John's father died when he was only a few months old. His mother married William Chambers, 27 April 1801. John grew up in Cossall and became a common laborer. John and Ann were among the first to be baptized in Derbyshire. All of his children and their spouses were baptized within the next year. John and Ann and two of their unmarried children, Mary and Samuel, left England in 1851.
They spent some time in St. Joseph, Missouri, before going west. When they arrived in the Valley in 1853, there were only two Bradshaws, John and Ann.
They went to Cedar City for awhile and then in 1857/8 they settled in Virgin City, Utah, where their son, Samuel had settled. He lived there until his death.
Children: Mary, b. May 1818, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England. Md. 28 Dec 1867, William C. Cure. John White, b. 2 Feb 1819, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England. Md. 21 Mar 1857, Harriet Burgess. Samuel, b. 6 Nov 1822, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England. Sld 21 Mar 1857, Mary Ann Elsey. D. 18 Aug 1897. Richard, b. 28 Oct 1824 , St. Alkmund, Derby, England . Md. 12 Aug 1847, Emma Dorrington . Edward , b. 15 Aug 1827 , St. Alkmund, Derby, England. Sld 6 Aug 1919, Sarah Bagshaw . Catherine , b. 3 Aug 1829 , St. Werburg, Derby, England
Source: CONQUERORS OF THE WEST: STALWART MORMON PIONEERS, VOLS. 1-2
His death date is confirmed by his obituary.