Went to the LA State Archives this week seeking info on the William Bedwell in the 12 & 13th (1812).Wasted trip, no info.It is interesting that he did not apply for a Pension.Since he doesn't appear on the 1820 Census, perhaps he was killed in the War.
I did run across a book "State Line Baptist Church: 1856-1900, Its People and Area Cemeteries, Washington Parish/ Marion County"
The book contains a Bedwell genealogy different from the one everyone is always referrng to.I've been pursuing info along those lines, but it might not be correct either.Says that William migrated with Nancy from Rowan, NC.William might have come from there, but not with Nancy, since they married in Marion Co. in 1840.
I've been exploring Bedwells in Rowan.There are 3 on the 1800 census:Elijah, James and William.Elijah might be the father of William and James, because he is 45+.William is between 16-25, with a wife that age, and one child 0-9.Maybe HE migrated to LA and faught in the war.However, James could be our William's father too.He is 45+ with 3 young sons, and 4 daughters.
I did notice that our William Bedwell's son Wm. stated consistently on the census that his father was from KY.There is definitely Bedwell action there we might want to pursue:John. Robert, Thomas, Daniel.According to the big Bedwell genealogy on the web (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bedwell/index.htm) these guys mostly end up in IN.
And, on a side note, I am more convinced than ever that our William's wife Nancy was the daughter of Hugh and Lydia.I noticed that William named his eldest child Lydia!