Mr. Spotwood Lewis Bradshaw was born March 7, 1832, in Mercer County, Kentucky, to James and Barsheba Bradshaw, both born in Virginia. From a farming family, Lewis continued in the tradition of his father after his marriage on December 12, 1859, to Arty Mecy Jane Denny. The couple had six children, three still living in 1900. In the 1880 census Lewis is listed as 46; Arty Mecy, 44; Helen, 20; James W., 15; Eva Lena, 11; and Nathan, 8. Also living with them is son-in-law C. A. McDonely, 20, husband of Helen. Mr. Bradshaw died on February 6, 1911. His death certificate says he died shortly after eating a hearty breakfast. Heart problems were the cause of death. His wife had preceded him to the grave three years previous.
from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky
Friday, February 10, 1911
Mr. Lewis Bradshaw, one of the venerable men in the county, died suddenly Monday morning at his home at Shawnee Run. He had smoked his pipe and was sitting in a chair beside the fire when he fell, and about two hours later was dead. The funeral services were held at Shawnee Run Church on Tuesday by Rev. J. W. Campbell, and the interment was in the adjacent cemetery. Mr. Bradshaw was a splendid gentleman, honorable and upright, and was popular with everyone. He leaves two children, Mrs. C. S. McDonely and Mr. James W. Bradshaw.