Family located: Otisfield ME; Casco ME
On William's farm there was a large apple orchard from which he harvested a good crop of natural fruit apples, which he stored in the cellar of his house. In winter as he was somewhat disturbed by the depredation made upon his apples by mice, he determined to exterminate, at least, a part of them. For this purpose he used a large box trap such as was used at that time for trapping gray or red squirrels.
Having bated the
trap, he placed it in the apple bin in the evening after which he and
his wife Polly went to bed. Later William heard the cover of the box
fall. He became excited, and waking Polly, stuttered, "Polly, Polly, we
we cau caught a mouse, we cau caught a mouse." Polly prevailed upon him
to allow the mouse to remain in the trap until morning, as she had
never seen, but wished to see a mouse in a trap. In telling of their
experiences, William said, "As Polly had never seen a mouse in a trap,
I cautiously raised the cover for her to peek in, when out flipped the
mouse and off he went."
William was hauling wood and had loaded his sled to an extent that was equal to the hauling capacity of the mare. The load became stalled, and the mare pulling to her utmost several times in succession broke the chain. William in his excitement was attempting to "fid" the chain together. Having placed one link through another, he was holding his finger through the former, and was kicking around in the snow in search of a stick to use as a "fid." The "old mare" gave a jump, thus cutting off William's finger. William's description of the incident was "used finger for 'fid.' careless trick, careless trick."
1820 Raymond (Cumberland) ME
2 females under 10
2 males 10-16
1 male 1 female 26-45
1 engaged in agriculture
1830 Raymond (Cumberland) ME
1 female 10-15
1 male 1 female 15-20
1 male 1 female 20-30
1 female 40-50
1 male 50-60
1840 Raymond (Cumberland) ME
Wm Edwards Jr
1 female 20-30
1 female 50-60
1 male 60-70
1850 Casco (Cumberland) ME
William Edwards 70 Farmer 800
William Edwards ad wife Mary are buried in Forrest Edwards' Cemetery, Otisfield ME.
William son of William was for some reason commonly called "Bungo Bill" probably to distinguish him from the other Williams. He married first, on record says, Mary Skillings, but the Edwards Genealogy calls her Joannah Schillinger, dau. of Wm. of Poland, int. Apr. 25, 1803. She died in 1804. He was then living in Otisfield. He married next, Mary, dau. of Nathaniel and Sarah (Hunt) Edwards, Mar. 23, 1806. He lived near Potter Mayberrys on Mayberry Hill in Casco.
Source: History of Otisfield by William Samuel Spurr; Reprinted by the Town of Otisfield, 2nd edition