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William Edwards (1779 - 1850)

William Edwards
Born in Gorham, Cumberland, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 30 Nov 1803 in Mainemap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 70 in West Gardiner, Kennebec, Maine, United Statesmap
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William Edwards was born on 2 September 1779 in Gorham, Maine. His parents were Richard Edwards and Hannah (Lothrop) Edwards[1].


He married Dorcas Merrill on 30 November 1803[2].


They had twelve children[3]:

  • Susan, born 27 Dec 1804; married George Anderson
  • Emeline, born 9 Feb 1806; married Ivory Wakefield
  • James H. R., born 13 Nov 1807; married Emeline McLellan
  • Betsey, born 16 Dec 1808; married Willia
  • Dorcas M., born 28 Dec 1810; married Sylvester Fogg
  • Catherine, born 2 Mar 1813; married Peter Mosher
  • Charlotte, born 7 Feb 1815
  • Harriet, born 25 Nov 1817; married Tobias Littlefield
  • Hannah L., born 15 Aug 1819; married Daniel Cole
  • Margaret, born 2 Oct 1821
  • Mary Jane, born 7 Jul 1825; married A. Bachelder
  • Albion, born 29 Sep 1827

Military Service

"William Edwards was a private in Capt. Toppan Robie's Co., Gen. James Irish's Brigade, which marched to the relief of Portland, War of 1812."[4] No sources are cited. He is on the War of 1812 page pending more information.


  1. "Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), William Edwards, 02 Sep 1779; citing Gorham, Cumberland, Maine; FHL microfilm 10,930.
  2. "Maine Marriages, 1771-1907," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), William Edwards and Dorcas Merrill, 30 Nov 1803; citing Maine, reference ; FHL microfilm 9,781.
  3. McLellan, Hugh Davis. History of Gorham, Maine. Portland, Maine: Smith & Sale, 1903. Page 477.
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