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This is page 1 of 10 providing the history of two, we believe unrelated, Bradbury families in the Saddleworth area of Yorkshire. Pages 1-7 show the Fairbanks & Runninghill family’s history. Pages 8-10 show the Dig-Lee family’s history. If you have a connection to any individual or family featured here, or if you want to leave us your feedback, contact us. Browse the Bradbury pages by clicking the last page/next page buttons or following the numbered (e.g. [2]) or parental ([Parents]) links.

The Bradbury Family of Saddleworth, Yorkshire

1. John BRADBURY. Saddleworth Historical Society sources describe John as “of Lee Green and Fairbanks”. John’s birth and baptism dates are not known, but he died in 1720 and was buried 1/3/1720.


John married Mary BUCKLEY, daughter of Henry BUCKLEY and an unknown spouse.  Mary died in 1731 and was buried 29/5/1731.

They had the following children:


(1) James [2]. (2) Thomas, born about 1691. (3) Sarah, born about 1694.  (4) John [3]

First Generation

Second Generation

2. James BRADBURY [Parents]. Born about 1689 in Saddleworth, Yorkshire. James lived at Fairbanks & died 17/10/1737 in Saddleworth, age about 49. He was buried 29/10/1737.  Occupation: Clothier.

On 10/7/1714 James married Mary BENTLEY, in Saddleworth. Mary was buried 3/12/1764 in Saddleworth.

They had the following children, all baptized St Chad, Saddleworth:


(1) John, baptized 1715. (2) Ann, baptized 1716. (3) Sarah, baptized 1720. Sarah married Elias BROADBENT of Diggle. (4) Mary, baptized 1721. (5) Hannah, baptized 1724. Hannah married James BROADBENT of Platt Lane. (6) Thomas [4]. (7) Alice, baptized 1729. (8) James [5]. (9) Martha (dates not known).  Martha married James LEES of Hilltop.

3. John BRADBURY [Parents]. John was baptized 9/5/1696 in Saddleworth (St Chad). John died 1773 in Saddleworth, age about 77, and was buried 29/10/1737. John lived at Fairbanks until his marriage, when he moved to Runninghill.

On 26/2/1722 John married Patience MALLALIEU, daughter of John & Mary MALLALIEU, in Saddleworth. Patience was baptized 28/6/1701 in Saddleworth (St Chad). In 1708, when Patience was age about 8, her father John left her Runninghill Farm in his Last Will & Testament dated 8/5/1708. Patience died 1742 & was buried 25/6/1742 in Saddleworth.


They had the following children:


(1) James [6]. (2) Mary, baptized 3/2/1724.  On 9/4/1752 Mary married Miles SCHOLEFIELD of Castleshaw, Saddleworth. Mary died 21/3/1769. (3) John [7]. (4) Henry, baptized 4/7/1731. Buried 19/12/1798 in Saddleworth, age 67. (5) Sarah baptized 3/2/1733. Sarah had one child, John baptized 26/1/1767, by John SHAW. (6) Patience, baptized 9/5/1736. (7) Robert [8]. (8) Alice, baptized 2/11/1740. On 17/7/1761, when Alice was age 20, she married James FITTON, in Saddleworth.

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