Edwards Genealogy and History


The EDWARDES Coat Of Arms
COAT OF ARMS Sermine, a gold lion rampant. (Taken from Burke's General Armoury)
FAMILY MOTTO: Duw fyddo ein cryfdwr - God be our strength.


The name EDWARDS means literally "the son of Edward" and is of Anglo-Saxon origin. The original name was spelled EADWERD and was pronouced "E add verd". It meant "rich or prosperous guardian". The majority of EDWARDS' that immigrated to the United States, came from Wales. I have also read that EDWARDS' is of Scotish origin. I suspect that some EDWARDS must have migrated from Wales to Scotland and thus became "Scotish".
Jeremiah Edwards of Greenville, South Carolina had traced his EDWARDS family back to their origin in 1180 AD in Powys, Wales. SOURCE: Edwards Family Page website (off line now apparently).

This EDWARDS branch originally migrated from Wales and settled in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Isle of Wight County (IofW) VA was originally named Warrisquoyacke, one of Virginia's original shires. A number of early IofW Families migrated up to Lancaster and Old Rappahannock Counties, Virginia during the 1750s and 1760s.

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Richard Edward(e)s, was born Oct of 1523-25 in North Petherton, Somerset, England. His parents of record are William Thomas Edwardes of North Petherton and Agnes Blewett of Holcombe Rogus, Devon.

Some researchers and Brit historians believe that Richard is an illegitimate son of Henry VIII (Tudor) and Agnes Blewitt, as Agnes was at court just prior to her pregnancy and Henry VIII provided a stipend for Richard's childhood support, and guaranteed and paid for his education at Oxford. Richard's mother, Agnes Blewitt, was allowed to add the Tudor roses to her personal crest.

Though educated at Oxford to be a lawyer, Richard Edwardes never practiced law, and instead became a cleric in the Anglican Church. He was a poet and playwright of some renoun, writing such rousing plays as Palemon and Arcite for the entertainment of (his supposed half sister) Queen Elizabeth. His passing was noted by a contemporary of the time as being a writer of the same class as Shakespeare.

Richard Edwards married Helene Griffith in about 1560. I have found as many as 6 children listed as being born to this marriage in the six years prior to his death in 1566.

Some feel that any researcher listing Henry VIII as the paternal line for Richard Edwardes is "Royalty Hunting". But if the William Thomas Edwards line is traced through to its early sources in Wales, it descends on a direct line through generations of Welsh kings to Coel Hen, the last Dux Brittorium, or King of All Britian, ca between 150 and 400 A. D.

Clearly there is no benefit to claiming royal lineage through Henry VIII, when William Thomas Edwardes lineage has a far longer and stronger royal bloodline.

SOURCE: "Descendants of Henry VIII Tudor"

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This branch of EDWARDS are directly related to my husband.

My Husband's Edwardes Line To-Date [some are as yet unproven]:
 1. King of England, Henry VIII and mistress Mrs. Agnes Blewitt EDWARDES
 2. Richard Blewitt EDWARDES, Sr. and wife Hellene GRIFFITH
 3. Richard Blewitt EDWARDES, Jr. and wife Ellenor THOMAS
 4. Joshua "of Hopton Castle" EDWARDS and wife Margaret BABBS
 5. Robert "of Cardiff" EDWARDS, the immigrant, and wife Rebecca [--?--]
 6. John Lillburn EDWARDS and wife Mrs. Anne WRIGHT Griffin
 7. Robert EDWARDS and wife Ann [--?--]
 8. Henry EDWARDS and wife Patience [--?--]
 9. Nathan EDWARDS, Sr. and wife Elizabeth ROWLAND
10. Nathan EDWARDS, Jr. and wife Judith "Judy" [--?--]
11. Titus EDWARDS and 1st wife Rebecca DIETT
12. "Deputy" Britton William "Benjamin" EDWARDS, CSA and wife Mary Jane CHESNUT
13. Amma James "William L. J." EDWARDS, Sr. and wife Mary Jane SUMMERSGILL
14. Carrie EDWARDS and 1st husband Charles Cain HUDSON, Sr.
15. Charles Cain HUDSON, Jr. and 1st wife Elizabeth Florence AMOLD
16. Robert John HUDSON and 1st wife Althea Ceals MOON
17. my husband :)


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Some Descendants of
King of England, Henry the VIII (Tudor)
and his mistress Mrs. Agnes Blewitt Edwardes


Generation No. 1

1. HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND" TUDOR, VIII was born 28 Jun 1491 in Palace Greenwich, County Kent, ENGLAND, and died 28 Jan 1546 in Whitehall, County Middlesex, ENGLAND. His mistress AGNES BLEWITT wife of William Thomas EDWARDES. She was born 1509 in Holcombe Rogus, County Devon, ENGLAND, and died 1575 in London, County Middlesex, ENGLAND.

Notes for HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND" TUDOR VIII:
Ancestral File Number: 9FDM-NH
[Edwards-Richard-1524-Descendants.FTW]
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Henry VIII
I - Introduction
Henry VIII (1491-1547), king of England (1509-1547), the image of the Renaissance king as immortalized by German artist Hans Holbein, who painted him hands on hips, legs astride, exuding confidence and power. Henry VIII had six wives, fought numerous wars in Europe, and even aspired to become Holy Roman Emperor in order to extend his control to Europe. He ruthlessly increased the power of royal government, using Parliament to sanction his actions. Henry ruled through powerful ministers who, like his six wives, were never safe in their positions. His greatest achievement was to initiate the Protestant Reformation in England. He rejected the authority of the pope and the Roman Catholic Church, confiscated church lands, and promoted religious reformers to power.
II - Early Life
Born at Greenwich Palace in London on June 28, 1491, Henry was the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Although a willful child, Henry proved a capable student and studied languages, philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, and writing and speaking under his first tutor, English poet and satirist John Skelton. He was an even more capable athlete and excelled at hunting and wrestling. Henry loved music and could play, sing, and dance. When he was 11, Henry's life was transformed by the death of his elder brother, Arthur. He was now heir to the throne and was made Prince of Wales in 1503, the year in which his mother and grandmother died. Henry now came decisively under the influence of his father, a stern and greedy man who left his son a healthy treasury and a secure crown upon his death in 1509.
III - Early Reign
For the first time in generations an English king came to the throne without the threat of a rebellion against him. Henry inherited a kingdom isolated from the rest of Europe and poor in natural resources. It was protected on three sides by water, but to the north lived the Scots, an ancient enemy allied with France, England's bitter rival. Henry VII's chief concerns had been to control the independence of the nobility and to enrich the crown. He accomplished the first by executing opponents and confiscating their estates, the second by raising taxes and by avoiding involvement in expensive wars. When Henry VIII became king, he set out on a different course-to expand England's power in Europe. To ease the dissatisfaction caused by his father's means of raising money, Henry placed blame on the royal ministers Richard Empson and Edmund Dudley and had them beheaded. He married his brother's widow, Catherine of Aragón, and entered into an alliance with King Ferdinand of Spain. Whereas his father had avoided war to save money, Henry and his allies were eager for confrontation. In 1513 Henry led a victorious campaign against the French; in retaliation the Scots declared war on England. Henry's forces repelled the Scots at the Battle of Flodden Field where the king of Scotland, James IV, was killed.
For the next decade, Henry VIII attempted to act as a mediator between France and Spain, playing the countries against each other in hopes of gaining power in Europe. Despite his earlier military victory, Henry's subsequent diplomatic efforts and military campaigns were fruitless. In 1520 he met with Francis I, king of France, at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in France. This spectacular event of lavish entertainment and personal diplomacy failed to prevent another round of fighting among the European powers. Henry's wars emptied his treasury, and his efforts to raise taxes led to rioting among his subjects.
A few years after Henry took the throne, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a man as ambitious as the king, became the leader of Henry's government. Wolsey shouldered the burden of daily government, freeing the king from the work he least enjoyed. The cardinal was a capable administrator and diplomat and something of a social reformer ...

More About HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND" TUDOR VIII:
Burial: 16 Feb 1546, Saint George Chapel, Berkshire, ENGLAND

Notes for AGNES BLEWITT:
http://www.jaimeadams.com/tudor.html
IV. King Henry VIII Tudor
It is suggested in some documents including in the book 'Edward's Legacy by David Dean Edwards (1992), that it was whispered among some Tudor researchers that Agnes was mistress to King Henry VIII of England and that the son RICHARD was fathered by King Henry and not by William. But no solid proof has yet to be found if it ever will be. Nor has solid proof been found that Richard was the son of William either. It will be up to the researcher as to which line to follow. I believe that the evidence leans more towards the fact that Richard was the "bastard" son of the King and Agnes and my documentation here will reveal that line. It is documented that Agnes did have a son named Richard, but only 2 sons, William and Henry are shown to be positively the sons of William. Richard is said to have kept his Edwards last name out of shame for the indecency that his month engaged in.

King Henry Tudor was born ca. 1491 and died ca. 1546. He had a mistress named Agnes Blewitt who was born 1509 and she died ca.1575.
The 1 child of King Henry VIII Tudor and Agnes is as follows: Richard Edwards

** Note ** It has also been suggested that Agnes was the wife of William Edwardes, born ca. 1500 in England and died ca. 1547. The son Richard is the son that cannot be positively linked to William because records suggest that he was born from another man, King Henry VIII. He is known as the "bastard child" of Agnes.
The two known children of William Edwardes and Agnes are as follows:
William Edwards
Henry Edwards

Child of King of England HENRY the VIII and Mrs. AGNES BLEWITT EDWARDS is:
2. i. RICHARD BLEWITT EDWARDES, SR., b. Oct 1523, North Petherton, County Somerset, ENGLAND; d. 31 Oct 1566, Edwards Hall, Cardiff, Glamorgan, WALES.

Generation No. 2

2. RICHARD BLEWITT EDWARDES, SR. (HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND"1 TUDOR VIII) was born Oct 1523 in North Petherton, County Somerset, ENGLAND, and died 31 Oct 1566 in Edwards Hall, Cardiff, Glamorgan, WALES. He married HELLENE GRIFFITH 1562 in London, County Middlesex, ENGLAND. She was born 1545 in London, County Middlesex, ENGLAND, and died 27 Mar 1616 in Saint Olave's, Southward, County Surrey, ENGLAND.

Notes for RICHARD BLEWITT EDWARDES, SR.:
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Diana Edwards Roy - Edwards Clan-(William 1500, Robert 1475, John 1450, John 1420) Before coming to Colonial American, the Edwards name was spelled EDWARDES. Widely believed, the earliest Edwards in our family line is JOHN EDWARDES. EDWARDS Generally believed to be a Welsh family name, its use can be found in England 200 years before it appeared in Wales. The name is serived from the old English word Eadweard which means 'prosperity guard'. Prior to the Norman conquest, Edward was a personal name with widespread use. Many references to the name can be found in the Doomsday Book, including one 'Eaduuardus 1066'.The Welsh use of hereditary family names started as late as the 16th century when the normal practice was to take the fathers name as the family name. Thus there became a large number of family names taken from the names of Evan, Hugh, William, Davy and Edward.
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Somerset: - A list of worthies and unworthies and villains born in the county
Burialls
The Somerset Roll
Burials
County: Somerset
Country: England
Edwards, Richard, Poet and Playwright. Born about 1523. Died 31 Oct 1566.


Notes for HELLENE GRIFFITH:
Requires additional validation documents.
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Myfamily.com Edwards
David & Sounya Patterson: Helen Griffith
Edwardes Legacy: pg. 30- Helene Griffith
Edwardes Legacy II: Hellene Griffith-Born abt. 1545
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Kari Brantley: Hellene Griffith was born and died in London, England
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Helen died March 27, 1616 in St. Olave's, Southward, Surrey. Will probated in Surrey in 1616. At the time of her death she was a widow to a Thomas Edwards and had a son, Thomas, from that union. John Lindgren: REFN: 5209-Source :Edwardes Legacy I pg. 30 - Karen S. Rowe: Helen Griffith
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Len Moore: Helene Griffith Will: 1616, Probated in Surrey, England
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Kari Brantley: Hellene Griffith was born and died in London, England

Child of RICHARD BLEWITT EDWARDES and HELLENE GRIFFITH is:
3. i. RICHARD BLEWITT EDWARDES, JR., b. 22 Nov 1566, North Petherton, County Somerset, ENGLAND; d. 19 Apr 1635, Hagley Hall, Cardiff, Glamorgan, WALES.

Generation No. 3

3. RICHARD BLEWITT EDWARDES, JR. (RICHARD BLEWITT2, HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND"1 TUDOR VIII) was born 22 Nov 1566 in North Petherton, County Somerset, ENGLAND, and died 19 Apr 1635 in Hagley Hall, Cardiff, Glamorgan, WALES. He married ELLENOR THOMAS 02 Jul 1583 in Oswestry, WALES. She was born 1562 in Oswestry, WALES, and died 31 Aug 1628 in Hagley Hall, Cardiff, Glamorgan, WALES.

Child of RICHARD BLEWITT EDWARDES, JR. and ELLENOR THOMAS is:
4. i. JOSHUA "OF HOPTON CASTLE" EDWARDS, b. 20 Jun 1595, Hopton Castle, Glenmorganshire, WALES; d. 1664, Cardiff, Glamorgan, WALES.

Generation No. 4

4. JOSHUA "OF HOPTON CASTLE" EDWARDS (RICHARD BLEWITT3 EDWARDES, JR., RICHARD BLEWITT2, HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND"1 TUDOR VIII) was born 20 Jun 1595 in Hopton Castle, Glenmorganshire, WALES, and died 1664 in Cardiff, Glamorgan, WALES. He married MARGARET BABBS Abt. 1615 in WALES. She was born 1589 in WALES, and died Bet. 1620 - 1690 in Cardiff, Glamorgan, WALES.

Child of JOSHUA EDWARDS and MARGARET BABBS is:
5. i. ROBERT "OF CARDIFF" EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1617, Cardiff, Glamorgan, WALES; d. Bet. 01 Jun 1680, Isle of Wight County, Virginia USA.

Generation No. 5

5. ROBERT "OF CARDIFF" EDWARDS (JOSHUA "OF HOPTON CASTLE"4, RICHARD BLEWITT3 EDWARDES, JR., RICHARD BLEWITT2, HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND"1 TUDOR VIII) was born Abt. 1617 in Cardiff, Glamorgan, WALES, and died 01 Jun 1680 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia USA. He married (1) REBECCA [--?--] Abt. 1634 in WALES or ENGLAND. She was born Abt. 1610 in WALES or ENGLAND, and died Abt. 1654 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia USA. He married (2) MARY HUNT Abt. 1668 in Isle of Wight, Virginia USA. She was born Abt. 1638 in Isle of Wight, Virginia USA, and died Bet. 17 Jan 1726 - 24 Apr 1732 in Isle of Wight, Virginia USA.

Notes for ROBERT "OF CARDIFF" EDWARDS:
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An important source for information on Robert was located on Ancestry.com and completed by Joyce Jogen. Excerpts appear throughout this Time-Line.
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Source: F232 18c5 Marr, Isle of Wight Co., VA 1628-1800 by Chapman. PG 46, 1777, Deed Book 13, PG 49 and Will book 11, PG 205 - Ancestry.com Joyce Jogen
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Notes of interest for further researchers: There was also a John Edwards who came over in the "Southampton" in 1622. He was probably an earlier generation. Then there was Wiliam Edwards of Surry mentioned "among the dead" in 1624. And another William Edwards came in 1638 in "Ye Hopewell" with Adam Thorogood, who had a large quantity of land at Lynnhaven, in what is now Princess Ann County. - Ancestry.com Joyce Jogen
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The records appearing in this Time-Line have a high probability of belonging to Robert, however, because of the frequency of the combination of Robert with Edwards they may not be 100% associated with this Robert.
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"Barrett Register" says he was in Virginia in 1619. He is listed in the Census of James City 1624. We don't know when he was born. He could have had a family in England by a first wife or even in Virginia. Ancestry.com Joyce Jogen
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So we have Robert in Virginia by 1619 at Jamestown (1624 census) and later removed to Elizabeth City. source: Barrett Brothers Register. Ancestry.com Joyce Jogen
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John came in 1622 to Jamestown. He is probably an older generation. And a John came in 1666 who came when Robert Edwards returned from England. Ancestry.com Joyce Jogen
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Robert married Rebecca Abt 1634. We don't know when they married. It's been assumed that when he returned to England in 1634 that he married Rebecca at that time. Ancestry.com Joyce Jogen
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Robert and Rebecca are in George Mynifies list when the court at James City granted him (Mynifies) 3000 acres, May 9, 1635. Ancestry.com Joyce Jogen
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May 09, 1635, Named, George Mynifie Land Claim, James City County, Virginia - research by James E. Hargraves
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Georg Mynifie applied for 3000 acres of Virginia land May 09, 1635 for transport of 60 persons at James City Court. The land was granted April 19, 1638. - research by James E. Hargraves
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September 04, 1635, Oath of Allegiance, England - research by James E. Hargraves
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September 04, 1635, License to Pass from England to Virginia - research by James E. Hargraves
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Robert Edward's 22
The Original Lists of Persons Of Quality
Register of the names of all ye Passenger wch Passed from ye Port of London for on whole yeare Endinge at Xpmas 1635.
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September 1635, Robert Edwards, 27, sailed to Virginia, as bonded servant. Birth year,1608.
Bonded to Georg Mynifie (Menafee). A Virginia merchant who paid transport for 60 persons in exchange for 50 acres each person transported. Shipping list included Rebecca, the wife of Robert Edwards. - research by James E. Hargraves
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Abt. December 1635, Arrived in Virginia Colony - research by James E. Hargraves
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April 19, 1638, Headright, Mynifie Land Patent, James City County, VA.

Notes for REBECCA [--?--]:
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Rebecca born before 1610 in Great Brittain.
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Robert Edwards married Rebecca abt 1634. We don't know when they married. It's been assumed that when he returned to England in 1634 that he married Rebecca at that time.
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Rebecca died before 1649. This date is based on the date of the second marriage of Robert.

Child of ROBERT EDWARDS and REBECCA [--?--] is:
6. i. JOHN LILLBURN EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1646, Isle of Wight County, Virginia; d. Abt. 1676, Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

Generation No. 6

6. JOHN LILLBURN EDWARDS (ROBERT "OF CARDIFF"5, JOSHUA "OF HOPTON CASTLE"4, RICHARD BLEWITT3 EDWARDES, JR., RICHARD BLEWITT2, HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND"1 TUDOR VIII) was born Abt. 1646 in Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia, and died Abt. 1676 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He married ANNE WRIGHT Abt. 1670 in Virginia USA, daughter of THOMAS WRIGHT and ELIZABETH GIBBS. She was born Abt. 1648 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and died Bet. 1682 - 1752 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

Notes for JOHN LILLBURN EDWARDS:
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NOTE: The records appearing in this Time-Line have a high probability of belonging to John, however, because of the frequency of the combination of John with Edwards they may not be 100% associated with this John.
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No land records for this particular Edwards, He may have been quite young. It was known that his name was Edwards, as his wife was called Ann Edwards. Her sons were also named as Edwards. Ancestry.com - Joyce Jogen
Others believe his given name was John son of Robert Edwards, as shown in the ancestral file, but I can not find any evidence other than circumstantial. Another lady by name of Kathy Lynam said her family records have his name as Lillburn, so perhaps his name was John Lillburn?? Edwards but no proof. Kathy Lynam's line is through our Edwin Solomon Edwards's son Edwin and Mary Thorn Edwards. Their son Cullen had a son James Robert Clinton Edwards who ended up in Texas. Ancestry.com - Joyce Jogen
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John Edwards, son of the emigrant Robert Edwards, was born in Virginia ca 1640. He married ca 1671 Ann Wright Griffen, the daughter of Thomas Wright of Isle of Wight, VA and widow of Thomas Griffen who had died prior to April 9, 1670. John Edwards died before 1 April 1677 when Anne has already married the third time a William Relison. - http://www.sallysfamilyplace.com/Wheeler/edwards3.htm - Sally Moore Koestler, College Station, TX
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JOHN EDWARDS (s/o ROBERT) was born Abt. 1647 in Virginia, and died Abt. 1677 in Isle of Wight Co., Virginia. He married Mrs. ANN WRIGHT GRIFFIN 1671 in Virginia. She was born Abt. 1650 in Virginia. - research by James E. Hargraves
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Known Children of JOHN EDWARDS and ANN GRIFFIN are:
i. ROBERT EDWARDS, b. c1672, Virginia.
ii. JOHN EDWARDS, b. c1674, Virginia.
iii. JAMES EDWARDS, b. c1676, Virginia.
- research by James E. Hargraves
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? - Original Source Page Name: 165 John Edwards 1657 - Comment: 700 acres - Virginia County Records, Volume VI - Ancestry.com
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? - Original Source Page Name: 168 John Edwards 1657 - Comment: Surgeon; 700 acres - Virginia County Records, Volume VI - Ancestry.com
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Thomas Wright's daughter Anne Wright married an Edwards - she also married in 1666 Thomas Griffin, in 1677 William Relison, and in 1682 James Tullagh
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He lived in the same neighborhood as Robert who married Mary Hunt. Evidently a younger brother of Robert, as he names his first son Robert. Thomas Griffin married Anne, daughter of Thomas Wright, Nov 1666; he died 1670 leaving her with a son Thomas and child in esse. (Isle of Wight d.b.1, PG 85) The son Thomas died, as Anne's son by her second marriage is referred to as "Eldest sonne," thus indicating a younger son, but none older. In 1671 Anne was married to an Edwards. The proximity of the families indicates close kinship with the above Robert. Unfortunately there are no records of land acquired by either grant or purchase. He was still very young perhaps, but it is regrettable that there are no records extant to reveal the given name of this Edwards; the fact that they are contemporary strengthens the supposition that they are brothers. Descendants of this man say he is John. Ancestry.com - Joyce Jogen
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This Edwards and Anne had two sons, Robert and James. He died before 1677 as that year Anne's married name is Relison, as shown in the following; "I Wm. Boddie give to Anne Relison's Eldest sonne, Robert Edwards, one Brown Cow." 1677 April 1. (Isle of Wight D.B.1, PG 357) (Isle of Wight Co W.B.2, PG 243) This shows that this Robert had a brother, and younger than himself, and later records reveal that he was James. Before 1682 Anne has married for the fourth time, this last time to James Tullagh, as the following record discloses, "

Notes for ANNE WRIGHT:
Ancestral File Number: 175D-QR7
Ann Griffin - Time-Line - Input provided by Joyce Jogen from Ancestry.com unless otherwise noted
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Ann Wright born before 1650
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Anne Wright married Thomas Griffin in 1666
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Married John Edwards 1671 No land records for this particular Edwards, He may have been quite young. It was known that his name was Edwards, as his wife was called Ann Edwards. Her sons were also named as Edwards. Others believe his given name was John son of Robert Edwards, as shown in the ancestral file, but I can not find any evidence other than circumstantial. Another lady by name of Kathy Lynam said her family records have his name as Lillburn, so perhaps his name was John Lillburn?? Edwards but no proof. Kathy Lynam's line is through our Edwin Solomon Edwards's son Edwin and Mary Thorn Edwards. Their son Cullen had a son James Robert Clinton Edwards who ended up in Texas.
John? lived in the same neighborhood as Robert who married Mary Hunt. Evidently a younger brother of Robert, as he names his first son Robert. Thomas Griffin married Anne, daughter of Thomas Wright, Nov 1666; he died 1670 leaving her with a son Thomas and child in esse. (Isle of Wight d.b.1, PG 85) The son Thomas died, as Anne's son by her second marriage is referred to as "Eldest sonne," thus indicating a younger son, but none older. In 1671 Anne was married to an Edwards. The proximity of the families indicates close kinship with the above Robert. Unfortunately there are no records of land acquired by either grant or purchase. He was still very young perhaps, but it is regrettable that there are no records extant to reveal the given name of this Edwards; the fact that they are contemporary strengthens the supposition that they are brothers. Descendants of this man say he is John. This Edwards and Anne had two sons, Robert and James.
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John? Edwards died before 1677 as shown by Ann marrying William Relison.
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Married William Relison 1677 - Anne's married name is Relison, as shown in the following; "I Wm. Boddie give to Anne Relison's Eldest sonne, Robert Edwards, one Brown Cow." 1677 April 1. (Isle of Wight D.B.1, PG 357) (Isle of Wight Co W.B.2, PG 243) This shows that this Robert had a brother, and younger than himself, and later records reveal that he was James.
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Married James Tullagh 1682. Before 1682 Anne has married for the fourth time, this last time to James Tullagh, as the following record discloses, "James Tullagh acknowledged to have sold unto Luke Kent for use of Robert Edwards being his son-in-law --(old style and meaning step-son) a cow. Orphans Court 27 Oct 1682.
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Anne Wright and unnamed Edwards had two sons, Robert and James. Robert and James Edwards buy separately 100 Acres each from Thomas Whitley for 2000 lbs of tobacco each. 1706/7. (Isle of Wight D.B. 2, pages 64-65).
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EDWARDS, CONT PG 3.
Thomas Griffin md Anne dau of Thomas Wright, Nov 1666 (IofW D.B.1,85) he died 1670 leaving her with a son Thomas and child in esse (legal- yet to be born -later). The son Thomas died, as Anne's son by her second marriage is referred to as "Eldest Sonne", thus indicating a younger son, but none older.

In 1671 Anne marries an EDWARDS. There are no land records but the close proximity of the families indicate close kinship with the previously sent ROBERT. This Edwards may have been too young, but whatever the reason we don't have his given name. The fact that they are contemporary strengthens the supposition that they are brothers. Edwards and wife Anne have two sons, Robert and James. Edwards died bef 1677 as that year Anne's married name is Relison, as shown in the following: "I, William Boddie give to Anne Relison's Eldest Sonne Robert Edwards, one brown cow. 1 Apr 1677. This shows Robert had a brother and younger and as later records show that his name was James. Ann has md for the 4th time bef 1682 to James Tullagh (IofW Co., D.B.2,243) "James Tullagh ack. to have sold unto Luke Kent for use of Robert Edwards being his son-in-law (meaning step-son-old style), a cow. (Orphans Court, 27 Oct 1682).

Anne Wright and John Lillburn Edwards had two sons, Robert and James. (D.B.2,65) in 1706/7 "Robert & James Edwards buy separately 100 acres each from Thomas Whitley for 2000 pounds tobacco, each.

Anne Wright md 1666 Thomas Griffin, 1671 ---Edwards, 1677 William Relison, and 1682 James Tullagh. (Barrett Reg, Surry Rec.)

Robert Edwards the son of Anne and John Lillburn Edwards went to NC and in the land rec of Isle of Wight Co., is known as Robert Edwards Senr of North Carolina. He leaves to his son Henry Edwards the Plantation where he formerly lived in Isle of Wight Co., 24 Jan 1731 (D.B.4,150) also land to son Henry on the Blackwater purchased by him (Robert) from Christopher Reynolds, 1731. (D.B.4, 151)

(D.B.4,152) Deed of Gift to his son Henry and mentions nephew Robert Edwards. 15 Jan 1731.

There is evidently a son Robert, known as Junr who went down into the new country, Carolina and settled there with his father, as there is no rec. of him in IofW. (Could this be the missing link--like where my Solomon comes through? JH) The nephew Robert is the son of James, and further proof that Robert Senr of NC and James of IofW are brothers. The wife of Robert Edwards, Senr of NC is unknown.

There are several land rec in IofW for James, bro of Robert,Senr of NC. He buys land 100 acres from Thos. Whitley for 2000 lbs tobacco, 1707, and from John Battin in 1710 and again in 1720 from Battin 50 acres on Blackwater Road. (D.B.2, 65, 347, 348)

He is witness to William Godwin's will 1710.

His will dated 24 Feb 1723, and probated 16 Jul 1723 mentions son Robert to whom he leaves his plantation. Also son Joshua, son James, dau Sarah Pope. Wife Ann is Executrix. (Great Book 2)

Child of JOHN LILLBURN EDWARDS and ANNE WRIGHT is:
7. i. ROBERT EDWARDS, b. 1672, Isle of Wight County, Virginia; d. 1748, Edgecombe County, North Carolina.

Generation No. 7

7. ROBERT EDWARDS (JOHN LILLBURN6, ROBERT "OF CARDIFF"5, JOSHUA "OF HOPTON CASTLE"4, RICHARD BLEWITT3 EDWARDES, JR., RICHARD BLEWITT2, HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND"1 TUDOR VIII) was born 1672 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and died 1748 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. He married ANNE [--?--] Abt. 1693 in Virginia USA. She was born Abt. 1677 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and died Bet. 1743 - 1777 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina.

Notes for ROBERT EDWARDS:
Robert Edwards, Sr. of N.C. Called James' son Robert his nephew, therefore Robert and James were brothers. These two brothers are the progenitors of long lines and numerous descendants. (Barrett Brothers Register.) - Source: Barrett Brothers Registry. Research on Isle of Wight Co., VA Edwards. Surname File LDS Family History, Salt Lake City, UT.
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This (father) Edwards and Anne had two sons, Robert and James. He died before 1677 as that year Anne's married name is Relison, as shown in the following; "I Wm. Boddie give to Anne Relison's Eldest sonne, Robert Edwards, one Brown Cow." 1677 April 1. (Isle of Wight D.B.1, PG 357) (Isle of Wight Co W.B.2, PG 243) This shows that this Robert had a brother, and younger than himself, and later records reveal that he was James. Before 1682 Anne has married for the fourth time, this last time to James Tullagh, as the following record discloses, "James Tullagh acknowledged to have sold unto Luke Kent for use of Robert Edwards being his son-in-law --(old style and meaning step-son) a cow. Orphans Court 27 Oct 1682. Ancestry.com - Joyce Jogen
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Date illegible, received 9 Feb 1703, Arthur Smith and wife Mary to Robert Edwards 150a, part of 500a granted said Smith in 1702, lapsed by my father Col Arthur Smith, bid by land of my father, Josiah Harrison and James Tullaugh, wit: Wm Green, Tho Summerell, IoW 1-405. (*research by Connie Fisher)
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1704 Rent Roll
Robert Edwards 150a (*research by Connie Fisher)
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10 Feb 1706 Tho Whitley and wife Mary to Robert Edwards 100a bdíd by James Tullaugh and Beaverdam Br, the dividing line bet James Edwards and Robert Edwards, wit: Tho Bevan, Rich Wilkinson Jr., Joshua Turner, IoW DB 2-64. (*research by Connie Fisher)
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10 Feb 1706 Tho Whitley and wife Mary to James Edwards 100a binding on James Tullough and Beaverdam BR, dividing line bet Robert Edwards and James Edwards, (same witnesses as above) IoW 2-65. (*research by Connie Fisher)
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1713 Nov 13----See Deed of Jun 25 1739 in which title history mentions that Rich'd Reynolds on Nov 13, 1713, sold to Robert Edwards by deed dated Jan 10, 1717, then given to said Henry Edwards by deed of gift dated Jan 15, 1731. (This would be land first acquired by Henry's father Robert Sr)
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20 Nov 1716 Math Rushin, Yeoman, of Albemarle Co NC to Edward Goodson, Yeoman, of Upper Par of IoW, ___a, being all of patent granted sd Rushin 16 Jun 1714 wit: Nicholas Williams, John (x) Barnes, Robert (x) Edwards Jr. (born bef 1698 - this is likely Robert, son of James Edwards, and noted as Jr.to distinguish him from the other elder Robert Edwards, his uncle) IoW 2-112 (*research ...

Notes for ANNE [--?--]:
-----1738
1738 May 22----Deed
page 236. May 22, 1738 from Robert Edwards of IW, planter, to William Turner of IW, planter, for 8 f, a certain tract of land out of an escheat patent granted to Henry Edwards & Robert Edwards, lying in Newport parish in IW, bounded by the mouth of the meadow branch that issues our of Sowards swamp, Stars branch, the head of the deep branch, being about 100 acres. Signed--Robt Edwards, Ann Edwards. Wit--Matt. Jordan, Henry Edwards, Joshua Edwards. Recorded May 22, 1738. Ann, the wife of the said Robert Edwards relinquished her right of dower to the lands conveyed. (from "Isle of Wight Co VA Deeds 1736-1741" published by Miami Beach, FL ; T.L.C. Genealogy, 1992. Isle of Wight Co VA Deed Book 5)
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1738 Nov 27----Deed
page 292. Nov 27, 1738 from Robert Edwards of IW, planter, to Edward Hale of IW, planter, for 8 pounds, one certain tract of land which the said Robert Edwards has sold out of his part of an escheat patent, escheated by the said Robert Edwards and Henry Edwards, situated in Newport parish in IW, bounded by the run of the meadow branch being William Turner's beginning tree, the run of Sowards branch, the foot of Stars branch, being about 100 acres. Signed-Robert Edwards, Ann (A her mark) Edwards. Wit-Wm Pope, Arthur Smith, Virgis Smith. Recorded Nov 27, 1738. Ann, wife of said Robert Edwards, relinquished her right of dower to the lands conveyed. (from "Isle of Wight Co VA Deeds 1736-1741" published by Miami Beach, FL ; T.L.C. Genealogy, 1992. Isle of Wight Co VA Deed Book 5)
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1743 May 23----Deed
(p. 259) 23 May 1743...Robert Edwards and wife, Ann Edwards, to William Turner 50 acres in Newport Parish (being part of an Escheat Patent granted Henry Edwards and Robert Edwards) adjoining William Turner and Great Neck Branch. Wit: William Bidgood, John Haile and Henry Edwards
Robert Edwards
Ann (x) Edwards
Rec: 23 May 1743
(from Isle of Wight Co VA Deeds 1720-1736 and Deeds 1741-1749" abstracted by William Lindsay Hopkins; Isle of Wight Deed Book 6)
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1743 Jun 27----Deed
(p. 267) 27 Jun 1743 ... Robert Edwards and wife, Ann Edwards, to Henry Bulls, Carpenter...100 acres (being part of a patent for 1200 acres taken up by Robert Edwards and Henry Edwards) adjoining Edward Hailes, Hars Branch and Sewards Branch. Wit: William Ponsonby and Thomas (x) Uzell.
Robert Edwards
Ann (x) Edwards
Rec: 27 Jun 1743
(from Isle of Wight Co VA Deeds 1720-1736 and Deeds 1741-1749" abstracted by William Lindsay Hopkins; Isle of Wight Deed Book 6)

Child of ROBERT EDWARDS and ANNE [--?--] is:
8. i. HENRY EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1705, Isle of Wight County, Virginia; d. 14 Jan 1758, Edgecombe County, North Carolina.

Generation No. 8

8. HENRY EDWARDS (ROBERT7, JOHN LILLBURN6, ROBERT "OF CARDIFF"5, JOSHUA "OF HOPTON CASTLE"4, RICHARD BLEWITT3 EDWARDES, JR., RICHARD BLEWITT2, HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND"1 TUDOR VIII) was born Abt. 1705 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and died 14 Jan 1758 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. He married PATIENCE [--?--] Abt. 1730 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia USA. She was born Abt. 1709 in possibly Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and died Bet. 1750 - 1805 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina.

Notes for HENRY EDWARDS:
1738 May 22----Deed
page 237. May 22, 1738 from Henry Edwards of IW, planter, to John Hale of IW, planter, for 1,200 pounds of tobacco and 3 barrels of Indian Corn, a certain tract of land which the said Henry Edwards has sold to said John Hale out of an escheat patent granted to Henry Edwards and Robert Edwards, being about 100 acres in Newport parish in IW, bounded by Sowards swamp, the Quarter branch, Martins branch, Sowards Swamp adjoining Edward Hale's land. Signed-Henry Edwards, Patience (her mark) Edwards. Wit -Arthur Smith, Matt'w Jordan, Robt Edwards. Recorded May 22, 1738. Patience, wife of the said Henry Edwards, relinquished her right of dower to the lands conveyed. (from "Isle of Wight Co VA Deeds 1736-1741" published by Miami Beach, FL ; T.L.C. Genealogy, 1992 . Isle of Wight Co VA Deed Book 5)
-----1739
1739 Jun 25----Deed
page 346. I, Henry Edwards of Newport parish in IW, for 5 pounds, do sell to Josiah John Halleman (Hollyman) of Nottoway parish in IW, one certain message & tract of land in IW on the west side of the main Blackwater Swamp, and bounded by Edward Boykin, the Cross Branch which divides this land from Richard Jackson's land, said land containing about 100 acres, it being part of a patent of 200 acres granted to Rich'd Reynolds on Nov 13, 1713, and then sold to Robert Edwards by deed dated Jan 10, 1717, then given to said Henry Edwards by deed of gift dated Jan 15, 1731. Signed Jun 25, 1739- Henry Edwards.
Wit--Matt'w Jordan, Thos Atkinson, Thos Williamson. Recorded Jul 23, 1739. Patience, the wife of the said Henry Edwards, relinquished her right of dower to the lands conveyed. (from "Isle of Wight Co VA Deeds 1736-1741" published by Miami Beach, FL ; T.L.C. Genealogy, 1992. Isle of Wight Co VA Deed Book 5)
-----1740
1740 Nov 24----Deed
page 562. Nov 24, 1740 from Henry Edwards of IW, planter, to William Bell of IW, planter, for 5 pounds in cash and 7 pounds current money of VA, a certain tract of land which the said Henry Edwards has sold to the above William Bell, out of an escheat patent granted to Henry Edwards and Robert Edwards, being about 200 acres in Newport Parish in IW, bounded by martinins branch, Jacob Thomas, John Williams, John Haile. Signed --Henry Edwards, Patience Edwards. Wit--non. Recorded Nov 24, 1740. Patience, the wife of the said Henry Edwards, relinquished her right of dower to the lands conveyed. (from "Isle of Wight Co VA Deeds 1736-1741" published by Miami Beach, FL ; T.L.C. Genealogy, 1992. Isle of Wight Co VA Deed Book 5)
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1743 May 23----Deed
(p. 257) 23 May 1743...Henry Edwards and wife, Patience Edwards, to John Haile...60 acres in Newport Parish (being part of an Escheat Patent which was granted to Henry Edwards and Robert Edwards) adjoining Secords Swamp, Martins Branch. William Bell, Jacob Thomas, the Cattail Branch and the said Henry.

Child of HENRY EDWARDS and PATIENCE [--?--] is:
9. i. NATHAN EDWARDS, SR., b. Abt. 1752, Isle of Wight, Virginia; d. 20 Dec 1812, Edgecombe County, North Carolina.

Generation No. 9

9. NATHAN EDWARDS, SR. (HENRY8, ROBERT7, JOHN LILLBURN6, ROBERT "OF CARDIFF"5, JOSHUA "OF HOPTON CASTLE"4, RICHARD BLEWITT3 EDWARDES, JR., RICHARD BLEWITT2, HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND"1 TUDOR VIII) was born Abt. 1752 in Isle of Wight, Virginia, and died 20 Dec 1812 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. He married ELIZABETH ROWLAND Abt. 1773 in Virginia USA. She was born Abt. 1755, and died Aug 1826 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina.

Notes for NATHAN EDWARDS, SR.:
Bk 8 page 188
Nathan Edwards to Brittan Edwards
This Indenture made this fourteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty two. Between Nathan Edwards of Johnston county in No. Carolina of the one part and Brittan Edwards of Halifax county in Province afsd. of the other part Witnesseth Nathan Edwards for and in consideration of the sum of twenty pounds Virginia money to him in hand paid at before the ensealing and delivery hereof well and truly paid by Brittan Edwards the receipt whereof doth acquit and discharge the said Brittan Edwards and his heirs forever hath granted bargained sold conveyed & confirmed and by these presents doth fully freely clearly and absolutely grant bargain sell convey and confirm to him the said Brittan Edwards his heirs and assigns forever all the whole right title and estate which he the said Nathan Edwards or his heirs now hath or ever may have in or to a plantation lying on Looking Swamp and the land belonging thereto bequeathed to him the Nathan by the last will and testament of Henry Edwards father of sd. Nathan To have and to hold forever the said granted and bargained premises with all the appurtenance and priviledge thereunto belonging or any ways appertaining to him the said Brittan Edwards his heirs and assigns forever to his and their only profit use and behoof forever and the said Nathan Edwards for himself his heirs Exers and adms. doth covenant promise and agree to and with the said Brittan Edwards his heirs and assigns that he the said Brittan Edwards his heirs and assigns shall and may at all times forever hereafter lawfully & peacably possess and enjoy all the whole right title and estate that of him the said Nathan Edwards in or to the plantation and all the land belonging thereto whereof the said Brittan Edwards now lives free and clear from encumbrance and demand whatever and that he the said Nathan Edwards and his heirs the above granted right and estate of fifty acres of land be the same more or less. With his part of the plantation above entioned unto him the said Brittan Edwards his heirs and assigns will well and truly warrant and forever defend In Witness whereof the said Nathan hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written Nathan Edwards {seal} Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us John Norwood Lydia Norwood. Halifax September Inferior Court 1762. This deed was in open court duly proved by the oath of John Norwood one of the subscribing witnesses thereto. On motion ordered to be registered Test. Jos. Montfort Cler. Cor.
-----1764
Brother Samuel Edwards died. Samuel's son John went to live with his Uncle Britain Edwards.
-----1776
Nathan married Elizabeth Rowland before 1777. This marriage conflicts with marriage to Jemina Cotton in 1783
-----1779
143 - (460) Nathan Edwards of Edgecombe County to Benjah Arrington of same. 17 July 1779. 30 (L) proclamation. 15 acres on the east side of Great Branch, joining Reedy Branch. Wit: Britten (x) Edward

Will of Nathan Edwards, dated 20 Dec 1812, submitted to court Nov 1814, in Gammon, David B. - Abstracts of Wills Edgecombe County, NC Volume II 1793-1823.
"...being of old age..." Daughter Betsey Edwards - Negro Lear and bed. Granddaughters Betsey Edwards and Polly Edwards (daughters of Elenor Edwards, deceased.) - bed each. Daughter Delila Shirly - Negro Mary for her lifetime with reversion to her children. Remaining property to be sold and proceeds divided as follows: daughter Betsey Edwards - 100 pounds. Granddaughters Betsey and Polly Edwards (daughters of Elenor Edwards, deceased.) - 100 pounds each. My executors are to lay out 100 pounds to purchase a Negro girl for Delila Shirley. Granddaughter Betsey Edwards (daughter of Jones Edwards, deceased.) and son Nathan Edwards - five shillings each. Grandson Levy Drake and granddaughter Delila Peele - ten pounds each. Balance of money to be divided between my sons Edmonds Edwards, Tytis Edwards, my daughter Betsey Edwards and my granddaughters Betsey Edwards and Polly Edwards (daughters of Elenor Edwards).
Ex. son Edmond Edwards, Jonas Walson. Wit. William Balfour, John Lee.
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Edwards Will & Deed Information in Edgecombe County, NC - Provided by Charlotte Beck
"...being afflicted in body..." Nieces Betsey Edwards and Polley Edwards - land where I now live, furniture, clothing, etc., and this property is to be kept together for their joint use and benefit until one of them shall marry, and then a division shall be made. To Levey Drake - bed. My Negro Lear and her child Jerry are to be sold and proceeds, along with moneys due me from my father's estate, are to be divided among the children of my brother Nathan Edwards. Ex. William Drake. Wit. William Balfour, Elisha Wiggins. Will of Betsey Edwards, Sr., dated 14 July 1816, submitted to court Feb 1818, in Gammon, David B. Abstracts of Wills Edgecombe County, North Carolina Volume II 1793-1823. - Some Early Belflower Records
http://users.worldnetla.net/~belflowr/belflowr/early.htm © 2001 - Early Bellflour Records.

Child of NATHAN EDWARDS and ELIZABETH ROWLAND is:
10. i. NATHAN EDWARDS, JR., b. Abt. 1777, Edgecombe County, North Carolina; d. Bet. 1830 - 1860, North Carolina or Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida.

Generation No. 10

10. NATHAN EDWARDS, JR. (NATHAN9, HENRY8, ROBERT7, JOHN LILLBURN6, ROBERT "OF CARDIFF"5, JOSHUA "OF HOPTON CASTLE"4, RICHARD BLEWITT3 EDWARDES, JR., RICHARD BLEWITT2, HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND"1 TUDOR VIII) was born Abt. 1777 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, and died Bet. 1830 - 1860 in North Carolina or Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida. He married JUDITH [--?--] Bet. 1785 - 1800 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. She was born Abt. 1772 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, and died Bet. 1860 - 1870 in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida.

More About JUDITH [--?--]:
Census: 1860, Jefferson Co FL Fed Census, Monticello Twnsp, Series M653, Roll 107, Sht 47, Pg 909
Note: 1860, Age 88 yrs, born NC, widowed, lives w/Luvinia Tindal NC, white, female; JUDITH EDWARDS

Children of NATHAN EDWARDS and JUDITH [--?--] are:
11. i. TITUS EDWARDS, b. 1798, Edgecombe County, North Carolina; d. Bet. 1864 - 1870, The Civil War or Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida.

Generation No. 11

11. TITUS EDWARDS (NATHAN10, NATHAN9, HENRY8, ROBERT7, JOHN LILLBURN6, ROBERT "OF CARDIFF"5, JOSHUA "OF HOPTON CASTLE"4, RICHARD BLEWITT3 EDWARDES, JR., RICHARD BLEWITT2, HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND"1 TUDOR VIII) was born 1798 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, and died Bet. 1864 - 1870 in The Civil War or Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida. He married (1) REBECCA DIETT 19 Dec 1822 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. She was born Bet. 1798 - 1808 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, and died Bet. 1822 - 1855 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina or Jefferson County, Florida. He married (2) JUDITH "JUDY" [--?--] Bet. 1850 - 1855 in possibly Georgia or Jefferson County, Florida. She was born Abt. 1823 in Georgia, and died Bet. 1870 - 1925 in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida.

More About TITUS EDWARDS:
Occupation: 1860, Farmer

More About JUDITH "JUDY" [--?--]:
Occupation: 1860, Keeping House

Child of TITUS EDWARDS and REBECCA DIETT is:
12. i. "Deputy" BRITTON WILLIAM "BENJAMIN" EDWARDS, b. 1828, Edgecombe County, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1865, Lake City, Columbia County, Florida.

Children of TITUS EDWARDS and JUDITH [--?--] are:
ii. REUBEN M. EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1855, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. Bet. 1860 - 1955, possibly Florida.
iii. LUVINIA EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1859, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. Bet. 1870 - 1960, possibly Florida.
iv. WILLIAM EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1863, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. Bet. 1870 - 1965, possibly Florida.
v. TILLMAN EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1865, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. Bet. 1870 - 1965, possibly Florida.

Generation No. 12

12. BRITTON WILLIAM "DEPUTY" EDWARDS (TITUS11, NATHAN10, NATHAN9, HENRY8, ROBERT7, JOHN LILLBURN6, ROBERT "OF CARDIFF"5, JOSHUA "OF HOPTON CASTLE"4, RICHARD BLEWITT3 EDWARDES, JR., RICHARD BLEWITT2, HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND"1 TUDOR VIII) was born 1828 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, and died Abt. 1865 in Lake City, Columbia County, Florida. He married MARY JANE CHESNUT 08 May 1846 Thomas County, Georgia; daughter of BAILEY CHESNUT and ANN TURLINGTON. She was born Abt. 1821 in Sampson County, North Carolina, and died Bet. 1880 - 1885 in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida.

Notes for BRITTON WILLIAM "DEPUTY" EDWARDS:
Britton William EDWARDS was a Deputy US Marshall in Jefferson County, Florida. His nickname was "Benjamin".

Voters in First Florida Election, 1845 - Florida Voters List in the 1st Statewide Election, Monday, May 26, 1845.

These records are significant for genealogical reasons because the individual named actually resided in the county in which he was registered to vote, and he not only had to own land there, he had to demonstrate that it had been his "place of permanent abode" for at least the six months preceeding the election in which he offered to vote, and that he also had resided within the Territory and State of Florida for the two years immediately prior to the election of Monday, 26 May 1845.
Also, only free white citizens of 21 years of age and older could vote, and able-bodied men under age 45 were obliged to become members of the State Militia before voting, and those who were exempted were generally exempted because they were over the age of required service of 45 & under, or because of some physical disability or "bodily defect". In some cases the rolls indicate which.
As usual with old records, some spelling mistakes were made, and doubtful readings occur because of illegible handwriting or poor condition of the original documents. These are indicated with varying combinations of brackets or parentheses and question marks, and for the researchers who desire their own interpretation, they are referred to the original documents constituting Record Group 156, Series 486, Florida State Archives, R. A. Gray Building, Tallahassee, FL 32301.

1845 JEFFERSON COUNTY, FLORIDA VOTERS
Florida's 13th county was named for Thomas Jefferson when it was created from Leon County on 20 Jan. 1827. The County Seat is Monticello.

Precinct No. 1: Monticello (Courthouse)
EDWARDS, Leaven (Levin)

Precinct No. 3: Bunker Hill (Courthouse)
EDWARDS, Britain (Britton)
EDWARDS, Jno. J. (Jonathan J.)

Precinct No. 4: Bailey's Store
EDWARDS, Elias
EDWARDS, Titus

Precinct No. 5: Bailey's Mill
Election Inspectors: William HOLLINGSWORTH, James B. EDWARDS, Henry R. THOMPSON
EDWARDS, Henry R.
EDWARDS, James B.
EDWARDS, Jno. D. (Jonathan D.)

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Jefferson County, FL Censuses:

EDWARDS, MARY J. (widowed)
State: FL Year: 1870
County: Jefferson County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule
Township: Monticello Page: 313
Database: FL 1870 Federal Census Index
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EDWARDS, B. W.
State: FL Year: 1860
County: Jefferson County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule
Township: No Township Listed Page: 949
Database: FL 1860 Federal Census Index
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EDWARDS, BRITTEN
State: FL Year: 1850
County: Jefferson County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule
Township: No Township Listed Page: 033
Database: FL 1850 Federal Census Index
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EDWARDS, BRITTON
State: FL Year: 1840
County: Jefferson County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule
Township: No Township Listed Page: 054
Database: FL 1840 Federal Census Index


More About BRITTON WILLIAM "DEPUTY" EDWARDS:
Census: 14 Sep 1860, Monticello, Jefferson County, FL Federal Census; Enum. by G. W. Blackburn; Page 949
Military: CSA: 2nd Battalion of Florida Regiment
Name2: Britain / Britten / Benjamin William Edwards
Note: 1860, Age 32 yrs, born NC, married, h/h, white, male; B. W. EDWARDS
Occupation: 1860, Deputy US Marshall
Property: 10 Jul 1844, Jefferson County, FL; 80.4 acres; Document # 8360; Serial # FL0180_.298

More About MARY JANE CHESNUT:
Burial: Bet. 1880 - 1885, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida
Census: 14 Sep 1860, Monticello, Jefferson County, FL Federal Census; Enum. by G. W. Blackburn; Page 949
Occupation: 1860, Homemaker, Mother
Parents Information: 1880, Father b: NC ; Mother b: NC

Children of BRITTON WILLIAM EDWARDS and MARY JANE CHESNUT are:
i. MARY E. EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1848, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. Bet. 1862 - 1880, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; m. JOSEPH C. HILL, 01 Oct 1862, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; b. Abt. 1846, Tennessee; d. Bet. 1880 - 1945, Alachua County, Florida.

More About MARY E. EDWARDS:
Census: 25 Aug 1860, Monticello, Jefferson County, FL Federal Census; Enum. by G. W. Blackburn; Pages 939, 940
Note: 1860, Living with Mr. M. K. (?) STRAIN and family. Mr. Strain b. 1824 SC and was a Probate Judge.

More About JOSEPH C. HILL:
Burial: Bet. 1880 - 1945, Florida
Census: 1880, Precinct 10, Alachua County, FL Federal Census; NA Film # T9-0125; Page 125C
Note: 1880, Age 34 years, male, born Tennessee, married 2nd time? to A.P. (age 24 SC SC SC); "J. C. Hill"
Occupation: 1880, Farmer
Parents Information: 1880, Father b: VA; Mother b: VA

13. ii. AMMA JAMES "WILLIAM L." EDWARDS, SR., b. Oct 1852, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. 17 May 1922, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida.
iii. BAILEY WILLIAM "EAGLE" EDWARDS, b. 02 Dec 1858, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. 19 Jun 1900, Gadsden County, Florida; m. LOULA M. ROGERS, 26 Dec 1878, Gadsden County, Florida; b. 23 Aug 1859, Florida; d. 11 Nov 1930, Gadsden County, Florida. Burials: Smyrna Cemetery, Chattoochee, Gadsden County, Florida

Generation No. 13

13. AMMA JAMES "WILLIAM L." EDWARDS, SR. (BRITTON WILLIAM "DEPUTY"12, TITUS11, NATHAN10, NATHAN9, HENRY8, ROBERT7, JOHN LILLBURN6, ROBERT "OF CARDIFF"5, JOSHUA "OF HOPTON CASTLE"4, RICHARD BLEWITT3 EDWARDES, JR., RICHARD BLEWITT2, HENRY "KING OF ENGLAND"1 TUDOR VIII) was born Oct 1852 in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida, and died 17 May 1922 in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida. He married (1) MARY JANE SUMMERSGILL 15 Nov 1874 in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida, daughter of JOHN SUMMERSGILL and SARAH E. "Hattie" KIRK. She was born 1852 in Georgia, and died 23 Dec 1893 in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida. He married (2) SUSAN "SUSIE" LOEB 20 Jan 1894 in Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, daughter of MAURICE LOEB, Sr. and MARY JANE TAYLOR. She was born Jan 1875 in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida, and died 11 May 1908 in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida. He married (3) ANNIE J. STEVENS 14 Jan 1909 in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida. She was born 1890 in Jefferson County, Florida, and died 25 Nov 1913 in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida. He married (4) ELSIE LEE GRIGGS October 22, 1914 in Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida. She was born 23 Sep 1891 in Alabama, and died 27 Apr 1967 in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida.

Notes for AMMA JAMES "WILLIAM L." EDWARDS, SR.:
ABOUT AMMA EDWARDS: "... A. EDWARDS, William Dawkins, and L. J. Dawkins' 'Cash Bargain Store' were the General Merchants who bought cotton and other farm products. They sold implements and plantation supplies, and extended credit on their books ... each year until the crops were made ... Other merchants included W. E. HAILE'S GROCERY ... "
SOURCE: Publication - History of Jefferson County by Jerrell H. Shofner (1918).
WILLIAM "AMMA" EDWARDS' Last Will & Testament was nullified by the court and all his assets were distributed as if he had 'no will'. There is a gigantic file for the Probate of A. EDWARDS at the Jefferson County, FL courthouse. One of his daughters, Carrie Edwards (1st m. Hudson; 2nd m. Simmons; 3rd m. Wolfe), is one of the administrators of his last wishes.
AMMA and SUSAN LOEB EDWARDS filed a "Quit Claim Deed" in Monticello, Jefferson County, FL giving some property to someone named LOEB. This might have been a sibling of SUSIE / SUSAN LOEB EDWARDS?
SOURCE FOR ALL ABOVE INFO: Mr. Alvie L. Davidson, CGRS,
Lakeland, FL (www.floridadetective.net).

More About AMMA JAMES "WILLIAM L." EDWARDS, SR.:
Burial: 18 May 1922, Roseland Cemetery, Lot 56, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida
Census: 14 Sep 1860, Monticello, Jefferson County, FL Federal Census; Enum. by G. W. Blackburn; Page 949
Census: 1870 Jefferson Co FL Fed Census, Monticello Twnsp, Series M593, Roll 131, Sht 22, Pg 313
Census: 1880 Precinct 6, Jefferson County, FL Federal Census; NA Film # T9-0129; Page 92C
Census: 1900 Jefferson Co FL Fed Census, Monticello Twnsp, Precinct 6, ED 67, Series T623, Roll 171, Sht 18A, Pg 95
Census: 1910 Jefferson Co FL Fed Census, Monticello Twnsp, Prec. 6, ED 63, Series T624, Roll 163, Sht ?? (torn off), Pg 99
Census: 1920 Jefferson Co FL Fed Census, Monticello Twnsp, Prec. 6, ED 78, Series T625, Roll 224, Sht 16B, Pg 82
Probate: May 1922, Monticello, Jefferson County, FL

More About MARY JANE SUMMERSGILL:
Burial: 24 Dec 1893, Roseland Cemetery, Lot 15 East 1/2, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida
Census: 1870, Jefferson Co FL Fed Census, Monticello city, Series M593-131, Sht 20, Pg 312B
Parents Information: Father b: ENGLAND ; Mother b: Pennsylvania USA

More About SUSAN "SUSIE" LOEB:
Burial: 11 May 1908, Roseland Cemetery, Lot 15 East 1/2, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida
Census: 1880, Precinct 7, Jefferson Co, FL Fed Census; NA Film # T9-0129; Page 126A
Note: 1880, Age 5 years old, born FL, white, female; SUSIE LEOB
Occupation: 1900, Keeping House
Parents Information: 1880, Father b: FL; Mother b: FL

More About ANNIE J. STEVENS:
Burial: 26 Nov 1913, Roseland Cemetery, Lot 15 East 1/2, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida
Census: 1910, Jefferson Co FL Fed Census, Monticello Twnsp, Prec. 6, ED 63, Series T624, Roll 163, Sht ?? (torn off), Pg 99
Note: 1910, Age 19 yrs, born FL, married (1) 1 yrs, 1 child, 1 living, wife, white, female; ANNIE J. EDWARDS
Occupation: 1910, Keeping House
Parents Information: 1910, Father b: GA; Mother b: FL

More About ELSIE STAGGS:
Burial: 28 Apr 1967, Roseland Cemetery, Lot 286, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida
Census: 1920, Jefferson Co FL Fed Census, Monticello Twnsp, Prec. 6, ED 78, Series T625, Roll 224, Sht 16B, Pg 82
Note: 1920, Age 25 yrs, born AL, married, wife, white, female; ELSIE EDWARDS
Parents Information: 1920, Father b: AL; Mother b: AL

Children of AMMA JAMES EDWARDS and MARY JANE SUMMERSGILL are:
i. MARY E. EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1876, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. Bet. 1880 - 1885, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida.

Notes for MARY E. EDWARDS:
MARY E. EDWARDS is not listed in the 1885 Jefferson County, FL Census with this family group. She must have died before this record was taken? She is also not mentioned in her sister, Mrs. CARRIE EDWARDS WOLFE, Florida Obituary (dated June 1951). SOURCE: 1885 Jefferson County, FL Census, page 127, Township 6.

ii. WILLIAM A. "WILLIE" EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1877, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. Bet. 1880 - 1885, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida.

Notes for WILLIAM A. "WILLIE" EDWARDS:
WILLIAM A. EDWARDS is not listed in the 1885 Jefferson County, FL Census. He must have died before this record was taken. SOURCE: 1885 Jefferson County, FL Census, page 127, Township 6.

More About WILLIAM A. "WILLIE" EDWARDS:
Burial: Bet. 1880 - 1885, Roseland Cemetery, Lot 15 East 1/2, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida
Census: 08 Jun 1880, 1880 Jefferson County, FL Census - 6th Election Precinct, ED 76, Sheet 15

iii. CARRIE EDWARDS, b. 13 Apr 1882, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. 15 Jun 1951, St. Lukes Hospital at 2:30 PM, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; m. (1) CHARLES CAIN HUDSON, SR., 23 Apr 1899, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; son of GEORGE FRANKLIN HUDSON and SARAH ANN CAIN; b. 30 Nov 1873, Hudsonia (nka Grange), Jefferson County, Georgia; d. 03 Oct 1961, Glendale Hospital at 6:25 PM in Palatka, Putnam County, Florida; m. (2) NORMAN LASHIER SIMMONS, 04 AUG 1915 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; son of PETER SIMMONS and ELIZABETH DETLOR (both born in Canada); b. 18 May 1879, Oswego, Oswego County, New York; d. 31 May 1936, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida at work at 10:00 am was living Plant City, Hillsborough County, Florida; m. (3) JAMES ROBERT WOLFE, 1940, Baker County, Florida; son of GEORGE WASHINGTON WOLFE, SR. and GEORGIA VIRGINIA [--?--]; b. 13 Aug 1876, Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia; d. 15 Jan 1962, Duval Medical Center at 6:05 PM, 2000 Jefferson St., Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.

Notes for CARRIE EDWARDS:
1st m. CHARLES CAIN HUDSON, SR., m. 23 Apr 1899 Monticello, Jefferson County, FL; divorced bet. 1910-1914 somewhere in Florida.
2nd m. NORMAN LASHIER SIMMONS, m. 04 AUG 1915 Jacksonville, Duval County, FL; buried: cremated.
3rd m. JAMES ROBERT WOLFE, m. 1940 Baker County, FL; buried: Evergreen Cemetery (beside CARRIE but he has no tombstone or marker).

More About CARRIE EDWARDS:
Address (Facts Pg): 1936, 224 Burgess Building, Jacksonville, Duval County, FL
Attended: First Christian Church - officiated by pastor Frank K. Dunn
Burial: 18 Jun 1951, Evergreen Cemetery, Block 14 Lot 922 (beside James Wolfe), 4535 N. Main Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, FL
Cause of Death: Coronary Occlusion, Hypertension, Carcinonma of Urinary Bladder
Census: 1910, Daytona, Volusia County, FL (still m. to CC Hudson, Sr)
Funeral Home: Jun 1951, Hardage & Sons, Jacksonville, Duval County, FL
Note: CHARLES CAIN HUDSON, Sr. and CARRIE EDWARDS are my husband's paternal great-grandparents.
Occupation: 1920, Owned and Managed a Millinary Shop, Jacksonville, Duval County, FL

More About CHARLES CAIN HUDSON, SR.:
Burial: 06 Oct 1961, West View Cemetery, Section VII (next to Ethel), Hwy 20, Palatka, Putnam County, FL
Cause of Death: Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage
Census: 1880, District 79, Jefferson County, GA Federal Census; NA Film # T9-0154; Page 222D
Medical Information: He suffered this calamity 5 days before death.
Military service: Bet. 1917 - 1918, Signed up for World War I, not mustered
Occupation: 25 Sep 1920, President, Palatka Wholesale Grocers' Association

More About NORMAN LASHIER SIMMONS:
Address (Facts Pg): 1936, Plant City, Hillsborough County, FL
Age at Death (Facts Pg): 57 years, 0 months, 13 days
Burial: 03 Jun 1936, cremated, no burial, removed to Jacksonville, Duval County, FL
Death Certificate: Pinellas County, FL; State File No. 9573
Funeral Home: Wilhelm Undertaking Co, St. Petersburg, FL; the cremation performed in Jacksonville, Duval County, FL
Informant: Carrie E. Simmons (wife), 224 Burgess Building, Jacksonville, Duval County, FL
Military service: Bet. 1917 - 1918, Registered for WW I Civilian Draft in Alachua County, FL
Occupation: 1920, Salesman, Chemical Company, Jacksonville, Duval County, FL

Notes for JAMES ROBERT WOLFE:
JAMES ROBERT WOLFE has no grave marker, but Evergreen Cemetery has him plotted beside his wife, CARRIE (EDWARDS) HUDSON SIMMONS WOLFE. SOURCE: Evergreen Cemetery, Jacksonville, Florida (904-353-3649 Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:45pm).

More About JAMES ROBERT WOLFE:
Address (Facts Pg): Jan 1920, 1621 Market Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, FL
Burial: 17 Jan 1962, Evergreen Cemetery, Block 14 Lot 894 (unmarked beside Carrie), 4535 N. Main Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, FL
Census: 1880, Darien, McIntosh County, GA Federal Census; Film No. T9-0156; Page No. 506a
Funeral Home: 15 Jan 1962, Hardage & Sons, 517 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL
Military service: Bet. 1917 - 1918, WW I Civilian Draft Registration, Jacksonville, FL #1
Note: 1910, Age 28 yrs, born GA, single, son, at home, white, male; JAMES R. WOLFE Occupation: 1910, (none)
Social Security Number: 265-24-xxxx (issued in FL) James WOLFE
Source: 1910, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Jacksonville city 2nd Ward, ED 71
Tombstone Inscription: His grave is unmarked next to wife CARRIE.

iv. WALTER TAYLOR "WALLER" EDWARDS, b. 11 Nov 1883, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. 1927, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. He married MARY KATHERINE KONOW, 23 Oct 1904 Duval County, Florida; b. c1884 Florida; d. 1920-1985 Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
v. CLIFFORD OAKLEY EDWARDS, b. 08 Apr 1886, Monticello, Jefferson County, FL; d. Mar 1956 Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. He married IVY IRENE HARP, 04 May 1905, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; b. Abt. 1888, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. Bet. 1910 - 1990, possibly Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.
vi. ERNEST EDWARDS, b. 18 Dec 1890, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. 1951 Fountain Hill, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. He married OLGA V. OTTENBACHER, Abt. 1923 Pennsylvania; daughter of WILLIAM F. OTTENBACHER (b.Germany) and ELIZABETH [--?--] (b.Switzerland); b. 02 Feb 1897 Northampton County, Pennsylvania; d. Sep 1980 Fountain Hill, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. All buried: Fountain Hill Cemetery, Fountain Hill, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

Children of AMMA JAMES EDWARDS and SUSAN LOEB are:
vii. AMMA JAMES EDWARDS, JR., b. 23 Apr 1895, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. 27 Apr 1951, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; m. MRS. MYRTLE MAE HADDEN HAMPP, 19 May 1924 Putnam County, New York; daughter of ELIJAH HADDEN and AURELIA MORGAN; b. c1892 New York; d. Bet. 1951 - 1992, possibly Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. Burial: 28 Evergreen Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
Census: 1900, Jefferson Co FL Fed Census, Monticello Twnsp, Precinct 6, ED 67, Series T623, Roll 171, Sht 18A, Pg 95
Funeral Home: Estes-Krauss Funeral Home, Inc., Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
viii. SUSIE EDWARDS, b. Aug 1897, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. Bet. 1910 - 1951, Florida.
ix. CHARLES B. "ROUSE" EDWARDS, b. Nov 1899, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. 02 Jul 1934, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida. Burial: 03 Jul 1934, Roseland Cemetery, Lot 56, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida
x. ANNIE MAY EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1904, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. Bet. 1923 - 2003, Florida. She married JOHN MACK ROPER, 04 Mar 1923 in Duval County, Florida; b. 16 Aug 1900, Georgia; d. 05 Aug 1983, Dade County, Florida.

Children of AMMA JAMES EDWARDS and ANNIE J. STEVENS are:
xi. JANE STEVENS EDWARDS, b. 02 Jan 1910, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. 04 Mar 1986, buried Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; m. FRANCIS JOSEPH SHEEHY, Bet. 1925 - 1975, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; b. 16 Aug 1913; d. 06 Jun 1983, buried Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida. Burials: Roseland Cemetery, Lot 56, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida
xii. ANNE ELIZABETH EDWARDS, b. 07 Dec 1912, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. 25 Nov 1940, North Carolina. She married HOBART M. CASE. Burial: Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery, Dana, Henderson County, North Carolina

Children of AMMA JAMES EDWARDS and ELSIE STAGGS are:
xiii. ELSIE EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1917, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. Unknown, Florida.
xiv. BESSIE EDWARDS, b. Abt. 1920, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d. Unknown, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida.
xv. JOHN FRANKLIN EDWARDS, b: 19 JUN 1922 in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida; d: 18 MAR 1986 in Jasper, Hamilton County, Florida. Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Jasper, Hamilton County, Florida

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