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Edward Wade (1745 - 1776)

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Edward Wade
Born in Virginiamap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Charlotte County, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Williamsburg, Virginiamap [uncertain]
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The profile of a different Edward Wade (ca. 1727-1790) who married Mary Clemons, had at least 10 children and died in Greene Co., GA[1] was at one time merged with this profile. The information for that Edward Wade has been removed from this profile and added to Edward Wade.

This Edward Wade married Letitia "Letty" Martin in Charlotte County, Virginia, had four children (named in his will) and died at the age of 31.[2]

Edward and Letty's marriage bond was issued on 15 Oct 1768 in Charlotte County, Virginia. Charlotte/Lunenburg counties were known to be home to the Martin family. The family Bible records the wedding on 10 Oct 1769. Letty had been the second-born and only daughter with eight brothers.

Birth order of Edward and Letty's four children is assumed by the sequence in which he named his sons in his will. That daughter Betsy was the youngest is construed from the statement in the will that final sales and settlements should wait until Betsy became 16.

Edward and Letty were married for only seven to eight years before his death, which left Letty with four young children:

  1. William
  2. Abraham Martin
  3. Edward Washington
  4. Betsy Marshall

Edward served in the 7th Virginia Regiment, Continental Line. One source says he was reported to have died in 1776 at the Battle of Quebec at age 31, [3] but that cannot be correct if he wrote his will 12 Feb 1776 and the Battle of Quebec was fought on 31 Dec 1775. Another source says he died in Williamsburg. [4]

Since his will was made and proved in Halifax County, Virginia, it is readily assumed that was the family's home when he died. [5]


Transcribed by Jouett Taylor Prisley in 1996 from a copy included in an equity case filed in Edgefield County Equity, Bills #9, Roll GD(ED?) 112.

I Edward Wade of Halifax County being at this time in health and of perfect sense and memory do make constitute and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say Imprimis I lend to my wife Letty Wade all my estate till my daughter Betsy Wade shall attain to the age of sixteen years at which time I desire that all my estate both real & personal be sold by my executors and who are hereby empowered to make conveyances of such estate and the money deriving by such sale to be equally divided between my wife Letty Wade and my daughter Betsy Marshall Wade my sons William Wade Abraham Martin Wade and Washington Wade and in case my wife or any of my children should die without lawful begotten heir of his or her body then the part of my estate that is hereby allotted to him or her shall be equally divided amongst my surviving children I further desire that my children be educated at the discretion of my executors hereafter named and I do hereby nominate and appoint Memucan Hunt William Stokes William Rawlins and Samuel Perrin to be executors of this my last will and testament revoking and disowning all will or wills by me heretofore made In witness whereof I the said Edward Wade have hereunto set my hand and seal this twelfth day of February in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred & seventy six
(signed) Edward Wade
Signed sealed and
published in presence of
Charles Wade
Wm Wade
P___moss (unreadable)
Anne Wade


  4. Congressional Series of United States Public Documents, Volume 359, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1840, pp. 434-435
  5. Halifax County Virginia Will Book 1, page 157

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