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Folk Biography Information

Folk Biography Information

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NameBradshaw, William
Date of Birth1842
Location/CommunityBibury
NotesBirth / baptism
Gloucestershire, Northleach, 1842, Jul, Aug, Sep, Vol. 11 p 359; Bibury, Gloucestershire, 9 October, 1842 [AB];

Marriage
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Cirencester, 1866, Apr, May, Jun, Vol. 6a, p 631; William Bradshaw married Harriet Reeves.

Death / burial
Gloucestershire, Northleach, 1920, Jan, Feb, Mar, Vol, 6a, p 520; age, 77.

BRADSHAW, WILLIAM
Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard,7/2/20 p.4 [Local news, Bibury]

TRAGIC DEATH AT BIBURY DETERMINED SUICIDE

On Wednesday night the death occurred under remarkable circumstances of William Bradshaw, aged 77, who resided with his wife at 24, Bibury Square. It appears that after going to his allotment and the Vicarage garden, he returned home at 3 pm. He had tea and sat by the fire until 8.30, when he had gruel and retired to rest. His wife did not hear anything further of him till midnight, when she went upstairs and told him she would get him a cup of tea. While doing so she heard him moving, and on going upstairs again saw him setting fire to the bedclothes with a candle, and holding his face in the flames. She tried to prevent him, but Bradshaw drove her out of the room and downstairs, out into the road. He locked the door and returned upstairs. Mrs Bradshaw called for help, and a neighbour, William Turner, forced an entrance, and on going upstairs found Bradshaw lying dead on the floor badly burned. Turner fetched the police constable, who found the bedding, a box, and a portion of the floor burnt where Bradshaw was lying dead. The old man had been suffering from bronchitis for about four months, and had been attended by Dr De War, who last saw him on Monday. Bradshaw had been an inmate of the county asylum, and his father had committed suicide by cutting his throat. These facts have been reported to the coroner, who is holding an inquest to-day.

My particular thanks to Dr. C J Bearman who researched a number of Gloucestershire singers as part of the Singing Landscape Project, 2008 - 2010 with whose kind permission this obituary is reproduced.
Census InformationCensus 1911
Place of birth, Bibury, Gloucestershire, c. 1843, age, 68; address, Bibury, Fairford, Gloucestershire; occupation, gardener, domestic; living with wife, Harriet, age, 61; place of birth, Fairford.

Census 1901
Place of birth, Bibury, Gloucestershire, c. 1843; age, 58; address, in village, Rodmarton, Gloucestershire; occupation, gardener, domestic; living with, wife, Harriet; age, 49; place of birth, Fairford, Gloucestershire.

Census 1891
Place of birth, Bibury, Gloucestershire, c. 1844; age, 47; address, Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire; occupation, gardener; living with, wife, Hariett; age, 43; place of birth, Fairford, Gloucestershire.

Census 1881
Place of birth, Bibury, Gloucestershire, c. 1843, age, 38; occupation, groom and gardener, domestic; address, Church Farm House, Coates, Cirencester, Gloucestershire; living with, wife, Harriet; age, 33; place of birth, Fairford, Gloucestershire; occupation, general domestic servant; in the household of Matilda Kilminster, age, 54; place of birth, Stratton, Gloucestershire, widow; farmer of 500 acres, employing 9 men, 6 boys and 4 women.

Census 1871
Place of birth, Bibury, Gloucestershire, c. 1843, age, 28; occupation, gardener; address, in village, Somerford Keynes, Wiltshire; living with, wife, Harriet; age, 25; place of birth, Fairford, Gloucestershire.

Census 1861
Place of birth, Bibury, Gloucestershire, c. 1843, age, 18; occupation, agricultural labourer; address, in village, Bibury; living with, mother, Sarah; age, 53; place of birth, Bibury; widow; occupation; agricultiral labourer; brother, James; age, 15; agricultural labourer; place of birth all siblings, Bibury; also, grand son Charles Wood; age, 5; place of birth Tainton, Oxfordshire.

Census 1851
Place of birth, Bibury, Gloucestershire, c. 1844, age, 7; scholar; living with, mother, Sarah; age, 43; place of birth, Bibury; widow; sister, Mary Ann; age, 14?; brother, John; age, 12; occupation, agricultural labourer; sister, Louisa; age, 9; scholar; brother, James; age, 5; place of birth all siblings, Bibury; also, lodger?, William Cruct [Cruch?]; age, 15; occupation, agricultural labourer; lodger?, Edward Burge; age, 15; occupation, agricultural labourer; lodger?, John Burge; age, 10; occupation, agricultural labourer; place of birth all lodgers, Bibury.
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