Troup County was formed in 1826 from Indian lands and is located on the western border of Georgia. The Chattahoochee River runs through its northern area. It was named for Governor George Troup, the State’s first popularly elected governor. LaGrange, the county seat, was named for the estate of the Marquis de LaFayette who had made a hero’s tour of the United States just before the county was formed. Meriwether County was taken from it in 1827.
Edmondsons settled early in Troup.
Bryant Edmondson is listed in the 1830 Census, p. 44. 1 wm 40-50. 2 wm 10-15. 1 wf 40-50. 1 wf under 5. 2 wf 15-20. 1 wf 20-30. 12 slaves.
1832 Land Lottery. William L. Edmondson, Howell’s District, drew Lot 307, 10th District, First Section (became Union County in 1838).
1832 Gold Lottery.
James Edmondson, G.M.D. 735, drew Lot No. 264, Dist. 2, Section 4 (became Paulding County).
Wiley S. Edmondson, Howells Mil. District, drew Lot 80, Dist. 17, Section 4 (later Paulding County).
Bryant Edmondson, Howell’s Mil. District, drew Lot 718, Dist. 11, Section 1 (became Lumpkin or Union).
1839. The Georgia Journal. Bryant Edmondson was on the Grand Jury, October Term, for Troup Superior Court.
Dec. 22, 1843. A newspaper, The Southern Miscellany, Madison, Morgan County, Georgia, carried a marriage notice. Hymenial. Married at Long Cane, Troup County, on the 13th instant, by the Rev. Ephraim Pennington, Mr. Lorenzo P. Edmondson of Macon County, Alabama, and Miss Martha Laveinia Lane, of the former place. (Lorenzo was son of John and Mary Finley Edmondson of Oglethorpe County and stepson of Elam Wilbanks who moved to Meriwether County, Georgia, in the 1830’s).
James Edmundson is listed as a Second Lieutenant in the Troup County Militia, his commission dated March 30, 1830-September 9, 1836 (Militia Records, 1829-41, p. 6)
The 1840 Census:
Bryant Edmundson, age 50-60. Nine slaves.
William L. Edmundson, age 20-30. Four slaves.
Bryant Edmundson, Jr., age 20-30. One slave.
(Bryant Edmundson, Jr., married Antoinette Kimbrough, daughter of Thomas Kimbrough of Harris County, GA. Statement of Clyde A. Kimbrough, Auburn, AL. )
The 1850 Census:
699th District, 82nd Division, 255th Household, p. 77.
W.S. Edmundson, 38 year old farmer, b. in Georgia.
Mary A. Edmundson, 27 year old female, b. in Georgia.
Vandusen, 14 wf, b. in Ga., in school.
Victoria, 12 wf, b. in Ga.
John, 10 wm, b. in Ga.
Frances, 8 wf, b. in Ga.
Elizabeth, 6wf, b. in Ga.
Tabor, 4 wm, b. in Ga.
William W., 2 wm, b. in Ga.
348th Household. Head of household was Mason Walker, 81, planter, born in Virginia. He married Elizabeth Edmondson in 1842. She was listed as Elizaabeth S. Walker, 43. Living in their household were: Thomas Edmundson, 16 wm, born in Georgia, farmhand; Samuel E. Edmundson, 14 wm, b. in Georgia, farmhand. These young males were possibly Elizabeth’s children from an earlier marriage or her younger brothers.
William H. Edmondson joined a Troup County company, Company B, 13th Regiment, Confederate Army. He settled in Rome, Floyd County, where he married twice. He died in 1906. He was born Sept. 6, 1846, in Thomaston or Thomasville, Georgia, by family account posted on Edmondson Genforum. He had a daughter Ola of his first marriage and of his second marriage, to Julia Florence Lampkin, he had Willie Lou, Annie Lee and William H. Edmondson, Jr.
The 1870 Census of Franklin County, Arkansas, lists: Samuel Edmondson, 30, b. in GA. Joannah, 40, b. in Ohio. John R., 9, b. in GA. Elizabeth Walker, 63, b. in SC.
Census of 1860, p. 259.
Bryant Edmundson, 48 wm, b. in N.C. (?), property value $3500.
A. Edmundson, wife, 37 wf, b. in Georgia.
Thomas Edmundson, 19, b. in Georgia.
Wiley Edmundson, 48 wm, b. in ?, property value $3500.
M.A. Edmundson, wife, 37 wf, b. in Georgia.
John, 19 wm, b. in Ga.
T.M., 18 wm, b. in Ga.
S.E., 16 wf, b. in Ga.
Alabama H.T., 14 wm, b. in Ga.
William Thomas, 11 wm, b. in Ga.
S.J., daughter, age illegible.
L.C., daughter, age illegible.
S.S., daughter, age illegible.
W.J., son, age illegible.
A.E., daughter, 1 month of age.
Enumerated June 8, 1860.
W.P. Edmundson, 30 wm, b. in Ga.
S.E. Edmundson, wife, b. in Ga.
Census of 1880.
William P. Edmondson, 50 wm, farmer, born in Georgia, both parents born in Georgia.
Sallie E. Edmondson, 38 wf, wife, b. in Georgia.
Edwin B., 20 wm.
Lola, 16 wm.
Frank W., 13 wm.
Anna M., 8 wf.
George, 4 wm.
Albert O., 3 wm.
John D. Edmondson, 36 wm, merchant, born in Georgia, parents born in Georgia.
Columbia, 27 wf, wife, born in Alabama.
Ledra, 5 wf.
Lana, 4 wf.
Annie C., 3 wf.
Gaines, 2 month old male, born in April, 1880.
Troup County Marriages.
Research of original records at Probate Court, Administration Building, La Grange, by Stephen W. Edmondson, August, 2000:
p. 69. License of William L. Edmundson to Sarah Jane Rakestraw, July 18, 1838. Marriage July 18, 1838, by William C. Fincher, M.G.
p. 258. License of Lorenzo P. Edmondson and Martha Lavina Lane, Dec. 12, 1843, issued by Wiley Wilson. They were married Dec. 13, 1843, by Ephraim Pennington, L.D.
p. 87. License of John H. Edmondson and Sarah Terry. Married Jan. 3, 1847, by Miles H. Estes, J.P.
License of Solomon Edmondson and Mary Strong, Jan. 24, 1868. Married Jan. 26, 1868.
Listed in EARLY MARRIAGES OF TROUP COUNTY, GEORGIA, 1828-1900, by Merle Massengale Bruce:
Penelopey Edmundson married Richmond P. Kendrick, Nov. 21, 1833, by William Fincher, M.G. A-78.
Wilie Edmunson married Mary A. Harden, Dec. 1, 1836, by Thomas Sanford, M.G. A-149.
Martha Edmunson married Thornton Perkins, April 11, 1837. A-161.
Jane Edmunson married Robert Goldin, May 11, 1837. A-166.
Mary Edmundson married Edmund T. Belcher, June 6, 1837. B-7.
Matilda Edmundson married James E. Peavy, Dec. 14, 1837. B-32.
William L. Edmundson married Sarah Jane Rakestraw, July 18, 1838, by William G. Fincher, M.G. B-69.
Elizabeth L. Edmundson married Mason Walker, May 15, 1842. B-217.
Lorenzo P. Edmundson married Martha Lavina Lane, Dec. 13, 1843, by Ephraim Pennington, L.D. B-258. (They moved to Alabama).
John H. Edmondson married Sarah Terry, Jan. 3, 1847, by Miles H. Estes, J.P. (John lived later in Randolph County, Alabama).
Vandonzine Edmondson married Benjamin F. Boon, son of Benjamin and Dorothy Boon, Feb. 19, 1853. D-26.
Arinda V. Edmudson married James Martin, Dec. 16, 1855. D-92.
S.E. Edmondson married J.H. Cleveland, July 15, 1864. D-269.
Solomon Edmonson married Mary Strong, Jan. 26, 1868, by H.H. Cary, J.P. E-297.
J.D. Edmundson married C.A. Phillips, Dec. 7, 1873. F-396.
E.O. Edmunson married T.G. Holt, April 17, 1879. G-211.
Lola C. Edmondson married Henry F. Jarrell, Feb. 2, 1886. I-351.
Lula T. Edmondson married Henry H. Mullins, June 7, 1887. I-314.
Benjamine J. Edmondson married Annie Lou Swanson, Feb. 2, 1888, by John F. Cheeny, M.G., I-365. (Son of Joseph Henry Edmondson of Greene County, Georgia, who lived in Heard County in 1860)
Ida Edmondson married Dolar T. Boykin, October 7, 1890. J-280.
Search of Wills, 1832-1848 revealed no Edmondsons.
Search of Wills, 1848-1888 revealed no Edmondsons.
Marriages, filed by male name only, for 1852-65 revealed no Edmondsons.
ESTATE RECORDS OF TROUP COUNTY, GEORGIA by Randall A. Allen and Danny Knight.
p. 84. Minerva Jane Edmonson (see Returns B, p. 52, March 11, 1837).
Guardian: Blackman Dickson. Returns for 1836, for Minirva Jane Edmonson, orphan, indicated slaves and money belonging to the estate were located in Jasper County, Georgia. Minerva Jane was placed under the guardianship of Martha Edmondson, July 2, 1833, in Jasper. She was a minor child of Samuel Edmondson, deceased. Dickson was her brother-in-law.
Estate of Daniel Currey, Returns B, p. 83, Jan. 5, 1837. Appraisers included B. Edmunson and Wiley S. Edmundson. Returns B, p. 84, March 21, 1837. Estate purchasers included Wiley Edmunson, W.S. Edmunson, Bryant Edmunson.
Estate of Warren Cofield, Returns G, p. 413, Dec. 17, 1850. Administrator: Eli Edmondson.
Estate of Josiah Daniel, Returns A, p. 239, March 2, 1835. Appraiser:
Estate of Nathaniel Howell, Returns B, p. 443, Dec. 4, 1838. Purchaser at sale: W. Edmondson.
Estate of James Park, Returns C, p. 217. Purchaser at sale: William L. Edmondson.
Troup County Deeds.
H-38. Bryant Edmondson deeded a Negro slave girl, Elizabeth, to his daughter Deborah Nail, March 18, 1840. Witness: William L. Edmundson.
H-353. Feb. 16, 1842. Bryant sold land in Harris County to Littleberry Woodyard.
H-388. Jan. 10, 1842. Briant Edmundson sold to Wm F. Allen 75 acres for $500. Witnessed by Bryant Edmundson.
H-519. Feb. 9, 1836. Bryant Edmundson sold to Richmond R. Kendrick a tract of land in Troup County for $800.
J-381. Dec. 7, 1846. John H. Edmunson of Troup County signed a pro-missory note to Hardy Nelson for $160, secured by land in the 15th District of Troup, part of Lot 149, 50 acres.
J-596. Dec. 29, 1848. James Edmondson of Troup sold 28 acres in Lot 149, 15th District, Troup, to John H. Edmondson of Randolph County, Alabama, for $100. Witnessed by: Eli Edmondson. Eli’s statement confirming sale was dated Jan., 1849.
K-42. Recorded Nov. 8, 1848. John H. Edmundson of Troup sold 88 acres in Lot 149 and 150 to Noah Garrett of Troup, bounded by the land of James Edmundson, Clark, Jesse Garrett, and Young, for $440.50.
K-314. James Edmundson of Troup sold land in Lot 149 and Lot 150 for $600 to Jeremiah Smith. Recorded Jan. 29, 1851.
L-320. Feb. 6, 1855. Blackmon Dixon sold land in Troup, 50 acres in Lot 156, District 12, for $500 to Robert J. Morgan.
L-429. July 25, 1855. Thomas J. Edmondson, (L.S.) and Samuel E. Edmondson, (L.S.) sold 101 ˝ acres, the east half of Lot 99, Eleventh District, with appurtenences, for $350 to John Boyd. Property appeared to be jointly owned.
April 14, 1874. Gainham G. Edmondson married Cattie Bell in Taliaferro County, Georgia. ( Is he from the Edmondsons of Troup?)
Compiled by Stephen W. Edmondson, P.O. Box 1228, Clayton, Georgia, 30525. Revised January, 2012.
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