I am NOT from the Beedle family, however, I have been helping a couple of people with their genealogy. I just came across these listings in books (while looking for my people):
Title: A Genealogical and Biographical History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Author: Cushing, Thomas, Reprinted 1993
EVAN BEEDLE, post office Jones Station, is a son of EDWARD and MARGARET BEEDLE (natives of Wales, and now deceased), and was born in Wales in 1835. He immigrated to America in 1850, and located at McKeesport, this county, where he engaged in coal-mining. In 1858 he married SARAH ANN, daughter of WILLIAM and CHARLOTTE HODGSON, and settled twenty years ago near Jones Station, in Jefferson Township, which is his present place of residence. Their children are WILLIAM, CHARLOTTE, SARAH ANN, STEVEN, JOHN, MAGGIE, EDDIE, HENRY CHARLES and EVAN. Of these, WILLIAM is at Hillsdale, SARAH A. (now MRS. R. LATTA), resides at McKeesport, and the rest are at home with their parents. MR. BEEDLE is operating mines at Hillsdale and Coal Bluff, which have a capacity, respectively, of ten and twelve thousand bushels daily. He devotes nearly his entire time to the mines, and is also a merchant.
GENEALOGICAL AND PERSONAL HISTORY OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: JOHN W. JORDAN, LL. D.
ILLUSTRATED – 1915
PAGES: 807 – 808
(Portrait of Evan Beedle is tucked between pages 806 and 807)
BEEDLE This name appears in different forms in the early settlement of the colonies, the most usual of which was Beedle. It was also often found as Bedell, which has since been borne by many citizens active and skillful in the professions, and in the arts of peace and war. In In early records, the name is variously spelled as Baetle, Beedle, Beadle, Bedell and Bedel, all undoubtedly having a common origin. The family under discussion here is one of more recent advent in this country, but they have already proved their worth as citizens.
Edward Beedle was born in Wales and spent his entire life in that country. He was a farm worker and made yearly trips to England, working there in the harvest season regularly. He married Margaret Humphries, also a native of Wales, and they had a large family, of whom was Evan, of further mention , and Stephen, who emigrated to the United States, and located at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was proprietor of a hotel, the House at Home, at the corner of Grant and Water streets. He died in Pittsburgh.
Evan Beedle, son of Edward and Margaret (Humphries) Beedle, was born in Wales, February 4, 1834, died April 10, 1913. He emigrated to America at the same time as his brother Stephen, and in 1868 located at Jones Station, on the State pike, Jefferson township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania. There he built a general store with the management of which he was identified until shortly before his death, when ill health compelled him to retire. In addition to this he carried on several other enterprises at the same time. Since his death his widow has carried on the business very successfully, in fact, she had practically had charge of it for some time prior to this sad event. He was but sixteen years of age when he left his native land, lived but a short time in Pittsburgh, and then went to McKeesport, where he was employed about the coal mines and tipples. Later he made several trips down the Ohio river with coal boats for Louisville, Kentucky, and being thrifty and economical, saved a considerable amount of money. Just before going upon one of these trips he loaned one thousand dollars to a McKeesport coal operator, and upon his return one year later, the loan was repaid with interest at seven per cent. Mr. Beedle had expected only the return of the capital, but with this added sum and what he had already possessed he commenced investing in coal property on the Monongahela river, and was very successful. He was associated with Alexander Dempster, Allen Kirkpatrick and A. M. Scott for many years, all of Pittsburgh, in the operation of the Hilldale and Coal Bluff Mines, and afterward sold these to the Monongahela River Consolidated Coal & Coke Company, at which time Mr. Beedle retired from coal operation activities. He was greatly interested in the subject of Welsh music, especially vocal, and rarely missed any of their large song festivals. At the time of his death he was a director of the First National Bank of West Elizabeth, and was the owner of a considerable quantity of real estate in Homestead, McKeesport, Duquesne and in Jefferson township. Two years prior to his death he was injured by a bull which had escaped from a field near his home, and his death was indirectly a result of these injuries, he being unable to leave his home for two months before his death. He was a strong supporter of the Republican party, but never desired to hold public office. He and his wife were members of the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Beedle married, in January, 1858, Sarah Abb Hodgson, born on South Side, Pittsburgh, near Mount Oliver, June 12, 1840, a daughter of William and Charlotte (Watson) Hodgson, the former born in Derbyshire, England, the latter in Lancashire, England. Mrs. Hodgson came to Pittsburgh with her parents when she was twelve years of age, and her husband came to the Untied States and settled in Pittsburgh when he was thirty-five years old. He was a coal operator along the Monongahela river at three different mines and died at the age of eighty-five years, while his wife died at the age of sixty-five. They had children: 1. Sarah Ann, mention above. 2. Clementine, married James Mort, now both deceased. 3. William, died of typhoid fever at the age of twenty-three years. 4. Aaron, died at the age of nineteen years. 5. Mary Jane, married Dr. Charles Black, of McKeesport. Mr. and Mrs. Beedle have had children: 1. William, retired from business, resides in Elrama, Pennsylvania; married Appelonia Stilley. 2. Edward W., engaged in the real estate and insurance business at West Elizabeth. 3. Stephen, engaged in the real estate business at Homestead, Pennsylvania. 4. Henry, a riverman, living at Jones Station; married May Sheible. 5. John Madison, a boss in a steel mill, lives at Blair, Pennsylvania. 6. Evan, Jr., unmarried. 7. Sarah Ann, married Roland Latta, lives in McKeesport. 8 Charlotte, married George Maurer, lives in Blair, Pennsylvania. 9. Margaret, married E.P. Jones, lives at Jones Station, where he is a pure food inspector. The family are Presbyterians.
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