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Lincoln County West Virginia Biography of James Madison EDWARDS

            James Madison Edwards, born in Henry county, Virginia, September 3, 1824, is a son of James and Mary (McMillen) Edwards, whose deaths occurred respectively, September, 1833, and April, 1875. In Henry county, September 29, 1849, James M. Edwards and Elizabeth Ann Goode were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony. She is a native of Henry county, born October 7, 1830, and her parents were Samuel and Nancy (Craig) Goode, the former died March 28, 1875, and the latter March 4, 1875. The birth record of the ten children of Mr. and Mrs. Edwards is: Samuel Henry, July 13, 1850; James Reed, December 13, 1852; John William, June 6, 1855; Mary Eliza, October 19, 1857; Thomas Benjamin, September 14, 1860; Nancy Ann, April 20, 1863; Emily Jane, May 6, 1866; Lemuel Dickenson, January 10, 1869; Robert Lee, May 28, 1871; Sarah Elizabeth, July 23, 1874. Seven of the children are at home; James Reed is in Van Wirt county, Ohio; Mary E., in Cabell county, West Virginia; Nancy A., in Kanawha county, West Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Edwards have been members of the Primitive Baptist Church for about fifteen years, and Mr. Edwards has been clerk. He is a prosperous farmer in Union district, owning 150 acres of land on Sycamore, two miles from Griffithsville, and twelve miles southeast from Hamlin. The land has good improvements; good water; fine apple and peach orchard; timber consists of poplar, pine, oak, hickory, maple, beech, ash and sugar; excellent indications for both coal and iron ore. Address, Gniffithsville, Lincoln county, West Virginia.

      Extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Lincoln County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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