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James Monroe Edgerton, son of Reuben and Rebecca (Galloway) Edgerton.

 

born:

September 20, 1821; Pompey, Onondaga Co., NY.  (from age at death, GI – “ae 52y, 1m, 1d”)

died:

October 21, 1873; Woodbine, Harrison Co., IA.  (GI)

buried:

Woodbine Cemetery; Woodbine, Harrison Co., IA.  (GI)

 

married:

March 23, 1847; Pompey, Onondaga Co., NY.

 

Harriet Wisley Kenyon, daughter of Jonathan and Hannah (Hitchcock) Kenyon.

 

born:

January 8, 1827; Pompey, Onondaga Co., NY.  (from age at death, GI – “ae 63y, 8m, 8d”)

died:

September 16, 1890; Woodbine, Harrison Co., IA.  (GI)

buried:

Woodbine Cemetery; Woodbine, Harrison Co., IA.  (GI)

 

Children:

  1. Leroy A., b. March 1, 1848; Ripon, Fond du Lac Co., WI.
  2. Ella, b. November 14, 1851; Fabius, Onondaga Co., NY.
  3. Nettie B., b. January 15, 1855; Fabius, Onondaga Co., NY.
  4. Cora Adele, b. February 18, 1857; Fabius, Onondaga Co., NY.
  5. Mattie V., b. September 1864; Fabius, Onondaga Co., NY.

 


James Monroe Edgerton was born at Pompey, New York on September 20, 1821, the son of Reuben and Rebecca (Galloway) Edgerton.  No primary record of James’ birth has yet been located; the precise date listed here is calculated from the age at death given by the inscription on James’ headstone at Woodbine Cemetery in Woodbine, Iowa (see below).

 

James M. Edgerton was married at Pompey, New York on March 23, 1847 to Harriet Wisley Kenyon, eldest daughter of Jonathan and Hannah (Hitchcock) Kenyon of Pompey.  Harriet was born at Pompey on January 8, 1827.  James and Harriet (Kenyon) Edgerton had five children:  one son, Leroy A., and four daughters, Ella, Nettie B., Cora Adele and Mattie V.

 

James M. Edgerton was mentioned in the records of the Wisconsin Phalanx/Ceresco Commune in Ripon, Wisconsin; his wife, “Harriet Edgerton” and eldest son, “Leroy Edgerton” were listed together with him as members of the Commune.  The following excerpts are taken from the First Record Book of the Ceresco Commune, March 23, 1844 to November 29, 1847 (see Records of the Ceresco/Phalanx Commune online at Ripon College Archives):

 

Book I, Part One, pg. 68 – “At a special meeting of the Council held July 2, 1845… Applications from Russell Smith, Jas. M. Edgerton and Chester Ford for membership in the Wisconsin Phalanx were presented, read and referred to the committee on applications.”

 

 Book I, Part Two, pg 72 – “At a special meeting of the Council held July 23 [1845]… The application of Jas. M. Edgerton was then called up and read and ayes and noes were taken on his admission as a member of the Phalanx. Ayes 9, noes none, so the applicant was admitted.”

 

Book I, Part Two, pg 73 –  “In Council August 4, 1845 6 o’clock P.M.… A bill of property was then received of J. M. Edgerton, amounting to 39 dollars and the amount ordered to be entered to his credit upon the stock books, bearing date with his admission as a member.”

 

Book I, Part Three, pgs. 126-7 – “In Council June 1st, 1846… Resolved that the secretary be requested to purchase for W. E. Holbrook cloth suitable for a pair of pants and also for I. Hebden and J. J. Edgerton such articles as they require on the best terms he can on condition that the amount shall be paid to him when he requires the same.”

 

Book I, Part Four, pg. 209 – “In Council, Monday evening June 21st… On motion of L. Rounds, resolved that J. M. Edgerton be requested to prepare mortar and plaster the apartments which need it in the Long building.”

 

Book I, Part Six, pg. 38 – “Met in Council Monday evening July 17th, 1848… Resolved, That J. M. Edgerton be appointed to sell Lime in the place of C. Lane.”

 

Book I, Part Seven, pg. 52 – “Met in Council Monday evening Oct. 25th, 1848… An account from James Edgerton against the Wisconsin Phalanx was presented and ordered paid from the Treasury amounting to $7.00.”

 

Book I, Part Seven, pg. 54 – “Met in Council Monday evening Nov. 6th, 1848… Resolved That a committee of three (B. S. Sanborn, B. Sheldon and J. M. Edgerton) be appointed to appraise agricultural tools and mason tools.”

 

The household of James M. Edgerton was recorded in the 1860 Federal Census of Fabius, Onondaga County, New York (pg. 824; dwelling #1043; family #1045; enum. August 1, 1860), as follows:

 

James M. Edgerton

37

b. NY

farmer    $1,890 real estate / $547 personal estate

Harriet

32

b. NY

 

Leroy

12

b. WI

 

Ella

8

b. NY

 

Nettie

6

b. NY

 

Cora

4

b. NY

 

 

At this time, James was residing adjacent to his brother-in-law, Orrin Kenyon.

 

The household of James Edgerton was recorded in the 1870 Federal Census of Manlius, Onondaga County, New York (pg. 409; dwelling #555; family #550; enum. July 22, 1870), as follows:

 

James Edgerton

47

b. NY

brick mason     $100 personal estate

Harriet

42

b. NY

keeps home

Ella

18

b. NY

at home

Nettie

15

b. NY

at school

Cora

13

b. NY

at school

Mary

8

b. NY

 

Leroy

22

b. NY

school teacher

 

The following biographical excerpt is taken from History of Hamilton and Clay Counties, Nebraska, Vol. II (George L. Burr & O. O. Buck, eds.; Chicago, Ill: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1921; pp. 77-78):

 

“James M. Edgerton, who was born in the state of New York, went to Iowa in 1871 and there devoted his attention to farming.  He had been among the early gold seekers of California in 1849 and had accumulated a considerable fortune.  He met all of the hardships of a trip across the plains in the early days but took back with him to New York six thousand dollars as a result of his labors in the mines of the Pacific coast.  He then resumed farming in the Empire state where he also conducted a lime kiln for a number of years.  Eventually, however, he determined to establish his home in Iowa but had been a resident of that state for only two years when in 1873 he passed away.”

 

James Monroe Edgerton died at Woodbine, Iowa on October 21, 1873.  He was buried at the Woodbine Cemetery, where his gravestone bears the following inscription:

 

J. M. EDGERTON

DIED

OCT. 21, 1873

Aged 52 years,

1 mo. & 1 day

 

The household of Mrs. Harriet (Kenyon) Edgerton was recorded in the 1880 Federal Census of Woodbine, Harrison County, Iowa (pg. 48; dwelling #28; family #29; enum. June 23, 1880), as follows:

 

Name

Rel.

Age

Bp

F Bp

M Bp

Occ

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Harriet Edgerton

 

53

NY

RI

NY

keeping house

Mary V.

dau.

17

NY

NY

NY

at home

 

The household of Mrs. Harriet Edgerton was recorded in the 1885 Iowa State Census (Woodbine Twp., Harrison County; dwelling #43; family #44), as follows:

 

Harriet Edgerton

58

b. NY

Wd

keeping house

Meta

21

b. NY

S

teacher

 

Mrs. Harriet (Kenyon) Edgerton died on September 16, 1890, presumably at Woodbine, Iowa.  She was buried beside her husband at Woodbine Cemetery; her gravestone bears the following inscription:

 

HARRIET

Wife of

James Edgerton

Died Sept. 16, 1890

Aged 63 years,

8 mos. & 8 days.

 


 

Original Source Documents:

 

1860 Federal Census – household of James Monroe Edgerton; Fabius, Onondaga Co., NY.

1870 Federal Census – household of James Monroe Edgerton; Manlius, Onondaga Co., NY.

1880 Federal Census – household of Mrs. Harriet Wisley (Kenyon) Edgerton; Woodbine, Harrison Co., IA.

Gravestone photo – James Monroe Edgerton; Woodbine Cemetery; Woodbine, Harrison Co., IA.

Gravestone photo – Mrs. Harriet Wisley (Kenyon) Edgerton; Woodbine Cemetery; Woodbine, Harrison Co., IA.