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William Dawson  Bedwell

William Dawson Bedwell

Male 1821 - 1867  (46 years)

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  • Name William Dawson Bedwell 
    Nickname Doss 
    Born 11 Dec 1821  Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date of birth is from Abraham W. Johnson Family Bible (father of Sarah Elilzabeth Johnson Bedwell); provided by Jan Shaffer via Merlene Lovelace; date is further confirmed by headstone; location of birth is from census records; researcher Beth Thurman indicates that he was born in Washington County; researcher Jan Shaffer indicates that he was born in Choctaw County; however, I do not have a source for either of these locations.
    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 1830  Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    William Dawson Bedwell in 1830 is about 9 years old. He is living in his father's household. He is not indexed by name because prior to 1850 only heads of house were listed on census:
    Males under 5 - 1 - Johnathan
    Males 5-9 - 1 - William Dawson Bedwell
    Males 10-14 - 1 - Allen Bedwell
    Males 15-19 - 1 James W. Bedwell
    Males 30-39 - 1 - James Bedwell
    Females 5-9 - 1 - perhaps Mahala
    Females 10-14 - 1 - Nancy
    Females 15-19 - 1 - unidentified
    Females 40-49 - 1 - Lucy Grimes Bedwell
    William Dawson Bedwell's father owns 20 slaves:
    5 males under 10
    6 males 10 thru 23
    2 males 24 thru 35
    2 males 36 thru 54
    1 male 55 thru 99
    1 female 10 thru 23
    2 females 24 thru 35
    1 female 36 thru 54 
    Census 1840  Clarke County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    William Dawson Bedwell in 1840 is about 19 years old. He is living in his father's household. He is not indexed by name because prior to 1850 only heads of house were listed on census:
    Males 10 to 14 - 1 - Johnathan
    Males 15 to 19 - 1 - William Dawson Bedwell
    Males 50 to 59 - 1 - James Bedwell
    Females 50 to 59 - Lucy Grimes Bedwell
    Father James Bedwell owns 25 slaves:
    5 males under 10
    2 males 10 thru 23
    5 males 24 thru 35
    4 males 36 thru 54
    4 males 55 thru 99
    1 female under 10
    3 females 10 thru 23
    1 female 55 thru 99
    Persons employed in agriculture: 12 
    Death of Parent 28 Feb 1846  Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William's parents die on the same day (or within days of each other). William becomes the administrator of his father's estate. He additionally is named guardian of his younger brother Johnathan. 
    Census 1850  Clarke County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Indexed as Wm D. Bedwell, age 29 born abt 1821 in Alabama; living in Beat 2; male; Family 619; he is a farmer who owns property valued at $1,500; living with wife Sarah, age 19 - William states that the couple had "been married within the year"; Also in the home is his brother Jonathan, age 22 - his occupation is not very legible - could be "student." William's parents died in 1845 - and William is the legal guardian for his brother Johnathan.  
    Census 1850  Clarke County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Slave Schedule - Indexed as Wm. D. Bedwell - owner of ten slaves: five adult males, two adult females, and three male children (all listed as black)
     
    Moved Abt 1853  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    This APPROXIMATE date is an estimate based on the birth dates of his two boys and the school records of his brother Johnathan M. Bedwell.  
    Politics 1856 - 1858  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He served as a McLennan County Commissioner. 
    Real Estate 1 Aug 1859  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Deed Book L - 178 John Lapsley sold to William D. Bedwell all the land from the Brazos River to the south line of the Curheil League to the Tehuacana Creek. This was all the land except the "labor" sold earlier to D. Hays. This is probably the 720 acres that is spoken of in the lawsuit papers. (Bedwell v. Bedwell - filed later by his heirs.)  
    Census 1860  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Indexed as W. D. Bedwell, age 38 born 1822 in Alabama; male; nearest post office is Amanda; he is a farmer who owns real estate valued at $2,000 and personal property valued at $18,505; living with wife S.E., age 29; and children: J. M., 9; and A. G., 8; Also in the home is F. S. Smith, age 24 who is a teacher. It is not known if he taught all of the children in the area or if he was a teacher for the Bedwell children only. This researcher recently spoke with a present day landowner of what used to be "the Bedwell Farm," and her husband states there was/is an old structure that the locals refer to as "the old school house." So it is possible that the Bedwells built a school for all the children of rural families east of the Brazos to attend.  
    Census 1860  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Texas Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890
    TX 1860 Slave Schedule
    Indexed as W. D. Bedwell; No township listed; Slave Schedule; Page 111:
    W.D. Bedwell - owner of 16 slaves, all shown as black: 7 adult males, 4 adult females, 2 female children, and 3 male children. There are six slave houses.
     
    Memberships Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He was a member of the Masonic Order in Texas - Waco Lodge No. 92, A. F. and A. M. 
    William Dawson Bedwell
    William Dawson Bedwell
    Extracted from: Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Texas, from its Organization in the City of Houston to the Close of The Grand Annual Communication held at Palestine, January 19, 1857
    Military 17 Mar 1864  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Civil War Index - Abstracts of Muster Rolls:
    Indexed as W. D. Bedwell, age 42 born abt 1822; Enlisted 17 Mar 1864 at Camp McCulloch

    Research notes from Jan Shaffer: The Texas State Troops were a state militia - somewhat like the Texas Ranger outfits organized for frontier defense. Enrollment in these companies exempted the men from draft and being sent back east. They hung around on the frontier chasing Indians and a few other places looking for Union agitators, CSA deserters and other undesirables. They were under the command of the Governor in Austin and not subject to Richmond's control. But Texas was always trying to get them funded by the Confederate States, but wanted guarantees that they would never leave the state, so it wasn't until March of 1864 that they officially became part of the Confederate Army, which did get them on Confederate payroll and thus they were eligible for pensions and widow benefits later in life.
    Nonetheless, on March 1, 1864, the Mounted Regiment, Texas State Troops, was transferred into the Confederate Army. The transfer spelled the effective end of Texas? Frontier Regiment. While not totally successful in its mission, it had, nonetheless, provided a measurer of effective reassurance to Texas frontier communities at an anxious time. The transfer of the regiment to a Confederacy strapped by increasing shortages of manpower in 1864 generated enormous insecurity, vulnerabilities, and adjustments along the entire frontier. The Indian war on the frontiers of Texas from 1861 and 1865 had always been the unwanted stepchild of the Confederacy. Within weeks of the transfer, most of the ranger companies comprising the Frontier Regiment had been stripped from the frontier and redeployed to other areas. 
    William Dawson Bedwell
    William Dawson Bedwell
    Texas Muster Roll Index Card:
    Name & Rank: Bedwell, W. D., Pvt.
    Comm. Off: Davis, J.F., Capt.
    Organ: Co. E, 1st Regt., 2nd Brig., TST
    Enlist: Mar 17-64 at Camp McCulloch for 6 months
    Descrip: Age 42
    Remarks: R&F 107; En. Off. Capt. J.F. Davis; Mus. Off; H.W. Cooke; Appraisers T. M. Glenn & Henry J. Canfield; 9 miles traveled to place…
    Residence 1866  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Appears on the U.S. IRS Tax Assessment List:
    W. D. Bedwell; Waco, Texas
    Article: Cotton raw
    No. in Abstract: 38
    Quantity or Valuation: $18,801
    Rate of Tax: ??
    Amt. of Tax upon Article: ??
    Total: $276.02
     
    William Dawson Bedwell
    William Dawson Bedwell
    IRS Tax Assessment List - 1866
    Tax Roll Bef 18 Dec 1867  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1867 McLennan County Tax Roll: Indexed as "W. D. Bedwell"; Taxed on 640 acres valued at $3,200; Taxed on addition 600 acres in La Vega Grant valued at $1,200 
    Died 18 Dec 1867  McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date of death is from Abraham W. Johnson Family Bible (father of Sarah Elilzabeth Johnson Bedwell); provided by Jan Shaffer via Merlene Lovelace.
      Date is further confirmed by headstone; probate papers; and lawsuit filed by heirs (Bedwell v. Bedwell) in McLennan County Probate Court; Appeals Court; and Supreme Court of Texas
    • Appears in the "Notables" section of FirstStreetCemetery.org:
      William Dawson Bedwell, 1821-1867. A native of Alabama. Son of James and Lucy
      Grimes Bedwell. Husband of Sarah Elizabeth Johnson Bedwell, 1831-1884. The William
      Dawson Bedwell family was living in Clarke County, Mississippi in 1850, and moved to
      Waco in the early 1850s. W. D. Bedwell was a planter and a Confederate veteran. He
      served as a McLennan County commissioner from 1856-1858 and was a member of Waco
      Lodge No. 92, A. F. and A. M.
    Buried Aft 18 Dec 1867  Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • First Street Cemetery
      Miscellaneous burial notes: BEDWELL, W. D., Dec. II, 1821 - Dec. 18, 1867 (loose, broken), also:
      BEDWELL, W. D., (Military Marker) &. (separate stone marked: W. D. B.) C. S. A.
    William Dawson Bedwell
    William Dawson Bedwell
    Headstone
    Notes 
    • Son of James Bedwell (1776-1846) and Lucy Grimes (1788-1846)
    Person ID P5154  Curbow Montoya Family
    Last Modified 29 Jul 2013 

    Father James Bedwell,   b. 1776, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1846, Melvin, Choctaw County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Lucy Grimes,   b. 1788, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1846, Clarke County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Family ID F4016  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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) 
    Married 13 Dec 1849 
    • Date of marriage is from Abraham W. Johnson Family Bible (father of Sarah Elilzabeth Johnson Bedwell); provided by Jan Shaffer via Merlene Lovelace. It is assumed that the couple married in Clarke County, Mississippi - as this is where they were living in the 1850 census; however I have not located a marriage record to date.
    Children 
    +1. Johnathan Monroe Bedwell,   b. 1 Oct 1850, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1883, Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    +2. Albert Galiton Bedwell,   b. 14 Feb 1852, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1876, Waco, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     3. William Dawson Bedwell,   b. 17 Aug 1853,   d. 27 Aug 1853  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 27 Jul 2013 09:32:30 
    Family ID F2844  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Dec 1821 - Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - William Dawson Bedwell in 1830 is about 9 years old. He is living in his father's household. He is not indexed by name because prior to 1850 only heads of house were listed on census: Males under 5 - 1 - Johnathan Males 5-9 - 1 - William Dawson Bedwell Males 10-14 - 1 - Allen Bedwell Males 15-19 - 1 James W. Bedwell Males 30-39 - 1 - James Bedwell Females 5-9 - 1 - perhaps Mahala Females 10-14 - 1 - Nancy Females 15-19 - 1 - unidentified Females 40-49 - 1 - Lucy Grimes Bedwell William Dawson Bedwell's father owns 20 slaves: 5 males under 10 6 males 10 thru 23 2 males 24 thru 35 2 males 36 thru 54 1 male 55 thru 99 1 female 10 thru 23 2 females 24 thru 35 1 female 36 thru 54 - 1830 - Washington County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath of Parent - William's parents die on the same day (or within days of each other). William becomes the administrator of his father's estate. He additionally is named guardian of his younger brother Johnathan. - 28 Feb 1846 - Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMoved - This APPROXIMATE date is an estimate based on the birth dates of his two boys and the school records of his brother Johnathan M. Bedwell. - Abt 1853 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPolitics - He served as a McLennan County Commissioner. - 1856 - 1858 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReal Estate - Deed Book L - 178 John Lapsley sold to William D. Bedwell all the land from the Brazos River to the south line of the Curheil League to the Tehuacana Creek. This was all the land except the "labor" sold earlier to D. Hays. This is probably the 720 acres that is spoken of in the lawsuit papers. (Bedwell v. Bedwell - filed later by his heirs.) - 1 Aug 1859 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Indexed as W. D. Bedwell, age 38 born 1822 in Alabama; male; nearest post office is Amanda; he is a farmer who owns real estate valued at $2,000 and personal property valued at $18,505; living with wife S.E., age 29; and children: J. M., 9; and A. G., 8; Also in the home is F. S. Smith, age 24 who is a teacher. It is not known if he taught all of the children in the area or if he was a teacher for the Bedwell children only. This researcher recently spoke with a present day landowner of what used to be "the Bedwell Farm," and her husband states there was/is an old structure that the locals refer to as "the old school house." So it is possible that the Bedwells built a school for all the children of rural families east of the Brazos to attend. - 1860 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Texas Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890 TX 1860 Slave Schedule Indexed as W. D. Bedwell; No township listed; Slave Schedule; Page 111: W.D. Bedwell - owner of 16 slaves, all shown as black: 7 adult males, 4 adult females, 2 female children, and 3 male children. There are six slave houses. - 1860 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMemberships - He was a member of the Masonic Order in Texas - Waco Lodge No. 92, A. F. and A. M. - - Waco, McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Civil War Index - Abstracts of Muster Rolls: Indexed as W. D. Bedwell, age 42 born abt 1822; Enlisted 17 Mar 1864 at Camp McCulloch Research notes from Jan Shaffer: The Texas State Troops were a state militia - somewhat like the Texas Ranger outfits organized for frontier defense. Enrollment in these companies exempted the men from draft and being sent back east. They hung around on the frontier chasing Indians and a few other places looking for Union agitators, CSA deserters and other undesirables. They were under the command of the Governor in Austin and not subject to Richmond's control. But Texas was always trying to get them funded by the Confederate States, but wanted guarantees that they would never leave the state, so it wasn't until March of 1864 that they officially became part of the Confederate Army, which did get them on Confederate payroll and thus they were eligible for pensions and widow benefits later in life. Nonetheless, on March 1, 1864, the Mounted Regiment, Texas State Troops, was transferred into the Confederate Army. The transfer spelled the effective end of Texas? Frontier Regiment. While not totally successful in its mission, it had, nonetheless, provided a measurer of effective reassurance to Texas frontier communities at an anxious time. The transfer of the regiment to a Confederacy strapped by increasing shortages of manpower in 1864 generated enormous insecurity, vulnerabilities, and adjustments along the entire frontier. The Indian war on the frontiers of Texas from 1861 and 1865 had always been the unwanted stepchild of the Confederacy. Within weeks of the transfer, most of the ranger companies comprising the Frontier Regiment had been stripped from the frontier and redeployed to other areas. - 17 Mar 1864 - Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Appears on the U.S. IRS Tax Assessment List: W. D. Bedwell; Waco, Texas Article: Cotton raw No. in Abstract: 38 Quantity or Valuation: $18,801 Rate of Tax: ?? Amt. of Tax upon Article: ?? Total: $276.02 - 1866 - Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax Roll - 1867 McLennan County Tax Roll: Indexed as "W. D. Bedwell"; Taxed on 640 acres valued at $3,200; Taxed on addition 600 acres in La Vega Grant valued at $1,200 - Bef 18 Dec 1867 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Dec 1867 - McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 18 Dec 1867 - Waco, McLennan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Histories
    William Dawson Bedwell
    William Dawson Bedwell
    Texas Slave Narratives - Mentioning William Dawson Bedwell and other McLennan County Citizens
    The Hunt for the Bedwell Farm and Cemetery
    The Hunt for the Bedwell Farm and Cemetery
    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)
    John Hampton Harrison - Testimony Bedwell v. Bedwell
    John Hampton Harrison - Testimony Bedwell v. Bedwell
    Testimony at trial describing the property as W.D. Doss' separate property and discusses slave ownership of Sarah Elizabeth Johnson Bedwell
    Cause 8854; J. M. Bedwell, et al v. R. H. Bedwell, et al; First Amended answer of R. H. Bedwell
    Cause 8854; J. M. Bedwell, et al v. R. H. Bedwell, et al; First Amended answer of R. H. Bedwell
    Describes the assets of William Dawson Bedwell at the time of his death on 18 Dec 1867

    Newspaper Articles
    William Dawson Bedwell
    William Dawson Bedwell
    News article entitled, "Old Settlers Meeting" published 3 May 1895 in the Fort Worth Gazette. Includes the name of ___ Bedwell - which is assumed to be W. D. Bedwell

  • Sources 
    1. [S2720510913] 1830 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifth Census of the United States, 1830. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1830. M19, 201), Source Citation: 1830 US Census; Census Place: , Washington, Alabama; Page: 244; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 3; Family History Film: 0002330.

    2. [S2720518517] 1840 United States Federal Census, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixth Census of the United States, 1840. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1840. M704, 58), Source Citation: Year: 1840; Census Place: , Clarke, Mississippi; Roll: 213; Page: 130; Image: 265; Family History Library Film: 0014840.

    3. [S2625403972] 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850. M432, ), Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Beat 2, Clarke, Mississippi; Roll: M432_370; Page: 191A; Image: 386.

    4. [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), Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: , Mclennan, Texas; Roll: M653_1300; Page: 424; Image: 273; Family History Library Film: 805300.

    5. [S4273286828] Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890, TX 1860 Slave Schedule; Page 111.

    6. [S4273286785] Texas, Muster Roll Index Cards, 1838-1900.
      W. D. Bedwell; age 42 born abt 1822; Enlisted 17 March 1864 at Camp McCulloch; Civil War Index- Abstracts of Muster Rolls

    7. [S4273286819] U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918.
      W. D. Bedwell; Roll Title: District 3; Annual, Monthly and Special Lists; Dec 1865-Dec 1866; NARA Series M791; NARA Roll: 2

    8. [S4273286784] Web: Texas, Find A Grave Index, 1836-2011.