Bedwell Beauties

02 Mar

By the looks of it, Belle (Martha Isabell Curbow Bedwell) passed her striking beauty down through the generations……….and she had plenty of assistance from her daughter-in-law – the lovely Olive.

Olive May Waldie was born 28 April 1882 in Texas – the daughter of Thomas Harrison Waldie and Josephine A. Wyle.  Olive married two of Belle’s sons – first William Franklin Bedwell and later his brother James Monroe Bedwell. 

Olive May Waldie Bedwell - Photo from the collection of Jan Shaffer

On 21 Jan 1901 Olive married William Franklin Bedwell in McLennan County, Texas.  It has been said that William was not Olive’s first choice.  She had her heart set on William’s brother James – her true love.  However, that was not to be – Olive’s parents insisted on the marriage to William because they felt that he had a better prospect of supporting Olive.  My how times have changed!  With the die-cast, James married another – Clara B. Horne – in 1906.  Olive and William Franklin Bedwell had four children:  Evelyn, Preston, William and Merrill. 

The wife of James Bedwell, Clara Horne, died in 1910 leaving James with two small babies to raise, Homer and Paul.  In the meantime, Olive and William Franklin divorced.  You guessed it – Olive got her man!  The couple spent the rest of their lives together raising a very large family.  Olive took James’ two boys and raised them as her own.  They also had:  Lleze, Maurine, James, Floy and Joy (twins) and Nana Ruth.

Granddaughters of Martha Isabell Curbow – Aren’t they lovely?

Maureen Bedwell


Floy Bedwell

Nana Ruth Bedwell



Posted by on March 2, 2011 in Bedwell, Curbow


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6 responses to “Bedwell Beauties

  1. Don Bedwell

    April 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Very nicely done site!

  2. Judy Curbow

    April 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you Don! I’m glad you stopped by.

  3. Linda McGinnis

    May 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Pictures were very familiar. I am Evelyn’s adopted daughter and still live in San Antonio. Jan told me Isabelle is buried here at Mission. Have been meaning to go check it out since I live on that side of town.

    • Judy Curbow

      May 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Hello Linda: Thanks for stopping by the blog and taking the time to comment. Jan and I have worked together on this family line for a couple of years now. She is a joy. We are planning a trip to Waco to look for Tilman Curbow’s gravesite – sometime this summer. Best regards – Judy Curbow


    November 24, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Hello ladies, I recognize these ladies above as they are my mother’s aunts. My mother is Virginia Mae Warren, daughter of Preston Wiley Bedwell. Olive is my great-grandmother. Mom and Nana stayed close until she died. Thank you for the web site, thoroughly enjoying it – Judy Warren Lawson

    • Judy Curbow

      November 25, 2012 at 7:34 am

      Hi Judy! I’m so glad you stopped by and took the time to comment. I wrote you a separate email. I hope to hear from you soon. Best regards, Judy


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