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Husband:  Charles BRADSHAW
Birth:  1751 or 1760, VA
Death:  Mar/Apr 1828, Weakly Co., TN
Father:  William BRADSHAW II
Mother:  Susannah ROBINSON
Wife-1:  Rachel THOMPSON
Birth:  1755, Anson [now Mecklenburg] Co., NC
Death:  by 1807
Father:  Gideon THOMPSON, Jr.
Mother:  Janette Ann REID
Marriage-2:  24 Jan 1807, Logan Co., KY
Wife-2:  Louisa / Lucretia MEREDITH
Birth:  1765-75
Death:  in or aft. 1830
Children with Rachel THOMPSON:
1.  (Son A) BRADSHAW, b. 1784-1794
2.  (Son B) BRADSHAW, b. 1794-1800
3.  (Son C) BRADSHAW, b. 1800-1810
4.  (Daughter A) BRADSHAW, b. 1800-1810
Children for certain with Lucretia MEREDITH:
5.  (Daughter B) BRADSHAW, b. 1800-1810
6.  (Daughter C) BRADSHAW, b. 1810-15
7.  (Daughter D) BRADSHAW, b. 1810-15
8.  (Son D) BRADSHAW, b. 1810-20
9.  (Daughter E) BRADSHAW, b. 1810-20
Without birthdates, there is no way to know how to fit the children into the above sequence:
The five named in the will:
.  Gideon T. BRADSHAW
.  Mary "Polly" BRADSHAW
.  Susannah BRADSHAW
.  Rebecca BRADSHAW
Not named in the will:
.  Charles BRADSHAW
.  Melinda BRADSHAW


1.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  KY, NC, TN, VA, WV Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
Bradshaw, Charles Meredith, Louisa 24 Jan 1807 Logan Co.

2.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1790 (Broderbund CD-311):  no Charles BRADSHAW found.

3.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1790 (Broderbund CD-311):
1790 Bradsha, Charles NC Lincoln Co. p. 114 01-00-01-00-00
1790 Bradsha, Charles NC Lincoln Co. p. 115 01-02-02-00-00
Other BRADSHAWs in Lincoln Co. were Jonas, Seth (brother), Jos., Jude (grandmother), and William.  Charles's brothers, Josiah, Obadiah, Isaiah, William, and Field, were in Burke Co.  Who is the other Charles?  And which is our subject?

4.  Anon.  1990.  Logan County, Kentucky, Taxpayers, 1792-1799.  T.L.C. Genealogy, Miami Beach, FL:  no BRADSHAWs.

5.  Anon.  1991.  The 1795 Census of Kentucky [as constructed from tax lists].  T.L.C. Genealogy, Miami Beach, FL (said to include every extant tax list from every county existing in the state of Kentucky in 1795):  no BRADSHAWs.

6.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312):  except for one William in Burke Co., NC, none of these BRADSHAWs (Charles or his brothers) are indexed as being in NC, nor are they found anywhere on the CD.  The 1800 KY (and VA and TN) censuses were destroyed, so I suspect they were in KY.

7a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 (Broderbund CD-313).  Please see my WARNING regarding use of this database (the numerical data have the genders switched and the slave data are omitted). 
1810 Bradshaw, Charles KY Christian Co. p. 113 20010-1111000

7b.  1810 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #62 of 66; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1810 KY Christian Co. p. 498 Ln. 7 Charles Bradshaw 11110-20010-05
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1800-1810 = Son C
1 male 10-15 1794-1800 = Son B
1 male 16-25 1784-1794 = Son A
1 male 26-44 1765-1784 = Charles (b. 1751)
2 females 9 or under 1800-1810 = Daughter B
= Daughter A
1 female 26-44 1765-1784 = Lucretia (b. 1765-75)
5 slaves all ages in or bef. 1810 = ? ? ? ? ?
Either the enumerator made an error or Charles is fibbing about his age, which he may have done as a widower seeking a new wife.  The only other BRADSHAW in the county is a distant cousin, Edward BRADSHAW

8.  1820 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #5 of 21; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1820 KY Logan Co. Russellville p. 31 Ln. 14 Charles Bradshaw 100111-32101-0-300 2000-1110
These data indicate:laves
No., Race, Gender  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 white male 9 or under 1810-1820 = Son D
1 white male 19-25* 1794-1801 = Son B
1 white male 26-44 1775-1794 = Son A
1 white male 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Charles
3 white females 9 or under 1810-1820 = Daughter E
= Daughter D
= Daughter C
2 white females 10-15 1804-1810 = Daughter B
= Daughter A
1 white female 16-25 1794-1804 = ?
1 white female 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Lucretia (b. 1765-75)
3 people engaged in agriculture
2 male slaves 13 and under 1806-1820 = ? ?
1 female slave 13 and under 1806-1820 = ?
1 female slave 14-25 1794-1806 = ?
1 female slave 26-44 1775-1794 = ?
*In the 1820 Census, the third column is age class 16-18 and the fourth column is age class 16-25; therefore, any individual in column three is duplicated in column four.  By subtracting the number in column three from the number in column four, you can create an age class "19-25."
The female born 1794-1804 was not in the household in 1810, so she is probably not a daughter.  Listed next to David MEREDITH.

9.  1830 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #48 of 51 indexed "Lucretia Bradshaw"; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 TN Weakly Co. p. 343 Ln. 25 Lucretia? Bradshaw 000 000 000 - 001 200 100 000 000 - 000 100
These data indicate:
No., Race, Gender Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 white female 10-14 1815-1820 = Daughter E
2 white females 15-19 1810-1815 = Daughter D
= Daughter C
1 white female 40-49 1780-1790 = Lucretia (b. 1765-75) 
1 free colored female 36-54 1775-1794 = ?
Lucretia is fibbing about her age, as widows are inclined to do.  Looks like Lucretia divested herself of her slaves.

10.  Will of Charles BRADSHAW, recorded 18 Apr 1828 (mea culpa, I neglected to note the source of the transcription):
In the name of God, Amen.

I Charles Bradshaw being of sound mind and memory but in feeble health doth hereby make this my last will and testament, revoking at the same time all other previously made.

In the first place, I give and bequeath to my son John a negro woman named Easter and a negro boy named Wonder.

I give to my son Gideon T. Bradshaw a negro woman named Hannah and a negro girl named Maria.

I give to my daughter Polly two negro girls, Jinny and Caty or Catharine.

To my daughter Susanna I give one Sorrel mare and one feather bed and furniture.

To my daughter Rebecca I give one bay horse and one bed and furniture.

My old negro woman Francis I wish to be set free.

To my beloved wife Lucretia I give and bequeath during her natural life three negroes, ?? Cyntha, Fanny, and James.  At her death I wish them set free, their offspring if any in the mean time I wish divided among my five last children by my wife Lucretia.  My stock of cattle, hogs, household and other furniture I give and bequeath to my wife Lucretia until her death to be sold and equally divided among all my children.

All moneys due me I wish collected as speedily as possible and after paying my just debts the balance I wish divided among all my children.  I hereby constitute and appoint my son John Bradshaw and my friend William Baldridge sen. Executors to this my last will and testament.  In testimony where of I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this 16th day of March in the year our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty eight.
Signed sealed in the presence of Wm. L. McNeill
Benjamin Malin
State of Tennessee
County of Weakley

Charles certainly acquired quite a few more slaves between the 1820 census and the writing of this will, from five to ten.

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