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Joseph Bedell

Male Abt 1681 -

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  • Name Joseph Bedell  [1, 2, 3
    Born Abt 1681 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I076  Bedell-122689
    Last Modified 13 May 2006 

    Father Daniel Bedell,   b. 1648, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 15 Feb 1714, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 66 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Anne Powle,   b. Abt 1664,   d. Aft 1698, Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married Aft 22 Nov 1679  Amawalk, Westchester Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    • Tredwell states that "their marriage probably took place after 22 Nov 1679 and this may not have been his first marriage, but Ann was the mother of all his children."

      License issued 22 Nov 1679 [New York General Entries, vol 32, p 63].
      Peters, Powells of the Hudson Valley sources and notes: 1) Harold Smith Papers, NY State Library, Albany, Danield married Anne Powell as early as 22 Nov 1679, at homestead at Green Ridge.
    Family ID F08  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family ID F26  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • A son of this Joseph, John, was a registered cattle owner in 1722, suggesting the approximate date of birth for Joseph as 1681. The generational separation of Joseph from his presumed son, Joseph, is extremely narrow. However, if the assumption is made that this Joseph and his presumed son, Joseph, are the same, the generational separation becomes too large and it becomes very difficult to explain the clear identification of John as the son of Joseph in registering the cattle mark with more than 10 years separation in the dates of birth of the children as currently recorded.

      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), p 68: Joseph and his brother David are listed among owners of meadow on a neck called Hungry Harbor who had met to fence it according to every man's proportion to keep it from damage.

      Joseph was a farmer and likely a fuller. He probably resided at Rockaway, Long Island as late as April of 1728. His name first appears on the Hempstead town books on 24 Nov 1712 when he registered his stock mark as "a nick under the right ear". Joseph and his brother, David, were owners of the meadow land on "hungry harbor neck" at Hempstead, 22 Apr 1718. On 6 Apr 1725, Hempstead granted Joseph Bedel the right to set up a fulling mill on Rockaway River. At a Hempstead town meeting on 4 Apr 1727, Joseph Bedel was given 97 acres on the "east side of ye Rockaway River near ye fulling mill" in the right of Stephen Hudson. No notice of a Joseph Bedell in Hempstead appears after 2 Apr 1728 until 1738 when a Joseph Bedle is listed as a private in Capt. Jacob Hickes' Queens County Company of militia [DHNY 4:210 and CMR 1:577]. Private Joseph is most likely a younger man.

      Consequently, the assumption is that this Joseph is not the Private Joseph in 1738. It is possible, but not likely, that he is the Joseph Beadle who on 1 Nov 1733 is appointed by the Colonial legislature as a commissioner to "let to farm the excise" [tax assessor] for Richmond County from 1 Jan 1734 to 1 Jan 1735; and reappointed to that office until the beginning of 1739 [Colonial laws of New York, vol 2, pp 820, 849, 903, 929, 942].

      The next notice of a Joseph Beadle of Richmond is in the last will of William Tillyer of Richmond, appointing him executor, dated 1 Dec 1738. William Tillyer is the son-in-law of Joseph Bedell, Jr., the son of this Joseph. Therefore, it is possible, but not likely, that Joseph, Sr. dies sometime during the year 1738, assuming that the appointments beginning in 1733 are for Joseph, Sr. and not Joseph, Jr. Neither Joseph, Sr. or Joseph, Jr. is likely to be the Private Joseph in Capt. Hickes' Queens County Company in 1738. More likely, Joseph, Sr. dies within a year or two after the Spring of 1728 in Hempstead, Queens County, at the homestead on the Rockaway River.

      It is clear that substantial in depth research is needed to validate the generational structure of Joseph and his descendants. For example, if it was not for his grandson John's cattle mark entry as the son of Joseph, a case can be made that this Joseph who married unknown, and the Joseph who married Hannah Dissosway [Dissoway], the assumed son of this Joseph, are possibly one and the same. This would make the generational length more extended than usual, and, therefore, less likely than the assumption that Joseph, Sr. and Joseph, Jr. based on the limited distinctive documentation and gaps in chronology are father and son.

      Stryker, Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War, p 147: The problem of accurate identification of various Joseph Bedell's is expanded by the record in this source of a Joseph Bedell serving in Captain Patterson's Company, Third Battalion, New Jersey, Second Establishment, and also in the militia.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1836] "Robert Bedell of Hempstead, Long Island and His Descendants", Henry Alanson Tredwell, Jr., (New York Genealogical and Biographical Record).

    2. [S1873] Additions and Corrections, Henry Alanson Tredwell, Jr., (Unpublished manuscripts, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and Brooklyn Historical Society Libraries.).

    3. [S1862] Albright Bedell Genealogy, Al Albright.

    4. [S1836] "Robert Bedell of Hempstead, Long Island and His Descendants", Henry Alanson Tredwell, Jr., (New York Genealogical and Biographical Record), vol 71, p 11.

    5. [S1884] Powells of the Hudson Valley, Alicia A. and George H. Peters, (Source card file, Vedder Memorial Library, Greene County Historical Society, Coxsackie, NY).

    6. [S1835] Marriage Licenses Previous to 1784, (Albany, NY: Weed, Parsons and Company, 1860. Printed by Order of Gideon J. Tucker, Secretary of State), p 22.

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