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Clarence Jeptha Edwards (b. October 03, 1858, d. January 14, 1920)Clarence Jeptha Edwards (son of Wakeman Wakeman Edwards and Martha Hollingsworth) was born October 03, 1858 in Springfield, Arkansas, and died January 14, 1920 in Vermillion Parish, Abbeville, Louisiana.He married Katherine Mathilde Young on October 07, 1887 in Vermillion Parish, Abbeville, Louisiana, daughter of Frances DeVilliar Young M.D. and Marie Mathilde Guegnon.
Notes for Clarence Jeptha Edwards:
Clarence Jeptha Edwards M.D.
Edwards, Dr. Clarence J., M. D., successful and well-known physician, ex-state senator, longmember of the state leper board residence Abbeville, Vermilion parish, La., was born at Springfield, Ark., Oct. 3, 1858; son of Judge Wakeman W. and Martha (Hollingsworth) Edwards, the former of whom was a native of Charlton, Saratoga county, N. Y., and the latter of Sulphur Springs, Madison county, Miss. A detailed sketch of the parents appears elsewhere in this work, for which the reader should refer to article: "Edwards, Judge Wakeman W." Clarence J. Edwards, the subject of this sketch, came to New Orleans with his parents in the year 1865, just after the close of the Civil war, and the son attended the public schools of New Orleans, including the boys' high school. In 1875 the family removed to Abbeville, Vermilion parish, and there Clarence J. became a teacher in the public schools of Vermilion parish, and so continued until 1881, when he entered the medical department of the University of Louisville (Ky.), from which he graduated with the degree of M. D. in the class of 1883. Following the completion of his professional education, Dr. Edwards began medical practice in Chicot county, Ark. After 1 year in this location he removed to New Iberia, and again, after 1 year in practice there, in 1885, returned to Abbeville, where he has since been continuously engaged in practice. In 1887 Dr Edwards was married to Miss Kate Young, and 6 children have been born to their union, namely: Harold C., a practicing physician of Abbeville; Mark H., Mathilde, Floyd, Wakeman W. and Henry. Dr. Edwards has affiliated with the Democratic party since beginning the exercise of the elective franchise, and has served the people of the locality in which the activities of his life have been cast in various official capacities. His first official position was that of a member of the city council of Abbeville, following which he was elected parish coroner, and has at various times since filled that office. In 1894 he was elected a member of the Louisiana state senate from the 11th senatorial district, and served the following 4-year term in the state senate. In 1898 he was again elected coroner, and has been repeatedly reelected to that office until 1912. During nearly 20 years past the Doctor has filled the position of chairman of the parish Democratic executive committee. While in the state senate he was instrumental in having a measure enacted providing that the state should assume charge of the lepers within its borders and establish a home for them. The bill became a law, and the home was established at its present location, near White Castle, La. Upon its organization Dr. Edwards was appointed a member of the board of control of the leper home, and has served continuously on this board during nearly 18 years past, until 1912. The Doctor also has served as president of the parish school board during 1 year. Dr. Edwards yet maintains his active interest and part in political and public affairs and wields a distinct influence among the people who have cooperated with him throughout so many useful and gratifyingly fruitful years. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons Independent Order Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Knights of Honor, Knights of the Maccabees, and Woodmen of the World. Also, he is a member of the Vermilion Parish Medical and Louisiana State Medical society, and the American Medical association. He served as chairman of the house of delegates in the state society during 2 years, and also has served as president of the Parish Medical society. In 1883 he became identified with the Meridianal, one of the oldest newspapers published in southwest Louisiana, and since that time has remained connected with the paper, being sole owner of it since 1900. This publication has never been otherwise than strictly Democratic in politics. Dr. Edwards is at this time the oldest physician, and has been longer engaged in the practice of medicine than any other doctor within Vermilion parish. He is also an enthusiastic amateur horticulturist and enjoys the distinction of owning the largest grove of giant bamboos east of the Rocky mountains, besides other rare trees and fruits. Source: Louisiana: Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (volume 3), pp. 146-147. Edited by Alc e Fortier, Lit.D. Published in 1914, by Century Historical Association.
More About Clarence Jeptha Edwards:
Burial: Unknown, Catholic Cemetary, Abbeville, Louisiana.
More About Clarence Jeptha Edwards and Katherine Mathilde Young:
Marriage: October 07, 1887, Vermillion Parish, Abbeville, Louisiana.
Children of Clarence Jeptha Edwards and Katherine Mathilde Young are:
- +Wakeman Wakeman Edwards, b. December 28, 1907, Abbeville, Louisiana, d. November 06, 1949, Abbeville, Louisiana.
- Harold Guegnon Edwards, b. November 18, 1888, d. May 02, 1942, Shreveport, Louisiana.
- Mark Hollingsworth Edwards, b. May 11, d. date unknown.
- Frances Mathilde Edwards, b. June 11, 1892, Vermillion Parish, Abbeville, Louisiana, d. July 30, 1980, Vermillion Parish, Abbeville, Louisiana.
- Floyd DeVillier Edwards, b. January 18, d. November 06, 1949.
- Henry Edwards, b. September 10, 1909, Vermillion Parish, Abbeville, Louisiana, d. July 26, 1916, Crowley, Louisiana.