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Descendants of Simon Bridwell
Born 1757 Stafford County Virginia
Died after 1837 Spencer County Kentucky

Listed in the birth records of the Register of Overwharton Parish, Simon Bridwell is the son of John and Lucy Bridwell. Simon appears on the 1785 Stafford County census and the 1786 Stafford Co voters list.

Stafford Co Deeds 1780-1786, p 132-133:
Indenture between William Bredwell and Elizabeth his wife of Stafford Co and Overwharton Parish of one part and Symon Bredwell of other part; witnesseth that for sum five shillings lawful money...sell land beginning in line of Carty Wells Sr. decd, and in line that is allotted for George Bredwell.. down the road until it includes 50 acres, the old plantation where John Bredwell, decd, formerly resided and now in occupation of Sarah and Elizabeth Bredwell, daughters of the said deceased. Presence Willm. Botts, John Hardy, Smith Hansbrough.
14 Apr 1783

Stafford County Deeds 1780-1786, p 393a-394:
Indenture between Symon Bredwell and Elizabeth his wife of Stafford Co of one part and William Carr of Prince William Co of other part; witnesseth that for 37 pounds, 10 shillings hath sold tract in Stafford Co conveyed to me by William Bredwell by Deed of Feoffm't dated 14 Apr 1783 (no acres listed); presence John Murray to SB; David Forbes, Joshua Barker, Robt. Overall.
18 May 1786.

In 1807 Simon Bridwell removed to that part of Nelson County,Kentucky that in 1824 became Spencer County. Simon's son, Presley Bridwell, and his daughter, Lydia, the wife of Seth Jewell, also came to Kentucky at that time. It is probable other children, among them George Bridwell and Cuthbert Bridwell, accompanied them to Kentucky, as both purchased land in Nelson County on the same date and from the same seller as did Presley Bridwell on March 16, 1807. Simon, Presley and Cuthbert Bridwell are listed in the 1810 census of Nelson County; Simon and Presley are listed in the 1830 census of Spencer County. In 1830, Simon is between seventy and eighty years old; there is a female of similar age listed in his home, probably his wife Elizabeth. He is listed between his son Presley Bridwell and William Jones, the husband of his granddaughter Henrietta Bridwell.

Simon did not own property in Spencer County; he evidently lived on property owned by his son Presley Bridwell. In his will filed 8 Oct 1832 Spencer County, Simon's son Presley Bridwell reserved for them "that portion of my land whereon my father and mother live, during their lives."

Revolutionary War file S10417 contains Simon Bridwell's Pension Application, which was filed 12 November 1832 in Spencer County Kentucky. At that time he was aged seventy-six years old.

    Extracts from Simon Bridwell's pension application:
  • He was drafted as a private soldier in Stafford County, Virginia for a twelve-month tour of duty.
  • He entered the service about the month of October in 1776 under Capt. William Washington in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Mercer.
  • He was marched from Stafford County to Dumfries and there joined the Regiment. After a time he was marched from Dumfries to Alexandria, and from there he was marched to Norfolk Virginia and there he remained the winter.
  • In the Spring of 1777 he was marched into the state of Pennsylvania, where he states he was "in hearing of the Battle of Brandywine but was not in the engagement, having been detailed to bring in Beeves and guard them."
  • He was discharged in Pennsylvania in either October or November 1777. "....he can't say which month, knows it was cold weather, neither can he say at what particular place as his memory is very frail and he very illiterate."
  • He states he was in no battles or actual engagements during the term of his service, neither can he give a detailed statement of all the movements of the army while he was in the service and can recall the names of but very few of the officers; the names of Washington, Greene and Knox are very familiar to him, but no others.
  • He states if he ever had a written discharge he has lost it. "Being unable to read he has a bad chance to take care of papers."
  • He states that from the information of his parents he was born in Stafford County Virginia in the year 1756 and that he continued to live in said county until the year 1807 when he moved to the County of Nelson in Kentucky; that he resided in Nelson County until 1824 when the County of Spencer was stricken off and formed; that he has resided in Spencer County ever since and now resided in Spencer County.

Simon Bridwell's petition, accompanied by several statements from clergymen and neighbors attesting to his good character, was approved for a veterans pension 26 January 1833. He received back payments of $80 and a pension of $40 per year thereafter.

Spencer Co KY Deed Book C, p 324:
Articles of agreement between Simon Bridwell and Fielding Bridwell, both of Spencer County. The record is very difficult to read as the deed books were damaged by water many years ago, but it is evident Fielding Bridwell agreed to care for Simon and his wife as long as they should live, in exchange for all that Simon "now possesses or shall possess in the future". Witnesses: Stephen Beard and Coleman Bridwell. 16 Mar 1833.

Spencer County Court Order Book B, p 426:
John Barr and Simon Bridwell, both Revolutionary War pensioners, were excused from the payment of county levies in the present year and in future. 6 Nov 1837.

This 1837 Spencer County record is the last we find of Simon Bridwell. The next year his grandson Fielding Bridwell sold his land in Spencer County and in 1839 bought a farm in Bullitt County and moved his family there. We presume Simon died before that time as he does not appear with Fielding's family in the 1840 census.



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