Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Francis Edwards  



Francis Edwards was born in 1799 / 1801 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania DEATH 29 MAY 1873 Culver, Marshall, Indiana

married 22 Jan 1824 Montgomery county Ohio Elizabeth S. Hoover BIRTH 1803 Maryland a native of Maryland, but who was reared near Marion, Indiana. DEATH 17 APRIL 1880 Indiana, daughter of David Hoover & Catherine Hartle

Francis Edwards, the pioneer, was a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and at an early day settled on a farm in Miami County, Indiana.

They bought approximately 34 acres on the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee from the state of Indiana on September 2, 1848.

Not long after the first permanent settlements were made in Marshall County, he removed to this section, selecting for his new home a wooded tract of 73 acres in Union Township, upon which he built a log house and started improvements which his son, Stephen, completed.

After their deaths, their son, Stephen, bought the EDWARDS land from the other heirs.

He and his wife, the former Nancy SAVAGE, had five children: Chester, Drury, Birtamark, Effa, and Ella.

They farmed the land and took in paying guests during the summertime. Their son, Chester, lived with his wife and family on his portion of the homestead until his death on July 23, 1946 and some of this land is still owned by members of his family.

They had 11 children


    Francis Edwards b. c. 1799/1801 Lancaster co., Pennsylvania d. 29 May 1873 m 1st. Elizabeth Hoover b. 1803 Maryland. d. May 1880 daughter of David Hoover and Catherine Hartle
      1 David Edwards b 9 Mar 1824
      2 John M Edwards b. BIRTH 22 JUL 1825 Ohio, DEATH 20 APR 1906 Miami, Indiana, married 1) Anna Philpot 18251850 2) Hannah P Steele 18301915
        Lyman Beecher Edwards 18511921
        Albert R Edwards 18661952
        Roxie Edwards 18691870
        Corman Orval Edwards DDS 18721958
      3 Catherine Edwards b 12 Jan indiana_map_1827in Ohio, d 1857 in Brown, Kansas, m. 24 Jan. 1847 Simeon Wilkinson they had:
        Francis Wilkinson b. c. 1848
        Elizabeth Wilkinson b c.1849
        4 Elizabeth Edwards b. 11 Nov. 1828
        5 Jacob Edwards b 22 Feb 1831
        6 Lewis Edwards b 11 Sep 1832
        7 Francis 'Frank' MarionEdwards b. 25 Oct 1834 1922 married Clementine Cox married 2nd Catherine Matilda Smith 18551924 18391897
          Archibald Edwards 1842 Adeline Nelle Adelia Edwards 18601938 Clarissa Clercy Edwards 18601965 Ada Edwards 18641938 George W Edwards 18651935 Mary Elizabeth Edwards 18671943 William H Edwards 18691962 Jesse Edwards 18781918
        8 Sarah Ann Edwards b.IRTH 15 AUG 1837 Miami, Miami, Indiana, DEATH 29 JUN 1882 Miami County, Indiana married Daniel M Butt 18271891
          Elizabeth Ann Butt 18671910 Mary Jane Mame Butt 18701900 Sara Alice Butt 18721953 George S. Butt 18741878
        9 Mary Ellen Edwards b. 20 May 1839
        10 Stephen Edwards b. 12 Jan 1844 Miami county, Indiana; m. Nancy Savage
        11 George Edwards 1846 1915 m. 1nd Josie Mcfarland 1848-
          Eva Edwards 1890
        12 Barbara Mc Lean b. c. 1833 (?)


      History of Marshall county, Indiana 1836 1986 Copyright 1986 by Marshall County Historical Society, Inc.
      Page 156

      One Township Yesterday's - Corwin.

      1840 United States Federal Census
      Name: Francis Edwards
      Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Jefferson, Miami, Indiana
      Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
      Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
      Persons Employed in Manufacture and Trade: 2
      No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 1
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 6
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
      Total Free White Persons: 9
      Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 9

      1850 United States Federal Census
      Name: Francis Edwards
      Gender: Male
      Age: 49
      Birth Year: abt 1801
      Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Home in 1850: My Division, Marshall, Indiana, USA
      Occupation: Farmer
      Industry: Agriculture
      Real Estate: 500
      Cannot Read, Write: Y
      Line Number: 18
      Dwelling Number: 871
      Family Number: 871
      Household Members Age
      Francis Edwards 49
      Elizabeth Edwards 47
      Francis Edwards 15
      Sarah A Edwards 14
      Stephen Edwards 6
      Geo Edwards 4
      Barbara McLean 17

      1860 United States Federal Census
      Name: Frances Edward
      Age: 59
      Birth Year: abt 1801
      Gender: Male
      Birth Place: Pennsy
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      Home in 1860: Union, Marshall, Indiana
      Post Office: Marmont
      Dwelling Number: 1175
      Family Number: 1185
      Occupation: Farmer
      Real Estate Value: 1000
      Personal Estate Value: 400
      Attended School: 3
      Household Members Age
      Frances Edward 59
      Elizabeth Edward 56
      Ann Edward 23
      Stephen Edward 15
      George Edward 13


      1870 United States Federal Census Name: Francis Edwards
      Age in 1870: 67
      Birth Date: abt 1803
      Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Dwelling Number: 100
      Home in 1870: Union, Marshall, Indiana
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Post Office: Argos
      Occupation: Farmer
      Male Citizen Over 21: Yes
      Personal Estate Value: 830
      Real Estate Value: 3000
      Inferred Spouse:
      Elisabeth Edwards
      Inferred Children:
      Stephen Edwards
      Elisabeth Edwards
      Household Members Age
      Francis Edwards 67
      Elisabeth Edwards 64
      Stephen Edwards 23
      Elisabeth Edwards 15

      U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
      Name: Elizabeth H Edwards
      Gender: Female
      Filing Date: 8 Jun 1912
      Place Filed: Indiana, USA
      Relation to Head: Widow
      Spouse: Francis L Edwards / E 59TH Ind
      Roll number: 138

      Washington Centery Union Twp. Marshall County, Indiana

      EDWARDS, Elizabeth, wife of Francis Edwards, d. Apr. 7, 1880, age 76y-2m-19d
      EDWARDS, Francis, d. May 29, 1875, age 78y-6m