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


Margaret Ellen Edwards

Father: Mother:

Reuben Heath Edwards
Abigail Smith

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

7/11/1840 Otisfield ME 1/17/1898 Woodstock ME


Name: Marriage Date: Marriage Location: Father: Mother:
Benjamin Smith York 9/2/1860 Otisfield ME Russell York _____ Smith

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

3/10/1837 Honover ME


Name: Birth Date: Birth Location: Death Date: Death Location:
Cora Dell York 1865 Otisfield ME

Dora Bell York 3/8/1867 Grafton ME 10/6/1873 Paris ME
Alton Montrose York 3/7/1870 Waterford ME

Oneeda Mabel York 4/6/1874 Paris ME

Frank Russell York
Bethel ME


Family located: Otisfield ME; Grafton ME; Waterford ME; Paris ME; Bethel ME
Occupation: Farmer

Margaret Edwards, when attending the "district school" in Otisfield, Me., fell into an altercation with a boy, who knowing her dislike for a certain old lady, tauntingly called her "Old Aunt Dilly." In return he received physical treatment which sent him crying to the teacher, who upon learning his tale of complaint called little Margaret to him. The following dialog took place:

Teacher. Margaret, did you strike John?

Margaret. Yes, Teacher, he called me names.

Teacher. But, you are sorry, aren't you? If you do not say you are sorry, I shall have to punish you.

Margaret. You can whip me until tomorrow; but I'll never say I'm sorry, because it would be a lie. I'm glad I hurt him.

Benjamin Smith York at one time had in his herd of cattle a cross bull. One morning upon entering the yard he found the brute especially ferocious. The bull turning upon him viciously tossed him upon his horns; and attempted to gore him when he fell upon the ground. At this moment his wife, happening to see the act of the enraged beast, seized a pitch fork and ran to his assistance. With all her strength she plied the sharp times of the fork to the bull's tough hide forcing him to submission and thereby saving the life of her husband.

Other Info:

Margaret d spinal paralysis; bur Woodstock ME

Oneida York m 6/10/1893 Woodstock ME Ronello C Davis
[male] Davis b 1/9/1895 Woodstock ME 1st child
Leola O Davis b 6/16/1896 Woodstock ME 2nd child
[male] Davis b 8/1/1903 Woodstock ME 3rd child
infant Davis age 5 days d 8/5/1903 Woodstock ME narcotism


1860 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
Reubin H Edwards    41    Farmer    450    300
Abigail    39    Wife
Margaret E    19    House Work
Susan A    16    House Work
Lois H    13
Zilpha    10
Edwin N    7
Clara E    5
(twins) Nora E    2
Flora E    2
Aurilla    1/12
Benjamin S York    23    Farm Laborer

1870 Waterford (Oxford) ME
York Benjamin    32    Farmer    ME
_____ Margrett    30    Keeping house    ME
_____ Dora B    4    ME
_____ Cora D    1    ME

1880 Bethel (Oxford) ME
York Benj S    42    Farming    ME    ME    ME
_____ Margrett E    39    Wife    Housekeeping    ME    ME    ME
_____ Dorah B    14    Daught    ME    ME    ME
_____ Alton M    9    Son    ME    ME    ME
_____ Oneida M    6    Daugh    ME    ME    ME
_____ Frankie R    3    Son    ME    ME    ME

1900 Woodstock (Oxford) ME
York Alton    Nov 1870    M 6    ME
_____ Mabel E    May 1877    M 6    2    2    ME
_____ Lena A    Daughter    Feb 1895    S    ME
_____ Irlan L    Son    Apr 1898    S    ME
_____ Benjamin S    Father    Mar 1839    Wd    ME
_____ Frank R    Brother    Oct 1876    S    ME

1910 ??? (Oxford) ME
York Alton M    39    M1 17    ME    ME    ME    Farmer    Gen Farm
_____ Mabel E    33    M1 17    4    2    ME    ME    ME    none
_____ Lena A    Daughter    15    S    ME    ME    ME    none
_____ Orlan L    Son    11    S    ME    ME    ME    none

1920 Woodstock (Oxford) ME
York Alton M    49    ME    ME    ME    Carpenter    House
_____ Mabell E    41    ME    ME    ME    none
_____ Orlan V    Son    21    S    ME    ME    ME    farm laborer    working out
Powers George f    Boarder    20    S    RI    VT    MA    farm laborer    working out

1930 [Bryant Pond Village] Woodstock (Oxford) ME
York Albert M    59    M 24    ME    ME    ME    carpenter    house
_____ Mabel E    53    M 17    ME    ME    ME    none

1910 Hartford (Oxford) ME
Hartford town almshouse
York Frank R    33    M1    4    ME    ME    ME    Farm Manager    General farm
_____ Clara M    35    M1    4    0    0    ME    ME    ME    Housekeeper    Almshouse
4 inmates also in household

1920 Hartford (Oxford) ME
York Frank R    43    ME    ME    ME    Farmer    Dairy
_____ Clara M    34    ME    ME    ME    none
Kimball Vernal    nephew    14    S    ME    ME    ME    none
1 boarder also in household

1930 Hartford (Oxford) ME
York Frank R    53    M 29    ME    ME    ME    Farmer    General Farm
_____ Clara M    44    M 20    ME    ME    ME    none


For more information about the ancestors of Benjamin Smith York, see this section of Rumford, Oxford, Maine Genealogy Project.