28. Robert Bedwell45,48,49 was born about 1735 in Kent County,
Delaware.50 He died between
21 Aug 1807 and Oct 1808 in Grayson County, Virginia.5
Robert and his brothers moved to North Carolina after the death of their father.
After about twelve years in North Carolina, Robert moved to Grayson County, Virginia
(previously Montgomery County, Virginia). (BEDWELL BEAUX AND BELLES, Carolyn
Reeves Ericson, Copyright 1972). Land Patent bore date of 6 June 1796.
From THE NEW RIVER FRONTIER SETTLEMENT ON THE VIRGINIA-NORTH CAROLINA
BORDER 1760-1820 by Paula Hathaway Anderson-Green, Published in the Virginia
Magazine of History and Biography, V86: pgs. 413-431 (1978). This electronic
version prepared by Paul B. Anderson FCCS (USN, Retired), Norfolk, Virginia (found
"Robert Bedwell is on the militia list and the Prior to 1800 List (Fields,
57). Robert, son of James, was born in Kent Co., DE, circa 1735 and died in Grayson
Co., VA in 1807. He migrated first to Rowan Co., NC then to Mont. Co. (now Grayson);
obtained land in Elk Creek district on Rock Creek (Rt. 654). He married Anne
Wilson in Kent Co., Delaware, and they pioneered together; are buried on the
homesite. This land has been owned and farmed ever since by Bedwell descendants
(see A Bedwell Family by Larry King, 1982, which includes an early will and further
From Rowan County Deed Book 11, p. 137: 25 october 1786. State
Grant #1306 @ 50 sh per 100 A to Robert Bedwell, 200 A on Muddy Creek adj Henry
Miller, the Moravian line, and William Pool.
From Rowan County Deed Book 12, p. 554. 23 May 1788. Robert Bedwell
to Phillip Hains for £100, 200 A on Muddy Creek adj Henry Miller, the Moravian
line, and William Pool. Wit: Nathan Peak, James Davis, and John Sullivan [?.
Prvd by Peak at Feb Ct 1792.
From Montgomery County (Virginia) Deed Book A: James Shaw to John
Rylee, 320a on S Cross Creek, adj. the E boundary of Shaw's warrant #651; land
is part of NC grant #87 to Shaw (10 Jul 1788), as assignee of Robert Bedwell;
wit: Benjamin Hardin, Thomas Johnson; 23 Apr 1789
1793 Wythe County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List (transcription
from New River Notes website, http://www.ls.net/~newriver/va/wyth1793.htm#2)
shows two Robert Bedwells, one taxed for one tithe and three horses (two lines
down from Elijah Bedwell), the other for one tithe and two horses (the line next
to Reuben Bedwell). Unknown which one is Robert T. Bedwell and which is his
father, Robert Bedwell. They are all listed in section two, which became Grayson
County sometime in 1793.
1799 Grayson County, Virginia Land Tax List shows Robert Bedwell with
186 acres, $62 value, and 84 cents tax.
1800 Grayson County, Virginia Tax List shows Robert Bedwell with no males
over 21 and two horses.
1805 Grayson County, Virginia land tax list shows Robert Bedwell with
186 acres, $62 value, and 30 cents tax.
1805 Grayson County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List shows Robert
Bedwell with one horse and 12 cents tax.
From Grayson County Will Book 1, p. 57:
In the name of God amen. I, Robert Bedwell of the County of Grayson,
and Commonwealth of Virginia, being weak in body but of sound mind and disposing
memory for which I thank God and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life
and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it has pleased God
to bless me with. I give and bequeath the same in manner following: That is
that there be as much of my personal estate sold as will pay all my just debts
and funeral expenses. Secondly, I give the remainder of my personal estate to
my two daughters, Mary and Micha to be equally divided betwixt
them. Thirdly, my will is that my son James be acquitted of all the notes I
have on his paying my son Ruben Bedwell seven pounds ten shillings. Fourthly,
my will is that my son Elisha have the remainder of the plantation including
the mansion house on his paying my sons Robert, John and Thomas
each five pounds in good trade, or on his refusing to comply with the above requisition,
the lands to be sold and equally divided betwixt Elisha, Robert, John, and Thomas.
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my sons Elisha and James executors
of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills and testaments
heretofore made, either in words or in writing. Ratifying and confirming this
as my last will and testament. In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand
and seal this 21st day of August in the year 1807.
Bedwell (his mark)
Signed and acknowledged as and for the last will and testament of the above named
Robert Bedwell in the presence of us:
Grayson October Court 1808, this last will and testament of Robert Bedwell deceased,
was proven in court by the subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded and
Elisha and James Bedwell executors therein named entered unto bond with security
and qualified according to law.
Robert Bedwell and Anne Wilson were married in 1753 in Kent County, Delaware.5 Anne Wilson5,51
(daughter of Robert Wilson and Sarah [--?--]) was born in 1739 in Kent County,
Delaware. She died in 1807 in Grayson County, Virginia.
Willson, Robert. Will. Made Sept. 10, 1757. Heirs: wife Sarah; son
Robert; dau. Anne; son-in-law Robert Bedwell. Exec'rs, son Robert & son-in-law
Robert Bedwell. Wits., William Manlove, Jr., Nathan Williams, Sarah Forcum.
Prob. Oct. 4, 1757. Arch. vol. A56, page 2. Reg. of Wills, Liber K, folio
Robert Bedwell and Anne Wilson had the following children: