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Randolph County Illinois
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Note: These are extractions, not complete transcriptions, except where noted.
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James Eccles

Eccles, James was born 08 May 1846 in Evansville, IL. On 05 Oct 1869 he married Mary E Smith. In 1867 he was the constable. He and Mary had 3 children. James' father was Edmond who was born in Twp Dilwort, Longridge near Preston Co Lancaster, England on 07 May 1806 and died 27 May 1873 in RC. AT the age of 26 he married Lucy Garner in England. At age 27 he came to the US with his wife and infant son Seth. First the family went to Monroe Co to Prairie Du Long where Edmond's brother lived. A bit later they moved to Evansville. Lucy died in Jul 1853 and Edmond married twice after that. James grandfather was named Seth. (1894)

William Edmiston
Edmiston, William was born 21 Mar 1823 in TN. He married 27 Feb 1844 to Nancy Lindsey the d/o Thomas. Their children were: James H, William T, John H, Charles F and Jane. His father was William (Sr) who was born 08 Feb 1795 in VA. He married Sarah Askins in TN. In 1832 William (Sr) moved the family to RC> His wife Sarah died in RC in 1833. William and Sarah's children were: Albert( to KS), Polly (d by 1875), William, Rufus ( to KS), James and Sarah. William (Sr)'s father was Robert, who was born in VA and moved to TN. Robert married Susan Hannah. Their children were: William John, David Alexander and Polly. [There was a note that this is a Scottish family and that in Scotland the name was spelt Edmondson.] (1875)

John L. Edwords
John L. Edwords
Of the old and substantial citizens of Chester, John L. Edwords is worthy of a place in this work. He has been a resident of the vicinity since the year 1843, and of the town itself since the year 1855.
The Edwords family, with which he is connected, is of English ancestry, and had their home in the City or Philadelphia more than a century ago. The early members fo the family followed the sea, a fact which may also be stated of some of his mother's relatives. His grandfather, both on his father's and on his mother's side, as a seafaring man. Both were sea captains, and both lost their lives on the ocean
John L. Edwords, born in the City of Philadelphia, in the year 1792, was the father of the subject of this sketch. He was an only son. He adopted the profession of medicine, studied for a physician in Philadelphia, then the centre of medical knowledge and instruction, and afterward practiced in that city. His marriage took place about the year 1812, in the City of Philadelphia, to Eliza Gregory, a member of a family prominent at that time in Pennsylvania politics. There were two children, John L., and a daughter, Julia M.
John L. Edwords was born at New Orleans, Louisiana, on the sixteenth of June, 1824, while his mother was on a visit to that city. His father lived in Philadelphia till his death, which happened in the year 1828, and John L. was raised in the Quaker City and there received his education, for obtaining which good facilities were afforded him. He was a young man of nineteen, when he came to Illinois, settled near Chester, and engaged in farming on the tract of land now occupied as the county farm. He bought this farm in 1845, but subsequently sold it, having lived on it for ten years. In the year 1847, he was married to Mrs. Josephine Brazeau, the maiden name of whom was Widen. Mrs. Edwords' birthplace was Kaskaskia, and she was a member of an old French family of that place, and the daughter of Raphael Widen. Her father was a prominent man in his lifetime. He filled several important public stations, and enjoyed to a high degree the confidence of the people. He was several times a representative in the Legislature, and once State Senator.
Mr. Edwords, in the year 1855, quit farming, and removed to Chester where he began the drug business, and at the same time carried on a trade in lumber. He continued in these occupations till the year 1868, when he disposed of the drug business to Mr. L. W. Morrison, and of the lumber business to G. H. Tate. He is at present engaged in no active pursuit, with the exception of occupying the position of a capitalist, and of attending to his own business interests.
We have recited the main facts of Mr. Edwords' career, and have only to mention that he came to Randolph County without means, and that his wealth has been accumulated mainly by his own shrewdness, industry, and energy. He is one of the solid men of Chester, cautious and careful in his business habits, and a progressive citizen. Henry W., Clarence Edgar, and Guy Joseph, are the names of his three children living. One is deceased. Politically, Mr. Edwords was an Old Line Whig, and his father was also connected with that party. He continued a Whig till that organization was numbered "among the things that were," and then Mr. Edwords became a Republican. He is, however, liberal in his political views. As a business man, Mr. Edwords possesses some excellent capabilities. Few capitalists have made investments on which they have stood a smaller proportion of losses, and while he occupied the position of an active business man, he was enterprising and reliable, and was active in promoting the growth of Chester.
Mr. Edwords has also been a conspicuous member of the Masonic Order. For several terms, he was honored with the position of Master of Chester Lodge, No. 72, and of the Randolph Council, No. 44. He was one of the earliest members of the Masonic Fraternity of Chester, and has always taken a deep interest in its welfare and progress. ["An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys". (1875) - tr. By Stephanie Thornton]


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