Edward Hyers Coward

18 August 1884–23 June 1956 (Age 71)
Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Edward Hyers

When Edward Hyers Coward was born on 18 August 1884, in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States, his father, Charles C Coward, was 23 and his mother, Hannah Malvina Hyers, was 21. He married Ethel Thomas in November 1908, in New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in East Windsor Township, Mercer, New Jersey, United States in 1910 and Monroe Township, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States for about 5 years. He died on 23 June 1956, in Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Hightstown, East Windsor Township, Mercer, New Jersey, United States.

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Family Time Line

Edward Hyers Coward
Ethel Thomas
Marriage: November 1908
Marion F Coward
Evelyn Coward
George Coward
Edward Coward
Ethel Coward

Spouse and Children

November 1908
New Jersey, United States


    Marion F Coward


    Evelyn Coward


    George Coward


    Edward Coward


    Ethel Coward


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World Events (8)


Age 2

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Age 10

Mary Philbrook was the first woman in New Jersey to become a lawyer. She had applied for admission to the New Jersey Bar in 1894, but was rejected because the New Jersey Court stated that women were not vested with any right to be attorneys. Mary lobbied with the Jersey City Woman's Club for an update to the law, which was passed in 1895 and allowed women to become lawyers. Mary Philbrook was the first woman to be admitted after the law change.

Age 19

The Public Service Corporation (PSC) was formed on May 6, 1903. The company began as a merger of a power company with four different trolley companies. PSC would ultimately combine with over 400 other companies.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a keeper of cattle, Middle English cowherde, Old English cūhyrde, from ‘cow’ + hierde ‘herdsman’. (The surname has nothing to do with the modern English word coward, which is from Old French cuard, a pejorative term from coue ‘tail’ (Latin cauda) with reference to an animal with its tail between its legs.)

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

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Sources (3)

  • Edward H Coward, "New Jersey State Census, 1915"
  • Edward Coward, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Edward H Coward, "United States Census, 1910"

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