525. Mary Bedwell204 was born on 6 Oct 1820 in Hamilton
County, Ohio.633 She died
on 13 Dec 1884 in Wapello County, Iowa.204
The History of Wapello County, Iowa, p. 613, has this biography:
"Mrs. Mary Kennedy, daughter of George Bedwell, widow of James M. Kennedy,
Sec. 19; P.O. Agency City; he was born Sept. 19, 1816 in Washington Co., Tenn.;
died March 5, 1860. She was born Oct 6, 1820, in Hamilton Co., Ohio. Married
May 25, 1842. The following year, came to Wapello Co.; she owns 238 acres of
land; has six children -- Rachel E., Francis J., Sarah C., Thomas W., David A.
and James M. Members M.E. Church."
Mary Bedwell Kennedy's birth is shown above as occurring in 1820 in Hamilton
Co., Ohio above. This statement, apparently self-reported by her during her
lifetime, apparently condradicts the available evidence: her parents were married
in Franklin County, Indiana in 1819, and the George Bedwell family is shown in
the 1820 census for Franklin County, Indiana. However, a search of historical
maps shows that these two counties were immediately adjacent to one another in
1820. Also, her mother, Rachel Stout, is shown in census records as being born
in Ohio. Is it possible that she was actually born in Hamilton County, Ohio
as she said, not in Indiana, perhaps at the home of Stout family relatives?
1850 Census for Wapello County, Iowa shows James M. Kennedy, 36, a farmer
born in Tennessee who owns $935 real estate, as head of household with: Mary,
30, born in Ohio; Rachel A. 6, Frances, 5 (female), and Sarah C., 1, all born
in Iowa; and David Bedwell, 26, born in Illinois.
1860 Census for Agency Township, Wapello County, Iowa, taken June 1860,
shows Mary Kenedy, 39; Frances, 14 (female); Sarah E., 11; Thomas, 8; David A.,
6; and James M., 3/12.
1870 Census for Agency Township, Wapello County, Iowa shows Mary Kennedy,
49, who owns $6350 real estate and $1400 assets, as head of household containing:
Thomas, 19, a farmer; Francis, 24 (female); David, 16; James, 10; and Albert,
9. (Who is Albert? He seems to have been conceived after James M. Kennedy Sr.
died, and he was not mentioned in Mary Kennedy's bio above).
1880 Census for Agency Township, Wapello County, Iowa shows Mary Kennedy,
60, as head of household with: daughter Frances J., 32; son Thomas W., 28, a
farmer; son James M., 20, a farmer; and son Bert, 19, a farmer.
and James M. Kennedy were married on 25 May 1842.633 James M. Kennedy633 was born on 19 Sep 1816 in Washington
County, Tennessee.633 He
died on 5 Mar 1860 in Wapello County, Iowa.633
Mary Bedwell and James M. Kennedy had the following children:
|Rachel E. Kennedy633,634 was born
about 1844 in Wapello County, Iowa.634|
|Frances J. Kennedy633,635
was born about 1845 in Wapello County, Iowa.634|
|Sarah C. Kennedy.|
|Thomas W. Kennedy633,635 was born
about 1852 in Wapello County, Iowa.635|
|David A. Kennedy.|
|James M. Kennedy633,635 was born
about Mar 1860 in Wapello County, Iowa.635|