Bradshaw, Reuben, who for more than half a century has been identified with the business interests of Fulton.,
was born in Kingston, Canada, January 9, 1823, a son of Lewis and Rebecca (Winsor) Bradshaw. When Reuben was a
child his father died and at the age of nine our subject started out to earn his own living. He lived in Canada
until he was seventeen, then came to Fulton for a short time, and next went to Onondaga county and worked on the
salt blocks, finally engaging on a lake boat known as the "Farmer's Delight." In the following fall he
visited his old Canada friends and was in the province at the time of the "patriot invasion" and war;
and while there he witnessed the execution of his old employer, Chris Buckley, also Mr. Woodruff of Syracuse and
Mr. Abbey of Watertown. In 1840 he returned to Fulton and carried the mails on horseback from that village to Syracuse.
Later on he drove "packet" from Oswego to Syracuse, and in 1842 learned shoemaking. He worked in Fulton,
New York and Syracuse, and afterward became partner with Mr. Nettleton, his former employer, in the shoe business.
A later partner was Mr. White, and the business of this firm was continued until the war, when Mr. Bradshaw enlisted
in Co. L of the famous " Scott's 900," otherwise known as the "Provost Guard of the City of Washington."
Returning after about eight months' service, he began speculating in real estate and about twelve years ago retired
from active business. Mr. Bradshaw has served as assessor and excise commissioner. In 1852 he married Ruth E. Shepard,
by whom he had three children ; Helen, wife of J. B. Overton of New York city ; Cora C., wife of G. Chauncey ;
and Hattie M., of Fulton.
Landmarks of Oswego County
Edited by: John C. Churchill, LL.D.
Assisted by: H, Perry Smith and W. Stanley Child
Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers 1895
Oswego County, NY
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