for more than fifty years, and received land in the ‘first division,’ 1640-1641.
He was a freeman and held the offices of town clerk, school master, justice of the peace, representative in the General Court seven years, and other important positions.
Most of the records of Salisbury
were written by him, and he is said to have been peculiarly fitted for the office of recorder.
His writing is described as easy, graceful and legible, and we shall find that his later descendants inherited their ancestor's style.
He married Mary Perkins
, who was tried and convicted as a witch, but escaped punishment.
Her husband's testimony at her trial is a beautiful tribute to her womanly worth, and gracefully expressed.
It seems impossible that any one should have been convicted after such testimony as was offered by one hundred and eighteen of her acquaintances, in addition to that of her pastor.
Her husband died March 16, 1695, and she died December 20, 1700.
In his will he provided ‘that five pounds be delivered to the selectmen in good pay, then in being of said town of Salisbury
by them to be disposed to such of the poor as they judge to have most need of it.’
and Mary Bradbury
had six sons and five daughters.
Their second child, Judith, married Caleb Moody
, son of William, the emigrant who settled at Newbury
She was his second wife and it is particularly interesting for us to note that the late John Ward Dean
, an honored member of this society was a descendant of this Judith Bradbury
Caleb Moody, Jr.
, m. Ruth Morse
, 5th child, m. Jas. Bridges
Moody Bridges m. Naamah or Naomi Frye
Sarah Bridges m. John Dean
m. Patience Tappan Kingsbury
John Ward Dean
While we are turning from the direct Bradbury line, we will notice another child of Caleb Moody