Daniel Bradley

Daniel Bradley (1613 – 1689)  was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Miller line.

Danyell Broadley de West Morton - Coat of Arms

The Broadleys were exceptional among our ancestors having a coat of arms at the time of their immigration

Daniel Broadley was born 29 Aug 1613 in Bingley, Yorkshire, England. His parents were Danyell BROADLEY de West Morton and Elsabeth ATKINSON. He immigrated on 8 Apr 1635 to Embarked on the “Elizabeth” of London. He married Mary WILLIAMS on 21 May 1662 in Haverhill, Mass.   Daniel was killed by Indians on 13 Aug 1689 in Haverhill, Mass.  Many of his children and grandchildren were also killed or kidnapped and carried into Canada.

Daniel’s daughter-in-law Hannah Heath Bradly testified in 1739 that about forty years past she with the widow Mary Neff were taken prisoners by the Indians & carried together into captivity, & above penny cook the Deponent was by the Indians forced to travel farther than the rest of the Captives, and the next night but one there came to us one Squaw who said that Hannah Dustan and the aforesaid Mary Neff assisted in killing the Indians of her wigwam except herself and a boy, herself escaping very narrowly, chewing to myself & others seven wounds as she said with a Hatched on her head which wounds were given her when the rest were killed, and further saith not her.

Mary Williams was born 20 Sep 1641 in Newbury, Essex, Mass. Her parents were John WILLIAMS and Jane GOULD.  Mary died on 6 Oct 1714 in Haverhill, Mass.

Children of Daniel and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Daniel Bradley 14 Feb 1663 Haverhill, Essex, Mass. Hannah Dow (Daughter of Stephen DOW)
5 Jan 1687 Haverhill
Killed with his wife by Indians in the Dustin massacre.
15 Mar 1697
Haverhill, Mass
2. Joseph Bradley 7 Feb 1665 Haverhill Hannah Heath (James’ cousin)
14 Apr 1691 Haverhill
3 Oct 1727
3. Martha Bradley 1667 Haverhill Ephraim Guile (Gile)
5 Jan 1686 Haverhill
West Thompson, Windham, CT
4. Mary Bradley 1 Mar 1670 Haverhill 14 Mar 1669/1670 Haverhill
5. Mary BRADLEY 16 Apr 1671 Haverhill, Bartholomew Heath
(James’ cousin)
3 Jan 1691 Haverhill
Lt. James HEATH
3 Sep 1718 Haverhill
Killied by Indians
6. Sarah Bradley 19 Aug 1673 Haverhill Jonathan Robinson
New Hampshire
James Bean
3 Dec 1697 Exeter, Rockingham, NH
John Davenport
28 Feb 1702/1703 in Haverhill
17 Jul 1738
Kingston, NH
7. Hannah Bradley 28 May 1677 Haverhill Josiah Heath Jr.
(James’ brother)
15 Mar 1697
Killed by Indians
8. Isaac Bradley 25 Feb 1680 Haverhill Elizabeth Clement
16 May 1706 Haverhill
Grafton, Vermont
9. Abraham Bradley 14 Mar 1684 Haverhill Elizabeth Philbrick
18 Oct 1705 Haverhill
Concord, NH

George Wingate Chase, History of Haverhill, 1861, reprint, New England Historical Press, 1983, 136

In July (1681), the town met to see about the “parsonage farm,” and it was finally leased to Daniel Bradley, for twenty-one years. Mr. Ward’s increasing age and feebleness were doubtless the reasons for this action, though none are given.

“On the 13th of the same month[August 1689], a small party made their appear ance in the northerly part of this town, and killed Daniel Bradley. They then went to the field of Nathaniel Singletary, nearby, where he and his oldest son were at work. They approached in their slow and serpent-like manner, until they came within a few rods, when they shot Singletary, who fell and died on the spot; his son attempted to escape, but was quickly overtaken and made prisoner. The Indians then Scalped Singletary, and commenced a hasty retreat ; but their prisoner soon eluded their vigilance, and returned to his home, on the same day, to make glad the hearts of his afflicted relatives. Nathaniel Singletary was a “squatter” on the parsonage lands. The marks of the cellar of his house are still to be seen, on the land now owned by Benjamin Kimball, on the Parsonage Road -a short distance northwest from the gate. Bradley was killed on the “Parsonage Road,” not far from the present Atkinson Depot”

[George Wingate Chase, History of Haverhill, 1861, reprint, New England Historical Press, 1983, 153]

“On the 30th of September, 1690, the following petition of his son, Daniel, was addressed to the Court: “To the honord cortt now siting att ipswige this may signify to your honors that whereas by the prouvdence of God my father Daniel Bradly was slaine by the hand of the heathen and left no will as to the deposing of his outward estatte I request my brother Joseph may be appointed administrator.
This request was granted.”

Daniel Bradley’s 1682 Parsonage Lease

Articles of agreement made and concluded this fourteenth of July sixteen hundred eighty and two, between George Browns, Thomas Whittier, Sen., Daniel Ladd, Sen., Robert Ford, and Josiah Gage, as Selectmen of, and in the name and behalf, and by virtue of special order of the Town of Haverhill upon the north of Merrimack River, made April the 4th 1682, on the one part, and Daniel Bradley of the same place, husbandman, on be half of himself and his heirs, and assigns, and successors on the other part, witnesseth.

1st In primis That the said Selectmen have bargained with, and therefore do hereby let, and to farm set unto the said Daniel Bradley and to his heirs and assigns for the full term of twenty-one years beginning and accounting from the twenty ninth of September next after the date hereof till the next ensuing one and twenty years be fully completed and ended: All that upland in Haverhill lying for two hundred acres, be it more or less, adjoining to land in the present possession of the said Daniel Bradley. The said Two hundred acres being commonly known by the name of the “Parsonage Farm,” laid out for the perpetual use and improvement of the Minister or Ministry of the said Town as by their order and Town act dated November 30th 1660 may appear: in the case and condition that now the land is in, as a wilderness and unimproved land: together with twelve acres, or thereabouts of meadow lying in a meadow called the Sawmill Meadow adjoining to the upland, which also by the Town orders and acts is stated to the Ministry, and annexed to the forementioned Parsonage Farm.

2. In consideration of the land and meadow so let, as above said for twenty-one years the said Daniel Bradley doth hereby bind himself, and heirs, and successors, and assigns that may or shall live upon the said farm, or manage and have the improvement of all or part thereof, and every of them jointly and severally to the Selectmen now in being, and so to such as shall be annually chosen Selectmen of the place during the term, on behalf of the Town, or to each person or persons as the Town or Selectmen shall order from time to time, or for one year or for longer time, to pay to him or them the annual rent of five pounds in good and merchantable wheat, rye, bar ley, peas, or Indian corn, at the annual price set for the country rate; or in good barrelled, well picked beef and pork, at price current in said Town at the successive times of pay ment; which is, and shall be annually at or before the first of January; the first payment to be made in January next come twelve months: and the place of the delivery of the pay to be at Lt. George Browne’s or Jno. Johnson, Sen.’s now dwelling places, or some other house that is, or shall be between them in Haverhill; or as near to the present Meeting-house as said Browne’s or Johnson’s, or either of them are.

3. The said Daniel Bradley, for himself, and heirs, and as signs doth covenant and promise as abovesaid, that at his own cost and charge he shall and will within the space of five years next ensuing the twenty-ninth of September next break up, and fence in and plant a good orchard upon the said land, in some convenient place of the full quantity of one acre of ground with a good sort of fruit: in which orchard shall be planted not less than four score good apple trees handsomely placed as is usual in the planting of orchards: and that this orchard shall continually during the time of the lease, and till he resigns up the land to the lessor, be kept sufficient ly and substantially well fenced so as to prevent any damage to be done to all or any of the trees by cattle or any sort of creatures that are wont, and may if not kept out and pre vented, do damage to orchards.

4. That the said Daniel Bradley or his heirs or assigns shall not at any time during the said lease directly or in directly, by himself or themselves or by any other person whatsoever, fall, out down, or make use of any wood or timber, straight or crooked now upon the land or tenement, or that during the term of the lease shall be upon the same, or suffer any other so to do by way of gift, sale, exchange, theft or otherwise if to him or them made known upon the penalty of the Town’s, or their Selectmen’s, or orders reentry forthwith upon the said tenement, and his or their being turned out of the sane and loosing the remainder of the lease, and suffering each other damages as may upon his, or their being prosecuted in law be recovered against him or them: excepting only what wood and timber, he or they, shall have need to improve for their necessary use and improvement upon the farm for building, fencing, and firewood to be improved upon the said land, and in no wise to be carried off without special and particular license from the Town or from the Selectmen from time to time. PROVIDED nevertheless that of what land he clears and doth fence in for corn land, he or they having first made use of what stuff and timber is suitable for fencing in of that piece, and the other improved land, he or they shall have liberty to carry off and dispose of the rest that is fit for posts, staves, or firewood to any other inhabitant in Haverhill to be in the said Town made use of.

5. That the said Daniel Bradley by himself, or his heirs, or assigns shall build a dwelling-house and out-housing upon the said farm at his own cost and charge without any limita tion for dimension and If the building at the expiration or end of this lease shall (by men to be indifferently chosen by both parties, viz., the Town or Selectmen on their order, and Daniel Bradley, or his heirs or assigns) be judged and valued to be then worth more, than ten pounds, then the Town is to pay him or them what the said building or housing shall be apprais ed at more than ten pounds; provided the whole sum of the valuation exceed not twenty pounds. And if they shall be estimated at more than twenty pounds, then the said Daniel Bradley, his heirs, and assigns are to bear the whole charge thereof excepting only one of the ten pounds, or half the twenty above mentioned.

6. That the said Daniel Bradley, or his heirs, or assigns shall constantly during the whole time of the lease, excepting only the three first years, keep and maintain upon the farm by the use and improvement of the said land and meadow what stock of cattle, he or they can by said improvement, that so there may be wherewithall to manure the said land, and keep it in good heart. And therefore to that end the said Daniel Bradley and his heirs and assigns, are hereby strictly obliged and bound, and do covenant with the lessor, that he or they after the first three years of the above mentioned one and twenty years lease, are expired and past, shall not di rectly or indirectly by him or themselves, or any other per son or way or means carry off or suffer to be carried off from the said farm at any time any corn in the straw or husk; or any grass, straw, husk or hay; but that it shall be im proved by maintaining and keeping a stock of cattle on the land: and that he or they shall not carry off therefrom as abovesaid any of the soil or dung that shall arise by the improvement of the said tenement but that all and every part thereof shall duly and truly be laid according to the usual rules of good husbandry upon some part of the tillage land, or improved land of the said farm or tenement for the better ing thereof.

7. That what land of the said farm the said Daniel Bradley or his heirs or assigns shall at any time break up, or im prove with corn, and after some use thereof shall think meet to lay the same open and down again; he or they, the last year of their so improving, of the said land or field, shall sow the same with English grain, and with also such a convenient and sufficient quantity of good English hay seed, as is customary in such cases to be mown, that so the farm in time may be overspread with good English grass for mowing or feeding.

8. The said Daniel Bradley, or his heirs or assigns, or tenant upon the farm, shall, at the expiration of the said lease of twenty-one years, leave all the fences that shall be long to the farm in good repair fit for service. And shall leave at least fifteen acres of kindly land of the farm in good tillage case and condition within a good sufficient fence.

9. That the said Daniel or his assigns notwithstanding the expiration of his lease, or term of twenty-one years upon the twenty-ninth day of September shall have liberty to live upon the farm, and make use of the housing till the tenth of March next following for the spending of his hay and straw, etc. with his stock and for the fitting of his crop for market, and disposing of his corn.
Provided always, that the said Daniel Bradley or his assigns living there shall not hinder any other tenant that may succeed him from coming upon the farm as soon as the lease is out in September, before winter to plough and prepare, or in the winter time to provide as he shall see most for his till age and improvement the next year.

10. The said Daniel, or his heirs or assigns or tenant upon the place, shall, at the end of his said term, (or at the said tenth of March) when he is to go off and leave the farm and buildings, leave three good leads of good hay in the housing for the use and improvement of the next tenant, or improvers of the farm in their spring work with their cattle upon the same.

In witness whereof the Selectmen on behalf on themselves and the Town on the one part, and Daniel. Bradley on behalf of himself, and heirs, and assigns, on the other part, for the confirmation of the ten foregoing articles, as they are jointly or severally concerned therein, do hereto set their hands interchangeably.

George Browne }
Daniel Ladd, Sen. }
Thomas Whittier, Sen. } Selectmen.
Robert Ford }
Josiah Cage }

Signed, and interchange ably
delivered in the presence of,
and owned before Daniel Bradley, Sen.

Daniel Rendrick
John Griffing [our ancestor John GRIFFIN]

13: 10 m: 86. A receipt of £ 20 for four years rent is by the Selectmen this day and by the tenant’s desire is enter ed in this book among records of births, etc. and the origi nal put on file with other returns for bounds.


1. Daniel Bradley Jr

Daniel’s wife Hannah Dow  was born 1 Jul 1668 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Stephen DOW and Ann STORY. Hannah was killed by Indians 15 Mar 1696 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass.

Daniel Jr. was killed by Indians in the Dustin Massacre.  After the attack on Duston’s house…Twenty-seven persons were slaughtered… The following is a list of the killed: Daniel Bradley, his wife, Hannah, and two children, Mary and Hannah.

Children of Daniel Jr and Hannah:

i. Ruth Bradley was born 15 May 1688 in Haverhill, Mass..  Ruth died 29 Aug 1708 in Haverhill, Mass. killed by Indians. She was buried in Pentucket Cemetery, Haverhill. Ruth married Thomas Johnson son of Lieut. John Johnson , Jr. and Mary Mousall on 13 Nov 1706 in Haverhill, Thomas was born on 4 Dec 1685 in Haverhill. He died on 22 Jul 1754 in Haverhill killed by Indians.

ii Daniel Bradley was born on 28 Oct 1690 in Haverhill.  He died  after 15 Mar 1696/1697 in Haverhill.

iii. Mary Bradley was born on 6 May 1693 in Haverhill. She died on 15 Mar 1696/1697 in Haverhill, killed by Indians.

iv. Martha Bradley was born on 3 Sep 1695 in Haverhill,

v. Hannah Bradley was born on 6 Jun 1696 in Haverhill. She died  on 15 Mar 1696/1697 in Haverhill killed by Indians

15 March 1697 –  After the attack on Duston’s house, the Indians dispersed themselves in small parties, and attacked the houses in the vicinity. Nine houses were plundered and reduced to ashes on that eventful day, and in every case their owners were slain while defending them. Twenty-seven persons were slaughtered, (fifteen of them children) and thirteen captured. The following is a list of the killed:-John Keezar, his father, and son, George; John Kimball and his mother, Hannah ; Sarah Eastman; Thomas Eaton ; Thomas Emerson, his wife, Elizabeth, and two children, Timothy and Sarah; Daniel Bradley, his wife, Hannah, and two children, Mary and Hannah ; Martha Dow, daughter of Stephen Dow; Joseph, Martha, and Sarah Bradley, children of Joseph Bradley ; Thomas and Mehitable Kingsbury ; Thomas Wood and his daughter, Susannah ; John Woodman and his daughter, Susannah; Zechariah White ; and Martha, the infant daughter of Mr. Duston.”

The ordeal of Hannah Dustin (also Duston) is among the most horrific in New England colonial history. According to an early account by Cotton Mather, Dustin was captured on March 15, 1697 by a group of about 20 Indians and pulled from her bed one week after giving birth to her eighth child. Her husband managed to get the others to safety. The infant was killed when a member of the raiding party smashed it against a tree. Dustin and small group of hostages were marched about 60 miles from her home in Haverhill, MA to an island in the Merrimack River near Concord. Enlisting the help of others, including her nurse and an English boy previously captured, the group managed, amazingly, to kill 10 of their captors. Dustin sold the scalps to the local province for 50 pounds in reparation. A monument to Dustin can be seen in Haverhill and the site of her escape with companions Mary Neff (daughter of our ancestor George CORLISS) and Samuel Lennardeen can be seen in Boscowen, NH. The Hannah Dustin Trail in Pennacook leads to another monument on the island on the Contoocook River. John Greenleaf Whittier popularized the incident in poetry.

A symbol or heroism and independence in the 19th century, the Hannah Dustin story has suffered a case of political incorrectness of late. Her name has been used to sell every conceivable product including liquor and horse racing and still remains extremely attractive to people seeking to prove a genealogical connection. Her ordeal during the Indian raids (incited by the French and English) of King Williams war also included the Coccecho Massacre in Dover, the Oyster River Raid in Durham and the Bracket Lane attack in Rye, NH.

Hannah Dustin

2. Joseph Bradley

Joseph’s wife Hannah Heath was born 12 Dec 1688 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass. Her parents were John Heath and Sarah Partridge.  Hannah’s grandfather was [our ancestor] Bartholomew HEATH.  Joseph had a garrison at his home in Haverhill where he  was surprised 8 Feb 1704, when his wife for the second time was taken by the Indians and carried away.  Her infant child was born after her captivity dying of want. Hannah died 2 Nov 1761 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass.

Joseph was a member of a large company of soldiers, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Saltonstall, were also kept constantly armed and equipped, and exercised in the town; and, that these soldiers might be the better prepared for every emergency, the General Court (June 19. 1710,) ordered them to be supplied with snow shoes. Snow shoes were also supplied to the whole of the North Regiment of Essex.  Joseph HUTCHINS’ son John, Anthony COLBY II,  Josiah HEATH’s sons Josiah Jr and John, and Stephen DOW’s son Samuel were also members.

Children of Joseph and Hannah:

i. Mehetabel Bradley (24 Nov 1691 – Haverhill – 23 Jan 1692 – Haverhill)

ii. Abraham Bradley (Abt 1691 – Haverhill – )

iii. Joseph Bradley (9 Mar 1692 – Haverhill – 15 Mar 1697 – Haverhill)

iv. Sarah Bradley (Abt 1694 – Haverhill – 15 Mar 1697 – Haverhill)

v. Martha Bradley (3 Sep 1695 – Haverhill – 15 Mar 1697, Haverhill)

vi. Martha Bradley (7 Nov 1699 – Haverhill – Aft 1734 Haverhill) Marr: 1719 – James Mitchell

vii.. Sarah Bradley (26 Jan 1701 – Haverhill –  8 Feb 1704 – Haverhill)

viii.. Issac Bradley (Abt 1703 – Haverhill – 1704)

ix. Joseph Bradley (13 Feb 1706 – Haverhill – 7 Nov 1761 – Haverhill)  Marr: 1735 – Hannah Marsh

x. Daniel Bradley (18 Mar 1708 – Haverhill – 22 Jul 1784 – Haverhill) Narr: 1729 – Elizabeth Ayer

xi. Nehemiah Bradley (25 Dec 1711, Haverhill – 14 Mar 1775, Haverhill) Marr: 1736 – Lydia Emerson

xii. Samuel Bradley (23 May 1714, Haverhill – )

xiii. William Bradley (6 Jul 1717 – Haverhill – 28 Feb 1780 – Haverhill)

Chase, History of Haverhill, 210-212

8 Feb 1705,  about 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon, a party of six Indians attacked the garrison of Joseph Bradley, which was unhappily in an unguarded state-even the sentries had left their stations, and the gates were open. The Indians approached cautiously, and were rushing into the open gates, before they were discovered.  Jonathan Johnson, a sentinel, who was standing in the house, shot at and wounded the foremost, and Mrs. Bradley, who had a kettle of boiling soap over the fire, seized her ladle, and filling it with the steaming liquid, discharged it on his tawny pate -a soaporific that almost instantly brought on a sleep, from which he has never since awoke. The rest of the party immediately rushed forward, killed Johnson,; made prisoner of the intrepid woman, and of some others.  Pike in his Journal says four. Three persons escaped from the garrison. The Indians, then fearing lest they should soon be attacked by a stronger party, commenced a hasty retreat, aiming for Canada, which was their place of resort when they had been so successful as to take a number of prisoners.

Mrs. Bradley was in delicate circumstances, and in slender health ; still she received no kindness from her savage conquerors. No situation of woman would ever protect her from their  cruelties. The weather was cold; the wind blew keenly over the hills, and the ground was covered with a deep snow, -yet they obliged her to travel on foot, and carry a heavy burden, too large even for the strength of man. In this manner they proceeded through the wild wilderness ; and Mrs. Bradley informed her family, after she returned, that for many days in succession, she subsisted on nothing but bits of skin, ground-nuts, the bark of trees, wild onions, and lily roots.

While in this situation, with none but savages for her assistants and protectors, and in the midst of a thick forest, she gave birth to a child. The Indians then, as if they were not satisfied with persecuting the mother, extended their cruelties to the innocent and almost friendless babe. For the want of proper attention, it was sickly, and probably troublesome; and when it cried, these remorseless fiends showed their pity, by throwing embers into its mouth. ‘ They told the mother that if she would permit them to baptize it in their manner, they would suffer it to live. Unwilling to deny their request, lest it should enrage their fierce passions, and hoping that the little innocent would receive kindness at their hands, she complied with their request. They took it from her, and baptized it by gashing its forehead with their knives. The feelings of the mother, when the child was returned to her with its smooth and white forehead gashed with the knife, and its warm blood coursing down its cheeks, can be better imagined than described.

Soon as Mrs. Bradley had regained sufficient strength to travel, the Indians again took up their march for Canada. But before they arrived at their place of rendezvous, she had occasion to go a little distance from the party, and when she returned, she beheld a sight shocking to a mother, and to every feeling of humanity. Her child, which was born in sorrow, and nursed in the lap of affliction, and on which she doted with maternal fondness, was piked upon a pole. Its excrutiating agonies were over it could no more feel the tortures of the merciless savages – and its mother could only weep over its memory. Soon after, they proceeded to Canada, where Mrs. Bradley was sold to the French for eighty livres. She informed her friends, after her return, that she was treated kindly by the family in which she lived. It was her custom, morning and evening, when she milked her master’s cow, to take with her a crust of bread, soak it with milk, and eat it; with this, and with the rations allowed her by her master, she eked out a comfortable subsistence.

In March, 1705, her husband, hearing that she was in the possession of the French, started for Canada with the intention of redeeming her. He travelled on foot, accompanied only by a dog that drew a small sled, in which he carried a bag of snuff, as a present from the Governor of this Province to the Governor of Canada. When he arrived, he immediately redeemed her, and set sail from Montreal for Boston, which they reached in safety; and from there returned to Haverhill.

Penhallow mentions this as her second captivity, and Hutchinson says the same ; but Penhallow is, without doubt, his authority. Diligent search has been made to learn the history of her first ; but, thus far it has been unsuccessful. Very accurate traditions of the captivities of the other members of the family, have been transmitted to their descendants, but they have never heard their fathers tell that this person was taken at any other time ; at least, they can give no account of such a fact. We extract the following, from Rev. Abiel Abbot’s MS., taken by him from Judith Whiting:-“Destitute of nurses and necessaries, the child was sickly, and apt to cry, and they would put hot embers in its mouth. Being obliged to leave it a short time, on her return, she found it piked on a pole. “‘ Having been brought home by her husband, she was taken a second time, but not before she had finished and wounded an In dian, by pouring boiling soap into his mouth.” From this, it appears that she was twice captivated; but of the truth of the statement, in this par ticular, we will not undertake to judge. It certainly does not agree with Penhallow’s, and if we rely on one, we must throw up the other, at least, in part.”

Mrs. Bradley’s deposition,  is conclusive evidence that the above was her second captivity. As we have it from one of her descendants, Mrs. Bradley was engaged in boiling soap, when she was startled by the appearance of Indians at her very door, one of whom exclaimed, exultingly, -” Now, Hannah, me got you.” Instead, however, of quietly allowing herself to be captured a second time, Hannah saluted the savage with such vigorous applications of “soft soap,” that he quickly gave up the ghost. After a desperate resistance, she was at last made a prisoner. Revenge for the death of their comrade, was doubtless the principal cause of the subsequent tortures of the child by the savages. Their extreme barbarity, in this particular instance, can only be accounted for upon some such supposition.
On the 29th of the same month in which the attack was made on the garrison of Mr. Bradley, Hertel de Rouville, with two hundred French, and one hundred and forty-two Indians, fell upon the town of Deerfield, Mass., killed forty-seven, and made prisoners of one hundred and twelve of its inhabitants” [including John FRENCH’s son Thomas and his entire family]

Chase, History of Haverhill, pg. 216

Summer 1707 – “Sometime in the summer of this year, a small party of Indians again visited the garrison of Joseph Bradley; and it is said that he, his wife and children, and a hired man, were the only persons in it at the time. It was in the night, the moon shone brightly, and they could be easily seen, silently and cautiously approaching. Mr. Bradley armed himself, his wife and man, each with a gun, and such of his children as could shoulder one. Mrs. Bradley, supposing that they had come purposely for her, told her husband that she had rather be killed than be again taken. The Indians rushed upon the garrison, and endeavored to beat down the door. They succeeded in pushing it partly open, and when one of the Indians began to crowd himself through the opening, Mrs. Bradley fired her gun and shot him dead. The rest of the party, seeing their companion fall, desisted from their purpose, and hastily retreated.”

“Among the things which call far mention in our history for 1738, is the petition of Hannah Bradley, of this town, to the General Court, asking for a grant of land, in consideration of her former sufferings among the Indians, and ” present low circumstances.” In answer to her petition, that honorable body granted her two hundred and fifty acres of land, which was laid out May 29, 1739, by Richard Hazzen, Surveyor. (Son of our ancestor Edward HAZEN Sr.)  It was located in Methuen, in two lots, -the first, containing one hundred and sixty acres, bordering on the west line of Haverhill ; the other, containing ninety acres, bordering on the east line of Dracut

Mrs. Bradley’s good success in appealing to the generosity of the General Court, seems to have stimulated Joseph Neff, a son of Mary Neff, to make a similar request. He shortly after petitioned that body for a grant of land, in consideration of his mother’s services in assisting Hannah Duston in killing “divers Indians.” Neff declares in his petition, that his mother was ” kept a prisoner for a considerable time,” and ” in their return home past thro the utmost hazard of their lives and Suffered distressing want being almost Starved before they Could Return to their dwellings.”

Accompanying Neff’s petition, was the following deposition of Hannah Bradley, which well deserves a place in our pages, for its historical interest. The document proves that Mrs. Bradley was taken prisoner at the same time with Mrs. Duston, and travelled with her as far as Pennacook:

Deposition was sworn to before Joshua Bayley, of Haverhill, June 28th, 1739.”

” The deposition of the Widow Hannah Bradly of Haverhill of full age who testifieth & saith that about forty years past the said Hannah together with the widow Mary Neff were taken prisoners by the Indians & carried together into captivity, & above penny cook the Deponent was by the Indians forced to travel farther than the rest of the Captives, and the next night but one there came to us one Squaw who said that Hannah Dustan and the aforesaid Mary Neff assisted in killing the Indians of her wigwam except herself and a boy, herself escaping very narrowly, chewing to myself & others seven wounds as she said with a Hatched on her head which wounds were given her when the rest were killed, and further saith not.
Hannah X Bradly.”

Hannah Heath Bradley’s (Joseph Bradley’s wife) desposition is a little confusing because she was taken captive in 1707 and Mary Neff was taken captive ten years earlier in 1697.  Either Hannah was taken captive twice or she used poetic license in her deposition connecting herself with the more famous Dustin case. Two other Hannah Bradleys were killed in the 1697 attack, Daniel Bradley Jr’s wife and daughter.

3. Martha Bradley

Martha’s husband Ephraim Guile (Gile) was born 21 Mar 1662 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass. His parents were Samuel Guile and Judith Davis. His grandparents were James DAVIS and Cicely THAYER. Ephraim died 2 Jul 1785 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass

5. Mary BRADLEY (See Lt. James HEATH‘s page)

6. Sarah Bradley

Sarah’s first husband Jonathan Robinson was born 16 May 1645 in Haverhill, Mass. His parents were John Robinson and Elizabeth Trickley. Jonathan died in Sep 1727 in Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire.

Sarah’s second husband James Bean was born 17 Dec 1672 in Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire. His parents were John Bean and Margaret [__?__]. James died 6 Jan 1753 in Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire

Sarah’s third husband John Davenport was born xx.

7. Hannah Bradley

Hannah’s husband Josiah Heath Jr. was born 4 Mar 1674 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass. His parents were Josiah HEATH and Mary DAVIS.  Josiah died 21 Apr 1721 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass

8. Isaac Bradley

Isaac’s wife Elizabeth Clement was born 9 Apr 1684 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass. Her parents were John Clements and Elizabeth Ayer. Elizabeth died in 1740 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass

Isaac was taken prisoner by Indians.  On 4 Sep 1695 a party of Indians appeared in the northern part of Haverhill and made prisioners of Isaac, age 15, and Joseph Whitaker, age 11, who were at work near Joseph Bradley’s house. Isaac was small and wiry but Joseph was large, overgrown and clumsy.

George Wingate Chase, History of Haverhill, 1861, reprint, New England Historical Press, 1983, 179

They were taken to Lake Winnepisogee (Lake Winnipesaukee, NH) and placed with an Indian family. They understood enough of the language to learn that they were to be taken to Canada in the Spring. In April Isaac planed his escape without informing Joseph. He finally told him that he was afraid he would not wake up. On the appointed night, all were asleep and snoring, including Joseph. After Isaac had stolen fire making material and some moose meet and bread, he tried to wake up Joseph. Joseph turned over and said out loud, “What do you want?” Isaac laid down quickly pretending to sleep. He later left without Joseph but he had awakened and followed him. At daybreak, they hid in a hollow log as the knew the Indians would pursue them. Their dogs discovered them in the log, but the dogs recognized Joseph and Isaac and they were given the moose meat. By that ruse, they escaped and survived several days living on roots and berries. At one point they happened upon an Indian camp but were not discovered. Isaac had to leave Joseph at one time but returned for him later. He ended up carrying Joseph part of the way. They arrived in desperate condition at Fort Saco, Maine.”

Children of Isaac and Elizabeth

i.  Lydia Bradley b. 31 May 1707, Haverhill, Essex, Mass; m. m. 3 Sep 1728, Haverhill to John Heath ( b. 11 Jun 1700, Haverhill, Essex, Mass;)  John’s parents were John Heath and Frances Hutchins.  His maternal grandparents were Joseph HUTCHINS and Joanna CORLISS.

ii Sgt. John Bradley b. 10 Apr 1709 in Haverhill, Mass; m1. 9 Jan 1733/34 in Haverhill to Sarah Eaton ( – d.  Feb 1759 in Plainstow, New Hampshire)  John and Sarah had nine children born between 1735 and 1751.  m2. 20 Jun 1759 in Kingston, New Hampshire to Susannah Folsom (b. 10 May 1718 in Exeter, New Hampshire) Her parents were John Folsom and Mary Sewall.  John and Sarah had three more children born in 1760, 1762 and 1764.

Military Service in the French and Indian War:

Jan 1757 – Expedition to Crown Point
14 Apr 1757 – Maj. Richard Saltonstall Co.
1758 – Drummer, Capt. Edmund Moors’ Co. for the reduction of Canada
1760 – Sergeant

iii Mehetable Bradley b. 10 Dec 1711 in Haverhill, Mass; m. 3 Dec 1735 in Haverhill to Jeremiah Dresser (b. 3 Jul 1709 in Rowley, Mass).  His parents were Joseph Dresser and Elizabeth Kilburne

iv Ruth Bradley b. 26 May 1713 in Haverhill, Mass; d. ~ 1729.

v Abigail Bradley b. 20 May 1714 in Haverhill, Mass.

vi  Elizabeth Bradley b. 10 Jan 1716/17 in Haverhill, Mass; m. 12 Oct 1738 in Haverhill to Robert Calef (b. Chester, New Hampshire)

vii Isaac Bradley b. 10 Jan 1718/19  Haverhill, Mass; d. 18 Jan 1802 Haverhill; m1. 10 Nov 1741 in Haverhill to Lydia Kimball (b. 20 Oct 1724 Haverhill – d. 23 May 1762 Haverhill) Her parents were Benjamin Kimball and Mary Emerson Isaac and Lydia had eleven children born between 1742 and 1762.

m2. 23 Nov 1762 in Haverhill to Rachel Farnham (b. 13 Feb 1726/27 in Haverhill – d. Feb 1805 in Haverhill) Isaac and Rachel had two more children born  1763 and 1764.

viii Nathaniel Bradley b. 10 Feb 1720/21  Haverhill, Mass; d. 4 Oct 1737  Haverhill,

ix Meriam Bradley b. 18 Jan 1723/24  Haverhill, Mass; d. 3 Apr 1724  Haverhill

x. Moses Bradley b. 18 Jan 1723/24  Haverhill, Mass; d. 29 Mar 1724  Haverhill

9. Abraham Bradley

Abraham’s wife Elizabeth Philbrick was born 17 Oct 1686 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Her parents were Thomas Philbrick and Mehitable Ayers. Elizabeth died in 1727 in Concord, New Hampshire.





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  16. I am a descent of Daniel Bradley down through Charles P. Bradley to his children. Unfortunately, Charles P. Bradley’s family, children, did not have any male heirs to carry on the “Bradley” name. Cindy Haviland, Wells, VT – find me on facebook

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