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ROBERT BRADISH (d. 1657/9) of Cambridge
Robert died between 12 (3) 1657, when his will was written, and 28 (7) 1659, when inventory was taken. [Ref] Robert married first Mary Unknown. Mary died in Sept 1638 in Braintree or Cambridge. [Ref][Ref] Robert married second Vashti Unknown. Vashti was alive on 29 Oct 1659, when she deposed on her husband's will. [Ref]
On 28 Aug 1635 "John Steele of the New towne" sold Robert Bradish all his land in Newtowne [Cambridge]. [Ref, entry for John Steele] On 8 Feb 1635/6 Robert was living on the southwest corner of Crooked Street in Cambridge. [Ref]
His wife kept a bakeshop. [Ref]
Robert's estate amounted to about £207. Unusually, he left his entire estate, both in Boston and in Cambridge, to Vashti for as long as she lived. He mentions his sons James and John, his son-in-law Ezekiel Morrell, his son Joseph, his daughter Mary Gibbs, his daughter Hannah and his 'brother Isaac Morrell' - presumably Ezekiel's father. [Ref]
Children of Robert Bradish and Mary Unknown:
Joseph Bradish ran away with the 400-ton ship the Adventure, leaving its crew stranded on a remote Indian island. He brought the vessel to Montauk in late 1698 or early 1699 and sunk it between Montauk and Block Island. He and a companion were arrested when they returned to Boston. With the collusion of the jailor's maidservant they escaped, but were subsequently recaptured. [Ref] Joseph was shipped to London on the H.M.S. Advice, along with Capt. Kidd and other pirates. He was hanged at Hope Dock in London in 1700. [Ref]
Children of Robert Bradish and Vashti Unknown: All listed in the early Boston records as born in Cambridge. [RefRef]
Parents: Robert Bradish and Mary Unknown
Mary Bradish married Matthew Gibbs. [Ref, p. 714]
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