But the interest of the American Bradburys
centers in the line of which Robert is the head, and of whom but little is known.
We know that he must have been born as early as 1400, that he lived at Ollerset, and that he married a daughter of Robert Davenport
(written also Davenporte), and that he had a son William who settled at Braughing, county of Hertfordshire
, and married Margaret, daughter of Geoffry Rokell, spelled also Rockhill
From him are said and believed to have sprung the Bradburys of Littlebury and Wickham Bonhunt
, generally written at the present day Wicken Bonant.
They were a landed family. . . . The branch of the Bradbury family from which the New England
family claim descent settled at Wicken Bonant, in the County of Essex
, about the year 1560. . . . The parish of Wicken Bonant. . . is supposed to have been the birthplace of that Thomas Bradbury
who, while a young man, came to the district of Maine as early as 1634, as the agent of Sir Ferdinando Gorges
, and is the common ancestor of the Bradburys of New England
The English line of descent briefly stated is
Robert1 of Ollersett, County of Derby.
William2 of Braughing, County of Hertfordshire.
Robert3 of Littlebury, County of Essex.
William4 of Littlebury, County of Essex.
Matthew5of Wicken Bonant, County of Essex.
William6 of Wicken Bonant, County of Essex.
Wymond7 of the ‘Brick House
,’ County of Wicken Bonant.
The New England
line begins with Thomas Bradbury
, who was baptized at Wicken Bonant the last day of February 1610-11.
He was the second son of Wymond (the seventh in the English
line) and Elizabeth Gill
, a widow whose maiden name was Whitgift
We find him in New England
at York, Maine
, in 1634, and later at Salisbury, Mass.
At the former place he was agent of Sir Ferdinando Gorges
, the proprietor of the Province of Maine
He was one of the most prominent citizens of Salisbury