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Below is a family biography included in The History of Hickory County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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 Bradshaw was born in the “Old North State” (Caldwell County), in May, 1843, and, when a small boy, was taken by his parents, Burton and Sarah (Kerby) Bradshaw, to Hickory County, Mo. His parents were born, reared and married in their native State, and died in Missouri, the father many years ago, and the mother about 1881. William Bradshaw is the eldest of their six children, and about the time he reached manhood the Rebellion broke out, and he immediately joined the Federal forces, serving three years in the Missouri State Militia, and received his discharge at Osceola, St. Clair County, Mo. On the 21st of February, 1864, he was married to Miss L. G. Poe, who was born in Hickory County, Mo., in 1845, and by her has a family of five children: Albert M., Henry C., Mary C., Sarah E., and Eliza F. Mr. Bradshaw owns a fine farm of 185 acres of land, and gives much of his attention to raising blooded stock, having a fine herd of short-horn cattle, and a large drove of Poland China hogs. In politics Mr. Bradshaw is a Republican. His grandfather was Seth Bradshaw, a native of North Carolina, who was an early resident of Hickory County, Mo., and there died. His mother’s maiden name was Goolsby, and she was born in Ireland. Hawkins Kerby, the maternal grandfather of Mr. Bradshaw, was a farmer of Caldwell County, N. C. Mrs. Bradshaw’s parents, Alvin and Rebecca (Harris) Poe, were born in Kentucky, in 1811, and February 21, 1811, respectively. They were married May 6, 1829, and the father is still living in Benton County, Mo., but the mother is deceased. They were the parents of eight children.

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This family biography is one of 53 biographies included in The History of Hickory County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Hickory County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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