E Biographies

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Wesley was born in this township (Marion Township, Lawrence County, Ind.) October 6, 1822, son of William and Emily (Murphy) Edwards. Both parents were natives of North Carolina, where they were married and resided until 1816, when they came to Orange County, and about a year later to Lawrence County, locating on our subject's farm. Here the parents lived and farmed, well respected until their deaths; the father dying in 1863, and the mother in 1850. The father was a soldier in the war of 1812, was a Whig and a member of the Baptist Church, and was a man of more than ordinary worth. Wesley was one of ten children, seven of whom reached maturity. He passed his youth on a farm, and at the age twenty-two years married Sarah, daughter of Allen Burton, who bore him seven children, only three now living: Herbert H., Louisa and Harriet. Mrs. Edwards was born in Ashe County, NC, March 1822. Wesley owned forty acres when he married; he now has 360 acres. For six years he was County Commissioner, and has honorably officiated in other responsible positions. He is a member of the Baptist Church. The county has no better citizen.

EDWARDS, William H. (b. 1841)

William was born in Marion Township, Lawrence County, Ind., November 30, 1841. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1873. Member, Grand Army of the Republic. Burial location unknown.