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A History of My Edwards Family – From Maryland to Virginia to Kentucky

$300 one day after date I promise to pay Nancy Edwards three hundred dollars for value received this 15th 1840                             Benjamin Edwards

Received of Theodore Clarkson and Martha his wife, late Edwards, Catherine Edwards and Sarah Edwards, heirs and devisees of Benjamin M. Edwards, deceased, three hundred dollars in full of a note for that sum heretofore appended, which I held on said B. M. Edwards and on which I have not exacted or charged any interest, the same has not been paid to me in money but by the receipts of said devisees and heirs to me for so much as advanced and paid to them in part of their share of the estate in my hands as widow of their father, Edward B. Edwards, deceased, August 9, 1855.

                                                                  Nancy Edwards

Attest.  J. L. Edwards

This old document was part of my grandmother’s genealogy – some of the best things were handed down and saved!  It concerns money from the estate of Edward Barber Edwards – husband to Nancy, and father to Benjamin, Martha, Catherine and Sarah, heirs mentioned in this note and the will of Edward Barber Edwards.

Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton were pioneers to Washington County, Kentucky, arriving in 1816.  Edward was the son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barber, born in Maryland April 21, 1768.  His family moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, about the time of the Revolution where he met and married Nancy, daughter of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Mason.  Nancy was born about 1778.

Five of Edward and Nancy Edwards’ children were born in Loudoun County – Susan Clark in 1797, John L. in 1800, Catherine Kitural in 1805, Jonathan Joseph in 1805, Benjamin Mason in 1809 and Mary Jane in 1814.  The last two daughters were born in Washington County – Martha L. in 1817 and Sarah Barber in 1822.

Edward Edwards died in 1824.  His will was written January 16th of that year and proved in court March 8th.  Nancy lived another 37 years, raising the children.  She died July 2, 1861.

Five of their children married, four producing grandchildren for Edward and Nancy.

Susan Clark Edwards married John Compton Taylor November 25, 1828.  They are my 3rd great-grandparents.  They had four children before her death in 1836 – Catherine Elizabeth Taylor (my 2nd great-grandmother), Edward Edwards Taylor, Benjamin Springer Taylor and Margaret Ann Taylor.

John L. Edwards married Mildred L. Linton, a cousin, October 13, 1831, in Logan County.  John brought his bride back to his home in Washington County.  They had one daughter, Lucretia Edwards.

Jonathan Joseph Edwards married Nancy Millie Linton (a cousin – must have been confusing since both brothers’ wives went by Millie!) July 20, 1829.  They had seven children – Alfred, Lucretia, John L., Susan, Edward, William and Ben Edwards.  To make things even more confusing Ben married his cousin, Lucretia, better known as Lucy.

Mary Jane Edwards married James Caleb Janes May 29, 1832.  They had no children but helped raise great-nieces and nephews.

Martha L. Edwards married Stephen Theodore Clarkson June 19, 1848.  The couple had five children – Edwin Barber Clarkson, Francis Polin Clarkson, Annie Clarkson, Margaret Mason Clarkson and Sidney Albertus Clarkson.

This photograph was made in 1901 during an Edwards, Linton, Clarkson reunion.  The three older women seated in the middle of the photograph are Mary Jane Edwards Janes (in the high back chair), to her left is her sister Sarah Barber Edwards and to her right is Catherine Elizabeth Taylor Linton, their niece and child of their sister, Susan Clark Edwards Taylor.  Three of Catherine Taylor Linton’s children are in the photo – the man standing directly behind her is son John Edgar Linton and to his right, daughter Alice Clark Linton.  The woman standing at the extreme left of the photo, as you look at it, is youngest daughter Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, my great-grandmother, with husband Robert E. Lee Montgomery, and daughters Alice, my grandmother, the oldest, standing in front of her father, and Margaret, Laura and Lillie.  The woman seated close to the Linton/Montgomery family is Lucy Edwards, a niece of the two Edward sisters and wife of Ben Edwards, and the man standing behind her is Bill Edwards.  Susie Edwards, another niece, is seated behind Sarah Barber Edwards.  The Clarkson family is on the right of the photo as you look at it.

Two Examples of Ambrotype Photographs

The second type of early photographs were ambrotype photos.  Ambrotypes look very similar to the later tintype photos.  An easy way to test them is to use a magnet – even through the case you can fell the attraction of the magnet with the iron used for the tintype.  The glass of the ambrotype feels no pull from the magnet.

An ambrotype was created on a piece of glass – and looked like a negative until a black background was added.  Begun about 1855, the earlier ambrotypes had the photograph on one piece of glass, with an additional piece of glass covered with a tar-like pitch.  About 1858 the varnish covers the back of the glass with the photo on front or sometimes a colored class was used.  In 1859 the clear glass has a black cloth at the back of the image.  I have one with the double glass and one with the black varnish on back of the photo.

This photograph of my 4th great-grandmother, Nancy Linton Edwards, was probably taken about 1855.  There are two pieces of glass in the case – one with the photo, and another with the black pitch on back.  Unfortunately, the glass containing the photograph was broken, but it still gives us a good idea of her features.  Nancy was the daughter of Captain John Linton and Ann Mason, born in Loudoun County, Virginia, in 1778.  She married Edward Barber Edwards, with whom she raised a large family.  On the way through the Cumberland Gap, from Virginia to Kentucky, her horse was spooked by a cougar or bobcat, causing her to fall and break her leg.  She traveled in a litter the rest of the way to Washington County, and never walked again.

Nancy’s cotton cap was used by older women during the 1850’s, younger women using a bonnet.  She wears the older fashions of the 1840’s.  Looking at her white hair, face and neck you could easily guess her age of about 77.  But look at her fingers – they look long and very elegant.  There is just a hint of color in her cheeks.

As you can tell from this photo, the scan is not generally good unless you remove the photograph from the case, but I wanted you to see the mat that is used with this photograph.  It is called a nonpareil mat, due to the shape, and was used between 1850 and 1859.  The preserver (around the edge) is still rather simple, but a little more decorative than with the daguerreotype photos.

The case is lined with red velvet and is decorated on front and back with the same design.  The case is 3 ¼ x 3 ¾.

This next ambrotype is a great photo of a youngish man with great hair and beard!  His collar and tie are from the 1850’s – as are the wide lapels of his coat and the overall larger look of the suit.  I believe this to be Edward Edwards Taylor, son of John Compton Taylor and Susan Clark Edwards, my 3rd great-grandparents.  Edward was a brother to my Catherine Elizabeth Taylor who married Edward Edwards Linton – a little confusing with those middle names!  This photo has only one piece of glass, with the varnish on back, so we can date this photo to about 1858.  In that year Edward, or ‘Ned’ as he was called, would have been 27 years of age.  Also, his ears look very much like those of his father, John Taylor.

The mat with this photo is oval, with much decoration.  The preserver, not shown in this photo, is also more decorated, with semi-reinforced corners.  The case is similar to Nancy Edwards’ case, but the photograph is smaller – 2 3/8 x 2 7/8.

Next up, tintypes!

Today In Genealogy History – December 2

Susan Clark Edwards Taylor died 177 years ago – December 2, 1836 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Susan was the daughter of Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton, born in Loudoun County, Virginia.  She married John Cotton Taylor in 1828.  Susan and John had 4 children:  Catherine Elizabeth Taylor, Edward Edwards Taylor, Benjamin Springer Taylor and Margaret Ann Taylor.

Today In Genealogy History – November 25

Susan Clark Edwards and John Cotton Taylor were married 185 years ago – November 25, 1828 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Susan was the daughter of Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton.  John was the son of John Taylor and Mary Ann Hawkins.  Susan and John had 4 children:  Catherine Elizabeth, Edward Edwards, Benjamin Springer and Margaret Ann Taylor.

Today In Genealogy History – September 12

John Cotton Taylor died 144 years ago – September 12, 1869 – in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.  John was the son of John Taylor and Mary Ann Hawkins, born in 1795, in Loudoun County, Virginia.  He married first Susan Clark Edwards, November 25, 1828, in Washington County, Kentucky.  John and Susan had 4 children:  Catherine Elizabeth, Edward Edwards, Benjamin Springer and Margaret Ann Taylor.  After her death John married Susan Kimberlain, February 4, 1848.  They had 2 daughters:  Mary Louisa and Sarah Susan Taylor.  The family moved to Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, about 1859.

Today In Genealogy History – December 16, 2012

Edward Edwards Taylor and Martha Ann Taylor, first cousins, share a birthday, 181 and 177 years ago, respectively – December 16, 1831 and December 16, 1835.  Edward was born in Washington County, Kentucky, the son of John Cotton Taylor and Susan Clark Edwards.  Martha was born in Ohio, the daughter of Nicholas Hawkins Taylor and Susanna Shellenberger.  Edward died at the age of 32, unmarried.  I have no information about spouse or children for Martha.

John Cotton Taylor Family Sheet

Family Group Sheet for John Cotton Taylor

Husband: John Cotton Taylor
Birth: 1795 in Virginia
Death: 12 Sep 1869 in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
Marriage: 25 Nov 1828 in Washington County, KY
Mother: Mary Ann “Molly” Hawkins
Father: John Taylor

Wife: Susan Clark Edwards
Birth: 1797
Death: 02 Dec 1836 in Washington County, KY
Mother: Nancy Linton
Father: Edward Barber Edwards

Children:

Name: Catherine Elizabeth Taylor
Birth: 13 Jan 1830 in Washington County, Kentucky
Death: 28 May 1910 in Washington County, Kentucky
Marriage: 23 Mar 1852 in Washington County, Kentucky
Spouse: Edward Edwards Linton

Name: Edward Edwards Taylor
Birth: 16 Dec 1831 in Washington County, KY
Death: 15 Aug 1862 in Cape Girardeau Co., MO

Name: Benjamin Springer Taylor
Birth: 30 Nov 1833 in Washington County, KY
Death: 1880 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Martha Jane Janes

Name: Margaret Ann Taylor
Birth: 08 Jun 1836 in Washington County, KY
Death: 05 Jan 1909 in Washington County, KY
Marriage: 24 Jan 1884 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: David Hennessy