Posted By:Tim Gruber
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Subject:Re: Edwards Family Research
Post Date:January 08, 2013 at 08:00:22
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Forum:Fayette County, PA Genealogy Forum
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I'm not related.

Here is where John, Mildred and his second wife Olive are buried: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Edwards&GSiman=1&GScnty=2266&GSsr=41&GRid=84408116&

I believe John was born Dec 2, 1917 and died Sept 13, 1985. I suggest getting his death certificate and obituary to be sure. They should list his mother's maiden name.

A WWII draft card for a John Washington Edwards shows he was born in Wilkins Twp., PA on July 26, 1888 which I believe is in Allegheny County. His wife is listed as Margaret and they lived in Dunbar, Fayette County.

Here is where I believe John and Margaret are buried: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Edwards&GSiman=1&GScid=45445&GRid=77812525&

Here too getting their death certificates and obituaries could help. For the death certificates in Pennsylvania check with the PA Dept of Health. For the obits in Allegheny County check with the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. For Fayette County check with the Uniontown Public Library.

The 1900 census of North Braddock shows a John Edwards, born July 1888 as the son of John Edwards who was born Nov 1867 in England. However, his wife Sophia was not the younger John's mother. John Edwards the elder married Sophia Berringer in 1895 after the death of his first wife (see familysearch.org for their marriage record). The marriage record shows John T. Edwards as born Nov 17, 1864 in England. Coincidentally there's a John T. Edwards 1864-1908 buried in the same cemetery as John W. An Allegheny marriage record from shows John Thomas Edwards born Nov 17, 1864 married to Bella Hanna who was born Feb 25, 1864 in Braddock Twp. She is probably the younger John's mother rather than Sophia.

The naturalization papers for John Thomas Edwards born on Nov 17, 1864 shows he became a citizen in 1899 and that he arrived in America in May 1874.

Many of these records you can view for free at familysearch.org. For those you cannot check withe your local libraries to see if they have Ancestry.

You might also contact the cemeteries they are all buried in to see what they have in their filies and to learn who else is buried wth them.

A word of caution about assuming especially when dealing with a common name. I suggest getting the necessary documents and slowly build your case to prove your lineage. Yes, it is very much like being a detective. Let us know how you do and if I found the correct family.