In answer to query sent to me by Dan R. Edwards.
Book: Historic IOW by King
Marshall-Edwards House, on east side of Rt 647, about one mile north of the junction of Rts 647 and 644.
This large house has long been known as the Edwards home. In 1822 Robert Marshall and wife, Amelia, were given 87 acres by Amelia's parents, Burwell and Martha Harris.
Allen Edwards, son of Jonas and Martha Edwards, married Sarah T. Marshall dau of above man and wife. Edwards bought the property and in 1847 improved the house. Allen Edwards died of pneumonia in 1856, age 46 years. His son LENIUS BARTON EDWARDS, married Nancy James Pope. Their daughter Sallie, married Oscar Littleton Batten who later owned Boykin Tavern.
In 1886, in settling the estate of Sarah T. Edwards, R.E. Boykin sold to Robert Allen Edwards, son of Lenius B., the 14 1/2 acres listed as "Home or Mansion tract of Allen Edwards."
Robert Allen Edwards married a Parker and moved to the large frame house built by Shady Wilson at the end of South Mason Street. In 1908 he sold the old "Home Place" to J.L. Hall who in 1917, sold it to C.P. Holland of Suffolk.
Book: Historical Notes on IOW by King.
Two years after the civil war a tournament and ball were held in IOW county at the courthouse. This tradition continued for many years and was a colorful occasion. It included IOW, Nansemond, Southampton, and Surry knights and lasted two days, with a ball at Boykin's Tavern at the end of each day. The following was mentioned in a program for the Tournament and Ball at the White House (courthouse), IOW, Wed., Dec., 28, 1881. One of the Marshalls of the affair was L.B. Edwards. On the Committee of Invitation is found Ben. Edwards.
In the same book, listed under the heading of Sheriffs, Supervisors and county officers for the years 1874-1884 was Lenius B. Edwards, Order Book 1873-1879, pp. 102, 251, 785, elected to start three-year-term on Jan 1, 1874; reelected for two four-year terms, died in 1884.
According to the Rootsweb WorldConnect Project Global Search site, some folks have carried this Jonas Edwards back to John, then William etc. You may want to check that out if this all sounds familiar to you and is possibly your line.
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