Descendants of John Edwards



First Generation


1. John Edwards 1 was born in 1662 in Scotland 1 and died in 1740 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT 1.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Emigrant Ancestor.

2. Will; 3 Dec 1737; Stratfield, Fairfield Co., CT 2. Will of John, Sr. of Stratfield, 3 Dec 1735, codicil 4 July 1737, proved 23 Sept 1744; wife Mary; dau Abigail Wheeler; children of late dau. Mary Dennie; eldest son William; sons Thomas, John, Joseph; land at Sackett's Farm, N.Y., Stratford, and Fairfield; gave 30 to Church of Christ in Stratfield for a silver vessell; had slaves and a large estate. Witnesses: John Odell, Samuel Odell and (Rev.) Samuel Cooke. Codicil witnessed by Obadiah and Mercy Beardsley and Samuel Cooke. The son William appealed.

John married Mary Hanford 1, daughter of Rev. Thomas Hanford and Mary Miles. (Mary Hanford was born on 30 Nov 1663 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT and died between 1705-1723 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT.)


Children from this marriage were:

+ 2 M    i. Joseph Edwards 1 was born in 1705 in Connecticut 1 and died between 1778-1784 1.
   3 M    ii. William Edwards was born in 1691 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 23 Sep 1744; Stratfield, Fairfield Co., CT 2. Received legacy as eldest son in the will of his father, John Edwards. He must not have been satisfied with his portion as he appealed the settlement.

2. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 4 Apr 1749; Stratfield, Fairfield Co., CT 2. Named in the will of his mother, Mary Harford Edwards.

   4 M    iii. Thomas Edwards was baptized on 7 Jul 1695 in Fairfield, Fairfield Co., CT.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 23 Sep 1744; Stratfield, Fairfield Co., CT 2. Named in the will of his father John Edwards.

2. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 4 Apr 1749; Stratfield, Fairfield Co., CT 2. His daughters, Mary & Sarah, were named in the will of his mother, Mary Harford Edwards.

   5 F    iv. Abigail Edwards was baptized on 25 Apr 1703 in Connecticut.
   6 F    v. Elizabeth Edwards was baptized in 1702 in Fairfield, Fairfield Co., CT.
   7 M    vi. John Edwards 2.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 23 Sep 1744; Stratfield, Fairfield Co., CT 2. Named in the will of his father, John Edwards.


Second Generation (Children)


2. Joseph Edwards 1 (John1) was born in 1705 in Connecticut 1 and died between 1778-1784 1.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 23 Sep 1744; Stratfield, Fairfield Co., CT 2. Named in the will of his father, John Edwards.

2. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 4 Apr 1749; Stratfield, Fairfield Co., CT 2. His children are named in the will of his stepmother, Mary ____ Edwards.

Joseph married Prudence Wakelee 3, daughter of Jonathan Wakelee and Mary Beardsley, on 18 Dec 1731 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT 1. (Prudence Wakelee was born on 14 Apr 1715 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT 3, baptized on 24 Apr 1715 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT 4 and died about 1783 5.)


Children from this marriage were:

   8 F    i. Eunice Edwards 6 was born on 16 Mar 1734/35 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT 7.

Documented events in her life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 4 Apr 1749; Stratfield, Fairfield Co., CT 2. Named in the will of her paternal step-grandmother, Mary ____ Edwards.

Eunice married Edmund Beach, son of David Beach and Hannah Sherman, on 4 Apr 1758 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT 8 9. (Edmund Beach was born on 4 Sep 1732 in North Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT, baptized on 29 Jun 1735 in North Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT and died in 1804.)

Documented events in his life were:

1. Revolutionary War Service; New Haven Alarm 6.

Documented events in their marriage were:

1. VR - Marriage; 4 Apr 1758; Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT 9.

   9 F    ii. Prudence Edwards 1 was baptized on 16 Jun 1733 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT 10 and died on 21 Dec 1782 in Trumbull, Fairfield Co., CT.

Documented events in her life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 4 Apr 1749; Stratfield, Fairfield Co., CT 2. Named in the will of her paternal step-grandmother, Mary ____ Edwards.

   10 M    iii. Joseph Edwards 1 was born before 15 Feb 1645/46 2.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 4 Apr 1749; Stratfield, Fairfield Co., CT 2. Named in the will of her paternal step-grandmother, Mary ____ Edwards.

   11 M    iv. Ebenezer Edwards 1.
   12 M    v. Justice Edwards 1.
   13 M    vi. John Edwards 1.
   14 M    vii. Daniel Edwards 1.
   15 M    viii. Reuben Edwards 1.
   16 M    ix. Hanford Edwards 1 was born in 1735 in Connecticut 11.
   17 F    x. Anna Edwards 1.
   18 F    xi. Rhoda Edwards 1 was born on 17 Feb 1753 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT 12.

Documented events in her life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 4 Apr 1749; Stratfield, Fairfield Co., CT 2. Named in the will of her paternal step-grandmother, Mary ____ Edwards.

   19 M    xii. Samuel Edwards 1.
   20 M    xiii. Abel Edwards 1 was born on 15 Mar 1751/52 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT 1 and died on 5 Apr 1826 in New Milford, Litchfield Co., CT 1.


Sources


1. Captain Lawrence Smith, (smith_jp_la@email.msn.com (30 Mar 1999)).

2. Jacobus, Donald Lines, Families of Old Fairfield, Vol II, (Fairfield, 1932). p 190-193.

3. LDS, International Genealogical Index. Batch # 8712703, Sheet # 17.

4. ibid. Film # 456510.

5. An Archive of Family Histories, (http://www.intellex.com/~ronspiez/homepage.htm (the Ronspiez Family)).

6. Eugene Beach, John Beach Decendants.

7. LDS, International Genealogical Index. Film # 177937, Page # 809, Reference # 30989.

8. ibid. A537137.

9. Bailey, Rev. Frederick W., Early Connecticut Marriages As found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800, 7 Vols., (1896-1907). Vol 7, p 97.

10. LDS, International Genealogical Index. Film # 455018.

11. ibid. Film # 170477, Page # 981, Reference # 20594.

12. ibid. Film # 170792, p # 301, reference # 7809.

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