Bradshaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the name Bradshaw date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in one of the settlements named Bradshaw in Derbyshire, Lancashire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Bradshaw family

The surname Bradshaw was first found in Lancashire at Bradshaw, a chapelry in the parish and union of Bolton in the hundred of Salford, now part of Greater Manchester. The chapelry dates back to 1246 when it was listed as Bradeshaghe and literally meant "broad wood or copse" derived from the Old English brad + sceaga. [1] The chapelry is "where the Bradshaws have flourished from the time of the Saxons." [2] John de Bradshagh was rector of the church of St. Michael, Aughton, Lancashire in 1382. Years later the same church's records listed William Bradshagh as the rector in 1489, with Thomas Bradshagh as his patron. [3] One would presume that the rectors were related.

There is another Bradshaw in the West Riding of Yorkshire. This ecclesiastical district, in the parish and union of Halifax is much larger than the Lancashire chapelry, but little was found in relation to the surname.

Important Dates for the Bradshaw family

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Bradshaw Spelling Variations

Bradshaw has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bradshaw have been found, including Bradshaw, Bradshay, Bradshaigh, Bradshawe, Braidshaw and many more.

Early Notables of the Bradshaw family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Henry Bradshaw (c.1450-1513), English poet; William Bradshaw (1571-1618), English Puritan divine, son of Nicholas Bradshaw, of a Lancashire family, born at Market Bosworth, Leicestershire; Richard Bradshaigh or Bradshaw (1602-1669), an English Jesuit, born in Lancashire; John Bradshaw (1602-1659), one of the judges to preside over the trial and subsequent death sentence of Charles I of England; Sir Roger Bradshaigh, 1st Baronet (1628-1684), an English politician, Member...
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Migration of the Bradshaw family to Ireland

Some of the Bradshaw family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Bradshaw migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bradshaws to arrive on North American shores:

Bradshaw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Giles Bradshaw who settled in Virginia in 1622 with his wife and child
  • Hen Bradshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [4]
  • Robert Bradshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1640 [4]
  • Humphrey Bradshaw, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1642 [4]
  • Richard Bradshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bradshaw Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Bradshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [4]
  • Eliza Bradshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [4]
Bradshaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Bradshaw, who arrived in America in 1801 [4]
  • George Bradshaw, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1831 [4]
  • James Bradshaw, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [4]
  • J Bradshaw, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • Helen Bradshaw, aged 33, who arrived in New York in 1864 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bradshaw migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bradshaw Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Captain William Bradshaw of Ireland who fled Connecticut in 1728 and settled in Ontario, Canada
  • Samuel Bradshaw, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Cotton Bradshaw, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Bradshaw, who landed in Saint Vincent in 1778
  • Mr. Asahel Bradshaw, aka "Asal" U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783 [5]
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Bradshaw migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bradshaw Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Bradshaw, a pipe-maker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Joseph Bradshaw, a gardener, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Bradshaw, a weaver, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William B. Bradshaw, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [6]
  • Mary Ann Bradshaw, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bradshaw migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bradshaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Bradshaw, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Edward Bradshaw, aged 28, a basketmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Bradshaw, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • John E Bradshaw, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • Mr. Thomas Bradshaw, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bradshaw (post 1700)

  • John Elliot Bradshaw (1933-2016), American educator, counselor and motivational speaker; he hosted a number of PBS television programs about self-help
  • Benjamin Joseph Bradshaw (1879-1960), American Olympic gold medalist for wrestling at the 1904 games
  • Major-General Aaron Jr. Bradshaw (1894-1976), American Commanding General Anti-Aircraft Artillery 5th Army (1944 to 1945) [8]
  • Terry Paxton Bradshaw (b. 1948), former American professional NFL football player, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989
  • Gillian Marucha Bradshaw (b. 1956), American writer of historical fiction, historical fantasy, children's literature, science fiction, and contemporary science-based novels
  • Samuel Carey Bradshaw (1809-1872), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Clarence Bradshaw, American Republican politician, Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1961 [9]
  • B. M. Bradshaw, American Democrat politician, Chair of Lewis County Democratic Party, 1921 [9]
  • Arlyn R. Bradshaw, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 2008 [9]
  • Albert M. Bradshaw, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Ocean County, 1870-71 [9]
  • ... (Another 49 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Bradshaw family

Hillcrest Coal Mine
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Thomas F Bradshaw (b. 1919), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Bristol, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. J.A. Bradshaw (d. 1912), aged 43, English Plate Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [12]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Harry F. Bradshaw, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [13]

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) Aaron Bradshaw. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bradshaw/Aaron_Jr./USA.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from http://www.hillcrestminedisaster.com/data/index.php?title=List_Of_Miners
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  12. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  13. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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