouth


WILLIAM BRADFORD’S ORIGINS IN THE PILGRIM FATHERS WEBSITE:

Bangs Tour: Austerfield

The Saviour of Austerfield Manor House

The Restoration of Austerfield’s St. Helena Church​


TOPICAL STUDIES ON THE CAREER AND INFLUENCE OF WILLIAM BRADFORD:

Bradford and Winthrop:
Different Approaches to Colonial New England
(Jeremy George)

Bradford’s Two Histories:
Pattern and Paradigm in Of Plymouth Plantation
(Walter P. Wenska)


“He was indeed a person of a well-tempered spirit, or else it had been scarce possible for him to have kept the affairs of Plymouth in so good a temper for thirty-seven years together... The leader of a people in a wilderness had need be a Moses; and if a Moses had not led the people of Plymouth Colony, when this worthy person was their governour, the people had never with so much unanimity and importunity still called him to lead them. ... He was a person for study as well as action; and hence...he attained unto a notable skill in languages...; but the Hebrew he most of all studied, ‘Because,’ he said, ‘he would see with his own eyes the ancient oracles of God in their native beauty.’ He was also well skilled in History, in Antiquity, and in Philosophy; and for Theology he became so versed in it, that he was an irrefragable disputant against the errors...which with trouble he saw rising in his colony... But the crown of all was his holy, prayerful, watchful, and fruitful walk with God, wherein he was very exemplary.”

– Cotton Mather


“Talented and indefatigable, passionately devoted to the welfare of New Plimoth, Bradford was unquestionably the greatest of the Pilgrims, [and] one of the greatest figures of seventeenth-century New England – indeed of our whole colonial period.”

– George F. Willison


A
WILLIAM BRADFORD
WEB PAGE

Honoring the Life and Legacy of
William Bradford (1590-1657):

A Passenger on the Mayflower in 1620
Governor and Historian of Plymouth Colony



Dallin’s William Bradford
(courtesy of Pilgrim Hall Museum)



Haywood’s A Prosperous Wind
(courtesy of Marine Art from Mike Haywood)



William Bradford’s 1592 Geneva Bible
(owned by the Pilgrim Hall Museum)



William Bradford’s Birthplace in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England
(nineteenth century exterior and basement views)



Saint Helena’s Church in Austerfield, Where
William Bradford was Baptized on March 19, 1589/90
(nineteenth century)



William Bradford’s Silver Drinking Cup
(jointly owned by the Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Smithsonian Institution)



William Bradford’s Chair
(owned by the Pilgrim Hall Museum)



First Page of William Bradford’s Manuscript History Of Plymouth Plantation
(owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts)



Title Page of William Bradford’s Copy of a Dutch Translation of
John Calvin’s Commentary on All the Epistles of Paul the Apostle

(owned by private collector Brent F. Ashworth)



Title Page of William Bradford’s Copy of A Justification of
Separation from the Church of England
by John Robinson

(later owned by the First Parish Church of Plymouth, Massachusetts)


“...he died, May 9,
1657, in the 69th
year of his age –
lamented by all
the colonies of
New-England, as
a common
blessing and
father to them all.”



William Bradford Statue in
Plymouth, Massachusetts


“So they left that goodly and pleasant city which had been their resting place near twelve years; but they knew they were pilgrims, and looked not much on those things, but lift[ed] up their eyes to the heavens, their dearest country, and quieted their spirits.”

– William Bradford


“May not, and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say, ‘Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness, but they cried unto the Lord, and He heard their voice, and looked on their adversity,’ etc. Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good; and His mercies endure forever.”

– William Bradford


WILLIAM BRADFORD’S WRITINGS:

Transcription of the Mayflower Compact

The Names of Those Which Came Over First, In the Year 1620
(an appendix to Of Plymouth Plantation)

History of the Plimoth Plantation
(Doyle facsimile edition)

History “of Plimoth Plantation”
(Commonwealth of Massachusetts edition)

History of Plymouth Plantation
(Davis edition)

History of the Plymouth Settlement
(Paget edition)

History of the Plymouth Settlement
(audio recording of the Paget edition)

History of Plymouth Plantation, Volume 1
(Massachusetts Historical Society edition)

History of Plymouth Plantation, Volume 2
(Massachusetts Historical Society edition)

First Dialogue
(in Young’s Chronicles of the Pilgrim Fathers)

Third Dialogue

Letter Book

Mourt’s Relation
(coauthored by Bradford)


WILLIAM BRADFORD BIOGRAPHY AND FAMILY HISTORY:

William Bradford of Plymouth
(Albert H. Plumb)

Governor William Bradford and his Son Major William Bradford
(James Shepard)

Descendants of Governor William Bradford
(Ruth Gardiner Hall)

William Bradford
(Dictionary of American Biography)

Occupants in Governor Bradford’s Household

Major William Bradford’s Second Wife:
Was She the Widow of Francis Griswold?


WILLIAM BRADFORD ON VIDEO:

Desperate Crossing:
The Untold Story of the Mayflower

The Pilgrims

Journey into the Unknown:
William Bradford and the Pilgrim Fathers

Writings of William Bradford


ADDITIONAL LINKS:

William Bradford (Wikipedia)

William Bradford (History)

William Bradford (Encyclopædia Britannica)

William Bradford (Encyclopedia)

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The Pilgrim Fathers: Their Church and Colony
(Winnifred Cockshott)

The Pilgrim Fathers of New England and their Puritan Successors
(John Brown)

The Mayflower Pilgrims
(Edmund Janes Carpenter)

The England and Holland of the Pilgrims
(Henry Martyn Dexter & Morton Dexter)


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Pilgrim Hall Museum

Mayflower History

Sail 1620

Plimoth Plantation

Plymouth Colony Archive Project

Pilgrim Fathers

Leiden American Pilgrim Museum

Plymouth Colony Pages


From my years young in days of youth,
God did make known to me his truth.
And called me from my native place
For to enjoy the means of grace.
In wilderness he did me guide,
And in strange lands for me provide.
In fears and wants, through weal and woe,
A pilgrim, passed I to and fro:
Oft left of them whom I did trust;
How vain it is to rest on dust!
A man of sorrows I have been,
And many changes I have seen.
Wars, wants, peace, plenty, have I known;
And some advanced, others thrown down.
The humble poor, cheerful and glad;
Rich, discontent, sower and sad:
When fears and sorrows have been mixt,
Consolations came betwixt.
Faint not, poor soul, in God still trust,
Fear not the things thou suffer must;
For, whom he loves he doth chastise,
And then all tears wipes from their eyes.
Farewell, dear children, whom I love,
Your better Father is above:
When I am gone, he can supply;
To him I leave you when I die.
Fear him in truth, walk in his ways,
And he will bless you all your days.
My days are spent, old age is come,
My strength it fails, my glass near run.
Now I will wait, when work is done,
Until my happy change shall come,
When from my labors I shall rest,
With Christ above for to be blest.

– William Bradford


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Ancestors who Lived in Plymouth Colony (1620-1691)

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