Finally was able to obtain a reprint of the Jackson (1879) history, for the George W Confare bio you asked about in 2003 and in 2006. Not sure it is what you are looking for, since you mentioned Bedford Co., and this talks about Cumberland Co.
Again, the "attachment" is for Linda Suarez to post on the Iowa Biographies Project website.
The history of Jackson County, Iowa, ... Chicago, Western Historical,
GEORGE W. CONFARE,
present Mayor, carpenter and wagon-maker, Sabula; born in Cumberland Co., Penn., in 1826; he went to Scott Co., Iowa, in 1848; in 1850, went to Galena, Ill.; came to Sabula in 1852; in 1859, he went to Memphis, Tenn., where he remained till 1864, when he returned to Sabula. He married Rosetta Each, a native of London, England; they have four children - William H., Kate, Thomas R. and John G. Has been a member of City Council two years, Marshal one and one-half years, and is at present Mayor of Sabula.
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1880 FEDERAL CENSUS
Jackson County; Sabula; p 464A:
Confare, George W WM 54 ---- Married Wagon-Maker PA PA PA
Confare, Rosetta WF 44 Wife Married Keeping House Engl Engl Engl
Confare, Kate WF 14 Dau Single IA PA Engl
Confare, Thomas R WM 13 Son Works in RR office IA PA Engl
Confare, John G WM 10 Son IA PA Engl
1870 FEDERAL CENSUS
Jackson County; Sabula; p 146B:
Confare, George 45 MW Carpenter 1000 --- PA
Confare, Rose 35 FW Keeping house Engl
Confare, William 13 MW Attending school IA
Confare, Keaty 5 FW Attending school IA
Confare, Thomas 4 MW Attending school IA
Confare, John 9/12 MW IA Sept
1860 FEDERAL CENSUS
Jackson County; Iowa twp; p 172:
Aron W Day 33 M Farmer 5000 850 NY
Catharine Day 25 F Engl
Mana Day 6 F IA
Seymore Day 3 M IA
Rosetta Confrer 22 F Engl
William Confrer 4 M IA
Name: Daniel Confare
Marriage 1 Matilda Edington
William E. Confare b: in Scott, CO., IA
Name: William E. Confare
Birth: in Scott, CO., IA
Note: Train Conductor
Father: Daniel Confare
Mother: Matilda Edington
Marriage 1 Disa(Disie) Patton b: ABT 1867 in Keokuk, IA
Married: 27 MAR 1886 in Red Oak, IA
Eva Mae Confare b: DEC 1886 in NE
Nettie Confare b: APR 1890 in NE
June M Confare b: 5 APR 1890 in IA
Ahnentafel, Generation No. 2
2. William E. Confare was born in Scott, CO., IA. He was the son of 4. Daniel Confare and 5. Matilda Edington.
3. Disa(Disie) Patton was born ABT 1867 in Keokuk, IA. She was the daughter of 6. Alfred Lafayette Patton and 7. Sarah J Wiers or Wires.
Children of Disa(Disie) Patton and William E. Confare are:
1.i. Eva Mae Confare was born DEC 1886 in NE. She married Bud Wyman. She married Fred Brendal. She married Sherman Crawford.
ii. Nettie Confare was born APR 1890 in NE.
iii. June M Confare was born 5 APR 1890 in IA, and died 19 OCT 1966 in Hammond, IN. She married Charles Leslie Nelson 3 JAN 1910 in Chicago, son of Ole M Nelson and Ida Jane Beagle. He was born 25 OCT 1885 in IL, and died 30 OCT 1974.
Ahnentafel, Generation No. 3
4. Daniel Confare.
5. Matilda Edington.
Children of Matilda Edington and Daniel Confare are:
2.i. William E. Confare was born in Scott, CO., IA. He married Disa(Disie) Patton 27 MAR 1886 in Red Oak, IA, daughter of Alfred Lafayette Patton and Sarah J Wiers or Wires. She was born ABT 1867 in Keokuk, IA.
ii. George Confare.
6. Alfred Lafayette Patton was born 18 MAR 1833 in Jefferson CO., IN, and died 24 OCT 1905 in Villisca, Montgomery CO., Jackson Twp., IA. He was buried in Villisca Cemetery, Villisca, Montgomery CO., IA. He was the son of 12. Huston (Houston) Patton , Jr. and 13. Esther Israel.
7. Sarah J Wiers or Wires was born 12 MAR 1836 in IN, and died 19 MAR 1902 in Villisca, Montgomery CO., Jackson Twp., IA. She was buried in Villisca Cemetery, Villisca, Montgomery CO., IA. She was the daughter of 14. Wires.
Children of Sarah J Wiers or Wires and Alfred Lafayette Patton are:
i. Alfred S Patton was born NOV 1859 in Louisa CO., IA, and died BEF 1870.
ii. Alice Patton was born NOV 1859 in Louisa CO., IA, and died BEF 1870.
iii. Angie Estella Patton was born AUG 1862 in Columbus Twp., Louisa CO., IA. She married Charles Miles Wilson 8 JUN 1884, son of John Wilson and Mary Mackey. He was born AUG 1858 in Corning, Adams CO., IA, and died ABT 1910. She married James Harris AFT 1910.
iv. Eliza Jane (Frances) Patton was born ABT 1865 in Louisa CO., IA.
3.v. Disa(Disie) Patton was born ABT 1867 in Keokuk, IA. She married Andrew Lee. She married William E. Confare 27 MAR 1886 in Red Oak, IA, son of Daniel Confare and Matilda Edington. He was born in Scott, CO., IA.
vi. Frank H Patton was born ABT 1868, and died 17 AUG 1868.
vii. Luther P Patton was born JUL 1869 in IL. He married Georgia (Georgina) Slack, daughter of George Slack and Jane Lewis. She was born MAY 1871 in Ireland.
viii. Walter R (Wilbur) Patton was born ABT 1870 in Louisa CO., IA. He married Murietta.
ix. Effie Daisy (Sarilla) Patton was born 16 JUL 1873 in Louisa Co., Iowa, and died 13 DEC 1919 in House at East Fourth Street, Villisca, Iowa. She married Charles Elmer Ashmore 1892, son of John Wesley Ashmore and Zilphia (Zelphia) (Zylpha) Ann Beard. He was born 23 SEP 1872 in Near Knoxville, Illinois, and died 16 DEC 1916 in Glenwood, Iowa.