New Jersey Obituaries - May 25, 1898 - Ellihu B. Bedle

A Freehold Suicide

Ellihu B. Bedle Shoots Himself Through The Head

He was a Brother of the Late Ex-Governor Joseph D. Bedle - Believed to Have Been Temporarily Insane

Elihu B. Bedle of Freehold shot and killed himself in the bathroom of his house last Saturday night. He had an attack of the grip some time ago, and his health became impaired. His ill health and recent business troubles are believed to have unsettled his mind, and it is thought that he was temporarily insane when he shot himself. He shot himself through the head and death was instantaneous.

Mr. Bedle was a prominent man in Freehold's affairs. He was chiefly instrumental in organizing the Central national bank of Freehold, and for several years after its organization he was its cashier. Previous to the organization of the Central national bank he was one of the directors of the First national bank of Freehold. He was president of the Freehold gas company, and owned a large amount of the stock of that company; and he was also the secretary of the Freehold board of education.

The family is one of the oldest of Monmouth county. The first respresentative (sic) of the Bedle family came to New Jersey from the island Bermuda. The maternal side (of) the family is also representative of the colonial history of the county, the Dorsetts, from whom Mr. Bedle's mother descended, having been residents of Monmouth county for more than 150 years.

Mr. Bedle was the second son and third child of Thomas I. and Hannah Dorsett Bedle, and was born at Matawan, which was then known as Middletown point, in 1834. He received his education at the Matawan public school. When he was fourteen years old he became a clerk in Garrett P. Conover's store, and remained there eight years. In 1856 he moved to Freehold and had lived there ever since.

Mr. Bedle engaged in business in Freehold and continued an active business life until 1888, when he retired. It was about this time that he organized the Central national bank.

In 1860 Mr. Bedle married Kate E. Craig, daughter of Robert E. Craig a farmer of Tennent. She survives him, as do also eight children, three sons and five daughters. The sons are Harry, John and Robert. One of the daughters, Rachel, married Peter S. Conover of Atlantic Highlands; another, Josephine, married Charles H. Butcher of Freehold; and the third is Mary, who is the wife of Frederick Parker of Freehold. The others are unmarried.

The funeral was held at his late home yesterday morning at eleven o'clock. The funeral was private, only the relatives and two or three friends being present. The bearers were his sons and three sons-in-law. The burial was in the Freehold cemetery.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, May 25, 1898

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