68. James Bedwell52,84,85 was born about 1780 in South Carolina.84 He died on 21 Feb 1846 in DeSota,
Clarke County, Mississippi.86
He was buried in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Clarke County, Mississippi.86
The 1790 Census for Pasquotank County, South Carolina, shows a James Bidwell
as head of household containing the following: 2 males over 16, 1 male under
16, 1 female, and 1 slave. It is believed from family tradition that the James
Bedwell who eventually came to Alabama was the male under 16.
The 1800 Census for Union County, South Carolina, shows a James Bidwell
as head of household containing: 1 male under 10, 1 male 16-25, and 1 female
16-25. The family does not appear in the South Carolina census in 1810 or thereafter.
The 1810 census index on ancestry.com shows a James Bedwell living in
Cherokee Lands, Alabama, but the census image is not available. It also shows
him there in 1817, 1819, and 1820.
James Bedwell, according to family tradition, left his father's home before
the age of fifteen and made his way to southern Alabama. He established himself
on the Alabama River as a trader and merchant. In 1819, after the invention
of the steamboat, he became the owner of a steamboat plying the Alabama River
and its tributaries.
1830 Census for Washington County, Alabama, shows James Bedwell as head
of household containing: 1 male under 5 (unknown); 1 male between 5-10 (probably
William Dawson); 1 male between 10-15 (probably Allen); 1 male between 15-20
(probably James W.); 1 male between 30-40 (Calvin or Jonathan?); 1 male between
40-50 (James himself); 1 female between 5-10 (probably Mahala); 1 female between
10-15 (probably Elizabeth); 1 female between 15-20 (Nancy?); and 1 female between
From Carter, Territorial Papers of the United States, (Alabama) 9 volumes,
Washington D. C., 1934-41. James Bedwell signed a petition to Congress by the
people of Alabama Territory protesting the rumored annexation of their territory
between the Tombigbee river and the Alabama river to the state of Mississippi
James is found living in Clarke County, Mississippi in the 1840 census.
Clarke County, Mississippi is located on the Mississsippi/Alabama state line
and adjoins Choctaw County, Alabama. Son James W. is shown living adjacent to
his father in the 1840 census.
Of interest is the fact that James and his wife appear to have died on
the same day. James Bedwell is buried in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, located on
the Mississippi side of the AL/MS state line in Clarke County, Mississippi.
Departed this Life
Feb. 21, 1846
Age 70 Yrs.
Relict of James Bedwell
Departed this Life
Feb. 28, 1846
Age 58 Yrs.
was also known as Lucy Nicholson. Tombstone identifies wife of James
Bedwell as Lucy. James Bedwell and [--?--] had the following children:
(daughter of Samuel Dawson Grimes and Dorcas Wall) was born about 1788.
She died on 28 Feb 1846 in DeSota, Clarke County, Mississippi.86 She was buried in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Clarke County,
Father is probably the Dawson Grimes listed in the 1808 census for Madison county,
Alabama. Dawson Grimes signed a petition in 1808 protesting annexation to Mississippi.
James Bedwell and Lucy Grimes had the following children: