Historical records matching Thomas "Dash" Alva Edison, Jr.
About Thomas "Dash" Alva Edison, Jr.
From the 1880 federal census, Thomas E. Edison lived in East New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, with his parents and siblings. The family at the time consisted of:
- Head Thomas A. Edison 32
- Wife Mary Edison 24
- Daughter Marion E. Edison 7
- Son Thomas E. Edison 5
- Son William L. Edison 1
When growing up, Thomas Jr.'s sister Marion had the nickname "Dot." Showing interest in Morse code, Thomas Jr. picked up the nickname “Dash.” Thomas Jr. boarded at St. Paul's School in New Hampshire and the J.M. Hawkins School in New York. He sold the use of his name to advertise “dubious inventions and quack medicines.” Thomas Sr. asked Thomas Jr. to change his name which he did to Thomas Willard. Thomas Jr. tried inventing and later mushroom farming but all failed. Father and son were estranged from the time of Thomas' first and second marriage.
Thomas Alva Edison, Jr. married Marie Louise Toohey in 1899 and the marriage lasted with the actress only one year.
Thomas Alva Edison, Jr. married Beatrice M. Heyzer on July 7, 1906 at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Trenton, New Jersey. For two years prior to the marriage, Miss Heyzer was Mr. Edison's professional nurse, who nursed him back to health during a two-year illness.
From the 1920 federal census, Thomas A. Edison [Jr.] lived in Orange, Essex County, New Jersey with his wife. The family at the time consisted of:
- Head Thomas A Edison 38
- Wife Beatrice Edison 32