Lee County Biography

Osborn Bedient

Lee Center Township

Osborn Bedient, who resides on section 33, Lee Center Township, is an old settler of this county, being the second man to settle here outside of Dixon. He has acquired an enviable reputation as an upright, honest man who has accomplished a success in life by hisindustry and economy. He wsa born in Ostego County NY at Gilbertsville, April 27, 1832, where he passed the first twelve years of his life. At that time his father removed to Broome County, int he same State, residing there until 1854, when he came in the fall of that year with his wife and two children to Amboy this State. He lived there for two or three years, being employed on the Illinois Central Railroad and in other occupations. He then purchased a tracto f land in Marion Township, this county on which he settled and lived for one year when he returned to Amboy, there spending the following three years. At the end of this time he rented a farm in Amboy Township for four years, afterward removing to Sublette Township, renting a farm there for one yar. He afterward rented the farm which he now owns, and which he purchased at the end of the second year. On this he has erected a fine set of buildings and has also built a residence, second to none in the county. His farm comprises 260 acres and is under a high state of cultivation.

Mr. Bedient was married in Windsor, Broome County NY March 22, 1851 to Miss Hannah J. Marshall, who was a native of that place, born September 27, 1830. They are the parents of twelve children - Lewis A. and Edwin M., are farmers in York County NE; Mary A. (Mrs. David Craig; Carrie A. (Mrs A.J. Rogers); Eugene D. a farmer, resides at home; Frank L. and Charlie also reside in York County Neb. where they are carrying on farming; Addie is the wife of Jordan Tewell; Edith M. married William Fell; Fred is farming in Sublette; Grace A and Sarah who died in infancy.

Mr. Bedient has spent almost his entire life in farming and stock raising, in which he has been remarkably successful. He is a public-spirited, energetic man, who thoroughly enjoys life and will therefore live to a good old age. He is a thorough-going Republican and has always taken an active part in political affairs. His wife is a most estimable woman who has greatly aided her husband by her counsel and wifely devotion in acquiring the competence which they are now enjoying together, and has been a devoted mother to her large family whom she has had the happiness of seeing well established in life.

Lee County Portraits & Biographical 1892 Pg 380

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