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201 Buried in the Berlin Cemetery,Fredericktown,Ohio Durbin James Thomas
 
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History of Mills Co., Iowa Joshua Durbin, born near Fredericktown, Knox Co., Ohio, 23 March 1838 to James and Susannah (Braddock) Durbin. At the time of the 1850 census he was the only son in the family with four daughters. Joshua married Louisa Babbs 24 November 1859. He served in the Ohio National Guard from May 1864 to September 1864, a short time after that he moved his family to Johnson Co., Iowa, near Windham, where he bought eighty acres, paying $1800 cash, January 1865. Two children made the move from Ohio with their parents, one child Ellen, born 16 May 1862 died and is buried in Ohio; In 1870, Joshua rode the train from Iowa City to Atlantic, Iowa and walked to the farm home of Fred White four miles south west of Emerson. Across the road north of Mr White`s farm a parcel of land was for sale by Andrew and Jane Wilson. Joshua bought the 160 acres for $11.50 an acre. The spring of 1871 Joshua, his wife and four children moved to Indian Creek Twp.,Section 33, Mills Co.,Iowa. They came with all their posessions by covered wagon in which they lived that summer until a house could be built. The large two story barn of hand hewn timbers and pegs was erected in 1881. Louisa did not live to see the farm prosper or her children grown. She died Sept.26 1872 and is buried in the Malvern Cemetery. The 24th of September 1874, Joshua married Almira (Carr) Dunn, a widow with one son. To this marriage were born three children. Joshua continued to farm, buying more land as it became available. He raised Persher on draft horses which were sold through out the area. Joshua died unexpectedly 18 April 1901, being found in his buggy less than a half mile from his home. 
Durbin Joshua
 
203 Fourth Settler in Knox co., OH
WILL OF SAMUEL DURBIN: In the name of God, Amen, I Samuel Durbin of the County of Knox and State of Ohio, being weak in body, but of sound mind and memory, blessed by God, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First, my will is that my Body be decently intered, in hopes of a glorous resurrection through Jesus Christ, at the last days....
Secondly, that my funeral expenses, doctors bill and all my just debts be paid, and for that purpose I direct that so much of my personal property be sold, as will be necessary for the same. It is my will further that my executrix and executor use as much of the personal property as may be necessary to build or defray the expence of building a brick house, on the premises of which I now live and to use the materials provided for that purpose, I further give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Rebecca Durbin, half the personal property that may remain after the above expences is taken out which I desire may be so be known or assertained by an apraisment of the property after my death and a correct record of the above expences kept, the other half of the personal property to go to my children share and share alike.
I also bequoth to my beloved wife Rebecca, the use of income of one third of my realestate during her natural life, also the use of the farm I now live on till my son John comes of age for the purpose of raising and schooling my children. I also bequothe or devise unto my son John, the farm now live on upon the following conditions that he pay to each of my other children an equal share of the estate as they become of age. I allow my realestate to be appraised by three esenterested land holders to be chosen by my executors when my son John comes of age and I allow each of my children to have an equal share of the same, as they come of age, provided the one third is reserved to my wife Rebecca during her natural life and if my son John should not wish to hold the farm I now live on, it may be sold and my other land may be sold and divided among my children reserving or securing to my wife her third, any time after my son John comes of age, I allow my other land to be sold for the purpose of paying of the heirs except my son Thomas or James should wish the same at the appraisment.......
I further allow my sons Thomas and James to be put to a trade by my executors when they may think proper. I also allow and direct my executors to execute to my brother Scott Durbin a general warentee deed for sixty-seven acres of land of the North and of the North East quarter of Section No. 20 in township No. 19 of Range No. 18 on condition he may into the land office at Wooster the balance that is yet due on the same and not otherwise.....I also hereby appoint my beloved wife Rebecca Durbin my executrix and Brother-in-law John Collins of Fairfield County, my executor to execute this my last will and testatment. In witness where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this 17th deay of April A.D. 1822.
Burial: "Durbin Cemetery" near Fredericktown,Ohio
 
Durbin Samuel
 
204 HISTORY: Scott Durbin, deceased, was born in Washington County,Pennsylvania, in 1791 and moved to Fairfield County, Ohio in 1804 and soon after to Knox County and took a job of clearing 25 acres near Bellville. He was married to Margaret Davis in 1812 and moved in a small cabin he built about one and a half miles south of Bellville. He assisted in driving out the Greentown Indians and served in the war a short time. From this first cabin, he built one on his own land and moved into it. He next moved southwest of Bellville three miles, then two miles south of Mt Vernon, then near Ankneytown, where he discontinued house keeping. He died in Williams County, Ohio in November 1863. Mrs Durbin was born in Virginia near the Warm Springs, in 1792 and moved to Mt. Vernon when 17 years of age. At this date, March 1880, she is alive and in the 88th year of her age.
 
Durbin Scott
 
205 WILLS: written 16 Nov 1745 and 9 Jul 1746 both probated 21 Jul 1746; Will of Ann Thomas of Prince George Co. (Liber 1, pp. 382-383.) `I give and bequeath to my loving daughter Winefred Lewis a Negro woman called Susannah to her and her heirs forever and the same Winefreds husband John Lewis not to have the liberty to sell or dispose of the said Negro wench from his wife and children.`... 'I appoint my son-in-law John Lewis to be my sole executor.'
 
Dyer Anne
 
206 Catherine Edelen was the only daughter of Richard Edelen for whom Thomas Lewis worked for beginning in 1672.
Catherine Edelen`s date of Birth is recorded as 1667 born in St. Mary`s Co.,Maryland, however the Edelen`s had returned to England before the birth of their eldest son in 1665 and Mrs Edelen did not return to Maryland until 1669. For this reason I believe that Catherine was born in London England.
Author: Harry W. Newman
Title: Charles County Gentry
Publication: Higginson Book Company, Salem, MA, 1940 (reprint 1997) Page:127
This text presents selected biographical information on Edelen`s in America:
This is what was written concerning Catherine; Marriage records, if any, for Catherine the only daughter, have not been located as of yet. Charmaine Welker notes that in the will of Richard Edelen, he does not refer to Catherine using a married surname.
There is a possiblity that she remarried after Thomas` death to John Watkins. In the Will of John Watkins her children are named. Also in Inventory and Accts Book 19, Folio 67 P.G. Co. MD.
`The acct of Jno Watkins who marryed Katherine the widow of Thomas Lewis of Prince George`s Co.
deced.

Katherine Watkins 1698 Bond Box 1, folder 29,St. Mary`s County. Know all men that we John Watkins,
Wm Clarkson, and Robert Clark are held and firmly bound unto our soverign Lord William third of England, etc. 200 hundred pounds sterling dated 3rd day of October in ye 10th year of his majst reign A.D. 1698. Admr. John Watkins of Katherine Watkins late of Prince George`s County deceased make a true inventory of all goods, etc. and exhibited unto ye office for probate of will by third day of January now next ensuing andto make a true and just accompt of and upon this sd adm. by twelfe month from day
of this admittance.
Witness Signatures
Thos Greenfield John Watkins
Ch. Beanes William Clarkson
Robert Clark

After Catherine`s death John Watkins married Mary Eanis and raised Thomas and Catherine`s children and in his will leaves:
To Ann Lewis 500 lbs of Tobacco to bring her up in learning that I give her a young brundled heiffer being now three years old and her increase from this time.
To Thomas Lewis his choice of one cow and calf and one young heiffer and ewe and one pano(pony)
and half my tools carpenter and cooper and two breeding sows to be possessed with them immediatly after my decease.
To John his choice of one cow and calf and one young heiffer or ewe and one lamb and two breeding sows to be possessed with them immediately after my decease.
To Edward Enias (Mary`s son) my servant William Daniel. All the rest and residual of my estate goods and Chattle not herein below bequeathed after my debts and funeral expenses are discharged, I bequeath to my dear wife Mary Watkins whom I make my Exectrix and Richard Lewis whom I make my Executor both and each of them of my last will and testament revoking all other wills by me heretofore made in witness whereof I have forwith set my hand and seal this ninetheenth day of June Anno Dono 1703. Jno Watkins
(I can not tell you why Margaret was not mentioned in this will, but my guess is that she was not raised by John Watkins. Being the youngest child of Thomas and Catherine she may have been given to another family after her mother died.)
Records provided by Phyllis Cox of Oxin Hill,MD.
and from Edelen Family History by Chris Edelen.
 
Edelen Catherine
 
207 Christopher Edelen (c. 1682-1771) was the youngest son of Richard and Elizabeth (Banton) Edelen, the immigrants. He inherited from his parents a portion of the estate `Dublin` just north of the town of Piscataway and made it his dwelling plantation. This is the same tract of land as was inhabited by his brother Edward Edelen and his family, so they must have been neighbors. In 1707 he married Jane Jones, a daughter of Moses and Elizabeth (Jenkins) Jones. At this time her father was deceased, and her mother had married Edward Edelen. Christopher Edelen and Jane Jones were married in the Church of England (otherwise know as Anglican, and later Episcopal Church) in St. John`s Parish, Piscataway (ref 11). All of their children`s births are also recorded here as well, establishing another line of Protestant Edelens.
Children of Christopher and Jane (Jones) Edelen:
Elizabeth Edelen married Clement Wheeler
Anne Edelen married ____ Gardiner
John Edelen married Sarah ____
Richard Edelen married Sarah Stonestreet
Benjamin Edelen, Jane Edelen married Butler Stonestreet, Christopher Edelen married Rebecca Johnson, Eleanor Edelen married Edward Stonestreet, Catherine Edelen
Land purchases by Christopher Edelen recorded by Newman include: `Major`s Choice` in 1737 just south of Dublin, `Edelen`s Addition` and `Edelen`s Folly` in 1748 (location unknown), a portion of `Piscataway Manor`,otherwise known as `Calvert Manor` in 1765. In his will, probated in 1771, he devised his widow the homestead at `Dublin`, and his grandson James Edelen the property `Major`s Choice`. After the decease of Jane(Jones) Edelen around 1773, their personal estate was divided among the children. The estate at `Dublin` went to their son Christopher (ref 4,9).
 
Edelen Christopher
 
208 Edward Edelen (c. 1676-1756) was born to Richard and Elizabeth (Banton)Edelen, the immigrants, in St. Mary`s County. From his parent`s estate of 1695, he inherited a portion of the tract `Dublin` north of Piscataway in Prince George`s County and lying east of the Tinkers Creek, and made this his dwelling place (ref 4,9). In addition to being a planter, a 1719 land transaction referred to Edward Edelen as `carpenter`, so, like his brother Richard, he may have pursued this additional occupation.
Around 1707 he married Elizabeth (Jenkins) Jones of Prince George`s County, the widow of Moses Jones and daughter of Thomas and Anne Jenkins.From this union, Edward Edelen acquired the tracts `Thomas Chance` and`Pinner` both located just east of Piscataway (ref 4,9).
Children of Edward Edelen and Elizabeth (Jenkins) Jones-Edelen were:
Sarah Edelen married Samuel Queen, James Edelen married Salome Noble, Both of these births are recorded in the Anglican Church in St. John` 
Edelen Edward
 
209 Philip the eldest son `died without issue`, that is, he left no offspring(abbreviated as d.s.p. for the Latin `decessit sine prole`). Crolian Edelen states that an old family legend has it that he was eaten by sharks in the Caribbean Sea (ref 6).
 
Edelen Philip
 
210 Philip Edelen (c. 1602-1656) was educated at Cambridge University and became a minister in the Church of England. Throughout his life he used different spellings for his last name, including Edlin and Edelen, while his brother Richard used Edelin and Edelen. As will be seen below, all of these variations in spelling would eventually be reincorporated by American descendants over time. Philip was Rector of St. John Zachary and St. Michael Bassishar churches in London, and is buried in St. Mary`s Church in Denham, Buckinghamshire. The monument shown below is located above his grave, with the following inscription (ref 15):
Here lyeth Philippe Edelen, a man of rare endowments, singular integrity, Holy Conversation and a most prudent solide and constant preacher of Truth in the most difficult times wherein he lived, continuing unmoved in the principles he had first layd and dying a true sonne of the Church of England, March 22nd, 1656 and of his age 58.`
 
Edelen Philippe
 
211 Philip`s son, Richard, was born about 1639, and was named after the family`s patron saint. He was apprenticed to James Hills, the husband of his sister Ann, and under him probably learned the skills of surveying and/or law based on his later work in Maryland. In 1663, Richard married Elizabeth Banton (born c. 1639). Family tradition holds her to be the only daughter of the Lord Pannewell, but this has not been verified. This tradition maintains that the two eloped and fled to Maryland to escape Elizabeth`s enraged father, a staunch Catholic. Richard, though the son of an Anglican minister, himself became a Catholic and all of their children were raised Catholic. It is possible that the Catholic faith held by many of their descendants today originated with this matriarch(ref 1).

More recent research by Charmaine Welker presents a different story than that in reference 1. As can be seen from a transcript of their marriage license, Richard Edelen and Elizabeth Banton were married in the Anglican Church, of which it appears she is a member (ref 26).

October 29, 1663

`w(hi)ch day appeared personally Thomas French of the Parish of St. Peterneare Paules Warfe Lond(on) Parish clerke (and) alledged that Richard Edelen of the Parish of St. Andrewes Undershaft Lond(on) Merchant aged about 24 years intendeth to marry w(i)th Elizabeth Banton of the same Parish spinster aged likewise 24 years or there abouts (and) soe at her owne disposall: of the truth of all w(hi)ch as alsoe (that) there is no lawfull Lett or impedim(en)t by reason of any p(re) contract Affinity Consanguinity or otherwise to hinder the sayd intended Marryage he made Oath (and) prayed liscence for them to be marryed in the Parish Church of St. Peter afores(ai)d.`

(signed) Tho. ffrench

Their home parish was St. Andrew Undershaft, rebuilt in 1532, which still stands today in London near the river Thames (ref 26). Even though it is unknown whether their conversion to Catholicism occurred prior to or after they had immigrated, they definitely practiced this faith in Maryland. Henry W. Newman states that Edward Watson of Calvert County attested in Council that `Rychard Edelen was a knowne Papist` (ref 4).The Maryland Records of Land Patents show Richard and Elizabeth Edelen arriving in the colony in 1664 (ref 2). Crossing the Atlantic ocean at this time must have been quite an adventure, since the journey usually took several months in a small ship such as the ones shown in a painting of the Ark and Dove arriving in Maryland. In 1664, there were only about 3,000 people living in the province (ref 3). Presumably, they first set foot upon American soil at St. Mary`s City, the capital and main port of the fledgling colony. During this period, 100 acres of freeland were granted to each arrivee who provided their own transportation under the 1632 Charter of Maryland granted to Lord Baltimore, Cecilius Calvert. However, Richard seems to have waived this right in exchange for transportation costs as the following document attests (ref 4):

`I Richard Edelen do from me and my heirs assign and make over unto Daniel Jenifer and his heirs all my full rights title and interest of mine and Elizabeth`s my wife to land for either our transportation unto this Province as Witness my hand this ninth day of February one thousand six hundred and sixty-four`

(signed) `Richard Edelen`

(witness) Edward Savage

Richard and Elizabeth returned to England in 1665, where their first son, Philip, was born. This would seem to indicate some level of affluence. Richard returned to America prior to March 22, 1667, on which date he registered for a cattle mark in the Provincial Court (ref 27). Crolian Edelen notes that this date follows the Great London Fire. Possibly Richard Edelen lost his property in the fire and may have returned to Maryland for this reason. Furthermore, he notes that the Buebonic Plague was raging about 1665, possibly providing further impetous to leave England. Elizabeth and son returned to Maryland in 1669 at which time the following land was obtained (ref 4):

`6 May 1669, Richard Edelen proved rights to 100 acres of land for Elizabeth his wife and Philip his son proved in Common form`
(Catherine is not mentioned in this record, probably because she was a female and an infant.)
(signed) John Bloomfield

In 1670 Richard was appointed Deputy Surveyor of the Province (ref 4).This skill must have been quite in demand, since as mentioned above, as each immigrant to the new colony was awarded a land grant for each person they transported (themselves, family members, and any indentured servants). A surveyor was directed to lay out and survey the specified amount of land and return a certificate, describing the boundaries of land, to the Secretary`s Office. A patent was prepared and approved , and then forwarded the Governor for signature. A glimpse of other work performed by Richard Edelen can be found in records stating that he officiated the Maryland Assembly as doorkeeper from November 14 to December 8, 1688, and in compensation received 1,200 lbs of tobacco (ref4).

It is also possible that Richard Edelen functioned as an attorney in Charles county in the 1670s. In 1674 Richard Edelen and Justinian Funnis were appointed by the Prerogative Court to appraise the estate of Captain William Boarman, which included Boarman`s Manor in Charles County, near present-day Bryantown. Some of this land would later come into Edelen hands--indeed remnants of it are farmed by Edelen`s to this day (ref 5).
Richard Edelen and his sons signed themselves as `Gentlemen`, meaning they were members of the land-owning upper-middleclass. The term comes from the English class system and denotes those of `good breeding`, and being landowners ranking just below the nobility.

Philip the eldest son `died without issue`, that is, he left no offspring(abbreviated as d.s.p. for the Latin `decessit sine prole`). Crolian Edelen states that an old family legend has it that he was eaten by sharks in the Caribbean Sea (ref 6). Another son, Thomas, settled and married in Piscataway Parish of Prince George`s County, but did not produce any offspring. The remaining male children each went on to have families, and will be described in more detail below. Marriage records, if any, for Catherine the only daughter, have not been located as of yet. Charmaine Welker notes that in the will of Richard Edelen, he does not refer to Catherine using a married surname.

Religious tolerance was an early virtue of the Maryland colony under the guidance of its founders. Lord Baltimore required of his brother Leonard Calvert, first governor of Maryland, that he sign a pledge testifying he would practice and enforce a policy of religious tolerance for `any person professing a belief in Christ` (ref 3). Unfortunately, that period ended in 1689 with the Protestant Revolution, a takeover of the colony`s government by members of the Church of England. Results of this were the establishment of the Anglican Church as the official church of the colony, mandatory taxes to support the church regardless of individual religious affiliation, and the barring of all Catholics from public office (ref 3). Indeed, in 1704 all Catholic churches and schools in the province were ordered to be closed, forcing Catholics to worship at private residences. This condition persisted until after the Revolutionary War. After 1689, Richard Edelen was probably removed from his position as deputy surveyor or threatened with removal, however, a 1693 order of the Council did request that he continue his services until further notice (ref 4). Later generations of Edelens that remained Catholic were excluded from holding public office in Maryland until after the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791, guaranteeing freedom of religion for all.

Richard Edelen survived his wife by several years, and died around 1694 or 1695. His will was admitted to probate in St. Mary`s County. He divided his property in St. Mary`s County equally amongst his five surviving children. In addition, each of the sons was devised several hundred acres of land in Charles County.




Charles County Court Proceedings, 1671-1674. 359

Richard Edelen prsents his Servant James Clarke to be Judged concerning his age who is judged to bee thirteen yeares old.
Richard Edelen prsents likewise his Servant Thomas Luce (Lewis) who is Judged to be twenty yeares of Age.
Richard Edelen (on the Behalfe of Capt Willm Boreman) prsents two Servants of the Said Capt Boremans to be judged by the Court
vizt Lawrence Wilson who is judged to be twenty yeares of age and Lawrence Anderson who is Judged to be twenty yeares old also.
 
Edelen Richard
 
212 Richard Edelen (1671-1760) was the oldest surviving son of Richard and Elizabeth (Banton) Edelen, the immigrants (ref 4). Rather than become a planter, as did his brothers, he pursued the occupation of `carpenter`,which in that day meant architect, contractor, and builder. Most likely he prospered in this endeavor, as evidenced by his numerous land transactions recorded in Maryland deed records. According to reference(ref 7), at least two examples of his craftsmanship still exist. `St.Richard`s Manor` near present-day Pateuxant River Naval Air Station is reported to have been built by Richard Edelen for Luke Gardiner in the late 1600s or early 1700s. `Riverview`, which overlooks the Potomac near St. Clements Island, is believed to be another example of his work.
Henry W. Newman lists numerous land transactions conducted by Richard Edelen in Charles, Prince George`s, and St. Mary`s Counties in his book Charles County Gentry (ref 4). At least eighteen transactions are recorded in deeds between 1687 and 1760. In the year 1753 he paid quit rents (rent paid by freeman for the use of land as required by feudal custom) on a total of 1,630 acres in the three counties. The following is a summary of land holdings for which an approximate location has been determined (ref 9). In 1714, he purchased from Luke and Anne Gardiner of Prince George`s County, `Frankland` adjoining `Dublin`, just north of the town of Piscataway and straddling the Tinkers Creek (see map in Places).Other purchases in Prince George`s County near Piscataway were`Friendship` in 1687 and `Irving` in 1714, lying about 5 and 8 miles north of Piscataway respectively (near present-day Andrews Air ForceBase). In 1718, he purchased from John Baptist Boarman of Charles County,the 635-acre property known as `Lanterman`, lying on the north side of the run into Zakiah Swamp (named for the Zachia Indian tribe that lived in the area). Although I have not been able to determine its exact location, this site was probably located just north of Bryantown, Maryland. Today the southern portion of Zekiah Swamp is a protected natural environment area.

Richard Edelen is believed to have had three wives. The first was Anna Maria Neale, daughter of Raphael Neale. It is believed that they had two children (ref 33, ?? for Joseph):
Elizabeth Edelen married John Baptist Boarman
Joseph Edelen
The second was Sarah Hagan, daughter of Thomas and Mary Hagan of Charles County. Sarah and Richard were married in 1694 in Charles County, and since she lived at least until 1727, is believed to be the mother of most of his children. His third wife, and widow, was Anne Gardiner (c.1689-1765), daughter of Ignatius and Sophia Craycroft, and widow of Luke Gardiner mentioned above. Eight children of Richard Edelen have been verified (ref 4, 29, 31):
Richard Edelen married Margaret Neale, daughter of Lord Neale of Woolaston Manor
Mary Edelen married Benjamin Neale (Son of Lord Neale of Woolaston Manor?)
Philip Edelen married Jane Gardiner*
Edward Edelen married Susannah Wathen
Thomas Edelen married Mary Blandford
Winifred Edelen married William Boarman
_____ Edelen married Bennett Neale
Jane Edelen married Thomas James Boarman
( Jane was the daughter of Anne Gardiner, Richard Edelen`s third wife. )

In 1760, the son Philip Edelen was deeded the 635 acre plantation`Lanterman` in Charles County , on which he resided. Richard Edelen died shortly thereafter (ref 4). His will provided for his widow Anne their dwelling plantation `Assington` lying on the east side of Zekiah Swampand located in the vicinity of the `Great Beaver Dam`. Several of his children and grandchildren were provided with land in St. Mary`s, Charles, and Prince George`s Counties. A tantalizing portion of the will of Richard Edelen reads as follows (ref 10):

`To Rev. George Hunter and his successors, in function or office, one acre of land part of a tract called St. Thomas near Newport in Charles Co., it being our family burying place and whereon our chapel now stands.`
 
Edelen Richard
 
213 Thomas, settled and married in Piscataway Parish of Prince George`sCounty, but did not produce any offspring.
 
Edelen Thomas
 
214 1820 Virginia census index listings:
SCOTT CO. VA page 188A
EDENS, James 18-26 yrs. age range, (I believethis is Enoch`s father)
EDENS, John , 18-26 yrs. age range (I believethis is James` brother)
SCOTT CO., VIRGINIA MARRIAGES (INDEX)
MALE - dates before 1900 only
1821 - EDENS, James to Nancy SPEARS, book 1, p.7
 
Edens James Madison
 
215 Steve took up teaching as an occupation and began teaching in 1890 and taught for twelve years. He received his training in the Normal School at Warrensburg, Mo. In the meantime, he studied law and practiced in the J.P. Courts but was never admitted to the bar.
 
Edwards Alexander Stephen
 
216 From the Record of the Mt. Pleasant Church:

David Edwards was born in Ash County, North Carolina November 25, 1816 and died at the home of his son Richard Edwards, near Hiwassee, Feb. 1,1911 at the age of 94 years, 2 months, and 7 days. He was converted and joined the Little River Baptist Church in North Carolina and spent nearly three-quarters of a century in the services of his Master and it might be said of him that, `he fought a good fight, finished his course, kept the faith`, and has gone to receive that crown of righteousness that is given all who love His appearing.

In 1859 he moved with his family from N.C. to Benton County, Arkansas. Soon after reaching Benton County, he joined the Spavinaw Baptist church where he labored until the Mt. Pleasant church was organized in 1870 near his home, when he joined that church as a charter member where he held his membership and was an earnest supporter until death. The interests nearest his heart were the church and his home and he was ever willing to make great sacrifices for both. He had great faith in Christ and with David of old, he would say, `Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.`

In his last days, he would often say, `I`ll soon go to my long sought home and there shall be nor more death neither sorrow or crying, neither shall there be any more pain.`

Thefore, be it resolved that the church suffers a great loss in the death of Bro. Edwards and that a copy of this obituary be put on our church record, and copies be sent to the Arkansas Baptist and Baptist Flag for publication.

Done by order of the church in conference Apirl 1, 1911

J. A. Calhoun
Will Jones
May Allen
Committee.
Eld. A. N. Sanders, Moderator
Jas. H. Jones, Church Clerk

He was married to Jane Anders Dec 10, 1835 and to this union eleven children were born.
 
Edwards David
 
217 EDWARDS--This community was surprised and grieved to learn on Wednesday of last week of the sudden death of Mr. Edward Edwards, sr., which occurred at the Clarkson hospital in Omaha at 12:30 a.m., December 7.Last June Mr. Edwards went to Omaha and submitted to an operation for a cancer in the mouth and throat, and he returned home greatly improved and it was thought that through this operation he would never be bothered again with the disease, but a short time ago signs of the disease again began to show, and about four weeks ago he went to Omaha to submit to another operation. He recovered from the second operation all right, but his strength and vitality was reduced to such a low ebb that he was unable to hold up under the great strain on his body. On Wednesday, while it was known he was in a bad condition, it was decided to attempt to bring him home, and the nurses at the hospital began dressing him for the trip, but before they had finished, his strength gave out and he collapsed, and remained unconscious up to the time of his death. His son,Al, of Cornlea, and another son of Fremont were at his side when he died.The deceased was born near Aberyswith, Wales, May 14, 1833. [Humpnrey.]
 
Edwards Edward
 
218 George Elbert died at the age of 18 years at Laveta, Colorado where he had gone for his health. George Elbert had an unusually bright mind but ill health prevented him from carrying on his school work.
 
Edwards George Elbert
 
219 Irene and Green Berry spent most of their married life in Benton County; Berry following the occupations of farming and blacksmithing. He died on March 18, 1946..they had 13 children.
 
Edwards Irene Jane
 
220 John followed farming and stock raising, then was in the Mercantile Business for several years. For about twenty years he was cashier of the Bank of Hiwasse.
 
Edwards John Bryant
 
221 Married name South Edwards Nancy
 
222 Frank followed farming and stock raising.
 
Edwards Richard Franklin
 
223 Sam attended the Rogers Academy, Rogers, Ark. and took a course in a St.Louis Business College. He farmed, clerked in a store and was then elected County Assessor and served two terms (1906-1910). After his term expired, he went into business with his brother-in-law, Arthur Patton, in a general store at Hiwasse where he worked until his death in 1912.
 
Edwards Samuel Monroe
 
224 Shade and Elizabeth had no children of their own, but they reared Dickson Edwards, whose father, Steve Edwards, died when Dickson was small. Shade farmed and raised stock.
 
Edwards Shade Martin
 
225 William Edwards was born in Ash County, N.C., May 3, 1838. He came with his parents to Benton County in November of 1859, and settled five miles southwest of Bentonville. He died at the home of his son, William Robert Edwards, in Bentonville, Jan. 25, 1929 at the age of ninety years, eight months and twenty-two days; having lived in Benton County continuously for nearly seventy years. William Edwards and Martha Susan Higgins were married at her home, five miles southwest of Bentonville, Arkansas, April 5, 1860. During the Civil War, William was converted at a camp meeting held by Elder Wade Sikes at the McKisic Spring, where Centerton is now located. Soon after that he united with the Spavinaw Baptist church . He was licensed to preach by this church in 1865 and became a charter member of the Mt. Pleasant church in 1870. He was ordained to preach by this church in 1875 and preached to rural churches for sixty years. He did not think it proper for a minister to accept a regular salary, so he preached all those years with very little pay in money. The Edwards stock as a vigorous and long-lived one, with its inheritance of hardihood both from its English ancestry and from the discipline received in the frontier days in America. William was a stern man with the strenght of his convictions. His ruddy cheeks spoke for his cheerful attitude toward life and his good digestion. His ideas were firmly fixed on his rather literal interpretation of the Bible and they remained unchanged throughout his long life. He was never in a barber shop in his life, never attended a picture show or a baseball game, and W. R. Edwards`strongest memory of him was his flowing hair and silvery beard falling to his chest, looking somewhat like a Prophet of the Bible. Beneath his rather stern exterioor, he was the soul of sympathy and understanding and there was something of grandeur about him as he sat, in later life, in his rocking chair with his Bible on his knee. Life was rugged in those early days. There were no telephones and all messages of life or death were carried to neighbors by foot-messenger or a horse-back rider. When telephones finally came in, William had an aversion to them and never used one as long as he lived. Much of the cultivation of crops was done with the hoe, and the working day was not the eight hour day we know, but a day-light to dark proposition. Cook stoves were not in use. Near the beginning of the Civil War, William joined the Confederate Army at Pea Ridge and trained under Captain Cyrus L. Pickens. Later he was discharged because of rheumatism in his knees which made it difficult for him to keep up the rigorous army life. Edwards William
 
226 William attended school at the Banks school house, took the 9th grade work in the Hiwasse school under F. M. Brinegar, took high school work in the Ouachita Academy at Bentonville and the Rogers Academy at Rogers, Ark., but most of his training for the teaching profession was received in the Pea Ridge Normal College of Pea Ridge, Ark., where he graduated in the class of 1912, receiving the Bachelor of Pedagogy Degree. He also attended summer terms in the University of Ark. He began teaching in Aug. 1902 and continued to teach or engage in other educational work for forty-six years. In the meantime, he served one term as County Examiner and three terms as County Supervisor of Schools (1912-1919) being the first to be elected to that office after the coundy adopted it. He served two terms as Assistant State Commissioner of Education (1912-1923)under Supt. J. L. Bond. He resiged this office and taught again until he was elected County and Probate Judge of Benton County, serving two terms (1925-1929). All his teaching was done in Benton County, practically all in three districts.
 
Edwards William Robert
 
227 The following is From a record written by Joshua Wright Jr. we learn the following:
`Joshua Wright of Rouldon [sic] married Elizabeth, daughter of William Empson,`
of gould field house, the 10th day of ye 4th mo. 1669, Three children were born in England - Elizabeth, Joshua, and Robert. Joshua and his family took ship at Hull ye 24 day of ye 10 mo. 1679. Three more children were born to them in New Jersey - Thomas, John and Samuel. Joshua my father died ye 10th of ye 8 mo. 1695 and Elizabeth my mother died 12th day of 1 mo. 1705/06.`NOTE: John Wright is not mentioned in the Will written by Joshua Sr. and Richard and Joseph are not mentioned in the Record written by Joshua Jr. 
Empson Elizabeth
 
228 Burried; Bethany Presbyterian Cemetery, Bridgeville,Allegheny Co.,PA Daughter of John Fawcett. Granddaughter of Joseph Fawcett and Margery Walsh Fawcett Margery
 
229 1880 census shows Jacob(69), Marib(65), Mary A.(40), Sophia(39), Zeno(21), and Alice M.(19) in Beaver Twp, Snyder Co, PA.
 
Feese Jacob
 
230 1880 census shows Reuben(64) and Eliza(60) in Beavertown, Snyder Co, PA.
 
Feese Reuben
 
231 1283588 Feilds Cynthia (Polly) Caroline
 
232 Buried in Family Cemetery on Clifton Edwards Farm Fender Mary Polly
 
233 Event: Census Yr 1850-00-00 Indiana

 
Finley Paulina
 
234 Author of `A Human Life`, an autobiography.
 
Fisher Daniel W.
 
235 Source Information: Batch #6000405, Sheet 12..Film........Source CallNo. 1553456
 
Ford Nancy
 
236 John Fretwell (d. 1685) was imprisoned with George Fox in 1650, when they attended a `Lecture` at Derby, Derbyshire, England on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1650.`When the minister had done,` George Fox spoke `of the truth, and the day of the Lord, and the light within them, and the spirit to teach and lead them to God.` Fox and Fretwell with another companion were `taken into custody, and charged with blasphemy before to magistrates of high standing, Gervase Bennett and Colonel Nathanael Barton, the two men who became members for Derbyshire in the Nominate(Barebone`s) Parliament of 1653.` [see William C. Braithwaite, The Beginnings of Quakerism, 2D ed., Cambridge University Press, 1955, page 53-55.] Fretwell John, d.1685
 
237 Peter Fretwell emigrated and arrived at Burlington, NJ November 10, 1678 on the Sheil from Hull, with Mahlon Stacy and others who settled in west NJ. 1718-9 Jan. Frettwell, Peter, of Burlington, tanner; will of. Only daughter Elizabeth and `her now husband` Jonathan Wright, sole heirs and executors of real and personal estate, with legacies to granddaughter Elen Wright, grandson Frettwell Wright, both under 21, Robert Stroke, Solomon Smith,John Careliele, to brother Joshua Fettwell `but 20 Shillings new money by reason of his ungratitude to me both in word and Conduct by which said Legacie I do hereby debarre him the said Joshua Frettwell and his from any pretence of succession or heirship to any part of my estate, to John and Rebecca Warren (Rebecca, the sister of testator), Samuel Bunting, Edward Rockhill, Mansion house and land in Burlington between Bridge St., High St., and Assisconck Creek, 650 acres ` now surveying in the Lotting Purchase` on Delaware river and Laocolon Creek, adjoining John Reading, 800 acres on the Lomeconck Branch of Rariton River, 300 acres on the Mansaloque Branch of said river, land next to John Antram, a tanyard, a silver tankard, 12 silver spoons marked P. F. Wittnesses---James Thomson, Gervas Hall, Robert Stork, Solomon Smith. Proved February 24, 1719 Lib. 2, p. 108. 1719 March 6. Inventory of the personal estate, 1125.16.1 pounds,includes a clock,a silver tankard and 2 silver spoons 15.2 pounds, and Bibles, several bound books of Divinity and paper books 10 pounds, bills, bonds, and book debts 390.16.4 pounds; made by Joshua Humphris and Gervas Hall. Fretwell Peter
 
238 Samuel Frettwell, Rebecca Frettwell, and Joshua Frettwell emigrated later. These three produced a certificate November 4, 1700 to Burlington MM from `First days meeting` Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, and they were asked to seccure one from a monthly meeting stating clearness from Marrital engagements. They were received by Burlington MM November 23,1704 on certificate dated January 1, 1703 from a monthly meeting in England.
 
Fretwell Rebecca
 
239 In the Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania , Amos Fryer states a descendant of one of the oldest families in western Pennsylvania. The Fryers are of Scotch-Irish stock. The first of the family to come to America was Leonard Fryer, the grandfather of Amos, who came at a very early day from County Down, Ireland, and soon after his arrival in this country settled in Allegheny county. While serving in the army, he was wounded in a fight with the Indians near Cincinnati, Ohio. At the expiration of his term of enlistment, he walked from Cincinnati to Washington city to get his pay. Leonard Fryer married Ellen (Ellenor) Porter, and they were the parents of thirteen children.

 
Frier Leonard
 
240 Twin of Leonard Fryer
 
Fryer Moses
 
241 William purchased 450 acres of land and built his home on the foundation where the memorable 1794 Whisky Insurrection took place.
 
Fryer William
 
242 1880 census shows widow Ellen(71), Neer(other)(36), Sarah(other)933), and William(other)(26) in Newport, Washington Co, OH.
 
Fulton Eleanor
 
243 Event: Comment 1 He was a republican

 
Gaither George
 
244 Event: Census Yr 1850-00-00 Indiana

 
Gaither John Ketcham
 
245 Event: Comment 1 He was a republican

 
Gaither Perry
 
246 Never married.
 
Gaither Sarah Emma
 
247 SURRY COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA, WILLS 1771 - 1827
By Jo White Linn 1992
3:103 Will of Jacob (A) Gallion, 16 June 1812. Wife Elizabeth to have life estate of 150 acres, Son: Young. Children: Lefier, Arnold, Thomas, Polly Smith, Jacob, Elizabeth Douglas, Samuel, John, Rachel Kerby, Joshua, Amos, these have had their part.
Executors: son Young Gallion and James Williams.
Wittness: William Cunningham, Richard Robinson. Proved by Robinson.
Rec. Feb. Ct. 1813
 
Gallion Jacob
 
248 1732 - John (Jr.) to James , Released land to his brother James Gallion, No location. The same year (1732) James Gallion conveyed 50 acres to John Gallion, no location given. Bk L, page 346. Gallion James
 
249 James Gallion deceased, Administration Bond was posted by Thomas Chamberlain with H. Wriothesley and Edward Smith. His estate was inventoried, 23 Jan. 1706, by Sam Standifer and John Gallion (his brother) Valued at L4,8,8,.
Reference; Baltimore Co.,MD. Families, page 102, (1659 - 1759).
 
Gallion James, b.1658
 
250 1732 - John (Jr.) to James , Released land to his brother James Gallion, No location. The same year (1732) James Gallion conveyed 50 acres to John Gallion, no location given. Bk L, page 346. Gallion John, b.1703
 

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