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The Bradlee Genesis Part II


Colonial Boston, Massachusetts

Dolphin owned many manors, some of which he had to forfeit, however he kept the manor of Bradelay, which is most likely where the name comes from. There is a Bradley Manor house located in Newton Abbott, Devon, England that was built in the medieval times; one of the owners was Richardand Joan Yarde who owned it from 1402. (Photo). This is most likely not the same manor house that Dolfin lived in in the 1000s. Dolphin was in England during the Norman Conquest in 1066, England’s most important date. His father Gospatrick had two sons and one daughter: Gospatrick II, Earl of Lothain being the eldest, then Waltheof and his daughter Ethelreda (?-?) became Queen of Alba, what was Scotland before Scotland by marrying Donnchad mac Mael Coluim aka Dunan II, King of Scotland (c.1060 - 12 Nov 1094). The lineage of the Bradleelian line goes back to Mil Espania will be shown at the very bottom.


There were six Bradley who held the office of constable, which was rather a respectable occupation back then. The first was William de Brodelegh II who was born in 1240 in Halifax, West Riding, Yorkshire, England and Constable of Ovenden. William’s son Henry de Brodelegh who was born in 1280 in Halifax, West and died in Halifax, England. His son John de Bradeleay was born in 1320 also in Halifax and was Constable of Ovenden and died on 3 Jul 1356. His son was also Henry born in 1345 in Halifax, and died on 29 Sep 1402 in England and was Constable of Halifax. His son was Sir John de Brodelegh who was the only knight in my paternal lineage and born about 130 in Halifax and died on 3 Jul 1456 and the only Constable of Ipperholm and Ovenden. His son was William de Brodelegh who was both born and died in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England but born in 1420 and died on 17 Aug 1481 and Constable of Halifax. His son was Thomas Brodelegh was the last constable in the family and was born about 1450 in Halfax, England and died in Yorkshire, England and was Constable of Halifax.


Our family spells the Bradley name Bradlee with two “ee’s” when they changed the spelling of the family name during the American Revolutionary War and I will get to that later. The first Bradley to come to America was John Bradley who was born on 28 Jul 1578 in Kildwick, Yorkshire, England to William Bradley (1545-1600) and a woman named Agnes Margates (1573-1 Feb 1603, who was born in Reeden, Northamptonshire, England and died in Bradford, West Riding, Yorkshire, England. John married to Katherine Bexwicke who was born in 1574 in Manchester, Lancashire, England and died on 21 Sep 1643 in Louth, Lincolnshire, England so you can see that she did not immigrate to The New World with her husband who died on 1 Jun 1642 in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. John and Katherine had a son also named John who was born on 15 Jun 1614 in Aston-upon-Lyne, Lancashire, England and on 1 Jun 1642 in Dorchester, Massachusetts; the same year and place his father died.


John and Katherine’s son John married two times; first on 14 Apr 1628 in Prestbury, Cheshire, England to Jane Fairfax who was born in 1578 in Ausby, Lincolnshire, England and died on 21 Sep 1643 in Louth, Lincolnshire, England. John’s second wife whom he married on 9 Feb 1629 in St. Michael, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England was Katherine Bostocke. She was born on 14 Nov 1610 in London, England to James Bostocke (born about 1553 in Manchester, Lancashire, England and died on 5 May 1586, buried at the Cathedral of Manchester in Lancashire, England; and Elizabeth Piercrofte who was born about 1557 in Manchester, Lancashire, England and died on 23 NOv 1587, buried at the same place) and died on 21 Apr 1663 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. John and Katherince Bosttock had two children: Nathan Bradley and Salathiel Bradley, the first born being Nathan. He was the first born Bradlee in America was in 1631 in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony and died on 26 Jul 1701 at 70 years old in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He is buried in Dorchester North Burying Ground in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was owner of 2 acres of the Great Lotts. His occupation was to ring the bell of the meeting house and to clean the meeting house in Dorchester. In 1680 he was also the Town Sexton of Dorchester and carried water for baptism which he was paid 4 pounds annually. He married on 17 Jul 1666 in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony to Mary Evans. She was born on 19 Nov 1640 in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony to Richard Evans (1613-1662) and Mary Morgan (1610-c.1673) and died on 24 Aug 1711 in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. She is buried in Dorchester North Burying Ground in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA.


Nathan’s sons was also Nathan who was born on 12 Mar 1674 in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, died on 13 Dec 1750 in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony and is buried in Dorchester North Burying Ground, Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA. Nathan never went to the sea that we know of, however he was a merchant of Boston and helped build a wharf on Wales Creek in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was married firstly by Rev. Danforth on 2 Jan 1695 in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony to Ruth Hawes. She was born on 22 Sep 1670 in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony to Eleazer Clapp Haws (1645-1676) and Ruth Haynes (1646-1672) and died on 25 Mar 1701 in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He married secondly on 3 Mar 1701 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony to Lydia Harden. She was born on 22 Dec 1684 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony and died on 28 Mar 1752 in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony.


The first person to hold office in this country of any type was Samuel Bradley who was the one who changed his last name to Bradlee with “ee’s.” Samuel was born on 5 Oct 1707 in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony and died on 7 Jul 1768 in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He is buried in Dorchester Burying Ground in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA. By trade he was a weaver, but he was also a fisherman and in 1753 he was elected Constable of Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1754 he ran for the office of Constable which he won. However during the race his last name was confused with other Bradley’s in the Boston area so he changed it by dropping the “y” and adding another “e.” This was fine for a while, however when the American Revolution came, there was a royal warrant to shoot any Bradlee on sight. This is because the spelling with two “ee’s” is too American. However, the family of Boston never changed it back. Samuel married on 11 Feb 1730 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony to Mary Andrus. She was born in 1700 and died on 20 May 1796. They had twelve children all together, however only four of them made names for themselves. The first is Sarah.


Sarah Bradlee was born on 24 Dec 1740 in Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony and died on 9 Nov 1835 in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. She died at 95 years old. She is buried in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. She is said to have often visit her brother Nathaniel’s house in Boston; and on the night of 16 Dec 1773 of the Boston Tea Party, her husband, and four of her brothers, David Bradlee (1742-1811), Thomas Bradlee (1744-1805), Nathaniel Bradlee (1746-1813), and Josiah Bradlee I (1754-1798) all met and Nathaniel’s house.

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