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Re: Edmondsons in South Carolina, misc.
Posted by: S W Edmondson (ID *****7655) Date: July 07, 2009 at 06:24:34
In Reply to: Re: Edmondsons in Pendleton District/Pickens County SC by S W Edmondson of 2590

Posted below is much information on counties in SC in alphabetical order from Abbeville to Pickens. As you will see, a few family biographies are included, part of it surmise and conjecture, to be sure. I would value any clarification, correction, additions.
There seem to be in SC the Essex Edmundson branches, Edmistons probably from the settlers in the Valley of Virginia who moved down in the 1770's, settlers from Chester County, PA, settlers later from NC, at least one family on the coast who seem to be from JOhn Edmundson of Talbot County, Maryland, and possibly other lines. In understanding the settlement pattern, keep in mind that the colonial governments forbade settlement west of a certain line, pushing some people to move far south to find new land in SC. After the Revolution, the dam broke and people spilled out in every direction. Many of these settlers moved on to newly opened areas in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas.


Formed in 1785 from parts of old Granville County and Colleton County, this county was in Old Ninety Six District. In the early years, it included present day Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties. For many years it included much of McCormick (formed 1910) and Greenwood (formed 1897).

Abbeville is the county seat. The Burt Stark mansion was the site in 1864 of the last meeting of the Confederate cabinet with President Davis. Towns include Lowndesville, Calhoun Falls, Due West, Donald and Ware Shoals. Its western border is the Savannah River, McCormick County on the south, Greenwood and Laurens on the east and Anderson on the north.

Sons of David Turk Edmiston, a native of Ireland who died in Augusta County,VA (1690-1751), are believed to have settled in this area of SC . David Edmiston, one of his sons, was born in Ireland before 1732 and came to America about 1740 with his family. He died in SC about 1764-65. He married Ann Miller, daughter of Alexander Miller of Ireland and Augusta County, VA. Their son, James (Drummer Boy) Edmiston was born near Abbeville, SC, Feb. 13, 1765, and died in Grandview, Illinois, Feb. 7, 1852. He married Nancy Keown. Their daughter Jane Edmiston is said to have married James Edmiston and had James Reese Edmiston, born Feb. 19, 1803, in Pendleton County, SC. Other sons of David Turk Edmiston were Moses, William, Samuel and John Edmiston. This family appears to have moved down from Augusta County, Virginia, just after the French and Indian War when England forbade any settlements west of the headwaters of all rivers running into the Atlantic. When this was lifted about ten years later, several of this family moved back to Virginia and migrated westward.
Nov. 29, 1764. William Edmonston, 450 acres, Long Cane Creek, Granville County. Also, April 25, 1765 and June 26, 1765 (MEMORIALS, Book 8. SOUTH CAROLINA ARCHIVES AND HISTORY INDEX).

June 3, 1765. Moses Edmunston. Land grant for 100 acres, Long Cane Creek, Granville County. (SOUTH CAROLINA ARCHIVES AND HISTORY INDEX).
July 2, 1765. Moses Edmunson. Land grant for 100 acres, Long Cane Creek, Granville County. (SOUTH CAROLINA ARCHIVES AND HISTORY INDEX).
March 5, 1767. Jane Edmuston. Plat for 150 acres in Granville County. (Jane was the widow of David Edmiston, married Sansom in S.C. , who later served in the Independence forces.

August 12, 1768. Clark Hall was granted 300 acres in Long Creek settlement, Granville County, bounded by William Campbell, Robert Boyd, east by the northwest fork of Cane Creek and Moses Edmonston. Certified March 30, 1768. Quit rent to start in 10 years. (CITIZENS AND IMMIGRANTS, SC, 1768. MEMORIALS, Book B, p. 296).

June 5, 1772. Moses Edmunston. Plat for 100 acres in Granville County (Abbeville County would lie in the back country of original Granville County).

August 1, 1772. Deed of land from Thomas Heard to Jane Edmistone, on NW fork of Long Cane Creek, surveyed March 5, 1767, and granted 21 Feb. 1772, to Thomas Heard. Deed Book B-4, p. 406. (See Vol. IV, SC DEED ABSTRACTS, by Langley).

1777.       John Edmiston enlisted at age 17 in Abbeville District, serving under Capt. Benjamin Tutt, Lt. Richard Tutt, Col. Leroy Hammond, Gen. Andrew Williamson. He served at Fort Rutledge (called Seneca Fort) for 2 ½ years until taken prisoner when the fort was attacked. He was released and joined Capt.Robert Macksfield under Col Andrew Pickens. He served 14 months until peace was declared. His pension application in 1833, made in Jackson County, AL, where he was living at Bellefont, stated he was born near Rockbridge, Virginia, in 1761 or 1762. His parents were David and Jane Miller Edmiston. His father died in 1764 after which his mother married John Sansom. David Edmiston was a son of David Turk Edmiston, according to some sources. In his papers, John Edmiston said he lived near Ninety Six, in Abbeville County, SC, living for about 10 years in Pendleton County after the Revolution. He moved to the Nolichucky River near Green Court House, TN, for 18 months, then near Maryville for 11 years, Lincoln County, TN, for 16 years, Jackson County, AL, near Bellefonte for 7 years, and Fulton County, IL.

1778-1779.       Grand Jurors in South Carolina.
Moses Edmiston is listed, p. 87. John Edmiston, p. 86, lives above old 96 Court House.

Nov. 29, 1780. Box 86, Pack 2096. Estate of John Sansom administered by Jane Sansom. David Edmiston, David and Alex Logan. Bond: 14,000 pounds. . Box 86, Pack 2096. (Abstracts of Old Ninety Six and Abbeville, p.293) Inventory was made Jan. 17, 1783, by Alex., John and David Logan. John Sansom, Revolutionary soldier, was killed by Tories while riding express, according to the record of his officer, Lt. Thomas Farrar. The 1790 Census, Abbeville District, shows Jane Sansom, 3 males 16 and older; 1 male under 16; 2 females. One son, or stepson, Samuel Sansom, was a Methodist minister who went to the Republic of Texas in 1843 with his family. One of his sons who remained in Tennessee was James Edmiston Sansom.
April 20, 1781. Payment issued to David Edmiston for 24 pounds 14 shillings 3 ¼ pence sterling. For duty done in the militia and service of a horse in 1781.

May 28, 1784. Will of James Chiles. Box 106, pack 2743. Ninety Six District. Proved June 15, 1784. No executors. Witnesses: Jas. Heard, John Edmiston, Henry Chiles. (Abstracts, p. 390)

May 6, 1785. Payment issued to David Edmiston for 23 pounds, 10 shillings, 4 ½ pence for 439 days duty in Capt. Tutts Independent Company in 1779, 1780, 1781. (STUB ENTRIES TO INDENTS FOR CLAIMS AGAINST SOUTH CAROLINA GROWING OUT OF THE REVOLUTION, by A.S. Salley. Vol. O-Q, p. 228. Book Q, No. 86).
May 17, 1789. Will of John Edmiston. Box 31, Pack 99. Proved Oct. 8, 1789.
“In the Name of God Amen: I John Edmiston being in a low and sick Condition of health but in perfect mind and memory do Constitute this my Last Will and Testament, viz., I first bequeath my Soul to almighty God who giveth and my Body to the dust to be buried in a Christian manner at the discretion of my Executor which shall be hereafter mentioned And as touching Such Worldly affairs as it has pleased God to Bless me with I leave and Bequeath in the following manner that is, viz: I first of all order my just debts to be Paid to-gether with my funeral Expenses---In the next place I leave and bequeath my well beloved wife Elizabeth one third of all my moveable Estate and as touching my Land I leave and Bequeath it to be equally divided betwixt my three sons Andrew John and James but still to remain in my wife’s possession while onmar-ried and one yet unborn Should it be a boy and as for the other two parts of my moveable Estate I Equally divide amongst my whole Children and lastly I order and Constitute my Wife Elizabeth Executor and John Wardlaw Executor of this my last will and Testament in Witness whereof I have set to my hand and Seal this Seventeenth of May one thousand Seven hundred and Eight nine. Witness Present: Victor Matthews, Isable (her mark) Matthews, Joseph Matthews. Recorded Sept. 12, 1795, by John Bowie, County Clerk. (All sons appear to be minors). See Abstracts of Old Ninety Six and Abbeville SC, p. 103.
William Edmundson, Sr., editor of EFAB, provided this will with date of May 17, 1789. The Abstracts above gave the date as March 7, 1789.
Census of 1790.
David Edmiston, p. 60. Living in 96 District. 1 white male. 3 white females.
Elizabeth Edmiston, p. 59. Living in 96 District. 3 white males under 16. 4 white females (widow of John Edmiston).

(Abstracts of Old Ninety Six and Abbeville, SC, p. 103).

Oct. 16, 1790. Estate of Robert McCulloch was administered by Margaret McCulloch, John Tulloch and Moses Thompson, bound to the judges of Abbeville County in sum of 500 pounds. Estate administered again in June 1792 by Moses Thompson, John Tulloch and David Edmiston, bonded for 500 pounds. Box 63, Pack 1501. Estate sale Oct. 29, 1790. Buyers: Margaret, Hugh and Frances McCulloch; Josiah Patterson. Joseph Carswell and others. Box 106, Pack 2743. (Abstracts of Old Ninety Six and Abbeville, p. 212).

Dec. 21, 1795. Will of Victor Matthews. Box 64. Pack 1550. Abbeville District. Recorded May 4, 1818. No Executors. Witnesses: Moses Edmiston. Saml. McNeily, Wm. Wedgeworth. Wife: Isabel Matthews. Children: Jos., John, Jas., Isaac, Esther, Ann, Elizabeth, Rebeckah Matthews. Inventory made 25 April, 1796, by Wm. Wedworth, John Lumbas, John Irwin. (Abstracts, p. 218).

1798.       James Edmiston, 52, minister, is listed in the 1850 Census of Edgar County, Illinois, born in Abbeville District, SC. His wife, Jane M., was born in Pendleton, SC. Three children born in Lincoln County, TN: James L., 19. David G., 17. Margaret H., 15. Two were born in Putnam County, Indiana: Mary Jane, 13, and Joseph M., 9. James Edmiston, 85, born in NC, was in the household, probably his father, and Nancy C., 43, either wife of the elder James or his daughter. 1825.

Census of 1800.
David Edmiston, p. 4. 2 wm under 10. 1 wm 26-45. 1 wm over 45. 2 wf under 10. 2 wf 10-16. 1 wf 26-45.
John Edmiston, p. 4. 3 wm under 10. 1 wm 26-45. 1wf under 10. 1 wf 26-45. 2 slaves.
John Edmiston, p. 5. 1 wm 16-26. 1 wf 10-16. 1 wf 16-26. 1 slave.
Andrew Edmiston (Edmuston), p. 21. 1 wm under 10. 1 wm 16-26. 1 wm 26-45. 2 wf under 10. 1wf 10-16. 1 wf 16-26.

1802. James R. Edmonson, 48, was living in Edgar County, Illinois, born in Abbeville District, SC, in the 1850 Census. His wife was Nancy, 44, b. in Blount County, TN. Four children were born in Lincoln County, TN: Joseph, 25; Eliza, 21; Sarah, 19; Joel, 17. Two were born in Partman, Indiana: Mary A. 14; Nancy, 12. Two were born in Owens, Indiana: Henry C.. and Emily. Adaline, 4, was born in Vigo, Indiana. Who were James R. Edmondson’s parents?

July 6, 1803. Abbeville District. Will of Alexander Donald. Box 106, Pack 2774. Recorded March 2, 1806. Witnesses: Wm. Norris, Deborah Norris, Jas. Edmiston. (Abstracts of Old Ninety Six and Abbeville, SC, p. 393). (See Edgecombe County, NC)

Feb. 14, 1805. Samuel Edmiston was born in S.C., possibly in Abbeville District. He moved to Jackson County, AL, was living there in1830 and moved on to Illinois where his second and third child were born. He moved to Texas by 1837 and died in Live Oak County, TX, in 1884. He married Juliana (possibly Berry), b. 1808 in Kentucky.

Abbeville District. Jan. 23, 1807. Will of Elizabeth Campbell, Box 20, Pack 416.
Recorded Feb. 7, 1807. Executors: James Campbell, Wm. Phillips. Names children: John Edmiston. John Campbell. Jas. Campbell. Lydda Campbell.
“Give one calico habit to Lucy Edmiston”. Witnesses: Sam Moseley, Reuben Butler. Inventory made Feb. 12, 1807, by Jas. Loveless, Christopher Watson, Jas. Smith. (Abstracts of Old Ninety Six and Abbeville, South Carolina, p. 63).
Elizabeth Edmiston, widow of John who died in 1789, married James Campbell.

Census of 1810.
Andrew Edmonson, p. 41. (See Limestone County, AL. Andrew Edmondson, 36, in Macon County, AL, in 1850 would be too young).
John Edmiston, p. 41.

(Isaac Edmundson, age 40 , planter, b. in S.C., was living in Limestone County, AL, in 1850. Wife was Nancy A., 32, b. in Alabama. One son, Richard, 11, b. in Alabama. Isaac Edmondson, 49, b. in SC, and Nancy A., 42, b. in TN, are shown in 1860 in Rusk County,Texas. Probably the same couple though her place of birth varies).

Census of 1820.
Disy Edmanson, p. 4.
John Edmiston, p. 35.
Thomas B. Edmiston, p. 35.

Genealogy submitted by Scott Daniel to the Edmondson Family Association Bulletin, published in No. 85. Nancy Edmiston Cummings was his great-great-grandmother.

John Edmiston, son of John Edmiston who died in 1789 and his wife Elizabeth, was born about 1775. He had:

1.       Thomas B. Edmiston, b. in 1801. Married Nancy Wedgeworth. (See Green County, AL, 1850). Moved to Alabama before 1832.
2.       John M. Edmiston, b. in 1803 in SC. Married Lucinda Hagood, March 21, 1829. Consents, Book A, p. 103. Green County, AL. 1850 Census.
3.       Susannah Edmiston, b. in 1807 in S.C. Married Robert Lewis, Feb. 14, 1831, in Green County, Alabama. Both were of age. Book B, p. 12.
4.       William J. Edmiston, b. in S.C. in 1809. Married Eliza C. ?
5.       Mary Edmiston, b. in 1811 in S.C. Married Partin Hagood, March 21, 1829, in Green County, AL. Book A, p. 103.
6.       Nancy Edmiston, b. in 1813 in S.C. Married James Cummings, March 22, 1831, in Green County, AL. Book B, p. 14. Franklin Edmiston, 21, was living with James and Nancy Cummings, 1850 Census.
7.       Burnett Edmiston, b. Married Ann ?
8.       Lucy E. Edmiston, b. ? Married Zachariah Wedgeworth, Jan. 17, 1840, at Mesopotamia, AL. Book B, p. 246.
9.       Larkin Edmiston, born in S.C. in 1820. Married Cyntha Camp. Moved to Green County, AL, where he lived in 1850 with the Larkin Wedgeworth family. In the same household were Henry Willingham, 53, and Mary, 50, both born in S.C. Larkin Edmiston married Miss Nancy Ann Harris in Green County, AL, March 27, 1847. Book B, p.420.


Formed in 1826 from Pendleton County/District. Boundaries have changed little, if at all since 1826. It is bounded on the north by Oconee, formed in 1868, and Pickens, formed in 1826, on the east by Greenville, formed in 1786, on the south by Abbeville (1785) and on the west by the Savannah River. Anderson is the county seat. The town of Pendleton is in its northeast corner. Records for areas now in Pickens and Oconee counties before Pickens was founded are housed at the Anderson courthouse. They are included under Anderson County.

Washington District in 1791 replaced Pendleton District. It included present day Greenville, Anderson, Pickens and Oconee counties. The District seat was Rockville. Friends of Col. Andrew Pickens got the name changed to Pickensville.
Pendleton District was re-established in 1800 as a militia regimental district. The Regimental Muster Ground was at Pickensville.
In 1798, Greenville built its own courthouse and in 1800 the courthouse for Pendleton District was located at Pendleton where it remained until Pickens and Anderson were formed in 1828.
See also Pickens and Oconee counties below where some information is repeated.

1777.       Benjamin Edmonsten is shown on the petit jury list for Anderson, no parish listed. SC JURY LISTS 1718-1783, by Mary Warren. (Was he the Benjamin Edmondson mentioned as a son of Thomas Edmondson below? If so, it would appear he was the first of this family to move to Pendleton District from Virginia.) He probably lived in what is Pickens County today. There was no Anderson County in 1777???

1780’s. John Edmiston, son of David Edmiston and Jane Miller Edmiston, stated in his Revolutionary service pension application that he lived in Pendleton County for ten years after the Revolution before moving to Tennessee.

1790 Census, Pendleton District, Ninety Six District.
William Edmundson. 1 free white male. 2 free wm under 16. 2 free white females. No slaves.

Caleb Edmunson. 1 free wm. No free wm under 16. 3 free wf. No slaves.

(According to the research of Patricia Humphreys, a descendant of the Edmundsons of Chester and York Counties, PA, these two men were related. Caleb Edmundson was son of Caleb Edmundson Senior, of Abbeville District,.and William Edmundson a son of his brother.

July 7, 1792. Thomas Commander Russell and Mary, his wife, of Elbert County, Georgia, sold to Thomas Edmondson of Winchester, Virginia, for 140 pounds, 563 acres in Washington District, late 96 District, on Brushy Creek, bounded northeast by Henry Purcell, southeast by Theopolis Wyatt, west by Thomas Gadsden and by vacant lands. Witnesses: M. Walker, Wm. Edmondson. Wm. Edmondson made oath to John Willson, J.P., Jan. 25, 1793. Deeds A-113-115.

March 25, 1795. Thos. Edmondson witnessed a deed with Wm Edmondson and Samuel Washburn when John Turner sold property to his daughter Ann. Deeds A-161.

June 10, 1795. Wm. Beazley sold to Mary Anderson part of a tract granted to James Cannon in 1796, bounded on the southeast by Big Reedy Branch, and on other sides by Robert Rankin, Wm. Land and Caleb Edmondson. Witnessed by Caleb Edmondson and Josiah Underwood. Deeds A.

June 10, 1795. William Beazley sold to Caleb Edmondson for 75 pounds sterling 100 acres, part of a tract granted to James Cannon, Feb. 6, 1786, by William Moultrie, bounded on the southeast by Robert Rankin, on the west by Catherine Miller, Big Reedy branch, and Mary Anderson. Witnessed by Josiah Underwood and Wm. Wulwee. Deeds A, pp. 163-164.

Nov. 9, 1795. Joseph Price sold to Caleb Edmondson for 6 pounds sterling 30 acres, part of a tract granted to Joseph Price in 1787 by Thomas Pinckney, bounded on the northeast by Caleb Edmondson, on the north by _____, and on other sided vacant. Witnessed by Josiah Underwood and Polly Underwood. Deeds A, pp. 164-165.

March 24, 1796. Samuel Means for 70 pounds sterling sold to James Edmondson, Senior, 240 acres, part of a survey granted to Means by Charles Pinckney, Governor, , June 4, 1792, on Middle Fork of Brushy Creek of Saluda River, bounded by lands laid out for Gen. Pinckney on the west, and by Russell and Pursley. Witnesses: Wm. Norton, Robert Henderson, James Edmondson, Junior. Norton made oath to John Willson. Deeds C, p. 248. Recorded June 24, 1796. Entire text read by SWE.
(This was in the same area where Thomas Edmondson bought land shortly before. I believe this James Edmondson is the brother of Thomas, both natives of Essex County, Virginia. I do not think this James was Thomas Edmondson’s son as the man of the same name in Staunton, Virginia, was busy there. This man lived on his property which he split with a grandson Samuel in 1807. Stephen W. Edmondson). The James Edmondson who was a witness to this deed is a son of the buyer. See the 1807 deed to Samuel which identifies his father as James Edmondson, Jun.).

April 23, 1796. Pendleton District S.C. (now Pickens County) Deeds C, 1790-1806, p. 326, Anderson County.
Thomas Edmondson of Pendleton County to John Edmondson of Charles City County Virginia for 500 pounds sterling for plantation where I now live adjacent to the tract belonging to Gen. Pinckney on which the town of Pickensville is laid out, which tract I purchased from Thomas C. Russell with the following slaves: Nancy, Terris, Punch, Toney and Samuel, otherwise called Jeff, also household furniture and stocks of all kinds..reserving to myself of myself the disposal of lifes estate…and uncontrolled power of disposing of 200 acres out of my part of my plantation..the true intention being, I am now in possession of the tract and negroes, etc….I consider it my duty as a parent to provide for my children, so to my son, John Edmondson to be divided as he may think proper after my death between my sons George and Benjamin Edmondson, Mary Boulware, daughter of Phillip Boulware, and Thomas Edmondson, son of my son William Edmondson and I give John Edmondson full power to take possession of my property immediately after my decease. Signed: Thomas Edmondson. Witnesses: James Edmondson, W. Thompson. Waddy Thompson made oath to C.W.Earle, J.P., April 17, 1797. Recorded same date. (Provided by Mrs. Hugo Starling, Thomaston, Georgia). (This would appear to be in later Pickens County. The original text of this deed is in very small script, hard to read, carefully checked by SWE from a copy printed from microfilm).

May 2, 1796. Thomas Edmondson to Mary Powell, trustee for Nancy Edmondson, wife of Thomas Edmondson, for love and affection to his wife and to provide for her support, confirms to Mary Powell 200 acres including the plantation where John Powell now lives, part of a tract which Edmondson purchased of Thomas C. Russell, and at the death of Thomas Edmondson to be the absolute estate of Nancy Edmondson to be disposed of as she sees fit. “I bind my heirs and executors after my decease to maintain Nancy Edmondson”. Witnesses: W. Thompson, Wm. Norton. Thomas Edmondson acknowledged the above before
William Mulwee, J.P., June 25, 1796. The deed of trust was recorded the same date. Deeds C-D, p. 247, Anderson County. This land is in present day Pickens County.
(Thomas Commander Russel lived in Lincoln County, Georgia, in May, 1791, and was still there in 1799).

Nov. 11, 1796. In the inventory and appraisement of the estate of James Simms, Pendleton District, were listed among those who owed him:
Squire Edmondson
William Edmondson

Nov. 16, 1796. John Hallum made oath on this date that he witnessed a deed by Wm. Burney, planter, to Thomas Pilgrim for land on 18 Mile and 23 Mile creeks of the Keowee River. John Edmondson was another witness. The abstract mentions a date of Nov. 11, 1790, possibly a copying error for 1796. Recorded in Deeds C-D, p. 138, which covers transactions in 1795-99.
(The John Edmondson here is probably a son of James Edmondson of Essex County Virginia who settled here about this time, near his brother Thomas who had moved from Frederick County).

Dec. 6, 1796. Caleb Edmondson’s land is given as a boundary, lying east of property sold by Robert Miller of Union County, SC, to Nicholas Welch on 26 Mile Creek, first owned by Catherine Miller. Book C-D, p. 310.

Jan. 21, 1797. Nicholas Welch sold 100 acres to Caleb Edmondson for forty pounds sterling, granted to Catherine Miller in 1785. Bounds are given by trees. No neighbors, creeks or other major landmarks mentioned. Witnessed by Arthur Durley and attested before Wm. Miller, J.P., Jan. 21, 1797. Deeds E-259, Anderson County. Complete text read by SWE.

April 17, 1797. Thomas Edmondson deeded to John Edmondson, 200 acres, “any part of the plantation”. Book C-326. Present day Pickens County. (This John Edmondson is son of Thomas, residing in Charles City County, Virginia. I have seen no proof he ever lived in Pendleton District, SC. SWE).

July 19, 1797. I, Thomas Edmondson for 30 pounds sells to Philip Boulware 100 acres, part of tract (no further description given). Witnesses: W. Hamilton, Wm. Vann. William Hamilton made oath to William Edmondson, Clerk of Court of Common Pleas, July 19, 1797. Recorded April 10, 1799. Deeds C-D, p. 476. This was in present day Pickens County. (Philip Boulware was married to Elizabeth Edmondson, only known daughter of Thomas. William Vann might have been father of a possible first wife of Michael Smith Edmondson, a grandson of Thomas who named a son Augustus Vann Edmondson SWE)

Sept. 26, 1799. Caleb Edmiston (also shown as Edmonston). Will Book A, pp. 13-15. Pendleton District, Anderson County. Farmer. Wife, Margaret. Daughters Elizabeth, Ann and Hester to have the plantation where Moses Whitly lives, to be rented until one of the daughters marries and then sold and divided amongst the three. Schooling to be paid out of the rent by son Joseph. Executors: Wife, Margaret, and Nicholas Welch. Signed with an x. The will was amended Oct. 3, 1799, to provide that his wife would have the plantation during her lifetime or widowhood. Will was proved Oct. 14, 1800. Complete copy of the will is on Roll No. 93, State Archives, Columbia. A son, Caleb, was born posthumously in 1800. He married Cyntha Camp/Kemp and moved to Baldwin County, AL, Escambia County FL, and was in Butler County, AL, in 1840. (Joseph might be the man who settled in Coweta County, GA, though the wording of the will would seem to indicate a son who was older than 9 years at the time. SWE).

Dec. 18, 1799. “Peaceable and quiet possession” of a tract on George’s Creek was delivered by Stephen Huff to Francis Bremer of Charleston for three barrels of corn next fall. Witnessed by Thomas Edmondson who made oath to William Edmondson, Justice of Quorum, Feb. 11, 1802. Deeds G-124-125.

(William Edmondson, who held several court related offices, is found in numerous deeds as a public officer hearing oaths and as a witness. In 1792 he was a Justice of the Peace. He was Clerk of the Washington District Court in 1796. He appears to be a son of Caleb Edmondson Sr. and brother of Caleb Edmiston/Edmondson Jr. who made his will in 1799. SWE.)

1800 Census. Pendleton District.

The census taker worked along Gregory Creek, a branch of Twelve Mile Creek. An abstract in the Odum Library, Moultrie, Georgia, provided explanatory comments which help to place the Edmondsons listed.

15. David Welch
16. William Edminson, p. 1 (original census). 3 males under 10. 1 male 10-16. 1 male 16-26. 1 wm 26-45. 1 female under 10. 2 females 10-16. 1 female 16-26. 1 female 26-45. No slaves. (William Edmundson, long time editor of EFAB, thought this man was son of Thomas Edmundson who had the five slaves).
17. John Edmondson. p.1. 1 wm 26-45. 1wf 16-26. No slaves.
18. Thomas Edmondson, p. 1. 1 wm 45 and over; 1 wf 45 and over; 5 slaves.
19. James Edmondson. p. 1. 1 wm 16-26. 1 wm over 45. 1 wf 16-26. 1wf over 45. No slaves. (Is this man brother of Thomas Edmondson, Judith Edmondson Mann, Philip Parr Edmondson, William Edmondson who married Leah in Essex County, VA? James, Thomas and Judith were named in a chancery suit in the 1796 in Essex. The suit stated James Edmondson could not be found in Virginia and was living in South Carolina. In the census, he appears to have living in his household either an unmarried son and unmarried daughter or a married son and his wife. I suspect the two were his son and daughter-in-law, No. 17, John Edmondson, is probably his son).

(These Edmondsons appear to be related, lived on Brushy Creek and George’s Creek, east of Pickensville. This area is now Pickens County. See Anderson County for records before 1829).

307. James Edmonson, p. 17. 2 wm under 10. 1 wm 26-45. 2 wf under 10. 1 wf 26-45. No slaves. Two William Beaty families lived near him.
(James would have been born between 1756-1784. His two young sons
would be born between 1790-1800. He might well have had older ones already on their own but is likely to be closer to age 26 than 45. No child is older than 10. He could be the man in the 1840 Census of Forsyth County, GA, age 60-70, living with A.J. Edmondson. The 1850 Census of Forsyth lists James Edmondson, District 1, born about 1771 in Virginia. This would support his being a son of James Edmondson of Essex, brother of Thomas of Winchester and Essex. Samuel Edmondson, in the 1850 Census of Forstyth, was born about 1790 in SC. A deed from James Edmondson to his grandson Samuel, son of James Edmondson Jr. was made a few years later. This would fit his being one of the two young sons in 1800. William Edmundson of EFAB believed this James to be of the Edmondson of Washington County, VA, cited no proof. SWE).

843. James Edmondson, p. 46. 1 wm 26-45. 1 wf under 10. 1 wf 16-26. No slaves. (Michael Smith lived in household 833, 1 wm 26-45 with 1 wf under 5 and 1 wf 26-45. 7 slaves. His relationship to the Edmondsons needs to be determined. It is known his wife’s nephew was Michael Smith Edmondson, son of George Edmondson and grandson of Thomas Edmondson from Frederick County, VA, and Essex County, VA. The nephew would be named for his uncle. Michael Smith, a carpenter, who was one of the first lot owners in the little town of Pickensville. He died soon after the census.)

703. Margaret Edmonston, p. 53. 2 males under 10. 1 female under 10. 2 females 10-16. 1 female 26-45. No slaves. She lived near John Morehead, Thomas Baldwin, Daniel Gray and Hugh Broughster. (Widow of Caleb Edmiston/Edmundson, Jr., who died shortly before the census.).

723. William Edmondson, p. 54. 1 male under 10. 1 male over 45. 1 female 10-16. 1 female 26-45. No slaves. He lived near Ambrose Nichols, Nicholas Welsh, Esther Pool, John Anderson, Samuel Gibson. ( This would probably be the man who was Clerk of Court, J.P., and a public official by occupation. He is believed to be a son of Caleb Edmondson/Edmundson who moved down from Pennsylvania in the 1770’s, Caleb Edmundson, Sr.).

The census does not show George Edmondson, Benjamin Edmondson or the Boulwares. Where were they?

Sept. 10, 1800. Philip P. Boulware sold for $130 to John Edmondson 100 acres on Middle Fork of Brushy Creek, a part taken off Thomas Edmondson’s tract. Witnesses: James McDowell, Benjamin Edmondson. Benjamin made oath July 8, 1802. Deed G-198. (Was this John Edmondson his brother-in-law or first cousin-in-law?)

March 13, 1801. Wm. Edmondson and Thomas Edmondson witnessed a deed when Francis Bremer and Peter Freneau of Charleston sold 640 acres to John B. Earle, Esq., Clerk of Court of Pendleton District, located on 23 mile Creek of the Savannah River, probably in present day Oconee County. Recorded April 28, 1807. Deeds H-523.

Feb. 14, 1802. Samuel C. Duff and James Duff, executors of James Duff, Sr., deceased, sold for $150 to James Edmondson, 213 acres on George’s Creek. Witnesses: J. Mauldin, John Edmondson. John Edmondson made oath to William Edmondson, Justice of Quorum, no known relation, June 2, 1806. Deeds H, pp. 375-376.

July 8, 1802. John Edmondson for $50 sold to James Watson 100 acres on Rice’s Creek, part taken from Thomas Edmondson’s tract. Signed: John Edmondson, George Edmondson, Benjamin Edmondson, Mary (x) Edmondson. Witnesses: James Wilson, A. Boyce, Thomas Edmondson. Alexander Boyce made oath to John Wilson, J.Q., July 8, 1802. Recorded Jan. 11, 1803. Deeds G, pp. 191-192.
(See: Pendleton County SC Deeds, 1790-1806). This was in present day Pickens County. Who was Mary Edmondson? Was this John a son of Thomas or of James, brother of Thomas? He was living in Pendleton District in 1800 (census), was between 26-45 years, and he and his wife, 26 years or younger, had no children.

April 4, 1803. George Edmondson witnessed a document when goods/property of Dolly Combs was sold by the sheriff to her as the highest bidder. Michael Hammond was the second witness. Deeds G, pp. 294-295.

Sept. 7, 1803. George Edmondson witnessed the sale of 223 acres on the north branch of Cane Creek of Keowee River to Samuel Taylor, granted to Elenor Brooks, July 2, 1787. Moses Liddell and Michael Warnock were other witnesses. Deeds G, pp. 378-379. This property would probably lie in present day Oconee County, until 1787 a part of Georgia. (Moses Liddell was connected to the Barron family).

Nov. 28, 1803. Caleb Edmondson is cited as a bounding landowner of a tract of 50 acres sold by John James to Thomas Dean. Witnessed by James Kennedy and Samuel Dean. Samuel Dean made oath in 1805. Deeds H-251) (Caleb Edmondson had died three years earlier but his family probably continued to live on his farm).

Dec. 6, 1803. George Edmondson and Michael Hammon witnessed a sheriff’s sale of 416 acres, property of William Wallace, deceased, on 26 Mile Creek to satisfy a judgement of $1943 to Ezekial Noble of Charleston. Ezekial Noble bought the land for $60! Deeds G, pp. 365-66.
Another tract of 700 acres on 18 Mile Creek of Keowee River was also sold to Noble for $380, land of William Wallace.

Sept. 27, 1804. Frances Smith, widow, for love and affection to my nephew, Michael Edmondson, one negro boy named James, son of my negro woman Hester. Witnesses: William Hunter, James Wood. Dr. William Hunter made oath to John Taylor, Q.U., Sept. 28, 1804. Book H-65. (This would seem to be the widow of Michael Smith. Michael Smith is shown in the 1800 census, witnessed a deed in October, 1801, and is not found in the records in Pendleton District after this date.)

Nov. 9, 1804. “ I am held and bound to James White for $167 to be paid on or before 9 Nov. 1805. Now I William Montgomery deliver to James White feather beds, furniture, kitchen utinsels, farm tools, wearing apparel, cattle, corn and fodder, sheep, waggon and complete geers,” etc. Witness: Parthenia Edmondson who gave oath to William Edmondson, Q.U., Nov. 9, 1804. Deeds H-100.

November 12, 1804. David Hughes deeded land to Ledwick Earnest, bounded by John Armstrong, Wm. Edmondson, Mr. Bremer, Absalom Brown. Oath was made to Wm. Edmondson, Justice of Quorum. Deeds H-492.

Feb. 12, 1805. George Edmondson and Lettia (Letitia) Edmondson for $450 sold to Steele and Woods, merchants, a mulatto negro girl named Jane, about 13 or 14 years of age. Witnesses: John Ramsey, Moses Liddell. Deeds ?, pp. 160-161. (George Edmondson is thought to have married Lettitia Wallace, a widow).

Sept. 17, 1805. James Edmondson, Jr., by bond of obligation to James White for $1,098.16 and deliver the following property: horses, cows and calves, one 32 saw cotton gin, one 24 saw cotton gin, feather beds and furniture, carpenter tools, all corn on my tract where James Edmondson, Jr., now lives. Witnesses: James Willson who made oath to Samuel C. Duff, J.P., March 12, 1806. Deeds H, pp. 293-294. (James Edmondson, Jr., appears to be buying these items for the amount of his bond of indebtedness).

Feb.20, 1807. William Edmondson, J.P., proved a deed of James Hill for 100 acres on the Saludy River. Clerk of Court’s Office, Pack 51, #1.

May 16, 1807. Will of Thomas Edmondson. (See Anderson County Wills, Vol. I, 1800-1834, Book A, p. 106, South Carolina Archives).
“IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I Thomas Edmondson of the District of Pendleton and the State of South Carolina living being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament: Imprimis, I give to my beloved wife Ann Edmondson that tract of land where John Powell now lives to her and her heirs forever. I also lend to my wife Ann Edmondson during the term of her natural life One Negro Choice of Punch Roney Terry Jefry & George one feather bed & furniture on Horse two Cows and Calves and as much of the household furniture as may be thought sufficient for housekeeping. Item. I give to my sons William Edmondson James Edmondson and my daughter Elizabeth Boulware the Sum of three Dollars each out of my estate. Item. I give to my sons George Edmondson & Benjamin Edmondson all the Remainder part of my Estate Both real and personal to them and their heirs forever to be Equally divided between them. It is further my Will and desire that all the household with the other property which I lent to my wife Ann Edmondson shall at her death be Equally divided between my two sons George and Benjamin Edmondson. It is my further Will & desire that Cols. John Brown and Henry Norton be Executors to this my Last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand Seal this the 16th Day of May, 1807, before me---Thomas Edmondson, (Seal). Attested by Henry Norton, John Powell. Recorded March 29, 1809. Proved March 29, 1809. John Harris, O.P.D.
(See Jasper County, Georgia, for the death of 23 year old Dr. Benjamin Edmondson in 1818. Was he Thomas Edmondson’s son or grandson?)
(The Edmondsons of Forsyth, Hall and Gwinnett are possibly from this family. James Edmondson, brother of Thomas, had moved from Virginia to Upper South Carolina in the 1790’s. possibly before Thomas moved from Frederick County, Virginia, descendants of Thomas Edmundson the Immigrant who settled in Essex County, VA. )

Oct. 7, 1807. James Edmondson deeded 213 acres to James White, located on Georges Creek. Deeds I-70. (I think this is James Edmondson, Junior, who has some big financial dealings with White. The same day, James deeded 100 acres on Brushy Creek to James White. Deeds I-72, Anderson County.

Nov. 11, 1807. James Edmondson deeded 120 acres, half his farm, to his grandson Samuel Edmondson, son of James Edmondson, Jun., on Middle Fork of Brushy Creek, “one half of the tract I now live on”. James Edmondson Senior had bought 240 acres on Middle Fork of Brushy Creek from Samuel Means, March 24, 1796, witnessed by James Edmondson, Junior. The acreage deeded to Samuel bordered George Clark’s land, John Boyd, and Brushy Creek, on the north side of said creek. Witnessed by Richard Tarrant and Audley Hamilton and attested by Hamilton before William Edmondson J.P., (or J.I.C., not clear), Jan. 24, 1808. Deeds I-131. Complete text reviewed by SWE. .

April 4, 1808. Pendleton District. Francis Bremer of Charleston deeded 640 acres on the south branch of Georges Creek, Ginger Creek waters of the Saluda River, to William Edmondson for 500 pounds current money. Bounded by vacant land, Zephaniah Roberts, Hugh Rose ? (or Post?). Witnessed by Joab Mauldin and Champ Sandford and attested by Mauldin, Aug. 1, 1808. Deeds I-235, Anderson County. Complete text reviewed by SWE. (This is surely William Edmondson the Clerk of Court and J.P. who owned other land close to Saluda River, not of the Essex Edmondsons).

July 28, 1808. Pendleton District. William Edmondson deeded 80 acres to Samuel Easley for 80 dollars, part of a tract granted to Elizabeth Reed. This joined Thomas Blasingame. Witnessed by Joab Mauldin and Thomas Blasingame. Deeds I-236. Anderson County. Complete text read by SWE. (Again this is William of the Caleb Edmondson family, out of Pennsylvania).

Sept. 5, 1808. William Edmondson deeded 25 acres, part of a grant ot E. Reed, to Joab Mauldin, Deeds I-244.

1808. Samuel D. Edmonson was born in Pendleton District, SC. Listed in the 1850 Census of Edgar County, Illinois, he was 42, born in Pendleton, SC. His wife, Rachel L., 35, was born in Blount County, TN. Two children born in Lincoln County, TN: Elizabeth J., 16, and Mary A.G., 15; three born in Putnam County, TN: Eliza N., 13, James H., 11, and Sarah H., 8; two born in Owen County, Indiana: Martha, 6, and Adaline, 3. Ellen, 9 months, was born in Edgar County.

March 23, 1809. James Edmondson deeded 142 acres, a grant to N. Lusk, to Thomas Sitton. Deeds I, p. 413.

1809. The will of Thomas Edmondson is listed in the Index of Wills at the courthouse in Anderson. The recorded copy is in State Archives, Columbia, and on Roll 188. Apparently probated in 1809. See the public library, Anderson, SC, for microfilm.

1810 Census. Pendleton District.

Wm. Edmonson, p. 233. 1 male under 10. 1 male 10-16. 1 male 16-26. 1 male above 45. 1 female under 10. 1 female 16-26. 1 female above 45. (Another abstract shows 3 females 16-26)

Wm. Edmondson. 255. (Lives far from the first William). 1 male 10-16; 1 male 45+; 1 female 16-26; 1 female 45+.
Jas. Edmondson, p. 253. 2 males 10-16; 1 male 26-45; 1 female 16-26; 1 female over 45. (Three households separated this James from a second James)
Jas. Edmondson, p.253. 2 males 10-16; 1 male 26-45; 4 females 0-10; 2 females 10-16; 1 female 26-45.
Thos. Edmondson, p. 253. (10 households from James Edmondson No. 1 above).
3 males 0-10; 1 male 26-45; 3 females 0-10; 1 female 26-45. (Is this man another son of James Edmondson of Essex/Pendleton or of his son John? Is he the man who died in 1841, born in Virginia? He seems to be too old to be the son of William Edmondson and grandson of Thomas Edmondson of Frederick/Pendleton. SWE).
Geo. Edmondson, p. 254. Listed not far from James #1 and #2, Thomas and John. 4 males 0-10; 1 male 26-45; 1 female 0-10; 1 female 10-16; 1 female 26-45. (See Habersham County, GA where George Edmondson died and was buried in the Methodist Cemetery in 1841. Probably this man. There is no grave marker today. The Methodist Church burned and was rebuilt at another site. The cemetery is near Grace Episcopal Church. Stephen W. Edmondson)
John Edmondson, p. 254. 3 males 0-10; 1 male 26-45; 3 females 0-10; 1 female 26-45.

(All these Edmondsons who are listed on pp. 253-255 would likely be related. There were two William Edmondsons above the age of 45. If one was the J.P. and Clerk of Court, relative of Caleb Edmondson/Edmundson, who was the other? The son of Thomas Edmondson mentioned in an earlier document who had a son Thomas? The Thomas Edmondson in this census would seem to be too old to be this William’s son. SWE).

1813. George Washington Edmonson enlisted in Laurens District, Pendleton, SC, in the U.S. Army for four years. He was discharged in 1817 when he hired a substitute, Francis Payne. He received a Federal Pension of $8 per month (Certificate #16861) for his service a private in the War of 1812. His pension started in May, 1872, when he was living in Lumpkin County, Georgia. His first wife, Alcey Watkins, was daughter of Jos. Watkins and sister of Henry Watkins who was a buyer at the Underwood estated sale in Picken District in 1834. Henry Watkins lived in Lumpkin County, GA, in 1840. Ella (Alcey) Watkins Edmondson was born in 1798 and died Oct. 1, 1872. They had several children. George W. Edmondson married Celia P. Swancey Oct. 19, 1873. She was 47 years younger. They had four children: James, George Washington, Kezia Maria and Andrew Jackson. He died March 3, 1883, in Lumpkin County. George W. Edmondson was a son of George Edmondson and a probable first wife and brother of Michael Smith Edmondson.

Feb. 14, 1816. The heirs of John Powell (Polly Powell, his widow; David Powell, Thomas Powell, Edmond Powell) deed to James Osborn the tract bounded by Jas. Osborn, Wm. Wilson, Purcell and Sproute, 58 acres, part of the tract willed to us by A______(in fold of book) Edmondson, 2 Dec., 1810, on the middle fork of Brushy Creek waters of the Saluda River. Witnesses: Christopher Smith, Sally Powell. Recorded April 24, 1817. Deeds N, pp. 183-184. (Where is Ann Edmondson’s will?)

March 3, 41st Year of Independence (1817). On application, Margaret Edmondson appoints James Dickeson guardian of Nancy Bruster 9 years of age 24 June next, to be her guardian until age 21 unless she chooses another guardian at age 14. (Probate Judge Estate Recordss, 1793-1799, and Letters of Guardianship, Book C, 1801-1819).

Sept. 3, 1818. Will of William Edmondson, Captain in the U.S. Army. Floating Wills, Vol. II, 1800-1854, p. 20. “The State of South Carolina, Pendleton District. I William Edmondson late Captain in the United States Army, now residing and formerly in the District and State aforesaid, being weak in body, but of sound mind and disposing memory have made, ordained and appointed, and do hereby make Ordain Appoint and Solemnly Declare the following to be my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all others.
In the first place, I request my expenses of Physicians, boarding, burial, and all Just demands if any comes against my estate properly attested to be Paid, after which the residue and remainder of my effects, money, debts or anything else I may die possessed of, shall be equally distributed amongst my brothers and sisters share and share alike without distinction--- to be so divided among them in this equal manner by my Executors hereinafter named, My Executors to sell any real or personal Estate I may have and to Collect my debts as soon as poss-ible for Distribution among my brothers and sisters aforesaid. I do hereby appoint and particularly request my friend Thomas Harrison, Esquire, attorney at law of the village of Pendleton, to Execute my last will and Testament. In testimony of all the above and foregoing, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this third day of September in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighteen.
Testament: William Edmondson (Seal)

Signed sealed acknowledged and declared to be the last will and Testament of William Edmondson in our presence the third day of September, Anno Domini 1818.
Note on back of will: “The Testator at the time of making this will was low but in perfect and right mind; he named his requests and wishes clearly, plainly, & without hesitation, as he did his Executor, After doing which and Executing the within he seemed to sink into repose, as if he felt he had done the last act required of a dying man”. The will was not recorded in the Will Book and was not probated. It was found with the papers of his brother in Alabama. (S.C. Archives and History, Anderson County Wills, Vol. 2, p. 20. Order No. 406). This man is thought to be a descendant of Caleb Edmundson, who came to SC from Pennsylvania, of a Quaker family, son of William Edmundson/Edmondson who moved to Jefferson County, Alabama, about 1819 and died soon after).
1818. The Index of Wills at the courthouse in Anderson shows William Edmonston, Roll 197. The recorded copy is in State Archives, Columbia, where all wills before 1878 are stored.

Death Notice, 1818.
“Lt. William Edmondson, 32, died of abscess of the liver. He was son of William Edmundson and his wife Sarah Bobo and grandson of Caleb and Esther Edmundson of S.C. He died at Pendleton County, S.C., and was born in 1786.”
The Western Monitor, Lexington, Kentucky, 1818

Sept. 16, 1818. “Died on the 13th Inst. At this place of an abscess of the liver, Lieut. William Edmondson, late of the U.S. Army, a son of William Edmondson, Esq., of Pickensville”. Death notice in the Pendleton Messenger, Pendleton, S.C. (S.C. Hist. and Gen. Mag., 1946).

1819.       William Edmundson, father of Lt. William Edmondson, and his wife Sarah were living on Brushy Creek in South Carolina in 1785. They moved to Jefferson County, Alabama, shortly before his death in 1819. In his will, William named his wife and three children: Waddy Edmondson, Nancy Edmondson, and Parthenia Edmondson. There was an older son, John, who moved to Jefferson County and on to Texas. Elizabeth Edmondosn who married John Camp might be another daughter. The census of 1810 shows only one son, 10-16, at home, probably Waddy. Probable children:
1.       William Edmundson, b. about 1786. Served in U.S. Army and died of liver disease in 1818, then a Captain. Unmarried.
2.       John Edmundson, possibly the John Edmondson living near William Edmondson in Pendleton District in the 1810 Census. One John Edmondson moved to Jefferson County, Alabama, where he witnessed a deed in 1834 when Waddy and his wife Nancy sold land to John Miles.
He might be the man in Red River County, Texas, in 1850 with 13 year old son Eli, but the age is too young, 54. No certain evidence links him to this William Edmundson/Edmondson.
3.       Waddy Edmundson, b. ?. Married Nancy Ayres, daughter of William Ayres who left a will in Jefferson County, AL, which named Nancy Edmundson and other children. Several land transactions in Alabama before he moved between 1844-1847 to Texas. In the 1850 Census of Rush County, Texas: Waddy Edmundson, b. in S.C. Wife, Nancy, 40, b. in S.C. William, 17, b. in Alabama. Adeline, 15, b. in AL. John, 11, b. in AL. Jane, 8, b. in AL. James E.P., 6, b. in AL. Martha, 3, b. in Texas. Their daughter Susan married Champ Hensley, July 4, 1844, in Alabama. His son, John Bullard Edmondson, was born in 1836 and died in 1920. John’s son, Joseph Daniel Edmondson, was born Nov. 29, 1875, in Coryell County, Texas. Joseph’s daughter, Reva Wayne Edmondson, was born in San Saba County, Texas, Dec. 12, s1918.
4.       Nancy Edmundson, who married Elijah Brown in 1821. Children: William W. Brown; Sarah Ann Brown Martin, Martha Jane Brown Burford, Rebecca Brown Bagley, Caroline Brown Tarrant, Mrs. Turnbaugh, Mrs. Fuller, Marinda Brown. Nancy and Elijah Brown sold land to Waddy Edmundson, August 23, 1838. Deed Book 6, p. 439.
5.       Parthenia Edmundson who was executor of her father’s will. Married Samuel Dean Jan. 21, 1822.
6.       Elizabeth Edmundson, who married John Camp. No proof that she was a daughter of William and Sarah, but she and John sold land to Waddy Edmundson adjoining that of Nancy and Elijah Brown, Aug. 23, 1838. Deed Book 6. The two sold other land to Waddy, Dec. 6, 1842. Deed Book 8, p. 532.

(William Edmundson, long time editor of EFAB, was a descendant of the Edmundsons of Cecil County, Maryland, and Chester County, PA. He held that Caleb Edmundson, Sr., who married Hester/Esther Underhill and moved to SC, was brother of John Edmundson of Cecil County, Maryland, who was father of Col. William Edmundson/Edmiston, a commander at the Battle of Kings Mountain, who was born in Cecil County, Maryland, according to some researchers. Caleb Sr. had William Edmundson, Captain at Kings Mountain and killed in the battle; Isaac who married Margaret; Caleb Jr. who married (1) Sarah (Bobo?) and (2) Judith; Joseph who married Rebecca and returned to Pennsylvania; John who married Sarah and had one son, Joseph, b. in 1768.
William Edmondson, the William who married Sarah, was a son of either Caleb, Jr., or possibly Capt. William Edmondson. Patricia Humphreys, first editor of EFAB and of this same pedigree, believed he was a son of William.
John Edmundson/Edmiston married a cousin, Sarah Edmiston, sister of David Edmiston, Jr., of Cecil County, Maryland. He moved to Augusta County and had Joseph, b. in 1768, David, and Margaret who married Samuel Bell and was mother of John Bell, Senator. Sarah Edmundson, widow of John, married Joseph Cookson of York County, PA, after her first husband’s death. See EFAB Vol 9, No. 2, p. 40, for Wm Edmundson’s discussion. See Abbeville County and Union County, SC.)

Feb. 25, 1819. Deeds O, Anderson County, S.C. “We, Drucilla, Thomas and John Edmondson for $250 to us paid by John Archer do sell a tract of land on Middle Fork of Brushy Creek of Saluda River, being part of a tract granted to Samuel Means and by him to John Edmondson, deceased. Adjacent to the lands of Pinckney and John Archer. Signed by Drucilla Edmondson (x), Thomas Edmondson, John Edmondson. (William Edmundson, one time editor of EFAB, stated John Edmondson, deceased, in this deed, lived in Charles City County, Virginia, in 1796, and moved to S.C. that year. He moved back to Virginia and left a will in 1802, living in Staunton where he had property. He was a son of Thomas Edmondson who moved from Frederick County, VA, to Pendleton District. However, John Edmondson who died in 1802 in Virginia had two children with other names, only one named John. I think this John Edmondson was a son of James Edmondson, brother of Thomas of Frederick and Pendleton. SWE).

Dec. 8, 1819. George Edmondson witnessed a deed in Pendleton District with John Jackson when Charles Gates sold land to Wm. Beavert of SC, 449 acres for $100, on the south fork of Village Creek of Chauga, waters of the Chatuga River, adjoining vacant lands and lands laid out for Nix. Proved March 2, 1822. This is in present day Oconee County, SC. George is probably George W. Edmondson, son of George, but might be the older man). .

1820 Census. Pendleton District.
George Edmondson, p. 170.
Widow Edmondson, p. 199. 1 female under 10. 1 female 26-45. 1 female 45 and upward.
John Edmondson, p. 204.
Thomas Edmondson, p. 226.

Nov. 27, 1820. George Edmondon (sic) and Beverly Clark witnessed a deed for sale of land in Pendleton District by Chs. Gates and Wm. Beaveart to Thompson Henson, 106 acres for $25, east side of the Chattooga River adjoining Chs. Gates land and vacant land. Proved Aug. 10, 1822. (Again, this land is in present Oconee County, SC, near the Georgia line.

April 2, 1821. John Edmondson witnessed the will of Thomas Cooper (Probate Judge’s Office, Anderson County, Pack 84, Will Book A).

July 23, 1823. Book Q, p. 197, Pendleton District. Deed of Samuel A. Easley to Dr. John Robinson. Pack 75. Pickens, SC. Clerk of Court. For $6000: The Pickensville tract granted to Charles C. Pinckney, 810 acres; the Saml. Edmondson tract of 117 acres; another tract conveyed by Drucilla, Thomas and John Edmondson to John Archer, 120 acres; other named tracts from David Henderson. (A COLLECTION OF UPPER SOUTH CAROLINA GEN. AND FAMILY RECORDS, Vol. I, p. 98, by James E. Wooley).

Dec. 8, 1824. Pendleton District. Michael S. Edmondson, Justice of Quorum, and Gabriel Barron were witnesses to a deed when James Barron sold to Tarleton Lewis for $1425 the tract on which Gabriel lived on the east side of Keowee River, adjoining Naaman Curtis and A. Roe on the northeast and on the SW and NW by John Gresham. (From Nancy E. Wood, Jan. 2009). Jemima, wife of James Barron, relinquished her dower right Dec. 8, 1824, before George Edmondson, Justice of Quorum. Recorded in Anderson County Deed Book S, pp. 157, 158, Oct. 9, 1827. This would appear to be in present day Pickens County.

It is interesting to see both Michael S.Edmondson and George Edmondson as justices of quorum at the same time. See Pickens County, SC. And Bartow County, Georgia..

Sept. 19, 1827. The Greenville Republican. Married in Pendleton, S.C., Sunday evening last by James Griffin, Esq., Mr. Elias Roberts to Miss Dursilla Edmonson, all of that village. This was printed, too, in the Pendleton South Carolina Messenger. (MARRIAGE AND DEATH NOTICES FROM THE PENDLETON SC MESSENGER). This is Drucilla Edmondson, of course.
(June 23, 1854. THE SOUTHERN ENTERPRISE published notice:
Married on the 7th of May by Rev. T.S. Arthur, Mr. Elias Roberts of Greenville and Miss Eliza A.H. Gunter of Pickens District. (Was this man a son of Elias Roberts who married Drusilla Edmondson? See Marriages and Death Notices From the Upcountry of SC, by Holcomb).

April 22, 1828. The will of Jesse Siddall mentioned his son-in-law, Richard Head, deceased. Witnesses: William Holcombe, Jordan Holcombe, Thomas Edmondson. Proved July 21, 1828. Will Book A, p. 374, Anderson County. (Anderson County South Carolina Will Abstracts, 1789-1839. (The will of John Siddall, Oct. 15, 1812, listed heirs: Jesse Siddall, Elizabeth Head, etc. Executors were Jesse Siddall, John A. Easley. Witness: Thomas Blassingame.

Nov. 10, 1830. James Mansell of Pickens County deeded to Anthony Coal, a man of coller (color) of Anderson District, for $227, 100 acres on the head branches of Bieshe? (Brushy) Creek of Saluda whereon Lewis Madden now lives. Witnesses: William Hunter, Thomas Edmondson. Sarah, wife of James, relinquished her dower right. (SELECTED DEEDS OF PICKENS COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA, Book C-1.

April 6, 1831. Married on the 22nd Ulti. by the Rev. Sandford Vandiver, Mr. John Edmondson to Miss Polly Farmer. (MARRIAGE AND DEATH NOTICES FROM THE PENDLETON SC MESSENGER).
He is probably brother of Drucilla and Thomas.

June 4, 1841. Notice in the Southern Enterprise, Greenville County, SC.
Died at his residence near this town on the 6th inst., Mr. Thomas Edmonston, a native of Virginia but for a great many years a citizen of Pendleton and Greeneville districts. (Was this man brother of Drucilla and John and son of John Edmondson? Were the three siblings grandchildren of James Edmondson, native of Essex County, Virginia, children of a son John? Some have identified him as the son of William Edmondson named in a document executed by William’s father Thomas in the 1790’s ).

Oct. 15, 1841. Dr. John Robinson, deceased, late of Pendleton Village, held a note of James W. Edmondson and of many others when his estate was inventoried. (Inventories, Appraisements and Sales, Anderson County, SC, Book 1, 1839-1845)

Oct. 29, 1841. Married on Tuesday, the 12th inst. by Rev. A.W. Ross, Barnett H. Allgood, Esq., of Pickens District to Miss Elizabeth Edmondston of Anderson District. (MARRIAGE AND DEATH NOTICES FROM THE PENDLETON SC MESSENGER).

(A family account printed in FAMILIES OF OLD PENDLETON DISTRICT SC, Vol. 3, by Linda Gale Smith Cheek, 2007, has obvious errors.

“Unknown” Edmondson had 3 children:
Caleb Edmondson
Ann Edmondson
Thomas Edmondson

Caleb Edmondson was born in 1760 and died in 1800 in Pendleton District (now Pickens County), S.C.
Will, Anderson County, S.C. Will Book A, pp. 13-15. Caleb Edmonston, farmer of Pendleton. Wife, Margaret. Daughters Elizabeth, Ann and Hester to have plantation where Moses Whirley, to be rented until all daughters marry then sold and divided among the three. Schooling to be paid from the rent by son Joseph. Executors: Wife Margaret and Nicholas Welch. Sept. 26, 1799. Witnesses: Robert Rankin, John Watson. Oct. 3, 1799. Wife to have plantation during her lifetime or widowhood. Proved Oct. 14, 1800.
Caleb and Margaret had these children:
1.       Jane M. Edmondson, b. in 1785. Died in Anderson District.
2.       Elizabeth Edmondson, b. in 1787. Died in Pickens District.
3.       Joseph Edmondson
4.       Ann Edmondson
5.       Hester Edmondson

Ann Edmondson, sister of Caleb, was born in 1765 and died in August, 1849, Anderson, S.C. She married David Pressley, Jr., Nov. 16, 1785, in Ninety Six District. He was born Jan. 12, 1764, in Glasgow, Scotland. Several children.
Ms. Cheek claims in this account that Thomas Edmondson who died in March, 1809, is a brother of Caleb and Ann. This is completely unfounded. )

In Old Orangeburg District in 1769. In Barnwell County in 1867. Formed in 1897. Bounded by Orangeburg County (north and east), Barnwell and Allendale (west) and Colleton (south).

Thomas Edmundson, Sr., lived in Luther, in later Bamberg County, in the early 1800’s. Thomas married Margaret Lyles who was born in 1815 in Fairfield County. His son George Washington Edmondson was born there in 1838 and moved to Dooly County, Georgia, where members of the family are shown in the 1850 Census. He appears to be from Edmundsons in northeastern NC. (Information from Julia Leite, Letter, Oct. 14, 2000).


Called Winton County in 1785, Barnwell comprised a region in 1867 which extended from Orangeburg County on the east to the Savannah River on the west. It included much of present day Aiken, Allendale and Bamberg counties.


Beaufort County has many islands and waterways. Islands include Daufuskie, Hilton, Parris, Lady’s, St. Helena, Dataw, Hunting and Fripp. Rivers include the May, the Broad, the Combahee. Beaufort town was founded in 1711. Beaufort County led the secessionist movement and was the first territory seized by the United States Navy after the war started, December 5, 1861. It lies in what was original Granville County, its eastern boundary the Salkehatchee River.

No Edmondsons have been located in Beaufort County before 1900.


Modern Berkeley lies within original Berkeley County and includes the old parishes of St. Thomas and St. Dennis, St. John Berkeley, and St. James Goose Creek. It was in the Charleston Equity Court District in 1808. It borders Orangeburg, Clarendon and Williamsburg counties on its north, Georgetown on the east, Charleston County on the south and Dorchester on the west.

Most of the Edmondsons shown in old Berkeley County records lived in modern Charleston County.


This county was part of original Berkeley in 1682. Parishes were formed in 1706 and old Berkeley County included the parishes of St. George, St. James Goose Creek, St. Andrew, St. Phillip, St. Thomas and St. Denis, and Christ Church. St. Michael was added. Modern Charleston County runs along the coast bordering Colleton on the west and Georgetown on the east, Dorchester and Berkeley on the north. It includes today the old parishes of St. John Colleton, the lower half of St. Paul, most of St. Andrew, St. Phillip, St. Michael, Christ Church, the lower half of St. James Santee.

May, 1699. We, Thomas Hall and John Edmundson, both of Berkeley County, Carolina, planters, are bound to Thomas Mann of London, now sojourning in the province, merchant, in the sum of 52 pounds sterling. Condition of obligation: Thomas Hall, John Edmundson or Alice Edmundson, wife of said John, to pay to Thomas Mann the full sum of 26 pounds money of England at the Marine or Carolina Coffee House, Birckin Land, London, before 15 August next ensuing the date hereof. Signed Thomas Hall, John Edmundson (his mark). Witnesses: John Farrington, John Morgan, Richard Phillips. Memorandum: Appeared before me Mr. John Morgan and Mr. John Farrington and swore they did see Thomas Hall and John Edmunson sign the within obligation to Thomas Mann. Signed Henry Wigington, June 14, 1699. Recorded 14 June, 1699. (RECORDS, SECRETARY OF THE PROVINCE, 1694-1705, SOUTH CAROLINA, P. 181). (See EFAB, No. 59)

Aug. 21, 1700. Will of Peter Underwood, formerly of Lakebridge, Overton Parish, County of Wilts, Great Britain, late of Saltpeterbank, White Chapel Parish, County of Middlesex, Merchant and Freeman of Merchant Taylors Hall, London, now of Charles Town, Berkeley County, Gent. To my late wife Margaret, dau. of Thomas Norton. Will names children and also John Edmundson of Charles Town. Proved Aug. 28, 1711. MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS 1711-1718, S.C.

Nov. 23, 1714. John Edmundson, Memorial for 187 acres in Berkeley County. (S.C. Archives and History Index).

1717. Alice Edmondson versus Israel Jones, Judgement Roll (South Carolina Archives and History Index).

Jan. 14, 1727/28. John Edmondson and Mary Smith, spinster, were married. (Register of St. Andrew’s Parish, Berkeley County, S.C., pub. in S.C. Hist. Mag. Vol. 23, p. 25).

Dec. 14, 1731. Mary, daughter of John Edmonson and Mary his wife was born on this date and was baptized October 29, 1732. (Register of St. Phillip’s Parish, Charleston, S.C., 1720-1758, by A.S. Salley).

1732. Charles Jones, Memorial for two tracts on the Stono River, exhibiting a land grant of May 14, 1707, to John Edmundson for 200 acres and a land grant of Dec. 23, 1714, to John Edmundson for 180 acres (SC Archives and History Index).

1746.       John Green versus John Edmanson (SC Archives and History Index).
John Mullryne versus John Edmanson (SC Archives and History Index).

Oct. 17, 1747. Will of Jennet Stevens, Colleton County, her mark. Sons: Thomas, David, Robert. Daughter: Margaret McClaren. Several grandsons. Cousins: John and Mary Edmondson. Probate: Jan. 27, 1752.

Several Edmondson-Stevens intermarriages occurred in this period. When Dorothy Stevens died in 1710 in Maryland, she had: Grace Stevens who married James Woolford and was living in 1710; John Stevens; Magdalen Stevens who married James Edmoondson (children: John Edmondson, Sarah Edmondson, James Edmondson who died in 1731); William Stevens of Talbot County who died in 1701 and left widow Sarah who was living when he died. William and Sarah had: William Stevens, left land on Island Creek by his father: Samuel Stevens, left “Compton” by his father; Walter Stevens, living in 1710; Joannah Stevens, living in 1710; Mary Stevens, living in 1710.
John Edmonndson, Sr.’s dautghter Elizabeth married a Stevens and had Edmondson Stevens. The Edmondsons in early Charleston must have come from the Eastern Shore of Maryland family but the connection might go back a generation earlier. A Morgan witnessed the 1700 document above, possibly a relative of Sara Morgan Parker, wife of John Edmondson of Talbot.

July 13, 1753. Will of Thomas Stevens, Colleton County, planter. Wife: Mary. Brother: Jacob Stevens. Witnesses: Jno. Edmanson, Robert Glass. No probate date. Will Book, 1752-1756.

Will of Joseph Price, St. Paul’s Parish, Colleton County, S.C., named his wife Elizabeth, executrix, and mentioned daughters Mary and Sarah who are under 21. He owned land in Cape Fear and town lots in Wilmington, N.C., for benefit of his daughter Elizabeth Edmondson and granddaughter Elizabeth Edmondson. (Will Book QQ, 1760-1767, p. 62).

August 3, 1766. Will of James Streater, St. James Goose Creek, planter. Sons: Benjamin and James to have the plantation at Goose Creek, and one half the plantation at Black River, pew in Goose Creek Church, resiue of the estate and are executors. Daughter: Elizabeth Price to receive the other half of the plantation at Black River. Granddaughter: Elizabeth Edmondson. (Wills RR, p. 230. ABSTRACTS OF WILLS OF THE STATE OF SC, Vol. 3).

November, 1766. Will of Peter Hoskins, St. George Parish, named his wife Rebecca and granddaughter Elizabeth Edmondson. The will was probated in December, 1766. Will Book QQ, p. 64.

The will of Jannet Stevens which mentioned her cousin Mary Edmondson, descended from John Edmundson of Talbot County, Maryland, who died in 1698. (Old Colleton County, Will Book QQ, 1760-1767, p. 146).

1766. Jacob Stevens versus John Edmanson, Jr., Judgement Roll (SC Archives and History Index).

1767.       Jacob Stevens and Company versus Thomas Edmanson (SC Archives and History Index).
Ann Harthorn vs. Joseph Edmanson and John Edmanson, Sr.
John Edmanson vs. Francis Lamon.

1768.       John Dawson versus Thomas Edmanson, Judgement Roll.
Henry Reeves and Company versus Thomas Edmanson. (SC Archives and History Index).
1772.       Joseph Edmundson, land grant of 100 acres on Fairforest Creek (SC Archives and History Index.

April 11, 1775. David Stevens and Susanna Timmons, widow of Thomas Timmons, late of St. Bartholomew’s Parish, were married. David Ferguson, Trustee. Joseph Edmunson and Joseph Stevens, witnesses. (MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS, STATE ARCHIVES, p. 334).

August 8, 1780. Will of Elizabeth Edmondson, of Charleston, S.C., midwife, named sons Joseph and Thomas. Granddaughter Mary Edmondson. Executor: Jacob Edmondson. (Will Book QQ, p. 311).

1790.       Thomas Edmanson vs. Roger Parker.
Thomas Edmonson vs. Edward Forshaw, Judgement Roll (SC Archives and History Index).
1797.       Archibald O’Neill vs. Thomas Edmanson.

Nov. 6, 1799. Edgar Wells and Co. vs. Thomas Edmanson. (SC Archives and History Index).

April 24, 1800. John David Vale vs. Thomas Edmanson. (SC Archives and History Index).

The Edmundson-Stevens Connection
That a close family connection existed between members of the Edmundson and Stevens families is obvious. Just where the connection was is still unclear.
John Edmundson of Talbot County, Maryland, died in 1697-98. He and his wife Sara Parker Morgan, had a son named John who died in 1685 leaving no children. They had a son named James, born in 1670, who married Magdalen Stevens, daughter of John and Dorothy Stevens. He died before Nov. 7, 1709. They had William, Sarah, James and John Edmondson. Their son, John, was much too young to be the man of the name in Charleston in 1699.
A daughter of John and Sara, Elizabeth, born about 1677, married William Stevens, Jr., in 1695. They had a son, Edmondson Stevens.

1800. Charles Edmonston came from Lerwick, Shetland Islands, to Charleston. He was born in Lerwick, son of Laurence Edmonston and Mary Sanderson Edmonston. He was a businessman, owned a wharf and a factory and other businesses. He was listed in 1819 as a Director of the Bank of South Carolina and continued in this position until 1831. He was president of a committee to consider and report on the building of a railroad from Charleston to Augusta, one of the first in the South. The railroad was started the same year. In 1829 he was Commissioner of Appeals. City Directories list his various businesses and residences from 1809-1841 on Church, Meeting, Laurens, East Bay and Legare streets and the Battery. His first wife was Elizabeth Church of Wilmington, NC, After her death he married Mary Pratt, daughter of Capt. John Pratt of Chestertown, Massachusetts. He built the well known Edmonston-Alston house in Charlestown, his residence for some time.

An early resident of the Shetland Isles was Andrew Edmonston, Minister of Yell in 1599. A Protestant, he acquired property in Yell during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scotland. He had three grandsons: John, skilled in medicine and botany; Jasper who seems to have immigrated to Holland; and Lawrence who lived in Hascossay, Shetland Isles, where the family had property. Lawrence married the daughter of Sir Thomas Mitchell of West Shore and had three sons, Arthur, William and Charles. Arthur’s son Lawrence married Mary Sanderson. They had four sons: Arthur, Henry, Charles and Thomas, and three daughters: Ursula, Jessie and Mary. Arthur and Henry became physicians. Charles went to Charleston. Thomas became a well known naturalist and was a professor of botany at the University of Glasgow. (See THE EDMONSTON FAMILY OF THE SHETLAND ISLANDS).

Charles Edmondston of Charleston and his two wives had:
1. Lawrence A.Edmsondston (1814-1865) m. Sarah Eggleston.
2. Charles Edmondston (1816-1879) m. Maria Chisholm.
3. John P. Edmondston (1817-1819)
4. Patrick Muir Edmondston (1819-1871) m. Catherine Ann Devereaux and lived in Halifax County, NC, where he died. In 1860 he owned 1894 acres and 88 slaves. He was active in home defense on the Roanoke River, organized the Scotland Neck Mounted Riflemen. After the War, he was active in the Scotland Neck Agricultural Society. No known children. Catherine, a native of Raleigh, died Jan. 3, 1875, at 51. They are buried at Trinity Church in Scotland Neck.
5. Jessie Edmondston (1821-1886) m. Amory Coffin M.D.
6. Robert Edmondston (1822-1861).
7. Elizabeth Edmondston (1822- ? ) m. in 1862 Richard Agnew.
8. Catherine K. Edmondston (1824-1902) m. Charles Zogbaum in 1848.
9. Thomas Edmondston (1825-1874) m. Ursula Edmondston of Bunesss.
10. Isabella Edmondston (1827- ? ) m. (1.) William Skipper Edwards and (2) Thomas Johnson.
11. James N. Edmondston (1831-1896) m. Madeline Hunter in 1867.
12. Henry Edmondston (1833-1896) m. Louisa Jane Dearing.

1810 Census. Charles Edmonson, p. 187. (See below. Surname was Edmonston).
1820 Census.
Charles Edmonston, p. 32. (This man was from England, a merchant in Charleston, not an Edmondson).


Tombstone Records of Chester County SC, by L.K. Crowder lists no Edmondsons.

Chester County South Carolina Minutes of the County Court, 1785-1799.
p. 52. John Edmondson, plaintiff, against John Fonderun and Dewey Glover, defendants. Debt. The defendants denied owing debt. July 7, 1786, Order Book A.
April 4, 1787. p. 85. Order Book A. John Edmonston & W.M. Burrus, plaintiffs versus Drury Glover and John Fonderen. Debt. Referred to arbitrators.
Chester County Will Abstracts, 1787-1838, by Brent H. Holcomb, 2006.
No Edmondsons listed.

Chester County SC Deed Abstracts, Vol. I, A-F, 1785-1799, by Brent Holcomb.
No Edmondsons.


Colleton was one of the four proprietary counties formed in 1682. It lay between Granville County to its west and Berkeley County to its east. The parishes of St. Paul and St. Bartholomew were established in 1706. St. John’ s-Colleton was added. In 1769, Colleton and Charleston counties were called Charleston District. In 1785, Colleton was reduced to the coastal islands south of Charleston, much of earlier Colleton being called Bartholomew County (St. Bartholomew Parish). In 1798, Bartholomew County was again called Colleton, much as it is today.

Walterboro became county seat of Colleton District in 1817. It was founded in the late 1700’s as a summer retreat for Lowcountry planters, named for Paul and Jacob Walter, brothers, who built the first house at Hickory Valley. The court-house was built about 1822.

1740.       John Edmundson was on the petit jury list in St. Bartholomew’s Parish.
1751.       John Edmundson was on the petit jury list in St. Bartholomew’s Parish. (See SC Jury Lists, 1718-1783, by Mary B. Warren, 1977).

1756.       John Edmondson is listed on the Muster Rolls of the Granville and Colleton County Regiments of Militia, 7th Company, Beach Hill District, in St. Paul’s Parish. Officers were Lieut. James Ladson and Ensign Samuel Elliott. (South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 70, 1969, p. 238).

1756. John Edmunson, Jr. is listed on the Muster Rolls of Fourth Company, Stono District, St. Paul’s Parish. Officers: Captain Thomas Miles and Lieut. Silas Miles.

1766.       The Will of Joseph Price, St. Paul’s Parish, Colleton, mentions Elizabeth Edmanson, apparently his daughter. March 8, 1766. Wills QQ, p. 558.

April 11, 1775. David Steven married Susanna Timmons, widow of Thomas Timmons, late of St. Bartholomew’s Parish, deceased. David Ferguson, trustee. Joseph Edmunson, witness. (SOUTH CAROLINA MARRIAGES, 1688-1799).

Jan. 9, 1779. A return of the garrison at Ft. Morris, near Darien, Georgia, made prisoners by British General Prevost, showed John Edmundson, Third S.C. Battalion. The report was made a Sunbury, Georgia, south of Savannah, Jan. 12, 1779. (GEORGIA CITIZENS AND SOLDIERS IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION).

October 1, 1784. Payment issued to Mr. John Edmudson late private in Alexander’s Troop, W. Hampton’s Regiment, Sumpter’s Brigade, State Troops, for 94 pounds sterling, being amt. pay and bounty due him for services in that troop together with interest thereon from 1 April 1782 to date. (STUB ENTRIES TO INDENTS FOR CLAIMS AGAINST SOUTH CAROLINA GROWING OUT OF THE REVOLUTION, by A.S. Salley, Vol. L-N, Book M, No. 216).

May 2, 1785. Payment issued to Mr. John Edminston for 79 pounds sterling for militia dutyfrom 1780 to 1783 and for waggon service in the militia in 1780 and 1781. (STUB ENTRIES TO INDENTS, Vol. O-Q, Book O, p. 106, No. 658).

REVOL. WAR PENSION APPLICANT WHO SERVED FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, by Pruitt: John Edmondson, p. 19 (Survivor 32229).

1800 Census.

A.       Edminson (Edmundson), p. 158. 1 wm under 10. 1 wm 26-45. 1 wm over 45. 2 wf under 10. 1 wf over 45.
T. Edminson (Edmundson), p. 58. 1 wm under 10. 1 wm 26-45. 1 wm over 45. 2 wf under 10. 1 wf over 45. (Pub. in Georgia Gen. Mag., Volume 4.)
(William Edmundson, long time editor of EFAB, held a firm position that these Edmundsons/Edmondsons were descended from the Edmundsons of Talbot County, Maryland, and were related to the Stevens. He said he had a copy of a will of as Stevens which proved this connection).

1803.       Bill of sale from Eliza Wilson to John Edmanson for a slave named Jacob (S.C. Archives and History Index).

Census of 1810, Colleton County, p. 57.
John Edmundson. 1 free wm, 26-45; 1 free wf 26-45. 7 slaves.

1817.       John Edmonson was sponsor at the baptism of George, the adult slave of Charlotte Theus, St. Philip’s Church, Charleston. (Register of St. Phillips Parish).

1820 Census.
Mrs. H. (or M.?) Edmanson, St. George’s Parish. 1 wf over 45; 1 engaged in agriculture; 1 male slave under 14; 1 male slave 14-26; 1 female slave under 14; a female slave over 45.
Estate of John Edmanson. 3 engaged in manufacturing. 1 female slave 14-26; 1 female slave over 45.

April 11, 1827. William Isaac Walter was executor of John Edmondson (S.C. Archives and History Index).

1880 Census. Charles Edmonston, 25. Josephine, 29. Margaret, 4. Paul, 3 months. All born in S.C.

CEMETERIES OF UPPER COLLETON COUNTY SC by Evelyn Frazier Bryan shows no Edmondsons.

This original county ceased to exist in 1785. It was the largest of the four proprietary counties, including half of South Carolina. From it were formed the modern counties of Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Dillon, Florence, Williamsburg, Darlington, Marlboro, Chesterfield, Lee, Sumter, Clarendon, Kershaw, York, Chester, Fairfield, Richland, and possibly Union, Newberry, Laurens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, and parts of Berkeley and Charleston.

The following references to Craven County must be placed by description of location, when given:

William Edmunson, Land grant for 100 acres in Craven County, August 14, 1772. (This would appear to be in later Union County).
William Edmundson, Memorial for 100 acres between the Broad and Saludy rivers, Craven County, Oct. 13, 1772 (This would appear to be Union County).
Caleb Edmundson, plat for 100 acres in Craven County, Nov. 3, 1772. (Probably in Union County).
Isaac Edmundson, Memorial for 100 acres, Enoree River, Craven County, July 14, 1773. (Probably in Union County).
Sarah Edmundson James lived in Marlboro County, N.C. in 1791 when her father John Edmundson of Wilkes County, Georgia, deeded a slave to her and her sister Mary Edmundson Dudley of Craven County, NC. She was in Marlboro County in 1800.


Dorchester was formed in 1897. It lies in original Berkeley and Colleton counties. It was a part of Old Charleston District in 1769 and in Colleton County in 1867. It includes what was St.George Parish and upper St. Pauls’s until 1785.

The Will of Jannet Stevens mentioned her cousin Mary Edmondson, descended from John Edmondson of Talbot County, Maryland, who died in 1698 (Will Book QQ, p. 146, 1760-1767).

November 27, 1766. Will of Peter Hoskins, St.George Parish, named his wife Rebecca to receive the residue of his estate, then to his daughter Elizabeth. Sons: Beaumoni and William. Daughters: Sarah Flinn, Jean Duitt, Elizabeth and Mary. Granddaughter: Elizabeth Edmondson. Executors: Wife and dau. Elizabeth. Witnesses: John Joor, Adam Daniel, William Webb. Probated in December, 1766. (Will Book QQ, p. 615).

1772. Joseph Edmundson, land grant of 100 acres on Fairforest Creek. (SC Archives and History Index). Was this in present Dorchester County?

August 17, 1785. Joseph Edmonson married Ann Dunning. She was a widow. Both she and Joseph were of St. George Parish. Witnesses: John Ward, Martha Ward, Elijah Bell. (SOUTH CAROLINA MARRIAGES, 1688-1799, by Brent Holcomb).

August 28, 1786. Edward Green married Ann Bell. St. George Parish. Witnessed by Jos. Edmonson. (SOUTH CAROLINA MARRIAGES, 1688-1799; MARRIAGE SETTLEMENTS, Vol. I, pp. 246-247).

Census of 1790. Charleston District, Dorchester County, St. George’s Parish, p. 33.
Mr. Edmonson. 2 white males above 16. 4 white males under 16. 2 white females. 10 slaves.

August 2, 1798. Ann Edmundson, survivor of Joseph Edmundson, vs. Edward Perry. (SC Archives and History Index).

June 14, 1800. Ann Edmundson, survivor of Joseph her husband, administrator of William Dunning, vs. Mathias Hutchinson and William Flack, executors of Seth Prior. Judgement Roll. (SOUTH CAROLINA ARCHIVES AND HISTORY INDEX).

1810.       No Edmondsons in this Census.
1820.       No Edmondsons in this census.


Formed in 1785 from upper Granville County and Colleton County, it included in 1867 the present day county of Saluda and part of Aiken (formed in 1871), McCormick (1910) and Greenwood (1897). It is bordered today by the Savannah River on the west, McCormick on the north and west, Laurens and Saluda on the north and east, and Aiken on the south. It was in Old Ninety Six District in 1808.

1790 Census. No Edmondsons.
1800 Census. No Edmondsons.
1810 Census. No Edmondsons.
1820 Census. No Edmondsons.

EDGEFIELD MARRIAGE RECORDS, from the18th Century through 1870, by Carlee McClendon, shows no Edmondsons.

Georgetown County was formed in 1769, was in original Craven County. Its western fourth was in old Prince Frederick Parish, its southern fourth in St. James Santee Parish, its northern fourth in Prince George Parish and its eastern fourth in All Saints Parish. It is bounded today on the north by Marion County, on the northeast by Horry, on the east by the ocean , on the south by the Santee River and Charleston and Berkeley Counties and on the northwest by Williamburg County. Georgetown is the county seat.

This colonial county extended from the coast into the back country, paralleling the Savannah River. Many modern counties are found in its territory. The following early land records in Granville County are difficult to locate.

Nov. 15, 1764. Moses Edmanston. Plat for 100 acres. Entry N. 0009 003 0007 0048, Granville County.
Oct. 27, 1766. William Edminston for 2000 acres on Long Cane Creek, Granville County. Entry No. 0032 002 0009 00131 03.

Sept. 8, 1773. Moses Edminstone. Plat for 48.75 acres, Granville County. Entry No. 0009 003 0019 00390 01.
Dec. 28, 1774. Moses Edministon. Memorial for 48 acres on Long Cane Creek in Granville County. Entry No. 0030 002 0013 00185 02.
Claims growing out of the American Revolution, 1776 and later.
David Edmiston, File No. 2159. Entry 0015 003 0039 0050 00.
John Edmiston, File No. 2160. Entry 0015 003 0039 0050 00.
Moses Edmiston, File No. 2160A.
Samuel Edmiston, File No. 2161.
Joseph Edmanson, File No. 2157. Entry 0015 003 0039 00488 00.
Thomas Edmanson, File No. 2158. Entry 0015 003 0039 00495 00. ,


This was formed in 1786 from Old Ninety Six District. It was frontier or Indian territory in the early 1700’s. In 1798, it built its own courthouse. It was in Washington Equity Court District from 1791 until 1800. Greenville District was formed in 1800. It is bounded now by NC, Spartanburg County (east), Laurens (south) and Anderson and Pickens (west). The Pickens County line is the Saluda River, near present day Greenville, SC. The courthouse was built about 1916 to replace an older one.

James Edmundson had dealings with Josiah Fincher in Greeneville County before he moved to Gwinnett County, Georgia, about 1820. Josiah Fincher died before 1830 as his wife Patsy was listed as a widow.
Armael Fincher was married to Rebecca Edmundson in Union County. Rebecca was a daughter of Samuel Edmundson and a descendent of William Edmundson, the Quaker preacher. (See: FINCHER IN THE USA, 1683-1900, by Mrs. Evelyn D. Fincher, Ithaca, N.Y.)

1810 Census, Spartanburg County. Thomas Edmondson.

Nov. 29, 1814. John Edmondson had a plat surveyed in Greenville District on the Saluda River, by John Young. (From Nancy Edmondson Wood). Other names mentioned: Thomas Edmondson, Reuben Harrison and Gen. Blassenham. (Sarah Edmondson married a Blassingame. This Sarah was a daughter of William and Sarah Edmondson who lived near the Saluda. They are thought to have had a son named John who moved with them to Jefferson County, Alabama, about 1819).

John Edmondson and John Edmondson, Jr., were on an early Greenville District muster roll.

1816. Elijah Warren deeded 175 acres to Thos. Edmondson, located on the waters of the North Saluda River. Book O, p. 339. Grantee Index, Greenville County, 1787-1913. No Edmondson grantors were found in the index.

Nov. 4, 1817. Thomas Edmanson of Greenville District and others signed a petition requesting a turnpike from Greenville Courthouse to Gap Creek.
(Nancy Edmondson Wood)

1820 Census, Spartanburg County. Thomas Edmondson.

“Died at his residence near this town on the 6th inst., Mr. Thomas Edmonston, a native of Virginia, but for a great many years a citizen of Pendleton and Greeneville districts.” The Greenville Mountaineer, June 11, 1841. (Published in MARRIAGES AND DEATH NOTICES FROM THE UPCOUNTRY OF SC, 1826-1863, by Brent Holcombe).

THE PRESENCE OF THE PAST: EPITAPHS IN GREENVILLE COUNTY SC, published by the Greenville County Hist. Assn., lists no Edmondsons.

A Greenville County website provides copies of original records of the county made by the South Carolina Archives. This was checked by Stephen W. Edmondson and others. A disappointingly small amount of Edmondson data was found.

Index to Probate: Ths. Edmondson, deceased, filed by John A. Towns, administrator, 1841 (Apartment #3, file #586). The Administrator’s Bond, p. 66, is almost illegible but the name of Thomas Edmondson can be made out. The administrator who made the bond looks like John I. Towns.

A much later administration was that of Irene B. Edmondson in 1964. W. Frank Edmondson, Jr., Administrator. ( Apt. No. 885, File No. 3)

No Edmondson wills were indexed.

The Index to Judgments, Court of Common Pleas, Defendants, lists:
William Edmondson ads John Cunningham, p. 612.
James M. Edmondson ads Dunham & Holcomb, p. 618.
John Edmondson ads John Humphries, p. 653.
A much later suit: Archibald Edmondson ads Isaiah Hogg, p. 2634.

The Plaintiffs Index was entirely too faint to read.

There were no Edmondson wills list

> Index to Judgments (defendants), Court of Common Pleas, Wash. Dist./Greenville
Dist. 1800-1889 on pp45-47:

Another name mentioned was Benj. Arnold.
His obit (found elsewhere) says that he was a VA native, resident of Pend. & Greenville Districts, & d. 6 June 1841. The Arnold name & VA birthplace are the only clues
that I've found. There was a Ths. EDM from Meck. Co, who m. an Arnold (from
Benj.'s line).
On a SC Archives site: John EDM plat for 74 a. on Saluda R.,
Greenville Dist., 29 Nov 1814. Surv'd by John Young. Other names mentioned:
Reuben Harrison, Ths. EDM, & Gen. Blassengham. Locations mentioned: Saluda R., Greenville Dist.

John EDM & Ths. Gready, 3rd SC Bat. taken prisoner in 1779. (This John Edmondson was from coastal SC, was captured in Georgia. SWE).
> I don't know if the John Edenton (20010-10010) on p. 172 was an EDM. James
Edenton (22100-11001) was also listed. SPARTENBURG DEED ABSTRACTS has a deed in
Bk K:130-131: 1804, David Quals (Spartenburgh) to Moses Quals, son of Ths.
Quals, dec'd, for $100 sold 75 a. adj John Edenton, Hankin Crk, Brock & Pacolate
R. Wit: Abram Brock, John Quals, Frances Brock. S: David Quals. Wit: oath
18 Mar 1805, Frances Brock to Geo. Lamkin. Rec: 27 Jul 1805.


Jasper was in original Granville, part of it in old St. Peter’s Parish and part in St. Luke Parish. In 1867, it was a part of Beaufort County which at that time included territory between the Combahee River and the Savannah River from the coast to present day Hampton County and the southern tip of Allendale on the north. Jasper was formed in 1912.

1757.       The petit jury list included John Edmondson, living at Beach Hill on the Savannah north of St. Peter’s Parish. (SC JURY LISTS, 1718-1783, by Mary Warren).
1777.        The Jury List of 1777 showed John Edmondson, no location.


Kershaw was formed in 1791 and is little changed. A slice of its southern territory appears to have been cut into Lee in 1902. The county seat is Camden. Kershaw is bounded today by Lancaster on the north, Chesterfield on the east, Sumter and Richland on the south and Fairfield on the west.

Lancaster was formed in 1785. Its boundaries appear to be unchanged. It is bounded on the north by the NC line, on the west by York, Chester and Fairfield, by Kershaw on the south and Chesterfield on the east. The county seat is Lancaster.

Probate records were destroyed by the federal army in 1865. No Edmondsons are found in Lancaster County Deeds. (LANCASTER COUNTY DEED ABSTRACTS, by B. Holcomb and Lucas).

No Edmondsons are found in Laurens County Deeds, 1785-1793, and 1793-1800.
No Edmondsons are mentioned in LAURENS AND NEWBERRY COUNTIES SC, by J. Hogan Motes and Margaret P. Motes, pub. 1994.
No Edmondsons are mentioned in Laurens County SC: Minutes of the County Court, 1786-89, by Brent Holcomb.

1830. Appraisal of the estate of Robert Word, Sept. 15, 1830, showed James Edmonson bought at the estate sale. (Laurens County SC Wills, 1784-1840, p. 220).

1837.       The appraisal of the estate of Dr. George McCrary listed Daniel Edmondson among many who bought at the estate sale. (Laurens County SC Wills, 1784-1840, p. 273).

Were James and Daniel from the Edmondsons of Edgecombe County, NC ? Thomas Edmondson named a grandson Daniel in his will in 1778. See Habersham County, Georgia, and Coweta County, Georgia.

Marlboro, in the northeast corner of SC, is bounded today by North Carolina, Dillon County on the southeast (formed in 1910 from Marion), Darlington County on the southwest (formed in 1785) and Chesterfield on the west (formed in 1785). Marlboro was in Cheraws Circuit Court District in 1769 and 1785.

In 1736, a company of Welsh settled in this area on Cat Fish Creek and then in the Welsh Neck on the upper Pee Dee. James James, Esq., was their leader. Philip James, Abel James, Daniel James, Thomas James, William James, David James and many Jones were among the first settlers. A Baptist Church was started near the river. Phillip James was pastor of Welsh Neck Baptist Church in the 1740’s. This group of settlers had moved as a body from Pennsyl-vania and Delaware. Others were encouraged to migrate from Wales. (See COLONIAL AND REVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF UPPER SC, Heritage Series No. 1, Vol. 9, THE HISTORY OF OLD CHERAWS. No Edmondsons are shown in the index). Many Welsh immigrants settled first around New Castle, Delaware in 1703 and moved south in the 1730’s. Thomas Harry and his wife were initial members of the Welsh Neck Baptist Church in 1738. Jesse David, son of Capt. Joshua David, married first a Miss Harry.
No Edmondsons are referenced in the early history of this county. See History of Marlboro County SC, by J.A.W. Thomas. No Edmondsons are mentioned in Marlboro County SC Minutes of the County Court, 1785-1799 and Court of Ordinary 1791-1821 except a case in March, 1787. The court ordered that the case of David vs. Edmondson be quashed, p. 13.

March Term, 1790. Sarah James vs. Francis Brown, administrator of Thomas Ayer. Agreed to settlement at defendant’s cost.

Sept., 1790. Sarah James appeared in open court and entered into bond with Saml. Terril and Britton Goodwin as securities for the due administration of the estate of William James, deceased.

Sarah Edmundson James, daughter of John and Mary Barrington Edmundson of Craven County, NC, was living in Marlboro in 1791. Her mother had died years earlier and her elderly father had settled in Wilkes County, Georgia, where he deeded a slave to her and her sister Mary Edmundson Dudley of Craven County. The deed was witnessed by their brother Isaac Edmundson. This family were descendants of Thomas Edmundson of Essex County, the immigrant settler in Virginia. A court case, Sept. Term, 1794, Sarah James vs James Smart, was shown detinue as it was abated by the death of the plaintiff. This would have to be a different Sarah James than she who is shown in the 1800 Census of Marlboro.

Sarah Edmundson James’ husband’s name is not yet clear. He might be Thomas Alexander James who signed his will Sept. 10, 1799. The will was probated June 2, 1800, proved by the oath of John DeWitt, Jun. The will named wife Sarah and son John and mentions title to 750 acres and debt to William Alston’s estate. Sarah was bonded with John DeWitt, Jun., and Samuel Wills, Jun., securities for $10,000, dedimus issued to Gen Tristram Thomas to quality appraisers. (WILLS OF MARLBORO COUNTY SC, Delwyn Associates, Albany, GA). Thomas Alexander James and Joel Winfield had entered into bond with Robt. Allison when he produced his commission as sheriff, March 11, 1799, securities in the amount of 1500 pounds.

March Term, 1794. The Hon. John Jones James produced his commission dated Dec. 19, 1795. March 2, 1796. J.J. Jones began his term of service as a judge. Dec. 20, 1796. Commission for John Jones James to serve as judge of the county court.

Sept. 1799. John Cogdell and Co.. sued Philip James.
May 28, 1805. Will of Tho. A. James, late of Marlborough District, deceased, by oath of James Keel qualified John DeWitt, Saml. Wilds and Edw. Edwards. Mr. John Winfield had the will. This sounds like the man who died in 1800 but why two probate actions?
June 22, 1805. Wm. DeWitt and Samuel Ervin returned a legally published citation asking for administration on the estate of John Jones James, deceased, bond of $50,000.

William James lived in the Welsh Tract in 1784. Thomas James lived in the same area and sold land on the north side of the Pee Dee in 1777.
Daniel James lived there in 1775. David James was living in Marlboro in 1797.

(Compiler’s note: It is not yet known whether Sarah Edmundson James and her husband had children. The references above might relate to her children. Stephen W. Edmondson).


Formed in 1785 from Old Ninety Six District, Newberry is bounded by Union on the north, Fairfield and Lexington (east), Saluda (south) and Greenwood and Laurens (west).

Bush River Monthly Meeting was located in later Newberry County. The Quaker Encyclopedia, Vol. I, by Hinshaw, give dates by the Quaker calendar:

Caleb Edmundson of Pennsylvania received a grant of 450 acres in 1772 located on the Enoree River in later Newberry County.
p. 1029.
3-25-1772.       William and Joseph Edmonson were received on certificate dated 4-14-1771.
3-25-1775.       Isaac and Caleb J. Edmundson were received on certificate from Warrenton Monthly Meeting, Pennsylvania, dated 9-10-1774.
2-28-1776.       Isaac Edmundson of Padgett’s Creek was disowned.
2-26-1780.       Caleb Edmundson was received on certificate from Warren Monthly Meeting, Pennsylvania.
11-1784.       Caleb Edmundson, Sr., was disowned.
7-30-1785.       Caleb Edmundson, Jr., disowned. Married out of unity.

1790 Census. No Edmondsons listed in Newberry County.

1792, July Term. Margaret Edmondson and Walter Roberts versus Jacob and George Powell. Case held until next court. (Newberry County, SC Minutes of County Court, 1785-1798, by Lucas).
1793.       Defendants had to pay, including cost of the suit, to Margaret Edmondson and Walter Roberts, executors of Isaac Edmondson. James Duckett was allowed expenses as a witness, travelling 28 miles. David Smith was allowed expenses at 2 shillings 6 pence per day and two pence per mile. (Newberry County SC Minutes of County Court).

Margaret Edmundson was dismissed from Quaker fellowship in 1796 as she “declined the attendance of meetings and likewise to keeping the plainness of speech behavior and apparel under the consideration thereof this meeting appoints Rebekah Fincher and Rebekah Milhous to visit her…”. At the next monthly meeting, she “did not incline to condemn her misconduct and so she was disowned”.

1800 Census. Margaret Edmanson, p. 74. 1 male under 10. 2 females 10-16. 1 female 26-45.

p. 1019. Hester Edmundson, wife of Caleb, died 5-28-1783.

1810 Census, p. 121.
John Edmonson

Margaret Edmundson might have been a Duckett.
Isaac and Margaret Edmundson had:

1.       John Edmonson/Edmundson, born Jan. 19, 1782. He died in Giles County, TN, to which he moved in 1839, Jan. 17, 1854. . He named a son Joseph Smith Edmundson, born Jan. 21, 1818, who married in Giles County, Susan Elvira Gilbert (1825-1890). Joseph died Sept. 23, 1884. John was married first to Eleanor Duncan with whom he had 8 children, then to Susan Turner, no children, and then to Eleanor Cooper, no children.
2.       Sarah Edmundson, b. Dec. 14, 1786. Married Daniel Stewart of Newberry County and lived her entire life in this county. She died Dec. 17, 1840. Daniel Stewart was born Dec. 3, 1776 and died Oct. 12, 1864. They had:D Isaac Stewart, Margaret Stewart, William Stewart. Isaac Stewart, Jr., married Martha Gilliam and named a son Isaac Edmundson Stewart (who died in infancy). William Stewart married Elizabeth Burton, Sept. 27, 1842. (From a descendant, Mr. J. Floyd Bullock of Camden, Arkansas. EFAB No. 8, p. 128). The Stewarts were Methodists.
3.       A second daughter born between 1784 and 1790.

The screw auger was invented in Newberry by a Quaker, Benjamin Evans, who lived in a place now owned by Gilliam Davenport and removed with other friends to Ohio. Joseph Smith and John Edmundson learned the trade from him and followed it: the first until he was no longer able to follow it and the latter until he secured his independence. Many a box of screw augurs have I seen sent to Charleston between 1800 and 1807. I think Samuel Maverick, who now resides near Pendleton, then in Charleston, shipped some to England.

Probate Records of SC, Vol. I, Index to Inventories, 1746-1785, Newberry County SC Court Records, by Emmet Lucas, lists: George Boulware, p. 30. Margaret Edmondson, p. 182. Isaac Edmondson, p. 188. Margrett Edmondson, p. 188, 190, 191.


Oconee was formed in 1868 from the western part of Pickens, the latter formed from old Pendleton County/District in 1828. This area west of the Keowee River was a part of Georgia until the Treaty of Beaufort placed it in SC in 1787. See Franklin County, Georgia, for some very early records. It was Cherokee Indian territory until 1766. Oconee was part of early Pendleton County (or District) which included Anderson and Pickens counties and was in Old Ninety Six Judicial District. However, the area west of the Keowee River was part of Georgia until 1787 and its earliest records are found in Franklin County, Georgia. In 1868 Walhalla was made the county seat and Old Pickens faded as a town. Residual Pickens County established a new county seat some miles away, also called Pickens. Oconee is bounded by the Chatooga River and the Georgia line on the west, by North Carolina on the north, by Pickens County on the east, and Anderson County on the south. Early records are in Anderson. See Anderson County and old Pendleton District/County for records before 1828 and Pickens County for records between 1828-1868. .


Orangeburg District was formed in 1769. Bamberg County, a part of Barnwell when it was formed in 1897, was probably in original Orangeburg. Calhoun County was taken from the northern section of Orangeburg in 1908. Orangeburg Equity Court District included Aiken, Calhoun, Orangeburg, Bamberg, Barnwell, and Allendale in 1808. The county seat, Orangeburg, and the county were named for William, Prince of Orange, son-in-law of James II of England, who married Mary. William and Mary drove James out of England in the Glorious Revolution. Early settlers included Swiss, Germans and Dutch in 1735 who settled on the North Edisto River. Branchville was founded in 1734 by a Prussian. Other towns are Cope and Cordova. Sherman marched his large army through this county from Savannah to Columbia, burning as he went. Early records were lost.

James Edmundson, of Edgecombe County NC, brother of Amos Edmundson who is shown in the 1810 Census of Sumter County, moved to Orangeburg in the early 1800’s. However, he is not shown in the 1800, 1810 and 1820 censuses of SC. ???

Jan. 20, 1817. John Sullivan deeded land to James Edmundson in Orangeburg District, 200 acres on Poplar Branch, release for $250. Deeds and Mortgages, p. 111, Registrar’s Office. Deed recorded Sept. 27, 1819. (Published in THE CAROLINIAN, No. 24).

Jan. 10, 1820. Edgecombe County NC Deeds, Book 17, p. 260, shows deed from James Edmondson, of Orangeburg District, S.C., son of John Edmondson, decd., to Joseph Edmondson for his share of the undivided land left by John. James’ siblings were: Ann Louisa Edmondson, John Edmondson, Joseph Edmondson, b. about 1796 and moved to Tennessee where he died in 1844; Eli Edmondson who moved to Fayette County, GA, where he died in 1864; Amos Edmondson who moved to Sumter County, SC, about 1800 and on to Mississippi where he died in 1830 in Hinds County; Mary Edmondson who married Noah Little; Lemuel Edmondson, living in Hinds County, MS, in 1838; Ellender (Eleanor) Edmondson who married Luke Norris and moved to Sumter County, SC, by 1803, and then to Covington County, MS, by 1815, where she died in 1850; Thomas Edmondson, Jr., who died in 1819. The division of slaves of John Edmonson in May, 1819, included another “heir at law”, Sealy Edmondson. Information is needed on her.
John Edmondson, the deceased father, had been born in Edgecombe County, NC, in 1764.

The census of 1830, Hinds County, MS, lists: Amos Edmondson, with 2 male 40-50, 1 female 40-50, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 10-15. 2 males 15-20, 1 male 20-30, 1 female 5-10, 1 male 10-15.

It appears one of James Edmondson’s sons remained in SC as Thomas Edmondson, Sr., who lived in Luther in later Bamberg County had a son, George Washington Edmondson who was born there in 1838. His son, Thomas Edmondson, was born in 1804. He married Margaret Lyles, born in 1814, in Fairfield County, SC. They moved to Dooly County, Georgia, in 1847 (statement of descendant, Julia Leite). See the 1850 Dooly County Census.
James Edmundson appears to have moved to Fayette County, Georgia, with his brother Eli as he deeded a slave to Eli there in 1822. He appears to have moved on. Where did he settle?

Thomas Edmondson, born in 1804, probably in Orangeburg, married Margaret Lyles of Fairfield County, daughter of Washington Lyles and Mary Lyles. Mary was probably a Whisenant in the opinion of Julia Leite, a descendant. Washington Lyles was a son of William (Big Bill) Lyles and Elizabeth Ward Lyles. Elizabeth was from Fairfield County. (Julia Leite stated in an e-mail, March 18,2008: My mother told me, and she lived to e 92 with quite a good memory, . Margaret had Perlison P(f), Nicholas m. Elizabeth, perhaps Quattlebaum, had daughter Beulah).
The family were in Dooly County, Georgia, moving there in 1847. Another child, Frances Elizabeth, was born in 1853. Nicholas and George Washington, two of the sons, lived in Quitman County, Georgia, in 1860. They and some other family members lived in Dale County, Alabama, in 1880. George Washington Edmondson’s Oath of Loyalty in Dale County in 1865 stated he was born in Luther, Orangeburgh County, SC.

1880 Census: Mary A. Edmonson, 25. Theophilus, 5, her son. Both were born in SC.

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