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Below is a family biography included in History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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WILLIAM M. BRADSHAW was born March 22, 1829, in Christian County, Ky. He is the seventh child of nine children born to Benjamin and Mary E. (Bradshaw) Bradshaw, natives of Jessamine County, Ky. The father was a soldier in the war of 1812. He represented his county in the legislature for several years, and was justice for twenty-five years. He was son of Benjamin Bradshaw. William M. Bradshaw was reared on a farm, and received a fair common school education. He lived with his parents till he was twenty-five years of age, when he married Miss Louisa Rawlins, of Christian County, Ky., daughter of Franklin and Amelia A. (Campbell) Rawlins, natives of Maryland and Todd County, Ky., respectively, and of English and Scotch-Irish descent. To this union were born four children: Benjamin F., Mary W., Robert E. and Manie. In 1859 Mr. B. moved to Ballard County, where he engaged in farming on the place where he now resides, and which had been purchased by his father. Mr. Bradshaw is the possessor of 300 acres of land in good condition, which he has improved mostly by his own efforts. He was elected constable two terms and acted as deputy sheriff two terms in Christian County; he was also deputy clerk of Ballard County for about twenty years. He was formerly a Mason, and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 186 biographies included in the Ballard County, Kentucky section of The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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