The History of Martha's Vineyard by Dr. Charles Banks:
Volume III Family Genealogies:  pp. 41-45


Compiled by Dr. Charles Banks, c. 1925.
Transcribed and prepared for the web by C. Baer 1999.


, b. 1 May 1768, son of Benjamin and Mary (Chamberlain) Benson, came to T. and m. MARGARET MANTER (112) 15 May 1789, who was b. 16 Apr. 1767 and d. 9 July 1807. He d. bef. 1807.

10. GEORGE, b. 1790.
11. BENJAMIN, b. 1792.
12. PRISCILLA, b. 1794; m. PATRICK FITZGERALD 16 June 1822.
13. SARAH CHASE, b. 1796; m. PETER M. VINCENT (119) 3 June 1821.
14. THOMAS, b. 1798; m. HANNAH VINCENT (88) 31 Oct. 1822. He d. 7 Aug. 1826, leaving one child.
15. PEGGY, b. 1801.

According to the census of 1790 there was a Benjamin Benson living in T. with a family, and Nathaniel, William and Timothy in E. with families. No connection is known bet. them and they prob. rem. from the island.



THOMAS BERWICK was an early resident of T., but did not remain long as he was called "of Newport" in 1680. (Ct. Rec.)



SAMUEL BICKFORD appeared as a res. of T. in 1680, having previously lived in Nantucket for several years and probably before that in Salisbury. He may be son of John of Dover, N. H. and the father of Jeremiah of Yarmouth and Eastham. He m. MARY COTTLE (3) but no descendants of his name remained on the Vineyard.



JOHN BISHOP was granted a lot in T. before 1671 "upon condition", which was not fulfilled as he did not become a settler. He may be identified with the John Bishop who was of Nantucket, 1661.



THOMAS BLAIR and BRICE BLAIR were residents of C. in 1719. The first named d. 1723 and adm. of his estate was granted in 1728 to Mary Magee. Nothing further is known of Brice Blair.



REV. ANDREW BOARDMAN, (Moses,3 Aaron,2 Williaml), b. 20 Feb. 1720-21 in Cambridge, Mass.; served as pastor of church in C. 1746 - 76 and m. KATHERINE ALLEN (140) 8 Oct. 1747, who was b. 19 Nov. 1727. He d. 19 Nov. 1776 and his wid. m. SHUBAEL COTTLE (53) 23 Nov. 1780.

40. ANDREW, b. 16 July 1748.
41. ABIGAIL, b. 9 Apr. 1750; m. NATHAN MAYHEW (250) 8 Nov. 1781.
42. KATHERINE, b. 19 Mch. 1752; m. NATHANIEL BASSETT (70) 2 May 1788.
43. WILLIAM, b. 16 Nov. 1753.
44. ELIZABETH, b. 25 Nov. 1755.
45. SYLVANUS, b. 15 Sept. 1757. Baptist clergyman, res. Livermore, Me.
46. WALTER, b. 12 July 1761; m. (l) JANE HILLMAN (195) 4 Dec. 1790; (2) ZADA SCOVILLE
47. HERBERT, b. 1l Apr. 1764; m. MARY MERRY (81) 1788.
48. JANE, b. 14 Aug. 1767; m. SARSON CHASE (226).



JOHN BOUDESART was granted land in E. 15 Dec. 1671, but it was forfeited for non-occupancy two years later. He was a witness to the deed to the Proprietors of T., 31 Jan. 1671. He is probably identical with the John Budgezert who resided in the Province of Maine and m. there prior to 1669. [See Old Families of Salisbury, Vol. I., p. 188.]



SAMUEL BRADFORD, (Samue1,4 John,3 William2,1), b. 1740 in Plympton, Mass. Came to C. and m. LYDIA PEASE (450) 25 Nov. 1762. He practiced medicine in the town for some years but rem. elsewhere. They had the following children: SHUBAEL, SARAH, SAMUEL, EDWARD, GRAY, PARDON and LYDIA.



SAMUEL BRADLEY, whose origin is unknown, came to E. abt. 1785 and m. MARY BEETLE (60) 2 July 1785. He was a seafaring man and left the island on a voyage, being last heard from in France.

10. THOMAS, b. 18 Feb. 1787 [in Edgartown]; m. HANNAH BEETLE (76) 1 Sept. 1814, who was b. 29 Apr. 1791. He was a master mariner and res. T. They had CHARLES* b. 21 Apr. 1816; HENRY b. 21 Apr. 1818 (twins) EMILY b. 30 May 1819; JANE b. 15 Mch. 1821. Henry is the ancestor of the existing family of this name in T. (*Charles Bradley m. Nancy Athearn 11 Oct. 1840, who was b. 11 Aug. 1821 and their eldest child, Isadora b. 7 Sept. 1841, became the wife of Murray W. Horton, a native of Wellfleet. Nellie Winchester Horton, b. 2 Sept. 1867 dau. of Murray W. Horton, m. George Hamilton Dean 10 June 1891 the publisher of the first two volumes of this history, and has two daughters, Marjorie, b. 30 Oct. 1895 and Florence Horton b. 17 Mch. 1899.)

[Thomas was a merchant and called "one of the most enterprising business men in the county" in his Gazette obituary. He was the richest man in Tisbury in 1850, 1860, and 1870 according to census figures. Thomas d. 5 Aug 1873 in Tisbury of apoplexy, and Hannah Bradley died 6 Mar 1864 in Holmes Hole of consumption. They are both buried at Vineyard Haven Village Cemetery.]
[In regard to their children, Charles Bradley m. Nancy Athearn on 11 Oct. 1840 in Tisbury. He was a Tisbury store-owner (1870). Their children included Isadora Bradley and Mary A. Bradley.
[Henry Bradley m. Caroline W. Daggett on 1 Aug 1839 in Tisbury. He was a Tisbury merchant (1860) and owned a Dry Good Store (1870), and their children included Leander D. Bradley, Henry Bradley, Oscar D. Bradley, Silvester P. G. Bradley, Hannah F. Bradley, and Seth D. Bradley.
[Emily Bradley m. Capt. Zenas Dillingham on 2 Jun 1838. She m. (2nd) Capt. William Cleveland. She died of "hypertrophy of heart" on 22 Jul 1868 in Holmes Hole. See The Dillingham Family of Martha's Vineyard for more information on this family.
[Jane Bradley m. Tisbury tailor Samuel Andrews (1822-1889) on 7 May 1843 in Tisbury, and their children included Eliza E. Andrews, Emma J. Andrews, and Addie L. Andrews. She died of Typhus Fever in Holmes Hole on 3 Apr 1865.]

11. POLLY, b. (1789).
12. BETSEY, b. (1791).
13. GILES, b. (1793).



HACKOLIAH BRIDGES, previously of Ipswich, was a resident of the Vineyard and was drowned "att the Gay Head" 23 Nov. 1671. His estate was administered by Richard Sarson.



FRANCIS BRYAN resided in C. 1731-1733, serving as schoolmaster in that town.



JONATHAN BUNKER, b. 1729, res. E., mariner. He m. JERUSHA PEASE (342) and was of the Military Co. in 1757 and he d. 1 Jan. 1779. Prob. from Nantucket. His dau. HANNAH m. THOMAS RIPLEY (33). Several other of the name married on the island.


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