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1124. William Enix Bedwell143,145 was born on 8 Oct 1854 in Indiana.145,1062 He died on 10 Feb 1940 in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois.145,1062,1063 He was buried on 13 Feb 1940 in Bethel Cemetery, Liverpool Township, Canton, Illinois.145,1062

• 1880 Census for Arrowsmith, McLean County, Illinois, shows William E. Beadwell, age 25, a laborer born in Indiana, living in the household of a farmer named Edward Kelley.

• 1900 Census for Marion Township, Washington County, Iowa, shows Wm. Bedwell, born Oct 1854, a day laborer born in Indiana, as head of household with: Pheba, born May 1861 in Illinois, his wife of 19 years who has had 11 children with 10 still living; son Will, born Apr 1882; son Samuel, born Oct 1884; son Charlie, born Aug 1889; son Miles, born Jul 1891; daughter Stella, born Jan 1894; daughter Elsa, born Aug 1895; daughter Sylva, born Jan 1899; and son Johnnie, born May 1900. The children were all born in Illinois except Johnnie, who was born in Iowa.

• 1910 Census for Buckheart Township, Fulton County, Illinois, shows William Bedwell, a laborer at odd jobs, 56, born in Indiana, as head of household with: Phoebe, 48, his wife of 29 years who has had 13 children with 12 still living; daughter Elsie, 14; daughter Sylvia, 11; son John, 9; daughter Sadie, 7; and son Isaac, 4. All the children were born in Illinois except John, who was born in Iowa.

• 1920 Census for Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, taken in Jan 1920, shows William E. Bedwell, age 68, a coal miner, as head of household with: wife Feby, 57; son Rufus, 37, a coal miner; son Charles F., 30, a coal miner; and son Isaac, 13. William was born in Indiana, everyone else in Illinois.

• William Bedwell is listed twice in the 1930 Census:

1930 Census for Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, shows Marshall Wages, 60, a farm laborer who rents a home for $8/mo., as head of household with: Mary, 49, his wife of 33 years; son Jessie, 20; daughter Vida, 16; daughter Elizabeth, 12; daughter Clara, 8; daughter Maxine, 2 & 2/12; and father-in-law William Bedwell, 75, born in Indiana, no occupation listed.

1930 Census for Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, shows George Cowden, age 27, an assistant foreman in an implement factory, as head of household with: Rosa, age 27, his wife of seven years; daughter Pauline, age 5; son George Jr., age 4; daughter Betty, age 3; son Robert, born in 1929; and grandfather William Bedwell, age 75, born in Iowa (everyone else in the household was born in Illinois). They rent their residence for $7/mo.

Also, wife Phoebe was listed separately, as a widow:
1930 Census for Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, shows Phoebe Bedwell, 69, a widow, born in Illinois and son Isaac, 24, single, no occupation listed. They are renters, rate “un”.

William Enix Bedwell and Phoebe H. Hall were married on 3 Feb 1881 in Fulton County.145,1064 Vol E. p. 133 #45. Married 61 years per Funeral Book Vol. 2 p. 17. Phoebe H. Hall145 was born on 8 May 1862 in Liverpool township, Fulton County, Illinois.145,1062 She died on 22 May 1935 in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois.145,625,1062,1065 She was buried on 26 May 1935 in Bethel Cemetery, Liverpool Township, Canton, Illinois.145,1062 1910 Census for Fulton County, Buckheart Township, Illinois, shows Phoebe as wife of William. William at age 56 is head of the household. He has been married 29 years working as a laborer doing odd jobs. Phoebe, born in Illinois is 48 years old and has had 13 children with 12 now living. Daughter Elsie, age 14, single is working as a servant in a private house; daughter Sylvia, age 11, single; son John, age 9, single; daughter Sadie, age 7, single; and son Isaac, age 4, single are all in the household. William was born in Indiana. Everyone else was born in Illinois, except John who was born in Iowa.

1920 Census for Fulton County, Canton, Illinois, taken in January 1920, Feby, age 57 as wife of William. William E. Bedwell, age 68, a coal miner, is head of the household. Their son Rufus, 37, a coal miner; son Charles F., 30, a coal miner; and son Isaac, 13 are also in the house. Willliam was born in Indiana; everyone else born in Illinois.

The 1930 Census for Fulton County, Canton Township, City of Canton, Illinois shows Phoebe as head of household, age 69, widow, born in Illinois. Son Isaac, age 24, single, born in Illinois, is also in the household.

William and Phoebe were not living together later in life. It has not been verified as to whether they were divorced or separated. William is in the 1930 census twice, living with both his daughter Mary Jane and his granddaughter, Rosa Cowden (George).

William Enix Bedwell and Phoebe H. Hall had the following children:

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George Rufus Bedwell145 was born on 26 Nov 1879 in Buckheart Township, Fulton County, Illinois.145,570,1066 He died Hit by an oncoming car while walking along the road on 28 Apr 1940 in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois.145,1066,1067,1068,1069 He was buried in Bethel Cemetery, Liverpool Township, Canton, Illinois.145 • Family state that George Rufus was not William's son, but a son of Phoebe by another man. Others state that he was William's son by another woman. He went by the name of Rufus.

• Canton Daily Ledger, April 29, 1940 reports his death in an article headed "Instantly Killed When Struck by Car Last Night". He was killed about 11:00 p.m. when struck by a car driven by Nick Kovachevich on East Chestnut Street. The driver reported that Bedwell had stepped from the roadside directly into the path of the car and that his efforts to avoid striking the pedestrian were futile.

The article continues to report that Bedwell never married.

• 1900 Census, Fulton County, Buckheart Township, Illinois, shows Rufus Bedwell, born Nov 1879, single, living with the John Carson family. His relationship to the Carson's is servant, and his occupation is listed as farm laborer. He can read, write, and speak English.

• 1910 Census, Fulton County, Buckheart Township, Illinois, shows Rufus Bedwell, 30, a single farm laborer, living with the William D. Crothers family.

• World War I draft registration card shows Rufus George Bedwell, born 26 Nov 1879, a resident of Canton, Fulton County, Illinois. He is employed as a coal miner by Eagle Coal Co. of Canton. Nearest relative is Febie Bedwell, his mother. He is of medium height and build with gray eyes and brown hair.

• 1920 Census, Fulton County, Canton Township, City of Canton, Illinois, shows Rufus, 37, single, a coal miner, living with his parents William E. and Feby Bedwell. He was born in Illinois.

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Mary Jane Bedwell.

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William Moses Bedwell.

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Samuel Harrison Bedwell.

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Grace Ethel Bedwell145 was born on 25 Jul 1887 in Fulton County, Illinois.145,1070 She died on 1 Feb 1894.145,1071 She was buried on 2 Feb 1894.145,1071

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Charles Francis Bedwell.

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Myles Bedwell.

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Estella (Stella) Bedwell.

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Elsie Bedwell.

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Sylvia Ellen Bedwell145 was born on 10 Jan 1898 in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois.145,1072 She died abcess and complications on 30 Dec 1916 in Graham Hospital, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois.145,1073 She was buried on 2 Jan 1917 in Bethel Cemetery, Liverpool Township, Canton, Illinois.145,1071

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John Bedwell.

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Sarah (Sadie) Bedwell.

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Isaac Bedwell145,1062,1074 was born on 27 Mar 1906 in Banner Township, Fulton County, Illinois.145,1062 He was born about 1906 in Illinois.1074 He died on 7 Feb 1939 in St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illlinois.145,1062,1075 He was buried on 10 Feb 1939 in Bethel Cemetery, Liverpool Township, Canton, Illinois.145,1062

• Canton Daily Ledger, Tuesday, February 7, 1939 article entitled "Isaac Bedwell Succumbs to Injuries in Accident", states Ike Bedwell died in St. Francis from injuries sustained in a truck crash at the Glasford hill early Friday morning Jan 27. Sustained skull fracture, lacerations about the head and face and internal injuries.