Photos Kept By E.R.Edwards (Blog 9, Ancestor 40)

Fortunately cousin Chris recently shared a box of  photos that were kept by my Uncle Tom.  Unfortunately these photos were not labeled so we’re sharing some the photographs in the hope that we can identify who is in these pictures.

This first photo is just labeled Oct 15, 1913 and was printed on hard cardboard stock.  Edward R. Shackford would have been 68 so he is not in the picture and in 1913, none of Edward’s children had children these ages.  We are not sure who is in these pictures or where the photo was taken.

Photo 2 dated Oct 15 1913

 

This photo is stamped E.R. Edwards.  The gentleman on the right seems to be the same person as in the first picture but does not seem dressed to be working in a field.

Photo 3 stamped E.R. Edwards

We’ll be scanning more pictures from this collection to see if we can learn who might be in these and the other photos.

We thank cousin Chris for sending them!

 

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Sunday’s Obituary – Mr Edward Edwards (Pencerdd Ceredigion) (1816-1897) (Blog 8, Ancestor 40, 3rd great grandfather)

As we mentioned earlier, once we knew that Edward Edwards of Wales had been given the bairdic name Pencerdd Ceredigion, it was easy to find information about him including a photograph!  We’ve started looking in Welsh newspapers – so far we’ve found multiple obituaries, two in Welsh (Google Translate is very helpful but not perfect…), one in Scranton Pennslyvania, and two in English that look to be identical, one published in the Cardigan Bay Visitor and the other in the Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard.  We presume there are many more.

This obituary unfortunately does not name Edward’s parents but does give us the name of his wife, (Elizabeth Jones).  It tells us a bit of Edward’s youth, describes his musical skills in depth, lists his various careers – shoemaker, bookbinder and stationer, and lists the names of his five children including Edward Edwards of America, Jack Edwards, Mrs James Hughes (does not name Mary who was deceased),  Anne Edwards, and Mrs Elizabeth Jenkins.  The obituary lists some of his grandchildren.  It is quite long but interestingly describes the growth of Aberystwyth and various churches, the creation of musical notation, the development of the phonograph, and Edward’s influence in music in Wales.

For now, we’re stuck again on this family line but we’ve broken through barriers in the past so perhaps in the future we can discover the names of Edward’s parents and/or learn if he had any siblings.

Death of Mr Edward Edwards Death of Mr Edward Edwards, The Cardigan Bay Visitor (Aberystwyth Wales), 25 September 1897 part 1
The Cardigan Bay Visitor Aberystwyth, Wales, 25 Sept 1897

Death of Mr Edward Edwards

Mr Edward Edwards, bookbinder and stationer,
Great Darkgate street, died at mid-night on Thurs-
day of last week. The deceased was known in
local musical circles as Pencerdd Ceredigion, a
bardic title conferred on him at the National
Eisteddfod held at Aberstwyth in 1885. For
over two generations he had taken an active and
prominent part in musical matters in Aberystwyth
and South Wales, living as a citizen an intelligent,
simple, and blameless life. He had been in failing
health since Easter, but was not confined to his
bed until a fortnight ago. He was attended in his
last days by Dr Rowlands. He was sharp and
bright up to the last, and was returning into bed
about mid-night on Thursday when he sunk on the
bed and passed away without his attendants knowing
that death had taken place. He was eighty-one
years of age. There are but very few living in
the town who were alive when Mr Edwards was a
youth. To the majority of the residents he was a
man in middle age when they first saw him.
Ieuan Gwyllt. one of his pupils, has passed over to
the great majority so long as to have almost lost
his personality to the present generation. He was
one of the few remaining links connecting the Aber
ystwyth of to-day with Aberystwyth without a
railway; when the harbour supplied merchandise
for a district limited only by Shrewsbury and
Brecon; when visitors to the town could be
numbered by tens when Aberystwyth was
governed by a Court Leet and had not even attained
the dignity of a parish; and when a carrel organ
was the highest form of instrumental music in the
church which then existed at Aberystwyth, and
chapels had not even a precentor to lead the singing
By his death Aberystwyth has lost an interesting
personality, the town a good citizen, his acquaint-
ances a warm and sincere friend, his Chapel a faith-
ful member and Sunday School teacher; and all, the
living example of a simple blameless life. General
sympathy is felt for all the members of the family
who survive.
Mr Edwards was born at Aberystwyth in a
house not far from the place where he died. He
was born in the year 1816. His father was the
son of Shon Saer who gave the name to Rhiw Shon
Saer between Aberystwyth and Gogerddan. His
grandfather on his mother’s side was a carrier who
took merchandise brought by sea inland as far as
Shrewsbury, and returned with cargoes of timber
which was used for shipbuilding and other pur-
poses. When three years of age, Mr Edwards’s
father died, and when between the age
of nine and twelve he was employed
as herd boy at a place then called
the Living but now Loveegrove. At the
early age of ten he had charge of a team of horses
which went ever Bank Syfydryn to Steddfa Gurig
for peat, passing over the bleak uplands near
Craig-y-Pistyll. Shortly afterward he abandoned
the whip for the awl and was apprenticed to a shoe-
maker at Cefnvaenor near Capel Dewi. When out
of his time he came into Aberystwyth to live and
then he worked for Elias Davies and John Jones,
y Crydd. At that time he had attained proficiency
as a singer and it was no unusual sight to see him
with his apronful of work coming down the street
with Ambrose Lloyd singing over a piece of music
which had struck their fancy at the time. Sub-
sequently, Mr Edwards took to book selling,
carrying on business in Princess-street, and
ultimately he learnt the trade of bookbinder from
a tradesman of the same name then living in North-
gate-street, and some thirty-seven years ago re-
moved to the present premises in Great Darkgate-
street.
But, perhaps, the most interesting feature of Mr
Edwards’ career is the part he took in singing, in
the promotion of choral music, and in the use of
singing as an aid to temperance. In his childhood,
the only place in the upper part of Cardiganshire
where music sung in more than two parts could be
heard was Llanbadarn Church. That Church had
also an orchestra which was brought out on red-
letter days to the wonder and delight of the young
people who are now approaching three score and
ten years. Mr Edwards’ first recollection in his
musical career was his being carried as a child to
Llanbadarn Church to hear the singing. When a
youth, though not formally appointed, he was
looked upon as the leader of the singing at Capel
Dewi Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. As illustrating
the primitive state of public worship among the
Connexion of those days as well as the general
ignorance of music, Mr Edwards related how, on
one occasion when he happened to be late, a mem-
ber of the congregation got up on his arrival and
interrupted the preacher with the request that he
should give out that hymn again, as the “hogyn”
had come who could lead the congregation in singing
it. It appeared that the hymn had been given out
before young Edwards’s arrival and that the con-
gregation had broken down in the attempt to sing
it. There were then no tonic-solfa classes or choral
societies and not one man or woman in a hundred
who could spell out the old notation. Mr Edwards
happened to pick up a piece of music containing
the notes of a hymn he knew and by identifying
the notes by the tones of the voice he first acquired
the rudiments of a knowledge of music in which he
ultimately became as technical in theory as that of
any musician in Wales. Curiously enough, Mr
Edwards never seriously attempted musical com
position. It was enough for him to interpret the glor-
ious harmonies of the great masters and to get his
fellows to appreciate them, and if his example had
been more generally followed Wales would have
been saved its modern flooding of third-rate
conglomeration of notes which some people dignify
by the name of music. An opportunity occurred
about the year 1836 for Mr Edwards to use his
great gift of song in a wider sphere than Aber-
ystwyth. He had gone” down South in the
exercise of his craft as shoemaker when there
occurred a succession of great demonstrations which
for the first time were then made in Wales against
the abuse of intoxicating liquors. Song played an
important part in that demonstration as it generally
does in “all great popular movement from the
French Revolution to the Salvation Army. A
choir of singers went from place to place over the
hills and into the valleys of Gwent and Morganwg
and, as it were, prepared the way for the more
prosaic attacks of the orators. Mr Edwards was
one of the principal singers in that movement and
his name became as well known in South
Wales as that of Mr Moody subsequently be-
came known in England for the exercise of a sim-
ilar gift. To those who are now accustomed to
hear even at places like Aberystwyth and Dol-
gelley the great oratorios performed with an orches-
tral band of soma twenty or thirty members, can
have but a faint conception of the difficulties of
producing an oratorio in Mr Edwards’s younger
days. To begin with, the full score of an oratorio
could not have been purchased under 6/- or 7-.
Now the tonic-solfa system of reading music is a
matter of the simplest effort of the mind. Then,
there was probably not more than two or three in
a hundred people assembled for a musical purpose
who could read the old notation. In addition to
that, it was the custom of those days for the
males to sing soprano, and for the females to sing
tenor, men taking bass, and boys and young men alto.
Mr Edwards was the first in Mid-Wales and pro-
bably in the whole of South Wales to get the
females to sing soprano and alto and the men to
sing tenor and bass. It was then thought that it
spoiled a woman’s voice to sing alto, and as the
young women of Mr Edwards’s early days did not
want their voices spoiled he had great difficulty
in getting them to sing the contralto parts and as
everybody then as now are very conservative in
traditional matters, he had much contention before
he succeeded in establishing the new order of sing
ing. In order to effect this, Mr Edwards took an
active and prominent part in the formation of a
united choral society which was wont to practice
in the Ysgoldy. But, as far as can now be ascer-
tained, it was the Tabernacle Choral Society,
formed and led by Mr Edwards, which first at-
tempted oratorial work in the town. The first full
score piece was the requiem composed in com-
memoration of John Williams, the missionary, and
then came the Messiah, which was sang without
accompaniment of any kind. So great was the
fame of the Society that it attracted people from
various parts of Wales to Aberystwyth for their
summer holidays. Ieuan Gwyllt, who after-
ward obtained high place in Wales as a
musician, was a member of the Society
but was not considered its best member either for
musical ability or for keeping always in tune.
When it is considered that, owing to an almost
total absence of musical knowledge in the members,
Mr Edwards had to teach each section of the choir
separately, his difficulties can be partly realized;
but this drawback had its advantage for it enabled
the leader to impose on the choir his own interpret-
ation of the music and, on the whole, to obtain
greater uniformity of tone. feeling, and movement
than is possible at the present time when each
member of a choir is a law unto himself. Mr
Edwards himself had a voice of remarkable com-
pass for while he could sing with ease heavy bass
songs, his favourites were the tenor solo,
“Thou shalt break them,” How vain
is man,” and Then shall the righteous
shine” solos which he expressed with all the
flexibility, vigour, and freshness of his inborn talent
and enthusiasm. The Tabernacle Society arose to
its zenitih when the family of the Hughes’s came to
town from North Wales and joined it. Not only
did the Society cultivate a taste in the town for
high-class music, but the whole congregation
instinctively learnt to appreciate and to be moved
by the concord of sweet sounds,” and, musically
as well as spiritually, to sing with the spirit and
with the understanding also. Mr Edwards could
remember the old hymns sung by the Methodist
fathers, and when the first phonograph was brought
to Aberystwyth, he sung into the recorder a couple
of Welsh hymns as the early Methodists used to
sing them. The cylinders were sent over to
America to his son, but were broken in transit. A
second impression was, however, subsequently
taken, and these are still in existence. Mr Edwards
had a gift of song which might have been made to
acquire for him considerable wealth. Few people
possessing so rare a gift have made less use of it for
selfish purposes. He devoted it to the service of
religion and of temperance. He led the Ardudwy
Temperance Choral Union which had its annual
festivals at Harlech Castle. For over half a
century he was precentor of one or other of the
Calvinistic Methodist Chapels in the town, in re-
cognition of which in 1889 he was presented with
an address and a fine American organ. At one
time, he acted as precentor of Shiloh Welsh Chapel
and of the English Chapel which held its services
after the Welsh services were over on Sunday
mornings. He was precentor of Salem almost up
to his death.

Mr Edwards was a Liberal in politics, though
he actively supported the late Mr David Davies
when he came out as a Unionist. All his life
he was a staunch teetotaler and an ad-
vocate of temperance and yet was opposed to his
party on the licensing questions. He held that the
reduction of the number of public houses would
not do away with the evil of drunkenness but, on
the contrary, strengthen the position of the re-
maining houses. He was a life-long and faithful
member of the Calvinistic Methodists, and a con-
stant and painstaking Sunday school teacher.

Mr Edwards married Elizabeth Jones of Bow
Street, who belonged to an unobstrusive and re-
spectable family in the neighborhood, who died in
1855. There was of the marriage five children.
The eldest daughter who was married to Mr James
Hughes, Llanbadarn, predeceased him. The sur-
vivors are Miss Annie Edwards, Mr Edward
Edwards, who is now in America, Elizabeth, wife
of the Rev J. A. Jenkins, registrar of Cardiff Uni-
versity College, and Mr Jack Edwards, who is
conductor of the Town Band. All the children
have possessed the gift of song in greater or less
degree. The deceased lived to see spring up
around him several great grand children and one great-
grand child.
The body was interred on Tuesday afternoon
at the Aberystwyth Cemetery. The chief mourners
were Miss Edwards, Mr Jack Edwards, Mr and
Mrs J. A. Jenkins, Mr David Lloyd, Portland-
street, and the grandsons Messrs Edward, Henry,
and John Hughes, and Richard Edgar Jenkins.
There was a very large attendance of ministers and
deacons and of the principal inhabitants of the
town. The Rev William Jones, North-parade,
officiated at the house in Great Darkgate-street;
the Rev Mortimer Green, U.C. W read a portion
of scripture at the grave, the Rev T. Levi prayed,
and the Rev W. Jones made a few remarks on the life
and character of the deceased. The singing
was very beautiful and pathetic. The hymns
selected were Ce’s ddwr o’r graig i’w yfed,” and
“Mae’n felus meddwl ambell dro,” and were sung
to “Ewing” and Farrant,” favourite tunes
of the deceased.
Wreaths were sent by Mrs D. Morgan, Pier-
street, Mrs Edwards and family, the Laurels, Mr
and Mrs John Thomas, draper, Mrs Edward
Hughes, the Misses Richards, West Bromwich, Mrs
S. S. O. Morris and family, Mrs Lloyd, Bryntirion
Villa, Mr J. G. W. Bonsall, Fronfraith, and one
from the members of the United Band, who also
attended in a body, and remained at the Cemetery
to perform the last offices.
Mr Jack Edwards, Miss Edwards, and Mrs
Austin Jenkins desire to thank their very many
friends for kind expressions of sympathy, which
have been greatly appreciated in their bereavement.

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SOURCES:

“Death of Mr Edward Edwards,” The Cardigan Bay Visitor (Aberystwyth Wales), 25 September 1897; digital images, (http://newspapers.library.wales : accessed 5 August 2017).

“Death of Mr Edward Edwards,” The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard (Wales), 24 September 1897; digital images, The National Library of Wales Welsh Newspapers Online (http://newspapers.library.wales : accessed 5 August 2017).

“ER COF [In Memory of] MR. EDWARD EDWARDS (PENCERDD CEREDIGION), ABERYSTWITH,” Y Goleuad (Wales), 29 September 1897; digital images, (http://newspapers.library.wales : accessed 4 August 2017).

“Mr. Edward Edwards (Pencerdd Ceredigion,” The Scranton Republican (Scranton, Pennslyvania), ; digital images, Newspapers. com (www.newspapers.com : accessed ).

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Friday’s Faces From the Past – Edward Edwards (Pencerdd Ceredigion) (1816-1897) (Blog 7, Ancestor 40)

It seemed impossible to learn more about my 3rd great grandfather, Edward Edwards – the only information about Edward came from the 1923 death record of his son Edward R Edward stating his name, Edward R Edwards, that he was born in Wales, and that his wife’s name was not known.

We took a quick look for Edward Edwards in Wales with no birth date and no wife and decided we were at a dead end because there were so many Edward Edwards.  Then we found the January 1896 edition of The Cambrian which stated that Mr Edward R Edwards was the son of Mr Edward Edwards (Pencerdd Ceredigion), Aberystwyth, S. W.

A search for the words “Pencerdd Ceredigion” led us to the Dictionary of Welsh Biography which gave us his birth and death dates, told us he was a musician, listed many of his musical performances, and mentioned his son Jack Edwards.

We discovered that Edward’s bardic title Pencerdd Ceredigion referred to the chief singer of Cardiganshire and was issued to him at the ordination of the Eisteddfod (a Welsh festival of literature, music, and performance) in Aberystywth about October 7, 1865 by John Thomas, Pencerdd Gwalia.

And further research revealed these two wonderful photographs of Edward taken about 1875 and digitized by the National Library of Wales.  Fortunately they allow use of these photographs for non-commercial purposes allowing us to see what an amazing beard he had!!!

 

Photo Edward Edwards Pencerdd Ceredigion National Library of Wales 2
Edward Edwards – photo taken about 1875 by John Thomas and digitized by the National Library of Wales
Photo Edward Edwards Pencerdd Ceredigion National Library of Wales
Edward Edwards – photo taken about 1875 by John Thomas and digitized by the National Library of Wales 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve found a multitude of newspaper articles in both English and Welsh about Edward and are still trying to review, transcribe, and in some cases, translate them using Google Translate.  Most of the articles deal with various performances and festivals but a few have helped us identify family members.

We’re still working on transcribing Edward’s very long obituary which we’ll share in a future blog.

Children:

Mary Edwards (abt 1841 – 1887) – married James Hughes

Anne Edwards (abt 1842-1909) –

Edward R Edwards (1845-1923) – moved to Ohio, worked as a bookkeeper and account, married Margaret P Davis

Elizabeth Edwards (abt 1852-1899) – well known musician, garnered a scholarship in the music department of University College of Aberystwyth; married Rev John Austin Jenkins

Jack Edwards (abt 1853-1942) – talented musician, lived in Ohio in 1880s, worked at post office before leaving for Ohio, then as stationer and bookseller

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SOURCES:

“ABERYSTWYTH,” Baner ac Amserau Cymru (Denbigh, Wales), 7 October 1865; digital images, British Library Newspapers (galegroup.com : accessed 1 August 2017).

“Death of Mr Edward Edwards,” The Cardigan Bay Visitor (Aberystwyth Wales), 25 September 1897; digital images, (http://newspapers.library.wales : accessed 5 August 2017).

Dictionary of Welsh Biography (http://yba.llgc.org.uk : accessed 30 July 2017), Edward Edwards (Pencerdd Ceredigion; 1816-1897).

Evans George Eyre, Aberystwyth and its court leet (Aberystwyth: Welsh Gazette, 1902), page 72; digital images, Google Books (https://books.google.com/books : accessed 30 July 2017.

Evans Rev E. C., The Cambrian: A National Monthly Magazine, Published in the Interest of The Welsh-American People and their Children devoted to History, Biography, Literature Religion, Science, and General Celtic Intelligence (Utica, N.Y.: T. J. Griffiths, January 1896), page 29; digital image, Google Books (www.books.google.com : accessed 5 August 2017.

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, , Edward R Edwards, 16 October 1923; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 29 July 2013).

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Treasure Chest Thursday – Letters from Edward R Edwards’ brother Jack!! (Blog 6, Ancestors 20 & 40)

As we researched Edward R Edwards, we discovered that his brother Jack (also called John) lived with him in Cincinnati in 1885 and 1887.  We also learned that their father had a baird name “Pencerdd Ceredigion”.

This helped us discover The Wales-Ohio Project which includes a WEB page Jack Edwards Letters which describes Jack’s life as a bookseller and musician who lived in Cincinnati around 1880 and corresponded with his sisters and father.  The Website includes over 130 digitized copies of the letters that Jack sent home from Cincinnati in the 1880s!!!

Letters by Jack Edwards
Summary of letters from Jack Edwards at ohio.llgc.org.uk

These precious letters describe details of his trip from Wales to the USA (the trip took 13 days), his travel from New York via Pittsburgh to Ohio, the various jobs he held, babysitting for the four young Edwards children, singing in American Welsh choirs, multiple fires in the neighborhoods,  working at the Singer sewing machine company, looking for work, his brother Ed’s illnesses, and many more details of his life in America. It’s amazing that these letters were preserved and can be read right here from my home!!!

Continued research about Jack Edwards at the The Wales-Ohio Project helped us discover Felicity Childs’ Cardiff University’s 2006 Master’s thesis titled ‘….from your dear brother Jack’: emigrant letter-writing as an historical source. An analysis of the letters of Jack Edwards, Aberystwyth.

Felicity reviewed letters to and from Jack Edwards while he lived in Cincinnati during the 1880s to study Welsh immigration to America.  She shared Jack’s familial relationships and analyzed these letters to show her readers how the value of letters from emigrants helps us understand history and literacy.  A copy of the 67 page thesis is available at The Wales-Ohio Project and page 59 included the Edwards Family Tree showing descendants of Edward Edwards (Percerdd Ceredigion)!!!

Felicity’s thesis lets us know that there are letters to and from Jack and his nephew Harvey in 1912 when Harvey who happens to be my great grandfather would have been 32, married and had a seven year old daughter (my grandmother). Those letters are not scanned but appear to be available at the National Library of Wales in Aberystywyth which we hope to visit this fall.  Hopefully we’ll be able to obtain a copy of those particular letters.

We’ve tried to contact Felicity and if we are able to correspond with her, we’ll see if we can garner her permission, we’ll share the tree she created in 2006.  Meanwhile we’re happy that we can read her thesis and these wonderful letters that are shared by the Wales-Ohio Project.

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

Childs Felicity, “….from your dear brother Jack’: Emigrant letter-writing as an historical source. An analysis of the letters of Jack Edwards, Aberystwyth” (dissertation Cardiff University, MA in Welsh History, http://ohio.llgc.org.uk, 2006), page 11, 12, 67.

Cyngor Sir Ceredigion County Council (https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk : accessed 30 July 2017), Jack Edwards.

The National Library of Wales (https://archives.library.wales : accessed 30 July 2017), Jack Edwards Papers.

“U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, Ancestry.com (www/ancestry.com : accessed 5 August 2017), E. R. Edwards, Jack Edwards 1885 Cincinnati City Directory.

“U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, Ancestry.com (www/ancestry.com : accessed 5 August 2017), E R Edwards and Jack Edwards, 1887 Cincinnati City Directory.

The Wales-Ohio Project (http://ohio.llgc.org.uk : accessed 30 July 2017), NLW 20995: Jack Edwards letters.

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Workday Wednesday – Edward R Edwards (1845-1923) – accountant and bookkeeper (Blog 5, Ancestor 20)

Edward R Edwards, the son of Edward and Elizabeth Edwards and my second great grandfather was born in Aberystwyth, Wales on July 7, 1845. We find him living with his parents on 14 Popular Row in Llanbadarn Fawr in the 1851 census along with siblings , Mary, and Ann.   Two siblings, Elizabeth and Jack would be born in the next three years.

Three years after Edward’s mother died, he immigrated from Wales to the United States at the age of 23 and married Margaret Davis, daughter of John Paul and Martha P Jones Davis sometime after July 3, 1870. We find the family living in Cincinnati in 1880 with Edward’s occupation listed as a bookkeeper. By 1885 the family was living at 1020 West 8th Street where Edward was working as a bookkeeper for Marcy & Knoblaugh’s and then in 1887 for A. L. Knoblaugh Co.  His brother Jack Edwards was living with the family and also working as a bookkeeper and a music teacher.

In January 1896, The Cambrian, A National Monthly Magazine Published in the Interest of the Welsh-American People and their Children published an article stating that:

Edward R Edwards Account Personal and Miscellaneous Notes, The Cambrian, XVI (January 1896), digital image (books.google.com accessed 16 September 2016), page 29
The Cambrian, Jan 1896 page 29

Many friends will be glad to learn
that Mr. Edward R. Edwards has an
office in the Perin Building, Cincin-
nati, Ohio, where he is successfully
engaged as general and expert ac-
countant. Mr. Edwards came to this
country 27 years ago, and is a son of
Mr. Edward Edwards (Pencerdd Cer-
edigion), Aberystwyth, S. W., well
known for his musical talents and la-
bors in that part of Wales.

In June 1900 we find Edward and his family living on Franklin Avenue in Norwood, Ohio working as an accountant.  The census records show that his wife had eight children, six of which were still living.

Later that year, Edward filed a patent for a new and useful improved system of keeping accounts. In 1909 Edward was still working as an account but by 1910 his occupation had changed to manager of an office building where he was identified by the Cincinnati Queen City Newspaper Reference Book as the well known and popular manager of the Commercial Tribune Building with offices at 528 Walnut Street.  By then the family had moved to 4729 Woodlawn Avenue in Norwood.

Edward’s wife Margaret died on March 15, 1919 in Norwood of arteriosclerosis and was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.  In 1920, Edward who was 75 years old was still working as a real estate agent and still living on Woodlawn Avenue.  He did retire before his death on October 16, 1923 due to pneumonia at the age of 78. He was buried near his wife in the Spring Grove Cemetery.

Research Questions

  1. What brought Edward to Ohio?
  2. When and where did Edward Edwards marry Margaret Davis?

CHILDREN:

E. P. Edwards (1873-1873)

John Granville Edwards (1874-1925) – inspector, clerk

Anna M Edwards (1876-1931) – teacher public school

Harvey Gates Edwards (1878-1966) – married Blanche LaRose Wuichet, worked for American Can Company

Edith Edwards (1880-1953) –

Ida Edwards (1881-????)

Eleanor Edwards (1884-1903) Died in Flagstaff, AZ of lung disease

Martha Elizabeth Edwards (1885-1966)

We have to thank the many folks who assisted us back in 2010 as we started to research Edward.  We posted a question on the Ancestry Message boards and received replies from a variety of folks.  They explained that there were two Edward R Edwards living in Cincinnati who were born in 1845 in Wales and who had a wife named Margaret.  They did have different children, different occupations (carpenter and account/bookkeeper) and different death dates (1923 and 1929) but were both buried in the Spring Grove Cemetery.  Because of their assistance, we were able to sort out the information and stay focused on the Edward R Edwards  we were looking for – father of Harvey G Edwards, my great grandfather.

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SOURCES:

1870 United States Federal Census, Hamilton County, Ohio, population schedule, Cincinnati, Ward 8, Page 161 (penned), 183 (stamped), dwelling 712, family 1885, John P Davis; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 28 March 2014).

1880 United States Federal Census, Hamilton County, Ohio, population schedule, Cincinnati, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 186, Supervisor’s District No 3, B Page 2 (penned), House No 9, Dwelling 7, Family 13, Edward R Edwards; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 July 2013).

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Treasure Chest Thursday – The 1894 Visit of Messrs Thomas Evans and Son A. T. Evans To Owego, New York and to see daughter Donna L Shackford!! (Blog 4, Ancestor 18)

We found Thomas Evans, his wife Jane, and children in the Owego, New York 1855 and 1860 and 1865 census records so we decided to take a look in New York newspapers to see we could learn more about Thomas.

We were hoping to find articles about their life in the 1860s but found this great newspaper article about a 1894 visit to Owego which helps us verify that Thomas Evans of Chicago who had lived in Owego, New York was the father of A. T. Evans and that his daughter was living in Syracuse.  This article tells us something new – Thomas was a crockery dealer on Front Street (a street we can find on Google maps).

Thomas Evans visits friends in Tioga Personal, Tioga County Record (Owego, New York), 3 May 1894
Tioga County Record, 3 May 1894

-Messrs. Thomas Evans and A. T.
Evans of Chicago were in town Sunday
and Monday to call on old time friends.
The former was for a long time a crock
ery dealer on Front steet, and the lat-
ter, his son, passed his boyhood here,
going to Chicago over a score of years
ago. They left Tuesday on the Lehigh
at 8:15 a. m. on their way to visit the
former’s daughter at Syracuse.

We decided to look further in New York papers and found the wedding announcement of Arthur T. Shackford to Mary Genevieve Holley (or Holly) which confirms that the family moved to Chicago around 1870.  The nieces Clara and Bessie Towne were also mentioned Arthur’s sister’s wedding announcement.

Marriage Arthur Thomas Evans Married in Chicago, The Owego Record (Tioga, New York), 24 June 1889
The Owego Record, 24 Jun 1889

The following wedding announcement
from the Chicago Times of Wednesday
June 5, 1889, will interest many of the
RECORD’S readers, as the groom was an
old Owego boy, son of Thomas Evans,
who conducted a crockery store on Front
street for many years previous to 1870:
“Miss Marry Genevieve Hooley was mar-
ried last evening to Arthur T. Evans.
The ceremony was held at the residence
of the bride’s sister, Mrs. E. B. Butler,
3408 Michigan boulevard. The Rev.
Dr. F. W. Gunsaulaus of Plymouth
church officiated. They were attended
by Clara and Bessie Towne, two little
nieces of the groom. Each carried a
basket of marguerites The bride was
attired in a white surah costume, antique
in style. She wore a white tulle veil
caught up with a crescent of diamonds,
a present from the groom. The couple
left at 9 o’clock last night for a three
week’s eastern trip.

We then looked for the Chicago newspaper article regarding Arthur’s wedding and discovered it was actually published in the Chicago Tribune.  After discovering that the Evans family mentioned in the Chicago Tribune, we wondered if we could find Thomas Evans in the newspaper and found his death notice which mentions Thomas’ daughter Margaret Patrick.

Obituary Thomas Evans Chicago Daily Tribune March 21 1911
The Chicago Daily Tribune, 21 Mar 1911

EVANS – Thomas Evans, born Dec. 9, 1834, March
19, 1911, at the home of his daughter, Mrs W. K.
Patrick at Swift, Ill. Funeral Thursday, March
23, 2 p. m. at Swift, Ill. Interment Lombard,
Ill.

This helps us verify that the gravestone at Lombard Cemetery is that of the same Thomas Evans and gives us strong suspicions that the Jane buried there was his wife.

We still have some research questions:

Can we find any documentation to verify the father of Thomas Evans (1824-1911) (we suspect his name is also Thomas as Thomas is listed as a jr in many sources)?

Who were the parents of his wife Jane Kilburn (the Kilburn is found in multiple records related to Thomas’s children)

Are there any records that help us learn more about Thomas’ crockery store?

Were there relatives who stayed in the Owego area who might helps us learn more about Thomas and Jane Evans?

CHILDREN:

Arthur Thomas Evans (1854-1912) – jeweler, manager wholesale company, married Mary Genevra Holley (or Holly)

Margaret Elizabeth Evans (1859-1935) – married Wilbur Knowles Patrick

Stella Jane Evans (1860-????) – married Lucian F Towne – we don’t find records for her after he was hospitalized at National Home for the Disabled in 1910.

Donna Lovilla Evans (1865-1908) – married Joseph Edward Shackford.

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

1855 New York State Census, Tioga County, population schedule, Owego, page 56, Dwelling 457, Thos Evans; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2014).

1860 United States Federal Census, Tioga County, New York, population schedule, Oswego, page 190, dwelling 1671, Thomas Evans; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2014).

1865 New York State Census, Tioga County, population schedule, Owego, Page 23, dwelling 174, Thomas Evans; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 June 2017).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 19 January 2014), Thomas Evans, Find A Grave Memorial# 23630425

“DEATHS,” The Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 21 March 1911, page 11; digital images, Chicago Tribune Archives (http://archives.chicagotribune.com : accessed 9 June 2017).

“Married in Chicago,” The Owego Record (Owego, New York), 24 June 1889; digital images, Fulton History (http://fultonhistory.com : accessed 8 June 2017).

“Messrs. Thomas Evans and A. T. Evans of Chicago,” Tioga County Record (Owego, New York), 3 May 1894; digital images, Fulton History (http://fultonhistory.com : accessed 8 June 2017).

“Miss Mary Genevieve Holley was married,” The Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 5 June 1889; digital images, Chicago Tribune Archives (http://archives.chicagotribune.com : accessed 8 June 2017).

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Tombstone Tuesday – Donna Lovilla (Evans) Shackford (1865-1928) (Blog 3)(Ancestor 9)

Donna Lovilla Evans, the daughter of Thomas and Jane N (Kilburn) Evans was born in  Owego, New York on June 4, 1865.  She’s listed in the New York 1865 census and then crossed out, probably because the census was taken on June 13th and the census taker realized that it was supposed to reflect those in the area on June 1, 1865. Others in the census were her father Thomas, her mother Jane and siblings Arthur T, Stella, May E (Margaret).

The family moved from New York to the DuPage, Illinois area around 1870 but we don’t find them in any census.  We’re pretty certain that Donna’s mother died in DuPage in 1874 when Donna was just nine years old and find her and her siblings living with their widowed father in the 1880 census.

We’re not sure where Donna met her husband, Joseph Edward Shackford who was 12 year her senior with two children at home; however he was a traveling salesman who frequented the Chicago area.  Their wedding on Oct 20, 1887 was described as a Brilliant Social Event held at the Central Park Congregational Church in Oak Park. Her brother Arthur T Evans was the best man and the reception was held at her sister Stella Towne’s home.  Her other sister Mrs Will (Margaret) Patrick is listed as an attendee along with many friends and relatives.  After the wedding the couple headed to Syracuse, NY.

Donna did return home to visit her sister the next summer and is found in the 1892 census with her husband Joseph, his first two children William and Joseph and a new son Arthur Evans.   Two years later she had a visit from her father and brother Arthur who were returning from a trip to Owego.

Donna and her husband seem to have enjoyed socializing by dancing, eating, and playing cards with friends and family.  Their 12th and 15th anniversary parties were mentioned in the Syracuse Journal with the names of the many attendees using formal names for the children i.e. Master Arthur Shackford and two new additions: Master Thomas L Shackford and Miss Donna M Shackford.

Sadly Donna died five years after her 15th anniversary at the age of 43 after having been ill three years from a bile duct obstruction.  She was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, New York.  Thanks to Bill Parker who gave permission to share this photo, we can see her gravestone:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADonna Lovilla
Wife of
JOSEPH SHACKFORD
DIED JULY 13, 1908

 

 

 

 

CHILDREN:

Arthur Evans Shackford (1889-1965) – married Josephine Clara Essig, salesman, inspector factory, lived in Syracuse, NY

Thomas Leon Shackford (1892-1959) – married Ruth Hopkins, Eugenie R Edwards, lived in Evanston, Illinois, St Augustine, Florida

Donna May Shackford (1896-????) Married William J Brown

Research Questions:Is Donna (or her parents) in the 1870 census?

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SOURCES:

1865 New York State Census, Tioga County, population schedule, Owego, dwelling 133, family 174, Thomas Evans; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 February 2017).

1880 United States Federal Census, DuPage County, Illinois, population schedule, Township of York, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 250, Page No 16 (D), dwelling 138, family 138, Thomas Evans; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 December 2013).

1892 New York State Census, Onondaga County, population index, Syracuse, Ward 11, Page 4, Joseph E Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 28 November 2013).

“Brilliant Social Event,” Oak Park Reporter, 21 October 1887; Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 29 January 2014).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 June 2014), Jane N Evans, Find A Grave Memorial# 23629923

“FOR ANNIVERSARIES.,” The Syracuse Journal, 25 October 1902; Fulton History (http://www.fultonhistory.com : accessed 24 January 2014).

“HAD BEEN ILL THREE YEARS Mrs. Donna Evans Shackford Died This Morning,” The Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, New York), 13 July 1908; digital images, Access Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 10 December 2013).

“Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Shackford entertained,” Syracuse Evening Herald, 22 October 1899; Newspaper Archive (http://www.accesss.newspaperarchive.com : accessed unsure).

Oak Park Reporter, 13 July 1888; Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 7 June 2013).

Personal,” Tioga County Record (Owego, New York), 3 May 1894; digital image, Fulton History (http://www.fultonhistory.com : accessed 7 February 2017).

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