Select Edwards Miscellany

Here are some Edwards stories and accounts over the years:

The Edwards of Stansty

The family had continuous occupation of the Stansty estate in Denbighshire from 1317, when David ap Meilir was said to have bought the manor of Stansty, to 1783 when his direct line died out.  

The Edwards surname was first established around 1600 by
John Edwards, the son of David ap Edward. Johnís son David expanded the estate and built the family seat at Plas Isa. 

Davidís son John Edwards, described by a contemporary as ď
of an honest, harmless, and sweet disposition,Ē was a Royalist who survived the Civil War.  The last of the line was his great great grandson Peter Edwards who died in 1783.   The estate was later sold to the ironmaster Richard Thompson who in the 1830ís built his home, Stansty Hall, on the grounds.

Interestingly, Henry Gwylim Edwards - who served with the Royal Medical Corps during World War One and gave an account of trench life in his diary (which has recently been discovered) - showed his address in the diary as being The Rockeries in Stansty, Wrexham.

Richard Edwardes, Tudor Composer and Playwright

It has been suggested in some documents, including David Dean Edwards in his 1992 book Edward's Legacy, that it was whispered among Tudor researchers that Agnes Edwardes was the mistress to Henry VIII and that her son Richard was in fact fathered by King Henry and not by her husband William.  Agnes and William lived close by the King's hunting lodge in Somerset.  Maybe Richard Edwardes was the bastard son of the King. 

He was born in 1523 in Somerset and at a young age was made a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and master of the singing boys.  He is remembered as a music composer and playwright.   His five surviving songs, of which the most famous is In Going to my Naked Bed, show the influence of the Franco-Flemish style on English music at that time.  His musical drama Palamon and Arcite, written for Queen Elizabeth, unfortunately has been lost. 

He married Helen Griffith in 1563, but died three years later at Edwards Hall near Cardiff.

Edwards in the 1891 Census

Numbers (000's)
North Wales
South Wales    

The largest numbers by that time were in Lancashire and Glamorgan.  Another 3,800 were to be found in Denbighshire.

The Six Samuel Edwards

Alexander Edwards had arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts from Wales around 1630.  He and his wife Sarah moved to Northampton in 1655 where they were among the first settlers. 

The eldest son, born in 1643, was named Samuel and he was the start of six successive Samuel eldest sons.  The Samuel line ended when Samuel VI, who was born in 1815, died at the young age of twenty without issue.  Over this time the Samuel Edwards had moved to Southampton and then to Westhampton on Long Island. 

Samuel III was a soldier who took part in the taking of Cape Breton in 1745.  Samuel IV was a corporal in the Continental army.

William Edwards, New York Arrival in the 1770's

William Edwards was said to have come to America from Wales as a young lad aged around 15 sometime in the early 1770ís.  He was first recorded in Ulster county, New York and later settled with his wife in Germantown. 

Two stories have gone the rounds as to how he came to America. 

One version had William getting up to mischief in Wales and being sent to the colonies as his punishment.  There was in fact a William Edwards who arrived in America as a bondage passenger in 1771.  Whether he was the William Edwards is not known. 

The other version made out that William was a sailor and that while crossing the Atlantic he made a play for the captain's daughter.  He either ended up in the water or was a deserter from the ship.  His descendants have seemed to prefer this second version.

The Edwards Family in Chile

According to the family legend, George Edwards Brown arrived in La Serena, Chile in 1804 as the surgeon on a pirate ship (although in truth it was a whaling ship).  He espied a Spanish lady named Isabel Ossandon and fell in love with her.  Deserting his ship, he hid in a jar of wine in the house of the girlís father Diego de Ossandon.  He was, however, discovered and arrested by the Spanish authorities and imprisoned for two years.  

Once released he reunited with Isabel and married her.  He and Isabel raised eight children.  

Augustin Edwards, the sixth child, became a prominent politician and banker in Chile.  He acquired the El Mecuria newspaper in 1877, which was carried on by his son Augustin.   Mary Edwards of this family who settled in France was an active member of the French resistance during World War Two.

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