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Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, Volume I, 5th ed., 1887
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 a 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 an 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.