Solomon Bedinger (11)
Solomon Bedinger, the youngest of eleven children of Henry Bedinger(1) and Mary Magdalene von Schlegel(S1), was born in Mecklenburg, Virginia (now Shepherdstown, West Virginia) 19 September 1770. His father died while Solomon was but a child and he was ably raised by his mother who saw to his education and welfare. Solomon Bedinger was too young to serve in the military during the Revolutionary War as did his three older brothers, Henry (4), George Michael (6) and Daniel (7)..
After the Revolutionary War, Daniel Bedinger removed to Norfolk where he pursued a successful career in the customs house, Surveyor for the Port of Norfolk and later Commander of the Naval Shipyard in Norfolk. Solomon Bedinger joined his brother Daniel in Norfolk in the early 1800s where he established a business as a ship's chandler and grocer for stocking ships sailing from Norfolk. Solomon's business flourished and he later acquired commercial boats carrying commodities and goods between Norfolk and sea and river ports on the east coast.
Solomon Bedinger died a bachelor in 1808 at Norfolk, presumably of a fever, at the early age of thirty-seven.
Solomon's business was listed it the Norfolk Directory of 1806:
"Bedinger, Sol., ship chandler and grocer,
4 Campbell's wharf dwelling, 40 Main street"