Polly Ann Edwards

25 October 1836–26 December 1862 (Age 26)
Quincy, Adams, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Polly Ann

When Polly Ann Edwards was born on 25 October 1836, in Quincy, Adams, Illinois, United States, her father, Esaias Edwards, was 24 and her mother, Elizabeth Campbell, was 23. She married Francis Wilson Gunnell on 24 July 1851, in Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States in 1850 and Cache, Utah, United States in 1860. She died on 26 December 1862, in Wellsville, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 26, and was buried in Wellsville Cemetery, Wellsville, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Francis Wilson Gunnell
Polly Ann Edwards
Marriage: 24 July 1851
Francis Christopher Edwards Gunnell
Sarah Elizabeth Gunnell
Ann Edwards Gunnell
Mary Gunnell
Charles Edwards Gunnell

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    24 July 1851Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (7)

    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.
    Age 10
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    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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    Francis Wilson Gunnell, A Life History

    Francis Wilson Gunnell, A Life History I, Francis W. Gunnell, was born March 3, 1831 at Noughton, Nottinghamshire, England. My Grandfather’s name on my Mother’s side was Charles Wilson and on my Fa …

    Sources (27)

    • Polly A Grenwell in household of Francis Grenwell, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Polly Ann Edwards in entry for Charles Edward Gunnell, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"
    • Polly Edwards in household of Ezias Edwards, "United States Census, 1850"

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