Edmund Pendleton was born September 9, 1721 in present-day Caroline, Virginia, the son of Henry Pendleton and Mary Bishop Taylor. He was the brother of Mary Pendleton, Henry Pendleton, Elizabeth Pendleton, Isabella Pendleton, Ann Pendleton, John P. Pendleton, Rachel Pendleton, Joseph Pendleton, Phillip Pendleton, Catherine Pendleton, James Pendleton, Martha Pendleton and Micajah Pendleton.
Edmund was a Virginia politician, lawyer and judge, active in the American Revolutionary War. He was a member of the Virginia legislature before and during the War. Pendleton attended the First Continental Congress alongside George Washington and Patrick Henry as Virginia’s delegates and he led the conventions wherein Virginia declared independence and adopted the U.S. Constitution. Edmund died October 26, 1803 in Bowling Green, Caroline, Virginia.
Birth: 9 Sep 1721 Caroline County, Virginia; Death: 23 Oct 1803 (aged 82) Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA; Burial: Bruton Parish Episcopal Church Cemetery, Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia, USA. Memorial #: 3589.
Bio: American Revolution Continental Congressman. A lawyer and justice of the peace in Caroline County, Virginia, he served as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses for 25 years. He was elected as a Delegate from Virginia to the 1st Continental Congress in 1774, where along with Patrick Henry and George Washington, rode on horseback from Mount Vernon, Virginia to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He later served as the President of the Virginia convention that drew up the resolutions for the Declaration of Independence. Some of his ideas were later incorporated into the document by Thomas Jefferson.
Inscription: "Here lies the remains of Edmund Pendleton of Caroline. Born September 9th 1721. Died October 23rd 1803. Author of the Resolution adopted unanimously by the Virginia Convention of May 15th 1776, instructing the Virginia delegates in the Continental Congress to introduce a bill to declare the colonies free and independent states. He was for twenty-five years, a member of the House of Burgesses; delegate to the Continental Congress; member of all Virginia Conventions of the eighteenth century; President of the Conventions of 1775 and 1776; Chairman of the Committee of Safety; one of the Committee of Five, which revised the laws of Virginia, among them the bill for establishing religious freedom; Speaker of the House of Delegates; first President of the Court of Appeals of Virginia and for many years Vestryman of Drysdale Parish. His remains were removed from his plantation at Edmundsbury and reinterred under this stone in July 1907 by his great-great niece, Charlotte Pendleton. Here also are interred the remains of his two wives and infant child."
Family Members: Parents: Henry Pendleton (1683-1721), Mary Bishop Taylor Pendleton (1688-1770); Spouses: Elizabeth Roy Pendleton (Unknown-1741), Sarah Pollard Pendleton (1725-1803); Siblings: James Pendleton (1702-1763), Philip Pendleton (1704-1778), Isabella Pendleton Gaines (1712-1790), Nathaniel Pendleton (1715-1794), Mary Pendleton Gaines (1717-1803), John Pendleton (1719-1799); Half Siblings: Thomas Watkins (1714-1783), Sarah Watkins Clay (1725-1750); Children: Infant Son Pendleton (1741-1741).
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"United States Census, 1820," database with images, FamilySearch  : accessed 5 August 2015), Virginia > Caroline > Not Stated > image 26 of 38; citing NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Edmund by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
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There is a family legend (in my husband's family) that since Edmund had no surviving children, he raised those of a brother or cousin. Does anyone have confirmation of the legend? Note: It may have actually been his first cousin, also Edmund (Pendleton-334), but his childlessness makes it more likely for him.