William J(John?) Edens is my gg-grandfather. He was born c 1825 in Pickens Dist., SC. He married c 1855, Elizabeth _____?born c 1837. They are listed in 1860 Census-Pickens Co., Div.-5th Regiment, June 26.
224/224 Edens, William J.33 MWFarmer SC Elizabeth23 FW" Mary M.4FW" Nathaniel R2 MW"
I believe that William Eand Mary are parents of William and living by them in 1860.
William J was killed in the Civil War. Here is the info I have recieved from the SC Archives:
William J Edens Private, Confederate 2 South Carolina Rifles Enlisted at: Pickens District, SC, October 31, 1861, at age 36. Died: Manchester Hospital, Richmond, Va., August 22, 1862. On Last Roll: November 13, 1862. Remarks:"Born in Pickens District, SC, age 37 (in 1862), BLUE Eyes, Dark Hair, FAIR Complexion, 5ft. 10 inches tall. Final pay claim filed by Elizabeth Edens, widow"(I emphasized several of the previous words, because, Mary M was a very dark woman, possibly indian through her mother, Elizabeth.)
Also, no widow could recieve a pension before 1888. Eliazbeth filed a "final claim pay", Would this be considered a pension? Filed with Confederate pensions? There is no record of this filing in SC. I know she was in Arkansas by 1877, she filed March 02, 1877 Homestead Entry Original (land), through Harrison Land Office. I have not found Elizabeth in the 1870 census anywhere. Mary M(Melissa) m: Thomas Jacob Dilbeck c 1873 in Arkansas?. They show up on the 1880 Census with 2 sons.
There is an Elizabeth Edens buried in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Baxter Co, Arkansas:Elizabeth Edens, mother of W.G. and Mary Edens, b: 1842 d: December 1905. This brings more questions: What happened to Nathaniel R Edens?, listed in 1860 Census? Was W.G. Edens, (had to be born after 1860 Census), a child of William J and Elizabeth Edens? Can anyone else claim this Elizabeth buried in AR? My father was told that Mary M, his g-grandmother, was "ashamed" of her heritage. That's why she never registered on the indian rolls.
Thomas Dilbeck was b Dekalb Co, Alabama, lived in Lebannon as well, I wonder if Elizabeth went to live with other relatives in Alabama, after William J Edens died, and this is where Thomas and Mary Melissa met? More and more questions................
If anyone can shed some light on this family, I sure would appreciate it............