Andrew Jackson Edgerton, son of John
Clarissa Coburn, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Larned) Coburn.
Mary Hoyt, daughter of Enoch and Mary (Smith) Hoyt.
Andrew Jackson Edgerton was born in
Andrew Edgerton served as a drummer boy in the War of 1812. The following entry is excerpted from Roster of Soldiers in the War of 1812 – State of Vermont (Herbert T. Johnson, Adjutant General, comp.; 1933, pg. 147):
Cabot. Volunteered to go to
Andrew Jackson Edgerton was married twice. His first wife was Clarissa Coburn,
daughter of Joseph and Mary (Larned) Coburn, who was born at Charlton,
The household of Andrew Edgerton was recorded in
the 1820 Federal
Census of Cabot,
1 male “of 16 and under 26” (Andrew);
1 male “of 10 and under 16” (?);
1 female “of 45 years and upwards” (mother
1 female “of 16 and under 26” (wife Clarissa).
According to cemetery records at
Andrew Edgerton was remarried on November 30, 1828
Andrew had four children by his second wife – two
sons, Harvey and William Andrew Jackson, and two daughters, Mary Angeline and
Lydia Ann. The first son, Harvey, was
The household of Andrew Edgerton was recorded in
Federal Census of Cabot, Caledonia County (now Washington County),
2 males “of 30 and under 40” (Andrew and ?);
2 males “of 20 and under 30” (?);
1 male “of 5 and under 10” (son Lorin);
1 male “under 5 years of age” (son Harvey);
1 female “of 30 and under 40” (second wife Mary);
1 female “of 15 and under 20” (?); and,
1 female “of 5 and under 10” (step-daughter Nancy Atkins)
In the early 1830’s, Andrew left
1 male “50 and under 60” (?);
1 male “40 and under 50” (Andrew);
1 male “30 and under 40” (?);
3 males “20 and under 30” (?);
1 male “10 and under 15” (son Harvey);
1 female “40 and under 50” (second wife Mary);
1 female “20 and under 30” (?);
2 female “15 and under 20” (step-daughter Nancy Atkins);
1 female “5 and under 10” (daughter Mary); and,
1 female “under 5 years” (daughter Lydia Ann).
By the time of the 1850 Federal Census, Andrew had
moved his family west and was living in the city of
By the year 1859, Andrew had removed to
Mrs. Mary (Hoyt) Edgerton died in the year 1866 and was buried at Union Cemetery in the town of Palmyra, Macoupin County, Illinois. Unfortunately, the gravestones in this cemetery are drastically eroded and largely unreadable. All that can be currently deciphered of the inscription on Mary’s headstone is her name “Mary, wife of Andrew Edgerton” and her age at death: 68 years, 8 months and 3 days. The date of death is not readable.
At the time of the 1870 Federal Census, Andrew
Edgerton was residing with his son, William A. Edgerton, in Chesterfield,
Macoupin County, Illinois. He was
enumerated as: “Andrew Edgerton, aged
75, retired, b. in Vermont”. At the
time of the 1880 Federal Census, Andrew Edgerton was still residing in
According to the family Bible record of Charles
Lorin Edgerton (Andrew’s grandson), Andrew Jackson Edgerton died in 1883 at
Charles’ home in
The following biographical excerpts regarding Andrew Jackson Edgerton are taken from two drafts of a letter written in February 1940 by Mr. Arthur Lorin Edgerton (1876 – 1943), a grandson of Andrew’s eldest son, Lorin R. Edgerton. The typewritten drafts (unsent), contain a few handwritten corrections which are noted here in brackets.
“The history I have of my grand-parents is very meager
and I do not know much of their achievements in life. I have in my possession a photo of my
The following excerpt is also from the aforementioned letter:
“As I remember there was a Clarica, or Clarissa Edgerton who married a man by the name of Coburn…Coburn became wealthy, and as I remember, that at the time of his death, he had no children and his wife had died, so he left his fortune to his nephews and niece by blood, that were living at the time he died. We were contacted in this matter and it seems that grand-father Edgerton (Lorin R. Edgerton) was a nephew but had died prior to the death of Mr. Coburn, hence he or his heirs were not eligible to a share in the fortune.”
The writer of this letter was apparently confusing Andrew’s first wife, Clarissa Coburn, with a supposed sister. The “Mr. Coburn” mentioned here who died childless was most likely Clarissa’s younger brother, Major Joseph Leander Coburn, who was quite wealthy and died without leaving any children.
Andrew Jackson Edgerton died at the home of his
grandson, Charles Lorin Edgerton, in
“DIED… At his home in Braidwood, January 11, 1883 [sic],
Andrew Edgerton, aged 88 years , 3 months and 11 days. The deceased was one of the early settlers
The descendants of Andrew Edgerton’s children have not yet been previously researched in great detail. The following is a brief summary:
The eldest son, Lorin
R., resided in
The second son, Harvey,
was married to Christiana L. Annis of
The elder daughter, Mary
Angeline, was married on November 25, 1856 at
The younger daughter, Lydia Ann, was married to James W. Reynolds, of
The youngest son, William
Andrew Jackson, was married at three times and resided for a time in
Decatur, Macon, County, Illinois before moving west to Columbia County,
Oregon. William reportedly died at
Original Source Documents:
1820 Federal Census – household of Andrew Jackson Edgerton; Cabot, Caledonia (now Washington) Co., VT.
1830 Federal Census – household of Andrew Jackson Edgerton; Cabot, Caledonia (now Washington) Co., VT.
1840 Federal Census – household of Andrew Jackson Edgerton; Hookset, Merrimack Co., NH.
1850 Federal Census – household of Andrew Jackson Edgerton; Kenosha (Ward 1), Kenosha Co., WI.
1860 Federal Census – household of Andrew Jackson Edgerton; Barr Twp., Macoupin Co., IL.
Obituary – Andrew Jackson Edgerton; The Saturday Herald (Decatur, Illinois) – January 14, 1884.
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