“History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania”
Chicago : A. Warner Co., 1889: Subject terms:
Cushing, Thomas, 1821.
“A. W. BEDELL, retired West Elizabeth, son of ANDREW and REBECCA (FEREE) BEDELL, was born in Jefferson township in 1821. His grandfather, ABNER, came here from New Jersey, was a soldier in the Revolution, and assisted Lafayette from the field when wounded.He located at Horse-Shoe bottom, above Monongahela City, in Washington county.Upon this place ANDREW, father OF A. W., was born, about 1794.In 1809 ABNER purchased a farm (of which JOHN WRIGHT was patentee) in Jefferson Township, where they resided until 1824, when they removed to Elizabeth township, where they lived and died, ABNER in 1874, his wife in 1878.In 1820 ANDREW married REBECCA, daughter of JOEL and CHRISTIAN (KERKENDALL) FEREE, of Jefferson township, and their children were MARY (the late MRS. LEWIS HOFFMAN, of Jefferson township), AMANDA (now MRS. JAMES McKOWEN, of Elizabeth);, WILLIAM (who resides at the old homestead), SARAH (now MRS. FREDERICK RHODES, of South Side), ANDREW and REBECCA (both deceased) and A. W. BEDELL (of West Elizabeth).In the spring of 1828 the father bought and removed to a farm in Jefferson township (of which Z. WRIGHT was patentee).
May 14, 1846, the subject of this memoir married REBECCA, daughter of JACOB and JANE ABER, of Jefferson Township, and settled on the farm adjoining his old home, where he remained until the spring of 1868, when he purchased a farm still owned by him, and upon which they resided until four years ago.He then removed to his present place of residence in West Elizabeth.Their children were ELIZA J. (deceased wife of JOSEPH LYTLE, of Washington county), AMANDA (wife of WILLIAM LYTLE, of Washington county), SARAH (now MRS. JOHN A. NEWTON, of West Elizabeth), AGNES (now MRS. FLORENCE SHELPLER), of Beaver county), MARY (now MRS. GEORGE COCHRAN, of Jefferson township) and Emma (now MRS. DORA MOFFATT, of Waynesburg, Green county).MR. BEDELL has never sought political distinction, but has been identified with his township officially, and is known as a sturdy democrat.”
“J. CHARLES BEDELL, merchant Mansfield Valley, is a native of Allegheny county, Pa., born in 1839.His parents, DANIEL, a farmer and ELIZABETH (JACOBS) BEDELL, had a family of ten children, seven of whom are living, and of these J. CHARLES is among the youngest.The father died in 1861, aged seventy-six years; the mother, when aged sixty-two years.The grandfather, ABNER BEDELL, who was a farmer, came to America from France with Gen. Lafayette, and the original spelling of the name was B’Dell.The subject of this sketch was educated at the common schools, and also attended night school.Early in life he became a compositor, and was employed in a publishing-house in Pittsburgh for several years.Soon afterward he went to Dakota territory, where he edited the first paper, remaining three years, after which he was employed by the P. Ft. W. R. R., and was four years paymaster.In 1866 he came to Mansfield and engaged in mercantile business until 1877.Then, in company with his father-in-law, MR. KENNEDY, he organized the Mansfield Saving & Deposit Bank.This partnership continued until 1879, but since that date MR. BEDELL has been successfully carrying on mercantile business. (pg. 485)He married, in 1865, DELL, daughter of SAMUEL KENNEDY, of Mansfield, Pa., and they have three children: WINIFRED, VIOLET and IDYL.MR. BEDELL has been a member of the school board and town council.He is a member of the M. E. Church, and is a republican.”
“WILLIAM BEDELL, farmer, postoffice West Elizabeth, is a son of ANDREW and REBECCA (FERREE) BEDELL, and was born in Jefferson township in 1831, on the farm now owned by him.His parents, who died respectively in 1874 and 1879, had a family of ten children: A. W., MARY J. (deceased), JOEL, CALVIN (deceased), AMANDA, WILLIAM, SARAH, ANDREW (deceased), REBECCA (deceased), MELINDA (deceased).July 1, 1858, WILLIAM married LYDIA A., daughter of THOMAS and ANNIE (STEVENS) LARGE, of one of the pioneer families of the county.They located on the farm on which MR. BEDELL was born, and engaged in agricultural pursuits.To them have been born children as follows: ANDREW (deceased), ISAAC, MILTON, MAGGIE, MARY, LIZZIE (deceased), WILLIAM S., ANNIE R. (deceased), JOHN H. (deceased), LEROY, ARMINDA V., CHARLES and FANNY.MR. BEDELL has been a member of the county committee and occupied several township offices.MRS. BEDELL is a member of the Presbyterian Church at Elizabeth.”
Title: Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania Vol. 3 / editor-in-chief, John W. Jordan.
Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921.
“BEDELL- Originally a family of France, the BEDELL ancestor, ABNER BEDELL, came to the United States colony with the French soldiers, who accompanied General Lafayette.He remained in this country and eventually settled in Western Pennsylvania.Through intermarriage, the BEDELL family is connected with the French Huguenot family of FERREE, founded in Lancaster county by JACOB FERREE, who afterwards settled in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, at the mouth of Peter creek, where he bought land about the year 1800.From the union of these two ancient French families sprang WILLIAM BEDELL, now deceased of Large, Jefferson township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania.
(I) ABNER BEDELL, grandfather of WILLIAM BEDELL, of Large, served with General Lafayette in the American Revolution, and a tradition concerning his military career is that he assisted Lafayette from the field of battle when the general was wounded.For a time he lived in New Jersey.About the year 1790 he moved to Western Pennsylvania, locating at Horseshoe Bottom, above Monongahela City.In 1809 he became owner of the farm in Jefferson township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, originally patented by ZADOC WRIGHT.He lived on that farm until 1824, when he moved to Elizabeth township with his wife and there both died, leaving sons: ANDREW, of whom further; WILLIAM, died unmarried; DANIEL, a farmer of Jefferson township, who was twice married and left descendants.
(II) ANDREW BEDELL, son of ABNER BEDELL, the Revolutionary soldier, was born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, about the year 1800, and died in 1874.He grew to manhood on the Jefferson township farm owned by the father, married, and in the spring bought a farm in the same township, originally patented by ZADOC WRIGHT.There he lived, and died in 1874.He married REBECCA FERREE, who died in 1879, daughter of JOEL and CHRISTINA (KUYKENTHAL) FERREE, of Jefferson township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, and granddaughter of JACOB FERREE, a French Huguenot who settled in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and had by his first wife sons: JOEL, a colonel in the War of 1812; BENJAMIN and JACOB.By his second wife, ALICE (POWELL) FERREE, he had also sons and daughters.After the Revolution he moved to Western Pennsylvania, settling in Allegheny county, and in the (pg. 1154) year 1800 settled on a farm of three hundred and thirty acres, on which the town of Coraopolis now stands.In the fall of that year he and his sons built a house upon the farm and in the following spring moved there.He had a brother, JOEL, who visited him there about that time and during his visit was murdered by Indians.JACOB FERREE was a gunsmith and it is said made powder in Lancaster county.ANDREW and REBECCA (FERREE) BEDELL had sons and daughters: 1. ABNER WASHINGTON, married REBECCA ABER. 2. MARY, married LEWIS HOFFMAN.3. JOEL, lived in Charleston, West Virginia.4. CALVIN, lived in Jefferson township 5. AMANDA, married JAMES McKEOWN.6. WILLIAM, of whom further.7. SARAH, married FREDERICK RHODES, and is yet living in Pittsburgh.8. ANDREW.9. REBECCA. 10. MELINDA.
(III) WILLIAM BEDELL, son of ANDREW and REBECCA (FERREE) BEDELL, was born on the homestead in Jefferson township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, December 3, 1831, his birthplace a log house built by his father.He died August 26, 1912, at the same farm which he had greatly improved and modernized.He attended “Calamity Hollow” school in the old stone building and grew up a well informed and healthy boy.He worked the home farm as boy and man for his parents, but after his father’s death bought out the other heirs and became the sole owner of one hundred and sixty-five acres of good land on which his father had built a brick house that is still standing in good condition.There WILLIAM BEDELL brought his bride and there he lived until his death.He was a good farmer, prospered and stocked his farm with high grade cattle that for fifteen years supplied Elizabeth City with milk.He always kept the best stock of every kind, but only ran the farm for dairying purposes during the fifteen years named.He brought the farm to high state of fertility, general farming being his permanent business.He became well known in the township, was assessor and school director, and with his wife was active in church work, both Presbyterians.
He married, July 1, 1858, LYDIA ANN LARGE who survives him.She was born at the LARGE homestead in Jefferson township, daughter of THOMAS and ANNA (STEVENS) LARGE, the latter dying when her daughter was a small child.THOMAS LARGE was born in Mifflin township, son of JOHN and NANCY ((LOW) LARGE, the latter was born east of the mountains, of German parents.JOHN LARGE was a Revolutionary soldier, born in New Jersey, of German parentage.He came to Allegheny county prior to 1790, settling in Mifflin township.Later he left his farm there to the management of his son HENRY and moved to Jefferson township and bought a tract of one hundred and sixty acres, now the site of the town of LARGE, named in his honor.He operated distilleries in both townships, being the first to operate a still in either Mifflin or Jefferson.He was a very tall man, straight, strong and powerful.THOMAS LARGE, his son, purchased the interest of the other heirs in the Jefferson township farm and there lived until his death.He had by his first wife ANNA (STEVENS) LARGE, eight children: 1. NANCY, married TWEED MORRISON, and lived at the Jefferson township farm.2. REBECCA, married THOMAS STEWART, a farmer of Jefferson township.3. MARGARET, married FRANK MAYO.4. JOHN, a farmer.5. HENRY, enlisted in the Union army and (pg. 1155) never returned.6. LYDIA ANN, widow of WILLIAM BEDELL and the last survivor of the children of THOMAS LARGE.7. ISAAC.8. GILBERT.By his second wife, HANNAH (MOORE) LARGE, THOMAS LARGE had three children.9. SARAH married ROBERT CANNON.10. WILLIAM.11. SAMUEL, a farmer.Children of WILLIAM and LYDIAN ANN (LARGE) BEDELL: 1. ANDREW, died aged twenty-two years.2. ISAAC, now residing at Duquesne, Pennsylvania.3. MILTON, also a resident of Duquesne.4. MARGARET, a storekeeper of Clairton, unmarried.5. MARY, married JOHN W. WRAY, a Jefferson township farmer.6. ELIZABETH, died aged eighteen years.7. W. SEYMOUR, a teamster, residing at Clairton.8. ANNA REBECCA, died age two years.9. JOHN HARVEY, deceased.10. LEROY, a farmer of Jefferson township. 11. ARMINTA, residing at home with her aged mother and sister FANNIE L.12. CHARLES HENRY, a transfer agent at Duquesne.13. FANNIE L., residing at the old homestead with mother and sisters.”