WILLIAM BRADFORD (MAJOR) (1624 - 1703/1704)
PEQUOT WAR 1637
1652 (about 23 April): MARRIAGE OF WILLIAM AND ALICE RICHARDS
About 23 April 1652 WILLIAM (age 28) married Alice Richards in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. WILLIAM and Alice had at least ten children:
1657: FATHERíS DEATH
On 9 May 1657 WILLIAMís father (Governor William Bradford) died and WILLIAM inherited a large estate.
1657: COUNCIL OF WAR
In 1657 WILLIAM was a member of the Council of War.
1671: DEATH OF ALICE
On 12 December 1671 WILLIAMís wife (Alice) died.
1673 (about): MARRIAGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY (WISWALL) FITCH
About 1673 WILLIAM (age 49) married Mary (Wiswall) Fitch. WILLIAM and Mary had at least one child:
KING PHILIPíS WAR 1675-1676
1675: GREAT SWAMP FIGHT
In 1675 WILLIAM in the Great Swamp Fight at Narragansett Fort he was severely wounded by a musket ball which he carried for the rest of his life. In that desperate mid-winter encounter where both parties fought for their existence, nearly 1,000 Indians fell a sacrifice, and about 150 of the English were killed or wounded.
1677 (before): DEATH OF MARY
Before 1677 Mary (Wiswall) Fitch died.
1677 (before): MARRIAGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY (HOLMES) WOOD
Before 1677 WILLIAM (age 53) married Mary (Holmes) Wood. WILLIAM and Mary had at least four children:
1682 - 1686: DEPUTY GOVERNOR
In 1682 - 1686 WILLIAM was Deputy Governor of Plymouth, Massachusetts.
1687: GOVERNOR ANDROS COUNCIL
In 1687 WILLIAM was one of Governor Andros council.
DIVORCE OF WILLIAM AND MARY
WILLIAMís marriage to Mary ended in divorce.
KING WILLIAMíS WAR 1689-1697
FRENCH INDIAN WARS 1689-1763
1689 Ė 1763: MAJOR IN THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WARS
WILLIAM held the rank of Major in the French Indian Wars. Next to Miles Standish WILLIAM was the chief military man in the colony.
1689 Ė 1691 (between): AGAIN DEPUTY GOVERNOR
Between 1689 - 1691 WILLIAM was again Deputy Governor of Plymouth, Massachusetts.
1692: COUNCILOR OF THE PROVINCE
In 1692 WILLIAM was Councilor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay Charter.
1703/1704: DEATH OF WILLIAM
On 20 February 1703/1704 WILLIAM (age 79/80) died in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
Notes On William Bradford
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