Alfred Edgerton, son of Dan and Mindwell (Lane) Edgerton.
Roxanna Law, daughter of Jeremiah and Hepzibah (Leach) Law.
Alfred Edgerton was born at Monson, Massachusetts on February 20, 1820, the son of Dan and Mindwell (Lane) Edgerton. He had a twin brother named Almon. Circa 1825 – 1830, Alfred’s parents removed to Vernon, Connecticut, where his father died in June of 1830. At the time of the 1830 Federal Census, Alfred was included in the household of his elder brother, Edwin, in Vernon, Connecticut. Alfred’s parents may have resided for a time in Ashford, Connecticut, which Alfred reported as his birthplace in the 1850 Federal Census (see below).
As a young man, Alfred removed to Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was married in the town of Holden on February 5, 1842 to Roxanna Law, daughter of Jeremiah and Hepzibah (Leach) Law of Killingly, Connecticut. Roxanna was born at Killingly on October 22, 1823. Alfred and Roxana Edgerton had two children: Jane Elizabeth, born in Sterling, Massachusetts on September 19, 1845; and George A., born in Killingly, Connecticut in November 1847.
At the time of the 1850 Federal Census, the family was residing in Killingly, Connecticut in the household of Alfred’s father-in-law, Jeremiah Law (pg. 345; dwelling #351; family #394; enum. September 11, 1850). In an unusual exception to the rule, the enumerator of this census recorded not only the state of each person’s birth, but also the township. The entire household was enumerated as follows:
Alfred Edgerton later removed to Hampden County, Massachusetts, residing first in West Springfield and later Springfield City.
The household of Alfred Edgerton was recorded in the 1860 Federal Census of West Springfield, Hamdpen County, Massachusetts (pg. 1268; dwelling #2738; family #3480; enum. August 1, 1860), as follows:
The household of Alfred Edgerton was recorded in the 1870 Federal Census of West Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts (pg. 42; dwelling #300; family #368; enum. August 27, 1870), as follows:
The family of Daniel and Sarah Melcher was enumerated in the same household. Alfred’s twin brother, Almon, was residing nearby in West Springfield; his household was enumerated a few houses later on the same page of the census roll.
At the time of the 1880 Federal Census, the family was residing in the city of Springfield. The enumeration of Alfred Edgerton’s household (dwelling #101; family #107; enum. June 5, 1880), was as follows:
Mrs. Roxana (Law) Edgerton died at Springfield, Massachusetts on February 22, 1895; and Alfred died four years later on December 7, 1899, also in Springfield. Both were buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield, where their headstones were inscribed with the complete dates of their respective births and deaths. Alfred and Roxana’s son, George A., resided for most of his adult life in Chicopee. He was married to Harriet A. Johnson and died at Chicopee in 1902. The daughter, Jane Elizabeth, was married to William I. Rice and resided in the city of Springfield.
Original Source Documents:
1850 Federal Census – household of Jeremiah Law; Killingly, Windham Co., CT.
1860 Federal Census – household of Alfred Edgerton; West Springfield, Hampden Co., MA.
1870 Federal Census – household of Alfred Edgerton; West Springfield, Hampden Co., MA.
1880 Federal Census – household of Alfred Edgerton; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA.
Death record – Mrs. Roxanna (Law) Edgerton; Springfield, Massachusetts Vital Records, vol. 454, pg. 752, #168.
Death record – Alfred Edgerton; Springfield, Massachusetts Vital Records, vol. 493, pg. 193, #1003.
Gravestone photo – Alfred Edgerton; Oak Grove Cemetery; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA.
Gravestone photo – Mrs. Roxanna (Law) Edgerton; Oak Grove Cemetery; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA.
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