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Johnathan Monroe Bedwell

Johnathan Monroe Bedwell

Male 1850 - 1883  (32 years)

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  • Name Johnathan Monroe Bedwell  [1, 2
    • The spelling of "Johnathan" comes from bible record. He is named after his uncle Johnathan Bedwell born 1828 in Alabama.
    Nickname John 
    Born 1 Oct 1850  Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date of birth is from Abraham W. Johnson Family Bible (grandfather); provided by Jan Shaffer via Merlene Lovelace. Location is per 1860 & 1880 census records; Probably born in Clarke County, Mississippi where his parents had married the year before his birth; His obituary states he was 38 at the time of his death - then his birth year would have been 1845. Jonathon Monroe Bedwell was the son of William Dawson "Doss" Bedwell and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson. John's father was a Confederate civil war soldier - a planter and slave owner before the war - and a prominent citizen of Waco, Texas.
    Abraham W. Johnson Family Bible (father of Sarah Elilzabeth Johnson Bedwell); provided by Jan Shaffer via Merlene Lovelace.
    Abraham W. Johnson Family Bible (father of Sarah Elilzabeth Johnson Bedwell); provided by Jan Shaffer via Merlene Lovelace.
    Gender Male 
    Census 1860  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 9; living with parents, William Dawson Bedwell and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson Bedwell, along with younger brother Albert "Ab" Gailton Bedwell; also in the home living with the family is F. S. Smith, age 24, a teacher from Ohio. 
    Real Estate 4 Mar 1873  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Based on numerous McLennan County Tax Rolls, we know that John owned at least 300 acres of land east of Waco in the La Vega Grant. Purchase of 300 acres with brother A. G. Bedwell

    McLennan County, Texas; Deed Record Book S, Page 380:
    J. W. Sapsley to J. M. Bedwell and A. G. Bedwell
    This Indenture made and entered into this fifteenth day of February A.D. 1873 by and between John W. Sapsley by Wm. W. Kendall, his duly authorized and empoweered Attorney-in-Fact ...........
    .....that for and in consideration of one thousand gold dollars in hand paid by the said J. M. and A. G. Bedwell to the said Sapsley the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and the further sum of nine hundred and forty-nine and 75/100 gold dollars to be paid twelve months after this date .... and further sum of nine hundred and forty-nine and 75/100 gold dollars to be paid two years after this date......for which last two payments said J. M. Bedwell and A. G. Bedwell have executed their just and several promissory notes....
    ......in and to the following tact of land being a portion of the Tom De La Vega League Grant lying on the waters of Tehucuna Creek in McLennan County {portions of legal description} beginning at a stake.......seventy feet east of the center of the track of the Waco and North-Western Rail Road and in the line of the right of way granted to paid Road by said Sapsley.......north bank of Tehuacana Creek......containing three hudnred acres of land down said creek with is manders to a stake in the line of this right of way of the aforesaid Rail road above the Rail road bridge across said creek......

    Deed filed 4 Mar 1873 at 2 o'clock p.m.
    Deed recorded 5 Mar 1873
     
    Census 1880  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John Bedwell, age 29, a farmer, as head of household with: wife Bell, age 25; daughter Olivia, age 2; son, Albert, age 1; and mother Sarah, age 47. The adults were born in Mississippi, and the children were born in Texas.  
    Tax Roll 1880  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    McLennan County Tax Roll; Abst. 43, La Vega Grant, Indexed as J. M. Bedwell, 312 acres valed $2,496; 2 wagons-$40; tool/implements-$30; 6 horses-$120; Paid $16.25 in tax.  
    Tax Roll 1881  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    McLennan County Tax Rolls; Indexed "J.M. Bedwell"; Abst. 43, La Vega Grant; 360 acres-$3,240; 2 wagons-$150; tools/implements-$25; 6 horses-$150; 4 hogs-$10; goods/wares/merchandise-$35; total tax due $21.46 
    Newspaper Event 27 Dec 1881  Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Published December 27, 1881, The Waco Daily Examiner
    CHRISTMAS DIVERSIONS
    Two Negroes Killed and a Nymph Badly Bombarded
    While Christmas is generally acknowledged to be a season of good cheer and happy reunion - a time at which we forget past differences and all meet for thanksgiving and general rejoicing, there are those who seem to think that unless they do some desperate deed on that day they have not fully commemorated it. Last Saturday and Sunday?s pleasure in Waco and surroundings was somewhat marred among the colored people and demimonde* by acts of violence with add none to the credit and good standing of the participants and may get all concerned into serious trouble. The first scene of blood we heard of was the finding of the body of a Negro on the railroad track near Reagan. What his name was we could not learn, but have been informed that two trains passed over him. It is further stated that he was seen to have a bundle of clothes and was known to have money, all of which was missing when the body was found. It is thought that he was killed by some unknown parties and his remains placed upon the track as a blind to cover their villainy. Following this news comes the announcement that two Waco members of the demi-monde enlivened Christmas and the holy Sabbath morning by indulging in an unusual discussion. It occurred at the apartments of Mabel Clark, on Jackson Street, and Nellie Cunningham figures as the principal actress. Some time just before noon it appears she had taken morning drams enough to wake up all the meanness there was in those she had the night before, and having nothing else to do took a pistol and made an unprovoked assault on Mabel, who, being defenseless, had to stand and wait for her to empty the pistol, which, it is said, she did in brief order. After she had satisfied her shooting propensity she retired to her room and barred the doors. When the police arrived she refused them admission, and a complaint had to be made by Mabel before they felt they had proper authority to break into the house. In the meantime the police got in and secured her by strategy. She is now in the county jail. The other woman was not injured. At the time the woman did the shooting she is said to have been very drunk and no doubt had not the least knowledge of what she was doing. By the way of a wind up one Nath. Williams, as he is called, who is said to have manipulated cat-gut at the dollar store for the edification of callers, put out the light of another negro, Bob Graves, on the John Bedwell place, about five miles below town. It occurred, as we learn, about 3 o?clock Sunday evening. Particulars as to the cause are meager, and to a large extent unreliable. Some say that all the darkeys were drunk . Williams himself, who was caught yesterday morning, states that Graves slapped him in the face before he shot him, and others were credited with having said they heard Williams say he was going to shoot him just to see him kick. A courier came to town after an officer and Deputy Sheriff George Oglesby at once went down and spent most of the night trailing him with the bloodhounds. He had a great deal of trouble getting on his trail after he crossed Tehuacana, but before daylight got the dogs in good chase. The negro, finding himself hotly pursued, at last returned to the scene of the killing and gave himself up. Sheriff Van Hall happened to be on the ground and conducted him to jail. Such scenes sadly mar the Christmas festivities and do not speak in good terms for the participants, though all sensible people will not blame communities for the acts of individuals on such occasions.
    *demi-monde: a group of people in society who are not considered to behave according to the moral or social standards accepted by most people. 19th century term. 
    Tax Roll 1882  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    McLennan County Tax Roll - Abst. 43 in La Vega Grant; 312 acres-$3,000; 2 wagons-$55; Tools-$25; 8 horses-$200; 15 cows-100; 10 hogs-$25; misc.-$30 
    Legal 27 Mar 1882  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John files his cattle brand with county clerk's office:
    No 42; Cattle on left side and horses on left shoulder; J.M. Bedwell about 5 miles below Waco on E side of Brazos River 
    Johnathan Monroe Bedwell
    Johnathan Monroe Bedwell
    Cattle Brand - filed McLennan County, Texas March of 1882
    Johnathon Monroe Bedwell
    Johnathon Monroe Bedwell
    Cattle brand - filed McLennan County, Texas March of 1882
    Died 4 Apr 1883  Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Meningitis; Date of death is per lawsuit "Bedwell v. Bedwell"; Also confirmed by obituary.
    • OBITUARY:
      PUBLISHED WACO DAILY EXAMINER, Friday, April, 6, 1883.
      J. M. Bedwell, 38, died on the 4th at his home - 5 miles below Waco, of meningitis. Funeral yesterday, and burial in the East Waco Cemetery. (Greenwood Cemetery).
    Buried 5 Apr 1883  Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • East Waco Cemetery (same as Greenwood Cemetery):
      My husband and I walked this entire cemetery in 2010; Jan Shafer and I walked it again in 2013 - and it does not appear that John's grave has a marker.
    Johnathon Monroe Bedwell
    Johnathon Monroe Bedwell
    Headstone - According to John's obituary he was buried in East Waco Cemetery (which is now known as Greenwood). My husband walked the entire cemetery and did not locate a headstone for him.
    Person ID P2443  Curbow Montoya Family | Curbow Family Branch
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2013 

    Father William Dawson Bedwell,   b. 11 Dec 1821, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1867, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother Sarah Elizabeth Johnson,   b. 10 Oct 1831, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1884, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Family ID F2844  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Martha Isabell Curbow,   b. 22 Jul 1857, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1941, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 25 Nov. 1876  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • J. M. Bedwell married Mattie B. Hodges - executed by J. B. Puckett; McLennan County Marriage Book A, Page 37; Indicates a previous/first marriage to Unknown Hodges (Charles). In this marriage record, Belle is listed as "Mattie Hodges." It appears that Belle and Jonathan spent their married lives together in McLennan County, Texas living on the Bedwell Plantation.
    Martha Isabell Curbow Hodges x Jonathan Monroe Bedwell
    Martha Isabell Curbow Hodges x Jonathan Monroe Bedwell
    Marriage Record
    Children 
    +1. Olivia A. Bedwell,   b. 15 Sept 1877, Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1951, Houston, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. Albert C. Bedwell,   b. Abt 1879, Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1885 , McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 6 years)
    +3. William Franklin Bedwell,   b. 20 Oct 1880, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1927, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    +4. James Monroe Bedwell,   b. 12 Jun 1882, Tarrant County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1921, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2011 15:12:15 
    Family ID F1178  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Oct 1850 - Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age 9; living with parents, William Dawson Bedwell and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson Bedwell, along with younger brother Albert "Ab" Gailton Bedwell; also in the home living with the family is F. S. Smith, age 24, a teacher from Ohio. - 1860 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReal Estate - Based on numerous McLennan County Tax Rolls, we know that John owned at least 300 acres of land east of Waco in the La Vega Grant. Purchase of 300 acres with brother A. G. Bedwell McLennan County, Texas; Deed Record Book S, Page 380: J. W. Sapsley to J. M. Bedwell and A. G. Bedwell This Indenture made and entered into this fifteenth day of February A.D. 1873 by and between John W. Sapsley by Wm. W. Kendall, his duly authorized and empoweered Attorney-in-Fact ........... .....that for and in consideration of one thousand gold dollars in hand paid by the said J. M. and A. G. Bedwell to the said Sapsley the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and the further sum of nine hundred and forty-nine and 75/100 gold dollars to be paid twelve months after this date .... and further sum of nine hundred and forty-nine and 75/100 gold dollars to be paid two years after this date......for which last two payments said J. M. Bedwell and A. G. Bedwell have executed their just and several promissory notes.... ......in and to the following tact of land being a portion of the Tom De La Vega League Grant lying on the waters of Tehucuna Creek in McLennan County {portions of legal description} beginning at a stake.......seventy feet east of the center of the track of the Waco and North-Western Rail Road and in the line of the right of way granted to paid Road by said Sapsley.......north bank of Tehuacana Creek......containing three hudnred acres of land down said creek with is manders to a stake in the line of this right of way of the aforesaid Rail road above the Rail road bridge across said creek...... Deed filed 4 Mar 1873 at 2 o'clock p.m. Deed recorded 5 Mar 1873 - 4 Mar 1873 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Nov. 1876 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - John Bedwell, age 29, a farmer, as head of household with: wife Bell, age 25; daughter Olivia, age 2; son, Albert, age 1; and mother Sarah, age 47. The adults were born in Mississippi, and the children were born in Texas. - 1880 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax Roll - McLennan County Tax Roll; Abst. 43, La Vega Grant, Indexed as J. M. Bedwell, 312 acres valed $2,496; 2 wagons-$40; tool/implements-$30; 6 horses-$120; Paid $16.25 in tax. - 1880 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax Roll - McLennan County Tax Rolls; Indexed "J.M. Bedwell"; Abst. 43, La Vega Grant; 360 acres-$3,240; 2 wagons-$150; tools/implements-$25; 6 horses-$150; 4 hogs-$10; goods/wares/merchandise-$35; total tax due $21.46 - 1881 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewspaper Event - Published December 27, 1881, The Waco Daily Examiner CHRISTMAS DIVERSIONS Two Negroes Killed and a Nymph Badly Bombarded While Christmas is generally acknowledged to be a season of good cheer and happy reunion - a time at which we forget past differences and all meet for thanksgiving and general rejoicing, there are those who seem to think that unless they do some desperate deed on that day they have not fully commemorated it. Last Saturday and Sunday?s pleasure in Waco and surroundings was somewhat marred among the colored people and demimonde* by acts of violence with add none to the credit and good standing of the participants and may get all concerned into serious trouble. The first scene of blood we heard of was the finding of the body of a Negro on the railroad track near Reagan. What his name was we could not learn, but have been informed that two trains passed over him. It is further stated that he was seen to have a bundle of clothes and was known to have money, all of which was missing when the body was found. It is thought that he was killed by some unknown parties and his remains placed upon the track as a blind to cover their villainy. Following this news comes the announcement that two Waco members of the demi-monde enlivened Christmas and the holy Sabbath morning by indulging in an unusual discussion. It occurred at the apartments of Mabel Clark, on Jackson Street, and Nellie Cunningham figures as the principal actress. Some time just before noon it appears she had taken morning drams enough to wake up all the meanness there was in those she had the night before, and having nothing else to do took a pistol and made an unprovoked assault on Mabel, who, being defenseless, had to stand and wait for her to empty the pistol, which, it is said, she did in brief order. After she had satisfied her shooting propensity she retired to her room and barred the doors. When the police arrived she refused them admission, and a complaint had to be made by Mabel before they felt they had proper authority to break into the house. In the meantime the police got in and secured her by strategy. She is now in the county jail. The other woman was not injured. At the time the woman did the shooting she is said to have been very drunk and no doubt had not the least knowledge of what she was doing. By the way of a wind up one Nath. Williams, as he is called, who is said to have manipulated cat-gut at the dollar store for the edification of callers, put out the light of another negro, Bob Graves, on the John Bedwell place, about five miles below town. It occurred, as we learn, about 3 o?clock Sunday evening. Particulars as to the cause are meager, and to a large extent unreliable. Some say that all the darkeys were drunk . Williams himself, who was caught yesterday morning, states that Graves slapped him in the face before he shot him, and others were credited with having said they heard Williams say he was going to shoot him just to see him kick. A courier came to town after an officer and Deputy Sheriff George Oglesby at once went down and spent most of the night trailing him with the bloodhounds. He had a great deal of trouble getting on his trail after he crossed Tehuacana, but before daylight got the dogs in good chase. The negro, finding himself hotly pursued, at last returned to the scene of the killing and gave himself up. Sheriff Van Hall happened to be on the ground and conducted him to jail. Such scenes sadly mar the Christmas festivities and do not speak in good terms for the participants, though all sensible people will not blame communities for the acts of individuals on such occasions. *demi-monde: a group of people in society who are not considered to behave according to the moral or social standards accepted by most people. 19th century term. - 27 Dec 1881 - Waco, McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax Roll - McLennan County Tax Roll - Abst. 43 in La Vega Grant; 312 acres-$3,000; 2 wagons-$55; Tools-$25; 8 horses-$200; 15 cows-100; 10 hogs-$25; misc.-$30 - 1882 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLegal - John files his cattle brand with county clerk's office: No 42; Cattle on left side and horses on left shoulder; J.M. Bedwell about 5 miles below Waco on E side of Brazos River - 27 Mar 1882 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Apr 1883 - Waco, McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 5 Apr 1883 - Waco, McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Histories
    Trial Transcript:  J. M. Bedwell, et al v. R. H. Bedwell, et al.'
    Trial Transcript: J. M. Bedwell, et al v. R. H. Bedwell, et al."
    Transcript of trial between the heirs of W. D. Bedwell and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson Bedwell (children of John Monroe Bedwell and Albert Bedwell)
    The Hunt for the Bedwell Farm and Cemetery
    The Hunt for the Bedwell Farm and Cemetery

  • Sources 
    1. [S2625378497] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1), Year: 1860; Census Place: , McLennan, Texas; Roll: M653_1300; Page: 424; Image: 272.

    2. [S2624675888] 1880, (1880 U.S. Census Index ), Year: 1880; Census Place: , McLennan, Texas; Roll: T9_1318; Family History Film: 1255318; Page: 96.1000; Enumeration District: 106; Image: .