NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The Bedell family were early in New England, where the name is found as Bedle, Bedel, Beadle and Bedell. A branch of the family settled in New Jersey, and descendants are still numerous in that state. Another branch settled on Long Island, but a common ancestor cannot be found. They were seated in Dutchess and Albany counties, N.Y., prior to the revolution, many of the name appearing on the militia rolls of these counties as serving in that war. In the first census ever taken in the United States - 1790 - there appear thirty-eight Bedells as heads of families in New York state, under the different spellings, the most common being Beedle.
)I) William Bedell, born Feb. 26, 1790, died Aug. 14, 1876. He was a farmer in Albany county, removed to Lewis county, N.Y. with his wife and five children, where he settled in the town of Denmark on the farm now (1910) owned by his grandson, Byron W. Bedell. This was at an early day when the journey was through deep forests and across unbridged streams. He cleared a farm, built a home and prospered. He was an energetic, industrious man of strong character, noted for honesty and probity, characteristics yet strong in his descendants. He was a member of the Methodist church.
He married Resina Hollister, born Sept. 12, 1793, died Nov. 13, 1836, and had issue.
(II) John Wesley, son of William and Resina (Hollister) Bedell, was born Dec. 25, 1830, in Albany county, N.Y., died June 23, 1872. He was educated in the public schools of his day and town, and followed all his life the occupation of a farmer. He was prosperous and respected.
He married, Nov. 9, 1854, Sarah, born June 5, 1835, daughter of Philipp and Katherine Harter. Philipp Harter was born in 1798, camt to this country in 1830, died 1876. He was a blacksmith and a farmer. He married Katherine Gordonier, of Herkimer county, N.Y., born 1800, died 1878.
Children of John Wesley and Sarah Bedell:
1. Philetta Eliza, born Sept. 7, 1855; married March 8, 1879, Sylvester Graves.
2. Byron Wesley, see forward.
3. Horatio Eugene, Oct. 4, 1861, died Feb. 19, 1862.
4. Minnie Kate, Dec. 15, 1869; married Jonas Cole Patterson, Aug. 24, 1887.
(III) Byron Wesley, eldest son of John Wesley and Sarah (Harter) Bedell, was born March 23, 1858, in the town of Denmark, Lewis county, N.Y. He was educated in the schools of Denmark and on arriving at man's estate chose the same occupation as his permanent calling. He purchased the old Bedell homestead farm, "Maple Lawn," located on the Carthage road east of the village of Copenhagen, and has since devoted himself to its cultivation and improvement. He makes a specialty of dairy farming, his herd of cows being graded Holsteins. He is modern and progressive in his ideas, as is evidenced by the conditions existing on his farm, where everything bespeaks the prosperous, progressive American farmer. He is fond of his business, and follows it from natural inclination. His stock is of the best, and is comfortably housed in one of the most modern and substantial of barn buildings. He is of a genial, happy disposition, highly respected by all who know him.
He is a member of the Carthage Congregational Church, with his wife and family.
He married, April 13, 1881, Minnie, born Feb. 9, 1858, in Lowville, daughter of George and Theresa (Pfaff) Heminger, whose other children were: George, Carrie and Albert, the latter dying in childhood.
Byron W. and Minnie Bedell have two children:
1. Leland George, born Aug. 8, 1885.
2. Lizzie Mary, Aug. 9, 1887.
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