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John Edgar
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Birth: Oct., 1819
Maury County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Sep. 12, 1906
Karnes City
Karnes County
Texas, USA

In 1790, a baby boy was born in South Carolina. His name was James Edgar. In 1794, a baby girl was born in North Carolina. Her name was Selah Witherington. Their families moved to middle Tennessee in the early 1800s and settled southwest of Nashville, near the Natchez Trace. On 06 Jan 1816 James and Selah were married in Williamson County, Tennessee. He was 26 years old, and she was 22. They settled in nearby Maury County, Tennessee near the headwaters of Leiper's Lick Creek. And, they began to raise a family.

It is unknown how many children in total were born to James and Selah. What is known, however, is that they had ten children who survived to become adults; 9 boys and 1 girl, and all moved to Texas. The children and their approximate years of birth were:

1818 Joseph EDGAR
1819 John EDGAR
1821 Henry EDGAR
1824 William EDGAR
1826 James EDGAR
1828 Arthur EDGAR (twin)
1828 Joshua EDGR (twin)
1830 Hyman EDGAR
1833 Paulina EDGAR (only girl)
1835 Benjamin EDGAR

In 1835, their 17-year old, firstborn son, Joseph, went to Texas to participate in the Texas Revolution to gain independence from Mexico. He enlisted 26 Feb 1836, and he very quickly saw combat in the decisive Battle of San Jacinto the afternoon of 21 April 1836. Joseph Edgar died in 1837 at the age of 19 at the home of a family friend (Capt. James Swisher) near Independence, Texas. What caused Joseph's early death is unknown. But, records show he had suffered a minor wound in the Battle of San Jacinto. That wound, and/or the harsh conditions faced by the Texas Army in early 1836, may have contributed to his death.

In early 1838, the Republic of Texas posthumously granted land to Joseph Edgar. For his presence in Texas prior to its Declaration of Independence he was granted one-third of a league or 1,476 acres. For his participation in the Battle of San Jacinto he was granted 640 acres. And, for his military service in general, he was granted 320 acres. Joseph died before seeing or claiming any of that land he had earned. In 1844, Joseph's younger brother, John, went to Texas to claim that land on behalf of Joseph's heirs (his parents and his siblings).

James and Selah and most of their other children, and their families, relocated from Maury County, TN to DeWitt County, TX in late 1853. They traveled on foot, on horseback, and in wagons. The dates of that difficult, 52-day trip are recorded in Joshua Edgar's old family Bible. The trip began on 04 Oct 1853 and ended on 25 Nov 1853. They settled on the 1,476 parcel of land near the headwaters of Cuero Creek.

John EDGAR was first married to Mary James BROWN (1842-1870), then to Cynthia Jane CULPEPPER (1841-1877), then to Ellen DELOACH JONES (1833- ).
Family links: 
  James Edgar (1790 - 1869)
  Selah Witherington Edgar (1794 - 1873)
  Mary James Brown Edgar (1842 - 1870)
  Cynthia Jane Culpepper Edgar (1841 - 1877)
  Joseph Smith Edgar (1818 - 1837)*
  John Edgar (1819 - 1906)
  Henry Sorrells Edgar (1821 - 1908)*
  James D. Edgar (1826 - 1912)*
  Joshua N. Edgar (1828 - 1900)*
*Calculated relationship

From the Dec 1987 survey by Patsy Goebel and Jean Tidwell:
Note: Photos and data originally posted at Everything A Season: EDGAR Family Cemetery
Edgar Family Cemetery
DeWitt County
Texas, USA
Created by: Bob Webb
Record added: Nov 16, 2012
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John Edgar
Added by: Bob Webb
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