William Bradford was born in 1590 in the small farming community of Austerfield, Yorkshire. His father William died when young Bradford was just one year old. He lived with his grandfather William, until his grandfather died when he was six. His mother Alice then died when he was seven. Orphaned both from parents and grandparents, he and older sister Alice were raised by their uncle Robert Bradford. William was a sickly boy, and by the age of 12 had taken to reading the Bible, and as he began to come of age he became acquainted with the ministry of Richard Clyfton and John Smith, around which the Separatist churches of the region would eventually form about 1606. His family was not supportive of his moves, and by 1607 the Church of England were applying pressure to extinguish these religious sects. Bradford, at the age of 18, joined with the group of Separatists that fled from England in fear of persecution, arriving in Amsterdam in 1608. A year later he migrated with the rest of the church to the town of Leiden, Holland, where they remained for eleven years. Bradford returned to Amsterdam temporarily in 1613, to marry his 16-
By 1620, when a segment of the church had decided to set off for America on the Mayflower, Bradford (now 30 years old) sold off his house in Leiden, and he and his wife Dorothy joined; however, they left young son John behind, presumably so he would not have to endure the hardships of colony-
John Carver was elected governor of Plymouth, and remained governor until his death a year later in April 1621.
Bradford was then elected governor, and was re-
William Bradford was generally sick all winter of 1656-
The above is the information we all know what I would like to find out is how his family became a landed free yeoman in a time when only titled and gentry owned land.
We can find that Robert Bradfourth paid taxes in 1522. He was born in 1435 in Bentley in Doncaster, England, in the county of West Riding of Yorkshire. Henry the VIII was on the throne at the time and in 1525 the New Testament was translated into English by Tynsdale.
After William Bradford came to America we find him in Plymouth, of course, his grandson moved to Monteville CT where his son John was born in Monteville, CT