edwards genealogy


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


Anna Baker Edwards

Father: Mother:

William Edwards
Lydia Baker

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

9/25/1786 Gilmanton NH 1/30/1879 Bridgton ME


Name: Marriage Date: Marriage Location: Father: Mother:
Jacob Thurston
Otisfield ME(?)
Thomas Thurston 

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

11/28/1821 Otisfield ME
Name: Marriage Date: Marriage Location: Father: Mother:
John Piper

Jonathan Piper _____ Scribner

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

1771 Exeter ME 1/17/1867 Otisfield ME


Name: Birth Date: Birth Location: Death Date: Death Location:
Elizabeth Thurston 8/1/1807 Otisfield ME 1/14/1868
Otisfield ME
Thomas Thurston 5/1/1808 Otisfield ME

Israel Thurston 1/9/1810

Minot ME
Mary Aldrich Thurston 7/27/1811 Otisfield ME
Baldwin ME
Lydia Thurston 10/6/1815 Otisfield ME
Bridgton ME
T Martha Thurston 7/26/1817 Otisfield ME 1/29/1899
Oxford ME
Dorcas Piper 1823 Otisfield ME
Bridgton ME
Jacob Thurston Piper 11/16/1825 Otisfield ME 10/27/1912 Mechanic Falls ME
Jonathan Edwards Piper 5/7/1827 Otisfield ME
(Civil War)
Cornelius Piper 1828 Otisfield ME
Otisfield ME
Cornelius Piper 5/8/1830 Otisfield ME 4/6/1865
Amelia Springs VA
Dorcas Piper 5/27/1832 Otisfield ME


Thurston family located: Otisfield ME
Occupation: Farmer

Piper family located: Otisfield ME
Occupation: Farmer

Other Info:


1810 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
Jacob Thurston
2 males 1 female under 10
1 female 16-26
1 male 45+

1830 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
John Piper
2 males 2 females under 5
1 male 5-10
1 male 1 female 20-30
1 male 50-60

1840 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
John Piper
1 female 5-10
1 male 10-15
1 male 15-20
1 female 50-60
1 male 60-70

1840 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
3 females under 5
1 male 2 females 5-10
1 female 10-15
2 females 15-20
1 female 30-40
1 male 40-50

1850 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
John Piper    73    none
Ann B    66
Dorcas    18
Thomas J Thurston    16    none
Rosilla    10
Margaret E    7
Jacob    5

1850 Lowell (Middlesex) MA
Cornelius Piper    20    Manufacturer    ME
living in the home of Daniel Parker

1860 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
John Piper    82    Farrier    200    30    Exeter NH
Nancy B    74    Wife    Gilmanton NH

1860 Winthrop (Kennebec) ME
Cornelius Piper    30    Weaver in Cotton Mill    0    500    ME

1870 Bridgton (Cumberland) ME
Hill William    Farmer    1200    400    ME
_____ Lydia    54    Keeping house    ME
Piper Annie B    85    At home    1000    1000    ME


Anna Baker Edwards and husbands Jacob and John are buried in Forrest Edwards' Cemetery, Otisfield ME.


For more information about Jacob Thurston, see this section of Cash genealogy

For more information about the ancestors of John Piper, see this section of piper taylor family.

Published History/Genealogy:

Jacob Thurston son of Thomas Thurston and ?Mary Albridge (of Wrentham probably) 5/16/1760-11/20/1821 m 3/30/1806 Anna Baker Edwards He came to Otisfield in 1782. Rev: pvt in Capt. Goodales Co Col. Putnams regt. term 3 years also pvt in Maj. Allens Co same regt. He first bought of Geo. Peirce, deed dated 8/23/1785, con. 30 pounds, lot 143, which he sold to Benj. Green, 10/8/1789 for 60 pounds. This was later known at the Abram Green place. Grinfill Holdens record says, "He next exchanged with Daniel Cobb and got the place where Mark Knight since lived on Bell Hill. From there he moved to the Nutting place where Albert Nutting since lived and from there he moved to the David Jillson place where he lived until the time of his death." 6/19/1795 he bought of Samuel Dole for 25 pounds the north half of lot 88. 1/30/1796 bought of Nat. Edwards for $300 the northeast end of lot 104, and 5/3/1802 bought of Phineas Morse for $300 lot 162. He may have lived on lot 165, where Jonathan Piper Jr who married his widow later lived, as that was called the Thurston farm in some deeds, and his son Israel sold his portion of it to Jno. Piper. He dropped dead in the highway opposite the James Wight house. The town records say "He died very suddenly by falling down in the street." He is buried in Dunkertown Cemetery.
Thomas Thurston died 1845? near Bangor
Mary Aldrich Thurston married ___ Larrabee, lived in Baldwin
Lydia married William Hill, lived in Bridgton
Martha married Ebenezer Davis, intentions 8/19/1838

John Piper son of Jonathan 1771-1/17/1867 m Dorcas Stevens who died 3/30/1822 age 41. He m Anna B. Edwards Thurston 1/30/1823. He came from Waterboro about 1794-5 and worked for Geo. Peirce a year or two. He became acquainted with Dorcas Stevens while there and married her. He lived last in Dunkertown on Piper hill east of the schoolhouse. His first wife, Dorcas is buried in the upper yard on Scribner Hill, about the center of the south side, has a rock headstone with the initials D. P. d. 1822, a. 41, cut in it. John Piper was a quaint character and many stories have been told about him and his sayings. He bore the title of Dr. Piper because of sometimes doctoring sick animals. He moved the old Jillson house from east of Cargill Jillsons in the pasture, to the Piper Hill and lived there. He bought of Israel Thurston Apr. 11, 1831, 20 acres of lot 165, also 1/3 of the house and 1/3 of 3 1/3 acres, which was the estate of Thomas Thurston
Jonathan Edwards Piper 5/7/1827-8/4/1864;Co. I 24ME inf 11/10/1863 died from disease. He went to Lewiston from Otisfield and was working as a spinner when he enlisted. m. Mary J. Doughty of Byron Me. she d in 1889. Their first 4 children born Otisfield.
John D. b.3/6/1849, d. age 2 ys. in Otisfield
Sarah Angie born 1/10/1851, m. John Newell of Weld, had children Angie and Pearl, who went west and died there.
Marinda Jane born _____, m. Alonzo Parker of Weld, no children.
Mahala Winship born _____, m. Gorham Hutchinson of Weld, had children Edith and John.
George Albert born _____, m. Rebecca Gipson had children Edith, Bertie, Shirley, _____ Myrtle and Erwin. Was in the U. S. Army for 30 years or more.
Eliza Emily born _____, m. 1st Jackson Hatch, 10/16/1876, and m. 2nd Geo. O. Parlin, 3/20/1930, had children Claudius Melvern b. in Weld; Winfield Scott b. in East Livermore; Mahala Edelthy b. in Carthage; Orin Everett b. in Madrid; Eliza Emily b. _____; George Winbly b. in East Wilton.
Zachariah Winship 5/12/1800-10/24/1873 son of John Winship and Betsey Dole (dau of Richard Dole and Martha Merrill) of Windham m 1/31/1822 Elizabeth dau of Jacob Thurston and Anna Baker Edwards
dau Betsey Jane 7/7/1822-5/22/1907 m Levi Bearce 5/3/1863
Source: History of Otisfield by William Samuel Spurr; Reprinted by the Town of Otisfield, 2nd edition