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Jeremiah Bedell

Male 1751 - 1815  (64 years)


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  • Name Jeremiah Bedell  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Residence Abt 1751  Hempstead, Queens/Nassau County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Born 22 Feb 1751  Hempstead, Queens Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Residence Abt 1773  Hybernia, t Clinton, Dutchess County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1783  Verbank, Dutchess County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1788  t Clinton, Dutchess County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1795  Stanton Hill, t New Baltimore, Greene County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 12 Aug 1815  Stanton Hill, New Baltimore, Greene Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 7
    Buried Stanton Hill Cemetery, t New Baltimore, Greene County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I004  Bedell-122689
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2008 

    Father Jeremiah Bedell,   b. 1719, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1788, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Mary Baldwin,   d. 1 Aug 1794, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 26 Apr 1745  St. George's Church, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10, 11
    Family ID F05  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Mariam C. Gildersleeve,   b. 13 Jan 1756, Hempstead, Queens Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1807, Stanton Hill, New Baltimore, Greene Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 1773  Hempstead, Queens Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 12
    Children 
     1. Thomas C. Bedell,   b. 27 Aug 1773, Hibernia, Clinton, Dutchess Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1855, Stanton Hill, New Baltimore, Greene Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. Mary Bedell,   b. 9 Aug 1775, Dutchess Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1858  (Age 83 years)
     3. Jeremiah Bedell,   b. 19 Nov 1777, Dutchess Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1850  (Age 72 years)
     4. Martha Bedell,   b. 10 Jan 1780, Dutchess Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1856, New Baltimore, Greene Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     5. Keziah Bedell,   b. 20 Apr 1782, Dutchess Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1863  (Age 80 years)
     6. Henry Bedell,   b. 17 Jul 1784, Dutchess Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1805  (Age 21 years)
     7. Catharine Bedell,   b. 3 Jan 1787, Dutchess Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1828, Greene Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     8. Gilbert Bedell,   b. 27 Aug 1789,   d. 5 Dec 1856  (Age 67 years)
     9. Joseph Bedell,   b. 5 Dec 1791,   d. 23 Jun 1803  (Age 11 years)
     10. John G. Bedell,   b. 18 May 1794, Greene Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1880  (Age 85 years)
     11. Anna Bedell,   b. 14 Jul 1797,   d. 13 Jan 1806  (Age 8 years)
     12. Jacob B. Bedell,   b. 16 May 1801,   d. 25 Feb 1865, Clinton, Dutchess Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Family ID F42  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Philena Hallock,   b. 11 Jul 1757, Ulster County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Ulster County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 23 Feb 1809  Marlboro, Ulster County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 14
    Family ID F54  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • The proximity of the Bedells in the t Washington, Dutchess County in 1787 is illustrated in the sale of 200 acres on 30 Jun 1787 by Bartholomew Griffen to Edward Griffen, the boundaries of which are described as bounded on the north by Samuel Doughty and Isaac Bedell, on the east by Isaac Bedell, Jeremiah Bedell, and Phineas Lownsberry, on the south by land mortgaged by Giffen and Jacob Willis, and on the west by Frederick Straight and Bulleaes Pond [18th Century Documents of the Nine Partners Patent, Dutchess County, NY, vol 10, p 434].

      The proximity of Isaac Bedell's land in the t Washington to that of James Germond is illustrated in the 35 acres sold on 21 Jul 1792 by Samuel Mott to Benjamin De La Vergne in which the location of the land is described as 1) adjoining a great lot line, James Germond, highway; 2) bounded on the south by Zopher Green and Phenias Lounsberry, on the west by James Way, on the north by Isaac Beadle, and on the east by James Germond and a small run of water adjoining land formerly that of Nathaniel Brown, deceased.

      Ceylon H. Bedell [Ceylon H. Bedell, Bedell Family Notes, vol 1, Preface] refers frequently to the family record made by his contemporary cousin, Peter S. Bedell, who, like Ceylon, was a Bedell family genealogist. Ceylon states in his Preface that the following is "from P. S. B.'s [Peter's] record." "He [Jeremiah} must have moved from Hempstead [Long Island, Queens County, NY] when quite young -- I believe at about the age of 21 and about the time of his marriage.

      "As near as I can gather from accounts and messages he [first] lived near Hybernia bridge at the foot of the hill on property later owned by Sands Doty. Jeremiah was formerly a member of the Episcopal Church at Hempstead. however, most of the people near them in Hybernia and around Clinton Corners were Friends [Quakers]. [It is likely that Jeremiah became a Quaker because his wife was from a Quaker family, and there were no other choices of churches in the immediate area.] They went to [Quaker] meeting at Clinton Corners, town of Clinton, Dutchess County, NY."

      [The town of Clinton includes land now in the towns [townships] of Hyde Park and Pleasant Valley, which became separate townships in 1821. Margaret E. Herrick in Early Settlements in Dutchess County, New York (Rhinebeck, NY: Kinship Publishers, 1994, p. 17) states that "many early settlers [in Clinton] were Quakers who attended the Nine Partners Meeting at what is now Millbrook. In 1771, Friends 'over the creek,' west of Wappinger Creek, asked permission to establish their own meeting. It was hard for the Quakers in the western part of the county to cross the Wappinger and its tributaries twice every Sunday. Permission was granted, and for the next four years its meetings were held at the home of Jonathan Hoag. In 1775, a committee was appointed to select a site to build a meeting house. The site selected was the northern half of the present hamlet of Clinton Corners. The new meeting house was built of field stone during the Revolution and they called it Creek Meeting."]

      [Hibernia is in the southeast corner of the town of Clinton. It became a busy little community after Jeremiah moved from there, and it is now a rural area. As Margaret Herrick states (pp 17-18), "Its most prominent feature today is a twisting road with a bridge at the bottom of a hill. The bridge crosses the East Branch of Wappinger Creek, which is one of the rare streams in the United States that flows north. An old dam south of the bridge [still visible under the broken upper portion of the later higher dam] gives the reason for Hiberia's early activity. Grist, saw and fulling mills were powered by the water falling over the dam.

      ["In the history of Dutchess County, published in 1877, Phillip H. Smith said the firs mill was built 'over 100 years ago' by 'two Irishmen named Everson.' He added, 'They named the place Hibernia, probably by way of keeping alive the memory of the land of their nativity.' Helen Wilkinson Reynolds suggests in the article 'Hibernia Mills' in the 1940 Year Book of the Dutchess County Historical Society that by Everson the early historian meant George B. Evertson, a prominent Poughkeepsie businewssman who owned the mill briefly in the early 19th century, thus discounting Smith's version. Reynolds traced Hivernia's history in deeds, old papers and newspaper ads. The first deed was dated 8 Dec 1785 when David Arnold sold his 50-acre property including water courses, houses, mills, mill dams and barns for 1300 pounds to Robert Irwin." This is two years after Jeremiah moved from Hibernia to a farm located near Verbank. Most interestingly, Reynolds discovered a 10 Oct 1810 ad that says the mills property was located "14 miles from Poughkeepsie and two miles north of the Dutchess Turnpike at Timothy Beadle's, now Washington Hollow." One of the early Bedells and his son built and operated a fulling mill in the township of Hempstead. This raises the possibility that Jeremiah may have initially worked at a fulling mill operated by a Bedell "cousin" at Hybernia. However, there is no evidence that this is the case. Jeremiah is known only as a farmer.]

      [Author's note: Hibernia and Clinton Corners were visited in July of 2000. The Quaker Meeting House at Clinton Corners was built in 1777 and is still in existence. It is used as a Local Sports Historical Museum by the Clinton Historical Society, and its interior has been considerably changed. Externally, it is well built of black field stone with wall peaks that are 2 1/2 stories tall. Assuming that you are returning with Jeremiah and Mariam to their home from the Meeting House, you would take the left fork at the center of Clinton Corners, the one that does not lead to Salt Point. You would drive in your horse and carriage through Pleasant Valley until you reach Hibernia Road. Turning left, you would proceed down the hill. Just before you reach the bottom of the hill where there is a bridge, the residence would be on the right-hand side.]

      [Today, at Hibernia, there is an abandoned barn screened by woods on the probable location where Jeremiah and Mariam lived. There is no house. Note, however, that there was not time during this visit to check county deed records to establish the actual location of this property. There is an effort underway by a volunteer staff member of the Dutchess County Historical Society to establish a chronological mapping and identification of where such properties were located. The house across the road and nearer to the bridge was built at a later date. It was part of the Hybernia Mills. Most of the mills were located just down the hill from the property where Jeremiah and Mariam were located at a later date. One of the early Bedells and his son built and operated a fulling mill in the township of Hempstead. While it raises the possibility that Jeremiah took up such an effort at Hybernia, there is no evidence that this is the case. Jeremiah is known only as a farmer.]

      Peter S. Bedell's account continues: "On July 18, 1783, Jeremiah and family moved to the Nine Partners Friends Monthly Meeting." [This Meeting House was rebuilt in 1784, still stands today at the south edge of Millbrook, and is being used for Quaker meetings.] [They had relocated to a] "farm . . . a little south of the county house . . . on the west side of the [old] road leading from the county house to [old] Verbank. The buildings have all been removed, the road straightened to go over the hill to Verbank." [This farm adjoined] "lands of Israel Bedell [thought to be a cousin of Jeremiah, Sr.], James Jarmen [a distant cousin] and Bartholemew Griffin. This I found in an old deed in the county clerk's office in a round tin box. The small Verbank farm was situated near the turn in the road a little north of Verbank. . . . It seems that he lived on the small Verbank farm after living at Clinton Corners."

      [This Verbank farm location was also visited in July of 2000, and the description of "a little south of the county house . . . on the west side of the road" is not immediately compatible with that of "near the turn in the road a little north of Verbank." We traveled the old road and there is a sharp turn in the road just before going into old Verbank. Both locations could fit the description "the road straightened to go over the hill to Verbank." As previously noted, there was not time on this visit to establish the precise location through land records at the County Clerk's office, if such records still exist. There is a significant distance of 2 to 5 miles between a location just south of the county house and a location near the turn in the road a little north of Verbank.] History of Duchess County (1875), pp 430-431: "One of the first substantial church edifices in this town was the Brick Meeting House, built in 1780 by the Society of Friends [some sort of a church was in existence previous to this]. The bricks used in its construction were manufactured in the immediate vicinity; the mortar in which the bricks were laid is at this day harder than the bricks themselves. . . . A brick in the rear wall bears the date of its erection, 1780."

      "They remained there until February 20, 1788, when they took letters of removal from the Nine Partners meeting to the Creek meeting at Clinton Corners." [This is consistent with Clifford M. Buck, Dutchess County, NY Tax Lists, 1718-1784, which lists him in a tax list probably from the year 1787 as in t Washington.] Later in his account, Peter S. Bedell states, "I had the privilege to go with him [his grandfather, Thomas] to attend a Quarterly [Quaker] meeting at the Creek meeting [Clinton Corners] in Dutchess County. As we were riding along, he showed me where he went to school in the north part of Stanford about two miles from Clinton Corners before they moved to Greene County. A few years after he [Jeremiah] moved to Clinton Corners, he again moved -- [this time] to Stanton Hill, [town (township) of New Baltimore] Greene County, NY where he bought a farm and remained until his death. He was clerk of the monthly meeting called Coeymans in 1800." Jean D. Worden, History of Greene County, p. 370 states, "in the central and western part of the town [township of New Baltimore] among the early settlers were . . ., the Bedells, . . . and others. Many of these emigrated from Dutchess county, and in their religious sentiments were Quakers."

      [There is considerable vagueness regarding the chronology of the Jeremiah and family farm locations. Clifford M. Buck, Dutchess County, NY Tax Lists, Rombout Precinct, 1738/39-1779: lists Jeremiah for years of 1775 and 1777-1779. Ceylon H. Bedell states in the Preface, "It seems that he lived on the small Verbank farm after living at Clinton Corners. See the record of Thomas Bedell given below." From a migration and historical development perspective, the second location of Jeremiah in Dutchess County favors that which is near Verbank. Primarily, the reason for this is that the Jarmon or Germond families in this area are desendants of Isaac Jarmon and his second marriage to Mary Bedell (daughter of Robert Bedell of Hempstead). However, this conflicts with the possible earlier founding of the Creek meeting at Clinton Corners, and the location of William Gildersleeve, Mariam's brother, in the Clinton Corners area. The attendance by Thomas at a school in the north part of Stanford suggests the possibility that the family lived in another location other than Hybernia, which was south of Clinton Corners by more than two miles. One possibility is that Jeremiah and Mariam lived on the farm of Mariam's brother, William, prior to moving to Stanton Hill in Greene County. This farm would have been located not more than two or three miles west from Stanford. More research is needed to straighten out the chronology and locations.]

      Buck and McDermott, Eighteenth Century Documents of Nine Partners, p 243: In Deed 593, 11:86, 6 Apr 1787, Isaac Beeddel of Washington with Sarah James Germond bounds Jeremiah Beddel's 36 acres; witness Isaac Germond and Hannah Burgudus, .

      [Bedell vertical file, NYGBS Library, reviewed 9 Nov 1999: Greene County deed abstract; Jeremiah Beadle, et. al. grantee; Esther Armstrong, widow of John, Jr., grantor. 27 Apr 1795-31 Aug 1797, vol 16: 170; und 1/2 of John Hotaling's farm; also 1/2 of Michael Kriefer's farm; also und 1/4 of wood lot, 40 acres, Coxsackie.]

      Peter S. Bedell's record continues: "Thomas [Jeremiah and Mariam's oldest son] must have been about 15 years of age when they moved from Dutchess County to Greene County, about four miles west of the Hudson River near the place once called Stanton Hill." [Actually, Thomas was 15 years of age when his father and mother and the rest of the family moved to Clinton Corners.] "The county being new was mostly covered with timber. Improvements of any kind were scarcely to be seen. "This old home of my great grandfather has been kept in the family ever since. The first buildings have been pulled and new built in their place. The old building that was on the place had one story and an attic with a low roof and long stoop in front about eight feet wide my great grandfather built on the east end. Its height was a few feet higher than the old part. He removed the old veranda and built a small one over the front door. This was quite involved for those days.

      "Some years later grandfather remodeled the house, raised the roof of the old house even with the new, built the kitchen on the east end and which remained until about the year 1837 when a general remodeling took place. The whole structure was taken down except the frame of the first cottage which was removed for a kitchen. A large two-story modern home was built in front of where the old house had stood. About 25 feet south stood an old pine tree. It is still standing [ca 1925], looks well and vigorous, although marks of decay are visible to the old relics which so many have admired for its beauty and its lofty and wide-spreading branches. It was under these branches on a Sunday [following 12 Aug 1815] that many seats were placed for the large gathering of friends and neighbors assembled to pay the lat respects to the remains of my great grandfather. On the front stoop near by stood the verable preacher, Christopher Huley, the great preacher of the age to preach and point out the way of life and salvation. He too has long since been gathered as a shock of corn fully ripe."

      [In 1780] "the Friends [Quakers] had a meeting at this place" [Stanton Hill]. [Presumably, meetings continued in the homes of Friends for the next five years.] "On August 23, 1785, Thomas Scattergood, a Friend from Philadelphia, accompanied by several other Friends, was appointed by the Quarterly Meeting of Nine Partners to visit Stanton Hill where they set up a preparation meeting held in a log house on the hill. The log house was on the north side of the road opposite where the frame one was. The log house was taken down and a frame one was built by Levi Hoag who married Hannah Carr, sister of Nathan Carr. There was no church for ten miles around at that time.

      "The Friends Meeting became very large and it took until 4 o'clock to transact the monthly meeting business. It flourished until the year 1828 when its [the] separation took place in the Society caused by the Hicks Party. This was the downfall of the meeting and none is held there now. In the year 1832, the Orthodox Friends built a new house at the boot of the hill. This meeting flourished for a time, but the shock caused by the separation had such a damaging effect that both factions went down together."

      Frances K. Dietz, "Under the Care of Friends", The Heritage of New Baltimore, Supplement No. 5 (Jun 1984): [p 1] Rhode Island became an early haven for Quakers fleeing persecution in Massachusetts. From Rhode Island small sloops travelled back and forth from Rhode Island to Long Island, bringing larger numbers of Quaker families. The familiar pattern of large Quaker families and a diminishing supply of available land on Long Island made it necessary for young families to migrate into Westchester County, and from there into Dutchess County. Eventually, they crossed the river to what was then Coeymans Patent, which became New Baltimore in 1800 when Greene County was formed from parts of Albany and Ulster counties.

      [p 2] Those first few families of Friends in New Baltimore who took up land out of the ninth allotment of the Coeymans Patent must have entertained hopes of having regular meetings for worship. The Powells, Bedells, Gurneys, Nelsons, Hoags and others must have been homesick for the relatives and neighbors who remained attached to the Quaker meetings on the east side of the Hudson.

      Albany County Clerk, Albany County Court House, Real Estate Book 16, p 170: "THIS INDENTURE: Made the twenty seventh day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five [1795] BETWEEN HESTER ARMSTRONG of the Town of Coxsackie in the County of Albany widow of John Armstrong Junr lately deceased of the one part and JEREMIAH BEADLE and JONATHAN MILLER on the Town and County aforesaid yeomen of the other part WITNESSETH That the said Hester Armstrong for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings of lawful money of this State . . . and also for and in consideration of the love and natural affection she hath and beareth in her son and John Armstrong . . . hath given, granted, bargained, sold, and enfeoffed and confirmed and by these presents doth give grant, bargain, sell, enfeoff and confirm unto the said Jeremiah Beadle and Jonathan Miller their heirs and assigns forever . . . certain farms pieces parcels or tracts of land situate lying and being in the Town of Coxsackie aforesaid in the County aforesaid to wit: That one equal undivided or half part of

      ALL that tract of land being formerly part of the farm now in the tenure and occupation of John Hoghtaling which said tract of land hath lately been in the use and occupation of Peter Van Bergen Peter Bronk and Richard Bronk and John Van Dusen, Also the one equal undivided moiety or half part of
      That piece of land in the tenure and occupation of Michael Knifer, also the one equal undivided fourth part of that certain wood lot owned by the said Hester Armstrong and Johannis Hoghtaling containing about forty acres, together with all and singular the appurtenances to the said several tracts or parcels of land . . . Nevertheless and for the sole use benefit and behoof of John Armstrong the son of the said Hester Armstrong in the manner to the intent and upon the contingency following that is to day, the said Jeremiah Beadle and Jonathan Miller their heirs and assigns shall and may during the minority of the said John Armstrong use and improve or lease out the said premises for the most that can be gotten therefore and the yearly proceeds thereof receive the same well and truly apply towards the maintenance bringing up and education of the said John Armstrong but in case the said John Armstrong should die during his minority or he the said John Armstrong shoud die leaving no lawful issue of his body begotten then and in such cases these presents and every article thereof shall determine cease and be utterly void and the estate hereby granted shal revert to the siad Hester Armstron her heirs or assigns and after the said John Armstrong shall become of age it shall be lawful for the said Jeremiah Beadle and Jonathan Miller their heirs and assigns to grant and convey the same premises and they are hereby required so to do to such person or persons as the said John Armstrong shall nominate and appoint . . ."

      Greene County Historical Journal, vol 10, Issue 4 (Winter 1986), pp 38, 40: "In the year 1801, Jonathan Pell of New York [City] was putting his upstate [New York] affairs in order. One of the problems to be settled was the title to his land holdings on Stanton Hill in the then town of Coxsackie, now New Baltimore, land purchased by Pell from David Per Planck, one of the Coeymans heirs. Pell had apparently leased the land to Quaker Jeremiah Bedell, Daniel Smith, Stephen DuBois and Abner Hoag. Pell's determination to dispossess these leasees may also have been influenced by the recent amendment to the New York State Real Property law, passed April, 1801, which sought to proved a measure of protection to tenants on such leased land. Pell, unwilling to come up the Hudson on what he probably considered to be a time consuming matter, turned to Paul Sherman, asking Sherman to act in his stead, with power-of-attorney. . . . Sherman . . . sought the legal assistance of Abraham Van Dyck, one of the most prominent and respected legal representatives of Greene County. The next move was for Attorney Van Dyck to notify the Greene County Court of Common Pleas . . the court had to decide two points:
      1. If improvements to the land had been made by the leasees with Pell's oral or written consent, and if so,
      2. What was the value of such tenant efforts which had to be paid to them before they could be dispossessed.

      "From surviving records it appears that Pell did grant oral permission for his tenants to make soil improvements by clearing the acres of stumps, by ditching for better drainage, and by fencing. Now it was necessary to determine the value of the land before such improvements were made and the value of the improvements themselves. Bedell's was the first. With the approval of Paul Shermand and Jeremiah Bedell, the court appointed Cornelius Vanderzee, Tunis P. Van Slyck, and Samuel Fosdick to examine the acreage occupied by Bedell and carefully appraise the land. At the same time Sherman and Bedell entered into a type of bond agreement whereby after the valuation was completed, the purchaser and seller [of the land] would be determined by chance . . . 'the Arbitrators . . . shall have two pieces of Paper . . . one one of these the word choice is to be written, the other to be left blank . . . and the one that draws the one that has the word choice on shall have his choice to choose whether Improvements on [the land] be paid for on the soil or on the other had to choose whether he will pay for the soil or be paid for the deponents as the lot may fall in the case agreeable to the price . . . per acre for the Soil and Improvements . . ..'

      "Since Jeremiah Bedell and his son remained on the land at Stanton Hill it is apparent . . . [he] won the lottery and purchased the land in dispute at $4.50 the acre."

      Phillip H. Smith, General History of Dutchess County from 1609 to 1876, Inclusive. Pawling, NY: Phillip H. Smith, 1877: [p 279] "A writer in the New York Standard thus speaks of Quaker Hill: "East of Pawling Station, up fearfully long and steep hills, bordering the State of Connecticut, a famous range of hills are located, and from their early settlement by the Quakers derived the name of Quaker Hill. From their summits can be seen miles upon miles of first-class farms, located in the States of New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. . . . The house now used by the Hicksite branch of Friends was built in 1764. During the War for Independence it was used as a hospital, and many a novle soldier was carried through its solemn portals and buried in what is now the finest yard on Quaker Hill. Gen. LaFayette, in the year 1778, had his headquarters near the meeting house or hospital, not far distant from the fountain spring of the Croton. On Purgatory [p 280] Hill the American army was encamped. . . . The "headquarters of LaFayette" referred to above was the old house standing on or near the site of the present spacious residence of Mr. Richard T. Osborne. . . . When LaFayette visited this country in 1824, as the nation's guest, it is said he inquired after the old house on Quaker Hill, and expressed a strong desire to see it.

      "The Oblong Meeting was authorized by the Meeting at the Purchase in 1744. From this date until 1757 the records were kept on loose paper, and were lost. From that time (1757) the complete records of the society have been preserved through a period of nearly a century and a quarter. Everything connected with the affairs of the church, and much pertaining to the life of individual members, is recorded with much minuteness of detail, and fills several large manuscript volumes. Here is a repository of family history and reminiscences of the dim past, worthy the research of the antiquarian. Visitors yearly come from far and near to consult them.

      "The Oblong Meeting occupies a conspicuous place in the history of the Society of Friends in this country. Monthly [p 281] meetings were held here and at Nine Partners alternately. Their first house of worship was situated south of the road opposite the present Hicksite meeting house. It was a frame building of moderate size and was sold when the present church was erected, and removed to the farm on which Mr. Stephen Osborn now resides, where it was used as a barn. This was afterward torn down, and a part of the timber used in the construction of another barn, now standing.

      [p 283 - The present Oblong Meeting House] "occupies a commanding position on the summit of Quaker Hill. It is a plain structure, large and commodious; its frame is composed of timbers, of solid oak, sufficient material being used in it to construct three or four buildings of the size as put up in the present day. Here are the same benches, with their quaint high backs, in which the church fathers worshiped a century ago. It is provided with a moveable partition, after the manner of church edifices of the sect, to separate the sexes. There is a broad gallery, with its oaken seats -- the rear ones so high from the floor as to require steps to get up into them. So much of the space is occupied by the gallery that people seated in it can scarcely see any of the audience below. Over this gallery is a trap door, leading to the attic. Here tradition locates the rendezvous of a vand of robbers in the Revolution."

      [p 423] [In Dutchess County, the town [township] of Washington was formed on 7 Mar 1788 and lies mostly] "within the Great Nine Partners Tract. Stanford was taken off in 1793. . . . Millbrook (formerly Harts Village) is a flourishing place. The first mill in the town was erected here about the year 1760. Mabbettsville, named from James Mabbett, a former proprietor, and originally called Filkintown [it is said Filkin got the place named after him by giving a barrel of rum to the inhabitants], is two miles east of Millbrook. Mechanic, a short distance below the latter, is celebrated as being the place where the noted Nine Partners Boarding School was located" [this Quaker school was the one that Jeremiah sent his son, Jeremiah, for an education as recorded below].

      It is not known if Jeremiah became a Quaker as a result of his marriage to Mariam [since at least some of the Gildersleeve families of Hempstead were early Quakers], or if his parents were Quakers [since there is some indication that Joseph Baldwin, possibly the father of Jeremiah's mother, Mary, were Quakers. For more information on the history of the establishment and early years of the Quaker religion [Society of Friends] in Hempstead, see Henry Onderdonk, Jr., The Annals of Hempstead; 1643 to 1832; Also, The Rise and Growth of the Society of Friends On Long Island and In New York, 1657 to 1826 (Hempstead, NY: Lott Van de Water, Publisher, 1878).

      Doherty, Settlers of the Beekman Patent, p 438: Jeremiah was taxed in Nine Partners, 1775-1779. He was noted in the Minutes of the OMM ["O" Quaker Monthly Meeting] about 1775. The family had a certificate to the Creek Meeting in Jun and Jul 1783 [see also will of Henry Gildersleeve of Clinton, proved 4 Oct 1790 in NY Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol 1930, p 120].

      Frances K. Dietz, "Under the Care of Friends", The Heritage of New Baltimore, Supplement No. 5 (Jun 1984): [p 2] In the latter part of March 1781, [Elias] Hicks had been attending meetings in Dutchess County and was on his way to Saratoga. He made the following entry in his Journal: " . . . we proceeded to Coeman's Patent, on the west side of Hudson river, which we crossed at a place called Claverack landing. We reached there on 7th day evening and the following day [evidently Sunday, 25 Mar 1781] had a meeting with the few Friends who had lately settled at that place and some of their neighbors, who were mostly Baptists. It was the first Friends' meeting ever held there, and was a satisfactory season."

      Friends, unwilling to call the days of the week by their names derived from pagan deities, called them simply the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. day or month. A meeting for worship held on Sunday, 10 Sep 1802 would be called 1st day, 10th, 9th month, 1802. Local matters of management and concern were taken up at Preparative Meetings. In New Baltimore, these were customarily held on second or third 5th days (Thursdays) of each month. Affairs of the Preparative Meetings were reported to the Monthly Meeting. The Monthly Meeting comprised the affairs of two to several Preparative Meetings. Quarterly meetings were held at places where there was a strong local group of Friends. In the early years, New Baltimore Quarterly Meetings were held at Nine Partners in Dutchess County. Later they were held at Duanesburg. The Yearly Meeting was held in New York City. Each meeting had a Women's Meeting that convened separately to consider matters of primary interest to women.

      [p 3] The minutes of Nine Partners Quarterly Meeting for 19th 5th mo. 1786 have a special significance: "Two meetings Settled [officially recognized] one at Hudson and one at Coeymans Patent . . .." Two years later in 1788 the Nine Partners Quarterly Meeting minutes report that a meeting house had been built at "Coemans Patten." The oldest minute book that has survived for the Stanton Hill group begins with the Preparative Meeting held on 8th 4th mo. 1789. [p 4] At the Preparative Meeting in May 1789 Nicholas Dean, Jeremiah Bedell, and Benjamin Lisk were to help previously appointed committees to fulfill subscriptions. On 28 Dec 1799 Jeremiah Bedell was appointed the first Clerk of the newly approved Stanton Hill Monthly Meeting. [p 5] On 13 May 1795, Jeremiah Bedell and Benjamin Lisk were "appointed to procure a deed for the Meeting House Lot at Coemans." On 10 Oct 1798 subscriptions for building the Coeymans meeting house had been completed, and Levi Hoag and Jeremiah Bedell were appointed "to procure two Stoves and Pipes for the meeting house." [p 6] Early in 1800 Jeremiah Bedell, Levi Hoag, and Daniel Smith were "appointed to enclose this meeting house lot with boards and some other Conveniences that may appear necessary and report the expense thereof to his [the Monthly] meeting."

      In December 1809 members living on or near the Medway-Earlton Road and the Honey Hollow Road were granted permission to hold Meetings for Worship during the winter season at the house of Zebediah Dickinson. The request was approved for the meetings to be held "under the care of Nathan Spencer, John Drake, William and Thomas Bedell, Samuel Cary, George Coonley and Elijah Fish." Elias Hicks' journal entry for 26 Mar 1819 says, "We had meetings at New Baltimore, and a village where several families of Friends reside by the name of Dickenson, form whom they call the meeting 'Dicenson's meeting,' and at Coeman's, alias, Stanton Hill."

      [p 7] In September 1795 a directive to raise money for the support of a Boarding School at Nine Partners was received at Stanton Hill. In October the Stanton Hill Quakers recorded there was no prospect of raising money for the school. In July 1797, Jeremiah Bedell reported that 'his son Jeremiah had gone to Nine Partners." In 1802 the local proportion assessed for the boarding school was 18 pounds. On 15 Sep 1812, the Stanton Hill minutes record, "the following friends are appointed to have the Oversight of Schools and Teachers within the compass of this preparative meeting . . .; viz, George Soule, Samuel Fosdick, Jeremiah Bedell, Thomas Bedell, Jacob Gurney, Benjamin Gurney, Charles Lisk, and Isaac Dickinson."

      1790 US Census: Coxsackie, Albany County, Jeremiah Beagle, 2 males 16+, 4 males 16-, 5 females.

      History of Duchess County, p 426: "The Nine Partners Boarding School was established in 1796, at Mechanic, by the Society of Friends. A farm of one hundred acres was attached to it, and it was provided with a cash endowment of $10,000. For many years it had an average attendance of one hundred pupils."

      Peters, Powells of the Hudson Valley sources and notes: 1) Norman Powell Data Sheets 517, 518; 2) Edward C. Elmendorf letter, 13 Jun 1966; 3) Walter Burke letter, 9 Oct 1980; 4) on committee to consider reinstatement of Edward Powell, Coeymans Quaker Monthly Meeting, 26Jan 1804, New York State Library; 5) on committee to consider removal of Edward Powell to Galloway Monthly Meeting, Coeymans Quaker Monthly Meeting Records, New York State Library; 6) mentioned as contributor to Quaker Monthly Meeting House, 1840, in Greene County News; 7) will in Greene County Surrogate, Catskill, Jeremiah Bedell of New Baltimore, dated 5 Aug 1815, proved 2 Sep 1815; 8) Records of New Baltimore Quaker Monthly Meeting in New York Yearly Meeting, Jeremiah Bedell departed this life 12 Aug 1815, age 64y5m20d; 9) member of New Baltimore Quaker Monthly Meeting, 1813, in New York Yearly Meeting Records, Jeremiah, b 22 Feb 1751; 10) Erving E. Albright Memorial.

      LDS Film No. 0873511, NY Dutchess County Quaker Meeting Records, Josephine C. Frost, Removal Certificates from Nine Partners Monthly Meeting [researched and recorded by James S. Sabin, Jr.]: 1) p 8, Jeremiah Beegle and two sons, Thomas and Jeremiah from Creek to Nine Partners, 18 Jul 1783; 2) p 9, Mirian Beegle, wife of Jeremiah and 3 daughters Mary, Matha and Keziah from Creek to Nine Partners, 20 Jun 1783; 3) p 25, Miriam Bedell, wife of Jeremiah, about to remove from Nine Partners with daughters Mary, Martha, Keziah, and Caty, 20 Feb 1788; 4) p 26, Jeremiah Bedell and sons Thomas, Jeremiah and Henry has removed to Creek from Nine Partners 18 Jun 1788.

      1813 New Baltimore Tax List: Jeremiah Bedell, 160 acres, 2 dwellings, 6 outbuildings, value $2200, tax $22 [The Heritage of New Baltimore].

      Greene County Surrogate Court Will Book B, Will of Jeremiah, dated 5 Aug 1815 [researched and recorded by James S. Sabin, Jr.]: I, Jeremiah Bedell, of the town of New Baltimore County of Greene and State of New York being in a weak state of health but of sound mind and memory do think fit to make this my last will and testament for the ordering and disposing my temporal affairs in manner and form following. That is: First it is my will my Executors hereafter named pay all my Funeral Charges and just debts of my moveable estate. Secondly I give to my beloved wife Philena Bedell Three hundred and Seventy Five dollars and have her choice of two beds and their furniture in --- of her Rights of D----, but not otherwise. Then I give to my son Gilbert Bedell Five Hundred dollars. To my son John Bedell Five hundred dollars. To my son Jacob Bedell Five hundred dollars, if Jacob should not survive to lawful age nor have no lawful heirs then his bequest be equally distributed between the other four sons or their heirs. To my daughter Mary Spencer I give two hundred dollars. To my daughter Martha Guerney two hundred dollars and to my daughter Keziah Golding two hundred dollars. To my daughter Caty Wilson two hundred dollars. To my son Thomas, son Jeremiah Fifty dollars. To my son Jeremiah and Daughter Marium and Philena one hundred and thirty dollars to be equally divided between the three. To my daughter Mary Spencer's daughter Marium Forty dollars. To my daughter Martha Gurney['s] son Jeremiah, and daughter Marium Forty dollars each. To my daughter Caty Nelson['s] son Jeremiah Forty dollars. To my son Gilbert's daughter Marium Forthy dollars. If either of the above named grand children should not survive to lawful age no leave no lawful heir in such case the the ----- legette the [shall be] equally divided between the brothers and sisters. If either of them should marry before lawful age then their bequests be paid to them the same as of lawful age. After the above mentioned legacies and debts are paid the remainder of all my real and personal estate to be sold and equally divided between my ----- sons or their heirs --- Thomas, Jeremiah, Gilbert, John and Jacob Bedell which I leave to the discretion of my after named Executors. Lastly appoint my sons Thomas and Jeremiah Bedell together with my friend John Powell Executor of this my last will and testament fully empowering and authorizing them to act in all cases as to this my last will may require in recovering my debts and giving full and final settlement to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have herewith set my hand and seal this fifth day of eighth month in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifteen. And I do by these presents revoke and disallow all former wills whatsover and do pronounce and declare this to be my last will and testament. Signed Sealed and in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed and named as witnesses in presence of the testator, testator to be underlined before the signing and sealing. Jeremiah Bedell. Witnessed by John Smith, Benjamin Gurney, and Gilbert Bedell.

      Inventory of the Estate of Jeremiah Bedell, deceased, Greene County Surrogate, Box No. 15, Package No. 333, dated 1 Mar 1816, totaled $3,099.15. Following the sub-totals and total appears the following certification: We the suscribers certify the proceedings to be a true and perfect inventory of the ----, chattles, and credits which were of Jeremiah Bedell above named at the time of his death and the prices named to them at the time of making this inventory done at the request of Thomas and Jeremiah Bedell and John Bedell the Executors named in the last will and testament of the said deceased, we having agreed on the inventory of this time and date at ----- ----- office --- the 28th day of ---- month ---- the $182 gi--- the $92.19 as above not coming to the knowing of the ----- did not notice it. Signed Bloomer Nelson and Benjamin Gurney. Among the estate the following items and values are illustrative: 1 bay colt ($30), 1 sorrel colt ($20), 1 wagon ($30), and a riding chair and harness ($20) There was also 100 shocks of rye ($75), 40 of wheat ($35), and 30 of oats ($20). The flax was valued at $4, while the hay was valued at $100.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1868] Long Island Genealogies, Bunker, Mary Powell Seaman, (Albany, NY: Joel Munsell's, Publishers, 1895. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976), p 175.

    2. [S1856] Albright Bedell Genealogy, Allan Albright, (AAlbri4819@aol.com).

    3. [S1857] Jeremiah and Mary Bedell Descendents Chart, Lindley H and Charles H. Bedell, (Lindley H. Bedell, 1909 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia, PA and Charles H. Bedell, Swarthmore, PA).

    4. [S1839] Bedell Family Notes, Ceylon H. Bedell, (Photostatic Copy, Connecticut State Library, 1926), vol 1, pp 2, 10.

    5. [S1859] Powells of the Hudson Valley, Alicia A. and George H. Peters, (Source card file, Vedder Memorial Library, Greene County Historical Society, Coxsackie, NY).

    6. [S1875] Quaker Meeting Records, Hudson, NY, 1813, (Abstract of Records).

    7. [S1869] Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York, Frank J. Doherty, (Pleasant Valley, NY: 1993), p 437.

    8. [S1832] Some Marriages and Baptisms of Baldwin of Long Island, William L. Huffman.

    9. [S1805] New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society), vol 12, p 82.

    10. [S1833] Bedell Families, William L. Huffman, (Yesteryears, vol 18, no. 71), p 131.

    11. [S1834] "Bedell Marriage Records, St. Georges Church Records, Hempstead, L.I., N.Y.", (New Jersey State Compilation, Various Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1956.), p 75.

    12. [S1868] Long Island Genealogies, Bunker, Mary Powell Seaman, (Albany, NY: Joel Munsell's, Publishers, 1895. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976).

    13. [S1890] International Genealogical Index, (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).

    14. [S1891] Quaker History and Genealogy of the Marlborough Monthly Meeting, Ulster County, NY, 1804-1900+, Shirley V. Anson and Laura M. Jenkens, (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1980), p 78.


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