My wife's GG grandfather was William A. EDMONDS b. 15 Oct 1814 Oglethorpe Co., GA, d. 8 Feb 1902 Fayette Co., AL, bd. Musgrove Cemetery, Fayette Co., AL.
William's grandfather & great grandfather were named John EDMONDS. Below is a transcript of a newspaper article in which William gives an acount of his ancestry.
The following article appeared in the Fayette (Ala) News in 1891 and was reprinted in 'The Texas Collection':
I, William A. Edmonds, am the great-grandson of John Edmonds, who was born and reared in Wales, and came to America in 1732 or 3. He was banished for dogging a pet deer belonging to one of the princess', at 16 years of age, and settled at Jamestown, Va., where he married at the age of 20 years, and raised his family. He and his oldest son (Harry) were engaged in a fight with the Indians at Braddock's defeat. Harry was killed in this conflict, but his father came out unhurt. Harry was 17 years old when he fell. John had four other sons and one daughter. Frank, (the oldest) Sidney, William ---commonly called Buck--- and John, who was my grandfather. These four sons passed through the revolutionary war unhurt. The daughter married Mathew Cox.
The above history was given to me by my grandfather, when I was about twelve years old, with a request that, if I lived to raise a family, to let my children know the origin of the Edmonds family in the United States.
I have seen and read in my grandfather's bible. He used "o" in spelling his name as I do.
I was raised in Oglethorpe county, Ga., moved to Tuscaloosa county, Ala., in 1848, and in the fall of the same year, moved to Fayette county where I have lived ever since.
I was elected tax collector in 1851, which office I held by re-election until 1864 when I was disenfranchised until 1874. I was re-elected tax collector in 1874, holding said office until April 1878, and I can say with clear conscience before the world, where the name of Edmonds is known, that, during the 17 years of my official work, I never defrauded the county or tax payer out of one dime knowingly. I claim kin with every Edmonds in the United States, provided he is truthful, honest, industrious, and strictly sober. If he lacks those traits of character, he is not as near me as he otherwise, might be.
I am today, 76 years, 10 months and 17 days old. Tuesday, September 1, 1891.
If any of the readers of The News can give their lineage, let them do as I have done. -----William A. Edmonds in Fayette (Ala.) News
Regarding the ancestral showing of the above named parties, we desire to say that William A. Edmonds is the father of Mr. A. N. Edmonds living near Itasca (TX) and a man of known integrity throughout all of his dealings as a good citizen, neighbor, and Christian, and we regard the family history as meritorious and should be appreciated by all the lineal descendants.
Source #1. "The Texas Collection", Baylor University Library, Waco Texas
Source #2. Anson, Texas Newspaper
Source #3. February, 1902, The Fayette Banner, Fayette, Alabama