Posted By:Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Gould
Subject:Barham-Bradshaw-Branch-Godwin-Gould,VA 2
Post Date:June 23, 2001 at 18:40:10
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This will update and correct what I posted here on 25 Jan. 2001: I hope I have now made all the corrections.

Interested in Mordecai Bradshaw and his son Mordecai Hawkins ("Hawk") Bradshaw and their
relation to other old Southampton Cty families.

1. Mordecai Bradshaw, born c. 1810 died about 1865?

2. He had a son Mordecai Hawkins Bradshaw who was called "Hawk" Bradshaw.

We have always been told that the older Mordecai Brahshaw married Amy Barham who was a sister of Sally Henry Barham (c.1816-1885) who married James Gould (1834-1902) . . . date of marriage not recorded but believed to be around 1855-60.
Sally was living with the first Mordecai Bradshaw family when James met her. James later married Martha Ann Norsworthy in 1885, and they were my grandparents. Martha , born 1862, died at our house in Portsmouth, Virginia, in March of 1934. I remember her quite well and we still have her old bed.
Sally was said to have been born in Warren County, N.C. and some say the family was from Petersburg, Va. I have found a record of a Sally Barham who was born in N.C. in 1816 and whose family moved around in N.C. and Virginia, but I need more information.

James Gould bought and/or sold land to Mordecai H. (Hawk) Bradshaw in 1866 and 1875. (Southampton County court records)

Amy and Sally (Sarah) had a brother named William Henry Barham, of whom I know very little. We have always been told that their mother was named Elizabeth (last name unknown).

Mordecai and Amy Bradshaw had the following children that I know of:
1. Matty, who married Octavius (Tavy) Wells;
2. Sarah, who married John Harris;
3. Susan (Sue) S., who married Alec Branch (see account below );
4. Hawk, who is said to have disappeared.
I have found his descendants in another state (details in request) My grandfather James Gould thought a great deal of Hawk Bradshaw;
5. David, who married Ella Branch (see separate account below);
6. William Henry, who married Sally Howell.
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William Henry and Sally had two children:
1. Annie Mae;
2. Myrtle.
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David Bradshaw married Ella Branch and their children were named after the months in which they were born:
1. Christmas Belle, who was born on Christmas Day;
2. August;
3. April Clay;
4. Bonnie May;
5. September Day;
6. October Day;
7. December Dilla.
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Alec Branch and Sue had eight children:
1. Mattie;
2. Sally;
3. Annie;
4. Bernice;
5. Amy;
6. Willy, whose full name I believe was William Mordecai Branch (see obit.) He was the oldst son.
7. Bobby;
8. Gurney, the youngest son.

A family legend says that Alec drank a lot. He finally had an accident where he was thrown into a ditch in a couple of feet of water and his horse fell in on top. He drowned. Later when his body was laid out to be dressed for burial, the needed cuff links and my grandfather James Gould took his off and gave them for the purpose.

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December Dilla Bradshaw married Fenton Beale.
They had a daughter Catherine Beale who married Mills E. Godwin. Mills Godwin became Governor of Virginia. He was inaugurated on Saturday 15 Jan. 1966.

Catherine Beale was a bit younger than my first cousin Ogie Lee Crumpler who was born in 1915.

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Benjamin Watkins Lee Gould (1833-1916, a brother of my grandfather James Gould, married Eliza A. Bradshaw (b. 1833, died 1860). They were married in Nansemond County, where he was a farmer. He had served in the Confederate Arny during the war. I have a marvelous old tintype of hin with an enormous long beard. We know that Eliza A. Bradshaw was a cousin of some sort to Mordecai
Bradshaw. She was a daughter of Rudie and Martha Bradshaw. Would like to verify how all this links up.

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My father Robert Edward Lee Gould (1890-1974) and his sister Genella Dulane Gould Crumpler (1886-1973) went to school at the old Cottage Hill School in Southampton County with Mordecai Hawkins Lowe, who must have been related in these families also. This was prior to about 1905.

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From family notes collected since about 1964.
I have many other notes and records on many of these people.
Henry W. Gould, Updated 23 June 2001.