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


John Edwards

Father: Mother:

William Edwards
Lydia Baker

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

5/11/1791 Gilmanton NH 2/12/1886 Otisfield ME


Name: Marriage Date: Marriage Location: Father: Mother:
Eliza Raynes 6/24/1819 New Gloucester ME Solomon B Raynes Mary Swett

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

2/14/1799 New Gloucester ME 5/6/1894 Otisfield ME


Name: Birth Date: Birth Location: Death Date: Death Location:
Solomon Raynes Edwards 5/4/1821 Otisfield ME 5/1878 Otisfield ME
Diana Merrill Edwards 7/17/1823 Otisfield ME 8/10/1900 Otisfield ME
Albion Higgins Edwards 8/18/1825 Otisfield ME 12/23/1913 Otisfield ME
Eliza Jane Edwards 2/21/1829 Otisfield ME


Family located: Otisfield ME
Occupation: Farmer

Other Info:


1820 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
John 3
1 male under 10
1 male 16-26
1 female 26-45
1 agri

1830 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
1 male 1 female under 5
1 female 5-10
1 male 10-15
1 female 30-40
1 male 40-50

1840 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
John Edwards 3rd
1 female under 5
1 male 1 female 10-15
1 female 15-20
1 male 20-30
1 female 40-50
1 male 50-60
1 agri

1850 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
John Edwards    60    Farmer    800
Eliza    51

1860 Otisfield (Cumberland) ME
John Edwards    70    Farming    Gilmanton NH
Eliza    61    Wife    Danville ME


John Edwards and wife Eliza are buried in Merrill Memorial Cemetery, Otisfield, ME.

Published History/Genealogy:

John Edwards son of Wm. bought 80 acres of land of Barnabas Sawyer in the north of Otisfield, near Ryefield bridge, which he began to clear. When he moved his wife there in 1819 there was no road across Crooked River at Ryefield bridge although one was laid out. On that farm, began in 1812 Mr. Edwards has passed 67 years of married life.
"I visited him in 1880 when he was 90 years old, at which time he appeared active and vigorous as most men of 60 or 70. He was chopping wood and taking care of the cattle. He gave me a pretty full and intelligent history of the three brothers, Jonathan, Wm. and Nathaniel of whom Jonathan was the oldest and Nathaniel the first to settle in Otisfield. He said he joined the Otisfield Co. of Troopers in 1811 or 1812, that Wm. Swett was Capt. and Barnabas Sawyer, Lieut. that time. As I left him late in the afternoon, the old gentleman started across the field with the agility of a much younger man to bring up the cattle. this time it is supposed that Mr. Edwards and David Cates (now on Oxford poor farm) are the only surviving members of the Co. of Troopers." (G. B. Holden)
John Edwards 3rd bought of Oliver Peirce, July 21, 1832, the westerly part of lot 5 range 10, adjoining land of Abraham Lombard on the west.
The following is the statement of Wm's son John, aged 90 (1880) "My father was a great friend of Moses Ames of Norway and often went there to see him. They were together in the Revolutionary War. Mr. Ames' right name was Buck. He got tired of the war and left the service and called his name Ames, after his mother. I belonged to the Horse Company in Otisfield. Wm. Sweet was Captain and Barney Sawyer was Lieut. when I joined in 1811-12. I was married in 1819 and Mrs. Edwards made some cloth for the new uniforms that year. Our neighbors when we came to Otisfield were Nathaniel Edwards on Morse Hill, Edward Scribner on Scribner Hill, David Mayberry on the Harvey Mayberry place, Richard Mayberry on the Potter Mayberry place on Mayberry Hill and Mr. Gammon on the Jerry Sawyer place. Mrs. Richard Mayberry used to come on foot to visit us, about one and a half miles."
Source: History of Otisfield by William Samuel Spurr; Reprinted by the Town of Otisfield, 2nd edition


For more information about the ancestors of Eliza Raynes. see this section of JOHN SWETT OF NEWBURY.