I have only just stumbled across this site and did not realise the extent of interest in the name edney, particularly from the States.
The Edney name is abundant in Hampshire, England from 1500 - 1900. Edney's appear in the old court rolls of Mottisfont parish in the 16th and 17th centuries.
I have been able to trace my Edney descendants (With the help of a distant cousin) to William Edney a blacksmith who died an elderly man in 1659. The Edney's of Mottisfont were farmers and large land owners. My gggg grandfather Edward born 1740's was the last of the Mottisfont wealth on my side. He seems to have had too many children and once the land was split up they took to labouring roles around the time of the industrial revolution.
There were Edney's in many other parts of the county