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Birth, Death and Marriage Records for the Bradford Genealogy

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Some Famous People with the surname of Bradford

Wikipedia William Bradford (March 19, 1590 ? May 9, 1657) was an English leader of the Separatist settlers of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, and was elected thirty times to be the Governor after John Carver died.
Wikipedia William Bradford (1719 ? September 25, 1791) was a printer, soldier, and leader during the American Revolution from Philadelphia.
Wikipedia William Bradford (September 14, 1755 ? August 23, 1795) was a lawyer and judge from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the second United States Attorney General in 1794-1795.
Wikipedia Andrew Bradford (1686 ? November 24 1742) was an early American printer in colonial Philadelphia.
Wikipedia Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE (born 10 May 1933) is an English novelist.
Wikipedia George Nicholson Bradford VC (1887 ? 1918) was a British naval officer.
Wikipedia Roland Boys Bradford VC MC (1892 ? 1917) was an British Army Officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Wikipedia Professor Alex Bradford (1927 ? 1978) was a multi-talented gospel composer, singer, arranger and choir director who was a great influence on artists such as Little Richard, Bob Marley and Ray Charles and who helped bring about the modern mass choir movement in gospel.
Wikipedia The Reverend Robert Jonathan Bradford MP (8 June 1941 ? 14 November 1981) was a Vanguard Unionist and Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for the Belfast South constituency in Northern Ireland until he was killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army on 14 November 1981.
Wikipedia Jesse Bradford (born May 28, 1979) is an American actor.
Wikipedia Rosalie Bradford (August 27, 1943 ? November 29, 2006) holds the Guinness World Record for most weight lost by a woman.
Wikipedia Raymond William ('Bill') Bradford (September 20 1947 ? December 8 2005) was an American writer chiefly known for editing, publishing, and writing for the libertarian magazine "Liberty".
Wikipedia Todd Bradford was a professional wrestler better known as Todd Champion.
Wikipedia Corey Lamon Bradford (born December 8, 1975 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American football wide receiver who currently is a free agent of the NFL.
Wikipedia Chadwick Lee "Chad" Bradford (born September 14, 1974) is an American relief pitcher who is currently a free agent.
Wikipedia Augustus Williamson Bradford (January 9, 1806 March 1, 1881), a Democrat, was the 32nd Governor of Maryland in the United States from 1862 to 1866.
Wikipedia Captain Gamaliel Bradford, privateersman, was born in Duxbury, Mass.
Wikipedia Arthur Houston Bradford (born November 19, 1969, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine) is an American short story author and a director.
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Wikipedia Richard Bradford (born November 10, 1937) is an American actor, known for his lead role as former CIA agent turned private eye McGill in the British TV adventure series "Man in a Suitcase", made by ITC in 1967.
Wikipedia Phil Notaro is an American gay pornographic actor known by his stage names Kyle Bradford and Chad Slater.
Wikipedia Ronald "Ronnie" Bradford (born October 1, 1970 in Minot, North Dakota) is a former American football player who played defensive back for the Denver Broncos (1993-1995), Arizona Cardinals (1996), Atlanta Falcons (1997-2001) and Minnesota Vikings (2002) in the NFL.
Wikipedia John Bradford (1510 - 1555) was a prebendary of St.
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Wikipedia Mark Bradford (born 1961) is an American artist living and working in Los Angeles.
Wikipedia Charles William Bradford (born July 25, 1944 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former outfielder for the Chicago White Sox (1966-70, 1972-75 and 1976), Cleveland Indians (1970-71), Cincinnati Reds (1971) and St.
Wikipedia William Richard "Bill" Bradford (1948-2008) was an American murderer who was incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison for the 1984 murders of his 15-year-old neighbor Tracey Campbell and barmaid Shari Miller.
Wikipedia David Bradford (born 1760) was a successful lawyer and deputy attorney-general for Washington County, Pennsylvania in the late 1700s.
Wikipedia Littleton Waller Tazewell Bradford (1848?1918) was a prominent Virginia politician and a founder of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
Wikipedia Joseph "Joe" Bradford (22 January 1901 ? 6 September 1980) was an English professional footballer who played as a centre forward.
Wikipedia Samuel Jacob Bradford (born November 8, 1987 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American football quarterback who formerly played for the Oklahoma Sooners college football team.
Wikipedia Richard Bradford (born March 9, 1963) is the defensive line coach for the Chicago Force of the Independent Women's Football League.
Wikipedia Gamaliel Bradford (9 October 1863 - 11 April 1932) was an American biographer, critic, poet, and dramatist.
Wikipedia Allen Alexander Bradford (July 23, 1815 ? March 12, 1888) was a Delegate from the Territory of Colorado.
Wikipedia John Bradford (1749?1830) was an early American settler in Kentucky, where he established himself as one of the territory's leading printers.
Wikipedia David Bradford (January 8, 1939 ? February 22, 2005) was a prominent American economist and professor of economics and public affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
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Wikipedia James Chapin Bradford (born in Michigan, 1945) is a professor of history at Texas A&M University and a respected specialist in American maritime, naval, and military history in the early national period of American History.
Wikipedia James Arthur Bradford (3 July 1902 ? 13 April 1944) was an English footballer who played his entire professional career (from 1922 to 1936) as a half back with Southampton.
Wikipedia Perry Bradford (14 February 1893, Montgomery, Alabama - 20 April 1970, New York City) was an African American composer, songwriter, and vaudeville performer.
Wikipedia Mark Bradford (born October 7, 1984 in Los Angeles, California) is an American football wide receiver for the California Redwoods of the United Football League.
Wikipedia Virginia Bradford was born Ada Virginia Estes on 18 November 1900 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Wikipedia Michael Bradford (born 1961) is a musician and producer.