Richard Albert Bedgood Monument, Arabi

Richard Albert Bedgood (13 August 1847-4 February 1904) was the founder and namesake of Arabi, Georgia. Bedgood enlisted in July 1864 in Company G of the 7th Georgia Infantry, Wilcox County. A life-size marble monument marks his gravesite in historic Arabi-Antioch Cemetery.

From Historical and Genealogical Collections of Dooly County Georgia Vol. III : Richmond A. Bedgood, an enterprising business man of Arabi, was born Aug 3, 1847 in Washington County, Ga. He was the son of a farmer, Henry Bedgood, from whom he was separated by death in 1856. The boy received a very limited education, enlisting in the seventh Georgia Militia in 1864, when he had scarcely completed his seventeenth year. Since the war closed, Mr. Bedgood has engaged in farming and has a large sawmill and a successful business in Arabi. He is a respected member of the masonic fraternity. The first wife of Mr. Bedgood was Elizabeth Brown, whose father was the well-known Maj. Brown of Cordele. Mr. Bedgood’s second wife was Susan Clements, daughter of J. J. Clements of Dooly County. He is the father of four sons and five daughters, one of his sons, John H., being his father’s partner in business.

27 thoughts on “Richard Albert Bedgood Monument, Arabi

  1. Susan Dudley Maesen

    I just found this site. I am a great granddaughter of RA Bedgood. I have a picture of the house in its original appearance. I could send it to you.Frances Fisher is my cousin. I live in Florida but spent time visiting Arabi with my mother. Her mother was Fannie Begood, a daughter of RA.

    1. Barbara

      My niece is a Bedgood.You may have already written to her as she is doing research on the Bedgood Family.I know she would love to have a picture of the Bedgood house as it was originally.Her dad was Harris Jennings Bedgood.

  2. Jane Bedgood Morris

    My Grandfather was Thomas Asbury Bedgood and received his dental surgery degree from what is now Emory. They lived in Flomaton, AL in the late 1800’S. I have heard of Bedgoods in south GA but we have never connected. My Dad was born in 1893. Powell Morris Bedgood and had a brother named John. There has to be a relation somewhere!

  3. Barbara

    does anyone know if they had decendents named Harris,Ed,Hanson maybe Hansel who lived in Macon,Ga?My sister married a Harris Jennings Bedgood.

    1. Susan Maesen

      Wife’s name is Susan Clements King at the time she married Richmond. I am named for her. She is my great grandmother. They were not Jewish.

  4. Fred Gleaton

    Grew up maybe 6-7 miles from Arabi but never heard the R-A-B name story, but it all makes sense. Thanks for that.

  5. Blake Edge

    Bedgood was shot in the chest, and there is a bullet hole made into the statue. It’s in the left lapel of his coat.

    1. Frances Fisher

      It is a flaw in the marble of statue not a bullet hole. There are buckshot holes in the stature where people have shot the statue. He died in 1904 of natural causes in his late 50’s. The statue was made in Italy from pictures of Grandpapa and his clothing.
      I had the statue cleaned last year, I wish an updated picture could be placed on this site.
      The statue is of Richmond Albert Bedgood who was my grandfather. I am the last of his grandchildren.

      1. drtrd Post author

        Thanks so much for clearing this up, Frances! Interesting story; he was certainly a prominent gentleman of the area in his time. How foolish of people to shoot at someone’s headstone!

      2. Fred Wiggins

        My name is Fred Wiggins, My Aunt, Hattie Pearl Thomas was the cook for Mrs. Lucille Bedgood in the 40’s. My grandmother, Sarah, My uncle Lenbell “Little Buddy” & Aunt Hattie Pearl lived across the road in the sharecroppers houses. I was about 10 at the time. I believe there were two daughters at the time are you one of the daughters?

      3. Susan Maesen

        Frances, I stop by the old home place and the cemetery almost every time I head for NC. Fond memories of visiting with Aunt Lucille. RA statue looks great every time I see it. Now I know why.

  6. Bradley Waters

    R. A. Bedgood is the man that Arabi was named after. He had such a large farm that when the train stopped on its regular stop nearby, they’d ask if they had any “R-A-Bs”—i.e., packages for R. A. Bedgood. The slang “R-A-Bs” got turned into Arrowbye, and then to Arabi. (If you say “R-A-B” fast enough, you can get where they got the name from.)

  7. whitney alise

    My older brother lives in the bedgood house and they recently shot a few scenes for the movie ‘Exit 101’ in the part of the house they use for the garage.

    1. Frances Fisher

      No one lives in the Bedgood house which is pictured. He may be living in the John Bedgood house which is in downtown Arabi across from the McKinney house.

    2. Susan Dudley Maesen

      Would love to chat with you about the Bedgood house and catch up on your family for genealogy purposes. I was fortunate enough to get a newspaper clipping from your parents on the death of Susan Clements Bedgood which was my namesake many years ago. They had a scrapbook that I was intrigued with. I think you lived close to them when I visited. Your father was quite ill at the time.

  8. Pamela Veal Sutton

    I am so glad that someone is preserving the past of Crisp county. There are also some old places leaving Arabi and heading down HawPond Road toward Turner county. My mother grew up in this area. You will find the old HawPond school as well as HawPond Church. Thanks, Pam Sutton

  9. Rhonda

    This man is the great great grandfather of my friend Rusty Henderson. He relates that he owned a lot of land around Arabi and a big house that is still standing in Arabi. He was very tall, maybe one of the biggest men around at the time. He was a civil war veteran. Good pic! keep up the work of preservation of the images of the past.


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