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Alice Bradford (Richards)

Birthplace: Pitminster, Somerset, England (United Kingdom)
Death: December 12, 1671
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, British Colonial America
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Richards, II and Welthian Richards
Wife of Maj. William Bradford, Jr., Dep. Gov. of Plymouth Colony
Mother of Maj. John Bradford; William Bradford, III; Lt. Thomas Bradford; Alice Fitch; Mercy Steele and 5 others
Sister of Mary Hinkley; John Richards; Ann Hunt; Hannah Richards; Lt. James Richards and 3 others

Occupation: Keeping House
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About Alice Bradford

Children of Thomas Richards and Welthian (Loring) Richards include

4. Alice, bp. Pitminster, 7 April 1629 (d. Plymouth 12 Dec 1671, aged 44 [8]; m. by 1650 (1) William Bradford, Dep. Gov. of Plymouth, son of William Bradford. d. Dec. 12, 1671.

Alice Richards

  • Parents: Thomas Richards, Wealthean Loring
  • Immigration: arrived 1633 Dorchester, Middlesex Co., MA
  • Marriage: Apr 23 1650 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Husband: Major William Bradford, Jr
  • Death: Dec 12 1671 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Alice and William had 10 children:

  1. John Bradford; b. Feb. 20, 1652, Plymouth MA; d. Dec. 8, 1736, Kingston MA. m. Mercy Warren (1653-1747), daughter of Joseph Warren and Priscilla Faunce. John and Mercy had 7 children.
  2. William Bradford; b. Mar. 11, 1654, Plymouth, MA; d. July 6, 1687. m. Rebecca Bartlett (bef.1664-1741), of Duxbury MA, and had 3 children.
  3. Thomas Bradford* (1657-1731) m1. Ann Smith Raymond* (1664-1705) m2. Priscilla Mason
  4. Alice Bradford; b. 1659, Plymouth; d. Mar 15, 1745/6 Canterbury CT. m1. Rev. William Adams (1650-1685), son of Rev. William Adams, and had 4 children. He had been married previously to Mary Manning of Cambridge MA, and had 3 children by her. m2. Maj. James Fitch (1649-1727), son of Rev. James Fitch and Abigail Whitfield. Alice and Rev. William had 7 children. He had been previously married to Elizabeth Mason (d. 1684) and had 3 children by her.
  5. Mercy Bradford; bap. Sep. 2, 1660, Boston, Suffolk Co. MA; d. bef. Apr 5, 1720, Hartford, Hartford Co. CT. m. Samuel Steele (1652-1710), on Sep. 16, 1680. Samuel is the son of John Steele and Mary Warner. He was from Hartford CT. Mercy and Samuel had 8 children. By following the line of descendancy: from Mercy Bradford (1660-1720) and Samuel Steele (1652-1710), to their youngest son, Eliphalet Steele (1700-1773), who married Catherine Marshfield (1701/2-1788), and had a daughter Mercy Steele (1727-1794) who married Capt. Noah Webster (1722-1813), one arrives at their son, the 4th of 5 children: Noah Webster, Jr. (1758-1843) the reknown Lexicographer.
  6. Hannah Bradford; b. May 9, 1662, Plymouth; d. May 28, 1758, Windham, CT m. Joshua Ripley (1658-1739), on Nov. 28, 1682. He was born in Hingham MA, the son of John Ripley and Elizabeth Hobart. Hannah and Joshua had 12 children, including 2 sets of twins.
  7. Meletiah Bradford; b. Nov 1, 1664, Plymouth; d. aft. Apr 24, 1739. m1. John Steele (1660-1696/7) of Norwich CT, son of James Steele and Bethia Bishop. Meletiah and John had 3 children. m2. Ensign Samuel Stevens (d. 1712) of Killingworth CT, son of William Stevens and Mary Meiggs. Meletiah and Samuel had 2 children.
  8. Samuel Bradford; b. 1668, Plymouth MA; d. Apr. 11, 1714, Duxbury MA. m. Hannah Rogers, b. Nov. 16, 1668, Duxbury MA, daughter of John Rogers and Elizabeth Pabodie. Samuel and Hannah had 7 children.
  9. Mary Bradford; b. 1669, Plymouth MA; d. Oct. 10, 1720, Chilmark, Dukes Co. MA. m. William Hunt; b. c1655, of Weymouth MA, son of Ephrain Hunt and Ebbet Brimsmead. Mary and William had 2 children. After Mary's death, William Hunt remarried to his sister-in-law, Sarah (Bradford) Baker, widow of Kenelm Baker (see below).
  10. Sarah Bradford; b. 1671, Plymouth; d. 1712, Marshfield. m1. Kenelm Baker; b. 1657, of Marshfield MA, son of Samuel Baker and Eleanor Winslow. Sarah and Kenelm had 10 children. m2. William Hunt, widower of Mary Bradford (1669-1720).

E.A. RICHARDS provides the following:

"Alice Richards, the daughter of Thomas Richards of Dorchester, and the niece of Thomas Richards of Hartford ([his] 8GGF), married William BRADFORD, the son of Governor William BRADFORD of Plymouth Colony, who also was deputy governor of the Colony and chief of the Colony Forces in the Narragansett Battle, and was one of the council of Sir Edmund Andros. They had: (1) John BRADFORD, who m. 2/5/1674 Mercy Warren; (2) William BRADFORD jr. who m. Rebecca Bartlett; (3) Thomas BRADFORD, ancestor of Rev. Ebenezer BRADFORD; (4) Alice BRADFORD, who m. 3/27/1620 Rev. Wm. Adams of Dedham; (5) Hannah BRADFORD who m.11/28/1682 Joshua Ripley of Hingham and removed to Norwich, now known as Windham, Ct; (6) Mercy BRADFORD, who married a Mr. Steel of Hartford; (7) Samuel BRADFORD, who m. Hannah Rogers; (8) Melatiah BRADFORD, who m. John Steel of Norwich, Ct; (9) Mary BRADFORD, who m. William Hunt of Weymouth; (10) Sarah BRADFORD, who m. Kenelm Baker of Duxbury."

(f/g) Alice Richards Bradford Birth: 1627, England Death: Dec. 12, 1671 Plymouth Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA


IMMIGRANT, 1635 "Hopewell"

A BIOGRAPHY OF ALICE RICHARDS BRADFORD, by Laurence Overmire (9th great grandson), June 2016:

Alice Richards was baptised Apr. 7, 1629 in Pitminster, Somerset, England, the daughter of Thomas and Wealthean (Loring) Richards. She immigrated with her parents on the ship "Hopewell" in 1635.

Alice married William Bradford, Jr., the son of Gov. William Bradford of the Mayflower, on Jan. 28, 1649/50 in Plymouth.

Alice gave birth to ten children: John, William, Thomas, Alice, Mercy, Hannah, Melatiah, Samuel, Mary and Sarah.

Maj. William Bradford succeeded Myles Standish as the chief military man in the colony. He was the commander of the Plymouth forces in King Philip's War. He was wounded in battle at Narragansett Fort and carried the musket ball in his flesh the rest of his life. He also served as Assistant Treasurer and Deputy Governor of Plymouth, residing in what is now Kingston on the south side of Jones River in the same house his father lived in from 1627-47.

Alice died on Dec. 12, 1671, at the age of about 44, and was buried in Plymouth.

WARNING: Various birth dates are shown for Alice in various sources. It is not clear which might be the truth. William Richard Cutter's New England Families, e.g., claims she was born Jun 17, 1624. Mayflower Birth and Deaths shows 1627. Others show her b. 6 Jun 1627, still others 16 Jun 1627. NEHGR shows she was b. abt. 1627.

Family links:

 Thomas R. Richards (1596 - 1650)
 Welthian Richards (1600 - 1679) 
 William Bradford (1624 - 1703)* 
 John Bradford (1653 - 1736)*
 William Bradford (1654 - 1687)*
 Thomas Bradford (1658 - 1731)*
 Mercy Bradford Steele (1660 - 1720)*
 Alice Bradford Fitch (1661 - 1744)*
 Hannah Bradford Ripley (1662 - 1738)*
 Melatiah Bradford Steele (1664 - 1739)*
 Samuel Bradford (1667 - 1714)*
 Sarah Bradford Baker (1671 - 1705)* 
 Anna Richards*
 Samuel Richards (1619 - ____)*
 Mary Richards Hinckley (1620 - 1659)*
 Thomas Richards (1621 - 1650)*
 Joseph Richards (1621 - ____)*
 John Richards (1625 - 1694)*
 John Richards (1625 - 1694)*
 Anna Richards Hunt (1626 - ____)*
 Alice Richards Bradford (1627 - 1671)
 Hannah Richards (1630 - 1651)*
 Robert Richards (1631 - ____)*
 Mary Richards (1632 - 1659)*
 James Richards (1632 - 1680)*
 Samuel Richards (1633 - ____)*
 Joseph Richards (1635 - 1651)*

Burial: Unknown Specifically: She was buried in Plymouth, MA, exact location unknown. Created by: Laurence Overmire Record added: Aug 29, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 29398378 -tcd



She immigrated with her parents on the ship "Mary and John" about 1630.

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Alice Bradford's Timeline

April 7, 1629
Pitminster, Somerset, England (United Kingdom)
April 7, 1629
Pitminster, Somerset, England
April 7, 1629
April 7, 1629
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
April 7, 1629
April 7, 1629
February 20, 1653
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, Colonial America
March 11, 1655
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, Colonial America
January 1, 1657
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, Colonial America