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Thomas BRADBURY

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  • Name Thomas BRADBURY 
    Born Bef 28 Feb 1611  Wicken Bonant [now Wicken Bonhunt], Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 28 Feb 1611  Wicken Bonant [now Wicken Bonhunt], Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN GMW2-72 
    Died 16 Mar 1695  Salisbury, Essex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • (1) Lapham, William Berry, Bradbury Memorial, Portland, OR: Brown Thurston & Co., 1890, pp. 59-63, 67-68:

      THOMAS BRADBURY, . . . second son of Wymond and Elizabeth (Gill nee Whitgift) Bradbury, was baptized at Wicken-Bonant, Essex County, England, on the last day of February, 1610-11, as appears by the parish register. Early in 1634 he appeared at Agamenticus, now York, Me., as the agent or steward of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, the proprietor of the Province of Maine. He was one of the original proprietors of the ancient town of Salisbury, Mass., one of the earliest settlers there, and was one of the foremost citizens there for a period of more than half a century. He was made a freeman in 1640, held at various times the offices of schoolmaster of the town, town clerk, justice of the peace, deputy to the general court, county recorder, associate judge and captain of the military company, and always filled these important positions with credit to himself and satisfaction to the public. For a recording officer he was peculiarly fitted by his tastes and acquirements. He wrote an easy, graceful and legible hand, and had a clear and concise style of expression. His chirography may still be seen in numerous official documents on file in the archives of Essex County, Mass., and also at Exeter, N. H. In 1636, Mr. Bradbury became a grantee of Salisbury, and that year married Mary, daughter of John and Judith Perkins, of Ipswich. In the days of the witchcraft delusion, she was tried as a witch and convicted, but escaped punishment. Mr. Bradbury died March 16, 1695, and his widow died Dec. 20, 1700.

      THOMAS BRADBURY'S WILL.

      In the name of God, amen. The fourteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and ninety-four. I Thomas Bradbury of the town of Salisbury in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, aged, weak in body, but of good and perfect memory, thanks be to God Almighty for the same, do make, ordain, constitute and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following: revoking and annulling by these presents, all and every testament or testaments, will or wills heretofore by me made and declared either by word or by writing, and this to be taken only for my last will and testament and none other: And being penitent for my sins, I give and commit my soul unto Almighty God my Saviour and my redeemer in whom by the merits of Jesus Christ I trust and believe it assuredly to be saved; and my body to be buried in such place where it shall please my executors to appoint: And for the settling of my temporal estate, such goods, chattels and debts as it hath pleased God far above my deserts to bestow upon me, I do order, give and dispose the same in manner and form following, that is to say: first, I will that all those debts and duties that I owe in right and conscience to any manner of person or persons in favor, shall be well and truly contented and paid or ordained to be paid within convenient time after my decease. So by my executor or executrixes hereafter named, Item. I give and bequeath unto my grandchildren, Thomas Bradbury and Jacob Bradbury, all my housing and lands which I have now situate, lying and being within the bounds of Salisbury aforenamed and which arable lands and meadow marsh, pasture and swamp lands, or of what sort soever they be, with all rights privileges and commonages thereunto belonging, or any ways appertaining; unto them my said grandchildren and the heirs of their body lawfully begotten; the given and bequeathed and demised to be equally divided between my said grandchildren Thomas and Jacob, and not to be disposed by selling, letting or any other ways improved, but each to other, and my said grandchildren shall pay unto their Aunt True fourteen pounds, each of them in good pay within one year after they come to the age of one and twenty years. As also my said grandchildren shall acquit and discharge their brother, William Bradbury from all orders of court concerning the division of their father's estate; also my will is that my said grandchildren Thomas and Jacob shall pay unto their grandmother, twenty bushels of corn yearly, such as she shall have need of during her natural life and to find her sufficient wood, winter and summer cut and fit; as also winter and summer meat for two cows, all during her natural life or widowhood: and my will is that my wife what part of my house she thinks meet to require unto the half of it, shall have during her widowhood or natural life, unto her own particular use if she thinks good to require the same. Item. I give and bequeath unto my grandchild Thomas Bradbury all my implements of husbandry and also my young colt. Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Stanyan twenty shillings she having had her portion upon her marriage. Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Jane True ten pounds to be made in good pay within one year after my decease. Item. I give to my grandchild Elizabeth Buss five pounds in good pay. Also my will is that five pounds be delivered to the selectmen in good pay, then in being of said town of Salisbury by them to be disposed to such of the poor as they judge to have most need of it. And lastly, I do ordain and appoint my dearly and well beloved wife, Mary Bradbury and my dearly and well beloved daughter Judith Moody my executors or executrixes to this my last will and testament.

      In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above named.

      Tho: Bradbury [Seal]

      Signed sealed and declared to be the last will and testament of Mr. Thomas Bradbury in ye presence of

      WILLIAM BUSWELL,
      ISAAC BUSWELL,
      WILLIAM BUSWELL, Jn.

      Mr. Bradbury was appointed first clerk of the writs in Salisbury in 1641. In 1651, he was chosen a deputy to the General Court, and again successively in 1652, 1656, 1657, 1660, 1661 and 1666. In 1654, 1656 and 1658, and 1659, he was appointed on various committees to settle differences concerning lands, to fix boundaries and locate grants. As agent for Gorges, he executed some of the earliest deeds recorded in the York County records. An indenture made the 5th day of May, 1636, reads as follows: "Thomas Bradbury, Gent., now agent of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, Knight, confirmed unto Edward Johnson for the proper use of John Treworgy of Dartmouth, merchant, the use of five hundred acres of land, conditioned to pay annually one hundred of merchantable cod dried and well conditioned, as an acknowledgement of the royalty of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, Knight, to Sir Ferdinando Gorges or his assigns, at or upon the Feast of Saint Michaels, the Arch High Angel." This sufficiently establishes the fact that Mr. Bradbury was the recognized agent of the proprietor of the Province of Maine, granted together with New Hampshire, by royal patent in 1622, to Gorges and Mason, and taken as his portion by Gorges, in 1629. . . .

      The children of Thomas and Mary Bradbury, all except the eldest born in Salisbury, were as follows:- . . .

      i. Wymond; b. Apr. 1, 1637, m. May 7, 1661, Sarah Pike. . . .

      ii. Judith; b. October 2, 1638, m. Oct. 9, 1665, Caleb Moody of Newbury. . . .

      iii. Thomas; b. Jan. 28, 1641 ; he was living in 1662, but probably died unmarried. . . .

      iv. Mary; b. March 17, 1643, m. Dec. 17, 1663, John Stanyan of Hampton, N. H. . . .

      v. Jane; b. May 11, 1645, m. March 15, 1668, Henry True. . . .

      vi. Jacob; b. June 17, 1647, d. at Barbadoes, unmarried. . . .

      vii. William; b. Sept. 15, 1649, m. March 12, 1672, Rebecca Maverick nee Wheelwright. . . .

      viii. Elisabeth, b. Nov. 7, 1651, m. May 12, 1673, John Buss of Durham, N. H. . . .

      ix. John, b. April 20, 1654, d. unmarried, Nov. 24, 1678. . . .

      x. Anne, b. April 16, 1656, d. 1659.

      xi. Jabez, b. June 27, 1658, d. April 28, 1677.
    Person ID I15665  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 

    Father Wymond BRADBURY,   b. Bef 16 May 1574, Newport Pond, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 20 Nov 1650, Whitechapel, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 76 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth WHITGIFT,   b. Mar 1574,   d. 26 Jun 1612, Croydon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Aft 1605 
    Family ID F7037  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary PERKINS,   b. Bef 3 Sep 1615, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1700, Salisbury, Essex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 85 years) 
    Married Bef 1 Apr 1637 
    Children 
     1. William BRADBURY,   b. 15 Sep 1649, Salisbury, Essex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1678, Salisbury, Essex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)  [natural]
     2. Wymond BRADBURY,   b. 1 Apr 1637,   d. 7 Apr 1669, Nevis, West Indies Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 14:55:00 
    Family ID F7040  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart