Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of Major Henry BEDINGER


         Major Henry BEDINGER was born at Little York, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1753. His father later moved to Berkeley County at Shepherdstown (now Jefferson County). Henry Bedinger joined the company of volunteers for the Continental Army, raised by Captain Hugh Stephenson as a private. At the end of a year, that company was disbanded and Colonel Stephenson organized a rifle company for service in that war; young Bedinger was commissioned a Third Lieutenant with that commission signed by John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress.

         In 1777, he was captured by the British at King’s Bridge and confined in a British prison until 1781; he was later exchanged and returned to the army where he was made a Captain of the 4th Virginia Regiment.

         In 1798, Henry Bedinger was elected clerk of the county court at Martinsburg, Berkeley County and he served one term as a member of the House of Delegates of Virginia.

         Henry Bedinger bought an estate 5 miles south of Martinsburg at Tablers, William T. Stewart’s “Protumna” orchards. He died at the age of 90 on May 14, 1843.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from History of Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1928.

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