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Following is a transcript of the John Edwards family bible. It
was provided to Brian Bivona by Jimmye Martin. It was originally transcribed by Frances
Anderson, daughter of her great-great aunt, Lillian Mabel Brooks.
*Contributed by Brian Bivona (THANK YOU, BRIAN!)
Bible Record of John Edwards
"FAMILY RECORD: MARRIAGES:"
Samuel M. Brooks and Elvira S. Edwards were married Nov. 28th, A.D. 1859
by Perry Coburn,
(or Osburn,) (I am not sure which) J.P. Decatur, Wise Co., Texas.
Willie Jane Brooks was married to A.D. Hagin on the 10th of July 1884.
Ida Theressa Brooks was married to J.C. Gregory on the 10th Nov. 1885.
Elizabeth May Brooks was married to A.D. Hagin on the 4th day of Feb. 1886.
Ida Gregory Brooks Payne was married to H.H. Willis on the 18th day of Sept. 1900.
Alfred Benjamin (B.F.) Brooks and Minnie Etta Campbell were married on the 1st day of Jan. 1908.
Samuel Johnson Norvell and Lillian Mabel Brooks were married on the 29th day of Sept. 1912.
Ida B. Gregory was married to J.R. Payne on Feb. 14 (or 19) 1893.
Lillian Mable Brooks born Mon 17th June 1878, Ennis, Tx.
Married Samuel Johnson Norvell Sept. 29, 1912. Samuel Johnson Norvell born at Rice, Tx.
Samuel Johnson Brooks Norvell, son, born Sept. 20th 1913.
Frances Elvira Norvell, daughter, born Sept. 4, 1920.
Born to Samuel Johnson Brooks Norvell and Larnilla ? Hollenbeak, a son, Samuel Johnson Norvell, IV, on July 3, 1933.
On this same page is an obituary for Samuel Johnson Norvell. As follows:
RETIRED ATTORNEY SERVICES MONDAY.
Samuel Johnson Norvell, 78, 413 Suerte St., died in a hospital here Saturday. He was a native of Rice, Tx. And had lived here 10 years. He was a retired attorney, member of the Methodist Church and the Texas Bar Assn. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Porter Loring Chapel, with the rev. M. Dick Lowry officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lillye M. Norvell, San Antonio; a son, Sam Norvell, Harlingen; a daughter, Mrs. Louis Kohnke, Jr. , San Antonio; a brother, Tom Norvell, Rice; a sister, Mrs. W.W. Carter, Corsicana; and six grandchildren.
MARRIAGES FAMILY RECORD:
Eliza Panthea Edwards was married to Jesse
M. Standifer on the 14th day of Feb. A.D. 1840.
Sarah T. Edwards was married on the 6th day of May A.D. 1851 to Thomas P. Payne.
Caroline M. Edwards was married to Jesse M. Standifer on Sunday the 20th of August A.D. 1851.
Elizabeth T. Edwards was married to Benjamin Wilson on the 5th day of Feb. A.D. 1856.
Thomas C. Edwards on the 26th day of August 1858 to Victoria M. Wilson.
Elvira S. Edwards was married to Samuel M. Brooks on Tuesday the 29th of Nov. 1859 by Perry Coburn J.P. in Decatur, Wise co., TX.
Willie J. Brooks, daughter of S.M. (Samuel Montigue) and E.S. Brooks (Elvira Sophia) was married to
A.D. Hagin on the 10th July 1884.
Ida T. Brooks was married to Mr. J.C. Gregory on the 10th Nov. 1885.
Bessie M. Brooks was married to A.D. Hagin Feb. The 4th 1886.
Samuel M. Brooks and Elvira S. Edwards were married on the 28th day of November, 1859.
Samuel Montague Brooks was born on the 6th day of August 1830.
Elvira S. Edwards was born on the 18th day of Sept. 1837.
Lilburn Edwards Brooks was born on the 6th day of November 1860.
Willie Jane Brooks was born on the 13th day of April 1862.
Ida Theresa Brooks was born on the 15th of July a.d. 1861.( Or maybe 1864.)
Benjamin Samuel Brooks was born on the 2nd day of April a.d. 1867.
Bessie M. Brooks was born on the 12th of May 1870.
ANOTHER PAGE MARKED "BIRTHS"
Thomas L. Payne was born on Sunday the 4th of April 1852.
Walter W. Payne was born on Sunday the 24th of Sept. A.d. 1854.
James Ripley Standifer was born on the 20th of August a.d. 1852.
Elizabeth Pauline Standifer was born on the 1st day of Oct. A.d. 1854.
William Edwards Payne was born on the 9th of April 1856.
Julia Elizabeth Payne was born on ___29, 1858.
Sarah Elvira Standifer was born on the ____1858.
Lulla Joan Payne was born on the 29th Sept. 1860.
Willie Hagin, daughter of Bessie and A.D. Hagin was born August 31st. 1886.
Hallie Hagin was born 12 August 1890.
Joseph Carlos Gregory was born on the 22 July 1887.
Willis A. Wilson, son of Benjamin Wilson, was born 25 May 1870.
FAMILY RECORD MAURY CO. TENN.
John Edwards and Julia Edwards was married on the 4th day of June, a.d. 1817.
Moved to the Big Spring on the ____day of March 1922 from Big Bigby.
John Edwards was born on Thursday the 13th (or 15th) day of January a.d. 1789.
Julia Edwards was born on Wednesday the 19th day of November 1800.
Lilburn Ulises Edwards, son of John and Julia was born on Sunday the 10th day of May ad. 1818.
Clarissa Isabella Edwards, daughter to John and Julia Edwards was born on Thursday the 7th day of September, a.d. 1820.
Eliza Panthea Edwards, daughter of John and Julia Edwards, was born on Saturday the 16th day of November a.d. 1822.
Julia Ann Edwards, daughter of John and Julia Edwards, was born on Wednesday the 22nd day of June a.d. 1825.
Thomas Coleman Edwards, son of John and Julia Edwards, was born on Sunday the 7th day of October a.d. 1827.
Caroline Mildred Edwards, daughter of John and Julia Edwards, was born on Saturday the 3rd day of July a.d. 1830.
Sarah Theresy, a daughter of John and Julia Edwards, was born on Saturday the 25th day of September a.d. 1832.
ANOTHER PAGE MARKED "FAMILY RECORD: BIRTHS:"
Samuel Montigne Brooks was born the 6th day of August a.d. 1830.
Elvira S. Brooks, daughter of John and Julia Edwards, was born September 19th, a.d. 1837.
Lilburn Edwards Brooks, son of Samuel and Elvira Brooks, was born November 6th, a.d. 1860.
Willie Jane Brooks, daughter of Samuel and Elvira Brooks, was born Apr. 13th, a.d. 1862.
Ida Theressa Brooks, daughter of Samuel and Elvira Brooks, was born July 15th a.d. 1864.
Benjamin Samuel Brooks, son of Samuel and Elvira Brooks, was born Apr. 2nd a.d. 1867.
Watt Gordon Brooks, son of Samuel and Elvira Brooks was born February 8th a.d. 1872.
Elizabeth May Brooks was born May 12th a.d. 1870.
Alfred Benjamin Brooks was born Oct. 9th a.d. 1874.
Lillian Mabel Brooks was born June 17th a.d. 1878.
William White Coleman Edwards, a son of John and Julia Edwards, was bon on Sunday the 18th day of January a.d. 1835.
Elvira Sophia Edwards, a daughter of John and Julia Edwards, was born on Saturday the 19th day of September, a.d. 1837.
Elizabeth James K. Polk, a daughter of John and Julia Edwards, was born on Saturday the 9th day of January a.d. 1841.
Eliza P. Edwards was married on the 14th
day of February a.d. 1840.
Her husband, Jesse M. Standifer was born Sept. 27, 1800.
Castera (?) Jefferson Standifer was born on Tuesday the 7th day of October a.d. 1840.
Eliza Panthea Standifer was born ________.
Julia Caroline Standifer was born Oct. 1845.
Sarah T. Edwards was married on Tuesday the 6th day of May 1851 to Thomas P. Payne.
Thomas Louis Payne was born on Sunday the 4th day of April 1852.
NEW PAGE MARKED "DEATHS":
Died of consumption, Julia A. Edwards, January 8th 1849, in the 24th year of her age.
Eliza P. Standifer departed this life on the 16th day of December 1850 in the 28th year of her age.
Lillburn W. Edwards departed this life on the 20th day of January a.d. 1845 in the 28th year of his age.
Clarissa I. Edwards departed this life on Thursday morning the 18th day of July a.d. 1839, aged 18 years, 10 months and 11 days.
At the top of the page it says: Melville C. Keith, M.D. Minneapolis, Minn.
Under this: Julia Edwards departed this life on the 19th day of May a.d. 1862, aged 61 years, 6 months.
John Edwards departed this life on the 28th day of June, a.d. 1864, aged 75 years 5 months, 15 days. Shelby Co., TX.
Under this is a heading "In Memoriam" "Tho lost to sight
Under this is "Boad Magic Seale Co. Quincy, Ill.
NEW PAGE: TWO OBITUARIES:
Died on the 30th of July of congestion of the brain, at the residence of his father, in Shelby Co., Thomas L. Payne, after a brief but painful illness, in the 15th year of his age. It is due to the friends and relatives of the deceased, that I should in this rude and brief memorial mention his many noble virtues. He was in many respects an extraordinary youth. He possessed a mind of the finest caste, and a heart, susceptible of the gentlest and purest emotions. For nearly two years, he was a pupil of mine and I think I knew him well. In school he was very studious devoted to his books, obedient to the rules, respectful to his teacher, kind and obliging to his mates. He was always dignified and manly showing at all times a great love for order, which was a marked character of his, and a great desire to respect the rules of propriety and gentlemanly deportment. He was prepossessed of great kindness of heart, and by constant manifestation of his tender regard for the feelings of others, and by his fixed and steady habits of industry, he won the affection and secured the confidence and good will of all who knew him but he has gone- gone in the bright springtime of happy, joyous youth, to that land, "where is hushed the sufferer's sigh and where the weary are at rest." Yes, he has shuffled off this mortal coil, put on the bright robes of immortality. Earth erns his ashes, but in Heaven, the home of the past made perfect." Here ___the cherubim and seraphim endless job and delight, his happy soul lives forever. G.M.L.S.
MILFORD, ELLIS COUNTY, TEX.
MRS. J.E. PITTMAN
Mrs. J.E. Pittman, aged 45 years and 5 days, died last Saturday at 12:15 p.m., at the home of her brother, Ralph Morrel, after several years of intense suffering as a victim of the dreaded white plague. All that medical skill and loving hands could do was done, but all to no avail and the grim reaper, Death, claimed her.
Mrs. Pittman was born and reared in Milford, and had spent the major portion of her life here. For many years, she had been a member of the Presbyterian Church and until forced by ill health to give up her work, was one among the most active members.
Deceased was a kind and loving character, a friend to everyone, and her presence will be sorely missed by her loved ones and friends. She is survived by two children, J.D. Pittman of Dallas, and Miss Patricia Pittman, her father, J.R. Morrel and four brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services were conducted at the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock by Drs. Jas. L. Bell and J.G. Varner, after which the remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Milford Cemetery. The pall bearers were R.D. Morrel, A.F. Rosson, G.H. Griffin, Roy Darrow, W.B. Webb, Tom Leslie, H.S. Weatherred and W.J. Hamlett.
A host of friends join in extending condolence to the bereaved ones in their sad hour.
ANOTHER PAGE MARKED "DEATHS"
"Though lost to sight, to memory dear".
Julia Edwards died on the 19th day of May a.d. 1862 aged 61 years and
six months. Shelby Co., Texas, 6/28/1864.
John Edwards departed this life on the 28th day of June a.d. 1864. Aged 75 years 5 months and 15 days.
Under this is a newspaper announcement: Deaths:
Norvell - Samuel Johnson Norvell, aged 78, of 413 Suerte St., died at a local hospital Saturday. Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Lillye M. Norvell; son, Sam Norvell; daughter, Mrs. Louis Kohnke, Jr.; brother Tom Norvell; sister, Mrs. W.W. Carter; and six grandchildren. Service Monday at 10 o'clock at the Porter Loring Chapel, the Rev. M. Dick Lowry officiating. Interment in Sunset Memorial Park. Direction by Porter Loring.
Under this: Samuel M. Brooks died on the 25 of May 1901 in the 71st. Year of his age in Powell, Texas. (Navarro County.)
ANOTHER PAGE: "FAMILY RECORD: DEATHS"
Benjamin Samuel Brooks departed this lift Sept. 5th a.d. 1875.
Lilburn Edwards Brooks departed this life Aug. 20th A.D. 1866.
Watt Gordon Brooks departed this life July 8th a.d. 1872.
Willie J., wife of A.D. Hagin, departed this life on the 30th day of June, a.d. 1885 aged 23 years, two months, and 17 days.
Samuel M. Brooks departed this life on the 25th day of May 1901, aged 70 years, 9 months, and 19 days.
Elvira S. Brooks departed this life the 25th day of Sept. _____aged 75 years and 6 ____.
Joseph C. Gregory, only son of Ida B. Gregory Payne and grandson of Samuel M. and Elvira Sophia Brooks, departed this life on 5th day of October 1914, aged 27 years, 2 months, 13 days.
ANOTHER PAGE MARKED "MEMORY"
Julia Elizabeth Wilson departed this life on the 29th day of September 1857, aged 10 months.
NEW PAGE; NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS:
CHARLES DE MORSE - VOL 6
Feom the Northern Standard Philomathean Debating Society, June 15th, 1848:
As an All-Wise Providence hath deeply afflicted us, by depriving us of an esteemed class-mate, school-mate, friend, and fellow member of the Philomathean Society; Wm. K. McKenzie, who though young, was beginning to develop those essential endowments, those principles of honor, and that moral rectitude, which bid fair to answer the high anticipations of a fond father, and to command the esteem and love of all that knew him, Wherefore, Resolved, That we, the members of the Philomathean Society, deeply sympathize with his afflicted father, our instructor; and his bereaved mother and sisters. Resolved, That as a last tribute of respect for the departed, we wear crape thirty days. Resolved, That we, in solemn procession, accompany his remains to the grave. Resolved, That as a memento to his parents of our sympathy for them, and esteem for the deceased, they be furnished with a copy of these resolutions. Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the Editors of the Northern Standard and Western Star for publication. Signed T.C. Edwards, President, B.W. Taylor, Secretary. (This must have been Thomas Coleman Edwards or I don't suppose it would have been in the family bible.)
Next was an obituary for Mrs. Clarissa Coleman:
Matron is dead. - Mrs. Clarissa Coleman was born in Burke, Co., N.C in the year 1774. She was the daughter of Col. William White, and was married to Col. Thomas Coleman in the year 1789. With her husband, she emigrated to Maury County, Tennessee in the year 1812, where she continued to reside until her death. In early life, she united herself with the Protestant Episcopal Church, and continued her membership until she removed to this county. Some years after, there being no parish in the county, she joined the Methodist Church, in which she continued a member until her death. For the last few years, she attended church but seldom, on account of advanced age and infirmities. She was however, a constant reader of the Word of God. She died at the residence of Col. Powhattan Gordon, on the 13th July last, in the 78th year of her age, in the full hope of a happy immortality. When asked if she was afraid to die, she replied she was prepared, and had no fears. And in her last hours, her daughter, perceiving her moving her lips, as if trying to speak, enquired as to her wants, when she replied she was conversing with an invisible spirit, and felt perfectly resigned, to meet her dissolution. Mrs. C. has enjoyed an enviable reputation for 40 years, to the neighborhood where she died. She always possessed a buoyant spirit, and was the life of the social circle. For some years past, the infirmities of old age were doing their work of death, but she never seemed disposed to make others share them. Even in her old age, she seemed alike the companion of the great-grandchild, as of the grand- child, the child, and the compeer. Thus our veteran mother has, in her protracted life, filled a prominent place in the social circle, and blessed at least a portion of four generations. She was followed by a large train of kindred and friends to her last resting place on earth. She was interred in the ____burying grounds of her deceased husband, Col. Thomas Coleman. There side by side, sleep the veteran pair, surrounded by many of their offspring. Peace to their memory and rest ____till the resurrection morning.
HAGIN: Mrs. Elizabeth May Hagin, age 75 years, of 231 Ada St., died at her home Friday night. Survivors are: Daughters, Mrs. Ione Dixon, Mrs. Willie Ewing, Mrs. Hallie Cornett, Mrs. Orion Winkleman, and Mrs. Betty Sachelli; sons, Roy and Rex Hagin; sister, Mrs. Lillye Norvell; brother B.F. Brooks. Services will be Monday morning at 10 o'clock at the Porter Loring Chapel. Rev. John Deschner officiating. Interment in Roselawn Burial Park.
There is a beautiful drawing of flowers in the center of the page. Text is as follows:
The beautiful flowers drawn in this book and the artistically written words at the top of the pages were done by Elvira Sophia Edwards Brooks, wife of Samuel M. Brooks. She departed this life Sept. 26, 1912. She was a most kind and loving mother, charitable to those in need, a true Christian, unselfish in the extreme. She is mourned by her family and all who knew her. She is survived by three daughters and one son, who are as follows: Mrs. Ida Willis, Mrs. Bessie Hagin, Mrs. S.J. Norvell, and B.F. Brooks.
There is a poem at the top of page titled I'll Not Repine.
"Amid the various scenes of ills,
Each stroke some kind design fulfills:
And shall I murmur at my God,
When sovereign love directs the rod?
Though Heaven afflict I'll not repine;
Each heartfelt comfort still is mine
Comforts that shall over death prevail
And journey with me through the vale."
*Poem probably written by Elvira Sophia Edwards Brooks. She was very artistic.
Beneath this poem on this page:
Died of congestion on the 11th day of July 187? , Alfred L. Brooks aged
27 years 11 months 27 days.
Thomas P. Payne departed this life Oct. 18th 1876 aged 61 years.
Thomas C. Edwards died on the 18th of June 1888, aged 61 years.
Mrs. Willie Hagin died on the 30th day of June 1885, aged 22 years 2
months and 27 days.
Little Willie Hagin was born on the 28th of June 1885, died on the same day of its birth.
Begins with the last paragraph of a letter or something. It says: up his mind in his last illness, his friends have a good hope that he rests with the blessed. Having been to some extent engaged with him in business, I knew his generosity, I frankly pay this tribute to his memory unsolicited. Like the Penington of the signers of the Declaration of Independence from this county, he died a victim of consumption after an illness of several weeks. C+++++++
Died of consumption January 18th 1849, Julia A. Edwards in the 25th year
of her age.
Eliza Panthea Standifer departed this life on the 16th day of December 1850 in the 28th year of her age.
Caroline M. Standifer died of consumption November 1892 in the 62 year of her age.
A NEW PAGE:
At the top is another beautiful flower drawn by Elvira Sophia Edwards Brooks.
Clarissa I. Edwards departed this life on Thursday morning the 18th day of July a.d. 1839. Aged 18 years 16 months 11 days.
The way of Providence are inscrutable and the doings of omnipotence incomprehensible, and though death often cuts off the fondest expectations cherished with the most ardent desire yet we can resort to nothing which can arrest his progress or defeat his intent, the only expedient to which mortals can have recourse to, is without a murmur to acquiesce with pious confidence in the promises of the book of God. And although such a loss to us has been caused by our fond and affectionate sister's death, yet to her it has been a source of happiness inconceivable to mortals while on earth - though we are still subject to the turmoils and vissicitudes of human life, yet she is now clothed with a robe of righteousness. Then let us not repine if this be her enviable situation.
This poem was beneath this paragraph:
She sleeps beneath the green __ward!
Her spirit passed away
Like a lingering beam of evening
The smile of passing day
And left dear friends behind to mourn
Just a flower scarce in bloom
Should by "foul deaths untimely frost,"
Be swept into the tomb.
"But Oh! Be not a teardrop shed
For them the pure enfranchised dead,"
Hers was too bright a spirit
On this earth to stay
Alight winged angel came from Heaven
And bore her soul away.
Calm on the bosom of thy God
Fair spirit rest thee now,
Even while with us thy footsteps trod,
His seal was on thy brow.
Lilburn U. Edwards departed this life on the 20th day of January 1845, aged 27 years 10 months and 20 days ---
In the death of Maj. Edwards, a fond father and an affectionate mother has been bereft of their brightest early hopes. Maj. Edwards was a dutiful son and an affectionate brother - the stay and support of his parents in their declining years. But death regardless of survivors lays his icy hands on his victim and bears him off though the heart should break. As a man he was generous to a fault, open, candid, honest, and upright in his dealings. Nothing speaks louder for him as a correct man than his popularity with his countrymen.
He was three times before the people for office and as often successful. He has battled in the fields of war for his country's glory and graced the halls of Congress. Though but a youth yet in appearance, strict adherence to the Constitution and laws of his country. He kept himself aloof from the party spirit of this country. Cut off in the prime of life before the extent of his abilities were known, with a clear head and a good heart from the exercise.
(This was the brother of Elvira Sophia Edwards Brooks and she wrote the tribute to him.)
This page also has a beautiful flower drawn at the top.
My Dear Lilburn departed this life on the 20th of August 1865, aged five years, nine months, and fourteen days.
"Thou art gone to the grave but twas wrong to deplore thee,
When God was thy ransom, thy guardian, thy guide,
He gave thee, and took thee, and soon will restore thee,
Where death hath no sting, since the Savior hath died."
Navarro, Texas, Feb. The 15, 1866.
(This was the son of Elvira Sophia Edwards Brooks and she wrote this poem.)
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