George Bradshaw


George Bradshaw was an officer in the Albany garrison during the latter part of the seventeenth century. Probably born in the British Isles, we seek information on his origins and precise path to Albany.

In December 1689, he was commissioned lieutenant in the company of Capt. (royal governor) Henry Sloughter to be raised for "service in America." Sloughter arrived in New York in May 1691.

In 1691, his was listed on the provincial register as a member of the Commissioners of Indian Affairs.

He was known as "Captain Bradshaw" and also as an officer in the "Queen's Company" (sometimes called "fuzileers") serving in New York. In January 1692, the provincial government instructed him to keep his soldiers at Albany from deserting. By mid-November, the provincial council sought to settle his affairs as George Bradshaw was deceased!

His first wife was Mary Warran. But in October 1691, he married the widow Elisabeth Beeck Salisbury Van Dyck at the Albany Dutch church.

The marriage, however, was short-lived. Bradshaw filed a will in November 1692. Calling himself a "gentleman" of New York, he stated that he was sick. He reserved part of his estate for the use of his son, Richard. The rest of his holdings was left to his "loving wife, Elizabeth." The will passed probate on January 16, 1693. His widow remained in their Albany home until her death in 1698.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of George Bradshaw is CAP biography number 6424. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Online refernces to his tenure as garrison officer.

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