Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

William Edwards

Male Bef 1692 - Aft 1746  (> 56 years)


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  • Name William Edwards 
    Born Bef 1692  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1746  Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I030618  Tree1
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2020 

    Father Meredith Edwards,   b. Bef 1655,   d. 26 Jun 1712, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 57 years) 
    Mother Anne MNU Edwards,   b. Bef 1676,   d. Aft 1713, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 39 years) 
    Married Bef 1692  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F18465  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary {Unproven} Hayden,   b. Bef 1700, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1746, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 46 years) 
    Married Bef 1716  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Hayden Edwards,   b. 16 Mar 1715/16, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1803, Bourbon County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     2. Benjamin Edwards,   b. Abt 1720, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1760, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years)
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F15918  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Research notes from Jason

      The William Edwards who last appears in Westmoreland County VA in 1746 is likely the son of Meredith Edwards as appears in his 1712 will:

      There is a chain of evidence linking the sons of Meredith Edwards (Thomas, John and William Edwards) together as they bought up properties in Westmoreland, King George, Spotsylvania and other counties.

      1. They appear in court records together; William served as security for both Thomas and John Edwards in Westmoreland and King George County Court:

      Suit against Thomas Edwards by Rice Hopkins, William Edwards acts as security. (Westmoreland County Court Orders, Orders, 1705 - 1721 c, [xxvi] index, 405 fo., Sep. 26, 1717).

      In the accon of debt brought by Christopher Scandrett agt John Edwards for 640 lbs of tobacco, William Edwards came into court & entered himself special bail in the said suit & judgment is granted the plt agst the def for the said sum of tobacco which is ord'd to be paid with costs. (King Geo. County orders, Order Bk, 1, pg. 235, Feb. 4, 1724)

      2. The William Edwards of King George County is the same William Edwards from Westmoreland County. May 4, 1733 William Edwards and Mary Edwards "of Westmoreland County" appeared in King George County court for Hugh Canaday:

      William Edwards of Westmoreland County being summoned an evidence by Hugh Canaday agt Robert Richards & having attended one day it is ord'd that he pay him for the same & for coming & going 5 miles with costs according to law. (King Geo. County Orders. p. 638 May 4, 1733)

      Mary Edwards of Westmoreland County being summoned an evidence by Hugh Canaday agt Robert Richards & having attended one day it is ord'd that he pay her for the same & for coming & going 5 miles with costs according to law. (King Geo. County Orders. p. 638 May 4, 1733)

      3. When John Edwards died in 1743, Thomas Edwards filed suit over his estate:

      Administration of the estate of John Edwards, gent. is granted unto Richard Tutt, Ann Edwards, the widow & relict of the sd John Edwards decd having relinquished her right of administration of the sd estate unto the sd Richard Tutt, he having entered into bond with John Fox & Abraham Kenyon his securities in the sum of 800 pounds for his faithful administering the sd estate (King George County Orders, Bk. 2, pg. 385, Dec. 2, 1743)

      Thomas Edwards gent. plt agt Richd Tutt adminr &c of Jno Edwards decd def, In Debt. This day came the plt by his atty & the def comes & defends the force & injury when &c & says that he cannot gainsay the sd action of the plt nor but that the sd John Edwards in his lifetime was indebted in manner & form as the plt agt him hath complained & as to the damages of the plt by him in that behalf sustained the def say & confess that the plt sustained damages by occasion of the premises above his costs by him in this behalf expended to 27 pounds with legall interest thereon & no more & because the plt here do not gainsay but grants the sd alligation to be true he prays judgment & the sd damages above confessed together with the costs to him to be adjudged &c, therefore it is considered that the sd plt recover agt the def his damages afsd amounting to 27 pounds with legall interest thereon from the 25th day of March 1739 to the time of payment in form afsd confessed together with his costs in this behalf expended & the def being in mercy &c. (King George County Orders, Bk. 2, pg. 445, Dec. 2, 1743)

      4. William Edwards of Westmoreland was not from Surry and was never married to an Ann Harrison. This is a fiction made up by genealogists. There is no contemporary evidence that an Ann Harrison ever existed. William Edwards from Surry County was married to Elizabeth Harrison, daughter of George Harrison:

      Edwards, Elizabeth Harrison. Power of attorney, 1709 April 6, to John Frayser to acknowledge Mrs. Edwards’ relinquishment of dower rights to land in Jamestown, Va., sold by William Edwards to William Brodnax. (https://www.virginiahistory.org/collections-and-resources/how-we-can-help-your-research/researcher-resources/finding-aids/ambler)
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      WILLS OF Westmoreland County, Virginia 1654-1800 BY AUGUSTA B. FOTHERGILL: Pg 47
      EDWARDS, MERIDA, 17 June 1712; 27 August 1712. One feather bed, furniture, sword, gun etc to son John and he to be exr; my wife Ann 5 cattle; son William 76 acres of land, 4 cattle and sheep, one feather bed and furniture; my granddaughter one heifer; godson John Maders one heifer; daughter Ellenor gown and petty coat; son Thomas 4 head of cattle and 76 acres of land.
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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEEDS & WILLS. No. 10; 1744-1748 {Antient Press}: pp 270-271
      TO ALL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE to whom these presents shall come. I WILLIAM EDWARDS of County of Westmorland in the Dominion and Colony of Virginia send Greeting in our Lord God everlasting; KNOW YE that I WILLIAM EDWARDS in consideration of the love good will and natural affection which I have and do bear unto my well beloved Son, HADEN EDWARDS, have and by these presents do give and grant unto HADEN EDWARDS his heirs, one Negroe Woman named NELL and her increase for ever: Also I give and grant unto HADEN EDWARDS one oval table, also two feather beds with their furniture; KNOW YE Further that I WILLIAM EDWARDS in consideration of the love good will and natural affection which I have and do bear unto my well beloved Son, BENJAMIN EDWARDS, have and by these presents do give unto BENJAMIN EDWARDS one Negro (or in lieu of the said Negro forty pounds current money of Virginia) to BENJAMIN EDWARDS his heirs. I algo give and grant unto BENJAMIN EDWARDS two feather beds with their furniture, in token whereof I have delivered unto BENJAMIN EDWARDS one Bolster part of the furniture one of the beds; KNOW YE Further that I WILLIAM EDWARDS have and by these presents do freely give and grant unto HADEN EDWARDS and BENJAMIN EDWARDS the remainder of my goods chattles houshold stuff, goods, wares ready money of debts and all other things to me belonging which I may justly claim as in right my own whether alive or dead being my Real Estate in whose custody or possession soever the same or any part may be found: as well in the tenement where I now dwell as in any place or tenement, to be equally divided between HADEN EDWARDS and BENJAMIN EDWARDS; To have and to hold the goods wares ready money or debts houshold stuff and implements and all other premises each is proper moiety of the same reserving unto me WILLIAM EDWARDS the use of the property during the natural life of me WILLIAM EDWARDS and after my decease I do confirm unto HADEN EDWARDS and BENJAMIN EDWARDS and each of their heirs the moiety unto each assigned as I WILLIAM EDWARDS have absolutely and of my own accord set and put forth these presents in further Testimony thereof. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set mv hand and seal this Twenty fifth day of November in the Twentieth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second and in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and forty six
      Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of
      RICHARD LEE, WM. U. DAVIS, WILLIAM his mark EDWARDS
      F STURMAN
      Westmorland Sct. At a Court held for the said County the 25th day of November 1746
      WILLIAM EDWARDS personally acknowledged this Deed of Gift by him passed to his Sons, HADEN and BENJAMIN EDWARDS (for Negroes &c.) to be his proper act and deed, and on Motion of the said HEADEN and BENJAMIN the same is admitted to Record
      Test GEORGE LEE, C. C, W,
      Recorded the 4th day of December 1746, pr. G. L.. C. C. W.

      In book 10, pages 271-272, dated 25 Nov. 1746, there is a deed of gift from William Edwards of Washington parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia, to his son Benjamin Edwards, for 100 acres of land whereon said William now lives. In book 13, page 292, dated 20 April 1760 it is stated: Benjamin Edwards of Loudoun County, Colony of Virginia, ordinary keeper, conveyed this same above mentioned 100 acres of land to Anne Grigsby.
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      1735-1743 King George County Deed Book 2 (Antient Press); pp. 337-340
      Indenture made 30th April/1st May 1741 between JOHN JETT of county Westmoreland and WILLIAM JETT of county King George .. by deeds of lease & release .. for sum Ten pounds current money of Virginia sold 170 acres binding on the North West side of a Swamp call'd Fork Swamp now known by the name of the Head Swamp of Monroes Dam & now in possession of WILLIAM EDWARDS and MARY EDRINGTON which land was formerly the Estate of WILLIAM JETT and by (his) last will & testament dated 27th May 1695 bequeath'd to PETER JETT Deceas'd and Heirs .. and for want of such Heirs .. to his Surviving Brother whereby it is become the proper Estate of John Jett party to these presents ..
      Presence Thos: Vivion, John Jett
      Cha: Dean, Thos. Ammon
      At a court held 1st May 1741 .. Deeds of lease & release and Receipt for consideration money recorded.

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