We are proud
to carry on an American Family Tradition that honors
God, Freedom, Family and Country.
In the name of
God, Amen. We whose names are under-written, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord, King James, by the grace of God,
of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc.
Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and
honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents
solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine our selves together into a civil body
politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute,
and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most
meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness
whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the eleventh of November, in the year of the reign of our sovereign
lord, King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Dom. 1620.
Our fore father Governor
William Bradford sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 to the new Country. When creating the Mayflower Compact, they all
believed that covenants were not only to be honored between God and man, but also between each other.They had always
honored covenants as part of their righteous integrity and agreed to be bound by this same principle with the Compact. President
John Adams descendant of John Alden, and many historians have referred to the Mayflower Compact as the foundation of the U.S.
Constitution written more than 150 later.
The Mayflower Compact is a written agreement composed by a consensus of the new Settlers arriving at
New Plymouth in November of 1620. They had traveled across the ocean on the ship Mayflower which was anchored in what is now
Provincetown Harbor near Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Mayflower Compact was drawn up with fair and equal laws based on God
and the Bible, for the general good of the settlement and with the will of the majority. The Mayflower’s passengers
knew that the New World’s earlier settlers failed due to a lack of government. They hashed out the content and eventually
composed the Compact for the sake of their own survival. There followed the signatures of all 41male members of the 102
passengers. This compact established the first basis in the new world for written laws. Half of the colony failed to
survive the first winter, but the remainder lived on and prospered.
Mayflower Compact was signed on 11 November 1620 on board the Mayflower,which was at anchor in Provincetown Harbor.
The document was drawn up in response to "mutinous speeches" that had come about because the Pilgrims had intended
to settle in Northern Virginia, but the decision was made after arrival to instead settle in New England. The Mayflower
Compact attempted to temporarily establish that government until a more official one could be drawn up in England that would
give them the right to self-govern themselves in New England.
America was indeed begun by men who honored
God and set their founding principles by the words of the Bible. They lived their lives with honesty, reliability, and fairness
toward establishing this country “for the sake of its survival.” A great many of America’s Founding Fathers
have been quoted in regard to living by Biblical values.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third U.S. President, chosen to write
the Declaration of Independence, said: "I have little doubt that the whole country will soon be rallied to the unity
of our Creator, and, I hope, to the pure doctrines of Jesus also." He proclaimed that it was the God of the Bible who
founded America in his 1805 inaugural address: "I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who
led our forefathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in this country."
proud to be the 12th and 13th Generation of Governor William Bradford.
John Cannon, Kelly Jane Cannon, Carol Ellen Eaton, John Campbell Eaton, Carl Herbert Eaton, Elliot David Eaton, David Eaton,
Amy Clark, Timothy Clark, Ann Dimmick, Ann Bradford, Joseph Bradford, Major William Bradford, Governor William Bradford.
|The Bradford Coat Of Arms
We are proud to carry on an American
Family Tradition of Christianity in accordance with God & The Bible!
“To give real service you must add
something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”