Biography - John Edwards

John W. EDWARDS, lumber merchant, Hillsboro, was born in Tennessee in 1821; son of John and Elizabeth (JUSTICE) EDWARDS. John, who was a farmer, was born in North Carolina in 1777; removed to Tennessee about the year 1800, and left there in 1838, afterward residing in Pike County, Jefferson County and Upper Alton. He died in the latter place about the year 1852; his wife was born in North Carolinain 1782, and died in Hillsboro about the year 1868. Our subject, the fifth son of a family of eight sons and three daughters, received a limited education in Tennessee. He removed from that State with his parents in 1838, and settled in Pike County, where he remained two years; then removed to Jefferson County. Up to this time he had worked on his father's farm. After remaining in Jefferson County two years, he moved to Upper Alton, where he stayed until 1855, engaged in mercantile business. From Upper Alton he removed to Hillsboro, where he engaged in the mercantile and grain business five years, then dealt in lumber nine years, then in the drug business nine years. In 1878, he gave up the Drug business, and returned to his old occupation of dealing in lumber, which business he is now engaged in. He is the owner of a comfortable frame residence in Hillsboro, with about three acres attached. In Hillsboro, in 1848, he married Joanna MEADE, born in Ohio in 1825. From this union there have been born to them eight children, six of whom are living - David A.; William A., physician at Winchester, Ill.; John M., now residing in Kansas; Albert N., a harness maker in Hillsboro; Frederick W. and Sarah Isabel KING. Mr. EDWARDS and his wife are members of the Methodist Church, of which he has been Steward, and is now Trustee. He is a member of the A., F. & A. M. and I. O. O. F., in which orders he has held all the offices from the lowest to the highest. In politics, he supports the Republican party.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 103-104.

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