Andrew Edgerton, son of Andrew
and Catherine (
Phebe Jane Smith, daughter of Ralph P. and Freelove Smith.
Andrew Edgerton Jr. was born circa 1811 at Palantine, Montgomery County (now Herkimer County), New York, the second son of Andrew Edgerton Sr. and Catherine Murray. When Andrew was still an infant, his parents settled in Rock Stream (Starkey Township), Yates County, New York. Andrew was raised in Rock Stream. He made his living as a farmer.
Andrew Edgerton’s wife was Phebe Jane Smith, daughter of Ralph and Freelove Smith of Reading, New York and later Wautoma, Wisconsin. Andrew and Phebe were probably married circa 1839-1840; to date, no direct record of the marriage has been located.
Andrew and Phebe (Smith) Edgerton had a family of seven children: six sons, Stafford R, William J., Eugene L., George Ingham, Theron S. and Fred W.; and one daughter, Eva A. The family resided successively in Rock Stream, New York, Dix, New York and finally Wautoma, Wisconsin. The two eldest sons fought and died in the Civil War. The youngest son, Fred, was a mental invalid; he was eventually committed to the Custodial Asylum at Rome, New York where he died in 1897. The other four children were each married and raised families.
The household of Andrew
Edgerton Jr. was recorded in the 1850 Federal Census
The household of Andrew Edgerton Jr. was again recorded in the 1855 New York State Census (dwelling #56; family #58, enum. June 11, 1850). The family was living in a log house at this time, and was enumerated as follows:
In 1857, Andrew Edgerton removed with his family to Wautoma, Waushara County, Wisconsin, where several of his in-laws had previously settled. Andrew died shortly afterwards and his body was returned east for burial in the family plot at Rock Stream Cemetery. According to his gravestone, Andrew had died June 10, 1858, aged 47 years.
The household of Mrs. “Jane Edgerton” was recorded in the 1870 Federal Census of Wautoma, Waushara County, Wisconsin (pg. 348; dwelling #35; family #35; enum. July 18, 1870), as follows:
The household of Mrs. “P. J. Edgerton” was recorded in the 1880 Federal Census of Wautoma, Waushara County, Wisconsin (pg. 385; dwelling #3; family #3; enum. June 10, 1880), as follows:
Mrs. Phebe Jane (Smith) Edgerton died at Rock Stream, New York on February 2, 1897. A copy of her death certificate was filed with New York State Department of Health (year 1897, certificate #4683). Phebe was buried beside her husband at Rock Stream Cemetery.
The following obituary for Mrs. Phebe Jane (Smith) Edgerton was published in the Elmira Daily Gazette and Free Press on Thursday, February 4, 1897:
“Mrs. Phoebe Jane Edgerton, a former resident of Watkins, died at Rock Stream Tuesday, and her funeral and burial will take place there this afternoon at noon. Mrs. Edgerton was about 77 years old. She is survived by four sons and one daughter, Eugene of Minnesota, Theron of Elmira, Eva of Wisconsin, George of Rock Stream and Frederick of Rome.”
The following obituary for “Mrs. P. J. Edgerton”
was published in the Waushara Argus (
Original Source Documents:
1850 Federal Census – household of Andrew Edgerton; Dix, Chemung Co., NY.
1870 Federal Census – household of Mrs. Phebe Jane (Smith) Edgerton; Wautoma, Waushara Co., WI.
1880 Federal Census – household of Mrs. Phebe Jane (Smith) Edgerton; Wautoma, Waushara Co., WI.
Obituary – Mrs. Phebe Jane (Smith) Edgerton; Elmira Daily Gazette and Free Press – Thursday, February 4, 1897.