Dominicus J. Edwards received by deed from his father the old homestead and land which the latter purchased from Grinfill Blake.
In 1868 he began the cultivation of hops and continued same until 1878, when on account of impaired health he was obliged to abandon same. In 1880 he purchased and set out about two hundred apple trees. This was the beginning of the large apple orchards containing approximately two thousand eight hundred trees, now owned by his son, Forrest.
In 1883 he began the work of remodeling and enlarging the house and barns which had been constructed by his father. he built a barn, one hundred and eight feet long by thirty-six feet wide, and tore down the tow barn structures which previously existed. This new structure was added to two years later, so that its present length is one hundred and forty feet. In 1888 the one and one-half story house built by his father was completely remodeled and enlarged to form the now existing two story one. The accompanying cut shows the buildings as they now exist.
1870 The Town of Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
Edwards Dominicus 38 Farmer 2000 570 ME
_____ Nathaniel 81 Farmer NH
_____ Mary 81 Keeping House ME
_____ David 54 Farmer 800 175 ME
Mitchell Lizzie 35 House Keeper ME
1880 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
Edwards Dominicus 48 Farmer ME NH ME
_____ Lottie 32 Wife Keeping house New Brunswick New Brunswick New Brunswick
_____ Llewellyn N 6 Son ME ME New Brunswick
_____ Forest L 2 Son ME ME New Brunswick
_____ David 65 Brother Farmer ME NH ME
Smith Sumner 16 Servant Farm Laborer Canada ME ME
1900 Otisfield town (Cumberland) ME
Edwards Dominicus J May 1832 M 27 ME ME ME Farmer
_____ Lottie May 1848 M 27 0 0 ME ME ME
_____ Llewellyn N Son Oct 1874 S ME ME ME Civil Engineer
_____ Forest F Son Oct 1878 S ME ME ME Farmer
_____ Dayton J Son Sept 1883 S ME ME ME at school
Waterhouse Amy Boarder Aug 1891 S ME ME ME at school
1910 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
Edwards Forest L 32 S ME ME ME Farmer General Farm
_____ Dominicus J Father 77 37 ME ME ME Retired Farmer
_____ Lottie F Mother 61 37 3 3 Can Can Can none
_____ Zylba L Niece 6 S PA ME PA none
_____ Margaret L Niece 2 S Can ME PA none
Chaplin ___ Laborer 20 S ME ME ME Laborer On Farm
1920 Otisfield (Oxford) ME
Edwards Forrest L 43 S ME ME New Brunswick US Farmer Apple Farm
_____ Lottie Mother 71 Wd ??? NY New Brunswick none
Dominicus and Lottie are buried in Forrest Edwards' Cemetery, Otisfield ME.
Dominicus son of Nathaniel lived on the old homestead of his father and in 1880 set out two hundred apple trees. This was the beginning of the large orchards containing about 3,000 trees now owned by his son Forrest. Dominicus also engaged extensively in hop raising at one time. He built a large set of buildings, the barn 140 feet long, also a house for storage of apples.
Source: History of Otisfield by William Samuel Spurr; Reprinted by the Town of Otisfield, 2nd edition
Dominicus and Lottie are listed in the 1906 Census, living in Otisfield.