The Morning Herald, Gloversville and Johnstown, N.Y. Saturday, March 21, 1931
Well Known Fultonville Resident Dies After Short Illness
Fultonville – Mary Edwards Abel, aged 79, wife of George J. Abel, died at her home on Broad street Friday morning at 8, after having been stricken with paralysis Saturday, March 14. Mrs. Abel was born on April 8, 1852, in the town of Glen, the daughter of the late John V.S. Edwards and Mary Horsford. The survivors are her husband, a daughter, Miss Florence V. Abel of Fultonville; two brothers, Edward Edwards of Glen and Geddes Edwards of Pittsburg, PA.
The funeral service will be held at the late residence on Broad street, Monday afternoon at 2. Rev. William H. Smith, pastor of the Fultonville Reformed church, will officiate. Internment will be made in Maple Avenue cemetery. Opportunity will be given the friends to pay their respects any time during Sunday afternoon.
“Death Claims Mrs. G. Abel,” The Morning Herald [N.Y.], Saturday, 21 March 1931, page 12, column 3; digital image, Old Fulton N.Y. Post Cards (http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html : accessed 8 April 2018), Historical Newspaper Pages collection.
Genealogy Notes: Mary Edwards Abel was the third child, and first daughter, of John Van Schaick Edwards (1822-1887) and Mary Hosford Mitchell (1815-1891). Her siblings include Jacob Saunders Glen Edwards (1847-1917), Edward Edwards (1850-1937), Annette Edwards (1855-1855), Geddes Hosford Edwards (1857-1939). She is the granddaughter of John Edwards (1792-1877) and Ann Van Schaick (1790-1876).
Many hearts were saddened to learn that at 8:30 o’clock Saturday night occurred the death of Jane Frances Blood, beloved wife of Samuel G. Allen, at the home, 2 Kingsboro avenue. It was known that Mrs. Allen’s life had hung as if by a thread for the preceding forty-eight hours and scores of friends were hopeful that her youth and vitality would carry her safely over the crisis. Pneumonia was the cause of death.
Mrs. Allen was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Blood of Amsterdam, and in the city of her birth she was especially well-known and greatly admired and beloved. Her marriage to Mr. Allen, about five years ago, made Mrs. Allen a permanent resident of Gloversville, where, for a number of years she had often been prominent and popular in social circles. Since she came here to live she had by her charming personality attracted many new friends, and the sorrow that is felt because of her passing is heartfelt and sincere.
Besides her husband and one daughter, Margaret Van Wie Allen, Mrs. Allen is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Blood; one brother, Lieutenant F. Van Wie Blood; and one sister, Margaret Elanore [sic.] Blood, of Amsterdam.
The funeral service will be held at the home, 2 Kingsboro avenue, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
Note: Jane Frances Blood Allen was 16 May 1892 in Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York to John R. Blood and Margaret Van Wie. She married Samuel Gardner Allen in 22 October 1913. They had one child, Margaret Van Wie Allen. Samuel Gardner Allen never remarried.
Jane Frances Blood (Margaret Van Wie, Ana Maria Edwards, William Henry, John, William)
The death of Fletcher Van Wie occurred at his home three miles west of this village Friday morning. He was seventy-five years of age and although in failing health for sometime had only been seriously ill a few days. Mr. Van Wie was a prosperous farmer and had been a lifelong resident of this community, where he had won the respect and love of all. A man of sterling character and kind heart, he had been a wonderful help in this community. He was a member of the Fultonville Reformed church and always gave liberally to all its interests. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Arie Van Wie and John Van Wie of Orange; one daughter, Mrs. John Blood of Amsterdam, and six grandchildren, one them Mrs. Samuel Allen of Gloversville. Funeral arrangements had not been completed last night.
“Fletcher Van Wie,” obituary, The Morning Herald [N.Y.], Saturday, 23 December 1916, page 8, column 2; digital image, Old Fulton N.Y. Post Cards (http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html : accessed 9 February 2017), Historical Newspaper Pages collection.
Note: Fletcher Van Wie was born 17 March 1841 in Montgomery County, New York the son of Arie Van Wie and Margaret Neher. He married Anna Maria Edwards in 1862 in Canajoharie, Montgomery County, New York.
Anna Maria Edwards, widow of Fletcher Van Wie, died Monday afternoon at her home near Fultonville, after an illness of 24 hours, of diabetes. Mrs. Van Wie had been in poor health for several years, but her death was nevertheless unexpected.
Mrs. Van Wie, who was in her 77th year, was born in Glen, the daughter of William Henry Edwards and Eleanor Schenck Mount. She was the granddaughter of Anthony Van Vechten, who served in Revolutionary war, and who married the daughter of Jelles Fonda, also a participant in the struggle of the colonists. Mrs. Van Wie was proud of her relationship to these and other men who helped to establish the new republic. She was married to Fletcher Van Wie, and for more than 50 years lived on the farm near Fultonville, which was her home at the time of her death. She was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church of Fultonville. She possessed a clear outlook upon life and was far-seeing for her time. Hers was a fine intelligence which made her alive to the changes of the years. It was her wish to be of benefit to the community in which she resided and to uphold those things that go to make for good citizenship. Mrs. Van Wie was an ideal mother and a devoted grandmother.
Surviving Mrs. Van Wie are one daughter, Mrs. John R. Blood, of this city, two sons, John Edwards Van Wie, of Orange, N.J., and Arie Van Wie, with whom she lived, one brother, William Henry Edwards, of Randall, four granddaughters, one grandson, Fletcher Van Wie Blood , of Amsterdam, and one great-granddaughter, Margaret Van Wie Allen, of Gloversville.
The funeral of Mrs. Van Wie was held this afternoon at the home at 1 o’clock, standard time, the Rev. C.F. Hall of Fultonville, officiating. The bearers were sons and grandsons of Mrs. Van Wie. Interment was in Maple avenue cemetery, Fultonville.
“Mrs. Fletcher Van Wie,” obituary, The Morning Herald [N.Y.], Friday, 18 August 1922, page 7, column 6; digital image, Old Fulton N.Y. Post Cards (http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html : accessed 8 February 2017), Historical Newspaper Pages collection.
Note: Anna Maria Edwards was born 14 December 1845 in Glen, Montgomery County, New York the daughter of William Henry Edwards and Eleanor Schenck Mount. She married Fletcher Van Wie in 1862 in Canajoharie, Montgomery County, New York.
After a lingering illness of about nine months, David I. Ostrom of Fultonville, one of the wealthiest men in the Mohawk valley, died at his home in that village, Thursday, April 5, age 46 years. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Victoria Ostrom, and one son, Earl Ostrom. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Saturday. Mr. Ostrom’s estate is valued at about $75,000. An autopsy was performed on the remains Thursday afternoon by Drs. McDonald and Van Derveer of Albany, to ascertain the exact nature of the malady with which the deceased was afflicted, as it was of a most unusual character.
“David I. Ostrom,” obituary, The Fulton County Republican [N.Y.], Thursday, 12 April 1900, page 7, column 4; digital image, Old Fulton N.Y. Post Cards (http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html : accessed 7 February 2017), Historical Newspaper Pages collection.
Notes: David I. Ostrom was born 30 May 1853 in Glen, Montgomery County, New York, the son of Stephen Ostrom and Anna Maria Edwards.
David I. Ostrom (Ann Maria Edwards, John, William)
In Summons to Former Supervisor Frank Edwards of the Town of Glen Sustains Loss of One of Its Foremost Men.
The town of Glen has sustained a real and widely felt loss in the death of former Supervisor Frank Edwards which occurred at his home near Glen village, on Thursday afternoon, September 12th, from angina pectoris, following an illness of three weeks. Mr. Edwards had not been in his usual good health of late but neither he nor his friends felt a serious condition was likely to develop. About two weeks ago the persistence of the malady continued to such an extent that a specialist, Dr. Guardinier of Troy, was summoned in consultation and all that medical skill suggested was provided but without avail, his end coming as above stated.
Mr. Edwards was born in the town of Glen on March 7, 1857, and was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Edwards, his father being one of the most prominent citizens of the town of Glen in his day. His life was passed on his farm which was his pride and every device and improvement suggested by progressive farming methods were installed, as Mr. Edwards believed the agricultural life was as high and serious a calling as any, and often made the remark that he was of the opinion that it required a greater degree of intelligent thought and study than most. He was deeply interested in all that pertained to this pursuit and when the county farm bureau was established became a charter member, being elected a committeeman and director and remained as such up to the time of his death.
He was also an active charter member of the Glen grange. For years he had been a director of the Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. of the counties of Montgomery and Fulton, of which he was vice president and a director for the town of Glen. He was a regular attendant of the Glen Reformed church and greatly interested in its welfare.
As one of the prominent Republican representatives of the town of Glen, he was finally called upon to accept the office of supervisor, serving two terms, or four years, during 1914-15-16-17 and conducted the affairs of the town with great credit to himself and the entire satisfaction of the residents. Being a man of liberal mind, sterling character, affable and very pleasing manner he won the respect and esteem of all in the community and his passing away is keenly felt.
On November 12, 1884, he was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Van Horne, of Mill Point, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Schuyler Van Horne, who survives him, together with three daughters, Mrs. Edward Milas of Buffalo, Mrs. Dewey Dievendorf of Currytown and Miss Anna Edwards. He also leaves a brother and two sisters, William Henry Edwards, Mrs. Fletcher Van Wie and Mrs. Louis E. Lounsbury all of Randall.
The funeral was held from his late home Monday morning at eleven o’clock, the Rev. H.G. Dean, pastor of the Glen Reformed church officiating and the bearers were nephews, Schuyler G. Voorhees, Capt. Isaac Newton Voorhees (Camp Lee, Va.), C. Herbert Van Horne, John Van Wie (Orange, N.J.), Arie G. Van Wie and Albert J. Dillenbeck. There were many beautiful floral tributes. The burial was made in the family plot in Maple Avenue cemetery, Fultonville. Among those in attendance from out of town were Captain Newton Vorhees, Camp Lee, Va., Mrs. John R. Blood, Rev. and Mrs. David Van Horne, Miss Jennie Van Horne, Mrs. Enders Van Derveer, Mrs. Schuyler Van Horne, Mrs. Helen Mickle, Harry Loder, Amsterdam, Mr. and Mrs. John Van Wie and daughters, Orange, N.J., Mrs. Edward Milas, Buffalo, the directors of the Farmers Insurance Co., besides many others, and the funeral was one of the most largely attended that has occurred in this vicinity.
Frank Edwards was born 7 March 1857 in Glen, Montgomery County, New York and died 12 September 1918 in the same location.
Fultonville, March 10. –Charles Jukes Ostrom, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Ostrom, of Glen, died at his home in this village Monday noon.
Mr. Ostrom was born on the homestead farm near Glen on Nov. 5, 1840. He was graduated from a commercial school at Poughkeepsie. In early manhood he came to Fultonville and entered the employ of Argersinger and Wemple, drygoods merchants, later becoming the bookkeeper in the foundry firm of W.B. Wemple & Sons. In 1869, upon the death of Andrew Abel, dissolving the partnership of Abel & Morrison, drygoods merchants, Mr. Ostrom became a member of the firm John H. Morrison & Co., the other member of the firm being Wellington Cross.
After a year Mr. Ostrom was forced to give up mercantile pursuits owing to failing health, and he returned to his father’s home. He has been a patient sufferer from progressive paralysis for forty-five years. Possessed of a bright mind and unusual ability, he took a keen interest in all public affairs, retaining his faculties until the end. For several years he held the position of bookkeeper for the Glen Creamery company of Glen, still retaining the position after moving to Fultonville four years ago.
In 1865, two years after its organization, he became a member of Fultonville lodge, No. 531, F. and A. M. The friends which he made when first coming to this village, have ever held him in the highest esteem and respect, and together with his large circle of acquaintances in the vicinity, will feel his loss and sympathize with his family.
Mr. Ostrom is survived by three sisters, Mrs. W.B. Cross, of this village, Mrs. Hoagland Baird, of Glen, and Mrs. Jacob Nellis, of Paterson, N.J., and one brother, Stephen, of Fultonville. The funeral will be held at his home Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, the Rev. E.B. Irish officiating. The remains will be placed in Maple Avenue vault to be interred later in the family plot in the Glen Cemetery.
“Charles J. Ostrom,” obituary, Amsterdam Evening Recorder [Amsterdam, N.Y.], Tuesday, 10 March 1914, page 12, column 6; digital image, Old Fulton N.Y. Post Cards (http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html : accessed 5 February 2017), Historical Newspaper Pages collection.
Charles Jukes Ostrom (Anna Maria Edwards, John Edwards, William Edwards)
Interestingly enough, after I finished writing about the distribution of Edwards in America I just happened across a site called Surname Profiler that provided me with similar data for the UK. This site is not subcription-based so everyone can access it. It is based on a research project at University College London. You can read more details about the project on the website.
Not surprisingly both the 1881 and 1998 distribution of the surname Edwards is concentrated in Wales and the English Counties surrounding Wales.
The counties in purple and red with the highest concentration of the surname Edwards are all in Wales with the exception of one little red county to the right.
Not much changes in 1998 except that there is even heavier concentration throughout all of Wales and some expected spreading throughout England
Ancestry.com has an interesting little feature that displays the distribution of a particular surname in the United States at different points in time. While the results are generic it provides a snapshot of how our Edwards and others have shifted geographically over time.
In 1840 most Edwards families were located in New York, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina. Our William Edwards was a relatively late arrival on the scene in the United States, arriving in the 1770’s. There were a number of other Edwards who arrived much earlier.
In 1840 ALL the descendants of William Edwards lived in New York. There was some movement within New York. Elizabeth Edwards moved with her husband, Elisha Allen, to Jefferson County around 1816. And William, Solomon and Amanda Edwards moved to Steuben County, New York in the 1820s. The rest of the Edwards stayed in Montgomery County, New York.
By 1880 you can see a huge increase in the number of Edwards families in America. There was a change from less than 500 Edwards families in New York in 1840 to over 2500. Much of this can be attributed to new immigration.
The Edwards families start spreading out across the country as well with most of them residing east of the Mississippi. Among the descendants of William Edwards there was movement too. No longer was the family confined to New York.
At least one of Elizabeth Edwards Allen’s children (Eleanor Allen Little) had resettled in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Also by 1880, Stephen Ostrom Edwards had moved to Providence, Rhode Island. Jane Edwards and her husband, Newton Vanderveer had moved to Michigan. Sarah Jane Olmstead and her husband, Daniel Cornue were in either Wisconsin or Illinois. Abijah Olmstead had relocated to Nebraska.
By 1920 Edwards families had covered the whole United States and included a fairly large representation on the west coast. New York state remained a prime location to find Edwards as well as in 10 other states. A majority of the descendants of William Edwards still lived in New York but that was becoming increasing less common as they left to find their fortunes elsewhere.
You can find this geographical data on Ancestry.com. However, please note that Ancestry is subscription-based and you not be able to access the data without the subscription.
[Originally published Wednesday, November 22, 2006]
The have been some stories floating through the family about our original immigrant William Edwards. For example, one story says that he was illiterate. This story is not so far fetched. His son, John Edwards, signed his will in 1875 with his mark. If John was illiterate it follows that William probably was too.
Another story says that William came over to America as a young man, perhaps between 14-16 years old.
One of our first family historians, William Henry Edwards III, said that William first arrived to Long Island, New York. This is interesting because very little is known about William prior to his marrying Christina Smith and starting a family in Germantown, New York.
The murkiest yet most intriguing story has at least two versions. One version says that William was a sailor and while crossing the Atlantic he made a play for the captain’s daughter and either ended in the water or as deserter from the ship. The other version has William getting up to his mischief in Wales and being sent to the colonies as his punishment. There is actually some support for this second theory. Peter Wilson Coldham cites a William Edwards arriving in 1771 as a bonded passenger in his book, The Complete Book of Emigrants in Bondage, 1614-1775 (page 256). However, there were quite a number of William Edwards arriving during the 1770s so that is by no means conclusive.
The idea of William as a sailor has been passed down through many branches of the family. The descendants of Solomon Edwards and the descendants of Stephen and Seeber Edwards also share this lore about his occupation.
Does your branch of the family share these same stories? Do you have any other stories about William? Please let us know!