John M Edwards

20 August 1836–14 July 1912 (Age 75)
Clinton, Ohio, United States

The Life of John M

When John M Edwards was born on 20 August 1836, in Clinton, Ohio, United States, his father, Thomas Harris Edwards, was 41 and his mother, Elizabeth Vaughn, was 35. He married Susan Cardwell on 24 July 1859, in St. Charles, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Greene, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Manchester, Scott, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 14 July 1912, in Roodhouse, Greene, Illinois, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Athensville, Greene, Illinois, United States.

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John M Edwards
Susan Cardwell
Marriage: 24 July 1859
Judy Elizabeth Edwards
Arthur A Edwards
Eva Edwards
J. H. Edwards
Frank Edwards
Nora Belle Edwards
William Newton Edwards
Maude Edwards
Robert Charles Edwards
Huge Mayo Edwards
Rafeit Edwards
Thomas Edwards

Spouse and Children


    Susan Cardwell


24 July 1859
St. Charles, Missouri, United States


    Judy Elizabeth Edwards


    Arthur A Edwards


    Eva Edwards


    J. H. Edwards



+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Lucy A. Edwards


    Elizabeth Cherry B Edwards


    Sarah Rebecca Edwards


    Margaret Ann Edwards


    Susan Emily Edwards


+13 More Children

World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 3

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.
1839 · The Capital Moves again

Age 3

After the twenty years that the capital was moved to Vandalia, the General Assembly, under the leadership of Abraham Lincoln, voted to move the capital to Springfield. Springfield is still the capital of Illinois to this day, even though Chicago has long surpassed the capital on population.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 20

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

English (also common in Wales): patronymic from Edward .

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Edwards, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John Edwards in household of Hudson Codwell, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Edwards, "United States Census, 1870"

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