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Francis Henry Edwards
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Birth: 1845
Washington County
Maine, USA
Death: Aug. 5, 1901
Oceana County
Michigan, USA


Obituary from August 9, 1901 Hart Journal:

Committed Suicide


Frank H. Edwards Ended his Life by his own Hands.

Frank H. Edwards, an old resident of Hart, disappeared from his home Sunday night and his family and friends were kept in suspense as to his whereabouts until Wednesday evening when his body was found in the mill pond near the dam south of the grist mill. He retired for the night as usual but it was discovered in the morning that he had gone and immediate efforts were made to find him. As he had taken no money with him and no one had seen him after his disappearance, it was feared that he had taken his own life and this fear was confirmed when the body was found. It was discovered by a member of the Milwaukee Ball Club.

After the body was taken from the water, Justice Brooks held an inquest with the following named jurors: F. W. Draper, A. E. Noret, Chauney Griswold, A. L. Carr, N. Snyder and Geo. W. Turner.

Testimony was taken when the body was found and the hearing then postponed until Thursday when the jury found that Mr. Edwards had taken his life by his own hands.

Undertaker Fisher took charge of the remains. The funeral will be held today at the home of the deceased at 1:30 p.m. The Masons will conduct the funeral exercises.

The death of this man in this unnatural way is extremely sad as his mind has not been right for some time. A few months ago he attempted suicide by cutting his throat with a razor but in this he was unsuccessful and it was hoped that he would give up his apparent determination to die. He was a man of few words and it was very hard to understand what ideas he had. He was apparently despondent and this condition undoubtedly affected his mind. Prior to his first attempt at suicide, he disappeared from home, without leaving any word, and several weeks afterwards, his son Albion learned that his father was at the soldier's home in Ohio. He afterwards returned here but he still remained despondent,

Frank H. Edwards was born in Maine in 1845. He lived three years in Connecticut and three years in Kansas before coming to Michigan. He came to Oceana county and settled in Hart in 1870. He was in the civil war, enlisting at the age of sixteen years in company F, 7th U.S. Inf. And was first transferred to Texas and when that state seceded, his company surrendered. He was one of 750 who cut their way out and reached Kansas. He next served with the army of the Potomac and was wounded and received his discharge in the summer of "65" at Willingtom. After remaining at home a year, he enlisted in the 43d U..S. reg. and was stationed at Sault ste. Marie for three years when he was discharge in 1869. He was married in 1868 to Cathrine Tromater who died five years ago. Five children survive him, Mrs. Milo Grate of Elbridge, Frank who lives at Aurora, Illinois and Albion, Arthur and Grace who reside in Hart.


One other son, Arthur O. Edwards born September 6, 1878. Arthur married Mary F. (Mollie) McBride and was later divorced. He died between 1940 and 1944 probably in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Family links: 
  Katherine Trommater Edwards (1841 - 1895)
  Frank Wesley Edwards (1869 - 1942)*
  Lucy Evangeline Edwards Grate (1873 - 1942)*
  Albion Lawrence Edwards (1877 - 1936)*
  Grace Maud Edwards Cotton (1884 - 1940)*
*Calculated relationship
Hart Cemetery
Oceana County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Sec A, B1, 30, lot 4, space 1
Maintained by: Sandie Cassiday
Originally Created by: Diana M. Cole
Record added: Mar 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66763327
Francis Henry Edwards
Added by: Sandie Cassiday
Francis Henry Edwards
Added by: Sandie Cassiday
Francis Henry Edwards
Added by: Rick Trommater
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