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 Iowa Township, Doniphan, Kansas, United States in 1870 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.
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.