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Edward Washington Childs
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Birth: Oct. 4, 1823
Pike County
Alabama, USA
Death: Aug. 22, 1909
Freestone County
Texas, USA

Military CSA: Co. D, 9th Reg. Ark. Inf. / Bradley's Co


Edward Washington Childs
by Sylvia Childs
p. 316 Freestone County History Bk., Vol I

Edward Washington Childs was born October 4, 1823 in Pike County, Alabama. He attended school in Troy, Alabama, and it was here he married Nancy Sellers*. Edward Washington went with his wife, Nancy, from Troy, Alabama to Bradley County, Arkansas, after his first son, William B. was born. He remained in Bradley County, Arkansas with his family until the close of the War Between the States. He and his two sons, William B. and Henry Jay, served in the Confederate Army under the command of Robert E. Lee. His third son, James Lafayete, enlisted at the age of 15 and served as a courier under General Carl Baker in Louisiana. The family came to Freestone County, Texas in 1865 settling in Sandtown, a small community near Cooks Ferry on the Trinity River. His wife, Nancy, and twin daughters died December 25, 1867, of malaria fever. They are buried in a cemetery near Sandtown. The family again moved to the Antioch Community, and here he resided until his death at the age of 86. He was at the home of his son, Robert Childs, when he died. He was buried with Masonic honors at the Antioch Cemetery.
Edward Washington Childs would take pride in observing the lives of all his descendants. It was through these pioneers who made their way in wagons to uncertain frontiers that Freestone County was settled. The descendants of Edward Washington Childs are:
(1) William B. (Billy) born May 21, 1843 in Pike Co., Alabama
(2) Henry Jay born May 17, 1846 in Bradley Co., Arkansas
(3) James Lafayette born June 11, 1848 in Bradley Co., Arkansas
(4) Sarah A.--birth unknown
(5) Twins: Frances and Jane born June 11, 1850 and died December 25, 1867
(6) Marcaus Jackson born November 4, 1855 in Bradley Co., Arkansas
(7) Robert Richard born May 11, 1859 in Bradley Co., Arkansas
(8) Charlie C. born April 1861 in Bradley Co., Arkansas
(9) Elizabeth (Lizzie) born 14 Dec 1865 in Freestone Co., Texas
It was with this first generation of Freestone County Childs that the Childs Texas Heritage began. The contributions of this pioneer family has given much to the historical, political, religious, and economic leadership and development of Freestone County, Texas and the United States. His descendants are still many in the county today and many other areas of Texas.

*Not sure of Sellers name but maiden name was Richardson. After Nancy died, Edward married Sarah Abney. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Nancy Richardson Childs (1824 - 1867)*
 
 Children:
  William B Childs (1843 - 1896)*
  Henry Jay Childs (1846 - 1894)*
  James Lafayette Childs (1848 - 1944)*
  Jane Childs (1850 - 1867)*
  Frances Childs (1850 - 1867)*
  Robert Richard Childs (1859 - 1944)*
  Elizabeth Childs Robertson (1865 - 1940)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Antioch Cemetery
Fairfield
Freestone County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Harold N. Womble
Record added: Aug 14, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29007812
Edward Washington Childs
Added by: Linda Mullen
 
Edward Washington Childs
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- Wendy (inactive)
 Added: Jan. 6, 2011
 
 
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