Francis EDWARDS was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and came to Indiana with his wife, Elizabeth. They bought
approximately 34 acres on the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee from the state of Indiana on September 2, 1848. 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.
By Nancy Edwards
History of Marshall county, Indiana 1836 – 1986
Copyright 1986 by Marshall County Historical Society, Inc.
Francis Edwards, the pioneer, was a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and at an early day settled on a farm in Miami County, Indiana. 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. Francis Edwards married Elizabeth Hoover, a native of Maryland, but who was reared near Marion, Indiana. There were eleven children. Stephen, the tenth child, came to Union Township as a pioneer, like his father; received his education in the district log schoolhouse nearest to his home, and remained always on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee, never leaving the old homestead to reside. His farm in time embraced 104 acres. The father, Francis, passed the balance of his life there, and died at the age of seventy-three. Stephen was born in Miami County in 1844, and in 1871 married Nancy Savage, a native of Ohio, whose parents also pioneered in Marshall County.
One Township Yesterday's - Corwin.
Marshall County Census:
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