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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.

Young Men College and Professional Photographs

Today I share with you four photographs of young men, probably college students or professionals.  Most of the time I post photos of women or children.  Don’t want the men to feel left out!  I would date these photographs from 1900 to possibly 1920.  None are carte-de-visite or cabinet cards from earlier times.

Perhaps the youngest in the group, this young man looks very serious.  This photo was taken by Crosby Photography, Cottage Studios in Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.

This is a postcard photo.  What do you think is attached to his breast pocket?  Something from a club or organization?

This young man also has something in his pocket, and is attached to his lapel.  He is a very handsome young man.

Our last photo shows a young man serious about his books and work.  He has quite a nifty bow tie.  This photo was taken by Louis Burkart at 11th and Ann Streets in Newport, Kentucky.

Delightful Photographs

Our first photo today is a mother and daughter.  Isn’t the little girl sweet?  With her large bow and necklace she is ready to be photographed.  Her mother has the beautiful upswept hair that I love!  This is a postcard photo.  The AZO stamp on the card tells us it was made by Eastman Kodak between 1904 and 1918.

Our second photo is also a postcard, but has been trimmed to fit in a frame.  Do you think the little boys are twins?  They’re certainly adorable!  And the wee one in the old pram!  On back I see that it was sent to Mrs. Charles ? in Lansing Michigan.  The postmark is Hammond, Indiana, June 10, 1915, and the scrap of message I can read says they are coming Sunday the 13th.

In the late 1890’s this diamond shaped photo was very popular.  I think it must have been difficult to frame or put in a photo album!  This handsome gent looks very dashing.  On back we find this photo was taken by H. Mueller, No. 1129 Vine St., below 12th, Cincinnati, Ohio.  You could purchase a life-size photo and 1 dozen cabinets for $3.75!

Our last photo is of a lovely woman who looks ready for a dance!  She is Mrs. J. F. Porter – so rare to have a name!  Her lovely shoulders are shown off by the black lace and ruffles of her gown.  This photo was taken by Roshon’s Studio, 832 Broad St., Augusta, Georgia.

Mary Anna Hawthorne of Wilmington, Delaware

Let me introduce you to Mary Anna Hawthorne.  This photo was taken by Cummings Photography in Wilmington, Delaware.

Mary Anna wears a high-necked white blouse and her jacket has a braided trim on the edges, and it looks as if there is a collar of the same.  The puffed sleeves give us a look of the 1890’s.  Look at that play of a smile around the lips!  I wish I had known this woman.

With a death date listed I thought it might be possible to find information, but found nothing.

Beautiful Woman from Los Angeles, California

A beautiful photography of a lovely woman.  Is she dressed for a party?  Or is this a wedding photo?  Large cuffs of lace at the sleeve, and caplets at the shoulder, along with a small bit at the neckline give this dress a special look.  It looks as if there is gold braid at the hem, waist and bodice.  And the woman is wearing white gloves.

This photo was taken by Lamson Studio, 313 1/2 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, California.  The photographer’s name is in gold imprint which dates to 1895, and the uneven scalloping along the edges are from the same date.

Siblings Photo

This is such a cute photo of three siblings.  The boy looks a bit bored with the whole process – even though he is cute in his Little Lord Fauntleroy outfit!  The suit dates this photo to the late 1880’s or early 1890’s.  Since the girls have the beginning of the large leg ‘o mutton sleeves of the 1890’s, that’s a closer bet for this photo.

Rice Photography of North Manchester, Indiana, took the photo.  The embossed name of the photographer puts this into at least 1894, and so does the even scalloping along the edges of the card.  No design on back of the card puts us to 1898.

Photograph of Handsome Young Man

I love this photo – such a handsome young man.  Unfortunately there is no name listed.  I can tell you his photo was taken in Blue Rapids, Kansas, by Hann Photography.  The photo is on a grey card, with the name of the photographer embossed underneath.  I would date this to the mid 1890’s, most specifically because it is embossed.