Alice (Carpenter) Bradford 1590–1670: Plymouth Colony

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Alice Carpenter (Southworth) Bradford

1590–1670

 my 10th great-grandmother

Constant SOUTHWORTH (1615 – 1679)
son of Alice CARPENTER
 
Alice SOUTHWORTH (1647 – 1719)
daughter of Constant SOUTHWORTH
 
Charles CHURCH (1682 – 1746)
son of Alice SOUTHWORTH
 
Constant CHURCH (1708 – 1740)
son of Charles CHURCH
 
Mary Reynolds CHURCH (1741 – 1781)
daughter of Constant CHURCH
 
Alfred BOSWORTH (1773 – 1861)
son of Mary Reynolds CHURCH
 
Benjamin Franklin BOSWORTH M.D. (1801 – 1843)
son of Alfred BOSWORTH
 
Franklin Smith BOSWORTH (1832 – 1919)
son of Benjamin Franklin BOSWORTH M.D.
 
Frank Hunt BOSWORTH (1870 – 1919)
son of Franklin Smith BOSWORTH
 
Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S. (1905 – 1990)
son of Frank Hunt BOSWORTH
 
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S.
 
Me
the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II

Alice Carpenter was born on August 3, 1590, in Wrington, Somerset, England, the child of Alexander and Priscilla. She married Edward Southworth and they had two children together. She then married Governor William Bradford on August 14, 1623, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. She died on March 26, 1670, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, having lived a long life of 79 years.

William Bradford and Alice (Carpenter) Southworth: Gov. William Bradford, the son of William Bradford and Alice Hanson, was born in about 1590 and was baptized on Thursday, 19 March 1590 o.s. in St. Helen’s chapel, Austerfield, Yorkshire. He immigrated in 1620 to Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. He died at the age of about 67 on Tuesday, 19 May 1657 o.s. in Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. William Bradford (aged about 33) married Alice (Carpenter) Southworth (aged about 33) on Thursday, 14 August 1623 o.s. in Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. Alice (Carpenter) Southworth, the daughter of Alexander Carpenter, was born in about 1590 and was baptized on Monday, 3 August 1590 o.s. in Wrington [Wrentham], Somerset. She immigrated in July 1623 to Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. She died at the age of about 80 on Saturday, 26 March 1670 o.s. in Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. She was buried on Tuesday, 29 March 1670 o.s. in Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. Their children were: Maj. William Bradford, born on Thursday, 17 June 1624 o.s. in Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony, died on Sunday, 20 February 1704 o.s., buried in Burial Hill cemetery in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He married Mary (Atwood) Holmes in 1677 in Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. Mercy Bradford, born before 1627. She married Benjamin Vermayes on Thursday, 21 December 1648 o.s. in Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony. Joseph Bradford, born in 1630, died on Sunday, 10 July 1715 o.s. in Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, buried in Burial Hill cemetery in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He married Jael Hobart on Wednesday, 25 May 1664 o.s. in Hingham, New Plymouth Colony. Research Notes: William Bradford came over on the Mayflower. Torrey lists William Bradford (1590 (1588?) – 1657) m. Dorothy May, 9 Dec 1613, Amsterdam, Holland Alice was a widow. William, her son is listed with the surnames of both her husbands in the IGI. IGI lists William and Alice married as follows: William Bradford m. Alice Southworth 14 Aug 1623 William Bradford m. Alice Carpenter 14 Aug 1623 William Bradford m. Alice Southwaite 15 Aug 1623 William Bradford m. Alice Carpenter 24 Aug 1623 William Bradford m. Alice Richards 17 Jun 1624 Torrey lists: William Bradford m. Alice (Carpenter) Southworth 14 Aug 1623 1590-1657 c 1590-1670 IGI lists William (the son) both as William Bradford son of William Bradford and Alice Carpenter and as William Southworth son of Edward Southworth and Alice Carpenter. Since he was born ~44 weeks after William and Alice married, he would appear to be a legitimate Bradford. According to AHD: John Bradford (son of Gov. Bradford) m. Martha Browne Martha Browne 2nd m. Thomas Tracy (82-12)

Alice Carpenter Southworth Bradford

Alice Carpenter and her sisters (Agnes, Juliana, Mary and Priscilla) were part of the Leiden Separatist community. Alice married Edward Southworth; they had two sons, Constant and Thomas.

After Edward Southworth died, Alice Carpenter Southworth sailed to Plymouth on the Anne in 1623. Shortly after her arrival, she married Plymouth Governor William Bradford.
The marriage of William Bradford and Alice Carpenter Southworth was noted in a letter written by Emmanuel Altham to his brother Sir Edward Altham in September, 1623:
“Upon the occasion of the Governor’s marriage, since I came, Massasoit was sent for to the wedding, where came with him his wife, the queen, although he hath five wives. With him came four other kings and about six score men with their bows and arrows – where, when they came to our town, we saluted them with the shooting off of many muskets and training our men. And so all the bows and arrows was brought into the Governor’s house, and he brought the Governor three or four bucks and a turkey. And so we had very good pastime in seeing them dance, which is in such manner, with such a noise that you would wonder…
“And now to say somewhat of the great cheer we had at the Governor’s marriage. We had about twelve pasty venisons, besides others, pieces of roasted venison and other such good cheer in such quantity that I could wish you some of our share. For here we have the best grapes that ever you say – and the biggest, and divers sorts of plums and nuts which our business will not suffer us to look for.”
Sidney V. James, Jr., editor, Three Visitors to Early Plymouth
(Plymouth, Mass.: Plimoth Plantation, 1963), p. 29-30.
Constant and Thomas Southworth came to Plymouth sometime after 1627, they probably lived with their mother and stepfather. Alice and William Bradford had three children: William, Mercy and Joseph. William Bradford died in 1657, Alice died in 1670. Her death was noted in the Records of Plymouth Colony:
“On the 26th day of March, 1670, Mistris Allice Bradford, Seni’r, changed this life for the better, haueing attained to fourscore years of age, or therabouts. Shee was a godly matron, and much loued while shee liued, and lamented, tho aged, when shee died, and was honorabley enterred on the 29th day of the month aforsaid, att New Plymouth.”

Before her death, Alice Carpenter Southworth Bradford wrote a will.
Click here for that will as well as for the inventory of her estate at the time of her death.

Great source of information – 
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