James Cam EDMONDS William M EDMONDS William Calvin EDMONDS Oscar Sheldon EDMONDS Tembert Shroud EDMONDS George Washington EDMONDS Mary Manervia EDMONDS Thomas Tony EDMONDS Joe Wesley EDMONDS Gurley Roosevelt EDMONDS Willard Emery EDMONDS Hicks A EDMONDS Nancy Magnolia MITCHELL Harding A EDMONDS Merdia Coledge EDMONDS Hannah Elizabeth WEBB Martha Marcena EDMONDS Sarah E EDMONDS Catherine WHITE Mini tree diagram

Elijah L EDMONDS1,9,2,3,4,5,6,8

17th May 18651,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 - 15th Mar 19381,6,8

Life History

17th May 1865

Born in Newport, Cocke, Tennessee.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

about 1888

Married Nancy Magnolia MITCHELL in Madison County, North Carolina.5

21st Nov 1888

Birth of son William Calvin EDMONDS in North Carolina.10,5,4,6,11

3rd Oct 1891

Birth of son Oscar Sheldon EDMONDS in North Carolina.10,5,4,12,13

4th May 1892

Birth of son Tembert Shroud EDMONDS in Madison County, North Carolina.10,5,4,14,15,16

10th Nov 1893

Birth of son George Washington EDMONDS in Madison County, North Carolina.5,4,17,6,18

13th Apr 1895

Birth of daughter Mary Manervia EDMONDS in North Carolina.10,5,4,19,20

11th Dec 1896

Birth of son Thomas Tony EDMONDS in Marshall, Madison, North Carolina.5,4,21,22

1st Apr 1898

Birth of son Joe Wesley EDMONDS in Mars Hill. Madison County, North Carolina.10,5,4,3,23,24

12th Jul 1900

Birth of son Gurley Roosevelt EDMONDS in Madison County, North Carolina.10,4,25

22nd Dec 1902

Birth of son Willard Emery EDMONDS in North Carolina.10,4,3,6,14,26

15th Feb 1905

Birth of son Hicks A EDMONDS in North Carolina.4,3,12

after Feb 1922

Married Hannah Elizabeth WEBB.27

3rd Feb 1922

Death of Nancy Magnolia MITCHELL in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.27,10,6

23rd May 1923

Birth of son Harding A EDMONDS in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.10,14,26,28,29,6,30

14th Jun 1927

Birth of son Merdia Coledge EDMONDS in South Carolina.10,31,11,29,6,30

15th Mar 1938

Died in Cooley Springs, Spartanburg, South Carolina.1,6,8

Lobar Pneumonia

16th Mar 1938

Buried in New Prospect Church Cemetery, Chesnee, Spartanburg, South Carolina.1,6,8


  • 1870 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Tennessee, 21 July, p 2, PO Dandridge, Hse/Fam #13
    Edmonds, James C 49 M W Farm Laborer $No Real Estate $No Personal Estate b Tennessee Cannot read or write [b abt 1821]
    Edmonds, Catharine 28 F W  Keeping House b Kentucky Cannot read or write [born abt 18]
    Edmonds, Elijah R 5 M W b Tennessee [b abt 1865]

    1880 Federal Census, Madison County, North Carolina, 10 June, Upper Laurel, District 131, page 9, No Hse/Fam #s
    Edmonds, Catharine  W F 40 Widow   Works on Farm and Keeps House NC NC NC
    Edmonds, Elijah W M 15 Son Works on Farm TN TN NC

    Elijah has the middle initial of R in 1870, but this is L in 1900.  Similarly in this 1900 census, his son is Elijah G, but later in his own household he is Elijah L, like his father.  Note that Elijah L is now reported born in North Carolina, instead of Tennessee.

    1900 Federal Census, Madison County, North Carolina, 29 June, Upper Laurel Township, District 84, page 11A, Hse/Fam #192
    Edmonds, Elijah L Head W M May 1865  35 Married 12 years NC NC NC Farmer Rents
    Edmonds, Nancy  Wife W M March 1865  35 Married 12 years 7 child/7 living NC NC NC
    Edmonds, William  Son W M Nov 1888 11 Single NC NC NC
    Edmonds, Oscar  Son W M Oct 1890 9 Single NC NC NC
    Edmonds, Stuart  Son W M May 1892 8 Single NC NC NC
    Edmonds, George W  Son W M Nov 1893 6 Single NC NC NC
    Edmonds, Mary Dau W F Apr 1895 5 Single NC NC NC
    Edmonds, Elijah G  Son W M Dec 1896 3 Single NC NC NC
    Edmonds, Andrew  Son W M Apr 1898 2 Single NC NC NC

    Next door to Elijah is his younger brother Thomas Edmonds and his first wife Ara, with their daughter Bertha.

    1900 Federal Census, Madison County, North Carolina, 29 June, Upper Laurel Township, District 84, page 11A, Hse/Fam #193
    Edmonds, Thomas Head W M Feb 1876  24 Married 3 years NC NC NC Farmer Owns
    Edmonds, Ara B Wife W M Dec 1880  19 Married 3 years 1 child/1 living NC NC NC
    Edmonds, Bertha Dau W F Apr 1899 1 Single NC NC NC

    On the next page is another brother William, and on the page after William is their mother, Catherine Reed, and their grandmother, Catherine's mother, 102-year-old Polly White.

    Some genealogies list Elijah's wife's name as Nancy Magnolia, based on names in censuses, apparently.  But Nancy Mitchell's family is enumerated in Madison in 1880, and she is named Nancy M, matching the two names later found for the wife of the Spartanburg couple.

    "I have been reading some written work on one of your pages and wanted to let you know about Elijah L.Edmonds. He came to Fingerville, SC in Spartanburg County because the textile mill went to NC and recuited with offers of housing and jobs. My grandfather, Willard Emery Edmonds, was his son. In fact Willard played textile baseball for the mill."
    --  Jennie Leake, email message to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 23 Apr 2012

    The 1910 census records Elijah's presence in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.  The details of this Elijah are very close to those known from other sources for the son of Cam Edmonds and Katherine White.  We find in the list of children Jennie Leake's grandfather Willard.  The children William and Oscar match closely.  George is close, with a 2-year age difference, within the range we commonly find between censuses.

    Thomas T of 1910 matches Andrew of 1900 in age, but not name.  Dewey J reported in 1910 should have been reported as about 1 years old in 1900, the best match being to Andrew, age 2 in 1900.  So that is uncertain.  At least one genealogy names one child as Andrew "Dewey."

    Both husband and wife of the Spartanburg family match our Madison County couple very closely.  The wife is enumerated as Magnolia.  Interestingly, too, Elijah is here reported as born in Tennessee, matching the 1870 and 1880 censuses in Tennessee and North Carolina.  In the 1900 census in North Carolina, he was reported as born in North Carolina.

    1910 Federal Census, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, 22 April, Campobello Township, District 73, page 9B, Hse #159, Fam #161
    Edmonds, E L Head M W  44  Married 23 yrs TN TN TN Farmer Rents [b abt 1866]
    Edmonds, Magnolia  Wife  F W  45  Married 23 yrs 4 10 children/10 living TN TN TN
    Edmonds, William M Son  M W 20 Single NC TN TN Farm Laborer
    Edmonds, Oscar I Son  M W 18 Single NC TN TN Farm Laborer
    Edmonds, Timbert I Son  M W 16 Single NC TN TN Farm Laborer
    Edmonds, George W Son  M W 14 Single NC TN TN Farm Laborer
    Edmonds, Minerva M Dau  F W 13 Single NC TN TN
    Edmonds, Thomas T Son  M W 12 Single NC TN TN Farm Laborer
    Edmonds, Dewey J Son  M W 11 Single NC TN TN Farm Laborer
    Edmonds, Gurley R Son  M W 8 Single NC TN TN Farm Laborer
    Edmonds, Willard E Son  M W 6 Single NC TN TN Farm Laborer
    Edmonds, Heaps A Son  M W 5 Single NC TN TN Farm Laborer

    1910 and 1920 children match for Elijah and Maggie (Magnolia) in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

    1920 Federal Census, Spartanburg County, Arkansas, 20 January, Campobello Township, District 82, page 11B, Hse/Fam #138
    Edmonds, Elige Head Rents M W  55 NC NC NC Farmer [b abt 1864]
    Edmonds, Maggie Wife F W  55 NC NC NC [b abt 1864]
    Edmonds, William Son M W  32 NC NC NC [b abt 1887]
    Edmonds, Dewey Son M W  21 NC NC NC [b abt 1898]
    Edmonds, Williard Son M W  17 NC NC NC [b abt 1902]
    Edmonds, Hick Son M W  15 NC NC NC [b abt 1904]

    Suzanne Kennedy clarifies names of the children with information from family sources.

    Elijah Edmonds married Nancy Magnolia Mitchell.  They are the family listed on the census you reference with Elijah living next door to Thomas Edmonds.
    My grandmother gave me all the names birth dates of her uncles and aunt. I pulled all the information from obituaries, and have copies of a lot of headstones for this generation.
    The correct listing of their names is as follows:

    William "Billy" Calvin - 21 Nov 1888
    Oscar Sheldon - 3 Oct 1891
    Rev. Timbert Shroud "TS" 4 May 1892
    Manervia - 13 Apr 1895
    Thomas Tony ( my Great Grandfather )  11 Dec 1896
    Joe W. "Dewey - 1 Apr 1897
    Gurley Roosevelt - 12 Jul 1900
    Willard Emery 22 Dec 1902
    Hicks A - 15 Feb 1905
    Odell Alonzo Edmonds 10 May 1919.  Was actually the son of Lizze Webb and her first husband who was an Edwards. Odell took the name Edmonds and his decendants are still Edmonds.

    Elijah married Lizzie Webb after the death of "Maggie" in 1922.  They had the following children.
    Harding - 23 May 1923
    Merdia ( son ) Coledge - 14 Jun 1927

    Lizzie Webb had two daughters from her first marriage,
    Pansy Edwards Johnson and Laura Edwards ( unsure if she married.)

    --  Suzanne Kennedy, Geneanet Messaging to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 7 August 2015

    1930 Federal Census, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, 16 April, District 42-18, page 9A, Midnight Rd, Hse #152, Fam #153
    Edmunds, Lidge Head M W 65 Married at age 21 NC NC NC Farmer [abt 1865]
    Edmunds, Elizabeth Wife F W 48 Married at age 18 NC NC NC [abt 1882]
    Edmunds, Laura E Dau F W 18 NC NC NC  [abt 1912]
    Edmunds, Pansy Dau F W 13 NC NC NC [b abt 1917]
    Edmunds, Odell Son M W 11 SC NC NC [b abt 1919]
    Edmunds, Hardin M W 6 SC NC NC [b abt 1904]
    Edmunds, Marti Son M W 2yrs9mos [abt Aug 1927] SC NC NC

    There is a death record in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, for an Elijah L Edmonds, that closely matches this Elijah L Edmonds.  But the parents of this Elijah are reported to be Calvin Edmonds, of unknown birthplace, and Polly White, born in Spartanburg.  This is interesting, since the names do not match known parents, but Polly White was Elijah's mother's mother, and his first son is reported as named Calvin.  These could have been errors by the informant, T S Edmonds.

    This Elijah was born in Newport, Tennessee, which matches our Edmonds line.  This Elijah's wife was Mrs Lizzie Webb Edmonds, which could have been a second wife after Nancy Magnolia died.  I have not found Nancy's death information.  All family genealogies I have seen consider this to be the same Elijah L Edmonds.

    South Carolina Death Records, 1821-1955
    Certificate #004513
    Elijah L Edmonds
    Residence Rt 2, Chesnee, Spartanburg County, South Carolina
    Death 15 Mar 1938 Spartanburg County
    Age at Death 72 Years 11 months 23 days
    Estimated birth date 17 May 1865
    Born Newwport [Cocke County], Tennessee
    Wife was Mrs Lizzie Webb Edmonds
    Parents Calvin Edmonds [James Cam], of unknown birthplace, and Polly White, born in Spartanburg Co SC
    Cause of Death Lobar Pneumonia
    Informant Rev T S Edmonds (son), Chesnee, SC
    Burial 16 March New Prospect Church Cemetery, Chesnee, Spartanburg, SC
    Filed 9 April 1938

    Most genealogies reference this death certificate, but those that report a date of death have the date as 15 March 1935, although the death certificate clearly reports 1938.  None of them provide any sources, like a gravestone, or comment on the date.

    Obituary Summary
    Chesnee, March 15 (1938)
    Elijah L Edmonds, Age 72 [b abt 1866]
    Residence Cooley Springs, Spartanburg County, South Carolina
    Husband of Lizzie Webb Edmonds
    Died 15 March 1938 at his home after a week's illness with pneumonia
    Funeral Wednesday [16 March 1938] at the the Cooley Springs Baptist Church
    Rev W B Jones, past of Cooley Springs Baptist Church, and the Rev A P Jones of Whitney will officiate at the funeral.
    Burial will be in the New Prospect church cemetery, with the Inman Lodge, No 201, in charge.
    --  Spartanburg Herald-Journal, 16 March 1938 [Wednesday], p 3, Courtesy of Kelly Jane O

    Elijah L. Edmonds
    Birth Mar 2, 1865 Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee
    Death Mar 15, 1938 Cherokee Springs, Spartanburg County, South Carolina

    Son of Calvin Edmonds & Polly White, husband of 1) Maggie Mitchell 2) Lizzie Webb

    Spartanburg Herald:
    72, Cooley Springs, h/o Lizzie Webb Edmonds, 3-16-38 p3

    Nancy Magnolia Mitchell Edmonds (1865 - 1922)
    Lizzie Webb Edmonds (1888 - 1949)

    William Calvin Edmonds (1888 - 1972)
    Oscar Sheldon Edmonds (1891 - 1949)
    Tembert Stroud Edmonds (1892 - 1984)
    Thomas T Edmonds (1895 - 1984)
    Manervia Edmonds Tyler (1895 - 1969)
    Joe W. Edmonds (1898 - 1979)
    Gurley Roosevelt Edmonds (1900 - 1994)
    Willard Edmonds (1902 - 1987)
    Hicks A. Edmonds (1905 - 1952)
    Odell Alonzo Edmonds (1919 - 1981)
    Harding A. Edmonds (1923 - 1986)
    Merdia Coledge Edmonds (1927 - 1971)

    Burial New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery. New Prospect, Spartanburg County, South Carolina

    Created by Kelly Jane O Jan 16, 2012
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #83535457, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=83535457


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