I am posting a large amount of information on the two Edmondson families who lived in old Pendleton District, SC, from which Anderson, Pickens and Oconee counties were formed after 1800. One family is clearly related to the Essex Edmundsons through Thomas and James, sons of Thomas and Constance Parr Edmundson, grandsons of Thomas the immigrant.The other family, Caleb Edmundson and his son William, descend from the Chester County, PA, Edmundsons, some of whom moved to Loudon and Frederick counties in Virgina and some to SC, settling in what is now Union and Newberry counties.I will post a little later some background on the SC upcountry in this period to help others make sense of the culture there in the late 1700's and early 1800's. Many Edmondsons in the northeastern counties of Georgia, the mountain counties, come from the Thomas/James Edmondson lines there. More information is needed and any items not shown here will be welcomed enthusiastically. I believe the basic lines are clear enough but many details are missing.There is a Benjamin Edmondson in this section about whom I have found almost nothing. Also, William Edmondson, son of Thomas and Mary, is a mystery. These Edmondsons seemed to live together on a large tract of land in the edge of Pickensville until most of them moved away. The Caleb/William Edmundson line lived on the Saluda River only a few miles away and it is difficult to keep them separate in the early records. This William Edmundson was a Court Clerk and very active at Pickensville.A Y-DNA test is being pursued on a descendant of the Thomas/James Edmundson line from Thomas and Constance of Essex County.
Stephen W. Edmondson
The records use both Pendleton County and Pendleton District to designate this now defunct county.Pendleton District seems to have been used until Washington Equity Court District was formed in 1791 which included present Greenville, Anderson, Pickens & Oconee counties.The district seat and courthouse was called Rockville at first but friends of Gen. Andrew Pickens got the name changed to Pickensville.The little courthouse and village were located on the land owned by Gov. Pinckney.The main street was Federal Street ant the east-west street from the court square was Pinckney Street. The town contained 65 acres, part of the 650 acre Pinckney tract.When Pendleton District was reestablished in 1800, the courthouse was moved to Pendleton, now in Anderson County.Pickensville dwindled away as the years passed. It was the site of the militia regimental muster ground for a number of years.Thomas Edmondson and his relatives bought land adjoining Gov. Pinckney’s and very near the village.Allold records for areas in current Pickens and Oconee are in the Anderson County courthouse at Anderson, includingpresent Pickens County and Oconee Countyprior to 1827.Original court copies of the early records until 1878 have been sent to State Archives in Columbia.The large and well equipped public libraryin Anderson has microfilm copies for viewing.See below for records of Pickens County, before and after 1826.There is some duplication.
PICKENS COUNTY, South Carolina
The territory of Pickens County was in Cherokee Indian country until 1777, as were present Oconee and Anderson counties.It was in the Ninety Six Circuit Court District in 1785 and in the Ninety Six Equity Court District in 1808 (which included the area of present Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, Abbeville, McCormick, Saluda and Edgefield and part of Laurens.A very small corner of Pickens was a part of old Franklin County, Georgia, until 1787 when a large area west of the Keowee River was transferred to SC by the Treaty of Beaufort.
This county was formed in 1826 from old Pendleton District/County and included later Oconee County until 1868.It is bordered today by NC (north), Greeneville County (east), Anderson County (south) and Oconee (west).It was located in Old Ninety Six District and would have been in the frontier area of old Colleton County before the Revolution.See Anderson County for early Pendleton District records.From 1828 until 1868, Old Pickens was the county seat, located on the west bank of the Keowee River, in present day Oconee.When Oconee was created with its new county seat at Walhalla in 1868,Old Pickens faded away.The new county seat of Pickens,also named Pickens,was located some miles to the east.OldPickens and the early village of Pickensville a few miles west of the Saluda River are not the same.
Records in Anderson County which pertain to later Pickens County will be included here, as well as under Anderson County.
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney owned 640 acres in this section, of which he deeded 60 acres as the site of a new town which was laid out in 1793 near present day Easley.“It was boundedwhen Pickensville was located there after 1792 by landsof Thomas Edmondson.Thomas Edmondson of Winchester, Virginia, purchased 563 acres from Commander Thomas Russell,July 7, 1792”. (PICKENSVILE-EASLEY HISTORY, by Anne Sheriff, Easley, S.C., 1989).Pickensville honored Gen. Andrew Pickens for whom the county was eventually named.It lay on the Great Pennsylvania Wagon Road which passed down the Valley of Virginia to Carolina and continued on past present day Athens, Georgia.Many settlers traveled it to reach new land in the lower South.A section of it, the Richard Pearis Wagon Road, left Greenville, S.C., crossed the Saluda River at Pearis Ford and crossed George’s Creek. It divided, one branch going west towards present day Clemson University and the other turning northwest to the present day town of Pickens.The road continued toward Augusta and Charleston.A map of the area in the early 1800’s showed one road out of Pickensville which was called the Charleston Road.Another was the Pendleton Road.Anther was the Greenville Road. A deed in 1807 from Absalom Brown to Joab Mauldin was for land on George’s Creek “near the main road leading from Parrris’s Ford to Pickensville”.
Richard Pearis(Parris) had been an activeLoyalist.The Patriots under Andrew Williamson made an example of him by burningall the buildings on his plantation and taking his family captive. Fort Rutledge was built near the Keowee River and Esseneca Indian Town and was active until 1779.By 1786, many new people moved into the area.However, the land was not known for fertility, though many prominent people ownedproperty there.
A deed was made to Michael Smith, carpenter, in 1794, for a corner loton Federal Street in Pickensville,next to the courthouse. He died by 1804. Deeds to town lots in 1794-95 refer to William Wallace’s estate, probably the husband of Letitia Wallace.Lot No. 3, sold to Michael Smith,was a property “whereonWilliam Edmondson formerly lived and the same which was owned and possessed by William Wallis (Wallace) at the time of his decease).Wallace was a merchant who had a 700 acre place on branches of 18 and 23 Mile creeks.Few other lots were ever sold.A jail built at the small villagewas in bad repair in 1798.The town did notgrow after the main court house was located at Pendleton in 1800. In 1804 the local courthouse and jail were being sold.The main courthouse for Pendleton County was at Pendleton but a local courthouse served for hearing of cases twice a year by a State Judge of the Washington Judicial Circuit. William Edmondson was Clerk of this court for many years.Greenville and Pendleton had only a few buildings in the 1790’s but were larger than Pickensville.Pendleton County and Greenville County each had a sheriff and a clerk of court and deeds and wills were kept atPendleton and Greenville. Greenville built its own courthouse in 1798. In 1806 a tavern was located at Pickensville.A fire occurred in 1815 with enough loss that a lottery was approved for relief of those who lost property. It was a financial failure as the operators accepted paper promises for many ticketsand could not collect.In 1815, the entire Pickensville site, except a few lots already owned, was sold.In 1820, a road running northeast from Pickensville crossed the upper branches of Brushy Creek, passed Joab Mauldin’s place and crossed lower George’s Creek and then the Saluda. A map shows “Edmanson’s house”near Mauldin’s Bridge over the Saluda, probably the home of Caleb Edmondson, Jr.In 1825, Dr. John Robinson owned a large tract which included Pickensville.
A muster field for the 19th Regiment, Fourth Militia Brigade, was at Pickensville and stables for horses were built.After Dr. Robinson’s purchases, the village grew in the 1830’s as he sold town lots again. The town had a gin, a hotel, a tavern, stores and a few houses.
Early records for Edmondsons who settled in old Pendleton County/District in the present bounds of Pickens County are included below. See Anderson County records and PENDLETON COUNTY SC DEED BOOKS A & B, by Ge Lee Corley Hendrix.
1785. William Edmondson sold to Samuel Torbert for ten shillings 200 acres on Brushy Creek, the south side of the Saluda.Book A, pp. 4-5.
1785.William Edmondson sold to Samuel Torbert for fifty pounds200 acres on Brushy Creek, the south side of the Saluda, granted byBenjamin Guerard, Governor, Oct. 15, 1784, and recorded in Book AAAA, p. 125.
Jane Edmondson is said by a descendant to have married in 1785 to John Vernor, Jr.Her parents are uncertain, possibly Caleb Edmondson,father of William above.There was only one John Vernor in the 1790 Census.John Vernor, Jr. and Jane had a son, William Edmondson Vernor who lived until 1888 and who died in Retreat, SC.He was born in 1791.Jane was born about 1762, probably not in SC, and died in 1792.William Edmundson, for years the editor of EFAB, was of the same family line as the Edmundsons from Pennsylvania to which Caleb Edmundson,and his won William belonged.He speculated that Jane was a daughter of William but she seems to have been born too early for that.
The descendant of Jane, Walter H. Raynor, lived in Greenville, MS.See EFAB, No. 102.
July 7, 1792.Thos. C. Russell deeded 563 acres on Brushy Creek to Thos. Edmondson. (Deeds A-113, Anderson County).This was an established plantation.Commander Thomas Russell was living in Elbert County, Georgia, in 1792.This plantation, bordered that of Thomas Gadsden on the west.The deed included several slaves: Nancy, Terris, Punch, Toney and Samuel (also called Jeff), household furniture and stocks of all kinds.When Edmondson made a deed April 23, 1796, he noted that this was the plantation where he then lived and adjacent to the tract of Gen. Pinckney. (Pendleton County & District, Deed Book A, pp. 405-407; Deed Book B, pp. 113-115; Deeds C-D, pp. 326-327).
Thomas Edmondson had advertised, June 4, 1792, in Bowen’s CENTINAL AND GAZETTE, Winchester, Virginia: “As I intend to move out of the state, I propose selling the premises where I now live….”A few months earlier, he had apprenticed William and George Edmondson to James Burgess in Augusta County, Virginia.Both werehis sons.
Document 1793-156.General Assembly Papers.Committee report by William Edmondson, Clerk of Court, Washington District.November Term, 1792; April Term, 1793; Nov. Term, 1793.(As the son of Thomas Edmondson who was named William had been apprenticed just the year before to Burgess in Augusta County, Virginia, this William would have to be an older man and not Thomas's son).
June 10, 1795. Pendleton County.Deeds C, pp. 163-164. Caleb Edmondson bought 100 acres from William Beazley, both of St. Stephen’s, for seventy five pounds sterling.The land, situated in St. Stephen’s, was originally granted to James Cannon in 1786 by Gov. William Moultrie, boundedby Robert Rankin (Baskins?),Mary Anderson and Catherine Miller.Cannon’s old line and the big reedy branch are mentione.Witnessed byJames Devany and Josiah Underwood and attested by Underwood,Dec. 28, 1795. Recorded March 7, 1796.(Text of the entire deed reviewed by SWE).
November 9, 1795.Deeds C-164.Joseph Price sold to Caleb Edmondsonfor six pounds sterlingthirty acres in St. Stephen’s, part of a tract granted to Price by Gov. Thomas Pindkney.The land was bounded by Caleb Edmondson on the northeast and by Joseph Price’s land on all other sides except the north.Witnessed by Josiah Underwood and Polly ? Underwood who signed with her mark.
May 2, 1796.Deeds C-247-248, Anderson County.Thos. Edmondson deeded 200 acres to Mary Powell in trust for Nancy Edmondson, wife of Thomas Edmondson, for love and affection to his wife and to provide for her support, including the plantation where John Powell now lives, part of a tract which Edmondson purchased of Thomas C. Russell, and at the death of Thomas Edmondson to be the absolute estate of Nancy Edmondson to be disposed of as she sees fit.“ I bind my heirs and executors after my decease to maintain Nancy Edmondson.”Witnessed by W. Thompson and Wm. Norton.Thomas acknowledged his signature25 June, 1796, when the deed was recorded.This land was in Pendleton District, present day Pickens County.( I have only part of this deed in hand. SWE).
April 23, 1796.Thomas Edmondson of Pendleton County, SC, sold to John Edmondson of Charles City County, Virginia, for 500 pounds sterling the plantation whereon Thomas Edmondson lived, purchased from Thomas C. Russell, adjacent to the property of Gen. C. Pinckney on which the town of Pickensville was sited, with several slaves, Nancy, Terris, Punch, Tony and Samuel (known also as Jeff), household furniture, stock of all kinds. He retained a life estate in two of the slaves.He reservedthe right to take 200 acres out of the plantation, any part he chose. . As he considered it a parent’s duty to provide for his children, he empowered John, his son, to divide the property atThomas’s death as he sees fit.He named his sons George and Benjamin Edmondson, a granddaughter Mary Boulware, daughter of Philip P. Boulware,Thomas Edmondson, son of his son William Edmondson.Upon his death, John is to take possession of the plantation and all property and make such division as he sees fit.He names these family members a second time.He signed with his name.Witnesses were Jas. Edmondson and W. Thompson.
Waddy Thompson attested the deed April 17, 1797, stating he had witnessed it with James Edmondson.Deeds C-326. Recorded 17 April, 1797.(We see documentation of George, Benjamin, John and William as sons of Thomas.William’s son Thomas is identified.Thomas’sdaughter Elizabeth who married Philip P. Boulware is not mentioned but her daughter Mary Boulware is. James Edmondson who witnessed is probably Thomas’s brother, but might be his son who lived in Staunton.The text of this deed is written in very small script, hard to decipher,was carefully read by SWE who has a copy in hand. The son John, living at the time in Charles City County where his prominent uncle Philip Parr Edmondson lived, would die years before the will was executed).
March 24, 1796.Samuel Means deeded 240 acres on Middle Fork of Brushy Creek waters of Saluda River to James Edmondsonfor 17 pounds sterling, granted to Means by his Excellency, Charles Pinckney, Governor, in 1792.The tract was bounded by land laid out for General Pinckney on the westand bounded by Russell’s and Pursley’s land. Witnessed by William Norton, Robert Henderson ?and James Edmondson Junr.(Deeds C-248).William Norton attested his signature and that of Robert Henderson and James Edmondson, Junr.The document calls the buyer James Edmondson Senr.Recorded the 24th of June, 1796.Entire text reviewed by SWE. Found several good details not mentioned in the abstract done by some one.(James Edmondson, Senr., appears to be establishing a homestead in Pendleton District.James Edmondson Junr. appears for the first time, probably his son.James Senr. is very likelyto be brother of Thomas Edmondson, arriving from Virginia).
Michael Smith had deeded 129 acres on Brushy Creek to Samuel Means, May 9, 1792, about the time Smith bought a lot in Pickensville.
Nov. 11, 1796. The inventory and appraisement of the estate of James Simms,Pendleton District, listed among those who owed him:
Nov. 16, 1796. John Hallum made oath that he witnessed a deed by Wm Burney, planter, to Thomas Pilgrim for land on 18 Mile and 23 Mile creeks of the Keowee River. John Edmondson was another witness.The abstract refers to Nov. 11, 1790, as date of the deed, but this must be a copying error. Deeds C-D,p. 138, Anderson County, which included deeds for 1795-1799).
Jan. 21, 1797.Nicholas Welch sold 100 acres to Caleb Edmondson for forty pounds sterling, granted originally to Catherine Miller in 1785. .Bounds are given by trees.No neighbors, creeks or other major landmarks mentioned.Witnessed by Arthur Durley who attested the deed before Wm. Miller, J.P., Jan. 21, 1797. Deeds E-259, Anderson County.Recorded June, 1800.(Complete deed read by SWE).
April 10, 1799.Thomas Edmondson deeded 100 acres to Phillip Boulware.
(Deeds C-476, Anderson County.)Boulware was his son-in-law, married to Elizabeth Edmondson. (Another source says the date of this deed was July 19, 1797, and sale price was 30 pounds. Witnesses were Wm. Hamilton and Wm. Vann.Had Elizabeth Edmondson Boulware died by this date? No. Her father named her in his will, probated in 1809 and signed in 1807).
1800. George Washington Edmondson is said to have been born in Pendleton, S.C. (tombstone).His parents are not certain, but family tradition says he ran away from “an evil stepfather” to join the U.S. Army in 1813, possibly an “evil stepmother”.If so, he would have been only 13. He enlisted in Laurens District, Pendleton County, for four years and served until 1817 in the Charleston Harbor area.Interestingly, this is where Lt. William Edmondoson served about the same time.He married Ely Watkins in 1820 and moved to Lumpkin County, Georgia.See that county for details of his children and his two marriages.He died in Dahlonega in 1872.His tombstone says he served in the 43rd U.S. Artillery, War of 1812.
Sept. 10, 1800.County of Pendleton.Phillip P. Boulware deeded 100 acres on middle fork of Brushy Creek to John Edmondson of Pendleton County, SC,for $130, “it being a part taken off from Thomas Edmondson tract of land.The creek is the boundary on one side.Witnesses: James McDowell, Benjamin Edmondson.Signed by Phillip P. Boulware.Benjamin Edmondson attested he saw Boulware sign the deed of conveyance, witnessed by James McDowell, July 8, 1802. The deed was recorded Jan. 11, 1803.Deeds G-198, Anderson County. . ( This is a classic example of poor abstracting.The abstract I had gave the date of the deed as Jan. 11, 1803.I have a copy of the deed now and carefully read all the details.John Edmondson, son of Thomas, and a brother-in-law of Boulware, could have been in Pendleton District at this time. His will was probated in Augusta County, Virginia, April 26, 1803.He died in late 1802.John in this deed might be a son of James Edmondson, who had three children: Drucilla, John and Thomas who inherited some land in this section from their father.
Phillip P. Boulware’s wife, Elizabeth, is mentioned in her father’s will in 1807, was given a nominal amount of $3.Her daughter Mary Boulware was mentioned in a deed years earlier when Thomas Edmondson titled his plantation tohis son John.Records compiled by Boulware descendants inform us that Philip Parr Boulware was a son of Thomas Boulware and Eleanor Gaines Boulware and a grandson of Philip Parr Boulware of Essex County, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Edmondson about 1787.They moved to South Carolina in the late 1700’s and settled in the Pendleton District near Thomas Edmondson.They moved to Tennessee andwere living in Gasconade County, Missouri, in August, 1819, when Philip ran an advertisement in Newport, Missouri. Phillip was a land commissioner June 2, 1820, in Franklin County, MO.Both he and Elizabeth died in 1823.One reference says he died intestate but another says a son was named in his will?? See Gasconade County MO Abstracts of Wills and Admin. Bonds, 1821-1860, p. 3.Their children:
Thomas Boulware, died before 1812 in Missouri. Married Ursula Bradshaw Feb. 15, 1810, in St. Clair, Illinois.
Lucindie Boulware whomarried John Wooltems.
John H. Boulware, named in his father’s will as a son.Signed a petition April 19, 1828, to locate the county seat on fifty acres on a bluff with a view of the Gasconade River.
Mary “Polly” Boulware, born about 1788 in Essex County, VA.Mentioned by her grandfather Thomas Edmondson in a deed.Married Elijah Bradshaw, Jan. 28, 1810, in St. Clair, Illinois.
Phillip Parr Boulware, Jr., b. Feb 5, 1793, in SC.; died Oct. 3, 1859, Morgan County, Illinois. Married Nancy Wyatt, Sept. 24, 1820, dau. of John Wyatt.
George W. Boulware, b. about 1796 in Pendleton District, S.C.; died after 1870 in Bell County, Texas. Married (1) Nancy ____ and (2) Frances Walker.
Daniel Boulware, born about 1805 in Tennessee. Married Christine Pullam.
Barnett Boulware, born about 1810 in Tennessee; died after July 21, 1863. Married (1) Elizabeth Walker and (2) Nancy Apperson..
Jan. 11, 1803. George, Benjamin, Mary, and John Edmondson deeded 100 acres on Brushy Creek to James Wilson.(Deeds G-191, Anderson County).George, Benjamin and John were siblings.It is not clear who Mary was, perhaps the wife of one of these men.Thomas Edmondson is not known to have had a daughter named Mary but did have a granddaughter, Mary Boulware.However,John Edmondson, son of Thomas and formerly of Charles City County, VA, is thought to be a man who died in Staunton VA in late 1802??Could Mary and John be children of Benjamin? There is definitely a second John Edmondson in this family group who lived after John, son of Thomas, died in 1802-03.SWE.)
April 4, 1803.George Edmondson witnessed a document when property of Dolly Combs was sold at a sheriff’s sale.Michael Hammond was a second witness. Deeds G-294-295.
Sept. 7, 1803. George Edmondson witnessed the sale of 223 acres on the north branch of Cane Creek of Keowee River to Samuel Taylor, granted to Elenor Brooks, July 2, 1787. Moses Liddell and Michael Warnock were other witnesses. Deeds G-379-379.
Nov. 28, 1803. Caleb Edmondson is cited as a bounding landowner of 50 acres sold by John James to Thomas Dean. Witnessed by James Kennedy and Samuel Dean. Deeds H-251. Caleb, father of William Edmondson, the J.P. and Clerk, had died several years before this date.Many of this family with their relatives, the Deans and Waddy Thompson,moved to Alabama a few years later.
Dec. 6, 1803. George Edmondson and Michael Hammon witnesseda sheriff’s sale of 416 acres, property of William Wallace, deceased, on 26 Mile Creek to satisfy a judgment of $1943 to Ezekial Noble of Charleston.Noble bought the land for $60.Deeds G-365, 366.Another tract owned by Wallace, 700 acres on 18 Mile Creek, was sold to Noble for $380. George Edmondson would soon marry Letitia Wallace, widow of William Wallace.
May 14, 1804. (From Nancy Edmondson Wood).Thomas Edmondson had a plat for 245 acres on Brushy Creek, Pendleton District, which had been surveyed by Jos. Whitner Feb. 18, 1795.See SC Archives on line.
Sept. 27, 1804. Frances Smith, widow, for love and affection to my nephew, Michael Edmondson, one negro boy named James, son of my negro woman Hester. Witnesses: William Hunter, James Wood. Dr. William Hunter made oath to John Taylor, Q.U. , Sept. 28, 1804. Deeds H-65.Frances Smith is probably the widow of Michael Smith who was in the 1800 Census but disappears from the records after 1801.(The widow Smith might have been sister to a first wife ofGeorge Edmondson, for whom I have no specific proof, who could have been mother of Michael Smith Edmondson. Michael moved eventually to Cass/Bartow County, Georgia.)
Nov. 9, 1804. “I am held and bound to James White for $167to be paid on or before 9 Nov. 1805.Now I William Montgomery deliver to James White feather beds, furniture, kitchen utinsils, farm tools, wearing apparel, cattle, corn and fodder, sheep, wagon and complete geers, etc.” Witness:Parthenia Edmondson who gave oath to William Edmondson, Q.U., on this date. Deeds H-100.Parthenia was a daughter of William and would move with him a few years later to Alabama.
Nov. 12, 1804. David Hughes deeded land to Ledwick Earnest, bounded by John Armstrong, Wm. Edmondson, Mr. Bremer, Absalom Brown.Oath was made by William Edmondson, Justice of Quorum.
Feb. 12, 1805.George Edmondson and Lettia (Letitia) Edmondson sold for $450 to Steele and Woods, merchants, a mulatto negro girl named Jane, about 13 or 14 years of age.Witnesses: John Ramsey, Moses Liddell. Deeds H-160, 161.
(George had married Letitia Wallace. They moved to Habersham County, GA,before he died in 1841. He was a son of Thomas Edmondson).
Sept. 17, 1805. James Edmondson, Jr., by bond of obligation to James White for $1,098.16 and deliver the following property: horses, cows and calves, one 32 saw cotton gin, one 24 saw cotton gin, beds and furniture, carpenter tools, all corn on my tract where James Edmondson, Jr. now lives. Witnesses: James Willson who made oath to Samuel Duff, J.P., March 12, 1806. Deeds H-293,294.Anderson County. (Was this security for an amount borrowed?)
Feb. 14, 1806. Jas. and Samuel Duff deeded 213 acres on Georges Creek to James Edmondson. Witnessed by Joab Mauldin andJohn Edmondson.John Edmondson attested the deed June 2, 1806, before William Edmondson, J.P. It was recorded August 15, 1806. Deeds H-375, Anderson County.(This John Edmondson could not be the man in Staunton assumed to be son of Thomas and Mary Edmondson, as that John died in 1802, will proved in 1803.Was he a son of James Edmondson, brother of Thomas, who was married to Priscilla?John Edmondson of Pendleton had three children: John, Thomas and Drucilla who inherited land after his death.James Edmondson, the buyer, is probably James Edmondson, Jr.). .
Nov. 11, 1807.Pendleton District.James Edmondson “for the good will and love I have for my grandson Samuel Edmondson, son of James Edmondson Junr”deeded 120 acres toSamuel Edmondson, , located on the middle fork of Brushy Creek, “one half of the tract I now live on”.The acreage was to be laid out on the north side of the creek to begin at the creek on the lowest endof the present improvement and and running straight out to George Clark’s land and along the said line to a pine corner on John Boydand back downto the creek. Samuel is mentioned twice more in the deed.Witnessed by Richard Tarrant and Audley Hamilton.The deed was attested by Hamilton before William Edmondson, J.P. (or J.I.C., not clear), Jan. 24, 1808. Deeds I-131, Anderson County.(Complete text reviewed by SWE).
Oct. 12, 1807.James Edmondson deeded 213 acres to James White, located on Georges Creek.Deeds I-70, Anderson County.(This might be James Edmondson, Sr., but is more likelyhis son James Edmondson, Jr.See deed to James White in 1805, apparently a security deed for a loan.James, Sr. was a brother of Thomas Edmondson, both from the Essex County Virginia Edmondsons).
Oct. 12, 1807.James Edmondson deeded 100 acres on Brushy Creek to James White.(Deeds I-72, Anderson County).
April 4, 1808.Pendleton District.Francis Bremerof the District of Charleston deeded 640 acres on the south branch of Georges Creek of Saluda Riverto William Edmondson for five hundred pounds current money (however, the complete text of the deed shows five hundred with a line drawn through the hundred?).The land was located on Ginger Creek waters of Saluda River.Itwas bounded by vacant land, Zephaniah Roberts and Hugh Rose? Post? Witnessed by Joab Mauldin and Champ Sandford and attested by Mauldin, August 1, 1808.(Deeds I-235, Anderson County). (Complete text reviewed by SWE)(I strongly believe this William Edmondson to be the former Clerk of Court and J.P., not related tothe brothers Thomas and James Edmondson from Virginia, but from the Edmundsons who came down from Pennsylvania to the Union County area. SWE)
July 28, 1808. Pendleton District.William Edmondson deeded 80 acres to Samuel Easley for 80 dollars, part of a tract granted to Elizabeth Reed.The land joined that of Thomas Blasingame.Witnessed by Joab Mauldin and Thomas Blasingame. Joab Mauldin attested as a witness on August 1, 1808.(Deeds I-236, Anderson County).(Complete text reviewed by SWE).
Sept. 5, 1808. William Edmondson deeded 25 acres, a grant to E.Reed, to Joab Mauldin.(Deeds I-244).William was for many years a Justice of the Peace in the Pickensville area and Clerk of the local court.His lineage is not clear.He is probably a son of Caleb Edmundson and his wife Margaret , who lived near the Saluda River, no known kin tothe Essex Edmondsons.He is too old to be the son of Thomas Edmundson of Pendleton.William Edmundson, long time editor of EFAB, believed he was a son of Caleb Edmundson, Jr.,of the Union County family, who moved down form Pennsylvania in the 1770’s.
Feb. 23, 1809.William Edmondson deeded 85 acres on the Saluda River to Joab Mauldin.(Deeds I-357, Anderson County).An early map shows “Edmanson’s Ford” on the Saluda, probably whereWilliam Edmondson lived.Mauldin’s house was on the old Pennsylvania Wagon Road which led on to Pickensville.
March, 1809.Will of Thomas Edmondson of Pendleton District, SC, was probated.He named his wife Ann, sons William, James, George and Benjamin, daughter Elizabeth Boulware.Lists several slaves.To his beloved wife Ann the tract of land where John Powell now lives to her and her heirs forever.Most of his estate to his sons George and Benjamin to be divided equally between them.Executors: Col. John Brown, Henry Norton.(Wills, Vol. I, 1800-1834, Section A, p. 106, Anderson County SC).
March 23, 1809.James Edmondson deeded 142 acres, a grant to N. Lusk, to Thomas Sitton.(Deeds I-413).
March 28, 1809. William Edmondson deeded 100 acres, original grant to E. Reed,
to Thomas Blasingame.(Deeds I-410, Anderson County)
1810. The Census of Pendleton District shows George Edmondson with four males and two females who appear to be children.
May 1, 1810. Thomas Lorton sold 129 acres on Brushy Creek, part of a tract granted to Samuel Means now owned by Michael Smith, being the lot in Pickensville whereon William Edmondson formerly lived.
Oct. 5, 1812. Benjamin Edmondson deeded 125 acres on Brushy Creek to Robert Wilson.(Deeds L-434, Anderson County)
Oct. 13, 1812. Hettie and Nancy Edmondson deeded 136 acres on Town Creek to Nimrod Smith.(Deeds L-434, Anderson County).
June 4, 1813. Robert Wilson sold 271 acres on Brushy Creek,to John Arial, bought from Benjamin Edmondson.William Edmondson, J.P.
June 9,he bought 125 acres that George Edmondson had inherited from their father.I do not have the deed reference. See the next deed abstract below.
Sept. 14, 1813.George Edmondson deeded 125 acres on Brushy Creek to John Ariel, where Ths. Edmondson formerly lived, the division line being between George and his brother Benjamin. This was adjoining John Powell’s line. The deed was witnessed by John Edmondson and Audley Hamilton and was proved Nov. 27, 1816, by John Edmondson before George Edmondson, J.P.. a B.(Deeds M-144, Anderson County).This is probably the property referenced in a deed in 1840 when Pierson Mayfield deeded 50 acres on Brushy Creek on which he was living to Lyman Thayer, part of a tract on which George Edmundson formerly lived.Edmondson was in Habersham County, Georgia,in 1840.
Jan. 16, 1816.William Edmondson deeded 320 acres on Georges Creek to Samuel A. Easley (Deeds M-469).
Feb. 1, 1816.Pendleton District.Moses Lester deeded 90 acres on Brushy Creek to William Edmondson, Senr.,for 300 dollars.This was on the Middle Fork of Brushy Creek, “beinga parttaken fromThomas Edmondson Sen.’s tract of land”.It bounded on John Powell’s line on the south and east and followed the meander of the creek. .(Deeds N-14, Anderson County).This was witnessed by John Edmondson and Audley Hamiltonand attested Nov. 27, 1816, by John Edmondson before George Edmondson, J.P.(It is known from other records that William Edmondson had a son of the same name who was an officer in the U.S. Army who might be William, Jr. or there might have been another younger William, perhaps the son of Thomas mentioned in an earlier document).(Complete text reviewed by SWE).
Nov. 21, 1816. William and Sarah Edmondson sold land on Brushy Creek to James Osborne.Parthenia Edmondson and Waddy Edmondson werewitnesses.Waddy moved to Alabama shortly after where he married Nancy Ayres, Feb. 5, 1829, in Jefferson County. They moved on to Rusk County, Texas after 1848. He died in Coryell County Texas after 1880.
April 24, 1817.Ann Hiers Edmondson deeded 58 acres on Brushy Creek to James Osborne.(Deeds N-183, Anderson County).James Osborne was postmaster in Pickensville 1808-1811.
William Edmondson deeded 90 acres on Brushy Creek to James Osborne.(Deeds N-185, Anderson County)Was Ann Hiers Edmondson the wife of William Edmondson?
1817. Death Notice in THE WESTERN MONITOR, Lexington, Kentucky:
Lt. William Edmondson, 32, died of abscess of the liver. He was son of William Edmundson and his wife Sarah Bobo and grandson of Caleb and Esther Edmundson of S.C. He died at Pendleton, S.C. and was born in 1786.
(I have found no proof that William Edmondson was married to Sarah Bobo. The original text of the newspaper notice must be checked again to assure this is accurate.Some other researchers have discounted Sarah to be Sarah Bobo.
Sept.16, 1818. Death Notice in the Pendleton Messenger, Pendleton, S.C.
(See SC Hist. and Gen. Mag., 1946). Died on the 13th Inst., at his place of an abscess of the liver, Lieut. William Edmondson, late of the U.S. Army, a son of William Edmondson, Esq., of Pickensville.
Oct. 6, 1818. The National Intelligencer, Washington, D.C.Lieutenant William Edmondson, late of the U.S. Army, died September 13, 1818, at Pendleton, SC, age 32.
Joseph Dean, who married Elizabeth Edmundson, daughter of Caleb Edmundson, Jr., ofPendleton District,moved to Tennessee and then to Marsahall County, MS, about 1840.Elizabeth was born about 1786 and died in 1874. Joseph died in Marshall County.
Jan. 20, 1819. A witness, Allen Patrick, made oath to George Edmondson, J.P. Book R, pp. 361-363.
Dec. 8, 1819. George Edmondson and John Jackson witnessed a deed in Pendleton District when Chs. Gates sold to Wm. Beavert of SC for $100 for 449 acres on the south fork of Village Creek of the Chauga, waters of the ChatugaRiverm adjoining vacant land & land laid out for Nix. Proved March 2, 1822. This land would have been in present day Oconee County near Georgia. (From Nancy E. Wood, 2009)
Dec. 14, 1819.Drucilla, John and Thomas Edmondson deeded 120 acres on Brushy Creek to John Archer. (Deeds O-513, Anderson County).Archer was postmaster in Pickensville, 1817-1822.
An abstract of the deed was published in A COLLECTION OF UPPER SOUTH CAROLINA GEN. AND FAMILY RECORDS, VOL. 1, by James E. Wooley. P. 102: Deed. Mesne Conveyance.Book O, p. 513. Drucilla, Thomas and John Edmondson sold a tract of 120 acres on Middle Fork of Brushy Creek of Saluda River, to John Archer, for $250.The 120 acres adjoined the lands of Pinckney and John Archer and were part of a grant to Samuel Means and granted by him to John Edmondson, deceased.Signed by Drucilla x Edmondson, Thos. Edmondson and John Edmondson.
(This was close to, if not part of,the property on which Thomas Edmondson lived when he deeded his plantationto his son John Edmondson with retained life interest in 1797. John was in Charles City County, Virginia, at that time. If John Edmondson in the 1797 deed is the son of Thomas and he moved to Staunton where he died in 1802-3, the John Edmondson to whom Samuel Means deeded this 120 acres would have to be a different John.I suspect he was a son of James Edmondson, brother of Thomas, both men natives of Essex County, Virginia, and sons ofThomas and Constance Edmundson.We know Samuel Edmondson was a grandson of James Edmondson, see the deed in 1807.His land was adjacent to that sold by Drucilla, John and Thomas, and was likely part ofJames Edmondson’s original plantation, near that of Thomas Edmondson.SWE)
Dec. 24, 1819.Samuel Edmondson deeded 3 acres on Brushy Creek to Jacob Gurrin.Deeds O-519, Anderson County.
Dec. 24, 1819. Samuel Means deeded 240 acres on Brushy Creek to James Edmondson.(Deeds C-517, Anderson County)
Dec. 31, 1819. Samuel Edmondson deeded 117 acres on Brushy Creek to John Archer.Deeds O-516, Anderson County.(Samuel seems to be selling out before moving to Georgia).
1820 Census, Pendleton District.
George Edmondson, p. 170. George was between 26-45 years of age ?Letitia was between 26-45 years of age.10 whites and 6 slaves in the household.2 wm under 10; 2 wm 10-16; 1 wm 16-26. 2 wf 10-16; 1 wf 16-26. 2 male slaves, 14-26. 1 male slave 26-45. 1 male slave over 45. 1 female slave, 26-45. 1 female slave over 45. One person engaged in agriculture (From Nancy E. Wood, 2009).
Widow Edmondson, p. 199.1 female under 10. 1 female 26-45.1 female 45 and upward. (Is this Ann Campbell Edmondson, or who? Ann is thought to have died about 1810).
John Edmondson, p. 204 (or 274).2 m under 10; 1 m 10-16; 1 m 16-26; 1 m 45 and over; 2 f under 10; 1 female16; 1 f20; 1 f 45 and over.
Thomas Edmondson, p. 226. (Details needed)
The son of John Edmondson, age 16-26,in the 1820 Census might be
John Edmondson, b. in SC in 1796,whowas in Old Miller County, Arkansas, and was one of the first settlers of the Republic of Texas, arriving there in April of 1825.
He had land in Red River County, Texas.He married Margaret, former wife of Alexander O. Wetmore. They had two children: Parthenia and Eli.Parthenia married (1) William Chaney, (2) Josiah T. Scroggins, (3) Albert Doolin.Eli married Mary P. Joyce, daughter of Henry Joyce and Sarah Posey Joyce, in Collins County, Texas.
John Edmondson died intestate in Red River County, Texas, in 1852. (Information posted on Edmondson GenForum, 2008).
George Washington Edmondson, born in 1800, married Eliza (Elly)Watkins in Pendleton District (Pickens County).The 1860 Census of Lumpkin County, GA,lists George W. Edmondson, 60, b. in SC, and Eliza, 60, b. in NC, p. 987.Eliza Watkins Edmondson died Oct. 1, 1872.They had: John Calvin Edmondson, Duriah Edmondson, Julia Ann Edmondson and Martin Luther Edmondson. George W. Edmondson married (2) Celia Swancey, Oct. 19, 1873, 47 years younger. They had four children: James Edmondson, b. in 1873.George Washington Edmondson, b. in 1877.Kezie Maria Edmondson, b. in 1877.and Andrew Jackson Edmondson. Theolder threeareshown in the Census of 1880.He and Celia were living in District 838, Shoals Creek, Lumpkin County. George died March 3, 1883, and is buried in the Teal Cemetery near Dahlonega in Lumpkin County, GA.He served in the War of 1812 and his widow applied for a widow’s pension in 1883.George W. Edmondson appears to be a son of George Edmondson and his first wife.Family legend says he ran away from an evil stepfather to join the army but it seems it must have been a stepmother, Letitia Wallace Edmondson.
Duriah Edmondson, born in Pickens District, SC, married ____Anderson and then George W. Teal.Her tombstone in Lumpkin County in the Teal Cemetery gives birth year as 1818. She died March 28, 1898.The tombstone of Ella Watkins Edmondson in the same cemetery gives birth year of 1798 and date of death Oct. 1, 1872.Itstates she was born in Pendleton, SC, and died in Dahlonega Georgia.
Nov. 27, 1820. George Edmondon (sic) & Beverly Clark witnessed a deed for sale of land in Pendleton District by Chs. Gates & Wm Beaveartto Thompson Henson for 106 acres on the east side of the Chattooga River adjoining Chs. Gates land and vacant land Proved Aug. 10, 1822. (From Nancy E. Wood, 2009).
March 22, 1821. John Edmondson deeded 50 acres on Saluda River to Jesse Harrison. Deeds P-241, Anderson County.(A careful look at the full text of the deed might show this land on Brushy Creek waters of Saluda River. Many of these published abstracts are poor).(This would possibly be John Edmondson in the 1820 census, selling and preparing to move.The Edmondsons on Saluda River were of the family ofWilliam Edmondson who moved to Alabama about 1818.
April 2, 1821. John Edmondson witnessed the will of Thomas Cooper. Probate Judge’s Office, Anderson County, Pack 84. Will Book A.
March 4, 1822.Joseph Edmondson deeded 150 acres on 26 Mile Creek to Nimrod Smith.Deeds P-415, Anderson County.(Could this be the Joseph Edmundson, born in SC, who appears in Coweta County a few years later?)
Sept. 27, 1823. Deeds Q-89.Thomas Edmondson bought 80 acres on Brushy Creek waters of Saluda River from John Adams for $300.The land begins at the mouth of a branch.Peter ?is listed as a bounding landowner.One witness was Robert S. ?The other, Nathan Adams, attested the deed May 26, 1824.Recorded March, 1831.(The copy of the deed is virtually unreadable as obtained from microfilm of the original in my possession.This Thomas could be brother of Drucilla and John,the son of William Edmondson mentioned by William’s father Thomas in an earlier document, or some other Thomas).
July 23, 1823.Samuel A. Easley sold 1410 acres to Dr. John Robinson for $6000.It included the Pickensville tract granted to Charles C. Pinckney, 1810 acres, bought from Thomas Pinckney, the General’s nephew who had bought it from the Genreral; 117 acres sold by Samuel Edmondson, 120 acres sold byDrucilla, Thomas and John Edmondson and other tracts from David Henderson. Pendleton District, Deeds Q-196-97.See Anderson County, Pack 75,Pickens SC Clerk of Court, andA COLLECTION OF UPPER SOUTH CAROLINA GEN. AND FAMILY RECORDS, Vol. I, p. 98.
Dec. 8, 1824. James and Jemima Barron sold land on the east side of Keowee River, where Gabriel Barren was living. This was witnessed by Gabriel Barron and Michael S. Edmondson.Anderson County SC Deed Book S, p. 157.Gabriel Barron proved the deed and Jemima relinquished her dower rights before George Edmondson, Justice of Quorum.(From Nancy E. Wood, 2009).
Jan. 12, 1826. Lewis Mauldin of Pendleton sold 10 acres on South Brushy Creek of Saluda River to James Osborn for $50. This was part of a tract originally granted to John C. Russell, adjoining John Arial’s land. (This would probably be part of the land Thomas Edmondson bought from Russell in the 1790’s).
May 6, 1827. JoshuaWatkins Will.Recorded & proved 21 Aug. 1829.(A note says not recorded in Will Bks. A, B, or C).Wife Fanney to have all land, 2 horses, 13 hogs, 6 head of cattle, household furniture, etc. during her natural life.At her death, land to be equally divided between 2 daughters:Esther, John Fricks' wife & Alcey, G.W. Edmondson's wife.Other property to be disposed of at wife's discretion.One dollar left to sons & daughters:Jane Demry, Cassey Fricks, Ths. Watkins, Henry Watkins, Frances Fricks.Witnesses:Nimrod Sullivan, Pazen Hinton, Henry Cob.(FromNancy Edmondson Wood, found on Rootsweb, 2009).
June 6, 1827. Richard Edmundson witnessed a deed in Pickens District.Richard Holden “now living in the Cherokee Nation”, formerly of Habersham County, Georgia, sold 500 acres on Shoulderbone Creek, waters of Chattooga River, to Henry Watkins of Pendleton District for $300, now occupied by Henry Watkins all other sides vacant, granted to Richard Holden.Witnesses: Heskitt Watkins, Richard X Edmundson.Proved Oct. 11, 1827 and recorded.See Anderson County Deeds S-158.(Provided by Nancy Wood, 2008). It is interesting that Richard is shown using a mark here as he was apparently the man who was a J.P. in Georgia in the 1850’s.
Sept. 19, 1827.The Greenville Republican.
Married in Pendleton, S.C., Sunday evening last by James Griffin, Esq., Mr. Elias Roberts to Miss Dursilla Edmondson, all of that village.
(This was printed, too, in the Pendleton Messenger. See: MARRIAGE AND DEATH NOTICES FROM THE PENDLETON SC MESSENGER).This is Drusilla Edmondson, of course, the daughter of John Edmondson, Sen., and probably the granddaughter ofJames and Priscilla Edmondson who moved from Essex County, Va.)(June 23, 1854.THE SOUTHERN ENTREPRISE published thisnotice: Married on the 7th of May by Rev. T.S. Arthur, Mr. Elias Roberts of Greenville and Miss Eliza A.H. Gunter of Pickens District.See: MARRIAGES AND DEATH NOTICES FROM THE UPCOUNTRY OF SC, by Holcomb.Was this a son of Elias and Drusilla Roberts?)
Feb. 19, 1829. Thomas Edmondson bought property at the estate sale of Robert Boyd. Box. 1, #2, Probate Office, Pickens County, SC. (See Lucas).Was this the brother ofDrucilla and John?
1829 Jury List, Pickens District Court of General Sessions, Pickens Courthouse, March, 1829:Michael Edmondson(A COLLECTION OF UPPER SC GEN. & FAMILY RECORDS, Vol. II, by Lucas).
Nov. 10, 1830. James Mansell of Pickens sold to Anthony a man of coller (color) of Anderson District for $227, 100 acres on head branches of Bieshe (Brushy) Creek of Saluda whereon Lewis Madden now lives. Witnesses: WilliamHunter, Thomas Edmondson. Sarah, wife of James, relinquished her dower right.
SELECTED DEEDS OF PICKENS COUNTY SC, Book C-1.
May 22, 1830.Augustus Vann Edmondson, son of Michael Smith Edmondson and Susannah Edmondson,was born in Pickens County, SC. He moved with his family to Cass/Bartow County, Georgia, by 1837.Michael died about 1847.The family moved on toMaysville, Arkansas, before 1850.His half brother, born in 1827 in SC, was George Washington Pinyon, child of Susannah and her firsthusband.He lived in Benton County, Arkansas, listed in the 1880 Census, with wife Nancy, 53, b. in GA.With them was a nephew, Jeff Edmondson, 19, b. in Arkansas.
1830 Census of Pickens County.
George Edmondson (too young to be the son of Thomas who died in 1809).
(Probably George Washington Edmondson, son of George.)
George Edmondson who is shown in Habersham County, Georgia, in the 1840 Census, is age 60-70, with 3 males, 2 females and an older female, his wife.
Nov. 10, 1830. Thomas Edmondson was a witness to sale of land on the headwaters of Brushy Creek of Saluda River, Pickens County. (This Thomas is probably the son of William Edmondson and grandson of Thomas Edmondson, mentioned in a deed April 23, 1896, Pendleton District.See an obituary notice in 1841 in Greeneville District. SWE)
March 7, 1831. Thomas Edmondson deeded 65 acres on Brushy Creek to William Sitton (Deeds T-88, Anderson County).
March 7, 1831. James Adams deeded 80 acres on Brushy Creek to Thomas Edmondson.Deeds T-89. Anderson County.
April 6, 1831. Married on the 22nd Ult. by the Rev. Sandford Vandiver, Mr. John Edmondson to Miss Polly Farmer. (MARRIAGES AND DEATH NOTICES FROM THE PENDLETON SC MESSENGER).
1831. John Edmondson deeded1/5 of 23 acres from the estate of Mary Parmer to Pinkerton Slater.Deeds T-156.(Is this actually Mary Farmer?)
August 10, 1832.Bond, Edmondson to Vick, Pack 212, #1, Clerk of Court, Pickens, SC.M.S. Edmondson of Pickens District, SC, gave bond of $60 to Howel Vick of Rabun County, GA.Vick sold Edmondson half interest in rent land lottery and received $30.Signed by M.S. Edmondson (See Cass/Bartow County, GA, for Michael Smith Edmondson.He was probably a son of George Edmondson and grandson of Thomas Edmondson).
1832. Ths. Edmondson witnessed a Pickens County Deed from James Mensell for land on Brushy Creek of the Saluda River, Anderson District.(From Nancy E. Wood, 2009).
Dec. 12, 1832. Michael Edmondson was mentioned in a deed in Pickens District, Chauga River and Tugaloo River, for sale of 592 acres on Chauga Creek . James Barrow or Barron was mentioned in this deed. (From Nancy E. Wood, 2009).
Feb. 7, 1834.Richard Edmondson was a buyer at the sale of the estate ofJoseph Underwoodin Pickens County, SC.See Will Box 4, #50, Pickens District.John Quarles, Jr., was the administrator. Thomas Fitzgerald, Wm. Gable and David Quarles gave bond to J.H. Dendy, Ordinary, for $3000.Citation was published at Long Creek (Long Cane Creek?) Meeting House, Nov. 3, 1833. Underwood owned four slaves. Buyers at the estate sale: Wash. Smith, Henry Gassaway, Isaiah Starkey, Isaac Barron, Robert Quarles, James Coal, Coonrod Weaver, Jos. Williams, Chs. McClure, Jos. Jones, Wm. Crow, James Heron, Joshua Darnell, James Reid, Hiram Roach, James George, Eli Wiggins, Jacob Butt, Stokes Pynian Robert Quarles, Henry Watkins, Gried Williams, Thompson M. Hanson, Hubbard Quarles, Zachariah Kelly, Richard Edmondson.Joseph Underwood owned 500 acres on Cane Creek in Pickens District for which a petition to sell was issued in 1835.All his heirs were absent from the state.(Provided byNancy Wood, 2008).
Richard lived in Cherokee County, NC, in 1840 where the census showeda man 30-40 years old, with 4 males, 4 females and 1 slave in the household.
The 1850 Census of Union County, GA, lists Richard Edmondson, 45, b. in SC. Margaret, 45, wife, b. in SC. Isabella, 18, Hamilton, 13.Napoleon, 11.George, 9. Richard, 7. Lavona, 6.Margaret, 3.All children born in GA.
He served as Justice of the Inferior Court, Towns County, GA, from 1856-1861.
The 1860 Census of Towns County, Ga, showed Richard Edmons (sic), age 55, b. in SC, with real estate of $1500 and personal estate of $2000, with wife Margaret, 55, b. in NC. Hampton, 22, wagoner, b.in NC.Napoleon, 19, b. in NC. George, 17, b. in NC. Lavina, 14, and Margaret, 12, b. in GA.Provided by Nancy Wood.(Hamilton would appear to be a misspelling of Hamilton.
The 1870 Census of Habersham County, Georgia, p. 224,listedRichard Edmondson, 64, b. in SC.Realproperty value: $1600.Personal property: $200.Margaret, 64, b. in SC, keeping house.Neither could read or write. Two black servants, Jane, 14, and Elizabeth Thomas, 11, lived in the household.
The 1880 Census of Towns County, GA, showed Richard Edmonson, 74, laborer, b. in 1806 in SC. Both parents born in VA. Wife, Mary, 68, b. in TN in 1812, both parents born in Virginia.Mary would appear to be his second wife.
See: WHITES AMONG THE CHEROKEES.
(I thinkRichard was the eldest son ofGeorge and Letitia Wallace Edmondson of Pendleton District,SC, born about 1805-06, and half brother of George Washington Edmondson.Letitia Edmondson was living in Towns County with some of her Wallace children as late as 1857 when she deeded personal property to her great-granddaughter Adelia Bradshaw.There appears to have been two other sons as the 1840 Census shows 4 males. SWE).
July 29, 1840.Pierson Mayfield deeded to Lyman Thayer of Pickens District for $360 a tract on which Mayfield lived, 50 acres on Brushy Creek waters of Saluda River being partof the tract on which George Edmundson formerly lived. (A COLLECTION OF UPPER SOUTH CAROLINA GEN. AND FAMILY RECORDS, Vol. I, p. 215, by Wooley).
Census of 1840, Pickens County.Washington Edmonson is listed.This must be George Washington Edmondson who sold land there later in the year with his wife Mahala (Alcey, Elly)Watkins Edmondson, inherited from her father.See deed.George W. Edmondson and his wife appear soon in Georgia records.
I went to Pickens SC January 15, 2009, to search the deeds and probate records. Their old courthouse is used now only for trials and a big new administrative complex two miles away houses deeds, wills and a lot of other records and activity.SC has been prosperous in recent years and they have built some good new public buildings.
In the deeds, original laminated handwritten records, I found no Edmondson grantees from 1828 to 1868 when Oconee County was split off.
Deeds Book D-1, p. 52. Michael S. Edmondson and Susannah Edmondson deeded to James C. Doyle 320 acres for $400, Jan. 27, 1838. They were living in Cass County, Georgia, and the transfer was done there and forwarded to Pickens SC for recording. The land was on Village Creek waters of Chauga "down said creek to the fork then up the west fork of Village Creek to ...a conditional corner made by Jacob Scott and M.S. Edmondson...thence a northwest direction to a conditional corner made by Scott and Edmondson...original plat laid down by Samuel H.
Dickson the Surveyor....laid out for Samuel Adair.M.S. Edmondson and Susannah Edmondson signed, apparently with their signatures as no mark is shown, and F.H. Walker, J.P. in Cass County witnessed the deed. Susannah renounced her dower rights the same day as wife of M.S. Edmondson. This land would seem to be in today’s Oconee County.
Deeds E-1, p. 22. Charles Edmondston, merchant, and James L. Petigree, attorney at law, both of Charleston, sold for $600 to Hester270acres on Little River waters of the Seneca River.Mary Edmondston renounced her dower.This man is not related to any of the known Edmondsons I have researched, was an immigrant to Charleston in the early 1800's from England. He built the famous Edmondston-Alston House in Charleston.
Deeds E-1, p. 336. Oct. 21, 1840. George W. Edmondson and Mehala Edmondson his wife of Pickens District, SC, sold for $65 to George Seagler "that plantation whereon George Seagler now lives on a Fork of Cane Creek joining lands belonging to Joshua Denny, Thomas Richards and Jesse Hunnicutt,"100 acres being "the same conveyed to the said Mehala Edmondson by her father Joshua Watkins by his last will".This deed was signed by George W. Edmondson with his mark and Mehala Edmondson with her mark.It was witnessed by Stephen Powell and William Grisham.Mehala renounced her dower to Joseph Grisholm, Notary Public.(This is interesting in that it seems to prove George and Mehala were still in SC or had come back to take care of this deed).
Thinking I might find other deeds which referenced this land, I checked through the pages before and after it for some time but found nothing except the sale of the land to Joseph Grisham of West Union SC, mentioning its location on fork of Cane Creek of Keowee River "the same I purchased from G.W.Edmondson whichwas a part of the land Joseph Watkins gave to his two daughters".Grisham was a major
landowner who was buying property left and right.By 1845 he owned all the land surrounding Seagles land but I could find no deeds to show he bounding landowners named in the 1840 deed.
Wills in the Probate Office, which had all the originals, did not include any
Edmondson nor a will for Joshua Watkins. His will was probated in 1829 and might appear in Anderson County records.
1841 Jury List, Pickens County Court of General Sessions and Common Pleas, 3rd Monday in March, 1841:George Edmondson.However, for the October session, the sheriff’s report stated he was “not found in the District”.(See Lucas above). This must refer to George Washington Edmondson and not to his father, George.
George, the father, was in Habersham County, Georgia, where he is listed in the 1830 Census and 1840 Census. He is buried in the Methodist Church Cemetery in Clarkesville, where he died in 1841, age 67, according to the parish register of Grace Episcopal Church. (See 1810 Census, Pendleton County).George Edmondson had married Letitia Wallace, a widow, in the 1820’s in SC.She was living in 1857 when she deeded property in Towns County, GA, to her granddaughter.George had been previously married and had at least one son, Michael Smith Edmondson, who married Susannah, born in 1804, in S.C.Hugh Allen Edmondson might be another son.He and Michael signed a letter in Paulding County, GA, in 1829, in Cedar Township, asking the Governor to stop the United States authorities from moving Indians from Alabama into Georgia.Michael and Susannah had a son, Augustus Vann Edmondson who was born in Pickens County, S.C. May 22, 1830.
The family were in Cass County in 1837 (renamed Bartow some years later) and are shown in the Census of 1840. Michael died about 1847, leaving Augustus a minor who was placed under the guardianship of Major William C. Wyly, a son of Gen. James R. Wyly.Augustus Vann Edmondson and his sister Partheniamoved to Arkansas before 1850 and settled near Maysville where both died.Frances Wallace, a daughter of Letitia Wallace Edmondson, was the common law wife of Gen. Wyly whose first wife, Sarah Hawkins Clark Wyly,had divorced him in the 1830’s for infidelity.Frances Wallace Wyly,her sister Emily Wallace Bradshaw and Mary Edmonson were charged with murder in Habersham County, April Term, 1843.A true bill was brought against Mary and Frances but the charge against Emily was dropped.Mary Edmonson might be a sister of Michael Smith Edmondson or achild of George Edmondson and his second wife. Letitia Wallace.
George Edmondson was a son of Thomas Edmondson who moved from Winchester, Virginia, to the Pickensville area of Pendleton County, now Pickens County, and settled at Pickensville about 1792.See Anderson County for deed dated Jan. 11, 1803, when George, Benjamin, Mary and John Edmondson deeded 100 acres on Brushy Creek to James Wilson.
Michael Smith was an early resident of Pickensville, a carpenter, who lived across the street from the district courthouse.It is likely Michael Smith Edmondson was named for him and might have been his nephew as the widow Smith left a slave to her nephew Michael Edmondosn.The Edmondsons lived near the Smiths.
June 4, 1841. Notice in THE SOUTHERN ENTERPRISE, Greenville, SC.
Died at his residence near this town on the 6th inst., Mr. Thomas Edmondson, a native of Virginia but for a great many years a citizen of Pendleton and Greenville districts.
(Was this man a brother of John and Drucilla, the son of William Edmondson and grandson of Thomas of Essex/Frederick/Pendleton, or some other Thomas?)
Oct. 15, 1841. Dr. John Robinson, deceased, late of Pendleton Village, held a note of James W. Edmondson and many others when his estate was inventoried.
Inventories, Appraisements and Sales, Anderson County, SC, Book I, 1839-1845.
Oct. 29, 1841. Pendleton Messenger, Oct. 29, 1841. Married on Tuesday the 12th by the Rev. A.W. Ross, Barnett H. Allgood, Esq., of Pickens District to Miss Elizabeth Edmonston of Anderson District.
( He was born May 2, 1779, in Virginia, and died July 16, 1861, in Pickens District. His first wife was Frances Dean who died in 1840.He and Frances had several children.His estate was being settled in July, 1869).Elizabeth Edmondson was a daughter of Caleb and Margaret Edmondson, was born in 1787 and died in Pickens District.They had Joel Alexander Allgood.(See FAMILIES OF OLD PENDLETON DISTRICT SC, Vol. 1, by Linda Gale Smith Cheek, pub. 2007).
1850 Census. Rusk County, Texas. Waddy Edmondson, 48, b. in SC. Nancy Edmondson, 40, b. inS.C.William, 17, b. in AL; Adaline, 15, John, 11, Jane, 8, James K.P. Edmondson, 6, Martha, 3, (all b. in AL), George M.D., 1, b. in Texas. Thus, it appears this family moved to Texas about 1847.See Jefferson County, Alabama.
1866 Tax List, Pickens County. No Edmondsons.
1868.Oconee County was split from Pickens, the boundary being the Keowee River.Old Pickens, the county seat, located on the west bank of the Keowee and a thriving little town, soon dwindled after new county towns were located in new Pickens, about 16 miles east, and Walhalla, for Oconee, about 10 miles west.Today only the old Presbyterian Church and cemetery identify the site.
Edmondsons in other states who were born in SC.
1830. A descendant ofJames W. Edmondson, Fred L. Logan, New Orleans, wrote to EFAB in 1998 thatthis man was born about 1803 in South Carolina and moved to Covington County, Mississippi,in 1830.He married Louisa Givens, born in 1811, in South Carolina in 1829.They lived in Yazoo County, MS, in 1840.
The 1850 Census of that county showed:
James W. Edmundson, 47, planter, b. in SC. Louisa, 40, wife, b. in SC. William, 20, b. in SC. Sarah, 14, b. in SC. George, 12, b. in MS. Atlantia, 6, daughter, b. in MS. Josephus, 3, b. in MS.Mary, 1, b. in MS.(It seems the family did not move from SC until about 1836 if the birth of Sarah in SC in 1836 is accurate).
James W. Edmondson and Louisa Givens Edmondson had:
1. William S. Edmondson, b. in 1830 in SC. Served in Co. H, 29th Miss. Reg., Confederate Army.Married Roxanna Salter, Nov. 19, 1872, in Yazoo County. She was born in 1840.
2. Sarah C. Edmondson, b. Oct. 11, 1835. Married Pinkney S. Logan, July 16, 1858, in Canton, Madison County, MS. He was born October, 1840.
3. George W. Edmondson, b, in 1838 in Yazoo County, MS. Died single Dec. 1, 1862, at Murphreesboro, TN, in the Confederate Army, pneumonia.
4. Atlantia D. Edmondson, b. in 1844 in Yazoo County. Married Morgan C. Guess, born in 1844.
5. Josephus C. Edmondson, b. Feb., 1847, in Yazoo County. Died after 1910 in Sharkey County, MS. Married Matilda J. Cummings, Dec. 18, 1873.She was bornin 1840.A daughter, Jossie Nora Edmondson, was born in 1878.
6. Mary E. Edmondson ws born in 1849 in Yazoo County and married S.A. Spencer.
(Information from Fred L. Logan, great-grandson of James W. Edmondson).
1850 Census.Living in the same county and possibly related:
John F. Edmondson, 30, overseer, b. in SC. Mary, 34, wife, b. in AL.Sarah E., 10, b. in MS. John F., 8, b. in MS.Mississippi, 12, b. in MS. Mary, 10, b. in MS, a twin. William C., 7, b. in MS. Drusilla, 5, b. in MS.America, 4, b. in MS.
Census of 1850, Perry County, MS.
James Edmunson, 40, farmer, b. in SC. Nancy, 39, wife, b. in SC.Amos, 23, son, farmer, b. in SC.Robert, 16, son, b. in N.C.William, 15, son, b. in NC.
Elizabeth, 13, dau., b. in NC.George, 11, son, b. in NC.Lucinda, 10, dau., b. in NC.James, 7, son, b. in MS.Martha, 4, dau., b. in MS. John, 9 mos., son, b. in MS.(See Edgecombe Co, NC).(Nancy is an error of the census taker.Her name was Gincy/Jennett.Mrs. Helen D. Maxwell, San Jacinto, Texas, a descendant,EFAB No. 49).
Dec. 24, 1859. James Robert Padgett was born in Pickens County, SC, son of Terrell Padgett and Mary Edmondson.James married Lydia Ann Bettis, born in 1861, on August 16, 1877, in Forsyth County, Georgia. They moved to Stilwell, Adair County, Oklahoma, where she died in 1898 and he Sept. 14, 1952.Both were admitted to Cherokee citizenship.(UNHALLOWED INTRUSION, A History of the Cherokee Families in Forsyth County, Georgia, by Don L. Shadburn.
William Edmondson of Union/Pendleton, SC
This man must be carefully separated from the families ofThomas and James Edmondson in Pendleton District. He was a descendant of thethe Pennsylvania Edmundsons who settled in the area of present Union County, SC. . He married Sarah ___. Living in Pendleton District, later Pickens County, from about 1785,he was Clerk of Court at the Pickensville Court, was a Justice of the Peace and owned land on Saluda River and Brushy Creek, a tributary of Saluda. About 1818-1819, he moved with his son Waddy and other family members to Jefferson County, Alabama, where he died.In his will, William named his wife and three children: Waddy Edmondson, Nancy Edmondson, and Parthenia Edmondson.There was an older son, John, who moved to Jefferson County and on to Texas. Elizabeth Edmondosn who married John Camp might be another daughter.The census of 1810 shows only one son, 10-16, at home, probably Waddy.
1. William Edmondson, b. about 1786. He served in the U.S. Army and died of liver disease in 1818, just promoted to Captain.Not married. Will found with his father’s papers in Alabama, dated Sept. 3, 1818.
2. Sarah Edmondson, b. in 1789 in Pendleton District. She married Thomas Blassingame, son of William Blassinggame and ___Westfied, who was born June 11, 1781, in Union County. He bought 100 acres on George’s Creek from William and Sarah Edmondson, March 5, 1809, for $220.They were married about 1809. He died Nov. 10, 1859, at Sugar Creek, Union County, and is buried with his wife Sarah in the Blassingame Cemetery there. She died in Powderville, SC (Anderson County). They had: Parthenia Blassingame, Jane, David Westfield, Eliza, William, Carr, Benjamin Franklin, James Harrison.
3. John Edmondson, b. ?Possibly the John Edmondson shown living near William Edmondson in 1810, but likely too young to fit. He moved to Jefferson County, Alabama, where he witnessed a deed in 1834 when Waddy and Nancy sold land to John Miles. He might be the manin Red River County, Texas, with 13 year old son Eli, age 54.Another John Edmondson lived in Pendleton Districtand appears in documents from 1796 until after 1821 who appears to be related closely to Thomas Edmondson and his family.
4. Waddy Edmondson, b. about 1800.(He was probably named for Waddy Thompson, an attorney practicing at the Pickensville Court, born Nov. 18, 1769, in Cumberland County (VA ?) who married Elizabeth Blackburn. Thompsonsettled first in Georgia where he was married to a Miss Williams. He was a general in the SC Militia and died in 1849). Waddy Edmondson married Adaline Nancy Ayres, daughter of William Ayres, in Jefferson County, Alabama, in 1829.William left a will which named a daughter, Nancy Edmundson, and other children.Several land transactions involved Waddy before he moved to Texas about 1844-47.He is shown in the 1850 Census in Rush County, Texas: Waddy Edmundson, b. in SC.Nancy, wife, 40, b. in SC. William, 17, b. in AL.John, 11, b. in AL. Jane, 8, b. in AL. James E.P., 6, b. in AL. Martha, 3, b. in Texas. An older daughter, Susan, married Champ Hensley, July 4, 1844, in Alabama. He was living in Coryell County, Texas, in 1880. Children: William, Adaline, John Bullard, Jane, James K. Polk, Martha, George M.D.
5. Nancy Edmundson, who married Elijah Brown, Jan. 15, 1821, in Alabama.Children: William W. Brown; Sarah Ann Brown Martin, Martha Jane Brown Burford, Rebecca Brown Bagley,Caroline Brown Tarrant,Mrs. Turnbaugh, Mrs. Fuller,Marinda Brown.Two daughters were named Susan and Florence and a third Margaret A.Nancy and Elijah Brown sold land to Waddy Edmundson, August 23, 1838.Deed Book 6, p. 439. Elijah Brown was a son of John Brown and Betty Crawford Brown. Elijah was born Feb. 15, 1773, in SC, and died in Alabama in 1845.
6. Parthenia Edmundson who was executor of her father’s will.She married Samuel Dean Jan. 21, 1822. His parents were Samuel Dean and Gwendolyn James Dean.Joseph Dean, a brother of Samuel, Jr., married Elizabeth Edmondson and moved to Tennessee and then Mississippi. Parthenia was apparently Samuel’s second wife.They had one child, Parthenia Dean, who married James Forman in 1847 and died in 1897.
7. Elizabeth Edmundson, who married John Camp. No proof that she was a daughter of William and Sarah, but she and John sold land to Waddy Edmundson adjoining that of Nancy and Elijah Brown, Aug. 23, 1838.Deed Book 6.The two sold other land to Waddy, Dec. 6, 1842.Deed Book 8, p. 532.
(William Edmundson, long time editor of EFAB, was a descendant of theEdmundsons of Cecil County, Maryland, and Chester County, PA.He held that Caleb Edmundson, Sr., who married Hester/Esther Underhill and moved to SC, was brother of John Edmundson of Cecil County, Maryland, who was father of Col. William Edmundson/Edmiston, a commander at the Battle of Kings Mountain, who was born in Cecil County, Maryland, according to some researchers. Caleb Sr. hadWilliam Edmundson, Captain at Kings Mountain and killed in the battle;Isaac who married Margaret, Caleb Jr. who married (1) Sarah (Bobo?) and(2) Judtih; Joseph who married Rebecca and returned to Pennsylvania; John who married Sarah and had one son, Joseph, b. in 1768; William Edmondson, the William who married Sarah,was a son of either Caleb, Jr., or possibly Capt. William Edmondson.Patricia Humphreys, first editor of EFAB and of this same pedigree, believed he was a son of William.
John Edmundson/Edmiston married a cousin, Sarah Edmiston, sister of David Edmiston, Jr., of Cecil County, Maryland. He moved to Augusta County and hadJoseph, b. in 1768, David, andMargaret who married Samuel Bell and was mother of John Bell, Senator.Sarah Edmundson, widow of John, married Joseph Cookson of York County, PA, after her first husband’s death.See EFAB Vol 9, No. 2, p. 40, for Wm Edmundson’s discussion.See Abbeville County and Union County, SC.)
Proposed Genealogy of Thomas Edmondson (d. 1809)
Thomas Edmondson, son of Thomas and Constance Edmondson of Essex County, Virginia, moved to Frederick County, Virginia, by 1774. He married Mary ______ who died before 1786 as he married the widow Ann Campbell in Frederick County, Virginia,that year.He and Ann had no known children.He made a will in 1807, naming all his sons except John who had died.He died in 1809.Thomas and Mary had:
1. James Edmondson, probably the eldest, born about 1763. Married Elizabeth Gregory.Moved to Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia, where he owned property, then to Kentucky about 1811 and on to Maury and Davidson counties in Tennessee where he operated hotels.
2. Benjamin Edmondson about whom little is known. He was in Pendleton District, SC, by 1800, signed various documents in later years, seems to have lived in Greenville District at one time, and on Brushy Creek in present day Pickens.No proven children.Some think he married Elizabeth Waddy ofFredericksburg, Virginia, during the Revolution.
3. John Edmondson who lived in Charles City County, Virginia, near his uncle Philip Parr Edmondson for some years after the Revolution and married Elizabeth Harrison Rickman, widow, daughter of Gov. Benjamin Harrison. No children of this marriage. He married Lucy Cocke about 1795.He died in Augusta County in 1802-03, leaving three children one of whom died young.No certain proof he lived in Pendleton District and if so only briefly.
4. William Edmondson who was apprenticed in Frederick County in 1792 just before his father and other siblings moved to SC.He had one known son, Thomas, mentioned in a document, and probably had others. Living in 1807 when his father made his will and is listed in the 1810 Census.
5. . George Edmondson, born about 1773, was named as the fifth son of Thomas and Mary in THE EDMONDSON-THOMPSON FAMILY & FARM,a book by Dr. Hugh A. Edmondson.George was apprenticed in 1792.It is likely he was married in the late 1790’s, name of wife unknown, and hadsons: George Washington Edmondson, Michael Smith Edmondson, and possibly Philip P. Edmondson, b. in 1801.Dr. Hugh Edmondson states in his book that Letitia Wallace had a sister Frances who married Michael Smith. He says George and Letitia named their first son after Michael Smith, born about 1800.(I doubt Michael S.Edmondson was a son of George and Letitia. SWE)About 1805, he married Letitia Wallace, widow of William Wallace, a merchant and land dealer. She had two known daughters, Frances and Emily. George and Letitiahad Richard Edmondson andMary H. Edmondson. He was a Justice of the Peace in 1816.He moved to Habersham County, Georgia, where he died in 1841 and was buried in the old Methodist Cemetery, his grave not marked. Letitia was living in 1857.A story from the descendants of George W. Edmondson says he volunteered for the army in the War of 1812 at age 13, from Laurens District, Pendleton County, SC.He supposedly ran away from an evil stepfather.Only an evil stepmother would fit the known facts. George Washington Edmondson married Alcey Watkins, daughter of Joseph Watkins
6. Elizabeth Edmondson who married Philip P. Boulware, lived in Pendleton District a few years and moved with her family to Missouri where she died.