George W. Edmondson

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George W. Edmondson

Birthplace: Virginia, United States
Death: November 30, 1922 (86)
Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Parkersburg, Wood, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Edmondson and Melinda Edmondson
Husband of Maria McDowell Edmondson
Father of Malinda Isabella Washington; Edward Edmondson; Emily S. Miller; Burley Edmondson; James William Edmondson and 2 others
Brother of Mary Elizabeth Franklin; Samuel Edmondson; Brown Edmondson; Edward Edmondson; Burrell Edmondson and 2 others

Occupation: Soldier; foundry worker
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About George W. Edmondson


Dates: 1836–1922

Family: Colbert (Hemings)

Occupation: Soldier; Foundry worker

Born in slavery in Lexington, Virginia, George Edmondson claimed his freedom in June 1864, when Union forces occupied the town.  He evidently accompanied the army across the mountains into West Virginia after its defeat at Lynchburg a week later.  He enlisted in the 45th regiment (later the 127th) of the U. S. Colored Infantry in Wheeling and took part in months of grueling trench warfare during the siege of Richmond and Petersburg.  He was wounded, promoted to corporal, and was with the first Union troops to enter Petersburg.  At war’s end, Edmondson was shipped with the rest of the all-black 25th Corps to the remote coast of Texas.

After his discharge, Edmondson returned to West Virginia, settling in Parkersburg with his wife, Maria McDowell, and their children. He worked in a foundry and glass works and soon owned his own home.  A trustee of his Methodist church, he sent one of his sons to Wilberforce University.  His obituary described him as “one of the leading citizens of Parkersburg of the older generation.”

  • Residence: Parkersburg, Wood, West Virginia, United States - 1880
  • Residence: Parkersburg Ward 3, Wood, West Virginia - 1900
  • Residence: Parkersburg Ward 3, Wood, West Virginia - 1900
  • Residence: Parkersburg Ward 3, Wood, West Virginia - 1920
  • Updated from MyHeritage Match via sister Mary Elizabeth Franklin (born Edmondson) by SmartCopy: Oct 6 2014, 22:34:44 UTC
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George W. Edmondson's Timeline

March 25, 1836
Virginia, United States
November 21, 1859
Virginia, United States
Virginia, United States
October 14, 1867
West Virginia, United States
June 6, 1870
West Virginia, United States
April 16, 1872
West Virginia, United States
January 26, 1881
West Virginia, United States
November 30, 1922
Age 86
Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia, United States