Smithmills, Clearfield County PA
William Harvey Edwards attended "Little Blue" Academy, Farmington, Me. In 1859 he went to Smithmills, Pa., where his brother, Luther, had temporarily located, and served under him as a millwright apprentice. He taught school at Smithmills and Madera, Pa. He returned to Maine, and enlisted at Augusta, Me., Sept. 2, 1862, as a Private in Co. H, 24th. Me. Vols. He was discharged Aug. 25, 1863, with rank of 2nd. Lieut., by reason of disability following an attack of typhus fever. He Received special mention during service as a member of "Banks' Forlorn Hope," a scouting expedition sent by General Banks to investigate the rebel fortifications at Port Hudson, Miss. For three years following his return he taught at Glen Hope, Mount Pleasant, and Ginter, all in Clearfield Co., Pa.
He matriculated at Bowdoin Medical College in 1866, studied at University of City of New York, and returned to Bowdoin, receiving the degree M. D. in 1868. He located in Mt. Vernon, Me., for a few months, and afterwards at Smithmills, Pa., where a few years later he built the residence known as "Maplelawn," which became famed throughout a wide section as one of the most beautiful and hospitable homes of the county. He resided there until his death.
He was a typical specimen of the old family doctor, with a pleasing personality, but a man who was radical to the extreme in his views, whether political, social, or religious. He was preceptor of a large number of medical students. Gifted with the power of speech, he was in great demand as an orator for public gatherings.
He was Surgeon General, G. A. R., Pa., two terms; member of Board of Pension Examiners, same county, over ten years; member of Board of School Directors of Guelich Twp., Clearfield Co., Pa., twenty years. Elder of Presbyterian Church.
Member of IOOF; POSA; KMC; and AMA.
Leno William Edwards attended Bloomfield Academy, Lancaster, Pa., from which he graduated in 1890, and received from Lafayette College the degree A. B. in 1895. After teaching two years in Guelich Twp., Clearfield, Pa., he entered Dickinson College Law School from which he received the LL. D. degree in 1900. Since that time he has practiced law at Clearfield, Pa. He was for several years County Auditor of his home county.
Member of Delta Upsilon (College) Fraternity, and BPOE.
1870 Gulich Township (Clearfield) PA
Edwards William 28 Physician __ 750 ME
_____ Lydia 23 Keeps House ME
Whittier Ann A 19 School Teacher ME
1880 Gulick Township (Clearfield) PA
Edwards William H 37 Physician ME ME ME
_____ Lydia 33 wife Keeping House ME ME ME
_____ Earnest G 9 Son at home PA ME ME
_____ Leno W 7 Son at home PA ME ME
_____ Girard 5 Son at home PA ME ME
????? Harriet 62 ????? ME ME ME
????? Lewis F 40 ????? Physician ME ME ME
1900 Gulich Township (Clearfield) PA
Edwards William H Nov 1842 M 31 ME ME ME Physician
_____ Lydia E Mar 1846 M 31 3 3 ME ME ME
_____ Leno W Son Mar 1873 S PA ME ME Teacher in school
Davis Rachel Boarder Nov 1826 Wd PA PA PA
1910 Clearfield (Clearfield) PA
Edwards Lidia 64 Wd 3 3 ME ME ME none
_____ Leno H Son 37 S PA ME ME Lawyer Office + Bar
For more information about the ancestors of Lydia Elizabeth Whittier, see this section of Descendants of Thomas Whittier born abt. 1620.