Sep. 23, 1653 Plymouth Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA
Mar., 1747 Kingston Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA
GRANDDAUGHTER OF RICHARD WARREN OF THE MAYFLOWER
A BIOGRAPHY OF MERCY WARREN BRADFORD, by Laurence Overmire (8th great grandson), Aug. 2008:
Mercy Warren was born Sept. 23, 1653, in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, the eldest of six children of Joseph and Priscilla (Faunce) Warren, and the granddaughter of Richard Warren of the Mayflower. John and Mercy shared common ancestors in Alexander Carpenter and Priscilla Dillon, who were the father and mother-in-law of Gov. William Bradford.
Mercy married Maj. John Bradford on Jan. 6, 1673/74 in Plymouth. He was the son of Maj. William Bradford and his wife Alice Richards, and the grandson of Gov. William Bradford of the Mayflower.
Mercy would give birth to seven children in the ensuing years: John (1675-1724), Alice (1677-1746), Abigail (1679-1697), Mercy (1681-1738), Samuel (1683-1740), Priscilla (1686-1732), and William (1688-1728).
Mercy and John became members of the Plymouth church in 1690. Her husband was prominent in civic affairs. He was not only a military leader, but served as representative to the First General Court at Boston and helped to incorporate Plymouth as a separate town.
Their home in Kingston, built in 1675, is still standing and open to the public today. According to tradition, the Indians attempted to burn the house during King Philip's War. John Bradford discovered the fire. He spied an Indian on Abrams Hill waving a blanket and shouting to his fellows, and shot him. But on approach, he could not find the body. After the war, the Indian met Bradford and showed him the scars of his wound.
Mercy Bradford died in March 1747, at the age of about 94, and was laid to rest in the Old Burying Bround at First Church in Kingston.