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Amma James “William L. J.” Edwards

  • Birth Oct 1852 Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida, USA
  • Death 17 May 1922 Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida, USA
  • Plot Lot 56
  • Memorial ID 40235101

Father: Britton William "Deputy Benjamin" EDWARDS b: 1828 Edgecombe Co, NC
Mother: Mary Jane CHESNUT b: ABT 1821 NC

"Amma" EDWARDS and 1st wife Mary Jane SUMMERSGILL are my husband's great great great grandparents.

ABOUT AMMA EDWARDS: "... A. EDWARDS, William Dawkins, and L. J. Dawkins' 'Cash Bargain Store' were the General Merchants who bought cotton and other farm products. They sold implements and plantation supplies, and extended credit on their books ... each year until the crops were made ... Other merchants included W. E. HAILE'S GROCERY ... " SOURCE: Book - History of Jefferson County by Jerrell H. Shofner (1918).

"Amma" also owned the town (Monticello) newspaper.
Source: Brother Matthias (Conrad Beecher Smith, a direct descendant)

It turns out his full Christian name is WILLIAM L. J. EDWARDS. There are court marriage records in Monticello, Jefferson County, FL with that name on them and that's the name listed on the Federal Census with his father, mother & brother's names.

WILLIAM "AMMA" EDWARDS' Last Will & Testament was nullified by the court and all his assets were distributed as if he had 'no will'. There is a gigantic file for the Probate of A. EDWARDS at the Jefferson County, FL courthouse. One of his daughters, Carrie Edwards (1st m. Hudson) (2nd m. Simmons) (3rd m. Wolfe), is one of the administrators of his last wishes.

AMMA and SUSAN LOEB EDWARDS filed a "Quit Claim Deed" in Monticello, Jefferson County, FL giving some property to someone named LOEB. This might have been a sibling of SUSIE / SUSAN LOEB EDWARDS?

Amma's three children by SUSIE are left in the guardianship of ELSIE and others at his death.


Spouse 1: Mary Jane SUMMERGILL
Married: 15 Nov 1874 Monticello, Jefferson Co, FL

Spouse 2: Susan "Susie" LOEB
Married: 20 Jan 1894 Thomasville, Thomas Co, GA

Spouse 3: Annie J. STEVENS
Married: 14 Jan 1909 Monticello, Jefferson Co, FL

Spouse 4: Elsie Lee GRIGGS (2nd marr. Charlie C. CRIBBS)
Married: 22 Oct 1914 Tallahassee, Leon Co, FL

SOURCE FOR MOST ALL ABOVE INFO: Mr. Alvie L. Davidson, CGRS, Lakeland, FL (

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  • Originally Created by: Wiregrass Irisheyes
  • Added: 3 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40235101
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Amma James “William L. J.” Edwards (Oct 1852–17 May 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40235101, citing Roseland Cemetery, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by GenAngel (contributor 47430398) .