This Tree starts from John BIDGOOD, Revolutionary War Soldier, born in or near Isle of Wight, Virginia, USA between 1730 and 1740, who died in 1828 in Washington County, Georgia, USA. From Virginia John moved to North Carolina, USA where he married Mary GLOVER in about 1770 and they had some four children. After her death in 1778, John married Mary WHITE and had at least four more children. All of his children were born in North Carolina.




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My GGGG Grandfather was JOHN BEDGOOD, Revolutionary War Soldier and progenitor of most Georgia Bedgood’s. As a Revolutionary War veteran, John Bedgood, Sr. was eligible to obtain land promised by Georgia Land Grants in Washington County. These lands were created in 1784  from Creek and Cherokee lands  to make room for the influx of immigrants and settlers that would begin pouring into the region which would help populate the region.

Being a farmer, this seemed a good opportunity for John to move his family and claim the  land in Georgia.  They settled in Burney’s District of Washington County.   The Bedgood’s were some of the earliest settlers to arrive in this area.  They would have come overland by wagon, probably with other families, friends and neighbors looking for the same opportunity to settle.

John and his family would have found the countryside to be on the fringe of the Indian frontier and extremely rural.    More likely they would have to clear the land, build their own cabin (perhaps with the help of other nearby settlers), obtain their own livestock, and prepare their land for farming.  The Bedgood’s were a fully engaged farming family.  Everyone in the family helped with the running of the farm, and had responsibilities, even the children. Even the younger children had chores like feeding the livestock, or collecting eggs.  Like most Southerners, John and his family were farmers that did not own slaves.  They raised enough food to provide for their own needs and for the most part were very independent, but relied on neighbors for major tasks like barn raising.

Time Line for John Bedgood, RS

  • 1730-1740 When the Bedgood/Bidgood’s first migrated to America in the 1600’s, most were concentrated in Virginia near Isle of Wight, Virginia.  In the following years, the Bedgood’s migrated to North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Texas and beyond.  John Bedgood was born in Isle of Wight, Virginia
  • 1770  Marriage to Mary Glover
  • 1775-1782  According to the US Revolutionary War rolls they were residing in Virginia.
  • 1777-1779  Revolutionary War Soldier.  War Rolls for the 1st VA Regiment as Private. see NARA records: Title-Rev War Rolls, Pub #246, Roll Box (record group) 93. John Bedgood VA Private-1st VA Regiment 1777-79 (folder15-18); 1777-80 (folder19-22).    I requested copies of these records from NARA for John Bedgood, but no formal military records exist for John Bedgood any longer.  However the DAR recognized his service due to his ability to make land draws in Georgia as a RS war veteran.
  • 1779-Marriage to Mary White
  • 1790-Nash County, NC  Census.  John Bedgood with wife and seven children. Ages fit our John Bedgood family.  2 males 16 and up [John and John Jr], 3 males less than 16 [Samuel, Richard, Eli, 4 females [wife-Mary, Julia Ann, Jane, Hollie]
  • 1805  John Bedgood, Sr participated in land draw.#2107, BB page 23, eligible for 2 draws.
  • 1807  John Bedgood, Sr drew lot 147, Dist 6 in Wilkinson County.  John lived in Burney’s District of Washington County, Georgia.
  • 1820 John the Washington County, GA census.  has John Bedgood, Senr. (45 up), with 1 male and 3 females. This is likely John’s wife Mary (45 up), and son, perhaps Eli (16-26) with his wife (16-26) and a daughter (0-10). Eli is John’s only son that is not listed as head of his own household during this census.
  • 2 Jan 1821 an article in the ‘Southern Recorder’ lists John as a winner in the 1820 land lottery. 
  • 1825 John and John, Jr are listed on tax lists for Capt Whitfield’s District.
  • 9 Jul 1827 John Bedgood, RS resident of Washington County  accepts land draws for RW veterans in Coweta and Lee counties in Georgia.
  • 1828 John and John Jr are again listed on tax lists for Washington County.
  • Jun 1828 John Bedgood, RS passed away.  His son Richard Bedgood is appointed estate administrator in Washington. Later in 1828 Richard is listed on Tax Digest Rolls as executor of john Bedgood’s estate.
  • 27 Feb 1830 from the ‘Southern Recorder’-Sheriff sale of 500 acres property on waters of Little Ohoopee River, adjacent Pardis, property of John Bedgood to satisfy debt to Miles Whitfield.
  • 14 Jul 1835, from the ‘Southern Recorder’, Richard Bedgood, administrator of John Bedgood, Sr deceased applied for leave to sell 200 acres of land.
  • 21 Jul 1835, from the ‘Southern Recorder’-Executor sale by Richard Bedgood of 200 acres of property of John Bedgood, Sr, deceased.

By Cecile Bedgood Kennedy, a GGGG Granddaughter of John Bedgood, RS  who has extensively researched him, his ancestors, descendants and collateral lines.  More on his tree and family can be found at Ancestry.com “Bedgood-Kennedy: Georgia Roots”, and also at Rootsweb WorldConnect tree “Georgia Roots”.

For more family history and stories go to Bidgood Family Tales


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