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Thomas Alva Edison I (1847 - 1931)

Thomas Alva "Al" Edison I
Born in Milan, Erie County, Ohio, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 25 Dec 1871 in Newark, Passaic, New Jersey, USAmap
Husband of — married 24 Feb 1886 in Akron, Summit, Ohio, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in West Orange, Essex county, New Jersey, United Statesmap
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Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman.

Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio on February 11, 1847.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8],[9][10][11][12][13][14][15] He was the seventh and final child of Samuel Ogden Edison, Jr. and Nancy Matthews Elliott. When he was seven, the family moved to Port Huron, Michigan.[5] He was soon kicked out of school, because the teacher supposedly did not have a liking for him. His mother proceeded to homeschool him until he was 12. Young Thomas then stopped going to school and landed his first job was a "candy butcher" on the Grand Trunk Railroad. It was at the railroad where he would learn how to use the telegraph from the stationmaster. He worked as a telegraph operator from the age of 16 until he turned 21.

On 25 Dec 1871 in Newark, Passaic, New Jersey, USA Thomas was wed to Mary Jane Stillwell.[16][7] Their children were Marion Estelle Edison[17][7], Thomas Alva Edison II[18][7], and William Leslie Edison[19][7].

His second marriage came 24 Feb 1886 in Summit, Ohio when he was wed to Mina Miller.[20][10][8][13][14][21][22] Their children included Madeleine Edison[10][11], Charles Edison[23][10][11][21], and Theodore Miller Edison[10][11][21][12].

In 1876, Thomas established the world's first invention factory located in Menlo Park, New Jersey.[7][10][11][12][13][8] He developed the phonograph and the first light bulb in this factory. His had problems finding long-lasting filaments for his first bulbs, but with his great intelligence, he made carbonized Bristol board. Thomas also made an electrical system, which contributed most to the electrical system and light bulb systems in use today.

Thomas was always thinking of new ways to improve things. He was famously nicknamed the "Wizard of Menlo Park".

  • "My main purpose in life is to make enough money to create ever more inventions... The dove is my emblem... I want to save and advance human life, not destroy it... I am proud of the fact that I have never invented weapons to kill..."
  • "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

Near the time of his death, Thomas was spending time in Fort Myers, Florida.[14] Thomas Edison died on October 18, 1931 in West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey from complications of diabetes.[3][15] He was buried in Rosedale Cemetery, Orange New Jersey. He and Mina's remains were later exhumed and moved to Thomas' Glenmont Estate, now part of the Edison National Historic Site.[24]

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  3. 3.0 3.1 Family Data Collection - Deaths: Author: Edmund West, comp.: Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Ancestry Record genepoold #811553 Death date: 18 October 1931 Death place: Essex, NJ, USA
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  5. 5.0 5.1 1860 United States Federal Census"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWDY-6LM : 14 December 2017), Alvah Edison in entry for Samuel Edison, 1860. Year: 1860; Census Place: Port Huron Ward 3, St Clair, Michigan; Ancestry Record 1860usfedcenancestry #45272325
  6. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957: "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVR3-2DVZ : 11 March 2018), Thomas A Edison, 1873; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 175,733. Ancestry Record nypl #14110937 Birth date: abt 1847 Birth place: Origin date: Origin place: United States of AmericaArrival date: 25 Jun 1873 Arrival place: New York Departure place: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland Destination place: United States of America
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  24. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 10 October 2019), memorial page for Thomas Alva Edison (11 Feb 1847–18 Oct 1931), Find A Grave: Memorial #1630, citing Edison National Historic Site, West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .

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Hey there profile managers,

We'll be featuring Thomas in the connection finder the beginning of October in anticipation of the new movie coming out featuring his work. I'll be by closer to Oct 1 to do some tweaking and sprucing to his profile, which you are most welcome to do as well.

Thanks! Abby The WikiTree Team

posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Please add his Findagrave info to his bio:

He is buried at Edison National Historic Site, West Orange, Essex, NJ - Memorial # 1630

posted by Patricia (Long) Kent
Very excited to know I'm a cousin of Thomas Edison through the Sperry line.
posted by Charlotte Shockey

Thomas is 25 degrees from Ludwig Kraayenbrink, 15 degrees from Henry VIII of England and 25 degrees from Ferdinand von Zeppelin on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.