m. 16 NOV 1601
- Simon BradstreetBEF 1604 - 1697
- H. Gov. Simon Bradstreet1603 - 1697
- W. Anne Downing1633 - 1713
m. Abt 1676
Facts and Events
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Simon Bradstreet (baptized March 18, 1603/4 – March 27, 1697) was a colonial magistrate, businessman, diplomat, and the last governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Arriving in Massachusetts on the Winthrop Fleet in 1630, Bradstreet was almost constantly involved in the politics of the colony but became its governor only in 1679. He served on diplomatic missions and as agent to the crown in London, and also served as a commissioner to the New England Confederation. He was politically comparatively moderate, arguing minority positions in favor of freedom of speech and for accommodation of the demands of King Charles II following his restoration to the throne.
Bradstreet was married to Anne, the daughter of Massachusetts co-founder Thomas Dudley and New England's first published poet. He was a businessman, investing in land and shipping interests. Due to his advanced age (he died at 93) Cotton Mather referred to him as the "Nestor of New England". His descendants include the famous jurists Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and David Souter.
His wife, Anne Dudley Bradsteet, was the daughter of fellow colonial governor Thomas Dudley and the first notable American poet.
- Paige, Lucius Robinson. History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877: With a Genealogical Register. (Boston, Massachusetts: H. O. Houghton, 1877), page 72.
- Simon Bradstreet, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Simon Bradstreet, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).
ORIGIN: Horbling, Lincolnshire MIGRATION: 1630 FIRST RESIDENCE: Boston
REMOVES: Cambridge 1634, Ipswich 1636, Salem 1646, Andover 1652, Salem 1676, Boston by 1689, Salem 1692
BIRTH: Baptized Horbling, Lincolnshire, 18 March 1603/4, son of Rev. Simon Bradstreet [NEHGR 48:168-71].
DEATH: Salem 27 March 1697
- ↑ Curtis, Joseph O. The descendants of Elisha Cole: who came from Cape Cod to what is now Putnam County, New York, about 1745. (New York: Thomas A. Wright, 1909), p. 14.
| The Winthrop Fleet (1630)
| The Winthrop Fleet brought over 700 colonists to establish a new colony at Massachusetts Bay. The fleet consisted of eleven ships: the Arbella flagship with Capt Peter Milburne, the Ambrose, the Charles, the Mayflower, the Jewel, the Hopewell, The Success, the Trial, the Whale, the Talbot and the William and Francis.
| Sailed: ||April and May 1630 from Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England
| Arrived: ||June and July 1630 at Salem, Massachusetts
| Previous Settlers: ||The Higginson Fleet (1629)
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