!COMPILATION:Dr. G. M. G. Stafford (Dr. George Mason Graham Stafford) born: 1876 , Baton Rouge, Louisiana "The King Family" p.4-5 "The Edwards family was one of the most prominent among the early pioneers who settled this country. Before crossing the ocean to the wilds of america they had been in Denbigh, Wales for many centuries. They can easily be traced back to Sir John Griffith Lloyd, a direct descendant of Roderick the Great, King of Wales in 824. Richard Edwards of Denbigh had four sons: Richard, William, John and Thomas. Richard, the eldest of these, left Wales during the reign of Queen Elizabeth and settled in Chester, England, where he was a minister of the established church. He later removed to Lond and at the time of his death was prelate of the queen. His son, Thomas, was knighted by royal decree in 1624. This Sir Thomas Edwads had five sons: William, John, Thomas, Robert, and Edmund. The eldest, William Edwards (1620-1685), came to America with his mother and step-father, John Cole, of London, and settled in Hartford, Connecticut (1639), where he married and left numerous descendants, thus establishing the well known family of that name in New England. John, Richard, William and Thomas Edwards, grandsons of Richard of Wales, came to Virginia, and John, the eldest, settled in Northumberland county. His son, John Edwards, Jr., was a vestryman in Lancaster county, and then removed to Surry county where he was a burgess. He married Frances Cole and their son, William Edwards, member of the House of Burgesses in 1653, lived in Surry county and married Dorothy Withers. Among their children was William Edwards, Jr., also a burgess from Surry, who married Ann Harrison, daughter of Col. Benjamin Harrison, the "Councillor" (progenitor of two Presidents of the United States), and they were the parents of John Edwards who married Jane Arrington. This latter couple lived in Prince William County and later moved to Spotsylvania county. John Edwards was a cptain in the colonial militia and was with the First Virginia Regiment in the French and Indian War. His wife, Jane Arrington was a daughter of Thomas Arrington of Westmoreland county."
Marriage 1 Jane T. ARRINGTON
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