EDWARDS Ancestry

William EDWARDS Born 9 Apr 1720 in Philadelphia. PA. Died 26 Jun 1756. He married Sarah Hilliard SELDON before 1740 in Baltimore, MD. (1,2)

William's father was Thomas EDWARDS (b: 1690 in Hartford, CT) (2)

Sarah Hilliard SELDON Sarah was born about 1710. She died between1777 and 1784 in Bedford County, VA. (1)

Children:

  1. Sarah EDWARDS  Sarah was born in 1737. (1)
  2. Rebecca EDWARDS  Rebecca was born in 1740. (1)
  3. Mary Nancy EDWARDS  Mary was born in 1749 and died on 29 Mar 1839.She married Christopher TAYLOR in 1768. (1)
  4. Captain John Jackson EDWARDS Sr.  John was born in 1750 and died on 16 Oct 1833. He married Ruth CRABTREE in 1770. (1)
  5. Agnes EDWARDS (1)
  6. Elizabeth EDWARDS (1)
  7. Hannah EDWARDS (1)
  8. Richard EDWARDS (1)
  9. William EDWARDS (1)

Sources:

Clint Edwards

Heritage of Toe River Valley. From Brent and Janice Allen Bertram's web site)

A history of the Toe River Valley would not be complete without some statement of the impact that John Jackson Edwards (Sr.) had on the region. Born is September of 1750 in Baltimore Co., MD (near Deer Creek, a tributary of the susquehanna River, he was the son of William Edwards (born in Philadelphia in 1720), grandson of Thomas Edwards born in Hartford, Conn. in 1690), and great-grandson of William Edwards of England (who migrated to the new world in 1638).

"In Superior Court depositions filed in 1833, John Edwards stated that his father (William) had removed the family "back to McAllister Town, PA, and then down the Shenandoah to Bedford County, Virginia." William died there in 1757, leaving a will dated June 26, 1756, wherein he named all his children. William's wife was named Sarah, family name unknown. She m. (2nd) a Cantrell and died in Bedford Co. in 1794 (leaving a will dated 1784 in which she names John and Mary Edwards, children of her first marriage).

Will, 26 June 1756 - Virginia (From Brent and Janice Allen Bertram's web site)

I leave to my wife all my personal estate during her life to be used at her discretion and at her decease I order my son William to have my largest trunk.

To my daughter Mary the bed I now lie on with all the furniture thereto belonging.

To my daughter Elizabeth the other bed in the same room with all its furniture.

To my son Richard the chest in the other house. "Also to my Daughters Mary & Elizabeth I leave to Each of them a Spring cow & Calf, also what Money is Mine that is in Major Weatherfords Hands, I leave to my son Richard."

To my wife the benefit of the plantation and houses while she lives.

To my daughters Agnes and Hana and my son John each of them "and English Shilling and Cut of all".

Executors: my trusty sons Major Weatherford and William Edwards.

Witnesses: John Hardman, John Manley and William Manley

Proven: 23 May 1757 by oaths of John Hardman, John Manley and William Manley.

Executors: Major Weatherford and William Edwards.

Security: James Talbot.

Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book 1 (1754- 1762) Pages 118-119

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