More on the mystery of John Bradshaw:

John Bradshaw and Catherine Huffman had children Leander (my ancestor), Matilda, John Monroe, Elijah Liter, Julia, Mary Ann, Malinda, Sarah Ann, and Susan Catherine.

More on Matilda and Edward Martin:

A marriage certificate has been found for Matilda A. Bradshaw and Edward P. Martin.  They married in St. Louis, Missouri, on 27 February 1848.  So, more questions.  Why did they go to St. Louis to marry?  Did they do this because Matilda did not have consent from her mother to marry?  Or, did Matilda not have consent from her guardian, Thomas Conn?  So many questions!

So, Matilda and Edward have been found living in Nelson County, KY, with Matilda’s brother, in the 1850 census (an R. Martin, age 17, was living with them).  In 1860, they are living in Vermillion County, Illinois (Katie Wilson (7), Mary Mandrig, Wm E. Martin (17), and E. G. Draper are living with them).  By 1870, they are living in Jefferson County, KY (Julia (13) and Gertrude (12) Bradshaw, and Kate Trigg (5), are living with them).  In 1880, they are back in Nelson County (Katie Trigg (14) is living with them).

I do not yet know when Edward Martin died.  I do know that Matilda died at the Home for Aged and Infirm in Louisville, Kentucky on 12 January 1911, and is buried in Eastern Cemetery in Louisville.  I have contacted the cemetery, and many of their records for the time period before 1911 have been lost.  So, if Edward is buried there, there is no way to find him!  I have not found Matilda in a census in 1900 or 1910 either.  I wonder where she was!

If I could find the will for Edward, then maybe I would know whether or not they had their own children.   And, a will may explain who the young Bradshaw’s were in 1870.  I have had no success as yet in finding a will for Edward.