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Sheila Skidmore
John W. Edwards Family
Lois - I recently found the following article in the Danville Advocate Newspaper of Danville, KY. Wanted you to see it and see if you were interested in posting it to the Find A Grave Memorial of this family.

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Edwards family has roots in Salem Baptist Church

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Edwards family has roots in Salem Baptist Church

Edwards family has roots in Salem Baptist Church

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 5:03 am

By BRENDA S. EDWARDS Contributing writer | 1 comment


Contributing Writer

John Will Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Fletcher Edwards donated land July 20, 1911, where the old Salem Baptist Church stood on Scrubgrass Road.

The church was built several years before on the land formerly owned by the Benjamin F. Whitehouse family. John W. and Elizabeth got the land in an exchange with Lafe and Martha Morgan, Bell Pope and Fannie McGraw in 1899.

After John W. got the 13-acre tract then decided to sell it and move to Nelson County, he made a deed for the land to go to the church with the stipulation that if services ceased to exist, the property would go to the state Baptist Mission Board of Kentucky.

The second church building was used as a worship place until the congregation dwindled and closed in 1950s when Ernest C. Richardson was minister. It now is a private residence and remains in the Edwards family.

The old church became known as Salem Baptist Church burned in October 1924, then rebuilt in May 1925 by residents in the community. James J. Edwards and his son, Roy, reported May 18, 1925, to the Kentucky Advocate on progress of the new church saying ti was ready for the finishing touch.

The first sermon was preached there by the the Rev. Dr. J.L. Dodson on the fifth Sunday morning and by Rev. L.W. Doolin in the afternoon.

Dodson became pastor of the church Feb. 21, 1913. Other ministers include B.T. Griffin, H.O. Nicely, J.W. "Marrying Parson" Edwards, and Richardson was the last one to preach there.

The Advocate newspaper reported Children's Day at Salem on Aug. 8, 1913, was a success. "A large crowd, good behavior, plenty of good things to eat and a very enjoyable afternoon."

Another article in the Advocate showed in December 1894 a series of meeting closed with 28 additions to the church. They were baptized near David Whitehouse's farm on Scrubgrass Road.

Not all reports of the church were good. In July 1889, The Danville Messenger reported an incident during Sunday school.

"Pistols, guns and clubs figured in, but no one was hurt much. There are some good people over that and it is a shame that they are continually molested by a set of scoundrels who respect neither man, God or Devil." (No names were mentioned in the report.)

Edwards family moves

John W. was the son of Mason and Lucinda Whitehouse Edwards. They left Boyle County in 1899 and headed for Nelson County where they lived until their deaths.

John W. was born April 17, 1860, in Boyle County and died March 19, 1936, at the age of 75 in Cox Creek in Nelson County. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the Lamb Cemetery on Scrubgrass Road.

He was a farmer and a Baptist.

John W. and Elizabeth Ophelia Fletcher were married March 24, 1885, in Boyle County.

She was the daughter of Henry Jackson Fletcher and Mary Elizabeth Pipes. Elizabeth was born Sept. 5, 1868, in Boyle County and died April 25, 1933, in Nelson County. She also is buried in Lamb Cemetery.

The 1900 Boyle County Census shows John W. was 39 years old, his wife, Lizzie was 30, and their child Evart (Eva or Evie) L. 14; along with Lila Watkins, 7, (an adopted son) and Lizzie's father, Henry J. Fletcher, 66.

In 1910, John W. 48; Elizabeth, 41; and Lila Watkins, 17, a servant, were living near James and Ellen Chambers and Terry Shannon and Samuel Chambers on Scrubgrass Road.

By 1930, John W. and Elizabeth lived in Nelson County with their daughter, Eva and her husband, James T. Watkins, (brother of Lila Watkins). The Watkins couple were listed as age 46, and their children: Ora, 23; Eula, 22; Ruth, and Edith Watkins.

John W. was the brother of Sarah E., James J., Robert G. and Lewis H. Edwards.

(Editor's note: Monty Bryant, a former member of Salem Baptist Church, researched information for this article.)
Added by Sheila Skidmore on May 31, 2014 6:51 AM
Thank you

Thank you for posting the photo of Daniel & Sarah Robert's headstone. They are my Great-great grandparents.

Added by KLSHewett on Sep 26, 2013 4:35 AM
Shirley ღPRICEღ Nance
I have transferred this memorial to you. If any of the memorials I have submitted for Letcher County are your family, I will be glad to transfer them to you. Go to the memorials you want and at EDIT just type the word TRANSFER. I submitted these memorials hoping to put them in the hands of family.
Added by Shirley ღPRICEư... on May 11, 2013 7:24 PM
chuck cummins
re = John Sewell
As there are no Find-a-Grave memorial ID #'s to the additions you have suggested, your information has been added as a note to Flower Section. Thank You.
Added by chuck cummins on Sep 04, 2012 9:05 AM

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