Introductory Material:

Chapter 1
The Edwards Coat of Arms

Family Records:
John 1
John 2
John 3
Richard 3
Jonathan 3
Samuel 3
Nathaniel 3
William 3


The Crockett Connection
Edwards and the Civil War
Photo Album
Our Immigrant Ancestors
1906 Census

Family Fun
Mayberry Hill Chronicles

This Old House
Justin Edwards had a Farm
Letters from Henry

John Edwards

Father: Mother:

John Edwards
Jemima Wallingford

Birth Date: Birth Location: Death Date: Death Location:

4/14/1764 Bradford MA 1/2/1849 Bristol NH


Name: Marriage Date: Marriage Location: Father: Mother:
Betsy Powers Holden (Mrs.) 2/17/1785 Hollis NH

Birth Date: Birth Location: Death Date: Death Location:

8/29/1767 Pepperell MA 7/11/1855 Concord NH


Name: Birth Date: Birth Location: Death Date: Death Location:
Betsy Edwards 8/23/1786 Pepperell MA 11/30/1871 Brooklyn NY
Hepzibah Powers Edwards 5/23/1788 Pepperell MA 12/27/1865 MN
Ruth Edwards 5/10/1790 Gilmanton NH 11/20/1852 Haverhill MA
John Edwards 5/15/1792 Gilmanton NH 5/22/1824 PA
James Edwards 4/23/1794 Gilmanton NH 3/4/1817 Gilmanton NH
David Edwards 8/2/1796 Gilmanton NH 10/9/1883 Newbury VT
Jemima Wallingford Edwards 4/29/1799 Gilmanton NH 12/24/1842 Bristol NH
Hannah Powers Edwards 5/21/1801 Gilmanton NH 6/7/1893 Haverhill MA
Samuel Edwards 7/21/1803 Gilmanton NH 9/10/1805 Gilmanton NH
Mary M Edwards 3/28/1806 Gilmanton NH 1893 Salem OR
Pierpoint Edwards 9/1/1808 Gilmanton NH 9/20/1814 Gilmanton NH
Melinda Edwards 11/21/1809 Gilmanton NH 2/10/1875 Concord NH
Sarah Wallingford Edwards 3/1/1812 Gilmanton NH 1/24/1902 Haverhill MA


Family located: Pepperell MA, Hollis NH, Gilmanton NH, until 1830 when they moved to "Boardman Farm," High St., Bristol NH.
Occupation: Farmer

A deed dated Sept. 4, 1789, recorded in the public records of Strafford County at Dover, N. H., shows that John Edwards, Jr., of Hollis, N. H., purchased from his father, for thirty pounds, ten shillings, thirty seven acres of land in Gilmantown, "part of lot No. ten in the ninth range of the hundred acre lots in said town." This adjoined land which Jonathan, his brother, bought of his father. I this deed the father reserved for himself "two acres at the southwesterly corner of said piece of Land I lately sold to Jonathan Edwards." which reservation he made "for the pine timber on said two acres of Land or any other use I see fit to put it to."

The public records of Belmont, N. H. (original records of Gilmantown, N. H.) give the following interesting data:-
On the Selectmen's inventory for 1819 John Edwards was taxed:- 1 poll, 1/3 acre orchard, 2 1/2 acres tillage, 8 acres mowing, 12 acres pasture, 106 acres land with 83 acres unimproved, 3 horses, 2 oxen, 4 cows, 1 two-year old, $50.00 buildings. His highway tax was $9.50, school tax $3.71, town tax $4.75, state tax $1.61, county tax $0.48.

In the records for 1820 there is a statement that his lot was divided as follows:- "To John Edwards 81 acres, to David Edwards 26 acres.

As John Edwards spent the last years of his life with his daughter, Melinda (page 32), it is probable that she had possession of the two articles bearing the Edwards coat of arms.
In the letter to Col. A. M. Edwards referred to on page 8, David Edwards wrote,-"My father had two articles which this John Edwards brought from Wales, that bore the Edwards coat of arms. He likewise had a hammer which had been handed down generation to generation. I have the hammer; a sister of mine had the others."
In a letter written to Jeremiah W. Bennett (page 28) at about the same date, he wrote,- "These articles were in the possession of my sister, Melinda."

Other Info:


The 1790 census for Gilmanton (Strafford County) NH shows that John Edwards' household consisted of one male over 16 and 4 females including his wife.

1810 Gilmanton (Strafford) NH
John Edwards
3 females under 10
2 males 10-16
1 male 3 females 16-26
1 female 26-45
1 male 1 female 45 and over

1830 Gilmanton (Strafford) NH
John Edwards
1 female 15-20
1 female 20-30
1 male 1 female 60-70 

1840 Bristol (Grafton) NH
1 male 10-15
1 female 30-40
1 male, 1 female 70-80

1850 Concord (Merrimack) NH
J S Blodgett    29    Coachmaker    1500    NH
Melinda M    40
Betsey Edwards    83