Studio shots, no. 110: Bedie Powell Blackwell.

Bedie Powell Blackwell (1871-??)


In the 1880 census of Taylor township, Wilson County, N.C.: farmer Ichabud Powell, 32; wife Mary A., 32; and children Beedy A., 9, Pheny, 7, John, 5, James W., 4, Henry G., 3, and Mary A.E., 11 months.

On 9 April 1892, Asberry Blackwell, 35, of Wilson township, married Beedey Powell, 25, of Wilson township, in Taylor township, Wilson County.

In the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Bedie Blackwell, 27, tobacco stemmer.

In the 1912 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Powell Bedie (c) lndrs h 311 Mercer

Asberry Blackwell died 21 September 1919 in Oldfields township, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was born 1857 in Wilson County; was a widower [actually, it appears he and Bedie were separated or divorced]; and worked as a farmhand for Grover Lamm.

In the 1928 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Powell Bedie (c) lndrs 401 N Reid

In the 1930 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Powell Bedie (c) lndrs 400 (401) N Reid

Copy of photo courtesy of Levolyre Farmer Pitt.


  1. Wow, now she’s a beautiful lady. Her sister, Martha, was married to my dad’s grandpa, Bishop George Winstead. For this reason, my dad called her Aunt Bedie whom he practically knew since his teen years until her passing. He mentioned that she had a large home and often rented out rooms. It’s amazing also that her brother James, was my great Aunt Daisy’s father-in-law. So happy to see this photo.

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