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Delos Janes Bedell

Male 1859 - 1947  (88 years)


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  • Name Delos Janes Bedell  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 21 Nov 1859  Oneida Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1879  Forest Home Twp, Antrim County, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 27 Nov 1947  Bellaire, Antrim Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Lakeview Cemetery, Bellaire, Antrim County, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I090  Bedell-122689
    Last Modified 29 Oct 2003 

    Father George William Bedell,   b. 2 Aug 1825, Coeymans, Greene Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1914, Bellaire, Antrim Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Almira A. Janes,   b. 14 Nov 1831, Baldwinsville, Onondaga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1902, Forest Home Twp., Antrim Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 15 Feb 1853  Oswego Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Family ID F28  Group Sheet

    Family Anna Maria Gibbard,   b. 17 Sep 1872, Echo Twp., Charlevoix Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1957, Bellaire, Antrim Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 25 Oct 1899  Bellaire, Antrim Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. Private Bedell
    Family ID F30  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Ceylon H. Bedell, Bedell Family Notes, p 136 identifies date of birth as 21 Nov 1860. Delos farmed the homestead of his father, George. The original homestead comprised 80 acres to which Delos added 80 acres. Of the latter 80 acres, 60 acres were in cultivation.

      His obituary states that he moved to Michigan with his parents, sisters and brothers by train to Mancelona, and then to Bellaire by ox team and wagon. He and his wife lived on a farm until his failing health forced them to move to town (Bellaire) four years before his death. "He will be remembered as an honest, hard-working man, devoted to his large family. He is survived by his wife; 11 children [named]; 29 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; five sisters and one brother [named].

      Njora Brewer Everett (comp), Records of Antrim County, MI; Early Settlers, p 218: came to Section 12, Forest Home Twp in 1879.

      Biographical History of Northern Michigan (B. F. Bowen and Company, 1905), p 100: ". . . Delos J. Bedell has forged to the front and won an honored place among the substantial citizens of Antrim County. He is widely and favorably known as a man of high character, and for a number of years his influence in the community has been marked and salutary. . . . [His] father is still living and commands an active interest in all passing events, retaining to a marked degree his physical and mental vigor. The original homestead comprised eighty acres, to which the subject of this sketch added eighty acres more, and of this tract of land sixty are under the plow.

      "Mr. Bedell . . . received a fair elementary education and all the years of his activity have been devoted to farming pursuits. He assisted his father in reclamation and improvement of the home farm and has devoted his sole energies to the place. In addition to tilling the soil, Mr. Bedell gives considerable attention to the raising of live stock, including shorthorn cattle. Shropshire sheep and Duroc Jersey hogs. He believes that diversified farming is most practical and he makes a practice of feeding the products of the farm to the live stock. Mr. Bedell has been remarkably fortunate in his every undertaking and occupies a place in the first rank of Antrim County's farmers. He is methodical on every side and the satisfactory results he has attained proves him of sound judgment, keen discernment and the faculty of taking advantage of circumstances.

      "In politics the subject is a Democrat and a man of deep political convictions. He has filled the position of road overseer of his township, filling the position with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of his contituents."

      Peters, Powells of the Hudson Valley sources and notes: 1) Norman Powell Data Sheet 510A.

      Jean Bedell Fuller, "History of the D. J. Bedell Family of Bellaire, Michigan:" By the year 2002, members of the D. J. Bedell family have been living in Bellaire for 123 years. They first moved here from Oswego County, New York in 1879, the same year the town of Bellaire was incorporated. There were 5, 236 residents of Antrim County the next year. Delos was 20 years old at the time he ventured to northern Michigan with his mother, siblings, and his aunt, Hannah McIntyre's family. His father, George Bedell came earlier by boat to Cheboygan, then Petoskey, and Mancelona before Bellaire. George's brother, Henry, Had moved to Bellaire several years before George.

      "Delos' group drove by team and wagon from Oswego County to Syracuse, shipped the team and supplies ahead, and then started several days later. They went by way of Niagara Falls, Detroit, train to Grand Rapids, and arrived by train on November 14th in Mancelona. George was not there to meet them due to a mix up and the family had a rough trip through the night, into unfamiliar undeveloped land. They reunited with George at 2 a.m. The family then settled at their home on Honey Hollow Road near Bellaire and there have been Bedells in Forest Home Township since then. It had been decided ahead of time that if they didn't like northern Michigan, the family would move on to Montana, where George's sister, Nell had moved with her husband. Buth they stuck it out on the remote hill outside of Bellaire, which must have been a very hard existence. Of course, Montana life probably wouldn't have been much easier.

      "Delos remained on the family farm on Honey Hollow Road for approximately 40 years. He lived with his parents, George and Almira, his brothers, widower Jeremiah and Jeremiah's two children (Gerald and Sarah. Sarah later married a Meggison and moved to Charlevoix.), and brother John. John was one year older than Delos and died of spinal meningitis in 1891. The family arranged for a young woman to stay with them to assist with the care of Gerald and Sarah. This woman was Anna Maria Gibbard. It is rumored that both Jeremiah and Delos wanted to marry her but she chose Delos, as he didn't already have children. They married October 25, 1899 and started their own family of 11 children. The parents and younger children had to move from the Honey Hollow road property during the Depression, as they weren't able to pay the taxes on it. They stayed at the homes of relatives some and then lived in several other locations around the Bellaire area. Delos died 11/27/47 of Arteriosclerotic heart disease."

  • Sources 
    1. [S1856] Albright Bedell Genealogy, Allan Albright, (AAlbri4819@aol.com).

    2. [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).

    3. [S1858] Steven Hauck, (shauck@d.umn.edu).

    4. [S1839] Bedell Family Notes, Ceylon H. Bedell, (Photostatic Copy, Connecticut State Library, 1926), p 136.

    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. [S1865] Bellaire, MI Reporter/Breeze, (Newspaper Abstracts, Antrim County Historical Society, Bellaire, MI), 4 Dec 1947.

    7. [S1864] Antrim County Michigan Headstones, (Lansing, MI: Michigan State Library, reviewed Aug 2003), p 30.

    8. [S1839] Bedell Family Notes, Ceylon H. Bedell, (Photostatic Copy, Connecticut State Library, 1926), pp 49, 137.

    9. [S1863] The Traverse City Region, (Chicago: H.R. Page, 1884), p 284.

    10. [S1889] Antrim County Record of Marriages, (Antrim County Clerk's Office, Antrim County Courthouse, Bellaire, MI), Book A.


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