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Re: James H. Bridwell

Lee Ann Swanner (View posts)
Posted: 30 Oct 2003 12:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
This is all that shows in the book.

3-2. ABRAHAM BRIDWELL is listed in the Register of Over-Wharton Parish (Va.) as a tender of tobacco there in 1723. The record shows that he had 7084 plants and living with him were William Bridwell and John Bridwell, age 13. These last two probably were his children as was Abraham Bridwell, Jr., listed next with 1925 plants.
He would have been b. ca 1680 and it is reasonable to assume that he was probably a brother to 3-1. Samuel Bridwell and the son of 2-2. Abraham Bridwell. However it is possible that he was the son of 2-1. Richard Bridwell.
His children probably included those mentioned above:
4-5. Abraham Bridwell, Jr., b. ca 1700.
4-6 William Bridwell, b. ca 1705; probably the William Bridwell who established a family in Fauquier Co., Va. And is listed there in 1782 as a Tax Payer.
4-7. John Bridwell, b. ca 1710, listed in the 1785 census of Stafford Co. with several of his sons.


4-6. WILLIAM BRIDWELL, presumably the son of 3-2. Abraham Bridwell; b. ca 1705; listed in the Register of Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co., Va., as a tender of tobacco in 1723. His name follows 3-2. Abraham Bridwell, shown with 7084 plants, Listed nest in the same grouping was 4-7, John Bridwell, age 13 presumably his younger brother. Following these three was 4-5. Abraham Bridwell, Jr., with 7925 plants, probably an older brother.
A Revolutionary War Public Service Claim, filed by a William Bridwell of Fauquier Co., was supported by the following document: “I do hereby certify that I have received of William Bridwell three Bushells of oats furnished by the said William Bridwell for the use of the Commonwealth agreeable to Act of Assembly intitled and Act for procuring a supply of provisions and other necessaries for use of the army. 17 Oct. 1780. William Edmonds, Com. Of the Tax for Fauquier Co., Va.”
In 1782 there is a William Bridwell, listed as a Tax Payer in Fauquier Co.,--the only Bridwell shown. It is likely that he was the grandfather of some of the following Bridwells mentioned in Fauquier Co., Va. Marriage Bonds, 1759-1854:
5-55. Jacob Bridwell and Betty Edwards, 5 Apr. 1778.
5-56. Zeba Bridwell and Polly Mathew, 30 Mar. 1797.
5-57. Wm. Bridwell and Hannah Stringer, Dec. 1798.
5-58. Moses Bridwell and Rebecca McKay, 14 Nov. 1804.
5-59. Anna Bridwell and Wm. Collins, 3 Jan. 1805.
5-55. JACOB BRIDWELL, b. ca 1750, Va; d. 11 Feb 1841, Greenville Co., SC, was according to family tradition, one of two brothers who moved south from Va about 1791 and settle near Greenville, SC.
Their father may have been 4-6. William Bridwell, listed in Va Tax Payers of 1782-87 as living in Fauquier Co., Va in 1782/
Jacob first appears in Va Public Records when on 5 Apr 1778 he applied for a marriage bond for in intended marriage to “Betty” Edwards. Jacob Bridwell and Charles Williams posted bond of 50 Pounds. (Fauquier County Marriage Bonds and Returns, Vol. 1, 1759-1800.)
The fact that Jacob Bridwell married in this county and William is the only head of family found in Fauquier Co. during this period leads this writer to speculate that William may have been the father of Jacob or his grandfather.
Martha Elizabeth “Betty” Edwards, the dau. of John and Henrietta (Ayers) Edwards was b. 25 Mar 1752 in Va and lived her early life in Fauquier Co. Her father bought land there on 23 Apr 1770. The Va 1785 census lists two heads of families by the name of John Edwards, one of whom was probably a brother of Elizabeth and the other her father.
The 17 Apr 1846 issue of the Pendleton (SC) Messenger reported Elizabeth’s obituary as follows: “Died, at her residence in Greenville district, on 8th of March last, Mrs. Elizabeth Bridwell, aged about one hundred years.” [She was 94.]
Jacob Bridwell and “his brother” left Va probably in 1791, for in that year on 26 Sep his father-in-law, John Edwards, sold his land in Fauquier Co. Jacob bought 350 acres of land in Washington Dist., SC in Jan 1793. This land was on a small stream called Lick Creek that flows by Chick’s Spring near the present town of Taylors. The area is now almost a suburb of Greenville.
The land near Taylors, where Jacob Bridwell in 1791 established his growing family is a beautiful, rolling,
farming area that was even then thickly settled. Jacob was evidently a successful farmer.

Land sales in Greenville Co. made by Jacob and his sons include the following:
Jacob Bridwell from Isaac Morgan, for 40 pounds sterling, 350 acres in Washington District, on north side of Enoree River, deed date Jan 4, 1793, recorded 9 Dec 1793. (Bk. C. pg. 367.)
Jacob Bridwell from Burgess Smith, 100 acres, Enoree River deed date 1815, recorded 1816. (Bk. K, Pg. 292.)
John Bridwell to David Glass, tract on Lick Creek, deed date 1822, rec 1823. (Bk. N, Pg. 43.)
John Bridwell to Jacob Bridwell Sen., one acre on Waters of Enoree River and Mountain Creek, Original Grant to John Bridwell and Reuben Ayres, deed date 8 Nov 1823, rec. 17 Dec. 1829. (Bk. Q, Pg 232.)
Jacob Bridwell to Edward Bridwell (Son), 100 A. Waters of Lick Cr. Witnesses, Thomas Taylor and Tilda x Bridwell, deed date 20 Mar 1834. (Bk. R, Pg. 279.)
Jacob Bridwell (Sr) to Jacob Bridwell (Jr), (Son), 100 A. Waters of Lick Creek, deed date 1835, rec. 1835. (Bk. S, Pg. 220.)
Edward Bridwell to Thos. Taylor, 50 Acres waters of Lick Creek and Enoree River. Wit: Nancy Taylor and Jesse x Bridwell, deed date 9 Dec 1841. Rec 17 Dec 1841. (Bk T, Pg. 615.)
Jacob Bridwell (Jr) to Thos. Taylor, for $523., 200 A. Waters Lick Creek. Condition that Mother Elizabeth Bridwell is to have peaceable possession of the plantation her natural lifetime. Wit: Wilson B. Crowder and Austin Taylor, deed date 9 Feb 1843. (Bk. U, Pg. 168, recorded 6 Mar 1843.)

Jacob appears to have been a leading member of the Bushy Creek Baptist Church just outside of Taylors and near the Bridwell homesite.
A remarkable set of church minutes dating back to 1794 is maintained in the library of the present-day modern, brick church building. Numbering several hundred entries, they are written in an old-style wording and show the close relationship between the strict teachings of the church and the daily lives of its members. Some interesting items are as follows:
Jacob Bridwell was mentioned in the first entry dated 2 Jun 1794: “The church met and removed difficulties between George Sander, Jr. and Jacob Bridwell--spent in public devotion..”
Sept. 1808: “Bro. Bridwell wished to know of the church whether it was proper for a member to sing and pray in public within the bounds of the church. It was given up to be proper when invited, but not to exhort without he is able to teach or has a gift of exhortation.”
Jan. 1821: “Brother Jacob Bridwell came forward and charged himself that at a certain time he had drank too much so as to be-willder his mind, though not to be discovered by those who were about him. The church commended him for his faithfulness in confessing his wrong.”
27 Jul. 1844: “Bro. Zion Bridwell applied for a letter the same was granted.” [Zion, the son of John, was a grandson of Jacob Bridwell.] This was about the year that he and his brother, Johnson, went to Atlanta, Ga.
Rules of the Church: “By an act of this church (1842) all members to be excluded for sin of drunkness on second offense.”
Rules of the Church: “By an act of this church (1847) and member of this church allowing fiddling and dancing or playing in their house shall be subject to be delt with in the church.”
Adjacent to the Bushy Creek Baptist Church is the church cemetery containing many old graves marked only by rough stones. Jacob and Elizabeth Bridwell and other members of their family may lie buried in these
unidentified graves. Among the more recent graves bearing lettered headstones, the only Bridwell found is the grave of Harriet P. Raines, wife to A. H. Bridwell, Mar 5, 1869-Jul 7, 1907. There are a number of other small churches and rural cemeteries in the area and perhaps other Bridwell graves could be found in them.
Jacob Bridwell was b. ca 1750 in Va and d. 11 Feb 1841 at about the age of 91. His wife, Elizabeth, b. 25 Mar 1752 d. 8 Mar 1846 at the age of 94. It is to be noted that they lived to an advanced age and that direct descendents, in succeeding generations, inherited this characteristic, reaching great age before death.
Jacob’s estate was administered by his son-in-law, Joseph Edwards, Sr. The following heirs were listed: Mary, wife of William Taylor; Betsy, wife of Joseph Edwards; Edward; Sarah, wife of Thomas Taylor; John; Jacob.
Jacob and his wife, Elizabeth, had these children whom we know:

6-35. John Bridwell, b. 1779, Va; d. 1869, Richmond Co., Ga; m. (1st) Rachel Cox; m. (2nd) Mary Ann Davis.
6-36. Elizabeth “Betsy” Bridwell, b. 1781, Va d. 11 Feb 1858, Greenville Co., SC; m. Joseph Edwards, son of Joseph and Mary Edwards and grandson of John Edwards who came from Fauquier Co., Va. He was b. 1 Jan 1781; d. 16 Apr 1874. They are bur. In the Edwards family cemetery located at the intersection of Edwards Road and U.S. Hwy 29 in Greenville Co. A single tombstone gives the names, dates of both and their parents names. They were first cousins.
6-37. Edward Bridwell, b. 1782, Va; m. Elizabeth________, b. ca 1786. Census records give both NC and SC as her birthplace. They had two sons b. in the 1810/1815 period and two b. in the 1820/1825 period, according to the census. Also they had several daughters.
In 1834 Jacob Bridwell gave his son, Edward, 100 acres on Lick Creek, Tilda Bridwell (female), witness. (Greenville Co., SC land Records, Book S, pg. 279.)
6-38. Mary “Mollie” Bridwell, b. 1786; m. William Taylor.
6-39. Sarah Bridwell, b. 1791; d. 2 Jun 1879; m. Thomas Taylor.
6-40. Jacob P. Bridwell, Jr. b. 1797; Greenville Co., SC; d. 13 Dec 1880; m. Sarah “Sallie” Taylor. Jacob is not found in the Greenville census until 1840 and may have been living elsewhere. In the 1840 he is shown as having only one son, age 20/30 and no daughters living in his home.
On 10 Jan 1835, he received from his father 100 acres of land on Lick Creek, adjoining land of Edward Bridwell. (Greenville, SC Land Records, Book S, pg. 200.)


Hope that this helps you.

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