Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Edwards Family of Raymond Maine

Elijah Hamblen Edwards (1844-1928) came originally from Otisfield, Maine (which was founded by his Edwards ancestors) and moved to Raymond along with his brother Francis when they were just teenagers.  Elijah married Eliza Jane Cobb of Poland Maine, and had five children together:

1.  Sarah Frances Edwards (1881-1964) was nicknamed "Fannie".  She married Eugene Bickford of Naples, Maine in 1897, who was 17 years older.

EUGENE AND FANNIE BICKFORD
RAYMOND, MAINE
(ABOUT 1910)
Fanny was unable to have children, but she adopted her sister Nell's son, Charles Granville Varney, when he was a boy, renaming him Charlie Bickford.  In 1945, Charlie was first to marry my aunt Laura Matilda Clarke, after divorcing his first wife, Phyllis Cummings.

FANNIE AND CHARLIE BICKFORD
(ABOUT 1916)

2.  Nellie H. Edwards (1889-1985) married George Albert Varney of Naples, Maine at the age of 15. They had Charlie Granville Varney in 1913.  Nell and George divorced shortly afterwards, and Nell gave Charlie up for adoption by her older sister Fanny.  She eventually remarried to Charles W. Guptill in 1920, and had one daughter, Myrtle Guptill, who died as a young lady.

NELLIE EDWARDS
(ABOUT 1910)


NELLIE EDWARDS-VARNEY-GUPTILL
(ABOUT 1960)

MYRTLE GUPTILL
(1931-1963)

3.  Granville Edwards (1891-1970) was a fireman who lived in Naples Maine with his wife Edith Gardner and their four children (Ernest, Arnold, Mildred and Ann).

4.  Charles Clinton "Tink" Edwards (1894-1983) moved up to Wilton with his wife Pearl and their four children, and worked in the woolen mill.  I believe his family may have also called him Clayton in addition to Tink.  Tink's oldest son, Leonard, was killed in action during WWII.

5.  Georgia Anna Edwards (1895-1975) married William Herbert Plummer in 1914.  She was known affectionately as "Georgieanne".  She and Bill Plummer had two children:  Hazel (who died at age four), and Elwin (1915-1973).  Elwin was the second man to marry my aunt Laura Matilda Clarke of Scarborough, and Elwin named one of his daughters Hazel, after his deceased sister.

GEORGIA ANNA EDWARDS-PLUMMER
(ABOUT 1965)

NELL EDWARDS-GUPTILL AND GEORGIANNE EDWARDS-PLUMMER
(ABOUT 1965)

2 comments:

  1. Philip Leroy EdwardsJune 12, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    My father, Charles Clinton "Tink" Edwards and my mother, Pearle Knight Edwards had Leonard, me, Philip, Beverley, and Agnes. They have all passed on, but me.

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    1. Wonderful to hear from you, Phillip, and thanks for reading. I would love to hear from you. My email address is lobsterjesus@yahoo.com.

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