Chap. 4,6 d
Mary Margaret Hedley (1872
- ? )
and Edward Bridwell (1870 -
Mary Margaret Hedley, born in 1872 in Michigan, was
the only child born to James Hedley and his second wife, Harriet Wood.
Harriet died on Aug. 2, 1877, when Mary Margaret was five years old.
After her mother’s death Mary Margaret was raised by her father
James Hedley and his third wife Emma Hays along with her three older
half brothers, John R., James U. and George W., and the three younger
children from the marriage of her father to Emma Hays. When the family
moved from their farm home in Eveline Twp., Charlevoix County, Michigan
to Black Jack, Douglas County, Kansas, Mary Margaret was about ten
Mary Margaret Hedley married Edward Bridwell on Sept.5 (or
25),1894 in Douglas County, Kansas. Mary was 22 and Edward 24. Edward
was a brother of Mary Bridwell, who three years earlier had married
George (Nickerson) Hedley, Mary Margaret’s adopted half brother. (See Chap. 4,6, c)
Steve Bridwell, a great grandson of Mary and Edward emailed the following
"Sixteen-year-old Edward Bridwell was trudging the roads around Baldwin,
Kansas, looking for farm work to help with expenses at home after his father
died. At the point that he had neared discouragement a wagon bearing a farmer
and his pretty daughter passed. The girl looked him over as they passed and then
said something to he father who brought the wagon to stop. When Edward caught up
to them the farmer asked him if he was looking for work and a bargain was
struck. The farmer was James William Hedley and his daughter was Mary Margaret
Hedley. Nearly seven years later Edward and Mary would marry."
Married - - At the Presbyterian Parsonage on Tuesday, Sept. 25,
Edward Bridwell of Baldwin to Mary M. Hedley of Black Jack. We wish
them happiness. (Baldwin Ledger, Fri. Oct. 5, 1894, p. 3,
col.2, under “Here and There.)
Edward Bridwell was born Sept. 17, 1870 in Larkenburg Township, Clay
County, Illinois, the son of Martha (Colburn) and William Wallace
Edward’s mother, Martha, was born March 23, 1836 in Pembroke, New
Edward’s father, William Wallace Bridwell, a minister, as well as a
teacher, was born Aug. 9,
1831 in Sullivan County, Indiana. He died Aug. 15, 1886.
The Douglas County Tombstone Census lists William W. Bridwell
1832-1886 and wife Martha Bridwell 1836-1933; both buried at Oakwood
Cem., Baldwin City, KS.
(For Obituary of W.W. Bridwell please see Addendum at end of this
The William Bridwell family was shown on the 1880 census for Texas when
Edward was nine:
The 1880 U.S. Census for Denton, Texas:
William W. Bridwell, 48, b. IN; occ. Min.of Gospel; father
b.Virginia, mother b.Vermont
Martha C. Bridwell, wife, 44, b. NH; occ. Keeping House; fa. b.
MA, mo. b. NH
Charles Bridwell, son, 16, b. Illinois; occ. Printing Business; fa. b.
IN, mo. b. NH
Mary Bridwell, dau., 13, b. Illinois; occ. Keeping House
William C. Bridwell, son, 11, b. in Illinois
Edward Bridwell, son, 9, born in Illinois
Robert Bridwell, son, 7, born in Indiana
Arthur Bridwell, son, 6, born in Indiana
John Bridwell, son, 2, born in Texas
Henry Bridwell, son, 2 months, born in Texas
Steve Bridwell informs us that, "Edward started out teaching school and
setting type for small town newspapers that he and a couple of his brothers
owned." Around 1896 Edward and Mary Margaret moved from Douglas County, Kansas to
Dodd City, Arkansas "to help an older brother with a newly opened newapaper
speculation and to be the teacher of that mining community’s one-room school.
The newspaper didn’t last and neither did the teaching position, but not before
Edward took on an additional job selling real-estate and speculations in zinc
mining land." Edward’s brother-in-law George (Nickerson) Hedley and his family
had also moved to the area, probably to work in the zinc mine and to oversee
investment acreage that he may have purchased from Edward (See Chap. 4,6 c).
George, his wife Mary and their three little girls lived in tents. Unfortunately Mary
(Bridwell) Hedley, Edward’s sister, "died there in Dodd City from complications
of childbirth or a bad winter...Soon after Mary’s death everyone packed up and
left Dodd City." Edward and Mary Margaret moved to Licking, Missouri, where
Edward had bought The Licking News, which he operated for nearly seven
years. "The local Methodist
minister grew to rely more on Edward’s help with his pastoral work. The Bishop
prevailed upon Edward to follow in his father’s footsteps full time." Edward,
age 35, father of six, "sold the newspaper and accepted the call to serve the
Licking Methodist church for some three years. It was during this time (1907)
that their last child, Ralph, was stillborn."
(Hedley) and Edward Bridwell had seven children:
|EDWARD & MARY MARGARET (HEDLEY) BRIDWELL AND CHILDREN (ages approx.)
back: Ruth 14, Bernice13 ---- middle: Paul 8, Faith 12 Ethel 9 ---- front: Bessie 5
photo abt. 1910 Licking Missouri
(1) Martha ‘Ruth’ Bridwell b. March 1996 in Arkansas
(2) Bernice Harriet Bridwell b. April 1897 in Arkansas
(3) Laura ‘Faith’ Bridwell b. Sept. 1898 in Arkansas
(4) Mary ‘Ethel’ Bridwell b. abt 1901
(5) Paul Edward Bridwell b. 1902 in Arkansas
(6) Bessie Beulah Bridwell b. 1905 in Arkansas
(7) Ralph Bridwell (Ralph listed on World Connect, but
not yet verified)
It appears that the families of Mary Margaret Hedley and her adopted half
brother George W. Hedley remained close. Both families are
recorded in the censuses of 1900 and 1910 living on adjoining
properties both in Dodd, Arkansas and in Sherrill, Texas County,
1900 U.S. Census for Dodd City, Marion County, Arkansas
Bridwell Edward, head, 29, b. Sept. 1870, Real Estate
Agent, m. 5 yr; b. Ill;
fa. b. Indiana; mo. b. Mass.
Mary M, wife, 28, b. Apr. 1872, m. 5 yr; b. Mich; fa. b. Canada;
mo. b. N.Y.
Ruth M, daughter, 4, b. April 1896, b. Arkansas; fa. b. Ill; mo. b.
Bernice H, daughter, 3, b. March 1897, b. Arkansas; fa. b. Ill; mo.
Laura F, daughter, 1, b. Sept. 1898, b. Arkansas; fa. b. Ill;
mo. b. Mich.
Ten years later, in 1910, the family was living in Missouri. Edward had
become a Minister of the Gospel, a new son and daughter had been added
to the family, and the four older children were attending school. Their daughter Mary, who would have been 9 years old, is missing
from this census.
1910 U.S. Census for Sherrill Township, Texas County, Missouri
Bridwell Edward, head, 39, Clergyman, m. 15 yr; b. Ill; fa. b.
Indiana; mo. b. New Hampshire
Mary M., wife, 37, m.15 yr; 7 ch.(6 living); b. Mich; fa. b.
Can; mo. b. N.Y.
Ruth M., daughter, 14, b. Arkansas; fa. b. Illinois; mo. b.
Bernice H., daughter, 12, b. Arkansas; fa. b. Ill; mo. b. Mich.
Laura F., daughter, 11, b. Arkansas; fa. b. Ill; mo. b. Mich.
Paul E., son, 8, b. in Arkansas; father b. in Ill; mo. b. Mich.
Bessie, daughter, 5, b. in Arkansas; fa. b. Ill; mo. b. Michigan
By 1920 Edward Bridwell was preaching in a Methodist Episcopal (ME)
Church in Kansas. Edward and Mary Margaret’s three eldest daughters,
Ruth, Bernice and Laura, who would have been in their 20s are no longer
in the household, but a daughter, Mary E., age 19 (b. abt. 1901)
appeared on this census.
1920 U.S. Census for Sheridan Township, Ottawa County, Kansas
Bridwell Edward, head, 49, Minister, b. in Illinois; father b.
Indiana; mother b. New Hampshire
Mary M., wife, 47, b. Mich; fa. b. Canada; mo. b. N.Y.
Mary E., daughter, 19, b. in Arkansas; fa. b. Illinois; mo. b.
Paul E., son, 18, b. in Arkansas; fa. b. Illinois; mo. b.
Bessie B., daughter, 15, b. in Missouri; fa. b. Illinois; mo.
Ten years later, in 1930, just one year before his death, Edward was
Superintendent of a Home for Children located on a farm in Harvey
County, Kansas and employing a matron, Hattie Brague. Thirteen
children ranging in ages from 5 to 13 were “inmates”of the home,
although all of Mary and Edward’s children had by then left the
1930 U.S. Census for Newton Township, Harvey County, Kansas
Bridwell Edward, head, 59, m, age at 1st marr. 23; Superintendent b. in Ill.;
fa. b. Indiana; mo. b. N.H.
Mary, wife, 57, m, age at 1st marr. 21; b. Mich; fa. b. Can; mo.
Bague Hattie, matron, 49, m, age at 1st marr. 22; b. in Kansas;
fa. b. N.Y; mo. b. N.Y.
Edward Bridwell, born Sept. 17, 1870 in Indiana, died Sept.10, 1931 in
a location south of Hutchinson, Kansas; burial was in Fairlawn
Cemetery, Hutchinson (World Connect).
Obituary - Rev. William Wallace Bridwell (1831 - 1886)
Rev. W.W. Bridwell,
the subject of this sketch, was born August 9th, 1831 in Sullivan Co.,
Indiana. He was converted and joined the M.E. Church in 1850. Feeling
called to preach and having received only a common school education, he
further prepared himself by attending the Lebanon High School and also
by attending the then Asbury University.
He was licensed to
preach by the Roberts Chapel Quarterly Conference, Greencastle,
Indiana, and was received on trial into the Indiana Conference in the
fall of 1855. After two years of labor on the White River and
Bloomfield works, he went to Illinois and entered the Southern Illinois
Conference, where he was in charge of the following works: Danville
Circuit, Centralia Station, Upper Alton Station, Fosterburg Circuit and
Chester Circuit. In 1866 he located, which relation he sustained
till March 1877, when he went to Texas, and feeling, because of
circumstances, he could do more good, he entered the North Texas
Conference of the M.E. Circuit South. In this relation he labored
at Henrietta, Marysville, Boliver and Newport. Then that he might have
better educational advantages for his family, he transferred to the
Texas Conference, where he travelled the Jasper and Shelby
Circuits. On the latter field of labor his health failed and he
was compelled again to locate.
He then came to
Kansas bearing the commendations of Bishop Parker, to the M.E. Church,
the church of his preference.
He was ordained
Deacon by Bishop Jaynes and Elder by Bishop Baker.
While on the
Forestburg Circuit he was married to Miss Martha Colburn, who remained
a true wife to the last and who now, with seven children, mourn their
After he came to
Kansas he tried to renew his labors in the ministry, but his health
became permanently broken, and he was compelled to yield to the
year of his life was spent in Baldwin City, Kansas. In all his
disappointments he never faltered in his faith in the gospel. Though in
his last days his mind was clouded, yet he still held onto God with a
firm grasp of faith. He died Aug. 15, 1886 and now rests from his
(Baldwin Ledger, Sept. 4, 1886, p.4, col. 2 & 3)
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