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Capt Clendenin Z Bedford
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Birth: May 5, 1825
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jan. 2, 1907
Jefferson County
Iowa, USA

Co. K 15 Ind Vol. Inft.

The Fairfield Ledger
Jan. 9, 1907
Page 7 ?, col. 1.

A SOLDIER OF TWO WARS. Capt. Clendenin Z. Bedford, one of Fairfield's best known characters, died at his home in this city the night of the 2nd inst.....He was a son of Col. Elias Bedford, who commanded a regiment in the Mexican War, and was himself a soldier in that war.....For many years he was well known as an auctioneer and later built up quite a trade as a salesman of notions and spectacles, and had an extensive acquaintance in southeastern Iowa. He not only commanded a company in the War of the Rebellion, but was on special duty as government scout and detective, both during and after the war, and had many thrilling experiences in his military life.

Capt. Bedford was married to Rachel Rhodes at Lafayette, Ind., in the early 50's and was the father of five children. Only one now survives, Mrs. Mary Pope of Oakland, Cal. February 27th 1869 he was married to Mrs. Ella E. Clarke, who survives him. She is in fairly good health but has been totally blind for several years. The aged husband's tenderness toward and thoughtfulness for the afflicted wife has touched many a heart in this city.....George Strong Post, G.A.R., escorted the body of its dead comrade to the cemetery and had charge of the final exercises at the grave.

Fairfield Daily Journal
Thur., Jan. 3, 1907
Page 2, col. 4.

.....Well known throughout the county as "The Spectacle Man" and as an auctioneer.....Son of the late Col. Elias Bedford; was born at Lexington, Ky., May 5, 1825. He first enlisted as a lieutenant in Co. K, 15th Indiana Vol. Infantry in June 1861. Commissioned as captain of this company Feb. 1, 1863. Honorably discharged Feb. 4, 1864. Captain Bedford's father served with distinction in the Mexican War.

.....He was again married to Ella E. Clarke Feb. 27, 1869, at Pittsburg.....Capt. Bedford came to Rome, Iowa, in 1874, and removed from that place to Fairfield in 1876 and has lived here ever since. First Methodist church.....Capt. Bedford's record in the War of the Rebellion was that of a brave soldier and surpassed by none.....

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  Nellie Edward Seaman Bedford (1830 - 1913)*
  William Bedford (1849 - 1850)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Fairfield Cemetery
Jefferson County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Lot 16
Created by: Richard K Thompson
Record added: Nov 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61434065
Capt Clendenin Z Bedford
Added by: Richard K Thompson
Capt Clendenin Z Bedford
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