Edward Washington Childs

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Edward Washington Childs

  • Birth 4 Oct 1823 Pike County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 22 Aug 1909 Freestone County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 29007812

Edward Washington Childs was born October 4, 1823 in Pike County, Alabama to James William Childs and Nancy Hawthorne. He attended school in Troy, Alabama, where he married Nancy Richardson.

Edward Washington moved with Nancy from Alabama to Bradley County, Arkansas, after their first son, William B. was born. He remained in Bradley County with his family until the close of the Civil War.

During the war Edward served in Company D of the 9th Arkansas Infantry Regiment, which consisted of men from Bradley County. He enlisted November 5, 1861. Edward and his son Billy fought in the Battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862), by far the bloodiest battle in American history up to that time. Both men saw action in the Hornet's Nest, scene of the battle's fiercest fighting. Edward was discharged at Camp Price, Mississippi on July 4, 1862.

His son Henry Jay also fought in the war, and a third son, James Lafayete, enlisted at the age of 15 and served as a courier under Gen. Carl Baker in Louisiana.

Edward and his family moved to Freestone County, Texas in 1865. They settled in Sandtown, a small community near Cooks Ferry on the west bank of the Trinity River. His wife Nancy and twin daughters died December 25, 1867, of malaria. They are buried in a cemetery near Sandtown. Edward later married Sarah Abney.

The family again moved to the Antioch Community, and here he resided until his death at the age of 86. He was at the home of his son, Robert Childs, when he died. He was buried with Masonic honors at the Antioch Cemetery.

Edward and Nancy had one other child in addition to those listed below:

* Sarah A. Childs -- birth unknown.




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  • Maintained by: Stickler
  • Originally Created by: Harold N. Womble
  • Added: 13 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29007812
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Washington Childs (4 Oct 1823–22 Aug 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29007812, citing Antioch Cemetery, Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Stickler (contributor 48659948) .