Family located: Otisfield ME; Casco ME
On account of threatening bad weather Jeremiah and Ebenezer had hauled in hay all night and were, no doubt, physically tired out. When it began to rain in the morning, they lay down for a rest, and both fell asleep. Jeremiah was the first to awake, and realizing that they had slept longer than they intended, called out, "Eben, Eben, wake up, its almost sun down." When both had become thoroughly awakened, they found that it was sunrise of the next day, and that they had slept nearly twenty-four hours.
At the time when Ebenezer and Jeremiah built their barn in So. Otisfield, Me., the frame of the building was raised at an "old time raising." On such occasions the men folk of the inhabitants within a radius of, say five miles were invited to participate in raising the timbers. It was customary to christen the new building when the framework had been completely raised. This consisted of a short speech, often a stanza of poetry, delivered by a man standing upon the ridgepole, following which he drank a bottle of liquor. On this occasion the following was recited:-
"Here stands a fine frame on Dunkertown flat,
It belongs to two grandsons of old uncle Nat.
We hope they'll be able to board and shingle it and call it their own
And be as happy as a king on his throne."
1840 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
1 female 5-10
1 male 1 female 30-40
1850 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
Jeremiah Edwards 42 Farmer 1400
1860 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
Jeremiah Edwards 51 Farmer 3000 700
Eliza 51 Wife
Polly 76 Mother & Widow
1870 Casco (Cumberland) ME
Edwards Jeremiah 61 Farmer 4000 3500 ME
_____ Harrison 29 Farmer 5000 1500 ME
_____ Lucy A 25 Keeping house ME
_____ Frances 3 ME
Gammon Charles 31 Farmer ME
1880 Casco (Cumberland) ME
Edwards Jeremiah 71 Farmer ME MA MA
_____ Mary 46 Wife Keeping house Paralysis NH NH NH
Jeremiah Edwards and wives Eliza and Mary are buried in Forrest Edwards' Cemetery, Otisfield ME.
Jeremiah Edwards son of Wm. and his brother Ebenezer lived together at first but later dissolved partnership and Jeremiah built a nice set of buildings on the hill near the Cove that bears his name and lived there until his buildings burned about 1868-70. He then moved to Mayberry Hill in Casco, south of Potter Mayberrys Corner, first in the house at the corner of the Heath road, and later across the road farther south, where his son Harrison, and now grandson Norman lived.
Source: History of Otisfield by William Samuel Spurr; Reprinted by the Town of Otisfield, 2nd edition