|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1818|
|Death: ||Sep., 1903|
Sexton record has buried 9/23/1903, age 85 yrs.
12 Dec. 1838
Married; in Hamilton,4 Dec. by Rev. Richard Dozier, William A. Bedell to
Miss Sarah A. Switzer, dau of Judge Switzer. all of Harris Co.
William Augustus Bedell was one of the oldest cotton buyers in the state of Georgia. He was born in Jones Co., GA. The family moved to Harris Co., GA, and when he was a lad of 15, he persuaded his mother to let him come to Columbus, GA for a visit. He arrived in Columbus in November, 1833. Mr. Bedell did his first work in Columbus as a clerk for Ridgeway and Bowden, located at what is now known as Needham's Corner.
In 1852 the firm of Stewart, Gray and Co., of which Mr. Bedell was a member, bought the Planters' warehouse and all the property up the Broad street to the Methodist Church. They also ran a large store on the corner, and Mr. Bedell visited New York, New Orleans, and Cincinatti, buying an immense stock of goods for the company. The business flourished and in 1856 sold it to another company. Mr. Bedell and his brother, A.G. Bedell, then opened a large business across Thirteenth St. South in what is now known as the Crawford building. Mr. Bedell bought supplies in New York, Boston, and New Orleans. The business was kept up until the Civil War, when it ceased. Since the war's end, Mr. Bedell had been in the cotton business continuously. W.A. Bedell and Sarah had no children.
from The Columbus Ledger Enquirer, 24 Sep. 1903
From Pat Hansard, 10/19/2009.
Sarah A. Switzer Bedell (1821 - 1894)*
Plot: Sec B Lot 72
Created by: Christine Thacker
Record added: Mar 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34522620
Added: Feb. 3, 2010