When Robert Luther Edwards was born on 3 January 1887, in Hillsville, Carroll, Virginia, United States, his father, James David Anderson Edwards, was 25 and his mother, Frances Emaline Brindle, was 21. He married Olive Myrtle Ireland on 17 December 1913. He lived in Chester, Thayer, Nebraska, United States in 1930 and Chester Election Precinct, Thayer, Nebraska, United States in 1940. He died on 21 February 1957, in Hastings, Adams, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Chester Cemetery, Chester, Thayer, Nebraska, 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.