Descendants of William Edward
Contributed by Yvonne (Edward) Geelong - firstname.lastname@example.org
(Yvonne would welcome hearing from anyone of the Edward Family descendants.)
William Edward and Isabel Jessiman had the following child:
Notes for George Edward:
George married Isabella Milne, daughter of John, farmer Bogbain, Keith. George took a lease of Bridgend in 1856
George was ground officer to Earl of Fife in the Parish of King Edward. In 1879 his son, John, succeeded him on the farm of Bridgend.
George Edward and Isabella Milne had the following children:
Notes for George Edward:
George born in Burnside, emigrated to Australia.
Notes for Jane Edward:
Jane was born at her parents home on the farm at Burnside.
She worked as a domestic servant.
When she was 25 years old, she contracted Tuberculosis and after three years died at Bridgend Farm, King Edward.
She was buried on the 9th of June in King Edward Churchyard.
King Edward Churchyard and the Burial Location for Jane
The Brick House Farm Where John and Jane Edward Lived.
Notes for Alexander Edward:
Alexander emigrated to Agnew, Ottawa, Michigan with his brother, Joseph, in 1873. He remained unmarried and had many health problems. He lived near his sisters, Isabella and Mary, in Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo, Michigan and died in ward three of the Kalamazoo Asylum for the insane.
Alexander was in the asylum by 1900.
Notes for Mary Edward:
Mary was born in Keith in 1853. She lived for a short time in Kinall, Cumberland, England but eventually, sometime after 1893, she followed her sister and brothers to America. Mary woked as a nurse in Schoolcraft and in 1920, at the age of 66, she was working as a live-in housekeeper for John F. Chapin, 81 yrs., a widower. Mary remained unmarried and died aged 69 in Schoolcraft.
Grand Haven Basket Factory Owned by James Edward and Fred
Notes for Isabella Edward:
Isabella was born in the family home at Land Street, Keith. She was affectionately known as "Tibbie" all her life. She married Abercromby Boyd, master blacksmith in 1866.
Abercromby, at the age of 20, lived with his brothers, Omy and James in Aucherless, Aberdeen. Soon after his marriage to Tibbie, they moved to a six-acre farmlet names Gorrachie, in the parish of King Edward and in the 1871 census, his occupation was blacksmith and crofter.
They had ten children the first seven born at King Edward. In 1881 they moved to live in a house provided to them,which adjoined the blacksmith shop in Old Deer, Aberdeenshire. The last three children were born here.
Tibbie decided to join her brothers, William, Joseph and James, and her father who had all emigrated to America. With six of their nine children in two, Bella jane, Lizzie, Mary, Edward and Jemimia, they set sail from Glasgow aboard the ship Anchoria as 2nd class passenters, and arrived in America on 14 Feb 1892. They settled in Grand Haven, Michigan, to be near her brothers, Alexander, James Duff, and Joseph. They were still living in Grand Haven according to the 1900 census. Bella was working as a domestic servant, edward was a farm labourer and Jemimia was a school student. Mary had married Benjamin Harris in Ocotber of 1900 and had moved out of the parental home, but it is no known where Cynthia was at the time. Ten years later Abercromby and Tibbie are still living in Grand haven with children, Jemimia, Lizzie, and Hampton. sometime between 1910 and 1920 they moved to a rented property in the town of Schoolcraft, Michigan, where brother, Alexander, and sister, mary, also lived. In 1920, daughter Jemimia, aged 34, was unmarried and living with them. Abercomby was aged 79 and Isabella aged 77.
Tibbie died on 15 Feb 1922 and Abercromby went to live with his daughter, Cynthia, who was a postal clerk. The last year of his life he lived with his other daughter, Bella, and son-in-law, patric McCarthy and grandson, Boyd McCarthy in Schoolcraft, Michigan. He died 7 Feb 1932
Abercromby Gordon Boyd and Isabella Edward had the following children:
Notes for John Edward:
John was a farmer and became the tenant of the Mill of Blackton. John succeeded his father at Bridgend farm, King Edward in 1879.
In 1898 John left Bridgend and settled in an historical farm, Whornes Place, Cuxton, Kent. In Tudor times Whorne's Place was the principal house in the village, erected on the river by Sir william Whorne, Lord Mayor of London in 1487. this was later owned by Sir Joseph Levinson (1556-1615) the privateer. This was taken over by the Mashams, strong royalists who moved on to the Mote in Maidstone. The mansion was demolished in 1782 and only an outlying granary, converted to a house, still bears the name Whorn'es Place. In 1901 the family finally moved to Brick House farm, Cuxton, where hiswife, Jane, died on14 March 1919, aged 80 years. John died at his daughter Mary's home, 11 Maidstone Road Rochester, 17 Oct 1933, aged 89 years.
John Edward and Jane Scroggie had the following children:
Notes for Joseph Edward:
Joseph joined the local police force for a period of 5 years. At the age of 24, in 1871, he emigrated first to Canada where descendants of his two uncles, william and Joseph, were living. For one or two years he joined the police force in Toronto, before moving to Agnew, grand Haven, Michigan. His brother, Alexander, emigrated with him and another brother, James Duff, followed in 1876. Agnew is a very tiny hamlet located on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Grand River. When Joseph arrived it was known as Johnsville after one of the early settlers, but was renamed Agnew in December, 1887.
On 24 July 1875, Joseph married, Ellen Booker. ellen was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania in October, 1855 (or 1853). He was able to purchase 160 acres of heavily wooded land in Section 27 of Grand Haven township. He set about clearing, cultivating, and improving enough soil to grow crops. he eventually had a home built for his growing family and 80 acres cleared for cultibation. He became a prosperous horticulturist growing crops of mainly, peaches, varieties of grapes, berries, including strawberries, and harvesting hay.
Joseph was a staunch Democrat and very active in town politics, holding almost every position except Treasurer and Supervisor. He was Justice of the Peace for 12 years and his decisions were seldom carried to the upper courts. Though not following the religion of his parents, Joseph was an active member of the Good Templars. For 15 years he was a director on the school board and clerk of the township. Joseph and Ellen had 12 children.
They had tragic events in their family - Victoria died 12
March 1879 at one year, one month, 14 days old.
In 1883 an epidemic of meningitis was in the area and they lost 3 children in 3 weeks time - Florence, Arthur and Albert
In 1898 their farmhouse burned to the ground and shorly after they lost the lot when their debt became too much and the bank foreclosed on the property leaving them nothing.
Joseph began drinking to excess and became his own worst enemy. On the 15th of December, 1900, he was walking across the trestle works mostly likely trying to catch the Pere Marquette freight train to his home town in Agnew. He apparently fell between two railway trestles and plummeted into the Grand River and drowning. He is buried in the Grand Haven Township Cemetery.
This tragedy left his wife, Ellen, destitute to raise her eight surviving children alone, the younges, Archie, just 3 years old. Ellen tooke the six youngest of her children and moved to El Monte, California. In the 1910 census, she was living with her children, Maude, 24, Joseph, 23, James, 18, Gordon, 16, Madge, 15, Archibald, 13. By 1920, ellen was living in Whttier, California with Gordon, a pipefitter, and his wife, Margaret. It is not know when Ellen died.
Joseph Edward and Ellen Booker had the following children:
Notes for James Duff Edward:
James Duff emigrated in 1876 and became a naturalized citizen.
James Duff Edward and Cynthia I. Munger had the following children:
Notes for Rheba/Reba Edward: Rheba was living in Tacoma, Washington in 1926 and in
1930 with her mother, in Muskegon, Michigan. She was a nurse.
Notes for Nicola/Lacola Edward:
James was named after the Earl of Fife, James Duff, who owned the land that the family occupied at Bridgend. He served an apprenticeship in Aberdeen with his brother, George, in the seed trade, but at the age of 20 was keen to join his brothers and set sail for America in 1876. He settled close to Joseph and Alexander in Agnew and gained employment at the local sawmill and box making factory.
James married Cynthia Munger in Paw Paw, Michigan. She was the daughter of Luke and Rebecca (Harris) Munger, one of five children.
They settled on a 80-acre farm in Agnew and had five children.
While busy clearing his farm, he also studied business management. He joined partnership in 1897 with Fred Churchill to open a sawmill and box factory on 6th Street dbetween Madison and Elliot Streets and together they ran a flourishing business manufacturing crated for celery peaches, berries, grapes, and other fruits grown in the area. They also offered shingles for sale and custom sawing, planing and matching of tidmber from the sawmill and custom feed grinding during the grain season.
The business was always referred to as the Grand Haven Basket Factory. The company ceased operations in 1925. James held various office in his community. The family lived at 425 Lafayette Street.
James was a Republican and took an active role in the party. Although brought up in the faith of the Scotch Free Church he was not connected with any denomination. Cynthia, his wife, attended the Unitarian Church. James died at the age of 67 and is buried in Lake Forest Cemetery.
After her husband's death, Cynthia moved many times. In 1926 she was living with her daughter Rheba, a nurse in Tacoma, Wahsington. In the 1930 census she was living in Muskegon, Michigan with Hattie (Munger) Kloster), 63 yrs., a widow and Hattie's 3 children. Cunthia died on 27 apr 1930 at the home of her daughter, Rheba in Muskegon and is buried by her husband in Lake Forest Cemetery.
Patrick McCarthy and Bella Jane Boyd had the following child:
Notes for Tibbie Edward:
Tibbie studied to become a nurse in Pierce, Washington and eventually married Hilbrand Hards. They had one child, Robert.
Hilbrand Hards and Tibbie Edward had the following child:
George Luke Edward and Flora Jane Carrel had the following children:
Contributed by Yvonne Edward Geelong
Created: 4 January 2013