was born on 14 Oct 1826 in Morgan County, Illinois. He died on 11
Oct 1879 in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa.127
He was buried in Ottumwa Cemetery, Wapello County, Iowa.127
The History of Wapello County, Iowa (1878), p. 404, shows Thomas
Bedwell as having been elected as a County Supervisor in 1861, 1862, and 1863.
The same book, on p. 405, shows him elected Sheriff in 1867.
The History of Wapello County, Iowa (1878), p. 603, has this biography:
"Thomas Bedwell, Sec. 18; born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, Oct. 14, 1826; parents
moved to Morgan Co., Ill., in 1827; Oct. 6, 1843, he came to Sec. 24, Agency
Tp., in this county; in the livery and grocery business until 1875, when he moved
to the farm which he now carries on. While a resident of Agency, was years a
member of the County Board of Supervisors; held various other township offices.
Married Eleanor DeFord Oct 12, 1848; born in Indiana; had six children -- one
son died in infancy; five living -- George T., Emma, Charles E., Brepilda and
Rachel Eleanor. Mrs. Bedwell is a member of the First M.E. Church. Mr. Bedwell
owns a fruit farm of forty-four acres on Sec. 18, in common with John Gray; 440
acres in Keokuk Tp., and Ottumwa City property -- all valued at $9,000."
Diane Holland writes: "Died of complications of typhoid fever. From
the Democrat and Times newspaper, 16 Oct 1879: 'His funeral was attended
by the largest concourse of people that has ever attended the funeral of any
individual in this county, as he was thoroughly loved and respected by the whole
community....Mr. Bedwell was most emphatically, one of nature's truest and purest
nobleman, a kind and obliging neighbor, an indulgent father and most devoted
husband. We believe it is not saying too much when we claim that the deceased
was one among the very best citizens that ever cast his lot among the citizens
of Wapello county and his loss is keenly felt.'
1850 Census for Wapello County, Iowa shows Thomas Bedwell, 25, a farmer
born in Illinois; Ellenor, 20, born in Indiana; and George, 1, born in Iowa.
1860 Census for Agency Township, Wapello County, Iowa shows Thomas Bedwell,
34, a farmer with $3000 real estate and $500 assets; Ellenor, 30; George T.,
10; Emma, 9; Charles E., 1; and Mary Watkins, 13, a domestic servant. Thomas
and Ellenor were born in Ohio, the others in Iowa.
1880 Census for Center Township, Wapello County, Iowa shows Ellen Bedwell,
49; daughter Brehilda, 19; and daughter Rachael E., 9.
Thomas Bedwell and Eleanor
DeFord were married on 12 Oct 1848 in Wapello County, Iowa.204
Eleanor DeFord204 (daughter of Thomas DeFord and
Eleanor Cline) was born on 20 Oct 1830 in Illinois.204 She died on 25 Nov 1894 in Ottumwa, Wapello County,
Iowa.204 She was buried
in Ottumwa Cemetery, Wapello County, Iowa.65,127,204
Obituary posted on the Bedwell message board on ancestry.com
Date and newspaper unknown
DEATH OF MRS. GRAY.
An Old citizen of Wapello County Passes Away.
Mrs. Eleanor Deford Gray, wife of L. E. Gray, who has been suffering from a severe
case of congestion of the kidneys, died at her home November 25th, at 12:20 a.
Mrs. Gray was born in Illinois on October 20, 1830, and came to Iowa with her
parents while still quite young. On October 12, 1848, in Wapello county, she
married Thos. Bedwell, who was afterward twice sheriff of this county, being
first elected in 1867 and afterwards appointed in 1878 to fill the unexpired
term of D. W. Stewart. Mr. Bedwell died on October 14, 1879. On June 10, 1884
Mrs. Bedwell became the wife of L. E. Gray, who was also a sheriff of this county
during war time, and at the time of her death they were living at the family
residence on East Main street in this city.
Mrs. Gray, by her first union, became the mother of six children, one of whom
died in infancy, the five surviviing her being Geo. T. Bedwell; Emma, wife of
Chas. Connelly; Charles E., member of the whoesale drug firm of E. E. Bruce &
Co., Omaha; Brehilda, wife of John B. Dennis, of the firm of Sam'l Lilburn &
Co., and Rachel Eleanor, wife of James D. Gray. All are residents of this city
except Charles E. Bedwell, who lives in Omaha. All were present attending at
the bedside of their sick mother during this fatal illness. Mrs. Marie J. Waltman,
of Bushnell, Ill., a sister of Mrs. Gray, was also present.
Funeral services will be held at the family residence, No. 1628 East Main Street,
on Tuesday, November 27th, at 2 o'clock p.m., Rev. W. G. Wilson, of the First
M. E. church, officiating. Mrs. Gray had been an earnest and consistent member
of the Methodist church from her early girlhood and her death is a sad, sad loss
to the community, and the church and an irreconcilable one to the immediate family.
Thomas Bedwell and Eleanor DeFord had the following children: