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 John Edwards

John Edwards

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 8 Oct 1821 (aged 50)
Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 16708217 · View Source
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My 3rd great grandfather.

*definitely NOT born in Lackawanna Co., Pennsylvania

John Edwards Sr.
Son of Thomas Edwards,
Husband of Elizabeth.

John Edwards served in the Pennsylvania Militia in 1794 as an ensign and in 1797 as Captain in the 2nd Co of the 5th Reg 2nd Battalion of Lancaster County Pennsylvania.
"John Edwards, served as a soldier, under Gen. Anthony Wayne, against the Indians in the Northwest in 1794."(Milton E Shirk)

In 1794 Gen Anthony Wayne led The Legion of the United States to the Battle of Fallen Timbers near present-day Toledo, Ohio.

John returned to Lancaster County abt 1798 and married Elizabeth Walter. They raised their family in the Cocalico Valley until the year without a summer. Farming was bad, crops failed and earning a living was almost impossible. So they had to move to find work.

They came to Marietta between 1816 and 1817 from Cocalico township to Marietta after hearing about the building up of the town in hopes of making enough money to live. In 1818 great great great grandfather with many many other started helping to build the Marietta Union Meetinghouse also.

He and Elizabeth had nine children. It was a damp cold fall and even tough John Edwards succumbed to illness as did others.

After his death, some children stayed in the area, some went back towards Cocalico Valley and some moved on westward.

Our quest is to trace each one of his children.
(Hannah, John, Elizabeth, Magdalene Martha, Sarah, Mary, Rebekah, Samuel and Susana.)

His wife was still alive at the time of his death, and we would love to see any documentation on her death.

Elizabeth Walter Edwards was born 19 Aug 1777 per the Edwards family bible and from baptism records.
She died after 1830 but I have not been able to really document an exact date yet.

Elizabeth Walter Baptism record:
Baptismal and Marriage Records,
Rev. John Waldschmidt,
Lancaster County, Penna.
Translated by Luther R. Kelker, Harrisburg, Penna.
page 198.
Walter - Elisabeth, d Heinrich & w. Eva; b. Aug 19, 1777; bp. Aug 20, 1780; sp. Elisabeth Amweg.

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  • Created by: Lostnfog & family
  • Added: 19 Nov 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16708217
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Edwards (1 Jan 1771–8 Oct 1821), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16708217, citing Marietta Union Meeting House Cemetery, Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Lostnfog & family (contributor 46802932) .