Bradford, Dorothy – Mayflower


This Dorothy Bradford mug is part of our collection of Mayflower history biographical mugs.  An image of Dorothy Bradford and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Dorothy (May) Bradford, who was from Cambridgeshire, England, was the wife of William Bradford.  She had a son, John, whom they left behind in England when they sailed on the Mayflower.  Dorothy died at sea, in the (Provincetown Harbor) after reaching Plymouth, on December 7, 1620.  Dorothy Bradford was on board the Mayflower while William was on an expedition to locate a place for the settlement.  She was on the slippery deck of the Mayflower when she fell overboard into the freezing waters.  Her bulky woolen winter clothing made it impossible for her to stay afloat long enough to be rescued.

The Mayflower

The Mayflower left England in September 1620 with 102 men, women and children bound for Virginia.  After 65 days they arrived far north of their preferred destination.  They created a government on arrival forming the Mayflower Compact, which stated the colonists would create “laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices…,” follow their Christian faith, work together for the common good, and be loyal subjects to King James.

This Dorothy Bradford history mug is part of our Mayflower history series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.
  • Shipping charges are lower when buying multiple mugs.

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