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154. George Bedwell5,52,204 was born about 7 Dec 1791 in Delaware.205 He died on 27 May 1863 in Morgan County, Illinois.206 He was buried in Caldwell Cemetery, Morgan County, Illinois.206,207

The parentage shown here for George Bedwell is not yet proven. It remains speculation based on these facts:

1. There is only one George Bedwell shown in Delaware tax records prior to the year 1815. He is known to have been the son of Thomas Bedwell and Jemima Johnson. In 1815 there are two George Bedwells, one shown as George Jr. However, by 1816 there is again only one George Bedwell. (Research provided by George Sr's descendant, Kevin Colozzi.)

2. Census records show George Bedwell living in Indiana in 1820, then in Illinois from 1830 until his death sometime after 1860. The 1850 census shows him to have been born in Delaware about 1792.

Putting the information in #1 and #2 above together, it seems likely (though far short from proven) that this George Bedwell is the same one as was taxed in Delaware in 1815, and he seems to have been the son of George and grandson of Thomas Bedwell and Jemima Johnson.

George Bedwell's age is shown as 77 yrs, 5 mos, 20 days at his death on 27 May 1863, which works out to a birthdate of 7 Dec 1785. However, census records in 1830, 1840, and 1850, presumably reported by him during his peak adult years, all show him as being born during the 1790s, so I've chosen to list him as born on 7 Dec 1791.

• 1820 Census for Franklin County, Indiana (official enumeration day: 7 Aug 1820)shows George Bedwell as head of household containing one male between 26-45 and one female betwen 16-26. One person is shown as engaged in agriculture.

• He purchased land in Illinois in late 1823: Bidwell, George, Section: E2SE, Price: 125, Total: 10000, Date: 12 November 1823, Volume: 068, Page: 003, Type: FD, Sect: 07, Township: 15N, Range: 10W, Meridian: 3, Acres: 8000, Corr-Tag: 0, ID: 056656, SocStat: Blank: Reside: 069. It's a bit hard to interpret the Illinois land designation system (see http://landplats.ilsos.net/Flash/Domain_Land_Tracts.swf), but it appears that above description refers to land in Morgan County, Illinois.

• 1824 Morgan County, Illinois voter list shows George Bedwell of Center Precinct.

• 1830 Census for Morgan County, Illinois shows George Beadwell as head of household containing: two males under 5; one male between 30-40; three females between 5-10; and one female between 30-40.

• 1840 Census for Morgan County, Illinois shows George Bidwell as head of household containing: one male between 5-10; one male between 10-15; one male between 15-20; one male between 50-60; one female between 0-5; one female between 5-10; one female between 10-15; and one female between 40-50.

• 1850 Census for Morgan County, Illinois shows George Bedwell, 58, born in Delaware, a farmer who owns $2700 real estate, as head of household containing: Rachel, 52, born in Ohio; Jesse, 18, a farmer; Joanna, 15; Hiram, 12; Martin, 9; Catherine, 28; and two laborers named G. Thompson and S. Sheff. Catherine was born in Iowa, and Jesse, Joanna, Hiram, and Martin were born in Illinois.

• 1860 Census for Orleans P.O., Manvaistene, Morgan County, Illinois shows Geo. Bedwell, 75, a farmer born in Delaware who owns $9000 real estate and $1100 assets, as head of household with: Rachel, 63, born in Ohio; Hiram, 22, a laborer, and Martin, 17, both born in Illinois; and John Smith, 18, a laborer born in Portugal. Hiram is shown as unable to read or write, but Martin attended school within the past year.

George Bedwell and Rachel Stout were married on 26 Nov 1819 in Franklin County, Indiana.146,204 Rachel Stout204 (daughter of Jesse Stout and Mary Farnsworth) was born in 1799 in Ohio.127,204,205,208 She died on 9 Mar 1874.204 She was buried in Agency Cemetery, Wapello County, Iowa.65,127 George Bedwell and Rachel Stout had the following children:

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Mary Bedwell.

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Catherine Bedwell204 was born on 23 Nov 1822.204 She died on 12 Aug 1846.204

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David Stout Bedwell.

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Thomas Bedwell.

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George Thomas Bedwell204,209 was born on 27 Jul 1829 in Morgan County, Illinois.209 He died on 12 Aug 1846 in Morgan County, Illinois.209 He was buried in Caldwell Cemetery, Morgan County, Illinois.209

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Jesse Bedwell.

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Caleb Bedwell204,210 was born on 25 Dec 1833 in Morgan County, Illinois.210 He died on 7 Aug 1834 in Morgan County, Illinois.210 He was buried in Caldwell Cemetery, Morgan County, Illinois.210

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Joanna Bedwell.

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Hiram Jackson Bedwell.

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Martin Bedwell204,208 was born about 1841 in Morgan County, Illinois.205

• 1880 Census for Morgan County, Illinois shows Martin Bedwell, 35, a farm laborer who cannot read or write, who was born in Illinois of parents born in Delaware and Ohio, living with his sister, Joanna Mullins, 44, her husband, Anderson Mullins, 51, a farmer. Also in the household(s) are Albert Curry, 19, a farmer; boarder Lizzie Stone, 23, a servant; and Minnie B. Stone, 1.

• I cannot find a listing for him in any later census records.