According to the 1860 Census of Montgomery (Montgomery County), Alabama, Charles Henry Edwards was boarding at the home of Jack Thornington, working as a telegraph operator.
The 1870 Census of Pollard (Escambia County), Alabama shows his household consisted of Chas H Edwards, 48, telegraph operator; Louisa, 28; Charles H Jr, 6; John, 4; James, 2. His real estate was valued at $1000, his personal estate at $450.
The 1880 Census of Pollard shows Charles 58, Louisa 39, Charles 16, John A 14, Louisa E 11. James J 10, William T 8, Albert H 6, Susett 4, and Francis B (daughter) born in Feb of the Census year.
Charles is still listed as a telegraph operator and the two oldest boys as farmers. Louisa's father was born in France, her mother in Germany, she in Alabama.
The 1900 Census has Louisa, age 58, widow, as head of household; on this census her father is said to be born in Switzerland and her mother in Germany. Other members are daughter Susan age 24 and grandson Charles H age 11. His last name is represented by a line, indicating that it is the same as the entry above it, and the birth date is 10/11/1888, the day after the birth date given for her grandson Charles Henry Troutman. I feel sure this should be the Troutman child - he was living in the household during the next 2 censuses.
The 1910 Census
lists C H Edwards
as head of household (white, female, widow, age 69 - I'm sure it's
Louisa). Other members of the household:
For more information about possible ancestors of Louise Bousson (Bonifay?), see this section of The ROCHE Family Genealogy.
Charles Henry Edwards, wife Louise, and children Charles, James, William, Susette, and Francis are buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Pollard, AL.