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.
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?