Nathan Bradley

Nathan Bradley

Bingley, Metropolitan Borough of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Death 10 Nov 1713 (aged 74)
Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Madison, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 18822557 · View Source
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"Mr. Nathan Bradley was one of the first settlers of this town, he built his house about two and a half miles eastward of Madison Church and near the Killingworth line. He was but a lad when he came from England he intended to land at New Haven but was obliged to land at Saybrook and come across the wilderness to New Haven then being in settlement at that time.

Mr. Bradley was quite a hunter and was the first white person to discover the source of the Hammonassett River which originates in a pond still called 'Nathan's Pond'. Mr. Bradley lived to an advanced age and he killed several hundred bears while residing in this town. Mr. Bradley in his old age went out to see a friend who lived about a mile northerly from the present meetinghouse in Madison.

On his way he met a bear and her cubs. He endeavored to ride around her but as he moved, the bear moved, and when he stopped, she stopped and sitting on her haunches presented an undaunted front and determined to oppose his further passage. Mr. Bradley in his old age being somewhat childish, was obliged to turn back, shed tears that he had killed so many bears should be obliged to turn back on one of them."

From the "Connecticut Historical Collections" by John Warner Barber published in 1836 and now out of print.

Adjoining the Murray gravestones in the Old Hammonassett Cemetery is a curious marker, which is apparently that of Nathan Bradley. This marker consists of rough natural stone, on which is crudely cut or chiseled "75- N.IL-17 13" in three lines parallel. The New England Genealogical ~ Historical Register, Vol 57 states that Nathan Bradley was born in 1638 and died in 1713 and the letters N.B. for his name.

He married Esther (Hester) Griswold, daughter of Michael Griswold and Ann Adams Griswold of Wethersfield CT, in 1668. They had eight children.

He married second Hannah Munson August 21, 1694. She was the widow of Joseph Tuttle, and daughter of Thomas Munson and Johannah ( ) Munson.

His third marriage was to Rachel Holton Strong May 16, 1698. She was the widow of Thomas Strong.

Children (by first marriage): Anna Bradley Murray, Mary Bradley Mix, Abigail Bradley, Esther Bradley, Esther Bradley, Daniel Bradley, Nathan Bradley Jr, Noah Bradley, and Patience Bradley Crittenden.

Nathan Broadley, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
Name: Nathan Broadley
Gender: Male
Christening Date: 18 Nov 1638
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Father's Name: Daniell Broadley
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: P00737-1
System Origin: England-ODM
GS Film number: 844552
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