Urban Edgerton, son of James and Catherine (Hinman) Edgerton.
Urban Edgerton was born October 8, 1793 at
Urban Edgerton fought in the War of 1812 at
According to Edgerton Family Genealogy (Ida
Ferry Welch, et. al., 1964), Urban Edgerton removed to
According to a biography of Urban’s son-in-law, Alfred Blacklidge, found in Biographical History of Wayne, Fayette, Union and Franklin Counties, Indiana (Lewis Publishing Company; 1899), Urban Edgerton “with his wife came to this state from Penn Yan, New York, being numbered among the pioneers of Laurel Township, Franklin County”.
Urban Edgerton had settled in Franklin County,
Indiana as early as December of 1823.
He was mentioned on several occasions in the early court records of
pg. 45 – “WILL AND PROBATE RECORDS, Franklin Co.,
pg. 308 – “CIVIL ORDER BOOK #3, Franklin Co.,
pg..319 – “CIVIL ORDER BOOK #4, Franklin Co.,
pg. 344 – “CIVIL ORDER BOOK #5, Franklin Co.,
On December 10, 1830, Urban Edgerton was witness
to a sale of land in Brookville District (
Urban Edgerton was married at Franklin County,
Indiana on March 31, 1825 to Elizabeth Boots (see Marriage Records for Franklin County, Indiana 1811 to 1852,
copied by Mrs. Roscoe C. O’Byrne, Brookville, Indiana, 1944; Kokomo Indiana:
Selby Publishing; reprinted 1985; pg. 42).
To date, four children of Urban and Elizabeth (Boots) Edgerton have been identified – all daughters:
Elizabeth Catherine, born September 27, 1827.
Matilda, born August 1829. Matilda was married October 30, 1849 at Franklin County, Indiana to Thomas W. Snyder (~1817 – 1881), a native of Maryland. Matilda was Thomas’ second wife; she had two daughters: Margaret Elizabeth, born July 1850, who married Daniel G. Blauser; and Minnie L., born October 1861, who married Harry S. Thompson. Matilda and Thomas resided first in Laurel Township, later removing to Kokomo (Howard County), where Thomas died November 21, 1881, aged 64 years. Matilda survived Thomas twenty-three years. She was enumerated as a head of household in the 1900 Federal Census residing in Center Township, Howard County, Indiana. Matilda died at Center Township on October 21, 1904, aged 75 years. Matilda and Thomas were buried at Crown Point Cemetery in Center Township, Indiana.
Rebecca Ann, born circa 1832. Rebecca was married at Franklin County,
Indiana on November 12, 1852 to David Hazzard, a native of
Martha, born January 1836. Martha was presumably the “Marthy Edgerton,
aged 23, domestic, born in Indiana”, who was recorded in the 1860 Federal
Census of Metamora, Franklin County, Indiana, residing in the household of
her brother-in-law, Alfred Blacklidge.
Martha was married on February 27, 1867 at Franklin County, Indiana to
Christopher C. Sollenberger (~1823 – 1899), a native of
Urban Edgerton was listed as a head of household in the 1830 Federal Census of Franklin County, Indiana (pg. 280). His household was enumerated with the following individuals:
1 male “of 30 and under 40” (Urban);
1 male “under 5 years of age” (son ?);
1 female “of 60 and under 70” (?);
1 female “of 30 and under 40” (wife Elizabeth); and,
2 females “under 5 years of age” (daughters Elizabeth and Matilda).
The household of Urban Edgerton was recorded in the 1840 Federal Census of Franklin County, Indiana (pg. 318), with the following enumeration:
1 male “40 and under 50” (Urban);
1 female “40 and under 50” (wife Elizabeth);
2 females “5 and under 10” (daughters Elizabeth and Matilda); and
2 females “under 5” (daughters Rebecca and Martha).
Urban Edgerton died at Franklin County, Indiana on
January 29, 1847. His death was noted
in the private diary of Jerome Willey (1822 – 1894) of Franklin County,
Indiana. A notice of the death of
“Urban Edgerton, aged 53” was also published in the People’s Advocate
The household of Mrs. Elizabeth “Edrington” was
recorded in the 1850
Federal Census of Laurel Township,
Mrs. Elizabeth Edgerton has not been located in the 1860 Federal Census, although it seems certain that she was still living at this time, since on February 1, 1866, “Elizabeth Edgerton, Widow of Urban Edgerton, Corporal, Captain Smith’s Company, Connecticut Militia, War of 1812” assigned to Ulysees V. Kyzer the 110 acres of land near Junction City, Kansas, which had been deeded to Urban Edgerton for his military service. The original of this land patent is held at the United States Bureau of Land Management – Warrant #22906.
Original Source Documents:
1830 Federal Census – household of Urban Edgerton; Franklin Co., IN.
1840 Federal Census – household of Urban Edgerton; Franklin Co., IN.
1850 Federal Census – household of Mrs. Elizabeth (Boots) Edgerton; Laurel Twp., Franklin Co., IN.
Land Patent – Mrs. Elizabeth (Boots) Edgerton to Ulysees V. Kyzer; February 1, 1866; Bureau of Land Management, Warrant #22906.
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