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Dallin’s William Bradford, courtesy of Pilgrim Hall Museum


HONORING THE LIFE OF WILLIAM BRADFORD (1590-1657)

  • A MAYFLOWER “PILGRIM”
  • GOVERNOR AND HISTORIAN OF PLYMOUTH COLONY
  • A DEVOUT CHRISTIAN


Hello! Thank you for visiting my William Bradford Web Site. The purpose of this site is to offer accurate information about William Bradford, and to provide links to other sites that contain useful data about him and the times in which he lived. Suggestions, corrections, and additional information are always welcome.


CATEGORIES:
William Bradford’s Biography
William Bradford and the “Pilgrim” Story
William Bradford’s Writings
William Bradford’s Faith
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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. -- Cotton Mather

He was a person for study as well as action; and hence, notwithstanding the difficulties through which he had passed in his youth, he attained unto a notable skill in languages... 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, especially those of Anabaptism, 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





Bradford’s birthplace, from Addison’s The Romantic Story of the Pilgrims


-- William Bradford’s Biography --


Governor Bradford’s Cottage at Austerfield


LINKS:

William Bradford (MayflowerHistory.com)
(one of the top two Bradford resources on the Internet)

William Bradford (Pilgrim Hall)
(one of the top two Bradford resources on the Internet)

William Bradford in 17th Century Records (Pilgrim Hall)

William Bradford (1590-1657) (Wikipedia)

William Bradford of Plymouth (Albert Hale Plumb)

William Bradford of Plymouth (Albert Hale Plumb)

Governor William Bradford, and His Son, Major William Bradford (James Shepard)

Governor William Bradford, and His Son, Major William Bradford (James Shepard)

William Bradford, Governor (Virtual American Biographies)

Bradford, William (Infoplease)

William Bradford

Bradford History (Androscoggin County, Maine)

William Bradford: the Pen and the Person (Pilgrim Hall)

William Bradford Family (Thru the Looking Glass)

William Bradford Will (and Inventory) (Thru the Looking Glass)

Descendants of William Bradford

Pedigree of William Bradford, 1589/90-1657

Lineage from Gov. William Bradford

Private Enterprise Regained

William Bradford Created Capitalism

The Economic History of the Puritan Settlement at Plymouth Plantation

Cottage at Austerfield where William Bradford was Born (photograph)

The Manor House, Austerfield

Pilgrim Country Tour: Austerfield

The Font, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Lound (photograph)
(formerly in St. Helena’s Church, Austerfield)

Bradford Chair (Pilgrim Hall)

Silver Wine Cup Belonging to William Bradford (Smithsonian Institute)

William Bradford (Find A Grave)
(photographs of Bradford’s gravestone)

Governor Bradford’s Monument, Burial Hill, Plymouth (photograph)

Virtual Tour of Plymouth, Massachusetts
(includes two photographs of the William Bradford Statue)

William Bradford Statue (photograph)


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


-- William Bradford and the “Pilgrim” Story --


LINKS:

Caleb Johnson’s MayflowerHistory.com

Mayflower and Pilgrim-Related Primary Source Documents (MayflowerHistory.com)

Historical Essays on the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, and early Plymouth (MayflowerHistory.com)

The Mayflower (MayflowerHistory.com)

The Voyage of the Mayflower (MayflowerHistory.com)

Mayflower Genealogy Resources (MayflowerHistory.com)

History of Thanksgiving (MayflowerHistory.com)

The Family in Plymouth Colony (MayflowerHistory.com)

The Pilgrims & Plymouth Colony: 1620

The Pilgrim Story (Pilgrim Hall)

Beyond the Pilgrim Story (Pilgrim Hall)

Discover History (Pennsylvania Mayflower Society)

The Good Ship Mayflower (Pennsylvania Mayflower Society)

The Mayflower at Sea - 1620 (Pennsylvania Mayflower Society)

Pilgrims and Puritans in 17th Century New England (Pennsylvania Mayflower Society)

Pilgrims and Wampanoag: The Prudence of Bradford and Massasoit (Pennsylvania Mayflower Society)

The Pilgrims and Election (Pennsylvania Mayflower Society)

Natural Disasters Hit New Plymouth (Pennsylvania Mayflower Society)

Historical Background (Plimoth Plantation)

Full Text Primary Sources (Plymouth Colony) (MayflowerHistory.com)

The Pilgrim Fathers

Who Were the Pilgrims?

The Pilgrim Fathers’ Story Begins

The Fright of the “Mayflower”

A Brief History of the Pilgrims

The First Thanksgiving [I]

The First Thanksgiving [II]

The First American Thanksgiving

The First Colonists: The Survivors

Pilgrims

The Pilgrim Fathers U.K. Origins Association

Disordered and Unlawful Conventicles
(from The Pilgrims, Leiden, and the Early Years of Plymouth Plantation by Jeremy D. Bangs)

The Pilgrims’ Leiden

The Pilgrims in Holland

The Pilgrims’ History in a Nutshell

The Pilgrims (Pieterskerk Leiden)

Pilgrim Fathers (Leiden)

The Plymouth Colony Archive Project

The Plymouth Colony Archive Project: Topical Articles

Partakers of Our Plenty: The Pilgrim Myth

A New Insight into the Early Settlement of Plymouth Plantation

Passengers on the Mayflower: Ages & Occupations, Origins & Connections

The England and Holland of the Pilgrims

An Historical Memoir of the Colony of New Plymouth (Francis Baylies)

Our Plymouth Forefathers: The Real Founders of Our Republic (Charles Stedman Hanks)

The Pilgrim Republic: An Historical Review of the Colony of New Plymouth (John A. Goodwin)

Plymouth and the Pilgrims: Or, Incidents of Adventure in the History of the First Settlers (Joseph Banvard)

The Romantic Story of the Pilgrims (Albert Christopher Addison)

The Story of the Pilgrims (Morton Dexter)

The Pilgrims in Their Three Homes: England, Holland, America (William Elliot Griffis)

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

The Pilgrim Fathers of New England: A History (Carlos Martyn)

Plymouth and the Pilgrims (Arthur Lord)

History of the Pilgrims and Puritans: Their Ancestry and Descendants (Joseph Dillaway Sawyer)

Chronicles of the Pilgrim Fathers (Alexander Young)

Chronicles of the Pilgrim Fathers (Alexander Young)

John Pory’s Lost Description of Plymouth Colony in the Earliest Days of the Pilgrim Fathers

The Pilgrims (Frederick Alphonso Noble)

The Pilgrim Fathers (W. H. Bartlett)

Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth (William T. Davis)

New-England’s Memorial (Nathaniel Morton)

Pilgrims (Infoplease)

Plymouth Colony (Infoplease)

The Mayflower and Emigration to New England

The Landing of the Pilgrims

The People Called Pilgrims

The Mayflower Pilgrims

Early Settlement of Plymouth Plantation

History of the Mayflower Pilgrims (Mayflower Society)

The American Sense of Puritan

Pilgrims and Puritans: Context and Development

The Pilgrims and Their Struggle for Freedom

Plymouth, MA, Genealogy (USGenWeb)

Thru the Looking Glass: Mayflower and Early Families

Coming to America (dr.who?)

Charter of the Colony of New Plymouth

William Bradford, &c., Surrender of the Patent of Plymouth Colony to the Freemen

The Constitution of Plymouth Colony

The Winter of 1620-‘21 (Stormfax Weather Almanac)

Thanksgiving Day - The True Story

The Plymouth Experiment

A New English Canaan (excerpt)


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Title Page of Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation, courtesy of Pilgrim Hall Museum


-- William Bradford’s Writings --


First Page of Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation (facsimile)

Mayflower Passenger List From Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation (facsimile)


LINKS:

History of the Plimoth Plantation (Doyle facsimile edition)

Bradford’s History “of Plimoth Plantation” (Commonwealth of Massachusetts edition)

Bradford’s History of Plymouth Plantation (Davis edition)

Of Plymouth Plantation (Davis edition)

History of Plymouth Plantation (Massachusetts Historical Society edition)

Bradford’s History of the Plymouth Settlement (Paget edition)

Governor William Bradford’s Letter Book

William Bradford’s Mayflower Passenger List

Governor Bradford’s Accounting of the Mayflower Passengers

Bradford’s 1620 Sketch of Plymouth

Of Plymouth Plantation (excerpts) [1]

Of Plymouth Plantation (excerpts) [2]

Of Plymouth Plantation (excerpts) [3]

Of Plymouth Plantation (historical introduction and excerpts)

Of Plymouth Plantation (chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, and 36)

Of Plymouth Plantation (chapters 9, 10, and 28)

Of Plymouth Plantation (excerpt on “Property”)

Mourt’s Relation Or Journal of the Plantation at Plymouth

The Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth (Mourt’s Relation)

Mourt’s Relation (excerpts)

Letter of William Bradford and Isaac Allerton (MayflowerHistory.com)

William Bradford’s Letter Book

William Bradford’s Letter-book

And Truly It Is a Most Glorious Thing

Poem by William Bradford

Last Will & Testament of William Bradford

Works by William Bradford

Of Plymouth Plantation: the Journal of William Bradford (Pilgrim Hall)

Purloined, Found and Recovered: The History of Bradford’s History (Pennsylvania Mayflower Society)

The Bradford Manuscript

Of Plymouth Plantation

William Bradford (Cambridge History of English and American Literature)

The History of Historical Writing in America: The Historians of the Seventeenth Century

The Seventeenth Century: Echoes of the Renaissance and Reformation
(scroll down to “William Bradford (1590-1657) and Plymouth Plantation”)

Silent Partners: Historical Representation in William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation

William Bradford
(a literary analysis of Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation)

William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation

Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford

William Bradford: Mayflower Compact (C-SPAN American Writers)


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Bradford’s Bible, courtesy of Pilgrim Hall Museum


-- William Bradford’s Faith --


The Seven Articles of the Church of Leyden


LINKS:

The Bradford File

Religious Beliefs of the Pilgrims (MayflowerHistory.com)

A Catechism by the Rev. John Robinson

The Works of John Robinson (Vol. I)

The Works of John Robinson (Vol. II)

The Works of John Robinson (Vol. III)

The Works of John Robinson (Vols. I-III)

Words of John Robinson

Religion (Pilgrim Hall)

Our Pilgrim Heritage (Pennsylvania Mayflower Society)

Conformists - Puritans - Separatists

The Pilgrims and Puritans

The Pilgrim Fathers Neither Puritans Nor Persecutors (Benjamin Scott)

The Pilgrims and the Anglican Church (William Deverell)

The History of the Primitive Yankees, Or, The Pilgrim Fathers in England and Holland (William Macon Coleman)

Reverend John Robinson

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THE GENEVA BIBLE (sometimes called the “Breeches Bible”), with extensive study notes by various Reformed theologians, was the preferred Bible of the “Pilgrims.” William Bradford’s own copy of the Geneva Bible (printed in London in 1592) is on display at the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth.


LINKS:

Four Early Bibles in Pilgrim Hall (Pilgrim Hall)

The 1599 Geneva Study Bible

Geneva Bible (with study notes)

The Geneva Bible

The Geneva Bible 1599

The Geneva Bible: The Forgotten Translation

The Breeches Bible

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SEVERAL THEOLOGICAL BOOKS were listed among William Bradford’s possessions in the inventory of his estate. Included among these were “Mr Perkines workes,” “Luther on the galations,” “Calvins harmony and Calvins Comentary on the actes,” and “Calvin on genises.”


LINKS:

The Order of the Causes of Salvation and Damnation (William Perkins)

A Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (Martin Luther)

Commentary on a Harmony of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Vol. 1 (John Calvin)

Commentary on a Harmony of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Vol. 2 (John Calvin)

Commentary on a Harmony of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Vol. 3 (John Calvin)

Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, Chapters 1-13 (John Calvin)

Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, Chapters 14-28 (John Calvin)

Commentary on Genesis, Chapters 1-23 (John Calvin)

Commentary on Genesis, Chapters 24-50 (John Calvin)

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Hello again! In case you are interested in knowing a bit more about me, I am a Lutheran minister with a deep interest in theology, colonial American religious history, and genealogy. I have served as a parish Pastor in Missouri and Massachusetts, and as the Rector of a theological seminary in Ukraine, in eastern Europe. I am currently the Pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. I descend from William Bradford through one line, and my wife Carol descends from William Bradford through two lines. Our three children are therefore triple Bradford descendants. We also descend from several other Plymouth Colony families.


Descent from William Bradford

Mayflower Ancestry of David Jay Webber and of Carol Ruth (Wimble) Webber

Ancestors of David Jay Webber in Plymouth Colony

Ancestors of Carol Ruth Wimble (Webber) in Plymouth Colony

Descent from John Robinson
(Pastor of the English Church in Leiden, Holland)

Mayflower Ancestors: Links

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


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Saint Helena’s Church, Austerfield, Yorkshire, England


...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. -- William Bradford



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