Ancestors of Helen R. Hawkins


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picture Mary Edson

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: Abt 1647 - Salem, Colony Of Massachusetts Bay, New England
    Christening: 
          Death: 1727 - East Bridgewater, Massachusetts 2
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Deacon Samuel Edson 1 3 4
         Mother: Susanna Orcutt or Bickley 1 4

Spouses and Children
1. *Captain Nicholas Byram 2 5 
       Marriage: 1676


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Mary "Polly" Edson

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 24 Mar 1776 - Petersham, MA 6
    Christening: 
          Death: Unknown
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Nathan Edson 7
         Mother: Mary Hall 8


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Nathan Edson

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 14 Mar 1739 - Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA 7
    Christening: 
          Death: 16 Aug 1825 - Stockbridge, Madison, New York 7
         Burial: 

Events

Military Service: Revolutionary Army, September - October 1775, Camp at Roxbury.

Military Service: Enlisted as a Minute Man, 19 Apr 1775, Lexinton Alarm.

Military Service: Revolutionary Army, 1 May 1775.

Military Service: Revolutionary Army, 21 Apr 1777, Bristol, Rhode Island.

Military Service: Revolutionary Army, 9 Jul 1777, Rhode Island.

Military Service: Revolutionary Army, 2 Jan 1778, Rhode Island.

Military Service: Revolutionary Army, 2 Aug 1780, Rhode Island.

Move to: Arrived in Stockbridge NY, 1791, Stockbridge, Madison, New York.


Parents
         Father: Nathan Edson
         Mother: Mary Sprague 9

Spouses and Children
1. *Mary Hall 8 
       Marriage: 2 Sep 1766 - Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA
       Children:
                1. Gamaliel Edson 6
                2. Anna Edson 6
                3. Nathan Edson 6
                4. John Edson 6
                5. Willard Edson 6
                6. Alfred Edson 10
                7. Barnabas Edson 8
                8. Mary "Polly" Edson 6
                9. Calvin Edson 8
                10. Calvin Edson 6
                11. Sarah Edson 6
                12. Olive Edson 6

Notes
General:


"Daughters of the American Revolution" Patriot Lookup
"EDSON, Nathan
Birth: MA 14 Mar 1739
Servic: MA
Rank: Sgt
Death: NY 16 Aug 1825
Patriot Pensioned: No
Widow Pensioned: No
Children Pensioned: No
Heirs Pensioned: No
Spouse: (1) Mary Hall "

picture Nathan Edson

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 31 Mar 1769 6
    Christening: 
          Death: Unknown
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Nathan Edson 7
         Mother: Mary Hall 8


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Nathan Edson

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 14 Mar 1716 - Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA 11
    Christening: 
          Death: 31 Mar 1751 - Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Samuel Edson 1
         Mother: Mary Dean 12

Spouses and Children
1. *Mary Sprague 9 
       Marriage: 27 Feb 1738 - Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA 9
       Children:
                1. Mary Edson
                2. Nathan Edson 7
                3. Sarah Edson
                4. Daughter Unknown Edson
                5. Son Unknown Edson

Notes
General:
Source: Edson, Jarvis Bonesteel - "Genealogy of The Edsons" The Knickerbocker Press, 17 West 23D Street New York, N.Y. 1903. pg 13

"89. Nathan, son of Samuel (51) and Mary (Dean) Edson, born in the town of Bridgewater, Plymouth County, province of Massachusetts Bay, New England, on March 14, 1716; married there, on February 27, 1738, Mary,daughter of Jonathan and Lydia (Leavitt) Sprague, born in the town of Bridgewater on May 4, 1722. He died there in 1751, and his widow, Mary,was appointed administratrix. She rendered her final account as "Mary Edson," October 7, 1765." ------- Source: Edson, George Thomas - "Nathan Edson and His Descendants"Filley, Nebraska 1926.
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" Nathan Edson married in Bridgewater February 27, 1738, Mary Sprague,born March 26,1722, daughter of Jonathan and Lydia (Leavitt) Sprague .She was not yet 16, and he was about 22. Very little is now known about this couple, who were the parents of our Nathan. The births of the children were not recorded, and the family bible is lost trace of. The husband went to war when he was 32 years old, in King George's War. He enlisted March 25, 1748, and served until December 21 as a sentinel in Captain Thomas Henderson's company, being stationed for a time at Pleasant Point. He died about two years after this - March 31, 1750 at Pleasant age of 35. He left five children. The widow, at that time 28 years of age, never married again, as far as is known. She was appointed administratrix of her husband's estate and rendered her final account as such on October 27, 1765, signing her name "Mary Edson." Her children were evidently of age at that time. Her death is not recorded."

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Helen's Notes: Notice Jarvis Bonesteel states that Mary Edson's final account took place on October 7, 1765 while George Thomas states October 27, 1765.

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picture Nicholas Edson

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: Abt 6 Mar 1607 - Fillongley, Warwickshire, England
    Christening: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Thomas Edson 13
         Mother: Elizabeth Copson 13


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Nicholas Edson

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: Abt 28 Oct 1565 - Fillongley, Warwickshire, England
    Christening: 
          Death: Unknown
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Thomas Edson 14
         Mother: Ellen 14


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Olive Edson

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 24 May 1785 - Petersham, MA 6
    Christening: 
          Death: 
         Burial: Unknown

Parents
         Father: Nathan Edson 7
         Mother: Mary Hall 8


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Oliver Stewart Edson

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 1 Aug 1813 - Stockbridge, Madison, New York
    Christening: 
          Death: Unknown
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Alfred Edson 10
         Mother: Lydia Stewart


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Peter Isaac Edson



      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 31 Aug 1875 - Loyd, Richland County, Wisconsin
    Christening: 
          Death: 15 Apr 1943 - Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Henry Wells Edson 15
         Mother: Frances Deliah Gundy 15

Spouses and Children
1. *Rose Elizabeth "Rosebeth" Towar
       Marriage: 30 Nov 1899 - Iowa Falls, Hardin County, IA
       Children:
                1. Hope Towar Edson
                2. Dorcas Dorothy Edson 16

Notes
General:
From: Writings of Dorcas Dorothy EdsonDavis
"My father's childhood was, I have determined, quite different than that of my mother. Grandfather Edson's name was Henry Wells. Father's mother's name was Frances Deliah Gundy.
Henry Wells Edson had a former marriage. His first wife, Mehetable Orcutt, died. There were several children by that marriage who were quite grown up when he married Francis Deliah. Henry Wells' second family, apparently, had no relationship whatsoever with the first family. Francis Deliah had four children, Viola Ninette, Adam Lemuel, Peter Isaac (my father), and Eli Varnum. Considering the boys' names,one might suppose the girl to be called Sarah, or Abigail or something biblical. Instead we have romantic "Viola". This says something, I believe, about Francis Deliah. I have an old, faded photograph of the four children. The photograph indicates their ages when it was taken tobe somewhere between 14 or so and 7 or 8. Viola died at the age of 15 from diphtheria. That disease was a terrible scourge in those days.
Henry Wells, the father, died at the age of 72. My father was six years old at the time. The family lived in a very rural district nearRichland Center, Wisconsin. I do not know whether the Edsons owned a farm or not. At any rate, after the father died, Frances Deliah and herlittle family were in very hard straits.
Wisconsin in the winter time is, I am told, miserably cold - a we tpenetrating cold- much different than the cold experienced in the Rockies. My father spoke often of this bitter weather.
When he was a very little boy, he and his brothers would go into the woods where woodsmen were cutting trees, and they would gather chips and bits of discarded wood, thus implementing the meager supply at home. He also spoke of having been hungry. Needless to say, he didn't speak of these things very often. The stories he told me when I was a little girl were about creeks, lakes, and what fun he had goin' fishin'
As was my mother's custom, he told me about the birds, little animals and trees. Of course we were living in Phoenix at that time - the second decade of this century. Cool springs, babbling brooks, green woodsy places sounded wonderful to me.

Rosebeth and Peter Edson As I have said, my mother was older than my father. When she was a younger woman she had experienced a very unhappy love affair. Once, when I was a child, I ran across an old photograph of a very dashing young gentleman with an astounding moustache. My mother took the photograph away from me and I never saw it again. I do not remember whether it was she or my sister who told me this was the man she had been engaged to and that he had jilted her. She never, so my sister said, got over this unhappy experience.
My mother was greatly influenced by the feminist movement of the nineteenth century. She was forever getting excited over some cause or some abused wife. I vaguely remember some incidents. Her poor health prevented her from carrying out her desires. I am sure that any woman with the determination, intelligence and energy such as my mother had, would feel a great sense of frustration because the weakness of body, denied her a more active and purposeful life. It would only be natural if such a woman visited some of the results of this frustration on her family. Such was the case with my mother. She and my sister, Hope, never did get along very well and my poor father from time to time would shrug his shoulder and gesture with his hand in a helpless sort of way. Nevertheless, neither I nor my sister ever heard him give my mother a truly cross word, and during her many bad spells with her heart, he tenderly cared for her. This is another story. I am getting ahead of myself. The close of the 19th Century found my immediate family in fairly good condition. The Towar-Edson setup was well thought of and prosperous. Grandfather and Grandmother had taken the young Peter Edson under his wing, so to speak, in order to care for their frail daughter. They liked Peter, too, for his own sake. He was a lovable man. He in turn always spoke so very kindly of his mother and father-in-law. In 1905 my mother contracted tuberculosis. In those days there was no treatment except rest and, preferably a warm dry climate in which to live. The farm was sold. Old ties were severed. The family moved to Arizona. My sister, Hope, was five years old. I was born in 1911, and everything was different. One interesting and helpful occurrence did happen. I seems, my father had a distant cousin, a certain George Edson who was a genealogist. George Edson looked up the Edson family tree and sent a copy of this family record to all the living Edsons. I was 10 years old at the time. I think my nephew, Frank Martini, may have this little booklet unless it has, over the years, disintegrated. 15 16
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Sources


1 Nahum Mitchell, History of The Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Including an Extensive Family Register (Originally Printed - Kidder and Wright, 32 Congress Street Boston, Massachusetts 1840
Reprinted Henry T. Pratt Bridgewater, Massachusetts 1897
Reprinted Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1970 Balitmore 1975
This edition reprinted under the sponsorship of A. Evelyn Nourse Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 74-136106), pages 153-160.

2 Nahum Mitchell, History of The Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Including an Extensive Family Register (Originally Printed - Kidder and Wright, 32 Congress Street Boston, Massachusetts 1840
Reprinted Henry T. Pratt Bridgewater, Massachusetts 1897
Reprinted Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1970 Balitmore 1975
This edition reprinted under the sponsorship of A. Evelyn Nourse Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 74-136106), pages 127-128.

3 Nahum Mitchell, History of The Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Including an Extensive Family Register (Originally Printed - Kidder and Wright, 32 Congress Street Boston, Massachusetts 1840
Reprinted Henry T. Pratt Bridgewater, Massachusetts 1897
Reprinted Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1970 Balitmore 1975
This edition reprinted under the sponsorship of A. Evelyn Nourse Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 74-136106), Page 153.

4 Jarvis Bonesteel Edson, Genealogy of the Edsons (Printed by The Knickerbocker Press, 17 West 23D Street, New York, N.Y. 1903
Part of Copyrighted work "Edson in England and America and Genealogy of the Edsons" by Jarvis Bonesteel Edson), pages 2-3.

5 Nahum Mitchell, History of The Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Including an Extensive Family Register (Originally Printed - Kidder and Wright, 32 Congress Street Boston, Massachusetts 1840
Reprinted Henry T. Pratt Bridgewater, Massachusetts 1897
Reprinted Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1970 Balitmore 1975
This edition reprinted under the sponsorship of A. Evelyn Nourse Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 74-136106), pages 127.

6 George Thomas Edson, Nathan Edson and His Descendants (Filley, Nebraska; 1926 The Filley Spotlight), page 9-13.

7 George Thomas Edson, Nathan Edson and His Descendants (Filley, Nebraska; 1926 The Filley Spotlight).

8 George Thomas Edson, Nathan Edson and His Descendants (Filley, Nebraska; 1926 The Filley Spotlight), page 14-16.

9 Nahum Mitchell, History of The Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Including an Extensive Family Register (Originally Printed - Kidder and Wright, 32 Congress Street Boston, Massachusetts 1840
Reprinted Henry T. Pratt Bridgewater, Massachusetts 1897
Reprinted Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1970 Balitmore 1975
This edition reprinted under the sponsorship of A. Evelyn Nourse Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 74-136106), pages 321-322.

10 George Thomas Edson, Nathan Edson and His Descendants (Filley, Nebraska; 1926 The Filley Spotlight), page 9-16.

11 Jarvis Bonesteel Edson, Genealogy of the Edsons (Printed by The Knickerbocker Press, 17 West 23D Street, New York, N.Y. 1903
Part of Copyrighted work "Edson in England and America and Genealogy of the Edsons" by Jarvis Bonesteel Edson).

12 Jarvis Bonesteel Edson, Genealogy of the Edsons (Printed by The Knickerbocker Press, 17 West 23D Street, New York, N.Y. 1903
Part of Copyrighted work "Edson in England and America and Genealogy of the Edsons" by Jarvis Bonesteel Edson), pages 1-8.

13 Jarvis Bonesteel Edson, Genealogy of the Edsons (Printed by The Knickerbocker Press, 17 West 23D Street, New York, N.Y. 1903
Part of Copyrighted work "Edson in England and America and Genealogy of the Edsons" by Jarvis Bonesteel Edson), page 1.

14 Jarvis Bonesteel Edson, Genealogy of the Edsons (Printed by The Knickerbocker Press, 17 West 23D Street, New York, N.Y. 1903
Part of Copyrighted work "Edson in England and America and Genealogy of the Edsons" by Jarvis Bonesteel Edson), pages 1-5.

15 Writings of Dorcas Dorothy Edson Davis, "Writings of Dorcas Dorothy Edson Davis" (Dorcas wrote her memiors over a period of time from about 1985-2004. Her daughter Helen Rose Davis Hawkins has transcribed these writings with some editing and footnotes.).

16 Helen Rose Davis Hawkins (These are stories that Helen Rose Davis Hawkins remembers her mother telling her.).


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