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Amasa Edgerton, son of Horace and Betsey (Taylor) Edgerton.                                                                                                                  PHOTO

 

         born:

August 16, 1824; Elk Creek Twp., Erie Co., PA.

died:

June 12, 1910; Cedar Creek, Lake Co., IN.

buried:

Creston Cemetery; Creston, Lake Co., IN.  (GI)

 

married:

October 9, 1852; Lake Co., IN.  (Co. VR 5:58)

 

Dorothy M. Palmer, daughter of James and Almira (Taylor) Palmer.                                                                                                          PHOTO

 

         born:

March 7, 1835; South Bend, Saint Joseph Co., IN.  (from age at death, GI – “ae 69y, 6d”)

died:

March 12, 1904; Creston, Lake Co., IN.  (GI)

buried:

Creston Cemetery; Creston, Lake Co., IN.  (GI)

 

Children:

  1. infant son, b. June 21, 1855; West Creek Twp., Lake Co., IN.
  2. William A., b. February 2, 1856; West Creek Twp., Lake Co., IN.
  3. Clinton Palmer, b. February 1863; West Creek Twp., Lake Co., IN.

 


The following biography of Amasa Edgerton is excerpted from Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana: Historical and Biographical Illustrated (Weston A. Goodspeed & Charles Blanchard, eds.; Chicago, Ill.: F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers; 1882; pg. 754-755):

 

“AMASA EDGERTON was born in Erie County, Penn., August 16, 1825 [sic], and is one of a family of eight children born to Horace and Betsey Edgerton, who were natives of New York, where they were married.  In an early day, they removed to Erie County, Penn., remaining until the year 1835, then removing to La Porte County, Ind., where Mrs. Edgerton died shortly afterward.  In 1836, he and family moved to Lake County, settling near Cedar Lake, where he remained until his death.  Shortly after they arrived in Lake County, Amasa Edgerton went to live with a man named Horace Wood, remaining with him about five years; he then lived with his father until his marriage, which took place on October 3 [sic], 1852, his wife being Miss Dorothy M., daughter of James and Almira Palmer.  She was born in St. Joseph County, Ind., March 7, 1835.  In 1854, Mr. Edgerton moved to the farm on which he now lives, which he had purchased previously, and has since remained; he owns 100 acres of land.  They have had three children – an infant son (deceased), William A. and Palmer C.”

 

The household of Amasa Edgerton was recorded in the 1860 Federal Census of West Creek Township, Lake County, Indiana (pg. 897; dwelling #244; family #250; enum. June 22, 1860), as follows:

 

Amasa Edgerton

33

b. PA

farmer     $1,480 real estate / $473 personal estate

Dorothy

25

b. IN

 

William

4

b. IN

 

Sampson Case

18

b. Canada

farmhand

 

The household of Amasa Edgerton was recorded in the 1870 Federal Census of West Creek Township, Lake County, Indiana (pg. 480; dwelling #174; family #170; enum. August 5, 1870), as follows:

 

Amasa Edgerton

45

b. PA

farming     $4,900 real estate / $1,000 personal estate

Dorothy

35

b. IN

keeping house

William

14

b. IN

 

Palmer

7

b. IN

 

 

The household of Amasa Edgerton was recorded in the 1880 Federal Census of West Creek Township, Lake County, Indiana (pg. 603; dwelling #189; family #192; enum. June 17, 1880), as follows:

 

Name

Rel.

Age

Bp

F Bp

M Bp

Occ

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Amasa Edgerton

 

52

PA

NY

NY

farmer

Dorothy

wife

45

IN

CT

NY

keeping house

William A.

son

24

IN

PA

IN

farmer

Palmer C.

son

17

IN

PA

IN

farmer

 

The household of Amasa Edgerton was recorded in the 1900 Federal Census of Cedar Creek, Lake County, Indiana (pg. 186; dwelling #224; family #225; enum. June 1900), as follows:

 

Name

Rel.

Birthdate & place

Age

Marital

Parents’ birthplace

 

 

 

 

Status

Father

Mother

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Amasa Edgerton

head

Aug. 1824

PA

75

M 47y

NY

NY

Dorothy

wife

Mar. 1835

IN

65

M 47y

IN

NY

 

According to the above record Dorothy was the mother of three children, two of whom were still living.  Amasa’s occupation was listed as “farmer”.

 

The following obituary notice for Amasa Edgerton was reprinted in Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910 (Lake County Historical Society; 1906):

 

“Died at Creston on Saturday, June 11th [sic], Amasa Edgerton, the last of the four sons, Franklin, Alfred, Amos, Amasa, who came with their father, Horace Edgerton, and their three sisters, Freedom, Polly and Esther, in 1836, to become settlers at Cedar Lake.  Amasa Edgerton was born, so says a record from some members of the family, in Erie County, Pennsylvania, August 16th, 1824, and so in two more months would have been 86 years of age.  He has been an interested member of this association.  He leaves two sons and ten grandchildren, some of whom, it is to be hoped, will come in and help fill up the broken ranks.”

 


 

Original Source Documents:

 

1860 Federal Census – household of Amasa Edgerton; West Creek Twp., Lake Co., IN.

1870 Federal Census – household of Amasa Edgerton; West Creek Twp., Lake Co., IN.

1880 Federal Census – household of Amasa Edgerton; West Creek Twp., Lake Co., IN.

1900 Federal Census – household of Amasa Edgerton; Cedar Creek Twp., Lake Co., IN.