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William Harrison Edwards, I

Birthdate: (88)
Birthplace: Denbighshire, Wales
Death: April 30, 1808 (88)
Claiborne County, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Big Barrum Creek, Claiborne County, Tennesse, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Thomas Nathaniel Edwards, I and Isabel Edwards
Husband of Jane Edwards; Elizabeth Mary Edwards and Sarah Cantrell / Edwards
Father of Jane Edwards; Isaac Edwards; Alexander Edwards; James Edwards; Robert Edwards and 22 others
Brother of John Edwards; Robert Edwards, II; Joshua Edwards, Sr.; Elizabeth Cordell; William Edwards and 9 others

Occupation: married in Baltimore 1747, http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/Edwards-NCVA/2006-12/1166579272, Father of 9 children
Managed by: Marilou Goldfarb
Last Updated:

About William Harrison Edwards, I

  • Posted by: Roy Newsom Date: March 21, 2000 at 10:04:13
  • In Reply to: Elizabeth Isabella Downing by Connie Edwards Webb
    • The "Bible" for the Edwards family is:
  • Anthony J. Christensen, Arthur Edwards and His Descendants, (Spanish Fork Utah: Mac Anthony Corp.,1991).
  • The following is quoted from that book:
  • "Thomas Edwards was born on 14 October 1690 in South Wales.Thomas and Isabella Downing were married in Wales on 12 March 1714. Their eight known children were all born in Wales. It is not known exactly when or where Thomas Edwards and his family first came into the new world, but family tradition maintains that he sailed here with his family about the 1740's or 1750's. It appears that he may have entered the port of New York then moved westward into the Welsh Tract in southeastern Pennsylvania, then southwesterly along the well trodden migration route into northern Maryland. It is claimed that Thomas Edwards died during 1778 at Swansea, Maryland. Swansea, which is not now on the register of named places in Maryland, was a name given to their small settlement in northern Maryland, no doubt in memory of Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales.
  • Our Edwards family in America was first identified in the meager records of the colony of Maryland. From Maryland, several of the sons of Thomas and Isabella Edwards moved south along the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the common migration route just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A notable exception was Robert.
    • Robert Edwards was born 24 February 1716. The reason for gathering of much of the data regarding some of the family branches and posterity of Thomas Edwards and his wife Isabella Downing can be attributed to Robert, their oldest son. This data was derived mostly from bible records and family histories. The stimulus for gathering that family data came about because of a tract of property in New York City on Manhattan Island that had been acquired by Robert Edwards, the eldest son of Thomas and Isabella Edwards, and leased by Robert for ninety-nine years to a Mr. Cruger. The property, which came to be known as the Edwards Estate, attracted the attention of many Edwards family members throughout America during the latter 1800's and early 1900's. .....
    • Joshua Edwards, born 7 July 1718 in Wales, the second son of Thomas and Isabella, came to America in the 1740's, married Rebecca Ward about the year 1744, and was listed in the court records of Prince Georges County, Maryland in the year 1747, when he witnessed a deed of sale from John Edwards to Evan Shelby, who would later have connections with Tennessee. Later in life, Joshua Edwards moved his family south to Chatham County, North Carolina, where he died in the year 1823.
    • William Edwards, born 9 April 1720, the third son of Thomas and Isabella, married in Baltimore County, Maryland, then later moved south to North Carolina.
    • Thomas Edwards, born in 1723, the fourth son of Thomas and Isabella, followed the Shenandoah Valley to Franklin County, Virginia, where he lived during the 1740's, reared a family, then died in Hampshire County (now West Virginia) in 1791.
    • Leonard Edwards, born in 1725, was the fifth son of Thomas and Isabella.
    • John Edwards, born in 1727, was the sixth son of Thomas and Isabella settled at Fauquier County, Virginia, then later moved south into South Carolina where he died in 1801. He was the progenitor of the Middle Tennessee Edwards families.
    • Jacob Edwards, born in 1729, was the seventh son of Thomas and Isabella.
    • Martha Edwards, called "Patsy," born in 1731, was the only daughter of Thomas and Isabella."
  • From: http://genforum.genealogy.com/downing/messages/1074.html


  • William Harrison Edwards
  • Birth: Apr. 9, 1720 Denbighshire, Wales
  • Death: Apr. 30, 1808 Claiborne County, Tennessee, USA
  • William was the third of eight children born to Thomas N. Edwards, Sr. and his wife, Isabella Elizabeth Downing. William married three times. Miss Jane Taylor was his first wife, he lost her due to complications of a breach birth, the boy lived. William and Jane also had a stillborn. Secondly, he married on August 5, 1747 in North Carolina to Miss Elizabeth M. Cramer. They had nine known children; eight sons and one daughter. He married a third time to the widow, Mrs. Sarah (nee Evart?) Cantrell, she preceded him in death. William died at home of his youngest son, Spencer at Big Bassen Creek (Clairbourne County), Tennessee.
  • BIRTH RECORDS: Wales, Denbighshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912. "Parish Records Collection 1538-2005": Edwards, Baptism 28 Nov 1720; Holt, Denbighshire, Wales. Digital Folder #004631083 U. K.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Thomas Nathaniel Edwards (1690 - 1781)
  • Isabella Elizabeth Downing Edwards (1692 - 1783)
  • Spouses:
  • Sarah Evart Edwards (1733 - 1807)
  • Elizabeth Mary Cramer Edwards (1731 - 1794)*
  • Children:
    • Jesse Edwards (1754 - 1856)*
    • William Franklin Edwards (1757 - 1837)*
    • Spencer Edwards (1780 - 1848)*
  • Siblings:
  • William Harrison Edwards (1720 - 1808)
  • William Harrison Edwards (1720 - 1808)*
  • Thomas Nathaniel Edwards (1723 - 1787)*
  • Note: As of 1921 there is no longer a stone for William.
  • Burial: Edwards Cemetery, Claiborne County, Tennessee, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 113758979
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=113758979


  • The Edwards Family Descendancy
  • 1 Robert Edwards, b. 1662 Edwards Hall, Cardiff, Glen, Wales, d. 1738 NY
  • + Margaret Cuelin, b. 1666, d. 1738
    • 2 Thomas Nathaniel Edwards, b. 14 Oct 1690 Edwards Hall, Cardiff, Wales, d. 11 Feb 1781 North Carolina
    • + Sarah Isabel Downing, b. 1692 Llandaff, Cardiff, Whales, d. 1783, m. 17 Mar 1714 Denbighshire, Wales
      • 3 Robert Edwards, b. 1716 Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales, d. 18 May 1788, Glamorgan County, Wales
      • 3 Joshua Edwards, b. 12 Mar 1718, Cardiff, Wales, d. 19 Mar 1805, Halifax, NC, m. 26 Aug 1754, Randolph, NC
      • + Rebecca Ward, b. 1725, Glen Morganshire, Wales, d. 1790, Halifax, NC
        • 4 James Edwards, b. 23 Aug 1757, Randolph, NC, d. 20 Dec 1832
      • 3 William B. Edwards, b. 09 Apr 1720, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales, 20 Jun 1801, Gallatin, KY
      • + Polly Cramer, b. 1723, Orange Co, NC
      • + Jane Taylor, b. England
      • 3 Thomas Nathaniel Edwards, b. 07 Jul 1723, Edwards Hall, Cardiff, Glen, Wales, d. 30 Jan 1791, Culpepper, VA
      • + Elizabeth Dent
      • + Jennie Dickens
      • + Elizabeth Nichote
      • 3 Leonard Edwards, b. 08 May 1725, Glen Wales, d. 03 May 1795, Span, Johnson, Georgia
      • + Mary Glasscock
      • + Elizabeth Nightingsle
      • 3 John Crawford Edwards, b. 1727, d. 1830 Bladen, NC
      • + Ruth Turbyfill, b. 1730, VA, d. Lincoln Co, NC, m. 1760, VA
      • 3 Jacob Edwards, b. 08 Aug 1729, Glen Morganshire, Wales, d. 12 Mar 1780, NC
      • + Effie Spears
      • 3 Joseph Washington Edwards, b. 1730, d. 1784, Halifax, NC
      • + Maryann (Unknown)
      • 3 Martha Edwards, b. 1731, Edwards Hall, Cardiff, Glen, Wales, d. 1799
      • 3. Soloman Edwards, b. 1732, d. 1765, VA
  • http://history.loftinnc.com/Edwards_Flora_1901.htm


  • 'Cipher/Code of Dishonor; Aaron Burr, an American Enigma By Alan J. Clark M. D., Alan J. Clark
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=huV6qTlRgEcC&pg=PA210&lpg=PA210&dq=Sarah+Isabella+Downing&source=bl&ots=ex-U00jBhZ&sig=Y45W1u3s81K7JlA3oLra2_SUj2Q&hl=en&ei=fBiwTuXNJ6iZiQKg79TqDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDcQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=Sarah%20Isabella%20Downing&f=false
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  • Senator Timothy Pickering was descended from Sir Henry Pickering (born 1634) whose wife was Philadelphia Downing. Her father, Sir George Downing's (b. 1623) sister, Mary Downing (husband Anthony Stoddard was ancestor of Aaron Burr's mother Esther Edwards.
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  • Both the Robert Edwards and Timothy Edwards families came from Hartford, Connecticut and were related back in England through Mary Downing Stoddard (husband Anthony), half sister of Sir George Downing of 10 Downing Street.
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  • These Edwards were from Edwards Hall in Glamorganshire, Wales. Thomas Edward's grandson, Sir Thomas Nathaniel Edwards, son of Robert, married Elizabeth Downing whose father was Sir George Thomas Downing, born 1623, M.P. (Member of Parliament), who was keeper of ..... Pages 142 to 143 are not shown in this preview.
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    • Robert Edwards Family
  • WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR (1066-1087)+Matilda of Flanders
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  • Henry I+(Edith) Matilda of Scotland
  • Geoffrey Downing+Elizabeth Wingfield 1st Earl of *Gloucester, Robert de Caen (Edwards)
  • Geo. Downing+Dorcas Blois I Thomas Hall+Elizabeth *Drury, m2 Anna Metford-Quick+m1 Wm. Quick
  • George Downing+Bellamy Thomas Edwards+Elizabeth Hall
  • Emmanuel Downing+Lucy Winthrop Robert Edwards+Margaret Cruelin
  • Sir George Downing, Mary Dowing, Isabella Downing+Thomas Edwards
  • +Francis Howard +Anthony Stoddard Robert Edwards, Joshua E., Thomas E.,
  • Philadelphia Downing+Sir Henry Pickering I 'William E.', Leonard E., Jacob E., Martha (Frankie) E.
  • John Pickering+Elizabeth Prudden I
  • I Rev. Solomon Stoddard b. 1640 'William Edwards+Agnes+Mary Eure
  • I +Esther Warren Richard Edwards+Elizabeth Tuttle John Pierpont+Thankful Stowe
  • Timothy Pickering Esther Stoddard+Timothy Edwards Rev. James Pierpont + Mary Hooker+Abigail Davenport+Sarah Haynes
  • Rev. Jonathan Edwards+Sarah Pierpont
  • Esther Edwards+Rev. Aaron Burr
  • Tapping Reeves+Sally Burr, Aaron Burr+Theodosia Bartow Prevost+Elizabeth Jumel Bowne
  • Theodosia Burr+Joseph Alston
  • Aaron Burr Alston
  • Theodosia Burr dau. of Aaron Burr+Theodosia Bartow Prevost+Elizabeth Jumel Bowne
    • Aaron Burr son of Esther Edwards+Rev. Aaron Burr
      • Esther Edwards dau. of Rev. Jonathan Edwards+Sarah Pierpont
        • Rev. Jonathan Edwards son of Esther Stoddard+Timothy Edwards
          • Timothy Edwards son of Richard Edwards+Elizabeth Tuttle
            • Richard Edwards son of William Edwards+Agnes+Mary Eure
              • 'William Edwards son of Thomas Edwards+Isabella Downing
                • Thomas Edwards son of Robert Edwards+Margaret Cruelin
          • Esther Stoddard dau. of Rev. Solomon Stoddard b. 1640 + Esther Warren
            • Rev. Solomon Stoddard b. 1640 son of Mary Downing + Anthony Stoddard
              • Mary Downing dau. of Emmanuel Downing+Lucy Winthrop
              • Isabella Downing dau. of Emmanuel Downing+Lucy Winthrop
                • Emmanuel Downing son of George Downing+ Bellamy
                  • George Downing son of Geo. Downing+Dorcas Blois
                    • Geo. Downing son of Geoffrey Downing+Elizabeth Wingfield


William was the third of eight children born to Thomas N. Edwards, Sr. and his wife, Elizabeth Isobell Downing. William married three times. Miss *Jane Taylor was his first wife, he lost her due to complications of a breach birth, the boy lived. Secondly, he married on August 5, 1747 in North Carolina to Miss Elizabeth M. Cramer. They had seven known children; six sons and one daughter. He married a third time to the widow, Mrs. Sarah Cantrell, she preceded him in death. William died at home of his youngest son, Spencer at Big Bassen Creek (Clairbourne County), Tennessee.

  • Jane's name is shown as Jane Taylor Evart in some records.

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jhm&id=I00900 Will of William Harrison Edwards, Sr.


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William Harrison Edwards, I's Timeline

April 8, 1720
Denbighshire, Wales
October 16, 1733
Age 13
Baltimore County, Province of Maryland, Colonial America
Age 16
Age 21
St Mary's County, Maryland, USA
Age 26
October 3, 1748
Age 28
Fauquier County, Virginia, United States
Age 27
July 4, 1752
Age 32
Orange County, North Carolina, Colonial America
April 3, 1754
Age 33
Maryland, USA