|Birth: ||Sep. 28, 1816|
|Death: ||Mar. 13, 1895|
Your joint committee from the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges to whom was assigned the duty of preparing a memorial on the deaths of Brother and Sister Bedford, beg leave to submit the following report: It is not often that a committee on memorials is called upon to chronicle the lives of more interesting members than the subjects of this sketch.
Thomas L. Bedford was born April 1st, 1807, in the city of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania. He learned the trade of carpenter and joiner and followed it as long as he was able to do manuel labor. In 1828 he joined the I.O.O.F. in Philadelphia - the order then only nine years old and very weak. He afterwards moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and was a petitioner for the first Lodge of the Order established in that city. Afterwards he moved to Centerville, Ind, and became a member of Hoosier lodge No 23. In 1861, he came to this place and on the 11th day of May, 1864, he became a member of Silcox Lodge No 123 by card. He was a Past Grand and for many years filled the post of Chaplin in the lodge. He was also a member of Danville Encampment No. 47 and of Matilda Lodge No. 61 D. of R. He died March 12th, 1895. He was a loyal Odd Fellow, believing in the teachings of the Order, and always lived up to its teachings whether in or out of the lodge. At the time Brother Bedford became an Odd Fellow, there were but thirty-one Lodges in the United States with 1009 members. Then no record was kept of the benevolence of the Order or the benefits paid. Today there are more than 13,000 lodges and more than 900,000 members and last year expanded more than $3,000,000 in benefits. Thus we see that Brother Bedford has practically lived over all of Oddfellowship. in 1834 he married Catharine Hearn in Warren county, Ohio and they lived a happy life together - dying only a few hours from each other. Brother Bedford held his Odd Fellowship as his chiefest earthly possession. His marked adherence to its teachings was the great characteristic of his life. Whereever he met a
brother he met him as an Old Fellow, and never left him without some show of the three graces of the Order. It might be the greeting of Friendship, or the expression of Love, and always the mark of Truth. We shall miss our brother no more on account of his absence than because of his intense plety, cheerful disposition wherever he was, his loyalty to his country, his steadfast friendship and citizenship. We trust that his kindly example and good life will benefit many of us.
Catherine Hearn Bedford was born in Carlisle, Penn., in October, 1816. She afterwards moved to Ohio and married Thomas L. Bedford. To the marriage were born four children, two of whom survive them. She died March 13, 1895, one day after her husband. Both were buried in the same grave under the auspices of the Subordinate Lodge and the Degree of Rebekah. She was a member of Matilda Lodge No. 61 and as long as health permitted was constant in her attendance on the Lodge. Both of these old people were deeply pious christians. There was no cant or hypocrisy about them, but quiet and trustful they lived their christain faith every day. The hope that sustained them in life was their hope in death. The silent messenger - death - had no message for them but a cheerful one, and their old bodies lay down to rest forever.
Resolved that these resolutions be spread on the minutes of our Lodge, and the charters of the respective orders be draped for a period of thirty days. Respectfully Submitted, Geo. Chamberlin, Enoch G. Hogate, W. H. McPhetridge, Com. Sub. Lodge Rachel Wynant, Cora P. Farrabee, Mrs. J. W. Tinder, Com. D. of R. Lodge.
Memoriam Source: Republican, 4/4/1895, p.5, c.3,4
Thomas Longstreth Bedford (1807 - 1895)*
Mary Jane Bedford Harlan (1836 - 1914)*
Nelson Finley Bedford (1838 - 1921)*
Charles H. Bedford (1841 - 1877)*
Anna M. Bedford Harlan (1847 - 1883)*
Danville South Cemetery
Created by: Gayle Gilpin
Record added: Feb 22, 2010
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