“Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania” Vol. 3
Author: Jordan, John W., 1840 – 1941
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 afterward settled in Allegheny County, Pa., at the mouth of Peters 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, Pa.
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, Pa., 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.
ANDREW BEDELL, son of ABNER BEDELL, the Revolutionary soldier, was born in Allegheny County, Pa., 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, Pa., an granddaughter of JACOB FERREE, a French Huguenot, who settled in Lancaster County, Pa., and had by his first wife sons: JOEL, a colonel in the War of 1812; BENJAMIN and JACOB. By a 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 he 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 an 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.
WILLIAM BEDELL, son of ANDREW and REBECCA (FERREE) BEDELL, was born on the homestead of Jefferson Township, Allegheny County, Pa., 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 his 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 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 LYDIA ANN (LARGE) BEDELL: 1. ANDREW, died aged twenty-two years. 2. ISAAC, now residing at Duquesne, Pa. 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 aged 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.
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