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  • ID: I3180
  • Name: John David Edwards
  • Suffix: RS 1
  • Reference Number: 3210
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1774 in SC
  • Death: 1818 in St. Augustine, FL
  • Note:

    Nominal Poll of the inhabitants of both Rivers of Nassau. In the 1814 Spanish
    Census of Florida, reel #148 is listed: John Edwards widower age 38,Male children 1 of 1-7 yrs., 1 from 7-16 yrs. Female children, 1 of 7-16. Total in family 4. Total slaves 13.

    John Edward, widower, married second, Mary Ann Braddock, daughter of Capt. John Cutler and Lucia Braddock. Will of Mary Braddock Edwards, State of Florida, Jefferson County, list her children. John and Mary Braddock Edwards moved
    from Amelia Island to St. Augustine with their family where he established himself and engaged in boat building. At the time of his death in 1818, he owned a large number of slaves and was a wealthy man. After his death, the family moved to Jefferson County near the town of what is now called Lloyd.

    Mary Braddock Edwards died at her plantation and is buried at Edgewood Cemetery beside Elizabeth Edwards, her oldest daughter. Mary had a very lengthy will in which she named every child except Elizabeth, who had preceded her in death.

    Submitted by: Helen B. Hodges, Callahan, FL.
    Ref: Braddock - Edwards Family History



    The family history on the rest of this family seems to have been written by a granddaughter of Oscar Christopher Edwards. I found the typed family history in my mother, Helen Hodges, files and have included it in the Edwards Family History. I do not know where it came from, the papers are yellowed and appear to be old. There is no mention as to who wrote it, but the author said that Oscar Christopher Edwards was her (or his) grandfather.
    Submitted by: Jean Mizell.



    I received this email from Jerry Braddock on William Lyford, Jr.:

    Subject: Re: Where were you when I was doing my DAR paperwork?!
    Date: Sun, 6 Dec 1998 16:20:07 EST
    From:
    JBraddock1@aol.com
    To: pcramer@mediaone.net
    CC:
    JEANHM@SMART1.net, lori@solutionset.com, PGOODBREAD@aol.com,campbell@bitstorm.net

    12/6/1998
    Dear Ann Telfair Cramer,
    I was looking through some the records I found researching my book and found several items which my be of interest to you as a descendant of John Edwards and probably of Edward Telfair:

    The first is a record from the Telfair papers and deals with the Somerville estate, of which Edward Telfair was administrator. Email format may prevent columns from aligning properly. The mentioned William Lyford Jr. is my fifth great uncle and some great uncle to you as a descendant of David Cutler Braddock, Lyford's brother-in-law:


    Collections of the Georgia Historical Society (Telfair Family Papers,vouchers
    for payment made by Edward Telfair for the estate of John Somerville &
    accounts of Somerville and Rae):

    Messrs. Rae and SomervilleTo William Lyford Dr.
    1767 To Capt. Summerfield from Philadelphia £ 0..15.._
    ditto from Providence _..15.._
    ditto Sloop Hibernia 10 feet
    2..10.._
    1768 ditto Capt. Morgan out & in 1..10.._
    ditto Capt. Spince 12 feet 3..10.._
    ditto the Hibernia out 11 feet 1.. 9.._
    ditto Capt. Beaty 14 feet 5..14.._
    1769 ditto the Hibernia 10 ? 2..18.._
    ditto . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 11 2..1 8.._
    ditto Capt. Horton 10 2..10.._
    ditto Sloop Jane 10 feet 2..10.._
    Carrying the Sloop Jane over the barr and returning again & carried out
    _..10.._

    1770 ditto Sloop Jane 10 feet 2.. _.. _
    ditto Capt Webb 10 2..10.._
    ditto the Hibernia 11 feet 2..18.._
    ditto Capt. David Salvington 11 feet quire 5.. _.. _
    ditto the Hibernia 11 feet 2..18.._
    ditto . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2..18.._
    ditto Capt. Kirk 10 feet 2..10.._
    ditto Sloop Jane 10 feet 2..10.._
    ditto . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2..10.._
    ditto 9 feet . . . . . . . . 2.. 4.._
    ditto the Hibernia 2..18.._
    ditto Capt. McDaniel 11 ? 3..10.._
    ditto Capt. Throwbridge 2.. 5.._
    ditto Capt Dickson 9 feet 2.. 4.._
    ditto Brig Catharn 9 feet 2.. 4.._
    ditto getting Sloop off Lochless Bank
    and bringing her to Cockspur,
    Capt Tudor 1..5.._
    ditto Sloop Jane, Capt. Sharman 2..10.._========£ 76..17.._

    Errors Excepted by Wm. Lyford
    Attested and signed the above Account this twenty Second day of February 1775
    before me
    Ottolenghe
    Rec'd February 22, 1755 of Edward Telfair Esq to the deceased John Somerville
    Surviving Corporation of Rae & Somerville the within sum of Seventy Six Pounds
    Seventeen Shillings in full of all demand agst Said Estate.

    Wm. Lyford
    Mr. John Somerville Dr. to William Lyford
    1772
    May To Pilottage Sloop Jane £ 2.. 0.. 0
    1773 Jany ditto Brig John 2.. 0.. 0
    May ditto " 2..18.. 0
    dito ======= 7.16..00

    Attested and Signed the above account this twenty second day of February, 1775
    before me.
    Ottolenghe
    Received 22nd Feby 1775 of Edwd Telfair Esq to the dec'd John Somervillethe
    within sum of Seven pounds Sixteen Shillings in full of all demand or agst sd
    Estate
    Wm. Lyford
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----

    The next is from a meeting of the Georgia Council of Safety three months after
    the British had been run out of Georgia. In addition to uncle William Lyford
    Jr. being mentioned, Peter Edwards--who may or may not be related to John
    Edwards--and Edward Telfair are named:

    Collections of the Georgia Historical Society (Excerpt of minutes of meeting
    from "Proceedings of the Georgia Council of Safety"):

    At a meeting of the Council, June 26th, 1776
    Present:
    His Excellency the Prest. William LeConte.
    Adam Fowler Brisbane. Benjn. Andrew.
    John Wereat. John Adam Treutlen.
    Jonathan Cochrane.

    Doctor Nathan Brownson waited on the Board, and took his seat in the room of
    Colonel Baker. His Excellency the President laid before the Board the Address of the
    Congress respecting those whose going at large is dangerous to the liberties of America, when the following list was proposed as containing persons of this character:
    Alexander Martin. James Spalding.
    John Douglass. Benj. Wilson.
    John Hume. George Baillie.
    Andrew Johnson. ThomasNetherclift.
    Henry Preston. Alexd. Mcgoun.
    James Kitching. Robert Reid.
    Willm. Read. James Mossman.
    John Patton. Wm. Panton.
    Thomas Johnson. William Skinner.
    Charles Wm. McKinen. Francis Knowles.
    Thomas Reid. Samuel Douglas.
    Philip Yonge. Thomas Moody.
    William Lyford. Lewis Johnson,junr.
    Alexander Begby. Joseph Farley.
    Peter Edwards. James Robertson.
    George Kincaid. John Martin.
    Nathaniel Hall. William Thompson.
    Philip Moore. John Jamison.
    Jno. B. Randall. Edwd. Telfair.
    Doctor Zubly. John Inglis.
    Andrew Hewat. John Foulis.
    Robert Proteous.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----
    Edward Telfair was not only exonerated of the charge of being for the British
    cause by being included on a 1780 list of those the British considered as
    traitors, he later elected one of the state of Georgia's early governors.

    The remaining items are about a John Edwards who I thinks is the one who
    married Lucia Braddock. The first is a record of belated payments for service
    in the Revolutionary War. John Edwards is list as having been lieutenant on a
    galley. John Braddock is on the same list as captain of a galley. There were
    few Georgia gallies in the war, so there is a good chance that the two men
    served on the same vessel and that may be what lead to John Edward smeeting
    John Braddock's daughter Lucia:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----
    Georgia Department of Archives and History (Auditor's Journal entries):

    . . . February 1, 1787. . .
    105 The United States, Dr. to Sundry persons, viz:
    104 To John Edwards, for his pay as a Lieutenant on Board
    the Gallies, No 936 £152-9-5?.
    194 To John Bacon Ditto, 937 £162-6.
    104 To John Trevor, Ditto 930 £212-16.
    107 To Captain John Braddock
    Ditto 939 £ 478-5-4.
    To Captain John Hardy, for pay for 8 Negroes on
    Board the Gallies, £ 264
    -
    To Peter Thomas, for his pay as Captain of Artillery at
    the reduction of Augusta, per resolve of Assembly, £49-11-8
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----

    John Hardy commanded one of the other gallies. If my memory serves me
    correctly, I think I heard from someone, perhaps Pat Goodbread Smith or Judge
    Alexander D. Williams, that the Thomas Ellis Hardee that Mary Ann Berrie,
    daughter of Lucia's sister Mary Ann Braddock Berrie, married. was a descendant
    of Captain John Hardee.

    John Edwards, along with John Braddock and most public figures of Glynn
    County, was listed in the July 10 issue of the State of Georgia Gazetteas a
    defaulter of taxes on land on St. Simon's Island:

    Defaulters of St. Simon's District.
    John Thompkins, Jacob Helvelstone, Richard Touchstone, Christopher
    Touchstone, John Piles, John Nunn, Hugh Binks, Joseph Terry, Richard
    Summerford, Leonard Harper, John Palmer, Martin Palmer, George Jenkins,
    Alexander Bisset, Samuel Gray, Barthalomew Bath, James Woodland, Arthur
    Adkins, William Mazo, Richard Dudley, John Edwards, James Helveston,
    Raymond Demere jun, Alexander Daniel Cuthbert, John Braddock, Richard
    Bradley, William Edwards, Jesse Wicket, Daniel Manson, William Steven,John
    Burnet sen, John Burnet jun, George Fulford, ---Garnet, John Jones, John
    Good, James Spalding.

    J. Mackintosh jun,
    Receiver of Tax Returns St. Simon's Island.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----

    And finally, John Edwards is again coupled with John (Cutler) Braddock in the
    Glynn County Militia, of which John Braddock later became commander:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----
    Georgia Department of Archives and History (Minutes of the ExecutiveCouncil
    of Georgia, appointment):

    Government house
    Augusta, Saturday 4th. Septr. 4, 1790.
    The rank and arrangement of the Militia of Glynn County are established
    this day in the following order:

    Christopher Hillary, Esqr. Colo.
    John Braddock Esqr. Lieut. Colo.
    John McIntosh Esqr., Major. 1st. company.
    Richard Bradley Esqr., Captain
    John Edwards Gent. , 1st Lieut.
    Richard Summerford Gent., 2nd Lieut. 2nd company.
    William Steven Esqr., Capt.
    James McLeod Gent., 1st Lieut.
    James Harrison Gent., 2nd Lieut

    State House, Augusta. Saturday 4th Septr. 1790
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----

    I think the above pertaining to John Edwards presents pretty good
    circumstantial evidence that he served with John Braddock in the effective
    campaign John Braddock and his galley waged against the British.

    I hope this information serves in furthering your search of Edwards family
    history.

    Jerry B.


    June 19, 1799
    Baptized on Amelia Island two days later were Elizabeth, about 6, Eugene about 4, and Ann, about 2, children of John Edwards, "native of Carolina del Sur[South Carolina], son of Isaac and Marta Federt" and Mary Braddock, "native of Georgia, Estados Unidos de America, daughter of " John and Lucia Cooke." I havenít been able to find the surname "Federt," John Edwardsí motherís maiden name anywhere, certainly not in South Carolina. One Spanish meaning of the word is "spring." There is a multitude of Springs in South Carolina. But that is only speculation. It is obvious that Ann was married before her fatherís death in 1794. As said earlier, perhaps she and John Edwards preceded Lucy to Amelia Island and Lucy came because of them. No oath of allegiance for John Edwards is in the East Florida Papers.
  • _UID: CFF4B0D61D8740679A1C68B0EC05D989B570
  • Change Date: 4 JUN 2009



    Father: Isaac Edwards b: 1740
    Mother: Marta Federt

    Marriage 1 Maria Ann Braddock b: 24 AUG 1774 in GA
    • Married:
    Children
    1. Has Children Elizabeth Edwards b: 1791 in Amelia Island Nassau Co FL
    2. Has No Children Ann Edwards b: 1797 in Amelia Island, Nassau Co FL
    3. Has No Children Eugene Edwards b: 1799 in FL
    4. Has Children John David Edwards b: 1800 in moved to Leon Co FL
    5. Has No Children Caroline M. Edwards b: 1806 in Lloyd FL
    6. Has Children Adeline Catherine Edwards b: 27 FEB 1808 in FL
    7. Has Children James Braddock Edwards b: 31 JAN 1812 in Amelia Island, FL, lived in Jefferson Co FL 1830's.
    8. Has No Children Henry Recus Edwards b: 1815 in Amelia Island FL

    Sources:
    1. Text: www.Ancestry.com

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