1719 - 1788 (69 years)
||Jeremiah Bedell [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] |
||Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY 
||Hempstead, Nassau County, NY
||21 Jan 1788
||Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY [1, 7, 8, 9]
||Hempstead, Nassau County, NY
||29 Aug 2007 |
||Jeremiah Bedell, b. Abt 1689, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY , d. Bef 23 Dec 1773, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY (Age ~ 84 years) |
||Female __?__ |
||Hempstead, Queens Co., NY [8, 10, 11]
||Mary Baldwin, d. 1 Aug 1794, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY |
||26 Apr 1745
||St. George's Church, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY [12, 13, 14, 15]
| ||1. Jacob Bedell, d. 31 Oct 1834|
| ||2. Mary Bedell|
| ||3. Sarah Bedell, d. 3 Apr 1853|
| ||4. Sylvester Bedell, b. 21 Sep 1745, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY , d. 21 Jan 1811, Greene Co., NY (Age 65 years)|
| ||5. Joseph Bedell, b. Abt 1746|
| ||6. Jemima Bedell, b. 1747, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY |
| ||7. Jeremiah Bedell, b. 22 Feb 1751, Hempstead, Queens Co., NY , d. 12 Aug 1815, Stanton Hill, New Baltimore, Greene Co., NY (Age 64 years)|
| ||8. Catharine Bedell, b. 23 Nov 1753, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY , d. 11 Mar 1824, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY (Age 70 years)|
| ||9. Gilbert Bedell, b. 1755, d. VA |
| ||10. Adam Bedell, b. Bef 5 May 1759, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY |
| ||11. Richard Bedell, b. 10 Apr 1762, Hempstead, Queens Co., NY , d. 20 Dec 1831 (Age 69 years)|
- Jeremiah was a private in Capt. Hickes' Company in 1738 [DHNY vol 4, p 210 and CMR vol 1, p 576]. Tredwell assumes he reached his majority or set up his own home place by 22 Apr 1745 when his father added "Sr." to his name [HTR vol 3, p 395].
He was a farmer (yeoman) and acted as pounder of the town of Hempstead from 5 Apr 1748 to Apr 1776 [HTR vol 3, pp 475, 477; vol 4, pp 44-45, 97, 169, 203, 218, 240, 252, 274, 300, 327, 340, 369, 447, 470; vol 5, pp 34, 69, 98, 119, 211, 274, 294, 318, 346, 380, and 460]. Jeremiah entered his stock mark on the Hempstead town books on 21 Mar 1746/7 as "a slit in ye off ear and a half penny ye fore side of each ear and a nick under ye off ear" [HTR vol 3, p 474].
On 6 Sep 1759, the Hempstead town records report and entry for a highway that is laid out alongside the lot of Jeremiah Bedle, Jr. An indenture, dated 23 Dec 1759, states that Peter Vergereau of New York City sold to Jeremiah, yeoman of Queens County, a lot of 6 acres in Hempstead for the sum of 45 pounds that had been occupied by Vergereau's grandfather, father, and himself, each in turn.
On 10 Jun 1761, some inhabitants of Hempstead, having previously petitioned the town to run a new highway of the west side of "Jeremiah Bedell, Juner's lot" in Hempstead across the plains to Richard Williams' land, a record was made in the town books that the highway had been requested. At a town meeting held early in April 1763, several townsmen asked that land on the east side of St. George's Churchyard and south of Jeremiah Bedell, Junior's lot be appropriated for the new "publick" burying ground, the old one having been filled. Jeremiah Bedle, Jun., protested the first Tuesday in April 1767 the decision of Hempstead townsmen to "stop" a lane on the east side of the burying ground. A record by the commissioners for laying out highways, dated 10 Oct 1767, mentions land of Jeremiah Bedel, Junior's on the old road from Hempstead to the Westbury Meeting House, where the said road crossed the "Brook".
At a town meeting, 27 Dec 1774, it was noted that Jeremiah, Jr. and others were to take care of "our old church or town house." Jeremiah suffered severe financial troubles prior to 1 May 1775 as on that date the following appears in the town books: "I, Thomas Willett, High Sheriff of Queens County . . . was commanded, that of the goods and chattels of Jeremiah Beadle Juner . . . of Hempstead, I should cause to be made 320 pounds and 10 shillings which Benjamin Treadwell had recovered . . . sold to John Simonson of Hempstead . . . [the] dwelling house in town spot near the Presbyterian Meeting House." [HTR vol 6, p 36].
Unlike many of the inhabitants of Queens County (who switched sides each time one or the other side prevailed in the area during the Revolutionary War, Jeremiah remained a loyalist throughout the War and probably fought at least once as a loyalist. His politics were not based on either his wealth or his political status, but likely on his convictions alone [Tredwell, vol 71, pp 373-374]. On 7 Nov 1775 he voted to send no deputies to the Provincial Congress [Revolutionary Papers, vol 1, p 185], and his name is not among those who apologized for their "no" votes on 19 Jan 1776 [Revolutionary Papers, vol 1, p 215].
He was captured in Hempstead Swamp, along with his brother Joseph, and described on 29 Jun 1776 in the list of prisoners by Lt. Col. Crary as "a disaffected person." He was probably one of those who gave surety to the authorities as no later mention of his case appears [Revolutionary Papers, vol 1, p 373, and H. Onderdonk, Jr., Queens County in Olden Times, 1865, p 50]. He was a sergeant under Capt. Hewlett (loyalist) in 1780. He probably gave his surety later to authorities since their is no further mention of his case. At a town meeting held 22 Dec 1783 in Hempstead (the first under the new form of government) a Jeremiah Bedell is elected pender [HTR vol 6, p 151]. This may refer to his son given Jeremiah's Tory background. He was a "member of the Protestant Episcopal Church" [Ceylon H. Bedell, Bedell Family Notes, p. 3].
Jeremiah's last will and testament is dated 2 Jun 1787 and probated 16 Mar 1789. In his will, he mentions his wife, Mary; sons, Richard, Jacob, and Jeremiah; daughter, Mary; and grandsons, Adam and Jeremiah Bedell. Executors are Jeremiah Bedell and Thomas Clowes. The will is witnessed by Silvanus and Phebe Bedell and George Weeks [Liber A, Wills, Register's Office, Queens County, NY, p. 50].
"February the 13th, 1788, Then an Inventory taken of all the Personal Estate of Jeremiah Bedell, lately deceased, and appraised by Joseph Hall and Silvanus Bedell, chosen appraisers for the union of death, Hempstead articles as followeth."
Peters, Powells of the Hudson Valley sources and notes: 1) Walter Burke letter, 9 Oct 1980; 2) Harold Smith Papers, New York State Library.
- [S1814] Long Island Genealogies, Bunker, Mary Powell, (Albany, NY: Joel Munsell's Sons, Publishers; Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976), p 173.
- [S1862] Albright Bedell Genealogy, Al Albright.
- [S1825] Jeremiah and Mary Bedell of Hempstead Descendents Chart, Lindley H. and Charles H. Bedell, (Lindley H. Bedell, 1909 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia, PA and Charles H. Bedell, Swarthmore, PA).
- [S1836] "Robert Bedell of Hempstead, Long Island and His Descendants", Henry Alanson Tredwell, Jr., (New York Genealogical and Biographical Record), vol 71, p 246, 372-374.
- [S1873] Additions and Corrections, Henry Alanson Tredwell, Jr., (Unpublished manuscripts, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and Brooklyn Historical Society Libraries.).
- [S1803] Bedell Family Notes, Ceylon H. Bedell, (Photostatic Copy made by the State Librarian of the Original Manuscript, 1926, on file in the Connecticut State Library), p 2.
- [S1884] Powells of the Hudson Valley, Alicia A. and George H. Peters, (Source card file, Vedder Memorial Library, Greene County Historical Society, Coxsackie, NY).
- [S1895] Bedell Genealogy, (Queens Borough Public Library, Long Island Division, Jamaica, NY), vol 4, Jeremiah.
- [S1803] Bedell Family Notes, Ceylon H. Bedell, (Photostatic Copy made by the State Librarian of the Original Manuscript, 1926, on file in the Connecticut State Library).
- [S1817] Sabin Family Group Sheets, Sabin, Jim.
- [S1810] Jamaica Library Bedell Manuscript, (From town, country, church and Bible records).
- [S1832] Some Marriages and Baptisms of Baldwin of Long Island, William L. Huffman.
- [S1805] New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society), vol 12, p 82.
- [S1833] Bedell Families, William L. Huffman, (Yesteryears, vol 18, no. 71), p 131.
- [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.