Mary (Perkins) Bradbury

Mary (Perkins) Bradbury (bef. 1615 - 1700)

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Mary Bradbury formerly Perkins
Born before in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Salisbury, Essex, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Sep 2010
This page has been accessed 4,883 times.

Categories: Puritan Great Migration | Witch Trials | Hillmorton, Warwickshire | Saint John The Baptist Church, Hillmorton, Warwickshire | Bristol | Lyon, sailed 1 Dec 1630 | Boston, Massachusetts | Ipswich, Massachusetts | Salem Witch Trials | Accused Witches of New England | Salisbury, Massachusetts | Amesbury, Massachusetts.

The Puritan Great Migration.
Mary (Perkins) Bradbury migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
Join: Puritan Great Migration Project
Discuss: pgm
Mary (Perkins) Bradbury was involved in the Salem Witch Trials.
Join: Witch Trials Project
Discuss: witch_trials



Flag of England
Mary (Perkins) Bradbury migrated from England to British America.
Flag of British America

Origins and Baptism

Mary Perkins, daughter of John Perkins Sr. and Judith Gater,[1] was baptized on 3 Sept 1615 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England[2][3][4] at Saint John the Baptist Church.[5]

Immigration to America

Mary Perkins of Hillmorton, Warwickshire is listed as a passenger aboard the "Lyon",[2] along with: Mr. John Perkins and Mrs. Judith Perkins, John Perkins Jr., Elizabeth Perkins, Thomas Perkins and Jacob Perkins. The "Lyon", William Pierce, Master, departed from Bristol, England December 1, 1630 with 'about twenty passengers and two hundred tons of goods.' This was the same ship that brought the Rev. Roger and Mrs. Mary Williams to America, along with the John Throckmorton and Edmond Once families and William Parke.[6] The passage was stormy and lasted 67 days. They arrived at Nantasket on February 5, 1631 and on the 6th anchored in Boston.[3][7] The family settled first at Boston and removed to Ipswich in 1633.[2][3][7]

Marriage and Children

Mary Perkins married Thomas Bradbury[1][8] by 1637 (their eldest child was born in Salisbury in Apr 1637),[2][4] probably in Ipswich, Massachusetts.[3] Mary and Thomas had eleven children, as follows:[7][9]

  • Wymond, b.1 Apr 1637, m. Sarah Pike;
  • Judith, b. 2 Oct 1638, m. Caleb Moody;
  • Thomas, b. 28 Jan 1640/1, d. unmarried;
  • Mary, b.17 Mar 1642/3, m. John Stanyan;
  • Jane, b.11 May 1645, m. Henry True;
  • Jacob, b.17 Jun 1647, d.12 Mar 1669 in Barbados;
  • William, b.15 Sep 1649, m. Rebecca (Wheelwright) Maverick;
  • Elizabeth, b. 7 Nov 1651, m. John Buss;
  • John, b. 20 Apr 1654, d.24 Nov 1678, unm.;
  • Ann, b.16 Apr 1656, d.1659;
  • Jabez, b.27 Jun 1658, d.28 Apr 1677.

Accused of Witchcraft

Mary (Perkins) Bradbury was tried for witchcraft in July 1692. She was defended by Major Robert Pike. Accounts of her case tell of the high esteem in which she was held:

Her husband's testimony was as follows:

"We have been married fifty-five years, and she has been a loving and faithful wife unto me unto this day. She hath been wonderful laborious, diligent and industrious in her place and employment about the bringing up of our family which have been eleven children and four grandchildren. She was both prudent and provident, of a cheerful spirit, liberal and charitable. She being now very aged and weak, and grieved under afflictions, may not be able to speak much for herself, not being so free of speech as some others might be. I hope her life and conversation among her neighbors has been such as gives a better or more real testimony than can be expressed by words."[10]

One hundred and eighteen of her friends signed a statement commending her good character:

She was a lover of the ministry in all appearance, and a diligent attender upon God's holy ordinances, being of a courteous and peaceable disposition and carriage, neither did any of us (some of whom have lived in the town with her above fifty years) ever hear or know that she had any difference or falling out with any of her neighbors, man woman or child, but was always ready to do for them what lay in her power, night and day, though with hazard of her health and other danger.[10]

Rev. James Allen, her pastor, said:

I, having lived nine years at Salisbury in the work of the ministry, and now four years in the office of pastor, to my best notice and observation of Mrs. Bradbury, she hath lived according to the rules of the gospel amongst us; was a constant attender upon the ministry of the word, and all the ordinances of the gospel; full of works of charity and mercy to the sick and poor; neither have I seen or heard anything of her unbecoming the profession of the gospel.[10][11]

"The evidence against her was as scant as it was nonsensical. She was convicted with four others who were hanged in September, 1692. Mrs. Bradbury's execution was postponed, why we know not, but the delusion passed and her life was spared."[10]


Mary Bradbury died on 20 Dec 1700 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts[3][9][12] and was buried at Salisbury Colonial Buying Ground.[13]

Mary died testate, her will was dated 17 Feb 1695/6 (see attached), with probate opened on 16 Jan 1701, Probate case #2999.[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Early New England Families, 1641-1700. (Original Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013. By Alicia Crane Williams, Lead Genealogist.) Access online at with NEHGS membership. Profile of John Perkins, page 1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633. Boston: NEHGS, 1996-2011. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010). Vol. 3, page 1432.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Ferris, Mary Walton, ‘’Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines: A Memorial Volume Containing the American Ancestry of Rufus R. Dawes’’. Accessed online at HathiTrust. Vol. 1, page 484, 486.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Davis, Walter Goodwin, The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes, 1759-1820, of Topsfield, Massachusetts. Accessed online at Hathitrust. Page 87-89.
  5. Hillmorton Parish Register - Baptisms, 1611-1616, 15th line, 1615.
  6. Banks, Charles Edward, "The Planters of the Commonwealth: A Study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial Times, 1620-1640." Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., Copyright 1930, 2006. Page 92-93: Passengers on the Lyon.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Perkins, George Augustus, ‘’The Family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Massachusetts’’. (Salem, MA: G.A. Perkins, 1889), accessed at Pages 1-7.
  8. NEHGR, "Some Notices of the Family Perkins in America." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database:, NEHGS, 2001-2018). Vol. 10 (Jul 1856) p.213.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635. Boston: NEHGS, 1996-2011. (Online database:, Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013.). Vol. 1, page 379.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Cutter, William Richard. Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County Massachusetts. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1908. Access online at GoogleBooks. Vol. 2, p.613.
  11. Lapham, William Berry, "Bradbury Memorial. Records of Some of the Descendants of Thomas Bradbury, of Agamenticus (York) in 1634, and of Salisbury, Mass. in 1638." Portland ME: Brown, Thurston, 1890. Access online at Pages 63-66.
  12. Early Vital Records of Salisbury, Massachusetts, from 1600 to 1850. Online database of MA Vital Records Project. Deaths p.350 "Bradbury, Marey, wid. Capt. Tho[mas], Dec. 20, 1700. N. CT. BK."
  13. Find A Grave, database and images: accessed 14 Aug 2018, Mary Perkins Bradbury (3 Sep 1615–20 Dec 1700), Memorial #38426363, citing Salisbury Colonial Burying Ground, Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA. Photo of headstone has wrong dates.
  14. "Essex, Massachusetts Probate Records, 1648-1840.", Operations, Inc., 1997, Provo, UT, USA: probate 16 Jan 1701.

See Also:

  • New England, Salem Witches and Others Tried for Witchcraft, 1647-1697. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000. Accused 1692.
  • "US and Canada Passenger and Immigration Lists, 1500's - 1900's." Arrival 1631 at Boston MA.
  • Banks, Charles Edward. History of York, Maine. Reprint of 1931-35 by Baltimore, Regional Pub. Co., 1967. Accessed on HathiTrust Volume 1, Volume 2.
  • Davis, Walter Goodwin. Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1996.
  • Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA: Gale Research, 2012.
  • Kirk, Marshall K., "A Probable Royal Descent for Thomas Bradbury of Salisbury, Massachusetts." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Vol. 27 (Jan 2007) p.36.
  • Little, Thomas George. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1909.
  • Lowell, Delmar Rial. The Historic Genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899. Rutland, Vermont: The Tuttle Company, 1899.
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. The Whitgift-Bradbury Family, Mary Perkins, Daughter of John and Judith Perkins of Ipswich. Boston, Massachusetts: The New England Historic Genealogical Society. Vol. 23, 1869.
  • Perkins, Thomas Allen, comp. Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine and His Descendants 1583 - 1936. Haverhill, Massachusetts; Record Publishing Company, 1947.
  • Threlfall, John Brooks. The Ancestry of Thomas Bradbury and his wife Mary (Perkins) Bradbury of Salisbury, Massachusetts. Published by the author, 1988.
  • Warwickshire County Record Office. Hillmorton, Warwickshire Parish Register. Warwick, England; Warwickshire Anglican Registers.
  • Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. [database on-line]. Provo, Utah, USA: Operations Inc., 2004: May 1636 at Salisbury MA.


  • Thanks to Glenn Raitt for starting this profile.
  • This person was created through the import of the following GEDCOM files: Earls Family Tree Backup-1_2011-03-08.ged on 09 March 2011; Weaver.ged on 03 January 2011; family.ged on 21 September 2010; Dickinson Family Tree.ged on 31 March 2011; liddell3.ged on 30 April 2011; Savage.ged on 21 February 2011; grant2.ged on 07 February 2011; Ancestors of PBHowe.ged on Jun 6, 2011 by Buck Howe; Lent_Vise_2011-05-11aa.ged on May 26, 2011 by Bryan Sypniewski; Ancestors 2011.GED on Aug 20, 2011 by William Romanski.

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Searching for someone else?
First: Last:

No known carriers of Mary's mitochondrial DNA have taken an mtDNA test.

Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Images: 2
Mary Bradbury's Will
Mary Bradbury's Will

Mary Bradbury's Will
Mary Bradbury's Will


Mary is 21 degrees from Sharon Caldwell, 14 degrees from Burl Ives and 14 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

P  >  Perkins  |  B  >  Bradbury  >  Mary (Perkins) Bradbury