This is a collection of facts, figures and musings of mine that I have collected during the years of 1991 and 1992. These concern the descendants of William Edwards, who once lived in Wilson county Tennessee and was my great grandfather. My father's name was Jefferson Davis Edwards. His father was Bradford Edwards, and his grandfather was William Edwards. I have no certain middle initial for either William or Bradford Edwards, but my research indicates to me that William's middle initial was "F".

My primary interest is with the descendants of Bradford Edwards, but my secondary interest is with the descendants of Michael Edwards, because I was well acquainted with many of them during my younger years. I owe most of the credit for this material to my father, Jefferson D. Edwards who was very interested in establishing a record of our family.

Thomas A. Edwards

1992

William F. Edwards

Shortly after the turn of 1800 two young brothers, named William and Nathaniel Edwards, moved to Wilson County, Tennessee. There is a record of a William Edwards receiving a grant for some 350 acres of land on Hickman Creek in Wilson County in 1806. My father's record says that they came from Georgia. An account in an Arkansas history book of Circa, 1890, lists them as coming from South Carolina. The Wilson County records lists them as coming from North Carolina.

William and Nathaniel Edwards enlisted in the army and fought in the battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815 under General Andrew Jackson.

According to my father's record, William Edwards married Miss Rebecca Waddly in 1806. Miss Waddly came to the United States with her parents from Scotland in 1787. To this union were born eight children, four boys and four girls:

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

John Edwards

1809

1837

Sallie (Sarah) Edwards

1811

1850

Michael W. Edwards

1813

1886

Nancy Edwards

1818

Unknown

Bradford Edwards

1821

1870

Wiley B. Edwards

1825

Unknown

Jane Edwards

1834

Unknown

Elsie Edwards

1837

Unknown


William and Rebecca Edwards lived in Wilson County, Tennessee until their deaths in 1852.

Note: I have limited information concerning these children, except for Michael and Bradford Edwards. Because of this I will first list what I have of all the children except these two, then I will list them and their descendents last.

John Edwards, the oldest child of William and Rebecca Edwards, was married to Miss Sallie Smith in 1831. They moved to Kentucky where their two daughters were born. John died in or about 1837.

Sallie Edwards, the second child of William and Rebecca Edwards, married a Mr. Beverly Pearce in 1839. They reared two sons (names unknown). Sallie died in 1850 and Beverly died in 1858.

Nancy Edwards, the fourth child of William and Rebecca Edwards, married a Mr. Morris in 1850. They reared one son named Charles Morris. Mr. Morris died early and Nancy married a Mr. Hall who also died shortly after their wedding. When Nancy died Charles Morris moved to Miller County, Arkansas.

Elsie Edwards, the eighth child of William and Rebecca Edwards, married a Mr. Henry Paris. I have no dates regarding this family. We know that they reared two sons and one daughter, but I have no names. Mr. Paris died near the end of the Civil War, and I have no date for Elsie's death.

Wiley B. and Jane Edwards - I have no information regarding the marriages and death of either of these children.

Michael M. (Mike) Edwards

Michael M. Edwards, the third son of William and Rebecca Edwards, was born in 1813. He married a Miss Sallie Bennet in 1833. Sallie died in 1874, and Michael died in 1886. To this union was born eight children: Four boys and four girls.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

John W. Edwards

1834

1863

Wiley Marshall Edwards

1836

Unknown

Nancy Edwards

1838

"

Rebecca Edwards

1841

Unknown

Mary Louisia Edwards

1844

"

Sarah Edwards

1850

"

James Bradford Edwards

1853

"

Robert Hattan Edwards

1850

"

Note: I will record the information that I have concerning the descendants of Michael and Sallie Edwards before I record the information on the descendants of Bradford Edwards, because I have so much more on the Bradford Edwards family.

John W. Edwards, the oldest child of Michael and Sallie Edwards, left his home in Wilson County, Tennessee and moved to the home of his uncle Bradford Edwards in or around 1854. Bradford lived in Weakly County, Tennessee. There John finished his education. In 1857 he moved to the then Lawrence County, Arkansas which was near Poughkeepsie (Sharp County), Arkansas. There he met and married Miss Catherine Simpson in 1860. To this union was born one son.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

William Allen Edwards

6/13/1861

3/14/1932

John W. Edwards joined the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He died in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1863, but I do not have the location of his grave. His wife Catherine (Simpson) Edwards also died in 1863. She is buried in the Spotts Cemetery two miles northeast of Poughkeepsie, Arkansas. Her tombstone still stands there today.

William Allen Edwards, also known as W.A. Edwards, was the son and only child of John W. and Catherine Edwards. His father and mother both died when he was two years old. He probably was reared by his grandparents, the Simpsons, who seem to have been well to do. He married Miss Fannie Wasson on 1/18/1885 in Evening Shade, Arkansas. Fannie was born on 7/1/1867 and died 6/29/1942. To this union six children were born: Five boys and one girl.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Homer Sylvan Edwards

11/5/1885

11/20/1932

John Richard Edwards

8/9/1887

9/20/1949

Larmon Cross Edwards

2/6/1892

6/14/1893

Willie Lee Edwards

12/15/1893

Unknown

Guy Wasson Edwards

6/29/1897

11/9/1944

Allen Love Edwards

7/8/1899

6/25/1962

W. A. Edwards was a very successful small town merchant. He built a prosperous business with his two story general mercantile store in Evening Shade. His store had two large front doors and a large loading dock at the back. He also owned a store in Batesville that burned, and he had no insurance. He owned the Evening Shade Motor Co. which was the only factory dealership that was ever located in Evening Shade. It was sold Ford vehicles. At one time, W.A. owned many farms with thousands of acres of land. When he died during the depression, he left his wife some three or more farms.

W.A. was a very popular business man before the Depression. I was very fond of him because he always gave me a double portion of candy as he was very fond of children

Homer Sylvan Edwards, the son of W.A. and Fannie Edwards, was married to Miss Harriet Weaver in 1909. To this union one child, Mary Francis Edwards, was born. She lived one week and died. She was buried in the Sharp Cemetery near Evening Shade. Homer was a successful cotton broker in Batesville, Arkansas. His knowledge of the cotton business was well known. I sold the only cotton I ever sold to him shortly before his death.

John Richard Nelson Edwards was know as John "Dick" Edwards by the people of Evening Shade. He was a prominent man in the community. He married Miss Mildred Lilla Shaver who was from a well known and respected family in the area. Miss Mildred was born 2/12/1888 and died 1/12/1975. To this union were born three sons.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

John Richard Edwards

9/16/1911

5/9/1988

William Carrol Edwards

2/29/1915

9/23/1971

Robert Nelson Edwards

9/00/1919

8/00/1971

John Dick Edwards worked with his father until the Depression took most of their property. He then served as a Deputy Sheriff and as chairman of the School Board for years. He served as foreman at a CCC camp at Jasper, Arkansas. He moved to Batesville during World War II and lived there until his death. Miss Mildred was a professional piano teacher for many years. She was the pianist at the Evening Shade Methodist Church for many many years.

John Richard Nelson (John Dick) Edwards, Ms. Mildred, John Richard and W.C. Edwards are all buried in the Oaklawn Cemetery at Batesville, Arkansas.

Larmon Cross Edwards lived only four months and is buried in the Sharp Cemetery near Evening Shade, Arkansas.

Willie Lee (Edwards, Matheny) Bonsteel was born in Evening Shade and was married to Earl Matheny (Son of Harmon Matheny) for a short time in 1914. She was later married to Mr. William Bonsteel of Harrison, Arkansas. To this union was born one son.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

William Bonsteel

Unknown

Unknown

Willie Lee (Edwards) Bonsteel is buried in the Cemetery at Harrison, Arkansas.

Guy Wasson Edwards, the son of W.A. and Fannie Lee (Wasson) Edwards, was born in Evening Shade, Arkansas. Guy married in or about 1925 to Miss Margaret Clema Bearden. To this union was born two children: One boy and one girl.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Guy Herman Edwards

-/-/1927

Unknown

Nina Jean Edwards

-/-/1932

Unknown

Guy Wasson Edwards operated the Evening Shade Motor Co. until it was forced to close in 1929 because of the Great Depression. I have no more information about Guy, except in 1943 I talked to him in Little Rock where we both lived. I went into the Navy, and he died while I was there. He is buried beside his father and mother in the Sharp Cemetery near Evening Shade.

Allen Love Edwards was the youngest child of W.A. and Fannie Lee (Wasson) Edwards, and he was born in Evening Shade. In 1920 Allen married Miss Alma Wiggins who was born 7/11/1902. At the present time (1992) Alma is in a nursing home in Sylacauga, Alabama. To this union was born four children: Two boys and two girls.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Allen Love Edwards, Jr.

-/-/1921

Unknown

William Albert Edwards

-/-/1924

Living

Sarah Francis Edwards

-/-/1928

Unknown

Lois Lynn Edwards

-/-/1931

Unknown

Allen Love Edwards, Sr. served in the military during World War I. When he returned he worked in his father's business until 1924 then ventured into business for himself. He returned to his father's business and helped with the farming interests. With the coming of the Depression Allen helped his parents look after their farms. In the late 1930's he moved to Sylacauga, Alabama and lived there until his death. His body is buried in the northeast section of the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Batesville, Arkansas. Allen was a friendly likeable person, and I was very fond of him.

Note: This concludes the information that I have up to the listed generation of the descendants of John W. and Catherine Simpson Edwards. There are two of the descendants living in Batesville, Arkansas not listed.

Wiley Marshall Edwards was the son of Michael M. and Sallie Bennet Edwards. He was known as Marshall Edwards, and I will use that name. He was born in Wilson County, Tennessee (According to his statement) in 1836. I have two pages copied from a history book of Arkansas, printed in 1892, that quotes him as a somewhat colorful man.

Marshall Edwards received limited education in Wilson County, Tennessee, and then moved to (what was then) Lawrence County, Arkansas in 1859.

In June 1861, Marshall joined the Confederate Army and served in the 21st regiment under Captain Nunn for four years. During this time his action took him to the Battle of Corinth, Mississippi. When the war ended he was discharged at Marion, Arkansas.

Marshall Edwards lived in southwest Missouri for two years and then came and lived with his uncle, Bradford Edwards, near Poughkeepsie, Arkansas. He probably moved with his uncle to Mt. Pleasant (Barren Fork), Arkansas and was there when his uncle died in February 1870. He moved back to Poughkeepsie, and soon married Maria (Simpson) Barnett. She was the widow of Nelson Barnett, who had three sons; James, Charles and Nelson Barnett, Jr.. Three sons were then born to Marshall and Maria.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

John Bill Edwards

4/4/1875

Unknown

Marshall Whitfield Edwards

9/-/1876

"

Charles William Edwards

3/6/1879

1/9/1918

Maria died and was buried beside her first husband, Nelson Barnett, in the Spotts Cemetery near Poughkeepsie, Arkansas.

After Maria's death, Marshall married a Miss Anna Lock. They had nine children: Five boys and four girls.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

James Craig Edwards

3/6/1881

Unknown

George Edwards

7/-/1882

"

Etta Edwards

5/-/1884

"

Ira T. (Cap) Edwards

-/-/1885

"

Ola Edwards

-/-/1887

"

Fanny Edwards

-/-/1888

"

Ray Edwards

12/25/1890

"

Ethel Edwards

10/9/1894

"

Jennie Edwards

-/-/1899

"

The Arkansas history book records Marshall as owning 800 acres of land on the Strawberry River, some two miles north of Poughkeepsie, Arkansas. This is on the main road from Poughkeepsie to Williford, Akansas. He was a member of the Maxville Masonic Lodge. He later moved to Texas.

Nancy Edwards was the daughter of Michael and Rebecca Edwards and was born in 1838. In 1859 she married John Balentine, and they had a son named Robert Balentine who was born in 1860. There was also a daughter named Sally Elizabeth Edwards, but I have no date on her birth. She married and moved to Paducah, Kentucky. John Balentine died in 1876. That is all the information that I have on Sally.

Mary Rebecca Edwards was the daughter of Michael M. and Sallie Bennet Edwards. She was born in 1841 and married a Mr. Warren in 1875. They lived 20 miles east of Nashville, Tennessee, but they had no children.

Mary Louisa Edwards was the daughter of Michael M. and Sallie Bennet Edwards. She was born in 1844 and married Charlie Balentine. They moved to Kentucky, and had no children. Mary Louisa died in 1880.

Sarah Edwards was the daughter of Michael M. and Sallie Bennet Edwards. She was born in 1850 and married her deceased sister's husband, Charlie Balentine. After Charlie's death, Sarah married Judge Bill Murphy of Sharp County, Arkansas. She had no children.

James Bradford Edwards was the son of Michael M. and Sallie Bennet Edwards. He was born in 1853. There is no more information about him.

Robert Hatten Edwards was the son of Michael M. and Sallie Bennet Edwards. He was born March 4, 1856. He married a Miss Nancy Byrd. I have no date on their wedding, but to this union two children were born: Junia Edwards and Brown Edwards. My father's record says that in 1934, they lived at or near Swifton, Arkansas. Both children married, but neither had any children. I enquired about them in 1992, but the people who lived there at that time never knew them.

Note: This concludes all my material on the descendants of William and Rekecca Edwards, except for Bradford, the fifth child. I have a more complete story of Bradford's descendants partly because I am one of them.

Bradford Edwards

Bradford Edwards was the son of William and Rebecca Edwards, and he was born in Wilson County, middle Tennessee. It was implied in an Arkansas history book that Bradford moved from middle Tennessee to northwestern Tennessee when he grew up. I found him married and in Weakly County, Tennessee in the 1860 census. His great grandson, Paul Suttle, told me that Bradford first married Sarah (Sallie) B. Waddy in 1853. Sarah died 9/20/1854. On 7/18/1855 Bradford married Sarah's sister, Miss Martha H. Waddy.

In the 1860 census, Bradford and Martha listed two children, William and Sarah. Bradford was 39 and Martha was 22 years at that time. There was a T.R. Hutchinson living with them who was 23 years of age. My father, Jefferson D. Edwards, lists his parents as living in Obion County (west of Weakly County) when he was born 4/29/1861.

My father was named for the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis. Shortly after his birth his father (Bradford Edwards) joined the Confederate Army. I have a copy of a letter written by him to Martha from New Madrid, and it is dated August, 1861. I have another copy of a letter written to Martha from Corinth, Mississippi in 1862. So we may assume that he fought in the Battle of Corinth with his nephew Marshall Edwards.

We know that shortly after the war ended, Bradford moved his family to Arkansas. Two years after the war ended, we find them at Poughkeepsie, Arkansas. The Arkansas history book records that Marshall Edwards came to live with them in Poughkeepsie.

We know from my father's account, that they moved to Mt. Pleasant (Barren Fork), Arkansas at about the same time as Marshall's visit. Less than three years later, 2/5/1870, Bradford Edwards died of pneumonia. In the earlier part of the same night a son, his name sake, was born. Bradford was buried in the Barren Fork Cemetery at Mt. Pleasant, Arkansas. Martha was buried beside him 32 years later, 10/12/1902. Her tombstone states that she was born 11/8/1836. Many of their descendants are buried near.

There were seven children born to Martha and Bradford Edwards: three boys and four girls. I have a list of all the births but not all the deaths.

Bradford was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and we assume that he was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where he is buried.

Children of Bradford and Martha (Waddy) Edwards

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

William E. Edwards

5/14/1856

10/16/1932

Sarah (Sally) (Edwards) Suttle

8/19/1858

Unknown

Jefferson D. Edwards

4/29/1861

1/9/1939

Nancy M. Edwards

9/23/1863

Unkown

Rebecca M. Edwards

1/6/1866

2/16/1882

Elsie Jennie (Edwards) (Kirk) Yeager

3/27/1868

2/12/1956

Wiley Bradford Edwards

2/4/1870

7/11/1959

William E. Edwards was the first child of Bradford and Martha Edwards. William was probably born in Weakly County, Tennessee. His father, Bradford, died when William was 13 years old. His mother was left with a brand new baby in the winter time. No doubt a great responsibility was placed upon William.

Around Christmas time of 1875, William married Martha Ann Shaw, who was born 3/4/1860. It seems that William may have lived with his mother for some time after his marriage. Martha, his wife, was the daughter of Judge Green W. and Martha Shaw. Judge Shaw was born 11/28/1824 and died 5/15/1901, and he is buried in the Shaw Cemetery east of Mt. Pleasant, Arkansas. William and Martha had three children: Two boys and one girl.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Charlie William Edwards

11/24/1876

1/9/1918

Bradford Edwin Edwards

4/30/1882

12/31/1972

Annie H. (Edwards) Richardson

4/28/1885

-/-/1972

Martha (Shaw) Edwards died 8/19/1886 and is buried in the Shaw Cemetery near the graves of her parents.

William E. Edwards then married Miss Luella Linn in 1888. Luella was born in 12/10/1862 and died 6/30/1952. they lived together for 44 years. There were six children born to this union: Two boys and four girls.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Una J. Edwards

4/27/1889

3//30/1909

Dr. Tasso Edwards

9/25/1890

11/23/1965

Lillian C. Edwards

2/13/1892

7/15/1979

Homer Edwards

9/00/1893

11/1/2/1939

Blonda (Edwards) Penn

6/29/1896

8/28/1977

Verlie (Edwards) Sims

5/30/1900

6/23/95

William and Luella lived together near Mt. Pleasant, Arkansas until William's death in 1932. Luella and Lillian moved into Mt. Pleasant and lived there until around 1940 when they purchased a home on Addie Street in Batesville, Arkansas. They lived there until Luella's death in 1952. William and Luella are buried side by side in the Barren Fork Cemetery near Mt. Pleasant.

Charlie William Edwards was the son of William and Martha Edwards and never married. He taught school for a few years, but he had a respiratory problem that plagued him. He was forced to move to west Texas near Big Springs in hopes of improving his health. He decided to return home for a Christmas visit in 1917, but he took a cold on the train, never recovered and died in January of 1918. He is buried in the Barren Fork Cemetery near his parents.

Bradford Edwin Edwards was the son of William and Martha Edwards. He lived almost his entire life at Mt. Pleasant, Arkansas. Around 1904 he married Minnie Lou Conyers, who was born 9/23/1885 and died 6/14/1928. To this union there were born nine children: five boys and four girls.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Glen Edwards

8/27/1905

6/27/1990

Fern (Edwards) Bone

6/181907

Unknown

Maurine (Edwards) Bone

8/4/1909

Living

Roger Edwards

11/1/1911

"

Meda (Edwards) Bone

10/20/1914

"

Charles Edwards

5/25/1919

"

Glavis Edwards

9/4/1921

"

Remel C. Edwards

3/20/1923

7/16/1924

Janette C. Edwards

9/23/1927

8/14/1928

Bradford Edwin Edwards was known as Edwin Edwards. He was a good business man and a good hill farmer. He owned a farm one mile east of Mt. Pleasant, Arkansas. In later life he sold the farm and built a nice home within the city limits of Mt. Pleasant. There he owned a general store until he was near seventy years old. Edwin, Minnie Lou, Remmel and Janette are buried in the Barren fork Cemetery near Mt. Pleasant.

Annie H. (Edwards) Richardson was the daughter of William E. and Martha Edwards. She married Isaac B. Richardson, who was born in 1883 and died in 1951. They lived in Melbourne, Arkansas. They had eleven children: Seven boys, three girls and an infant.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Orbra Richardson

7/18/1907

7/8/1988

Otis Richardson

1/-/1909

Unknown

Ewell Richardson

-/-/1911

Unknown

Loleda Allene (Richardson) Phillips

4/1/1913

Living

Earl Richardson

Unknown

"

Isaac Richardson

Unknown

"

Nettie A. Richardson

4/18/1918

7/9/1919

Una (Richardson) Shelton

Unknown

Living

John Richardson

Unknown

Living

William R. Richardson

Unknown

"

Infant

1/29/1906

1/30/1906

Annie and Isaac Richardson are both buried in the Barren Fork Cemetery near Mt. Pleasant, Arkansas.

Una J. Edwards was born to William E. and Luella Edwards. She was the first of their six children. She never married and died at the age of nineteen. She is buried in the Barren Fork Cemetery at Mt. Pleasant, Arkansas.

Dr. Tasso Edwards was the second child of William and Luella Edwards. Dr. Edwards was a well qualified dentist who served in World War I with the rank of 1st Lt. He never married and practiced dentistry in the city of Bald Knob, Arkansas. he served as Mayor of that city and held positions on many civic organizations. He owned several farms near the city and was generally engaged in other business ventures. He is buried in the Barren Fork Cemetery.

Lillian C. Edwards was the third child of William and Luella Edwards. She never married and lived with and cared for her mother as long as her mother lived. She lived the remainder of her life with her sister Verlie Edwards Sims. I have a place in heart and memory for Lillian. We lived next door to Aunt Luella and her for three years. She was plain spoken, sometimes offending people, but she was well meaning. She was a devout member of the Church of Christ. She is buried in the Barren Fork Cemetery.

Homer Edwards was the fourth child of William and Lily Edwards. I remember Homer as a large handsome man who began his career as a school teacher. He moved to Monette, Arkansas and began buying cotton professionally. This he did until his death. He was killed when he ran his car into a washed out unmarked bridge. He left a wife and two children, but I have no further information concerning his family. The local newspaper covered the front page with news of his death.

Blonda (Edwards) Penn was the fifth child of William and Luella Edwards. She too began her career as a school teacher. She accepted a job teaching at Strawberry, Arkansas where she met and married a disable veteran of World War I. His name was Ed Penn. Ed was born 9/26/1893 and died 2/10/1983. For over 30 years they owned a house in Brownsville, Texas where they spent the winter months. In the summer they lived with aunt Luella and Lillian. They finally sold their home in Texas and built a nice home on Wycough Street in Batesville, Arkansas. They lived there until their deaths.

Verlie (Edwards) Sims was the sixth and last child of William and Luella Edwards. She married King Sims who was a merchant in Cushman, Arkansas. She was not only a housewife to King, but used her ability at business to help King become a successful food broker and operator of a wholesale grocery business. They had four children: Three boys and a girl.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Keith Sims

7/13/1925

9/14/1990

Rebecca Jane Sims

9/15/1927

7/-/1929

Terry Sims

10/23/1929

Living

Noel Sims

7/31/1933

"

In 1992 Verlie lived in her home on Pine Street in Batesville, Arkansas. She died 6/23/95. She helped me very much in gathering the material for this book.

Note: This concludes William E. Edwards' Family.

Sarah (Sallie) (Edwards) Suttle was the second child of Bradford and Martha Edwards. She was born in Weakly County, Tennessee. I do not know the date of her death nor where she is buried. I have heard that she is buried near Mt. Pleasant, Arkansas where she lived all of her married life. She was married to John Kezie Suttle on 3/6/1883. Most of my information was obtained from their grandson, Paul Suttle, who lived in Batesville, Arkansas in 1992, but is now dead. Sallie and Kezie had two children: A boy and a girl.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Elizabeth (Suttle) Hood

12/26/1893

7/13/1980

J. Arch Suttle

2/22/1887

1/20/1933

Elizabeth (Suttle) Hood was born near Mt. Pleasant and married Robert Audie Hood in 1912. Audie was in the mercantile business at Cave City, Arkansas. He was born 7/2/1889 and died 12/27/1950. When he died, Elizabeth (Lizzie) moved in the house with her aunt, Jennie Yeager, at Batesville. Lizzie took care of her aunt until her death. Elizabeth and Robert are buried in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville. They had six children: Five girls and one boy.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Jennie May (Hood) Fryer

1/7/1913

1/1/1992

Lillian Angie (Hood) Smith

12/15/1915

Living

Archie Lee (Hood) Bray

-/-/1917

"

Ima Dean (Hood) Tarpley

2/15/-

"

Wayne Hood

3/6/1925

"

Bobbie Maxine (Hood) Pierce

10/11/1928

12/4/1990

J. Arch Suttle was the second child of Sarah and Kezie Suttle and was born near Mt. Pleasant. He was married to Willie (?) who was born 10/9/1887 and died 1/10/1927. They had one son, Paul Suttle, who now lives in Batesville.

Note: I will finish Bradford and Martha Edwards other children and return to Jefferson Davis Edwards' family.

Nancy M. Edwards was fourth child of Bradford and Martha Edwards. She was born in Obion County, Tennessee. I have no information concerning her, but my sister believes that she died at birth.

Rebecca H. Edwards was the fifth child of Bradford and Martha Edwards. We suppose that she was born in Obion County. She died in 1882 and buried in Barren Fork Cemetery.

Elsie Jennie (Edwards)( Kirks) Yeager was the sixth child of Bradford and Martha Edwards. She was born in Mt. Pleasant and married William J. Kirks in 1887. They had one child.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

William F. Kirks

9/19/1888

2/4/1897

Aunt Jennie, as she was known, married William Kirks who died young and is buried in the Kirks Cemetery located between Mt. Pleasant and Sidney. There is a tombstone, but it has no date. Aunt Jennie and their son are buried beside him. Aunt Jennie wanted a slab of concrete over the graves and her request was followed. After Mr. Kirks death, aunt Jennie married Daniel Yeager in 1911. He was in the mercantile business at Sidney and Batesville. Aunt Jennie died 2/12/1956.

Wiley Bradford Edwards was the youngest child of Bradford and Martha Edwards. He was known as Brad. He was born in the first part of the night of 2/4/1870. I am told that the new baby was shown to his father before the father died. This took place in Mt. Pleasant and Uncle Brad lived his eighty-nine years in that neighborhood. He was married to Miss Fannie Kirks about 1900. Aunt Fannie was born 1/21/1879 and died 5/5/1965. They had one son.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Lornezo G. Edwards

5/11/1909

11/12/1990

Uncle Brad spent his life on the Edwards Farm some three miles from Mt. Pleasant. The house was on the Sharp and Izard County lines, but uncle Brad chose Sharp County as his residence. In 1954 Uncle Brad sold the farm to his niece Verlie (Edwards) Sims and her husband. Brad bought a home in the little town of Mt. Pleasant. He died five years later. I sat with him most of the time in the hospital before he died. I was very fond of him. He and aunt Fannie are buried in the Kirks Cemetery between Mt. Pleasant and Sidney.

Lorenzo G. Edwards was the only child of Wiley Bradford and Fannie Edwards. Except for the time that he spent in the Army, he lived near his mother and father until he married Miss Zilla Hightower in 1949. Zilla was born 8/28/1906 and died 1/22/1982. They lived near Sidney, Arkansas. They are buried in the Kirks Cemetery near his mother and father.

Jefferson Davis Edwards

Jefferson Davis Edwards was the third child of Bradford and Martha (Waddy) Edwards, and according to his own account was born in Obion County, Tennessee on April 19, 1861. After the Civil War ended, his father, Bradford Edwards, moved the family to Arkansas. Jefferson was my father, and he told me about riding in a boat for several days on the trip to Arkansas. It is possible that they rode the boat down and up rivers to Powhatan, Arkansas. There are records of them being in Poughkeepsie, Arkansas in 1867.

From Poughkeepsie they went to Mt. Pleasant, Arkansas (known as Barren Fork) where Jefferson (Jeff) grew up and where his father died.

Jeff took a trip to Paris, Texas and farmed for a year. He then went with some friends to Kansas where he told of sleeping on the ground in the winter time. The returned to Arkansas because of Indian trouble.

Jeff drove a freight wagon from Mt. Pleasant to Batesville for a period of time. Then he tried the mercantile business but failed at that. He traded horses for his cousin W.A. Edwards for a few years.

In the late 1890's Jeff homesteaded several acres of land between Evening Shade and Center, Arkansas (Sharp County). Here he met and married Rachel Emily Huckabee who was 18 years old. Jeff was 39. They had ten children: Six boys and four girls.

Jeff and Emily lived on this farm for eleven years. Five of the children were born there. They sold the farm and bought another one about one half mile below the mouth of Piney Creek on the south side of the Strawberry River. They lived there for three years. During that time two more children, boys, were born. They bought another farm two miles south on the Whaley Creek. They lived there for eleven years before selling the farm. In the meantime Jeff traded the Strawberry farm for the Evening Shade Mill and Milling Co. Jeff then bought eighty acres that joined the mill property and built a house for his family. He moved into the new house and lived there until 1935. He sold that house and built another house on the eighty acres and lived there until his death in 1939.

After Jeff Edwards died, my mother sold the farm, married a Mr. J.V. Cathey and moved into his house in the town of Evening Shade. When Mr. Cathy died in 1952, Emily bought the home left by the heirs of Luella Edwards on Addie Street in Batesville. She lived there until she died 3/31/1964.

Their ten children were:

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Bradford Dudley Edwards

7/29/1901

11/16/1966

Joseph Isaac Edwards

3/16/1903

12/17/1976

Myrtie Lee (Edwards) Bacon

2/6/1905

Living

William Jefferson Edwards

5/9/1907

4/17/1963

Maudie Ovella (Edwards) Sharp

9/11/1909

Living

Clavin Monroe Edwards

1/19/1912

1/8/1986

Thomas Adams Edwards

7/4/1914

Living

Martha Francis (Edwards)(Lightfoot) McQuaid

2/28/1917

Living

Ora Mary (Edwards) Morris

7/14/1919

10/9/1993

Albert Washington Edwards

2/15/1922

12/23/1987

Jefferson Davis and Emily (Huckabee) Edwards are buried side by side in the Sharp Cemetery near Evening Shade, Arkansas. Jeff was a member of the Methodist Church, and Emily was a member of the Church of Christ.

Bradford Dudley (Dud) Edwards was the first child of Jeff and Emily Edwards and was born at their farm between Evening Shade and Center, Arkansas. Dudley married to Margie Bacon on 8/25/1925. Margie was born 8/1/1902 and died 12/26/1986. They had two children: One boy and one girl.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Edward Gene Edwards

1/16/1927

5/21/1988

Claudine (Edwards) Rounds

1/9/1931

Living

Dudley lived in the vicinity of Evening Shade until 1943 when he moved his family to Batesville where he lived until his death. Dudley was a very talented in many ways. He made beautiful music with the violin. He bought an old Model "T" Ford car around 1920, and from that beginning he soon became a very good auto mechanic for the time and age.

In the fall of 1925, Dud bought a saw mill and operated it for eight years. He became addicted to alcohol and tobacco when he was in his teens, and these became a very bad handicap the remainder of his life. Dud had a very soft heart when he was sober, but not so when he was intoxicated. Dudley is buried along with Margie and Gene at the Egnor Powell Cemetery some four miles south of Batesville.

Joseph Isaac Edwards was the second child of Jeff and Emily Edwards. He married Viola Royal on 12/20/1930. Viola was born 3/20/1911 and died 10/11/1996. They had two children: One boy an one girl.

Name

Date of birth

Date of Death

Monta Jo (Edwards) (Bickle) (Loy) Rowe

3/15/1932

Living

Donald Max Edwards

2/23/1938

Living

Joseph (Joe) Edwards was noted for his dedication to his Lord, his family and his work. At twenty years of age Joe owned his own team of mules and farming tools. At twenty-one he left home and farmed for himself for two years. Joe sold his mules and equipment and used the money toward getting a better education. In 1928 Joe came back home and farmed for two years. He then joined Dudley in the garage and saw mill business.

When Joe married he worked as an automobile mechanic while living in Evening Shade, Sidney, Melbourne, Cave City and Little Rock, Arkansas. In the spring of 1967, at sixty-three years, Joe began a full time preaching career and continued for the next ten years of his life. He and Viola are buried in the Pine Crest Cemetery ten miles south of Little Rock.

Myrtie Lee (Edwards) Bacon was the third child of Jeff and Emily Edwards. She married Henry Arthur Bacon on 12/23/1923. Arthur was born 9/2/1897 and died 8/20/1987. They had two children: Two boys.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

P.J. Bacon

10/11/1933

Living

Paul A. Bacon

3/6/1945

Living

Myrtie was a hard working farm wife, mother and a devoted member of the Evening Shade Church of Christ for over sixty years. She always prepared food for all church socials, and had the preacher into their home for lunch. She is proud of her granddaughter's preacher husband. Myrtie and Arthur spent most of their lives on the farm. Myrtie continued to live on the farm (two and one half miles south of Evening Shade) until recently (1995) when she moved into a Rest Home in Sidney, Arkansas. In 1992 she fell and broke her shoulder. (She is quite a lady.) Arthur is buried in a Cemetery on the farm.

William Jefferson Edwards (Willie or Bill) was the fourth child of Jeff and Emily Edwards. He married Mable Mullins on 6/15/1934. Mable was born 9/22/1915 and currently lives in Florida with her son Howard. They had two children: One boy and girl.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Jo Ann (Edwards) Brents

10/1/1934

6/7/1977

William Howard Edwards

4/20/1936

Living

Willie's first job away from home was for the Sharp County Record, a weekly newspaper. He worked for newspapers in Arkansas and the New York Times. When the Depression became severe, he came home in 1933. After he was married, Willie took a job with the W.P.A. in the school aid program. He was transferred to Little Rock in 1940, and later took a job with a trucking company, Motor Express. He then managed two trucking firms' terminals in Little Rock, and he was the manager of one when he died at age fifty-five.He was a member of the Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge. He is buried in the Masonic Plot of the Pine Crest Cemetery southwest of Little Rock. His daughter, Jo Ann, is buried in the Brents Cemetery, Morrilton, Arkansas.

Maudie Ovella (Edwards) Sharp is the fifth child of Jeff and Emily Edwards. She married Spellman Sharp on 1/13/1929. Spellman was a descendent of Ephriam Sharp, for whom the county was named. Apellman died 9/25/1995. They had ten children: Seven boys and three girls.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Joyce (Sharp) Fudge

10/19/1929

Living

Laddie Sharp

12/27/1931

"

Loyd Sharp

7/30/1934

10/31/1990

Dale Sharp

11/16/1937

Living

Roy Neal Sharp

6/17/1940

1/5/1993

Francis (Sharp) Steele

10/30/1942

Living

Dwight Sharp

9/19/1945

"

William Sharp

11/25/1947

"

Marylin (Sharp) Batterton

4/25/1951

"

Donald Sharp

5/23/1954

"

Maudie has been a fine sister to me and a fine wife and mother to her family. Her Lord and her family are her life. She spent most of her life on a farm, worked hard and reared ten children to be respectable and have a good education. This is a fine tribute to her.

Calvin Monroe Edwards was the sixth child of Jeff and Emily Edwards. He married Lola James in 1940. Lola was born 4/29/1908 and died 1/19/1982. Lola had a daughter, Mona Lou, by a previous marriage. Mona accepted Calvin as her father, and Calvin accepted her as his daughter. Calvin and Lola had two children: One boy and one girl.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

James M. Edwards

4/19/1941

Living

Doris Ann (Edwards) Rinks

4/6/1943

"

Calvin began the automobile mechanic trade when he became grown. He worked at Evening Shade, Cave City and Judsonia, where he met and married Lola. When World War II began Calvin took a job as an electrical lineman working for a electric construction co. When the war ended, Calvin opened an automobile garage in Judsonia, Arkansas, and operated it for three years. He then moved to Lake City, Arkansas and worked for a year. He then moved to Magnolia, Arkansas. A storm destroyed his mother-in-law's home in Judsonia, so Calvin took a job in Searcy and returned to Judsonia. He worked in Searcy until he suffered a serious heart attack in 1974 making him totally disable. Calvin had prostrate surgery, then he developed cancer of the pancreas and died in January, 1986. Calvin was a worker in the Baptist Church at Judsonia. He preached some in the area and wrote some religious songs, two of which were sung at his funeral. He and Lola are buried in the Judsonia Cemetery.

Thomas Adams Edwards is the seventh child of Jeff and Emily Edwards. Thomas (Tom) married Beatrice Latham on May 17, 1937. Beatrice was born 8/16/1917, and she and Tom live together in North Little Rock, Arkansas. They had two children: Two sons.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Thomas Latham Edwards

9/9/1938

4/13/1982

David Marcus Edwards

2/10/1950

Living

Tom studied electricity and began some work in that field. He then followed that work as a life's career. He served two years in the CCC, one year in the National Guard and two years in the Navy during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater from the Solomon Islands to Okinawa, Iwo Jima and the Aleutians. He worked for Barnett Bros. Department Store in Batesville for three years. He owned half interest and managed an appliance store in Newport, Arkansas. He worked thirty years for the Arkansas Power and Light Co. and retired 7/31/1979. He served as a deacon and elder in the Church of Christ. He was a Boy Scout Master for four years and took an extended trip to the Bible Lands in 1972.

Martha Francis (Edwards)(Lightfoot) McQuaid is the eighth child of Jeff and Emily Edwards. She now lives between Sheldon and Broughno, Missouri. She married J. A. Lightfoot 2/23/1940, and they had three children: Two girls and one boy.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Francis (Lightfoot) Ephingstone

1/16/1943

Living

Cerelda (Lightfoot) Demesters

6/11/1945

"

John Lightfoot

9/13/1947

"

After Martha finished high school, she attended John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas for two years. She then taught school near Nelsonville, Arkansas for two years. She then earned her BE degree from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas. She later earned a Masters degree and continued working toward her PhD. She taught at Holcomb, Missouri where she bought a farm and kept it for many years then gave it to her daughter. She separated from Mr. Lightfoot and moved to St. Louis, Missouri where she taught until retirement. While in St. Louis, she met and married a Mr. Roy McQuaid 3/7/1965. Mr. McQuaid was killed in an automobile accident on 8/1/1971. Mr. McQuaid was a special agent for a railroad. After Martha retired, she travelled to Europe, then sold her home in St. Louis and bought a large farm where she now lives.

Ora Mary (Edwards) Morris was the ninth child of Jeff and Emily Edwards. When Ora finished high school, she attended Arkansas College in Bateville. In 1944 she married Lonzo Morris, who was born 12/28/1927. They had two children: One boy an one girl.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Lonzo Morris, Jr.

3/6/1945

Living

Mary Ellen (Morris) Olsen

4/20/1954

"

Ora taught school in Evening Shade for two terms and joined the WAAC during World War II, but left when the branch was changed to WAC. She then took a job as a secretary for the Batesville White Lime Co. While there she met and married Lonzo Morris. She worked for a time for the Arkansas Dry Good Co. and the Johnston-Ketz Medical Clinic. About 1964 she and Lonzo bought his father's country store, and Ora operated it while Lonzo was a mail carrier. Ora died 10/9/1993. Lonzo lived in Batesville, but died 3/19/1994. Both are buried in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville.

Albert Washington Edwards was the tenth and youngest child of Jeff and Emily Edwards. He finished high school in Evening Shade and attended college in Louisiana. He joined the Army Air Corp in 1941 and married Patricia Minick in May, 1942. He was sent to Burma soon after their wedding and while away Patricia divorced him. When he returned in the winter of 1945, they were remarried. She divorced him again in 1949. Albert then married Joann Nabor 10/9/1952. She was born 12/2/1935. They had four children: Three girls and one boy.

Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Catherine Elizabeth (Edwards) La Borde

7/23/1954

Living

Anita Coleen (Edwards) Seeleg

8/27/1955

"

Joel Darren Edwards

11/20/1958

"

Pamela Joann (Edwards) Pinckard

8/22/1963

"

Albert served thirty-six years in the military as a weather forecaster and was stationed in many parts of the world. he retired in Shreveport, Louisiana where he died with an aneurysm. He is buried in the V.A. Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Conclusion: This concludes the information that I have at this time. I have visited many people and many cemeteries, but it has brought me closer to my ancestors and my living relatives. Most of my information came from my father's notes, but my sisters Myrtie and Maudie and my cousins Verlie, Roger and Louise helped me along with many others. I hope it brings some information to you.

-Thomas A. Edwards