Ben and Lucy Edwards were members of the Edwards family that moved from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1816. Their fathers’ were brothers – sons of Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton. John L. Edwards and Jonathan Joseph Edwards were 16 and 11, respectively, when they made the trek to Kentucky – old enough to be of help and be excited about the adventure of the trip!
Both brothers married Linton cousins – who were both named Mildred! Yes, much intermarrying between cousins at that time! John L. Edwards married Mildred (Millie) L. Linton, daughter of Benjamin Franklin Linton and Lucy Crewdson – they had only one daughter, Lucy, born December 24, 1832.
Jonathan Joseph Edwards married Nancy Mildred (Millie) Linton, daughter of Moses Linton and Ann Nancy Pead. Ben, their youngest child, was born April 6, 1846. His siblings were Alfred, Lucretia, John E., Susan, Edward and William.
Ben and Lucy Edwards married December 30, 1873. They had no children, but had a long life together – almost 40 years before Lucy died October 03, 1912. Ben lasted another 3 and a half years. He died February 16, 1916. They are buried in Springfield City Cemetery.
I have Lucy’s New Testament.
from The Springfield Sun, Wednesday, October 9, 1912
Another of the old and highly respected citizens of Washington county died last Thursday when Mrs. Lucy Edwards was called to her last reward. The funeral services were conducted Saturday from the Methodist Church and the remains laid away on Cemetery Hill. Rev. T. J. Wade conducted the services.
Mrs. Edwards was the daughter of the late Jack Edwards, a pioneer citizen of the county, and was born eighty years ago in the house in which she died. About forty years ago she was united in marriage with Ben Edwards, who survives her.
Mrs. Edwards was an unassuming woman, but was known for her great personal worth and high Christian character. She had always been a firm member of her church and a true friend and neighbor.
from The News Leader, Springfield, Kentucky
October 10, 1912
Mrs. Lucy Edwards died at her home three miles from town last Thursday night of old age. she was a lifelong resident of the county and lived all her life in the house where she died. Eighty years ago the farm was owned by the late Jack Edwards, she being his only child, inherited the place, and continued to occupy it until her death. Forty years ago she was united in marriage to Mr. Ben Edwards who survives. The Edwards were among the first settlers of the county and are highly respected.
from the Springfield Newspaper – just a clipping, no date
News of the death of Ben Edwards which was circulated this morning came as a shock to many friends in Washington County who had known and liked him for many years. Mr. Edwards had been in bad health for several years and for some time had been practically confined to his room at the home of Edgar Linton, where he lived, but it was not generally known that he was in danger of immediate death. Death came in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The funeral service was conducted at the Methodist Church, of which Mr. Edwards was a member, this afternoon and the remains interred on Cemetery Hill. In the absence of Mr. Coward, the pastor, Mr. Lawson conducted the service.
Mr. Edwards was one of the best known men of the county. He was born here seventy years ago and had spent his entire life in this county where he engaged in farming. He was straightforward and honest and had the respect of all who knew him. Mr. Edwards married many years ago and was preceded to the grave several years ago by his wife, Mrs. Lucy Edwards. The nearest of kin surviving are several cousins. His grandfather moved to this county from Virginia one hundred years ago this year, and settled in the house where Mr. Edwards died. He is the last member of the Edwards family.