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Alexander Edwards

Male - 1690


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  • Name Alexander Edwards 
    Born Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Sep 1690  Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Buried Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I4712  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2016 

    Family Sarah Baldwin,   b. 25 Jun 1621, Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1690, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 28 Apr 1642  Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6, 7
    Children 
    +1. Benjamin Edwards,   b. 24 Jun 1652, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1724, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 13 Aug 2018 11:14:56 
    Family ID F2869  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • 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.

  • Sources 
    1. [S461] Findagrave.com page for Alexander Edwards.

    2. [S692] The Scott Genealogy, by Mary Lovering Holman. Boston: 1919.

    3. [S92] Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, on Ancestry.com.

    4. [S206] New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence A. Torrey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004., year only.

    5. [S221] The Ancestry of Samuel, Freda, and John Warner by Frederick C. Warner. Boston: F.C. Warner, 1949. (Cover title: The Warner-Harrington Ancestry.).

    6. [S691] Vital Records of Springfield, Massachusetts to 1850, ed. Clifford L. Stott. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002.

    7. [S206] New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence A. Torrey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004.