J. C. Beedy, merchant and Postmaster, Hardin, Clayton County, was born in Genesee County, N.Y., April 25, 1821. His parents, John and Annis (Belding) Beedy, were married in Orange County, N.Y., in 1818. Three children blessed this union-- J.C., Norman J. and Hannah, wife of C.H. Barnes. In 1834 Mr. Beedy left Vermont for Essex County, N.Y., where he remained four years, then went to Franklin County, N.Y. In 1848 he emigrated to Winnebago County, Ill., thence to Clayton County in 1851, where he has remained since. Mr. and Mrs. Beedy are both living at the age of eighty-two, having lived together as man and wife for sixty-three years. J. C. came to the county in 1850, and worked at the trade of carpenter and joiner for two years, and was then employed as clerk in a general store, and afterward embarked in the mercantile business, which he still prosecutes. He is the Postmaster at Hardin, which office he has held for many years. In 1840 he married Susan De Bar. They had six children, three living-- John, Elizabeth and Annis. Mrs. Beedy died in 1851. He again married, Margaret Ridnour. To them have been born two children-- Annie and Cora. Mr. Beedy in politics is a Republican, and has held several local offices of trust.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1036-1037
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