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Alexander Edwards

Male - 1690


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  1. 1.  Alexander Edwards was born , Wales; died 4 Sep 1690, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried , Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    "Alexander Edwards settled in Springfield in 1648, but removed to Northampton in 1653 where he had received a grant of land. He was granted land in Springfield in 1643 and 1645, "& besides ye 3d allotments to Alexander Edwards....there is 7 akrs now granted to him at his request as a free gift: in all he is to have 18 akrs, he requested ye said 7 akrs in recompence of a houselott which he thought was due to him when he married the widdow Searles" (Springfield Town Records). He held a minor town office in 1648 and 1649. After his removal to Northampton he was granted land there until he finally owned a considerable acreage. In 1658 he contributed toward the settling of the Rev. Mr. Mather, as the minister. With three others he built a gristmill in 1659 but sold his share in 1661, and in that same year he signed the church covenant. He also owned part of a lead mine. He lent his financial aid to Harvard College in 1672-3. In 1690 a fatal fever prevailed in the River towns, and eleven of the original settlers were its victims and among them was Alexander Edwards." [The Scott Genealogy, citation details below.]

    Frederick C. Warner (citation details below) gives him as a son of "Rev. RICHARD EDWARDS of Wales, a minister of London, England", but cites no evidence.

    As alluded to above, along with "Cornet" Joseph Parsons, another TNH ancestor, he was one of the four co-owners of the first mill in Northampton, and he was also one of the organizers of the first church there.

    Alexander married Sarah Baldwin 28 Apr 1642, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Sarah (daughter of Richard Baldwin and Isabel) was born 25 Jun 1621, Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, England; died 3 Oct 1690, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried , Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Benjamin Edwards was born 24 Jun 1652, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died 31 Oct 1724, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried , Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

Generation: 2