Moses Bedford 1852-1935

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Moses aged 24 . . . . . . .. Moses aged 45

Gunnell Ancestry tree : Gunnells were his 'nephews' at his 1935 funeral

Moses had an elder sister, Emma Bedford 1845, who marries William Jordan. Their daughter, Margaret Jordan, marries James Hodges Gunnell & they have William Thomas Gunnell 1893 & Ernest Jordan Gunnell 1900, the mourners described as nephews at Moses' 1935 funeral - in fact they are great nephews. The Mrs Gunnell referred to is likely his niece, Margaret Jordan 1865 .

1852. Moses Bedford was born on 7/3/1852 in Adforton Knighton Jun 1852 to John Bedford & Mary Farmer. Baptised 20/3/1852 -Gunnell tree

 

1861C. Moses Bedford , 9, was living Walford, Walford Letton and Newton, Knighton , Herefordshire

John Bedford Head Married Male 45 1816 Farm Labourer Leintwardine, Herefordshire, England
Mary Bedford Wife Married Female 39 1822 - Aymestrey, Herefordshire, England
Moses Bedford Son - Male 9 1852 Scholar Leintwardine, Herefordshire, England
John Bedford Son - Male 7 1854 Scholar Leintwardine, Herefordshire, England
Alfred Bedford Son - Male 3 1858 - Leintwardine, Herefordshire, England

1869. Aged only ~17, he became a local Methodist preacher- 1933 FMP Newspaper article

1871C. Moses Bedford , 19, farm servant, was living Newton Farmhouse, Stokesay, Ludlow, Shropshire

Richard Coston Head - Male 75 1796 farmer of 70 acres - Shropshire, England
Anne Coston Wife - Female 71 1800 - Shropshire, England
Sarah Everall Companion - Female 21 1850 - Shropshire, England
Ann Richards Servant - Female 21 1850 - Shropshire, England
Charles Smout Servant - Male 23 1848 - Shropshire, England
John Breaze Servant - Male 60 1811 - Shropshire, England
Moses Bedford Farm Servant - Male 19 1852 - Leintwardine Herefordshire, England

1874. He moved to Stafford , transferred by the postal service from Shrewsbury - in an obituary FMP

1876. Moses Bedford, 24, Post Messenger, marries Jane Edwards , 29, on 8/6/1876 in the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Kmighton. His address Shrewsbury, hers Knighton. His father John Bedford, deceased, hers Richard Edwards, both labourers. Witnesses: John Bedford, Alfred Bedford, - his brothers- Elizabeth Edwards, & Emily Edwards - her younger sisters. Knighton Jun 1876 . No m.c on Ancestry / FMP/ FS

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1879. John Henry Bedford was born Stafford Dec 1879 to Moses & Jane

1881C. Moses Bedford , 29, official in Post Office, was living 12 Foregate Street, Stafford St Mary and Chad, Stafford

Moses Bedford Head Married Male 29 1852 Official In Post Office (C S O) Adforton, Herefordshire, England
Jane Bedford Wife Married Female 34 1847 - Clingford Shropshire, England
Henry John Bedford Son Single Male 1 1880 - Stafford, Staffordshire, England
Mary Eliz Bedford Daughter Single Female 4 1877 - Stafford, Staffordshire, England

1883. His wife dies. They had just 2 children: Mary Elizabeth Bedford ( married F.King) & John Henry Bedford

Jane's sister, Elizabeth Edwards, born 12 October 1849 - April 12th 1936 became housekeeper to Moses after Jane died. Lived at 13 New Garden st, Castle Church, Stafford, No issue Interred in family grave Stafford cemetery.

1886. He remarries. Moses Bedford, 34, widower, marries Elizabeth Edwards, 37 in the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Stafford. Both addresses: 13 New Garden Street, Castle Church. Witnesses James Bedford & Emily Prince. His father John Bedford, hers Richard Edwards, both labourers & deceased Stafford Dec 1886 .

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.No children from this marriage She is definitely the younger sister of his dead wife, both have the same father & were born in Clungunford: her 1936 obituary stated she was a resident of Aston-on-Clun & that she had lived in Stafford for over 50 years & had been a member of the Methodist church all her life

1891C. Moses Bedford , 39, stamper at Post Office, was living New Garden Street Castle Church Stafford

Moses Bedford Head Married Male 39 1852 Stamper At Post Office Hertfordshire, England
Elizabeth Bedford Wife Married Female 40 1851 - Shropshire, England
Ino Harry Bedford Son Single Male 11 1880 Scholar Staffordshire, England
Mary Elizabeth Bedford Daughter Single Female 14 1877 Scholar Staffordshire, England

1901C. Moses Bedford , 49, Post Office Employee, was living New Garden Street Castle Church Stafford

Moses Bedford Head Married Male 49 1852 Post Office Employee Leintwardine, Herefordshire, England
Elizabeth Bedford Wife Married Female 50 1851 - Clungunford, Shropshire, England

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Moses & Elizabeth Bedford with Mary Elizabeth & John Henry ~1903

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His 2nd wife, Elizabeth Edwards

1906. Moses given as Councillor of Stafford in the newspaper article about his son's marriage

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Moses with his newborn grandson Francis and son John in 1909

 

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Elizabeth & Moses, back garden of New Garden St ~1910 (The 'Mow Cop' Primitive Methodist china now with Hugh Bourne & William Clowes)

1911C. Moses Bedford , 59, Post Office Official , was visiting 200A, Lichfield Road, Aston Manor, Warwickshire : this his married daughter's home . Married 24 years, no children- with his 2nd wife

Fred King Head Married Male 33 1878 Wholesale And Retail Dairyman Nash Bucks
Mary Elizabeth King Wife Married Female 34 1877 - Stafford
Moses Bedford Visitor Married Male 59 1852 Post Office Official Adforton Hereford
Elizabeth Bedford Visitor Married Female 60 1851 - Linches Shropshire

1912. He retired from the Post Office after 35 years of long and faithful service . Awarded the Imperial Service medal by the King

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1912. An obituary states that soon after his 1912 retirement he went to Canada to see his brothers the Revs John & Albert Bedford . The address of the Rev.J.Bedford was the Parsonage, Fenelon Falls, Ontario.

1912. Moses Bedford & Elizabeth Bedford arrived in Quebec from Liverpool on 9/6/1912 on the Corsican - Ancestry

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Moses Beadford, 69/59?, returned to Liverpool from Montreal 12/10/1912 with Elizabeth, 64/54?on the Corsican- Ancestry, very poor image

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1917. From l to r. Mary-Eliz, Fred. King, Moses, Francis, Elizabeth, John Henry, Lucy & Reginald

1931. He strongly objected to the town's plan to open the public baths for 3 hours on Sunday mornings : he was in the minority! - FMP Newspapers

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Moses, seemingly he kept hens!

1932. 7/3/1932. Alderman Moses Bedford celebrated his 80th birthday & 20 years of retirement by inviting 50 of his former Post Office colleagues to tea. He received a large framed photograph of himself, suitably inscribed & his wife, unable to attend, received a bedside table . An avenue, named after him, would keep his memory evergreen - FMP Newspapers

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The framed photograph. . . . . . . . . .. .Another photo in the family as him as an Alderman

1932.. He was the oldest local preacher and had helped missions in the early years 55 years ago - Lichfield Mercury 22/4/1932

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1932 . A comic football match was arranged for Stafford Carnival Pageant and Alderman Moses Bedford would play in goal for the Town Council side!!- JulyFMP Newspapers

1935. Moses Bedford , 83, Civil Servant(retired) , died 14/7/1935 at his daughter's house at Whittington Hill Farm, Whittington, Lichfield. Cause of death: Hyperstatic Pneumonia; Cerebral haemorrhage; Atheroma. Informant, F. King, son in law , of Whittington Hill Farm, Lichfield.

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Probate. Moses Bedford, of 13, New Garden Street, Stafford. Effects £224, executors the Rev John Henry Bedford clerk - his son- , Fred King farmer, & Mary Elizabeth King-- his daughter / His funeral took place at Stafford

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Moses had an elder sister, Emma Bedford 1845, who marries William Jordan. Their daughter, Margaret Jordan, marries James Hodges Gunnell & they have William Thomas Gunnell 1893 & Ernest Jordan Gunnell 1900, the mourners described as nephews at Moses' 1935 funeral - in fact they are great nephews. The Mrs Gunnell referred to is likely his niece, Margaret Jordan 1865 .

Another obituary states that soon after his 1912 retirement he went to Canada to see his brothers the Revs John & Albert Bedford

1936. His 2nd wife, Elizabeth Bedford, 88, died, also at Whittington, on 18/4/1936 , aged 89, 9 months after him . The Bmd record states she was 88, indicating born 1848- Obituary in Staffordshire Advertiser FMP. Interred in family grave Stafford cemetery-

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CILLA. Do you have a photo of the family grave ? Who else is buried there?

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