John Downing Edwards

31 March 1829–5 July 1912 (Age 83)
Brown, Ohio, United States

The Life Summary of John Downing

When John Downing Edwards was born on 31 March 1829, in Brown, Ohio, United States, his father, James Alexander Edwards, was 29 and his mother, Nancy Tucker Jacobs, was 26. He married Evaline Amanda Ann Parker on 7 November 1850, in Brown, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Byrd Township, Brown, Ohio, United States in 1850 and Princeville, Peoria, Illinois, United States in 1900. He died on 5 July 1912, in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Princeville, Peoria, Illinois, United States.

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John Downing Edwards
Evaline Amanda Ann Parker
Marriage: 7 November 1850
Edwin Barton Edwards
Charles L. Edwards
James Oscar Edwards
William Chase Edwards
Clarence Defoe Edwards
Albert A. Edwards
George L Edwards
Eva Laura Edwards

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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening
Age 1
Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
Age 11
Historical Boundaries: 1840: Peoria, Illinois, United States
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
Age 27
William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

(1997: 105393;2007: 237595; 2010: 332423)English and Welsh: variant of Edward , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. This surname is also very common among African Americans.History: One of the earliest American bearers of this very common English surname was William Edwards, the son of Rev. Richard Edwards, a London clergyman in the age of Elizabeth I, who came to New England c. 1640. His descendant Jonathan (1703–58), of East Windsor, CT, was a prominent Congregational clergyman whose New England theology led to the first Great Awakening, a great religious revival.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (11)

  • John D Edwards in household of James O Edwards, "United States Census, 1910"
  • John D. Edwards, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
  • John D Edwards in entry for Clarence Defoe Edwards, "Iowa, Death Records, 1921-1940"

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