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Sarah ( Baldwin) Edwards, was born June 25,
1657, in Northampton, and resided in that
town through life, dying October 3, 1731. He
was a farmer by occupation, and owned num-
erous tracts of land, as indicated by the first
inventory of his estate made December 24.
1631, including a house and homestead, thir-
teen acres of meadow, fourteen acres over
Mill river, a lot in the long division, and lots
ami rights in meadows and commons. He mar-
ried (first) May 17, 1688, Hepzibah Janes,
L11 irn February 13. 1665: died November 9,
1691 ; daughter of William and Hannah
( Broughton ) Janes: (second) Elizabeth
Stiles, who died April 5, 1719. His third wife,
baptismal name Thankful, died May 13, 1727.
He married (fourth) October 12, 1728, Han-
nah, widow of John Goodman, of Hadley. She
died 111 1724. Children: Lydia, born February
5, 1689 ; Daniel, June 26, 1690: Experience,
married Jonathan Wright, 1709: Nathaniel,
died young: Nathaniel, mentioned below: Jo-
seph, died young: Joseph, March 19, 1698; and
Elizabeth, who married ( first ) Daniel Bartlett,
17 H). and (second) Joseph Parsons.

(III) Nathaniel ( 2 ) , third son of Nathaniel
( 1 ) Edwards, and second child of his second
wife, Elizabeth Stiles, was born July 26, 1694,
in Northampton, and was a farmer in that
town, a man of much means for his time, and
of free-hearted disposition. He studied for a



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year in Yale College, and was a very apt scholar
learning with little effort. He was subsequently
a pupil for a time in a school maintained by
Mr. Dwight, in Northampton. His free-heart-
ed disposition and easy mode of life dissipated
much of his property, and lie died at the early
age of fifty-one years, October 7, 1745. He
married. Ma\ 18. 1720, Alary Strong, born May
19, 1701. died December 6, 1729, daughter of
Samuel and Ruth ( Sheldon ) Strong ; ( second ) ,
1733. Elizabeth Sykes. of Springfield, who mar-
ried (second), 1748, Henry Curtis, of Coven-
try. Children : Ebenezer, died aged two years ;
Elizabeth, born November 29, 1723 ; Mary. No-
vember 2T,. 1725; Ebenezer, mentioned below;
Ruth. August 15, 1729, died same year.

(IV) Ebenezer, second son of Nathaniel (2)
anil Mary (Strong) Edwards, was born Sep-
tember 4. 1727, in Northampton, where he was
a farmer, and was killed by a falling tree, Au-
gust 22, 1771, near the close of his forty-fourth
year. The inventory of his estate, in October
following his death, amounted to £972, 8s. He
married, about 1748, Lucy Warner, born Sep-
tember 2, 1725. died August 19, 1807, daugh-
ter of Mark and Lydia (Phelps) Warner, of
Northampton. Children : Nathaniel, born May
4, 1741.1: Timothy, March 25, 1751 ; Solomon,
July 19, 1753; Oliver, mentioned below; Lucy,
August 12, 1757; Lydia, baptized July 30,
1759: Nancy, August 16, 1761 ; Thadeus, 1763;
and Alanzon, January 19, 1766.

( V ) ( Hiver, fourth son of Ebenezer and
Lucy (Warner) Edwards, born August 29,
1775, in Northampton, was a soldier of the
revolution. He enlisted first as private in Capt.
Jonathan Allen's company of Gen. Pomeroy's
minute-men, who marched April 20, 1775, on
the Lexington alarm, and served eight days.
He enlisted April 27, in same company, under
Col. John Fellow's, 8th Massachusetts regi-
ment, muster roll dated August 1, 1775, serv-
ice, over three months one week four days.
He participated in Arnold's foolhardy and
disastrous expedition against Quebec, in the
winter of 1775-6, enlisting September 9, 1775.
lie was taken prisoner at Quebec, and released
in August, 1776, returned home and was for a
time released from poll tax on account of serv-
ice. I le received an order for money in lieu of
bounty coat, at Dorchester, November n, 1776,
showing that he was again in the service at
that time. His name appears in the list of men
recruited for Continental army, sworn to in
Hampshire county. April 8, 1779. He joined
Capt. Jonathan Allen's company, Col. Putnam's
regiment, for three years, was reported at one



time as a deserter, but was reinstated. He
probably served in the militia, as he is referred
to in the records as Capt. Oliver Edwards. He
is described as having light complexion, light
hair, five feet six inches in height. Soon after
the war he settled on Sugar Hill, in Chester-
field, Massachusetts, where his sons Luther
,m<l ( (liver subsequently resided. He served
as selectman of the town, i7<;o-94, 1800. He
married. January 15. 1783. Rachel Parsons,
born August 15, 1757, daughter of Isaac and
Lucina [Strong) Parsons, of Northampton.
The records of the town note baptisms : Rachel
Parsons, January 5, 1783; Luther. January 11.
1784; Sereno, January 22, 1786. There were
several other children born in Chesterfield,
among them: Mrs. William Pomeroy and Mrs.
Ambrose Stone, of Williamsburg, and Joshua
Hates, of Spaneatelus, New York.

( VI ) Dr. Elisha, son of Captain Oliver and
Rachel ( Parsons) Edwards, was born January
26, 1795, in Chesterfield, and died Eebruary 7,
1840, in Springfield, Massachusetts. When a
young man he went to Northampton, and was
employed in the apothecary store of E. Hunt as
clerk, and about 1815 removed to Springfield,
where he engaged in business on his own ac-
count. From about 1820 to 1825 he was in
partnership with Henry Stearns in the same
business, and in 1828 became associated with
Charles J. L'pham, under the firm name of C. J.
I'pham & Co. He was one of the subscribers
for land now used as Court Square. In 1822-
3-4 and 1826, was on parish committee of the
L'nitarian Society of Springfield. He was one
of the organizers in 1836 of the Chicopee Bank
of Springfield, now known as the Chicopee Na-
tional l!ank, and was one of its first nine di-
rectors. The following tribute to his character
is from the pen of one who knew him well.

"In .the death of Dr. Elisha Edwards the
community has lost one of her most esteemed
citizens : the town, an enterprising, high mind-
ed merchant : and his family, a most kind and
affectionate friend and counsellor. Few men
among us have been more successful in busi-
ness than Dr. Edwards, and very few can be
found who possessed the independent enter-
prise and perseverance with which he was en-
dowed. Blessed as he was in affluence, he used
it not for himself alone. The genuine sym-
pathies of his nature were always alive to the
misfortunes and wants of others. His hand
was ever open to minister to the necessities of
the poor and the destitute. No one in distress
appealed to him in vain. In his friendship he
was warm, decided and unwavering. Clouds



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might arise, winds blow, and storms beat, but
lie was true as the needle to the pole. The
home, the garden, and the flowers he once loved
and cherished, remain. The flowers will again
bloom, but not for him. The hand that reared
them is laid low. The clods of the valley cover
him as he rests in his narrow dwelling, but he
is gone, and we trust to a brighter and better
world, where "the wicked cease from troubling
anil the weary are at rest.' "

lie married, in 1821, Eunice, daughter of
Daniel and Sylvia (Burt) Lombard, born Oc-
tober [3, i7'»7. died December 15, 1875, sur ~
viving him more than thirty-five years. She
was a lineal descendant of John Lombard,
pioneer settler of Springfield. 1 ler mother was
descended from I lenry Hurt, also an early set-
tler, and his wife Eulalia. John Lombard was
twenty-three years postmaster at Springfield,
and one of the first removed from office under
the "spoils system" inaugurated by Jackson in
[828. Mrs. Edwards was remarkable for her
beauty, which she retained during her seventy-
eight years of life. She was endowed by un-
usual capacity for business and cared for her ten
children and the family estate with remarkable
judgment and success. Children: I.Caroline
L., wife of William L. Smith, Springfield. 2.
Sophia Orne. married James H.Johnson; home
in Bath, New Hampshire. 3. Charlotte E., mar-
ried. November 28, 1848, Benjamin F. Warner,
who died in [862; children: i. Caroline, born
December 3, 1849, died December 19, 1886; ii.
Ellen Warner, born May 31, 1854, married
William M. Davis, professor, Cambridge Uni-
versity; children: Richard Mott Davis, Na-
thaniel Burt Davis. Edward Mott Davis ; Frank
Edwards Warner, born May 31, 1856. married
■Blanche Fay, child, Richard Fay Warner ; Mr.
Warner is connected with Bell Telephone Com-
pany Boston. Mrs. Charlotte E. Warner re-
sides in Springfield. 4. William, merchant,
Cleveland, Ohio. 5. Julia E., married Charles H.
llurd. of Dorchester, Massachusetts. f>. Gen-
eral Oliver, see forward. 7. Mary E., wife of
< )scar A. Child, of Cleveland. Ohio.

In 1824 Dr. I'M wards built the house at No.
5 Chestnut street. Springfield, where the re-
mainder of his life was passed and where his
children grew up. It was the cheerful abode
<>f harmony anil kind hospitality. When a
young man. Mr. Edwards was read out of the



First Church at the time of the Unitarian se-
cession, but its pastor, Dr. (Jsgood, remained
his firm friend to the end. Dr. Edward's home
on Chestnut street was known as "Rose Cot-
tage," and its piazzas were covered with climb-
ing roses. His garden was of the best, and
here he reared fruit, flowers, and vegetables in
profusion. In speaking of this home, one of
his children says: "In the early days of peach
culture there was such a yield the peaches were
gathered in quantities under a large willow tree
in sight of the so-called 'back gate' for free
distribution. That same willow tree! Boys
and girls, do you remember the swing that
seemed to carry us skyward, almost to Heaven ;
the elastic branch that bent but never broke,
swaying in perfect harmony with the motion of
the swing; and the fruit ochard yielding its
fruit all the summer months, cherries, plums,
early pears, apples, such immense red sweet
apples as only that one tree was ever known to
bear, its branches growing on purpose to make
comfortable seats, where the children could
pass hours in play or study. The Fourth of
July picnics in that same orchard sometimes in
the grove opposite, do you remember? Also in
the winter months, when the fruit that often
seemed to boys the 'sweetest' was no longer
there to tempt, its covering of shining ice at-
tracted both boys and girls. Only this winter
a sixty-year 'young' man recalled the jolly old
times in that same ice-clad orchard."

(VI I ) General Oliver (2) Edwards, son of
Dr. Elisha and Eunice (Lombard) Edwards,
was born January 30, 1835, in the Chestnut
street home in Springfield, where he grew up.
He was among the most valiant soldiers of the
civil war. enlisting early in 1861 in the 10th
Massachusetts Regiment, in which he was made
first lieutenant and adjutant, June 21 of that
year, lie was mustered as colonel of the 37th
Massachusetts Regiment, September 4, 1862.
and was brevetted brigadier-general, October
19. 1864, for gallant and distinguished service
at the battle of Spotsylvania, and was appoint-
ed brigadier-general May 19, 1865. He received
mention for meritorious conduct at the battle
of Winchester, and was brevetted major gen-
eral April 5, 1865, for conspicuous gallantry at
Sailor's Creek, Virginia ; was mustered out
January 15, 1866, and subsequently took up his
residence at Warsaw. Illinois.



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