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Sarah (Levis) Bradshaw (1663 - 1701)

Sarah Bradshaw formerly Levis
Born in Harby, Leicestershire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and [uncertain]
Wife of — married after 14 Sep 1687 in Darby, Chester, Pennsylvaniamap
Mother of
Died in Darby, Chester, Pennsylvaniamap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Sep 2014
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Descendant of Surety Barons Roger le Bigod, Saher de Quincy, and possibly others (see text).
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Sarah Levis is also a descendant of a number of other Magna Carta Surety Barons. See below.



Sarah Levis, daughter of Christopher Levis and Mary Need,[1] was born on 30 September 1663 with her twin sister Hannah,[2][3] in Leicestershire, England.[4] In his will dated 19 October 1677, Sarah's father Christopher bequeathed to her £50.[5]

Sarah left to permanently settle in Pennsylvania with her twin sister Hannah and older brother Samuel from a port in Bristol, England in August 1684.[6] They may have traveled aboard the ship Bristol Merchant under the command of John Stephens,[7] however the Bristol Merchant arrived in Pennsylvania on 10 November 1685 and there is no record of the Levis family on board.[8] The family settled at Darby, Chester County, Pennsylvania.[1]

Sarah married Thomas Bradshaw, a yeoman,[1][3] first declaring their intentions on 14 September 1687 at the Darby Monthly Meeting, Darby, Chester, Pennsylvania.[9] They had four daughters:

  • Hannah,[1] born 1688, died 1728[10]
  • Mary,[1] born 1693, died 1727[10]
  • Sarah,[1] born 1696, married Moses Hibberd[10]
  • Elizabeth[1] (not recorded in monthly meeting with family)

And possibly one son:

  • [Bradshaw-4082|John] (not named by Richardson), born 1690, died 1713[10]

Sarah's death is recorded as 23 March (1st mo.) 1701 in the Darby Monthly Meeting records, Chester, Pennsylvania.[10] Her husband died 23 March (1st mo.) 1727,[10] leaving a will dated 9 September 1725 and proved 18 April 1727.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City: the author, 2013), volume IV, page 206 NEED 21.ii.b.
  2. George Norwood Comly. Comly Family in America. (Philadelphia, PA: Privately published under supervision of J.B. Lippincott, 1939), page 922. Online at HathiTrust. NOTE: Dates from this book are Quaker until 1752. For more about dates, see Sue Roe's The Problem of Dates.
  3. 3.0 3.1 John Futhey and Gilbert Cope. History of Chester County, Pennsylvania, with genealogical and biographical sketches. (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts, 1881). page 628. Online at
  4. "England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837" [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. The National Archives; Kew, England; General Register Office: Society of Friends' Registers, Notes and Certificates of Births, Marriages and Burials; Class: RG 6; Piece: 1441. Ancestry Record 7097 #455305, Image
  5. Leslie Mahler. "Samuel Levis, Quaker Immigrant to Pennsylvania", in The Genealogist, Spring 1999, Vol 13, No 1, p. 35 (PDF download): #13 Mary Need
  6. Francis Bazley Lee, Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey. (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1910.) Vol II, pg 469. Online at
  7. Jane Levis Carter. The paper makers : early Pennsylvanians and their water mills. (Kennett Square, PA: KNA Press, 1982.) Pages 1-2. Not available online.
  8. "A Partial List of the Families Who Arrived at Philadelphia between 1682 and 1687." in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 8, no. 3, 1884, pp. 336–337. Online at JSTOR. Accessed 3 Nov. 2020.
  9. "U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935" [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, PA; Women's Minutes, 1684-1796; Collection: Quaker Meeting Records; Call Number: MR-PH-148. Ancestry Record 2189 #5729341, Image
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 "U.S., Hinshaw Index to Selected Quaker Records, 1680-1940" [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. Monthly Meeting: Darby Monthly Meeting; Archive Reference: EE 155. Ancestry Record 2705 #300919, Image
  • Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. Salt Lake City, UT: the author, 2011. See also WikiTree's source page for Magna Carta Ancestry.
  • Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City, UT: the author, 2013. See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry.
See also:
  • Find a Grave, database and images (accessed 03 November 2020), memorial page for Sarah Bradshaw (unknown–23 Jan 1701), Find A Grave: Memorial #160281597, citing Darby Friends Cemetery, Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA; Maintained by L Evans (contributor 47540766): unsourced .


Magna Carta Project

This profile was reviewed and approved for the Magna Carta Project 3 Nov 2020 by Thiessen-117.
Sarah (Levis) Bradshaw is listed in Magna Carta Ancestry as a Gateway Ancestor (vol. I, pages xxiii-xxix) in a Richardson-documented trail to Magna Carta Surety Barons Hugh le Bigod and Roger le Bigod (vol. II, pages 221-223 NEED). Sarah is also the Gateway in trails identified by the Magna Carta Project to surety barons Saher de Quincy, John de Lacy, Gilbert de Clare, Richard de Clare and John Fitz Robert. These trails were developed for the Project by John Sigh, were badged in February 2020 by Michael Cayley, and are set out in the Magna Carta Trails section of her brother, Samuel Levis' profile.
See Base Camp for more information about identified Magna Carta trails and their status. See the project's glossary for project-specific terms, such as a "badged trail".

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Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, in 5 vols. (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2013), Vol. IV. page 206.

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