JOSEPH E. EDWARDS, a prominent citizen and the treasurer of Knox Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, has been a resident of Toronto since the spring of 1890. He was born in Staffordshire, England, August 2, 1851, and is a son of Thomas and Annie (Burrows) Edwards. Thoams Edwards was a native of Wales and his wife of England. He died when his son, Joseph E., was a small boy. His widow married Enoch Probert and in 1867 the family came to America and located in Jefferson County, Ohio.
Joseph E. Edwards had few early advantages and may be said to be a self made man, having made his own business opportunities. For a time after reaching Jefferson County, he worked with his step-father in the coal mines and then as a stone mason and stone cutter and now is a contractor in stone, brick, sewer building and all kinds of concrete work, including the making of sidewalks. For a number of years before coming to Toronto, Mr. Edwards resided at Knoxville, Ohio, where he was valued as a citizen. Mr. Edwards possesses the stability of character that gains the confidence of his fellow citizens and wherever he has lived, they have honored him with public office. For two years he served as road supervisor, for two more as tax collector of Knox Township and at present is serving in his second year as township treasurer. At Toronto he has been a member of the Board of Health, also of the Board of Education, and is a member of the present Board of Public Service.
Mr. Edwards was married first, August 2, 1872, to Miss Laura V. Brady, of Knoxville, Jefferson County, Ohio, and they had one daughter, Mollie V., who is the wife of Frederick Mills, of Knoxville, Ohio. On April 5, 1890, he was married secondly to Miss Minerva J Halliwill, who was born near Findlay, Ohio, a daughter of Ferdinand F. and Elizabeth (Crawford) Halliwill. Both parents were born in Ohio and her father, who resides at Findlay, is now in his seventy-sixth year. Mr. and Mrs. Edwards are members of the United Presbyterian Church at Toronto, of which he is a trustee, while Mrs. Edwards is president of the Home and Foreign Missionary Society connected with this church. She is a most estimable lady and is interested deeply in many philanthropic enterprises and is a valued member of the W. C. T. U. at Toronto. In his political views, Mr. Edwards is a Republican, and in 1908 was brought forward by his party for the office of county commissioner.