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J[ames]. B. EDWARDS, farmer, section 22, Clinton Township, is a native of Hancock County, Tennessee, where he was born April 22, 1836, son of William and Mary (BISHOP) EDWARDS. He was the second of seven children, and when fourteen years of age his father removed to Davis County, Iowa, where the family resided three years, then removed to Clarke County. He was reared a farmer, and received he education in the common school.

He was married January 26, 1860, to Miss Sarah MINER, a daughter of R. H. and Sarah A. (WRIGHT) MINER.

In December [28], 1863, Mr. EDWARDS enlisted [as a Private] in Company B, Eighteenth Iowa Infantry, and was on post duty at Fort Smith, Arkansas, most of the time. He was [mustered out of service on July 20, 1865, Little Rock, Arkansas, and] honorably discharged in August, and returned to Clarke County, where he resided a few months, removed to Worth County, Missouri, where he lived until 1882, then located upon his present farm, where he has since resided.

He purchased this land of one Jacob HUNTSMAN. He owns 194 acres in a good state of cultivation and well improved, located one mile south of Redding. He has a good one-and-a-half story residence, well furnished, surrounded by native shade trees, a good orchard and small fruits, and everything about the premises indicates the thrifty farmer.

Mr. and Mrs. EDWARDS have two children living - Oliver H[arvey]., born October 31, 1861, and Elbert E., now thirteen years of age.

Oliver H. was reared a farmer, and educated in the common schools. He is a member of the Missionary Baptist church. he was married November 26, 1884, to Miss Mary E[mma]. ABARR, born in Ringgold County, and the daughter of Daniel and Ann M. ABARR. They have one child - Orville R.

Mr. EDWARDS is a member of the Missionary Baptist church, and in politics is a Republican. he is a man very highly esteemed and is considered one of the leading men of the township. Postoffice, Redding.

NOTE: James' grandparents were Arthur EDWARDS, born September 17, 1786, New York, died April 28, 1860, Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa; and Freelove (CLOUSE) EDWARDS, born circa 1788, Virginia, and died January 1, 1859, Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa.

William EDWARDS was born January 30, 1914, Cumberland Gap, Claiborne (present-day Hancock) County, Tennessee, and died May 9, 1898, Grand River, Decatur County, Iowa. Elizabeth (BISHOP) EDWARDS was born in Claiborne (present-day Hancock) County, Tennessee, in 1806, the daughter of Joseph BISHOP (1763-1845) and Lucy (WEAVER) BISHOP (1775-1850). She died in 1843, Claiborne County, Tennessee, at the age of 37 years.

James B. EDWARDS died on November 11, 1916. Sarah (MINER) EDWARDS was born in 1839, and died February 11, 1895. James and Sarah were interred at Middle Fork Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Oliver Harvey EDWARDS was born near Hopeville, Clarke County, Iowa, on October 31, 1861, and died December 9, 1925, Abilene, Dickinson County, Kansas. Oliver was married at Redding, Iowa, on November 26, 1884, to Mary Emma ABAR. Mary was born September 12, 1866, Redding, Ringgold County, Iowa, the daughter of Daniel Carl "D. C." ABARR (1828-1882) and Anna Mariah (POORE) ABARR (1844-1932). Mary died in Abilene, Kansas, on September 3, 1949. Oliver and Mary were interred at Abilene, Kansas. Oliver and Mary were the parents of nine children:

1) Orville Ray EDWARDS, born 19 Sep 1885, Redding, Ringgold Co. IA; died 14 May 1948, Enid OK interment at Enid, Oklahoma married 12 May 1912, Nevada MO to Tot Ellen SINCLAIR Child: Eleanor EDWARDS, born 27 Jun 1919, Abilene KS; married 1945 Robert HOOD

2) Zelma Maude (EDWARDS) FULLER born 12 Aug 1888, Redding, Ringgold Co. IA; died 25 Apr 1959, Kansas City MO interment Green Lawn Cemetery, Kansas City MO

3) Elmer Lee EDWARDS born 26 Apr 1890, McFall MO; died 22 Jan 1949, VA Hospital, Leavenworth KS Elmer was a World War I Veteran

4) Estelle Olive (EDWARDS) MOORE born 01 Jun 1892, Redding, Ringgold Co. IA; died Newport Beach CA

5) Claire Carl EDWARDS, born 13 Apr 1894, Knowlton, Ringgold Co. IA; died 20 Apr 1964

6) Ivor Elbert EDWARDS, born 15 Nov 1896, Garret KS; died 08 Sep 1938, Arrow Rock MO interment Arrow Rock MO married 1921 Clarksburg MO Margaret Clarinda DAVIS (1897-1972)

Child: Ivor Elbert EDWARDS, born 14 Mar 1923, KC MO; died 14 Mar 1923, KC MO

Child: Georgia Emma EDWARDS, born 01 Nov 1924, KC MO; died 03 Nov 1924, KC MO

Child: Charles Elmer EDWARDS, born 21 Sep 1926, KC MO; died 01 Oct 1991, KC MO

Child: Son EDWARDS

Child: Son EDWARDS

7) Inda Merle (EDWARDS) HANDLEY born 11 Apr 1899, Pleasanton KS; died 08 Sep 1938, Excelior Springs MO

8) Oliver H. EDWARDS, born 13 Apr 1902, Pleasanton KS; died 16 Feb 1946, Kansas City MO interment Green Lawn Cemetery, Kansas City MO

9) Mary Emma (EDWARDS) NEWMAN, born 12 Jun 1908, Schell City MO Elbert E. EDWARDS was born in 1873, and died in 1952, with interment at Redding Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa. He married Lula M. WILLIS who was born in 1878.

The ABARR FAMILY genealogy is included with Ringgold County's Family Pages.

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, p. 379, 1887.
American Civil War Soldiers Database,
WPA Graves Survey
from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 379

~Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009


WASHINGTON L. ELLIOTT was an officer in the regular army when the War of the Rebellion began.  He had served in the War with Mexico and attained the rank of captain.  Later he distinguished himself in the Indians wars of the west.  On the 14th of September, 1861, he was Colonel Elliot was promoted to Brigadier-General and soon after was made chief of Cavalry in the army under General Pope in his Virginia Campaign.  Later he was transferred to the army of the Cumberland and became Chief of Cavalry to General Thomas.  After the Battle of Nashville he was promoted to be Major-General for distinguished services.  After the close of he war he returned to the regular army as colonel of the third Cavalry.  In 1879 he was placed on the retired list and died in San Francisco on the 29th of June, 1888.


is a native of Pennsylvania, born in Northumberland county of that State on the 7th of February, 1842. His parents are J. A. and Mary (Follmer) Eshbaugh. In 1850 he removed with his parents to New York State. He was reared on a farm and attended the district schools near his home during the winter months, until fifteen years of age; after which, he attended the University at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, six months, and subsequently spent the same length of time at the academy in Wilson, Niagara county, New York. During 1859 he came to Tama county with his parents, and at the time intended to see his parents settled here, and then complete his studies in the east; however, the opportunity never offered itself. In the spring of 1860 he began farming, and August 15, 1861, enlisted at Marshalltown company B, 2d Iowa Cavalry, as a private. Later, he became a bugler and served as such until he enlisted as a veteran in 1863. In July of 1862 he was taken prisoner at Booneville, Mississippi and confined in the prisons of Mol____ Macon and Libby, until November __, 1862, when he was paroled, and near the last of the year exchanged. Previously at the time of Mr. Eshbaugh’s imprisonment he was in several skirmishes and engagements, and had a number of narrow escapes—at one time having his horse shot from under him. He participated in the entire siege of Corinth and was employed in skirmishing on the line of road from Memphis to that place. Upon return to his regiment, he was in the engagements at Palo Alto, Birmingham, Colliarville, Coldwater, Salisbury and Mose___ also on the Soag Smith raid in February, 1863. Subsequently, he participated in the battles of Old Town Creek, Tope__ Hurricane Creek, Lawrenceville, and ___ engagement at Nashville, Tennessee. August 15, 1865, he was discharged at Nashville on account of disability, and he never since entirely recovered his health. For several years after leaving the army Mr. Eshbaugh could do but little work of any kind. He now lives on section ___ where he owns a fine farm of 200 acres. In politics, he is a staunch Republican and has held the office of Town Trustee three years, the office of Justice of the Peace five years, besides having been Town Assessor. During 1866 he was united in marriage with Miss Emma B__ley, of Columbia Township. Eight children were born to them, six of whom are living: Alice, Ned, Lois, Blanche, Merle and an infant. The families were members of the M. E. Church.
~ Submitted by Paul F Stigers 

SAMUEL B. EVANS was born in Jefferson County, Tennessee, July 31, 1837.  In boyhood he attended the public schools of that section and later entered the State University.  His parents removed to Davis County, Iowa, in 1841, which was then part of Van Buren.  He learned the printer's trade and when a young man founded the Sigourney Democrat, in Keokuk County.  Some years later he established the Ottumwa Democrat which he published for many years.  He was also the founder of the Ottumwa Mercury and later the publisher of the Ottumwa Independent.  In August, 1862, he enlisted in the Union army and was in the battles of Helena, Little Rock and Jenkin's Ferry.  He has long been promoted to first lieutenant for gallantry in service.  He has long been on of the prominent leaders of the Democratic party.  He was a delegate to the National Democratic Convention at Baltimore in 1872, at St. Louis in 1876, at Cincinnati in1880 and chairman of the Iowa journalism, it having been his life work.  He was postmaster he was post master of Ottumwa from 1885 to 1890.  He was an enthusiastic advocate of fish culture for many years and when the act passed providing for the promotion of this industry in Iowa, Governor Carpenter in recognition of his valuable services in this line appointed Mr. Evans Fish Commissioner.  He has long been a contribute to the publications of the Department of American Archeology.