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Edward Irving Darling (1818 - 1863)

Edward Irving Darling
Born in New Hampshire, United Statesmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 45 in Tennessee, United Statesmap
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Edward Darling was born in New Hampshire, as was his wife, according to the entry for Edward I Darling (listed as 17-year-old grandson of Nancy Adams, 68, in the 1880 Census for New Hampshire).[1]

Research Notes

Uncertain Existence: Despite numerous mentions, it seems this Edward Darling may not have existed except to be named by Flora Adams as her husband and father of her son.

Marriage: See his wife's WikiTree profile: Flora Adams, founder of the DAR, was born in 1840 and married Col. Edward Darling - "22 years her senior" in 1859, going to live with him in Louisiana, where their son was born. (This puts Edward's birth c1818.) Sources for her profiles include one which refers to Colonel Darling as "a Southerner",[2] which would seem to contradict the 1880 Census record for son Edward that both his parents were born in New Hampshire.[1] It appears as if the father of her child may have been fictitious. From Flora's Wikipedia article:

"In later life, she claimed to have been married in New York City on March 12, 1860, to Edward Irving Darling on March 12, 1860,[1] a man 22 years her senior.[2]
"More likely, the marriage, if it did take place, occurred later. Though she described her husband variously as a Confederate colonel and from Louisiana and Kentucky, neither has any record of him among its officers, nor does the index of Confederate soldiers in the National Archives.[3] The couple had an only son, Edward Irving Darling, Jr.,[4] born October 9, 1862. She maintained that her husband died December 2, 1863, from wounds received on November 29 at the first Battle of Franklin, Tennessee;[1] where she claims that Edward was serving as a brigadier-general in the Confederate Army.[4]"[3]
  • [1] "New Hampshire Necrology", The Granite Monthly: A Magazine of Literature, History and State Progress, J. N. McClintock, 42: 62–63, 1910
  • [2] Flora Adams Darling Papers, 1862–1908, Special Collections Research Center, College of William and Mary, retrieved 2011-10-30
  • [3] Davies, Wallace Evan, in "Flora Adams Darling", chapter in Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume 2, Harvard University Press, Jan 1, 1971. Edward T. James, Janet Wilson James, Paul S. Boyer, editors.
  • [4] James, Edward T.; James, Janet Wilson (1974), Boyer, Paul S. (ed.), Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium Series in the History of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Press, pp. 432–433, ISBN 978-0-674-62734-5

Son: Information from son's biography:

Father reportedly died of wounds in Tennessee in 1863 (serving with CSA)
From the 1880 Census for New Hampshire, with grandson Edward I. Darling, 17 (a Music Teacher) in the household of Nancy Adams (68),[1] who is presumed to be mother of this Edward's wife and mother to the Edward born in Louisiana c1863.
  • Edward (17) was born in Louisiana
  • Both of Edward's parents were born in New Hampshire
From the son's FindAGrave memorial, created by "HWA in 2016:
"Son of Flora (born Sophronia A.) Adams. She claimed his father to be one Edward I. Darling, a brigadier general in the Confederate army, who supposedly died of wounds at Franklin, TN on 29 Nov 1863. She described Edward as the son of C. Irving and Marie Dumas Lafitte Darling of Louisiana, born 12 Dec 1819 in New Iberia, LA, and said that she had married him on 12 Mar 1860 in New York City. As yet, I have found no census records, military records, birth/death records, or any other evidence of the general's existence."[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 29 August 2017), Edward I Darling in entry for Nancy A Adams, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 41, sheet 157D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d), roll 0762; FHL microfilm 1,254,762.
  3. (accessed 2 October 2020)
  4. Find A Grave: Memorial #173185807 for Edward I. Darling (accessed 2 October 2020).
  • "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 2 August 2020), Edward Irving Darling; citing Find A Grave: Memorial #173185807.
    • Obituary of daughter Flora Darling Adams Carling: "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011", database with images
      citing Affiliate Name: GenealogyBank, Inc.; Digital film/folder number: 101766453
      FamilySearch Record: Q536-F8H9 (accessed 29 September 2023)
      FamilySearch Image: 3Q9M-CS3T-V699 Image number 00660
      Name: Gen Edward Irving Darling; Occupation: Brigadier-General; Source Newspaper: Boston Herald.

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