Richard Edwards

Richard L. Edwards (1754 - 1837)

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Richard L. "Gold Headed Dick" Edwards
Born in Colony of Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of
Husband of — married about in South Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Marion, South Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Jun 2016
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Categories: 4th Virginia Regiment (1776), Continental Army, American Revolution | 8th Virginia Regiment (1776), Continental Army, American Revolution | 12th Virginia Regiment (1777), Continental Army, American Revolution | Wounded in Action, United States of America, American Revolution | NSDAR Patriot Ancestors | Marion District, South Carolina | Georgetown Judicial District, South Carolina | Roll of Honor.

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Richard Edwards served in the Virginia Line in the American Revolution
Service started:
Unit(s): 4th Virginia Regiment (1776)
Service ended:


Richard was born about 1754 in Virginia to Samuel Edwards [1] and possibly to Elizabeth who was his wife in South Carolina.

The earliest record we have of Richard is when he enlisted in the army of 1776. (see below)

03 Jun 1783

He received a 100 acres land grant warrant from the Commonwealth of Virginia for his service in the Virginia Continental Line during the Revolutionary War for a term of 3 years service. Warrant number #721 [2]

22 May 1784

He received as the assignee of Private John Lee a 100 acres land grant warrant from the Virginia that was issued to Private John Lee. Warrant number #3091. [3]

07 Aug 1797

Richard purchased 337 acres in Marion Dist., Liberty County SC [4]

About 1790 Richard married Elizabeth Owens, daughter of Rev David Owens of Marion,SC and his wife Mary Palmer and they had issue:

David L. Samuel (1800-1863)
Amy (c1802-1856)
Richard P. (1803-1869)
Abi (Abby) (c1806-a1851)
Soloman (1808-b1830)
Henry (1809-1882)
Samuel (1813-1890)

1800 US Federal Census Marion District Liberty County, SC [5]

Free White Persons - Males - Under 10:1 [most likely David]
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1 [most likely Richard]
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1 [most likely wife, Elizabeth]
Number of Household Members Under 16: 1
Number of Household Members:3

04 Mar 1801

He purchased 583 acres on the East side of Little Pee Dee River and South West side of Bear Swamp. [6]

19 Jan 1808

Richard sold to Nathan Butler of Marion Dist of $100 part of 150 acres on Canes Branch southwest, southeast to Canes Branch up said Branch to the head of it and then a strait direct course of a small Bush a pond tot the line then said line to beginning. signed Richard Edwards, Witness Elisha Bulter. Probated 2 Mar 1810 Recorded 28 Nov 1822 [7]

1810 US Federal Census Marion County, SC [8]

Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 3
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44:: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 3
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Numbers of Slaves: 10
Number of Household Members Under 16: 6
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 18

02 May 1812 To the Predestinarian Baptist Church, Marion SC (the Terrell Bay Church) A free gift to that church; [9]

To Jacob Rowell, David Palmer Sr, Volentine Rowell Jr, John Richardson Sr., & John Williamson trustees for said church 4 acres granted to my father Rev David Owens dec'd as unto me accrued by being a son & heir also deed from Wm Phillips, Richard Edwards & John Williamson, James Dawsey, heirs of estate of said David Owens dec'd by intermarriage with daughters of said dec'd & Solomon Owens son & heir with myself 18 Jul 1805 on corner of Tarrels Bay granted 1 Jan 1787. Plat annexed to grant.
Signed Wm Owens. Witness: Zachariah Phillps, David Rowell, Jr., Wm Rowell, Penelopy Owens recorded before Thomas Paisley, Justice 26 May 1812, Signed Penelope Owens, Thomas Paisley, Probated before J. Williamson, Justice 9 May 1812. Entered 3 Aug 1812, Recorded & Ex same day.

20 Apr 1815

Richard purchased from Hector McNeill in consideration of $30.00 120 acres it being part of tract of land containing 420 acres granted to Isaac Adkeison in the year 1790 beginning at a pine corner from thence to a pine corner on Little Adkeison land premises belonging or in anywise incident ----- Signed Hector McNeill. Probated 20 Sept 1832. [10]

27 Nov 1815

Richard purchased 646 acres on the South side on the Little Pee Dee river in Buck Swamp. [11]

15 Dec 1815

Richard purchased 995 acres on the East side of Little Pee Dee River on Bear Swamp. [12]

09 Feb 1816

Richard patented 278 acres on the North West side of Maiden Down Swamp. [13]

1820 US Census Marion, Marion County, South Carolina [14]

Free White Persons - Males - Under 10 2
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15 2
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15 1
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44 1
Slaves - Males - Under 14 2
Slaves - Males - 14 thru 25 2
Slaves - Females - Under 14 3
Free White Persons - Under 16 6
Free White Persons - Over 25 2
Total Free White Persons 8
Total Slaves 7
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other 15

15 Jul 1820

Richard sold for £20 quit claim half of tract granted to Edwards which contains 278 acres in all to struck across South North West side of M. Martin. The East end on Southwest if Maiden Down binding on M. Martin binding on land granted to Atkinson. Signed: Richard Edwards. Witness: John Miller, Hugh Harrelson. Probated before John Collins 18 Jul 1820, Recorded 7 Aug 1822. [15]

17 Mar 1824 Richard sold to his son, Richard

in consideration of $100.00 paid by Richard Edwards Jr., 120 acres being part of a tract containing 420 acres granted to Isaac Arkison in the year 1790 beginning at a pine corner running southwest 70 corner running thence south 15. 50. 30 degrees west 300. 20 to a pine corner from thence to a pine corner on Little Adkisons land and thence cross to the first corner. Signed Richard Edwards Sr., Witness Dempsy Cribb. Probated 27 Mar 1824. Recorded 20 Sep 1832. [16]

01 Dec 1829 Richard sold to his son, David

in consideration of $400.00 paid, sell and quit claim a certain tract of land to David Edwards ot being part of several tracts containing 400 acres more or less it being the tract I last bought from D. Edwards where he now lives lying on Thick Swamp bound by west by tract I now live on E. by McDaniel I say for the consideration I do forever quit claim and remit acknowledge myself satisfied. [17]

20 Feb 1830 Richard sold to his son, Samuel

I do bargain warrant and forever defend the rights of a certain negro named Samson unto said Samuel Edwards for the sum of $200.00 to me in hand paid by said Samuel Edwards. Signed Richard Edwards. Probated 17 Sept 1830. [18]

1830 US Census Marion, South Carolina [19]

1- free white male 0-5 yrs old,
1-free white male 15-20 yrs old,
1-free white male 20-30 yrs old,
1-free white male 50-60 yrs old (most likely Richard)
1-free white female 20-30 yrs old.
1-free white female 40-50 yrs old. (most likely wife, Elizabeth)

08 Sep 1830 Richard sold to his son, Samuel

Richard Edwards, Sr of Marion SC do bargain sell and forever quit claim a certain parcel of land and in consideration of $500.00 paid by Elisha Manning I do bargain sell and forever quit claim the land knowns by the name of Bell Swamp tract of 583 acres & part of another tract of 480 acres granted to Samuel Edwards of the 400 acres that is to be divided beginning at a pine corner at the deep pond at the north corner of the Bell Swamp plat near Cypress Pond. Signed Richard Edwards. Probated 26 Oct 1830. [20]

01 Dec 1831 Richard sold to his son, Henry

for the consideration of $700.00 paid by Henry Edwards a certain tract of land containing 1000 acres more or less lying on Bear Swamp, the place I now live on, mill and all my possession, where I now live. Signed Richard Edwards. Probated 11 May 1832. Recorded 11 May 1832. [21]

09 Dec 1831

Richard sold to Richard Johnson in consideration of $1400.00 negroes viz one named Harry, tow women Milla and Eve and two children which said negroes I warrant forever. signed Richard Edwards. Witnesses Alexander Johnson. Probated 20 Dec 1831. Recorded 23 Dec 1831. [22]

17 Jan 1832

Richard sold to Samuel Smith Jr. a negro woman named Millie for $360.00 to Samuel Smith Jr. Probated 9 Jul 1832. Recorded 19 Jul 1832. [23]

24 Apr 1832

Richard sold in consideration of $50.00 a certain tract of land containing 71 acres more of less lying in Buck Swamp bounded by land owned by Richard Edwards Jr., Thomas Robbins, Malcom Carmichael and Neal Carmichael. Signed Richard Edwards. Witnesses: Elisha Manning, Elizabeth (her mark) Edwards. Recorded 8 May 1832 [24]

Richard died in 1837 in what is now Smithboro, Marion County, South Carolina and is buried in a family cemetery around a large tree. [25]

American Revolution Service

Private Richard Edwards was Wounded in Action during American Revolution.

Richard was a Private in the Virginia Continental Army in the American Revolution. [26] [27]

Vause's Co. 8 VA Regt. Rev. War. Revolutionary Soldier[1]

He was shot in the head and his skull was fractured; that the fracture was trepanned with gold, and from that fact was generally called 'Gold-headed Richard' or 'Dick Edwards.'

He served in the 4th, the 8th and the 12th Regiments of the Virginia Continental Line. He enlisted under Captain Thomas Bowyer of the 12th Regiment, which was commanded by Col James Woods and later by Col Gist. The 12th's engagements prior to Valley Forge were: Northern New Jersey, defense of Philadelphia, Philadelphia-Monmouth. His rank during the war was Private.

[he enlisted into the 12th Regiment of the Virginia Continental Line when it was marching and recruiting through South Carolina and he joined this regiment in Charleston and was present at Valley Forge. At some point after Valley Forge he was with the 4th Regiment, Then the 4th was merged with the 8th Virginia on September 14, 1778. His last service was with Vause's Company in the 8th Regiment of the Virginia Continental Line.

The problem that the DAR now has with his service is they don't believe that he would have joined a Virginia Line Regiment while living in South Carolina. I was at the DAR headquarters when this was discussed and only 1 person made that decision, she would not except my reasoning that, although it is stated, that the 12th Virginia line was recruiting through South Carolina and HAD stopped in Marion, He was born in Virginia , his father moved them to SC [28], so not unreasonable he felt some connection to Virginia, He was shot in the head in the war, still not good enough for her. uggh...

For new applicators under his name, we need to show proof that he did indeed join the Virginia Line from South Carolina. So someone more familiar with the military hopefully can help here, Rose Edwards [29]

Sources

  1. Sellers, W. W. A history of Marion county, South Carolina, from its earliest times to the present, 1901. Salem, MA.: Higginson Book Co., 2007.
  2. Wilson, Samuel M. Catalogue of Revolutionary soldiers and sailors of the Commonwealth of Virginia to whom land bounty warrants were granted by Virginia for military services in the War for Independence, compiled by Samuel M. Wilson from official records in the Kentucky State Land Office at Frankfort, Kentucky. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1967. Page 25.
  3. Wilson, Samuel M. Catalogue of Revolutionary soldiers and sailors of the Commonwealth of Virginia to whom land bounty warrants were granted by Virginia for military services in the War for Independence, compiled by Samuel M. Wilson from official records in the Kentucky State Land Office at Frankfort, Kentucky. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1967. Page 46.
  4. SC Dept of Archives & History, Columbia, SC. Index to South Carolina State grants 1784-1821 4 pages
  5. 1800 US Federal Census. Year: 1800; Census Place: Liberty, Marion District, South Carolina; Roll: 49; Page: 439; Image: 66; Family History Library Film: 181424.
  6. Source: Plat of 583 acres of Richard Edwards South of Little PeeDee & Bear Swamp, (Vol 36 (1) page 200. SC Dept of Archives & History. Columbia SC see attached images
  7. Marion County South Carolina Abstracts of Deeds Volume Two Books F-I & K 1811-1823. Deed book K pages 98-99. Page 173.
  8. 1810 United States Federal Census. Marion Co S.C.; Roll 61; Page: 81; Family History Number: 0181420; Image: 00144.
  9. Utley , Lucille . Marion County South Carolina Abstracts of Deeds . Edited by Alita White Sutcliffe. Vol. 2. Books F-I & K 1811-1823. Charlotte, NC: Forebears Press , 1997. Deed book F pages 62-64 (Page 9)
  10. Abstracts of Marion County, SC Deed Books O and P 1831-1835 Abstracted by Lucille Utley, Transcribed by K. Loyd, Edited by J. M. Gregg Three Rivers Historical Society. 2003
  11. Richard Edwards Plat of 646 acres of on Buck Swamp & Little Pee Dee Vol 44 (2) Page 102. SC Dept of Archives & History, Columbia, SC. See attached photo of plat of land
  12. SC Dept of Archives & History, Columbia, SC. Richard Edwards Plat of 995 acres of East side of Little PeDee & on Bear Swamp Vol 44 (2) page 123.
  13. SC Dept of Archives & History, Columbia, SC. Plat of 278 acres of Richard Edwards North-West of Maiden Down Swamp Vol 44 (2) page 149
  14. 1820 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Marion, Marion, South Carolina; Roll M33_121; Page: 58; Image: 111.
  15. Marion County South Carolina Abstracts of Deeds Volume Two Books F-I & K 1811-1823. Abstracted by Lucille Utley, Edited & Indexed & Published by Alita White Sutcliffe Forebears Press, Charlotte, North Carolina. 1997. Deed book K pages 59-60 (Page 168).
  16. Abstracts of Marion County, SC Deed Books O and P 1831-1835 Abstracted by Lucille Utley, Transcribed by K. Loyd, Edited by J. M. Gregg Three Rivers Historical Society. 2003. Deed Book O Pages 228-230. (Page 90.)
  17. Abstracts of Marion County, SC Deed Books Q and R 1836-1842 Abstracted by Lucille Utley, Transcribed by A. Turner Edited by J. M. Gregg Three Rivers Historical Society. 2003. Deed Book R, Page 92 (Page 187)
  18. Abstracts of Marion County, SC Deed Books L-M-N 1824-1831 Abstracted by Lucille Utley, Transcribed by A. Turner & B. E. Cribb. Three Rivers Historical Society. 2003. Deed Book N Page 300 (Page 298)
  19. 1830 US Census Place: Marion, South Carolina; Series: M19; Roll: 172; Page: 17; Family History Library Film: 0022506
  20. Abstracts of Marion County, SC Deed Books L-M-N 1824-1831 Abstracted by Lucille Utley, Transcribed by A. Turner & B. E. Cribb. Three Rivers Historical Society. 2003. Deed Book N Page 303-304. (Page 299-300)
  21. Abstracts of Marion County, SC Deed Books O and P 1831-1835 Abstracted by Lucille Utley, Transcribed by K. Loyd, Edited by J. M. Gregg Three Rivers Historical Society. 2003. Deed Book O Pages 165-166 (Page 68)
  22. Abstracts of Marion County, SC Deed Books O and P 1831-1835 Abstracted by Lucille Utley, Transcribed by K. Loyd, Edited by J. M. Gregg Three Rivers Historical Society. 2003. Deed Book O Page 116 (Pages 48-49)
  23. Abstracts of Marion County, SC Deed Books O and P 1831-1835 Abstracted by Lucille Utley, Transcribed by K. Loyd, Edited by J. M. Gregg Three Rivers Historical Society. 2003. Deed Book O Page 169 (Page 69)
  24. Abstracts of Marion County, SC Deed Books O and P 1831-1835 Abstracted by Lucille Utley, Transcribed by K. Loyd, Edited by J. M. Gregg Three Rivers Historical Society. 2003. Deed Deed Book O Page 164-165 (Page 67)
  25. Find A Grave, database and images, memorial page for Richard Edwards (1754–1837), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74165504, citing Edwards Cemetery, Smithboro, Marion County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by SuzanneTF (contributor 47458435). Find A Grave: Memorial #74165504 retrieved 14 Jan 2018 by Rose Edwards
  26. Catalogue of Revolutionary Soldiers and Sailors of the Commonwealth of Virginia To Whom Land Bounty Warrants Were Granted by Virginia for Military Services in the War for Independence. Samuel M. Wilson . 1913, 1967 & 1967. Genealogical Publishing Company. Pages 25 & 46.
  27. Virginia Soldiers of 1776, Volume I, Louis A. Burgess, 1927, 1994, Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc
  28. Sellers, W. W. A history of Marion county, South Carolina, from its earliest times to the present, 1901. Salem, MA.: Higginson Book Co., 2007.
  29. Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed 14 Jan 2018), "Record of Richard Edwards", Ancestor # A036751.


Acknowledgements

Thanks to Rose Edwards


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Plat of Rich Edwards 583 acres
Plat of Rich Edwards 583 acres

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