Biography of David L. Bradford
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Bradford, David L., son of Cornelius and Hannah (Ripley) Bradford, was born in Plymouth, Mass., December 19, 1850. His father was a lifelong resident of Plymouth, and his ancestry is of old Puritan stock, he being a direct descendant and eighth in the line of Governor Bradford, who came over in the Mayflower. As a boy he attended the public schools of Plymouth and gained his first business experience in the employ of the Plymouth Cordage Company. Later he made a voyage to the Grand Banks in a fishing vessel, and in 1871 came to Fall River, where he has since resided. Soon after his arrival he began to learn the carpenter's trade, working under Lorenzo H. Miller for about three years. He continued as a carpenter and contractor until 1894, when he was appointed to his present position as captain of Quequechan Steamer Company No. 1. Previous to this appointment Mr. Bradford had been a call man for a term of fifteen years. during which time he had gained a thorough knowledge of the workings of the fire department. In 1872 he married Sarah E. Gray, daughter of David I. and Sarah A. Gray, and they have four children: Laura G., Edward L., William and Clifford C.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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