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Dr Enoch C. Edwards
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Birth: 1751
Byberry
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 18, 1802
Frankford
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Edwards was a son of Alexander Edwards and Ann (Marshall) Edwards, also buried in this cemetery. He was born at Lower Dublin Township, Philadelphia County. He was the first medical student of Dr. Benjamin Rush in 1771, and served as a surgeon during the Revolutionary War in the Philadelphia Battalion of the Flying Camp 1776 (as did his brother, Major Marshall Edwards, also buried here). He was a member of the Provincial Conference held at Carpenter's Hall, June 18, 1776, and was a delegate to the Pennsylvania Convention on the adoption of the Constitution. In 1777 he was aide-de-camp to Lord Stirling with Col. James Monroe (who later became President of the U.S), and may have been an attending physician to General George Washington earlier. He was appointed senior surgeon in the hospital department at Princeton until 1780, after which he settled at his plantation near where he was born. He married Frances Gordon at Christ Church, Philadelphia in 1779 while he was a prisoner on parole. She is buried at Christ Church Cemetery. They had no children. Governor Mifflin appointed Dr. Edwards in 1791 as one of the associated or lay justices of the Court of Common Pleas, a position which he held until his death in 1802. The signing of the Declaration of Independence was reportedly celebrated by Thomas Jefferson and others at Dr. Edwards' summer house at Frankford, Philadelphia, on the eve of July 4/5, 1776. He later became an emissary to Europe and an advisor to Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Monroe. His friend, Benjamin West, painted his portrait in 1795. See also: http://teachingamericanhistory.org/ratification/mcmasterstone/chapterIX.html
 
 
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 Parents:
  Alexander Edwards (1711 - 1777)
  Ann Marshall Edwards (1710 - 1771)
 
 Spouse:
  Frances Gordon Edwards (1761 - 1851)*
 
 Siblings:
  Marshall Edwards (1746 - 1778)*
  Enoch C. Edwards (1751 - 1802)
  Evan Edwards (1752 - 1798)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
"In memory of D. Enoch Edwards Ob Ap 18th 1802 Et 52"
 
Note: photo courtesy of Timothy Unruh, Pennepack Baptist Church
 
Burial:
Old Pennepack Baptist Church Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: J Edwards
Record added: May 13, 2010
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Dr Enoch C. Edwards
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Dr Enoch C. Edwards
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Dr Enoch C. Edwards
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