|Birth: ||Jul. 9, 1844|
|Death: ||Feb. 15, 1909|
William D. Edwards, aged 64 years, formerly custodian of the state arsenal, died suddenly last night while returnng to his home in West Grand place from a business meeting of the West Grand place people at the school house of the same name. When within several blocks of his home, he complained to his companions that he did not believe he could get home, and he was taken into the home of Joseph C. Coleman. He asked for a drink of water, but could not drink it, and about ten minutes later said: "Well, boys, I am gone." Death followed. The time of his death was 10:06 o'clock. Mr. Edwards seemed to be in apparently good health and was never known to complain about his condition.
The decedent is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sarah J., four sons, Albert of Fort Worth, Texas, Harvey C., Benjamin, and William, all of this city.
William C. Edwards, former custodian of the state arsenal, was born in Loami township July 9, 1844, on his father's farm. He was the son of William Edwards and a grandson of Henry Edwards who came with a part of his family to Illinois in 1825, settling in Morgan county. He was a soldier in the War of 1812 and a participant in the battle of New Orleans. His son, William, the father of the deceased, came to Illinois with his parents and settled in Loami township. The decedent was the oldest child of the family and was educated in the subscription school of the township in which he was born.
He enlisted August 14, 1862, as a member of Company B, Tenth Illinois Calvary, for service in the Civil War and remained with the army until the close of hostilities, taking part in the battle of Prairie Grove, Biameta, Little Rock, Saline Bottom, the Camden expedition, the siege of Vicksburg, and as orderly was on detached duty for a time. He was wounded at Little Rock and Biameta three times. He served as a private during the entire war and was honorably discharged at New Orleans in 1865 having rendered valuable service to his country. He was always found at the post of duty, whether on the picket line or in the thickest of the fight. After being discharged he returned to his home on the farm.
In 1867 he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah J. Masters, who also was born in this state. They later moved to Auburn township where Mr. Edwards carried on agricultural pursuits until 1873, when he became a traveling salesman, selling agricultural implements until 1882. In that year he moved to this city and was upon the road until 1900. In 1900 he was appointed to the position of custodian of the state arsenal and of Camp Lincoln with the rank of quartermaster given by Gov. John R. Tanner, and here served in that position until 1908, when he was employed by C. R. Talbott, with whom he stayed until Mr. Talbott's establishment wsa gutted by fire several weeks ago. Since then he has been at home in West Grand place.
Mr. Edwards was a member of Stephenson Post No. 30, G. A. R., and was also connected with the Union Veterans Union. He was a member of the Western Commercial Travelers association of St. Louis. In politics Mr. Edwards was a staunch Republican. IL State Journal, Springfield, IL 2-16-1909
William Edwards (1822 - 1877)
Mary Burton Edwards (1822 - 1887)
Sarah J. Masters Edwards (1847 - 1916)
William D. Edwards (1844 - 1909)
James A. Edwards (1846 - 1864)*
Frances E. Edwards (1850 - 1851)*
Mary Edwards (1857 - 1857)*
Silas M. Edwards (1858 - 1858)*
Andrew W Edwards (1860 - 1903)*
Jorden S. Edwards (1863 - 1866)*
Margaret Edwards Breeding (1867 - 1927)*
Benjamin F. Edwards (1868 - 1868)*
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Plot: Block 19, 147
Maintained by: BjJ
Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
Record added: Oct 31, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31022149
Added: May. 12, 2013