Hi Evedene, the story that John Milton's mother was "a Bradshaw" seems to have originated in John Aubrey's "Brief LIves." Between 1669 and 1696 Aubrey collected and wrote short biographical essays which were given to the Bodelian Library at Oxford after Aubrey's death. They were published in book form in 1813. Subsequent researchers have disputed Aubrey's conclusion and proposed other surnames for Milton's mother. David Masson's in his book "The Life of John Milton", Cambridge 1859, (Vol I.pages 21-27) explores all the evidences but doesn't draw a conclusion, postively or negatively. I think most modern researchers tend to believe she was not a Bradshaw, although there was certainly a strong affinity between John Bradshawe and John Milton (see my book "God's Battleaxe, the Life of Lord President John Bradshawe 1603-1659").. Milton wrote the most effusive praise of John Bradshawe about 1653.