My Ancestors (49 and 50) – Joseph Bradford and Jael (Hobart) Bradford

Last June I read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them. 

Governor William Bradford; (2) Joseph Bradford; (3)Elisha Bradford; (4)Laurana Bradford; (5) Hannah McFarland; (6) Jennings Rider; (8)Dickerman Allen Rider; (9) Dickamon Allen Rider; (10) Marian Edith Rider; (11) Marian Dunlap Irwin; (12)Judith Anne Guion

Two weeks ago, as I was going through the Lewis, Rider, Irwin folder where I started collecting information on these families in 1975, I came across a piece of paper that I had either forgotten about or did not notice.  It was sent to me by my mother’s sister, Margaret (Irwin) Mitchell Sedberry.  Her note at the bottom says, “This is from Virginia Rider, and she wrote, “You are now Mayflower descendants.”

I had known that my three daughters were Mayflower descendants through their father but never knew of my connection.  Needless to say I went exploring on the Internet.  For the next few Sundays I will be following this line from Governor William Bradford to Dickermon (various records have different spellings for this name) Allen Rider (1832 – 1904), whose descendants I have covered on previous Sundays.

(1) Joseph Bradford; (2) Elisha Bradford; (3)Laurana (Bradford) McFarland; (4) Hannah (McFarland) Rider; (5) Jennings Rider;  (6) Dickeman Allen Rider; (7) Dickamon Allen Rider, (8) Homer Marchant Rider; (9) Marian Edith  (Rider) Irwin; (10) Mairian Dunlop (Irwin) Guion; (101 Judith Anne Guion

Joseph Bradford was the youngest son of Governor William Bradford, born in Plymouth colony in 1630.  He died July 10, 1715, also in Plymouth County.  His oldest sibling was John Bradford (1615-1678), the son of William Bradford and his first wife Dorothy (May, who accidentally fell overboard from the Mayflower and was drowned in 1620.  He had 2 other older siblings, William Bradford (1624-1704) and Mercy Bradford (1630-1648).

On May 25, 1664, Joseph Bradford married Jael Hobart at Hingham, Massachusetts.  They lived about one mile from the mouth of the Jones’ River, at a place called “Flat House Dock”, probably because his house had a flat top.

Joseph and Jael Bradford produced three sons, Joseph Bradford (1665-1712), Elisha Bradford (1669-1747) and Peter Bradford (1676-1712).  I am descended from Elisha Bradford.

Joseph Bradford died July 10, 1715, at the age of 85.

Next Sunday you will read what I was able to discover about Elisha Bradford and his wife, Hannah Cole.

Tomorrow, I will begin posting a week of letters written in 1944. All five of Grandpa’s sons are away from home helping Uncle Sam win the War. 

Judy Guion


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