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Capt. Benjamin BRADSHAW III
Frances DOWNER
Husband:  Benjamin BRADSHAW III
Birth:  11 May 1791, Fayette Co., VA [now Jessamine Co., KY]
Death:  18 Feb 1858, Christian Co., KY
Military:  War of 1812
Office:  1835-6, State Legislator
Father:  Benjamin BRADSHAW II
Mother:  Hope POOR
Marriage-1:  23 Oct 1818, Jessamine Co., KY
Wife-1:  Mary Curd BRADSHAW [a first cousin]
Birth:  29 Apr 1791, Jessamine Co., KY
Death:  12 Aug 1853, Christian Co., KY
Father:  William BRADSHAW
Mother:  Catherine CURD (John>John>Edward

Is her deathdate wrong?  Or were she and Benjamin divorced?  Or have we mixed up two Benjamin BRADSHAWs?

Marriage-2:  24 Feb 1840, Christian Co., KY
Wife-2:  Frances DOWNER
Birth:  9 Oct 1807, Christian Co., KY
Death:  25 Mar 1850, Christian Co., KY
Other Spouse:  m1. 1832, Joseph Francis CLARK
Father:  Benjamin B. DOWNER, Sr.
Mother:  Elizabeth SLAUGHTER
Children with Mary BRADSHAW born in Christian Co., KY:
  1.  Harriet BRADSHAW, 1 Sep 1819; d. 19 Mar 1876; m. 23 Oct 1838, Christian Co., KY, Fayette HARRISON
  2.  Orpha BRADSHAW, b. 22 Oct 1821
  3.  Elbridge BRADSHAW, b. 21 Jul 1823
  4.  Gustavus BRADSHAW, b. 9 Jul 1825; d. 22 Jul 1897, Christian Co., KY
  5.  Joshua BRADSHAW, b. 1 Sep 1827
  6.  William M. BRADSHAW, b. 22 Mar 1829; m. Louisa RAWLINS
  7.  Benjamin E. BRADSHAW, b. 6 Jan 1831
  8.  John L. BRADSHAW, b. 14 Jan 1838
Children with Frances DOWNER born in Christian Co., KY:
  9.  Benjamin Downer BRADSHAW, b. 8 Nov 1840; d. 26 Jan 1902, Christian Co., KY; m. 17 Jan 1861, Christian Co., KY, Frances Ann HOLLAND
10.  Adolphus BRADSHAW, b. 5 Jun 1846; d.s.p. 25 Dec 1846, Christian Co., KY
11.  Edgar BRADSHAW, b. 6 Apr 1849; d. 2 Jul 1913, Christian Co., KY; m. 19 Jun 1871, Christian Co., KY, Annie BUCKNER


1.  Marriage Index:  Kentucky, 1851-1900.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-233):
Bradshaw, Benjamin Clark, Francis Feb 24, 1840 Christian Co.

2.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1820 (Broderbund CD-314):
1820 Bradshaw, Benjamin KY Jessamine Co. p. 89
He is the only Benjamin BRADSHAW in KY on this CD, so is it the father, the son, or neither?

3.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1830 (Broderbund CD-315):
1830 Bradshaw, Benjamin KY Christian Co. p. 31
There were also two "Benjamine" BRADSHAWs in Jessamine Co., KY, which makes me worry that two Benjamin BRADSHAWs may have been mixed up on this family group sheet.  These three were the only Benjamin BRADSHAWs in KY on this CD.

4.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 (Broderbund CD-316):
1840 Bradshaw, Benjamin KY Christian Co. p. 203

5.  1850 Census Index/Microfilm (online at GenealogyLibrary.com):  District No. 2, Christian Co., KY, p. 363B, 62/63, enumerated 9 Aug 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Benjamin Bradshaw 59 M Farmer 6,080 Kentucky
Gustavus    " 25 M Deputy Sheriff      "
William M 21 M Constable      "
E. Bradshaw  2 M        "
S.J. Robertson 22 M Overseer   Virginia
Living next door to Benjamin's niece, Orra (BRADSHAW) KELLY, who is living eight doors down from Benjamin's nephew, Alexander BRADSHAW

6.  Anon.  1986.  Family Histories:  Christian County, Kentucky, 1797-1986.  Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY.  On p. 90, a biographical sketch of Benjamin C. BRADSHAW, grandson of Benjamin Downer BRADSHAW (son of our subjects).

7.  David R. Downer.  1900.  The Downers of America, with Genealogical Record.  Self-published, Newark, NJ (online at GenealogyLibrary.com).  On p. 132:
1470 FRANCES, b 9 Oct, 1807; d 25 Mar, 1850; m (1st) Joseph Clark; (2d) Benjamin Bradshaw. The latter was a captain in war of 1812. He was a member of State Legislature in 1835-6. By (1st) husband had Joseph D., Mary E. By (2d) had Benjamin D., Edgar. 

8.  Broderbund.  World Family Trees.  Vol. 42, Pedigree #260.

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