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Jane Ballareau Bedford (Parker)

Birthplace: New York
Death: July 26, 1831 (84-85)
New Castle County, Delaware
Place of Burial: Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware
Immediate Family:

Wife of Gunning Bedford, Jr.
Mother of Henrietta J. Bedford

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About Jane Ballareau Bedford

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Jane Ballareau Parker Bedford

  • Birth: 1746 New York, USA
  • Death: Jul. 26, 1831New Castle County, Delaware, USA
  • Jane was the daughter of James Parker of Boston
  • Family links:
    • Spouse: Gunning Bedford (1747 - 1812)
    • Children:
      • Gunning James Bedford (____ - 1843)*
      • Anna Maria Bedford (____ - 1835)*
      • Henrietta Jane Bedford (1788 - 1871)*
  • Inscription: Widow of Hon. Gunning Bedford, Daughter of James Parker of NY, Aged 85 years
    • Note: Monument
  • Burial: Presbyterian Church Cemetery (defunct) in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
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Jane "Jenny" Ballareau Parker (13 Jun 1746 - 26 Jul 1831)

  • Jenny was the daughter of Marie Ballareau, a Huguenot, and James Parker, a prominent printer and journalist from New Jersey and a friend of Benjamin Franklin's.
    • Franklin famously called Jenny "Jenky."
    • With the assistance of Benjamin Franklin they set up a press in New York City, and from 1744 to 1752 Parker was the public printer for New York.
    • In 1753 they returned to Woodbridge, NJ and established the first permanent press in New Jersey and became the government printer for New Jersey and the king’s printer until 1770.
  • Husband: Gunning Bedford Jr. (1747-1812)—of Delaware and an aide to General Washingto during the Revolutionary War and one of the signers of the Constituion.
  • Married in late 1772 or early 1773 at the College of new Jersey (now Princeton University).
    • (Another site says they were married between 12 Aug 1770 and his graduation at Princeton on 25 Sept. 1771, but a record hasn’t been found.)
  • She was classically educated and spoke French fluently, and her natural grace allowed her to catch the eye of Bedford. She also assisted her father in editing his newspaper.
  • It was said that her grace, intellect, and conversational powers naturally gave her a leading place in cultured society.
  • Together they had five children, two of which died in infancy.
    • Their children included: Juliana, who died in infancy; Anna Maria lived until 1835; Susanna, died in childhood; Gunning James was “feeble-minded” died in 1842 and Henrietta Jane' died in 1871. None of the Bedford children married.
  • Jane Parker died at the age of 85, on July 26, 1831, outliving her husband by 19 years.
  • She was buried in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery (defunct) in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA.
    • Her headstone Monument has the following Inscription: “Widow of Hon. Gunning Bedford, Daughter of James Parker of NY, Aged 85 years”
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Jane Ballareau Bedford's Timeline

New York
July 26, 1831
Age 85
New Castle County, Delaware
Presbyterian Church Cemetery (defunct), Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware