John Edwards, Ann Wright, Thomas Griffen, William Relison & James Tullagh

Sally’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great Grandparents:

John Edwards ca 1640 – ca 1676 | his parents
& ca 1671 Ann Wright ca 1648 – ? | her parents
& bef 1670 Thomas Griffen – 1670 | his parents
& 1677 William Relison | his parents
& 1682 James Tullagh | his parents
of Isle of Wight, Virginia


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


John Edwards, son of the emigrant Robert Edwards, was born in Virginia ca 1640.
He married ca 1671 Ann Wright Griffen, the daughter of Thomas Wright of Isle of Wight, VA and widow of Thomas Griffen who had died prior to April 9, 1670.
John Edwards died before 1 April 1677 when Anne has already married the third time a William Relison.

Ann Wright married first Thomas Griffen d bef 9 April 1670
Ann married second ca 1671 John Edwards who died ca 1676.
Ann married third 1677 William Relison.
“I, Wm. Body, give to Anne Relison’s Eldest Sonne Robert Edwards, one Brown Cow” 1677. Apl. 1st – W&DB 1-357.”
and married the fourth time 1682 James Tullagh.
“James Tullagh acknowledge to have sole unto Luke Kent for use of Robert Edwards, being his son-in-law [step-son] a cow.”
Oct 27 1682 Orpahans Ct WB 2-243.

Children of Thomas Griffen and Ann Wright:
1. Thomas Griffen ca 1667 –
[Chapman notes that this son must have died early as Anne’s son by her 2nd marriage is referred to as “Eldest sonne” thus indicating a younger son, but none older B 1-85]
2. child Griffen 1670

Children of John Edwards and Ann Wright:
1. Robert Edwards ca 1672 – 1748
2. John Edwards ca 1674 – ca 1741 Bertie
married Dorcas
3. James Edwards ca 1676 – 1723
Will dated 24 Feb 1723 Prob. 16 July 1723
married Ann

In 1706/7 DB 2 – pages 64 and 65
Robert and James Edwards each buys 100 acres from Thomas Whitley for 2000 pounds of tobacco.

Grandchildren of John Edwards & Ann Wright:

Children of Robert Edwards Sen. ca 1672 – 1748 NC
?1. Margaret Edwards 1699 –
2. Henry Edwards ca 1705 – 1758
married bef 1738 Patience 1709 –
a. Robert Edwards d 1798 I of W
married Sophia
i. Robert Edwards d 1817
married 1809 Polly Parkerson
1. Zilla Edwards
married 1831 Levin Parkerson
2. Catherine Edwards
3. Polly Edwards
ii. Hardy Edwards
iii. John Edwards
iv. Samuel Edwards
v. Lydia Edwards
married 1807 John Parkerson
vi. Sally Edwards
married 17 Jan 1812 Thomas Smith
vii. Sophia Edwards
viii. Parmelia Edwards
married 1812 Lee Sikes
b. Brittian Edwards d 1799
married Christian d bef 1804
i. Jesse Edwards
married 1825 Julia Owens
ii. Patsy Edwards
iii. Levy Edwards
married 1810 Charlotte Norsworthy
iv. Mathew Edwards
married 1808 Charlotte Turner
v. Nancy Edwards
married 1805 Peter Turner
vi. Isaac Edwards d 1814
vii. Cherry Edwards
married 1813 Armstrong Edwards
?3. Judith Edwards 1710 –
4. William Edwards est 1715 – [will 21 Mar 1794 rec Sept 1795 SH Co VA]
*not the William of 1751 SH will
married by 1761 Priscilla Williams
daughter of Arthur Williams [will 1761 SH Co VA] and wife Ann
married bef 1766 2nd Sarah Edwards
a. James Edwards ca 1762 – ca 1828 SH Co VA
married 22 Dec 1785 Martha Wills
daughter of Matthew Wills
i. Carr Edwards
married 10 Dec 1789 Mary Kindred
ii. Polly Edwards
married 31 July 1806 Henry Vaughan
iii. Allen Edwards ca 1790 – aft 1850
married 4 Aug 1829 Elizabeth Edwards dau of Elias E.
iv. John Edwards 1791 – 10 Aug 1858 of Typhoid Fever
John served in the War of 1812 – He was 5 ft, 8 in, light hair, blue eyes
and a light complexion – in 1810 he listed himself as a shoemaker.

married 16 Feb 1818 Sarah [Sally] M Joyner 1797 – 1879 SH Co VA
dau of Jeremiah Joyner of SH Co
1. Boldin Edwards – resid. in Blackjack TN – married twice – large family
2. Lawrence Edwards dy
3. Frances Edwards dy
4. Henry Edwards 1824 – dsp
5. Massie Clifton Edwards 1826 [twin] – 2 children
married William Jenkins of Lynchburg
6. Margaret Morgan Edwards 1826 [twin] – one child
married Zenophan Holt
7. Albriston Edwards 16 May 1828 – Merchant
ancestor of Howell Barnes Edwards Jr compiler of “Edwards of VA & GA”
married 1 Feb 1859 Frances Anne [Annie] Howell
dau of the Rev. Edward Howell and Sarah Pipkin Barnes of Nansemond Co
8. John Allen Edwards 31 Jan 1831 SH Co VA – 6 April 1923 Gates Co NC
they lived in the old Pipkin-Goodman-Edwards house Gates Co
married 19 Dec 1865 Elizabeth C [Bettie] Goodman 29 May 1840 – 15 April 1913
a. William F Clifton Edwards 7 Feb 1868 – Sept 1952
married 6 June 1894 Pattie V Rawlings d 25 Dec 1947
b. Nina E Edwards 18 Feb 1870 – 18 April 1962
married 15 Feb 1891 John Holmes Carroll 16 Oct 1860 – 4 Mar 1900
married Jan 1901 Mills P Ellis 1880 – 24 Sept 1944
c. Julian Henry Edwards 29 Jan 1872 – 4 Mar 1875
d. Sallie M Edwards 18 Jan 1874 – 5 Sept 1946
married 30 May 1894 Solomon [Sollie] W Holland ca 1865 – 24 Feb 1952
9. James Edwards 1834 – Oct 1855 fever
10. Mills Riddick Edwards 26 Jan 1836 I of W –
married 20 Jan 1867 Susannah Bowden
11. Louisa Elizabeth Edwards 1840 – three children
married James [Jimmie] Duke
v. Margaret Edwards
married 17 Mar 1817 James Moore
vi. James H Edwards
married 9 Nov 1820 Martha Cobb
vii. Elizabeth Edwards
married 16 Feb 1826 James Murfee
b. William Edwards
married 10 Dec 1795 Cloetilda Cobb
i. Tempy Edwards
married 1812 Tyler Edwards
c. Elias Edwards lived I of W married dau of Sarah Edwards
married Patsey Whitley d bef 1804
i. Patsey Edwards
married 2 Jan 1812 Jos. Parkerson
1. Ely Parkerson
2. John Parkerson
3. Mills Parkerson
ii. Emanuel Edwards
iii. Briton Edwards
married 1826 Peggy Benn
iv. Phebe Edwards
married bef 1819 Enoch Hixon
v. Mills Edwards
married Chloe Womble
vi. Elias Edwards
vii. Anna Edwards
viii. Lucy Edwards
married 25 Jan 1804 Ann Wheeler
married 1826 Milly Stephens
d. Albridgton Edwards
married 27 Dec 1792

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