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Eades/Eads Family from 1730 in Maryland

Updated December 15, 2004

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Robert Eades, born 1730 in Montgomery Co, MD is the oldest known person in this Eades/Eads line. We know that this family line came from England but have not been able to prove the links. (I would appreciate your help in establishing this link to England!!) His wife Mary had 11 children in Montgomery Co, MD of which several ended up in KY. He moved his family to Bedford Co, VA in western VA in 1781 and died there in 1804.

Daughter Rebecca, born 1756, married in MD and died in 1804 in Bourbon Co, KY.

Son Matthew, born 1758, died in 1768 in MD.

Son Edward, born 1759, married in MD before the move, but had all his children in Bedford Co, VA. He ended up in Lincoln Co, KY where his youngest daughter Nancy had moved.

Son Charles, born 1760, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War for 5 years, 1776-1781, with service at Portsmouth, VA and at the siege of Yorktown, VA. After the war he married in Bedford Co, VA, moved to North Carolina in 1790 and then Wayne Co, KY about 1805. This last move was to claim ‘bounty land’ due him for service in the war. Our Eades/Eads line evolved thru his descendants.

Son Robert, born 1762, also married in Bedford Co, VA and went to KY in the early 1800’s where he raised his family.

Son William, born 1762, married in MD, and his wife had her 8 children while they were living in Bedford Co, VA 1781-1793. Then his family moved to Bourbon Co, KY about 1796-1802 and on to Green Co, KY in 1803.

Son Thomas, born 1764, married in VA in 1787 where they had children and then moved to Bourbon Co, KY in 1789 where they had several more children. This was a very early move into the frontier area of Kentucky and must have been made in company with his wife Priscilla West’s family. The John West family, also originally from Montgomery Co, MD, went to KY in 1789.

Daughter Elizabeth, born 1766, married in Bedford Co, VA and died in KY.

Son John, born 1767, married Sarah West, another daughter of John West, and they must have gone to Kentucky with that family, too.

Son Joseph, born 1770, married in Bedford Co, VA and all five of his children were born there between 1798 and 1804. He moved his family to Henderson Co, KY after his wife died 1814 in VA.

Daughter Rachel, born 1773, married in Bedford Co, VA.

Most of the third generation, born in Bedford Co, VA or in KY, lived their lives in KY. Many were in Wayne Co and Pulaski Co, but others were in Lincoln, Bourbon, Green, Henderson or Taylor Co, KY. There were so many Eades/Eads in one area of Wayne Co, KY that it was known as ‘Eads Bottom’. This area was later flooded by the creation of Lake Cumberland. Their graves were moved by the TVA to higher ground before the lake was created. Some of these families retained the Eades spelling and some changed to Eads.

Most Eades/ Eads families stayed in Kentucky for many generations, perhaps moving into other counties to acquire farmland. During the 1800’s some families went to many of the midwestern and southern states, including TN, AR, MO, OH, IA, IL, KS, MS, TX and OK. Two brothers , Joseph William Eades, born 1861, and James Henderson Eades, born 1867, took their families to Oklahoma in 1894.

My own Grandmother, Louisa Ellen (Thurman) Eades, took her family to Illinois in 1903 after her husband, James William Eades, died in Somerset, Pulaski Co, KY. They traveled in their wagon along with some other families who had changed the spelling to Eads, and evidently she changed her family’s name spelling to Eads at that time. This group settled in Arthur, Douglas Co, IL where my father grew up.

I will try to answer questions about Eades/Eads

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