15 Jun 1998 John W. Edwards has submitted his family for your review. Please correspond with John should you be able to add to his information. Thanks - John Edwards
Begining in 1850 I found my gg-grandfather Benjamin Edwards, (Jr) living in the Ashby District of Fauquier county. Most of these people were farmers (English planters) who lived and worked on their farms. Most families had many children by today’s standards. It appears that many people married their neighbors and, I’m sure, some of their own cousins, as people never left their towns and farms. Benjamin had a neighbor who was a farmer and a preacher. A. H. Bennett. He married my g-grandmother and g-grandfather in 1869. Some of the Edwards’ neighbors had surnames such as Rector, Blackwell, Shumate, Suthard, Oliver, Brooks, and Bennett, just to name a few. As well as I have put it together the lineage went as follows: Benjamin Edwards married Susan Suthard in 1825. They had issue: Granville b. 1828 Sarah F. b. 1842 John b. 1832 Henry F. b. 1844 Joseph H. b. 1834 Martha E. b. 1846 Eliza J. b. 1838 James H. b. 1847 Inman b. 1840 The two people that I have found are my greatuncle Inman and my g-granfather Henry. Inman R. Edwards fought in the civil war and survived. He drew a pension in 1888, and I believe he still lived in the area at that time. Henry married Ricey Brooks daughter of William M. and Emily Brooks, another Fauquier farming family (and neighbor). Their brood was as follows: Susan b. 1829 or 30 Lucy b. 1839 Louisan b 1831 Henry b. 1842 Polly (or Patty) b. 1833 or 34 Samuel b. 1843 Thortin b. 1835 Ricey b. 1846 Barnett b. 1837 I found that Barnett later married a Mahala F. Edwards Jan 5, 1860. Henry and Ricey were married in Fauquier Co Dec. 30 1869 He 23, she 22. His occupation is farmer . Married by A. H. Bennett Fauquier County marriage register Vol 7, 1854-1906 Reel 68 Henry and Ricy had 3 children: Ella Edwards Ida Edwards Nelson F. Edwards my grandfather. Its possible a move to Stafford was made about this time (1890) Nelson married a most wonderful woman Fannie Lillian Young of Falmouth, Va. They had 3 children: Josephine Ricey Mary Nelson Sedonia John Franklin Edwards, my father who married Edith Whattaker.