Edwards, William (Perry Co.)

Born: 1805-02-14 Vermont

Died: 1854-04-10 Pinckneyville, Illinois

Flourished: Pinckneyville, Illinois

William Edwards was a merchant and lawyer. Edwards emigrated with his parents from his native Vermont first to Ohio and then Illinois, settling in Shawneetown. He lived in Shawneetown until 1830, when he moved to Pinckneyville, Illinois, where he and his brother established a mercantile business. In May 1832, Edwards married Juliet M. Brown, a union that would result in eight children. He continued his mercantile establishment until 1843, when he commenced practicing law, which he continued until his death. In 1850, Edwards owned real property valued at $1,200.

Combined History of Randolph, Monroe and Perry Counties, Illinois (Philadelphia: J. L. McDonough, 1883), 191, 357; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Gallatin County, 24 May 1832, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), District 7, Perry County, IL, 338; Gravestone, International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Pinckneyville, IL.