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Edward Forward
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Birth: Jul. 19, 1839
Cato
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Death: May 31, 1923
Goddard
Sedgwick County
Kansas, USA

HISTORY: The Forward and Cramphin Families; James R. Lucas; 13 Dec 1983; states EDWARD FORWARD was the fifth child of GEORGE AND SARAH (CAGER) FORWARD. He was born July 19, 1839 at Cato in Cayuga County in western New York. In 1858, at age 19, he left the family farm and went to Yorktown, Illinois.

On September 28, 1861 he joined Company B, First Battalion, Yates Sharpshooters which in 1864 became the Sixty-Fourth Regiment of the Illinois Infantry Volunteers. His pension papers describe him as being five feet five inches in height with blue eyes, light complexion and black hair at the time of his enlistment. He served in the same military unit as four of his future brothers-in-law; John Bunker, James, Merritt and Theordore Cramphin. One report says Edward was in thirty-three different engagements including the battle of Corinth. During the Battle of Corinth, a minnie ball seared his right cheek. The same day three balls passed through his blouse and one tore the heel off his shoe. The sharpshooters were in groups of four and Edward was the only one left out of his group, the other three being killed. He was with Sherman in his march to the sea.

Pension papers which he filed in 1892 state he contracted rheumatic problems as a result of wading through swamps in South Carolina and from other exposure. Edward was discharged from the arny as a second lieutenant on July 11, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.

He returned to Tampico, Whiteside, Illinois where he worked as a mason and bricklayer. In 1867 he married Eunice Elmira Foy who died in 1869 at Foytown. There were no children from this marriage. (THIS IS INCORRECT - ELLEN FORWARD WAS BORN TO EDWARD & ELMIRA AND WAS 1 YEAR OLD IN 1870 CENSUS, LIVING WITH GEORGE AND MARY (FOY) CLARK IN PROPHETSTOWN, WHITESIDE, IL)

On December 21, 1873 Edward married Margaret Ann Cramphin at Tampico, Whiteside, Illinois. They had two children in Illinois and then in 1878 the family moved to Sedgwick County, Kansas along with other families related to Edward and Margaret; Charles Forward, Fanny (Forward) Bunker, Lewis Forward, Mary Ann (Forward) Baird, Sylvia (Cramphin) Lane, Watkins and Elizabeth Cramphin, James Cramphin and Theodore Cramphin.

Edward and Margaret had three more children in Kansas. They made their living as farmers. The 1885 Kansas Census records show them living in Delano Township, owning 160 acres of land worth $6,000 with 3 horses, 5 mules, 9 cattle, 40 hogs and 1 dog. They also had 175 fruit trees. The Forwards lived on this farm for eighteen years. Then Edward sold his farm and bought a farm in Waco Twonship near Bayneville, where he lived until 1909 when he sold it and bought 220 acres in Section 21, Ninnescah township.

Edward Forward died at his son's home near Goddard, Kansas on May 31, 1923. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery.

Furnished by FAG member Connie Sessler Miles #47887727

 
 
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 Parents:
  George Forward (1807 - 1881)
  Sarah Cager Forward (1809 - 1910)
 
 Spouses:
  Margaret A. Cramphin Forward (1852 - 1920)
  Elmira Eunice Foy Forward (1850 - 1870)*
 
 Children:
  Ella E. Forward (1870 - 1870)*
  Alma Siscelia Forward Parsons (1876 - 1951)*
  Edward Watkins Forward (1878 - 1943)*
  Sadie E. Forward Brazill (1880 - 1955)*
  Ida Merle Forward Coulson (1883 - 1968)*
  Cecil Forward Lucas (1885 - 1969)*
 
 Siblings:
  George Forward (1828 - 1914)*
  Charlotte Forward Pooler (1832 - 1853)*
  William Forward (1834 - 1912)*
  Franklin Forward (1838 - 1925)*
  Edward Forward (1839 - 1923)
  Fanny Forward Bunker (1840 - 1915)*
  Charles Newton Forward (1844 - 1913)*
  Mary Ann Forward Bunker (1845 - 1918)*
  Sarah A. Forward (1847 - 1849)*
  Lewis F. Forward (1854 - 1932)*
  Adelbert E Forward (1855 - 1944)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Wichita
Sedgwick County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Section 06, Lot 05, Grave 08
 
Created by: Bill Pennington
Record added: Jan 10, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23882600
Edward Forward
Added by: JoEllen Forward Greenlee
 
Edward Forward
Added by: Dennis Miller
 
Edward Forward
Added by: Dennis Miller
 
 
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In memory of his service in the Civil War as we celebrate the 150th anniversary.
- JoEllen Forward Greenlee
 Added: Oct. 23, 2011

- Barb
 Added: Oct. 26, 2008
 
 
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