Elias Burlington Edwards and Nancy Jane Doles
Proposed Edwards-Doles Lineage
Compiled by Judy & Gary Griffin, 2007 - email address
.... 2 Elias Burlington Edwards ca 1829 – 1892 + (1) Elizabeth Doles (see Doles history below)
...... 3 Margaret Edwards ca 1852 – + Jacob Tromm
...... 3 Nancy Alice Edwards ca 1854 – + Henry Zigler
...... 3 George W. Edwards ca 1858
Second wife of Elias Edwards + Nancy Jane Doles
...... 3 William H. Edwards 1860 – 1933 + Elizabeth Fish ca 1857 – ca 1917
...... 3 Jacob Elias Edwards 1861 – 1934 + Elizabeth Maria Passmore – 1929
...... 3 Mary Ellen Edwards 1864 – 1941 + William Ingersoll
...... 3 James Oliver Edwards 1865 – 1941 + Jennie Ayers
...... 3 Alwilda Edwards 1868 – 1934 + Charles H. Eggleston ca 1845 – 1911
...... 3 Rosetta Edwards 1872 – + H. Manley
...... 3 Lucy J. Edwards ca 1880 - + Markham Ball?
.... 2 Henry Edwards ca 1833 –
.... 2 Mary F. Edwards ca 1835 –
.... 2 Zarilda Edwards ca 1836 –
.... 2 Amanda Edwards ca 1839 –
.... 2 Martha Edwards ca 1843 –
.... 2 Jacob Edwards ca 1844 –
.... 2 Abram Edwards ca 1847 –
.... 2 Celia A. Edwards ca 1848 –
.... 2 Anderson J. Edwards ca 1849 –
The father of Elias was probably William Edwards, born circa 1804 in North Carolina. (1) There is a family story that William was from Edwards Crossing, North Carolina. There is an undocumented (FHL) marriage that lists a William Edwards, spouse Serepta Jackson, married on August 3, 1830 in Nicholas, Kentucky. Since William and Serepty’s first child our Elias B.’s birth date is an estimate (from census), their first three children were born in Kentucky, and Serepty/Serepta is an unusual name, it is likely that this marriage record giving Serepty/Serepta’s surname are the parents of our Elias Burlington Edwards and his siblings. One inconsistency is the obituary of Elias B. Edwards that lists his age at death as 64, which would make his birth date 1829, before the marriage of William. However, obituary information is not always accurate. Further documentation is needed regarding this marriage record and Serepty/Serepta’s surname.
A check of the Nicholas County census for 1820 does list a Benjamin Edwards and Robert Edwards, no Jackson surnames. The 1830 census shows Benjamin Edwards, Robert L. G. Edwards, John Jackson and Polly Jackson. The 1840 census has two Benjamin Edwards, Robert L. G. Edwards, James Jackson, two John Jacksons and a Tanner Jackson. There is an undocumented marriage between a John Jackson and an Elizabeth Spoors on March 4, 1830 in Nicholas County, Kentucky, submitted by the same person who provided the marriage information for William Edwards and Serepta Jackson.
By circa 1836, when their daughter Zarilda was born, William and Serepty were in Indiana. According the to the 1850 census, Serepty was born circa 1812 in Kentucky. They had ten children (1850 census): Elias Burlington, Henry, Mary F., Zarilda, Amanda, Martha, Jacob, Abram, Celia A., and Anderson J.
Elias Burlington Edwards, see below.
Henry Edwards was born circa 1833 in Kentucky.
Mary F. Edwards was born circa 1835 in Kentucky.
Zarilda Edwards was born circa 1836 in Indiana. This could be the Serrilla Edwards who married a Chesley Doles on March 30, 1854 in Miami County, Indiana. (2)
Amanda Edwards was born circa 1839 in Indiana. There is a marriage record for an Amanda Edwards and Samuel Crull, September 14, 1883 that could be this Amanda. (3)
Martha Edwards was born circa 1843 in Indiana.
Jacob Edwards was born circa 1844 in Indiana.
Abram Edwards was born circa 1847 in Indiana. There is a marriage record for an Abram Edwards and Amanda Doggett, September 3, 1875. (4) This could be the Amanda who married Samuel Crull in 1883.
Celia A. Edwards was born circa 1848 in Indiana.
Anderson J. Edwards was born circa 1849 in Indiana.
Elias Burlington Edwards
Elias Burlington Edwards was born circa 1829 in Kentucky and died on June 13, 1892 in Peru, Miami County, Indiana. He married Elizabeth Doles on December 4, 1852 in Miami County, daughter of William Doles. He next married Nancy Jane Doles on January 28, 1860 in Miami County, also said to be a daughter of William Doles. Nancy Jane was born circa 1841 in Indiana. See Doles family history. Elias’ obituary stated he was 64 years old, providing a birth date circa 1828. Census records also provide this approximate date. His obituary only listed one daughter and a son Jacob Elias as surviving, though other children were still living in 1892. His obituaries:
June 1892 Obituaries (no source): “Burlington Edwards for many years a resident of this city, died on Monday after an illness of six months. Aged 64 years. He was buried in Clayton cemetery, south east of the city, on Wednesday. Services by Rev. S.C. Dickey. Burlington Edwards living on West Second Street, died this evening.”
“E. Burlington Edwards died yesterday afternoon at his residence on West Second Street from the effects of the grippe. He was 64 years old and had been a familiar figure on our streets for many years. One daughter and a son Jacob Edwards survived him. The funeral will occur tomorrow morning at ten o’clock. Service by Rev Dickey. Interment in Clayton Cemetery.” Miami County Sentinel, Thursday, June 16, 1892, p. 5. An attempt to find his gravestone in Clayton Cemetery met with no success.
Elias was old enough to serve in the Civil War, but no record of his service has been found. When Elias reported that he was a teamster in Peru in 1870, he may have followed this occupation full time or part-time in addition to farming. He probably had a horse and wagon to haul items for other people such as hauling farmers’ produce to market. Or he could have hired out as a dray or a wagon driver. Regardless, he probably drove one or more draft animals to pull materials, vehicles, or implements. He would have had to hitch up a team to the wagon, load and unload the wagon, and care for his team of horses. In the 1880 census, Elias was listed as a farmer in 1880 in Peru Township. He was consistently reported as unable to read or write, though his wife Nancy Jane apparently had some education. Elias lived in Adams Township, Decatur County in 1850 (census). By 1852 he was in Miami County, probably Peru (marriage). Unfortunately Elias was not found in the 1860 census, though he married in Miami County in 1860. In 1870 only Elias’ son George was in school, though William, Elias J. and possibly Mary E. were old enough – even though the family lived in Peru where there should have been an available school. By 1880, Elias’ daughters, ages 12 to 16, were attending school, as well as his 13-year-old son James Oliver. There must have been a school beyond 8th grade, probably in Peru. Sons William H. and Jacob Elias were no longer in school and were working part of the year. According to his son Elias Jacob’s obituary, the family came to Traverse City, Michigan when Elias Jacob was young, (5) possibly in the 1880s. At least his children Jacob Elias, William H., and Alwilda married in Michigan in the 1880s. However, Jake [Elias Jacob] was listed as a barber on Fifth Street in the 1905-06 Peru City directory. It appears that Elias B. returned to Peru where he died. His two daughters, Rosetti and Lucy J. were still under age when Elias died. They may have remained in Michigan instead of returning to Peru with Elias or gone to live with one of their siblings after Elias died.
Elias first married Elizabeth Doles and had three children: Margaret, Nancy Alice, and George W.
Margaret “Maggie” Edwards was born circa 1852 in Peru, Miami County, Indiana. She was listed as Margaret in the 1870 census and in Rosetti Edwards Manley’s Affidavit of Birth. (6) Margaret married _?_ Tromm on August 2, 1872 in Miami County. The Index to Marriage Records, Miami County, lists his name as Jacob Fromm. Jacob and Maggie may have been in Traverse City in 1880, where the spelling is Tromm (Fromm in census index). There was a Jacob Tromm in Traverse City in 1884, who had a barber shop and bath room. (7) In 1880 a Jacob Tromm, a barber age 31 (born in France), and his wife Maggie, age 28 (born in Indiana) were living on what looks like Front Street in Traverse City. The age of Maggie agrees with the information in the 1870 census. The children listed for this Jacob and Maggie were Rosanna, age 5; Mary L., age 3; Ida E., age 1; and Chas. E., born in April 1880. This family was not found in censuses after 1880.
Nancy Alice Edwards was born circa 1854 in Peru. In the 1870 census she was listed as 16, which would put her birth date circa 1864. She was listed as a step-sister on Rosetti Edwards Manley’s Affidavit of Birth. In her half-brother William H. Edward’s 1933 obituary, she was listed as the wife of Henry Zigler [Ziegler?], residing in Acme, Michigan. The Index to Marriage Records, Miami County, lists a Nancy Edwards married William K. Passmore on April 28, 1872. An Alice Passmore married Henry Ziegler in 1880 in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. (8) In the 1910 census for Grand Traverse County, Henry and Alice Ziegler were both married twice, married circa 1880. Alice reported she had five children, three living. They were enumerated just after her half-brother, William H. Edwards. In 1930 Henry and Alice Ziegler were living with their daughter Lillie and Alfred D. Hanna. Grace Vroma stated that Alice (Nancy Alice) had two daughters, Jennie and Lillie.
Lillie E. Ziegler married Alfred D. Hannah in 1909 in Grand Traverse County, (9) probably at Acme, Michigan. In the 1920 census, Alfred D. and Lillie Hannah were living at Acme. Their children were Alfred H. (Henry), born circa 1912; Richard J., born circa 1914; Audrey, born circa 1917; Vernice, born circa 1919; Jackson, born circa 1921; and V. Alice, born circa 1924. According to Bill Little, Lillie and Alfred’s son Richard was a paraplegic, probably due to polio. Bill also said that Alfred would go to Traverse City in his Model T to play pool, and Lillie would wait for him in the car. According to the Grand Traverse Death Records, Alfred D. Hanna died on June 27, 1961, Lillie E. Hanna died on August 30, 1984.
George W. Edwards was born circa 1858 in Indiana. A George W. Edwards was married on June 24, 1885 in Grand Traverse County, Michigan, parents Elias B. Edwards and Elizabeth Doles. (10) Unfortunately the name of his wife was not recorded by this compiler.
Elias had seven children with Nancy Jane Doles: William H., Jacob Elias, Mary Ellen, James Oliver, Alwilda M., Rosetta, and Lucy J.
William H. Edwards was born on December 7, 1859 or 1860 in Peru, and died on July 14 or 15, 1933 at Traverse City State Hospital. He was residing in East Bay Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan at the time of his death. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Traverse City, Michigan. He married Eliza Fish Durga [Duya?] in 1886 at Traverse City, Michigan. (11) Eliza, daughter of Gideon H. and Mary J. Fish, was born in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio, died in 1917. There was an Elizabeth, age 13 (born circa 1847) living with a Joseph G.(?) Fish in Painesville, Ohio on the 1860 census. According to his obituary, William lived in Peru Indiana until 1883, then had a farm at 5 mile corner near Acme, Michigan. In the 1910 census, Elizabeth stated she had married twice. William had no children. His probate record lists the following property at the time of his death: northeast quarter of the northeast quarter and that part of the north one half of the northwest quarter of northeast quarter lying east of highway all in Section Sixteen, Township Twenty-seven, North range Ten west, township of East Bay, Grand Traverse County. William died without a will, value of real estate $200. His probate named the heirs: Alice Zeigler (Nancy Alice above), half-sister; Jacob Edwards, brother, Honor, Michigan; Mary Ingersoll (Mary Ellen), sister, Traverse City, Michigan; James Oliver Edwards, brother, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Arwilda [sic], sister, Kalmazoo, Michigan (Alwilda was in the state hospital); and Rose Manley, sister, Redwood City, California. Obituary, July 17, 1933:
“Old Resident Is Taken By Death. William H. Edwards, 73, a long-time resident of the Grand Traverse region, passed away Friday evening at a local hospital which he entered four weeks ago. He had been in failing health for some time. Mr. Edwards was born Dec. 7, 1859 in Peru, Ind., and came to this city in 1883, locating on a farm near Acme where he had since resided. His marriage to Eliza Fish took place in 1886. Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. M. E. Ingersoll, 876 East Front street, Mrs. Rose Manley of Redwood City, Calif., Mrs. A. Eagleston of Muskegon and Mrs. Henry Ziegler of Acme and two brothers, Jake Edwards of Honor, James Oliver Edwards of Milwaukee and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Edwards passed away 16 years ago. The body is at the H. L. Weaver Funeral Home, until the time of services which will be held there Monday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. Homer Biddlecom will officiate and burial will be make in the family lot at Oakwood cemetery.”
Elias Jacob Edwards, “Jake,” was born on January 11, 1861 in Peru, and died on December 30, 1934 near Honor, Benzie County, Michigan. He was buried in Homestead Cemetery, Michigan. He married Elizabeth Maria Passmore on October 25, 1885 in Inland, Benzie County, Michigan at the home of O. W. Clark. (12) At the time of his marriage, Jacob was a barber living at Frankfort and Elizabeth was living at Inland. The marriage was witnessed by O. W. and Mary J. Clark of Inland – Jacob’s funeral service in 1934 was held at the home of O. W. Clark in Inland (probably Orson W. Clark). Jacob and Elizabeth had five children, four of whom were: Delcie M., born June 1886, died before 1910; Olive M., born September 1888, paralyzed, died before 1910; Ruth M., born September 1899; and Mary Lois, born circa 1903. Jacob was a barber in Peru, Indiana and lived there in 1905-06. Undated Peru city directories listed Jacob and Elizabeth’s residences as 402 E. Third, 12 N. Wabash. Also living at 12 N. Wabash was Lucy J. In 1910 Jacob had his own barber shop in Laclede Precinct, Idaho (census). He was living next door to his sister and brother-in-law, Charles H. and Rosetta Manley. Rosetta and her husband were in Idaho circa 1901 and Jacob must have followed them to Idaho not too many years later. In 1922 he resided on the Passmore farm near Honor, Michigan. One source says he moved to Traverse City with his parents, so perhaps Elias Burlington did reside at Traverse City for a period of time. Jacobs’ daughter Mary Lois “Merrylois,” married a Theodore Tetreau and had at least two children, Beth O. and Byran J. (1930 census). Theodore and “Merry” lived at 922 Front Street, Traverse City in 1930. Merry, age 27, stated she was born in Indiana.
“Elias Edwards Is Found Dead. Elias Jacobs [sic] Edwards was found dead, from a heart attack, in the woods at his home known as the Passmore farm, near Honor, Sunday, December 30, 1934. Mr. Edwards was born in Peru, Indiana, January 11, 1861. When a young lad he moved with his parents to Traverse City where he learned the barber trade and had been a barber until the spring of 1922. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Maria Passmore, October 25, 1885 at the home of O. W. Clark. To this union five children were born of whom two survive to mourn their loss. Mrs. Ruth Ransom of Eugene, Oregon and Mrs. Merry Tetreau of Bad Axe, Michigan; also four grandchildren, one great grandchild, three sisters, Mrs. Alice Zigler of Acme, Mrs. Ellen Ingersoll of Traverse City, and Mrs. Rose Manley of Redwood, Calif., one brother, Oliver Edwards of Milwaukee, Wis., and numerous nieces and nephews. Later in life he moved with his family to Laclede, Idaho, where they resided until 1922 when they moved to the Passmore home to care for Mrs. Edwards’ aged brother, Charlie. Mrs. Edwards preceded him in death, September 11, 1929. Funeral services were held this afternoon at 1:30 at the home of O. W. Clark, Inland township, Rev. Ellison officiating, with interment in the Homestead cemetery.” Note: Homestead Township, Benzie County record 4C, Elias Jacob Edwards died December 27, 1934.
There was a John Passmore, a shoemaker or shoe manufacturer, who lived in Peru, Miami County, Indiana in 1850 and 1860, later a farmer in Benzie County, Michigan in 1870 and 1880 (censuses). Among his children were an Elizabeth, William K. and Charles. They may be the Elizabeth who married Elias Edwards, the William K. who married Nancy Alice Edwards above and the Charles mentioned in Elias’ obituary.
Mary Ellen Edwards was born on February 19, 1864 in Peru, and died on April 19, 1941 in Garfield Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan. She was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Traverse City. Mary Ellen married William Ingersoll. According to Bill Little, the family called him Charlie Ingersoll. In the 1900 and 1910 censuses William and Mary E. were living at 341 9th Street, Traverse City. Mary Ellen Ingersoll, a practical nurse, was a widow residing at 341 9th Street, Traverse City in the 1920 census. She was a laundress at home and lived at 876 E. Front Street, Traverse City in 1930 (census). A Mrs. Emile Moore of Tacoma, Washington provided the information on Mary Ellen’s death record, she may have been a daughter. There is a Mary E. Edwards married to a William Ingersoll, a second marriage for each of them. Listed with this Ingersoll family in 1900 and 1910 censuses were two children Emily F. and Mamie, born in Michigan. These two children listed their father born in Germany and William Ingersoll was born in Michigan. On the 1910 census the children were listed as William’s step-children. It is likely that they were Mary E.’s from a previous marriage.
James Oliver Edwards was born on July 19, 1865 in Peru, and died on April 22, 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. James married Jennie Ayers who died in Flint, Michigan. In the 1910 census the family were living in Traverse City, Michigan. James was working at the Asylum and did not read or write. The children listed were: Ethel M., age 15; Grace O., age 13; Elias H., age 10 [Henry]; and Beatrice M., age 2. James and Jennie lived in Detroit in 1920 (census). By 1930 James was a widower, working at odd jobs, still living in Detroit. According to his brother’s obituary, James lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by 1933, though his sister Alwilda’s 1934 obituary stated he was living at Traverse City. Their son Henry married Mamie Gilbert on March 26, 1920 at Detroit, Michigan. Henry was a printer, age 20, and Mamie was 18. Mamie’s parents were William Gilbert and Celio Yorks [Celia Yerkes?]. Grace O. married Harry Vroma (1930 census). Grace was contacted regarding the family history, she was living in Milwaukee by 1983.
Alwilda M. Edwards was born on August 12, 1868 in Peru. See Eggleston history.
Rosetta/Rosetti/Rose Edwards was born on December 19, 1872 in Peru. She married Charles H. Manley, who was previously married (census). They probably married in Michigan circa 1897, their first daughter was born there circa January 1899 and they were living in Traverse City in 1900 (census). The rest of their children were born in Idaho and Washington. In 1900 Charles was working for the telephone company. In 1910 Charles was a farmer and he and Rose were living at Laclede Precinct, Bonner County, Idaho, with five children. Rose’s brother, Elias Jacob, followed Rose to Idaho and her sister, Lucy J., probably came to Idaho with Rose and Charles. Rose was a widow with three children living at home by 1920, working as a housekeeper and living in Redwood City, San Mateo County, California. In 1930 she was still in Redwood City, a housekeeper, with three unmarried children living with her, as well as a married daughter. According to her brothers’ obituary she lived in Redwood City, California in 1934 and she filed an Affidavit of Birth in San Mateo County in 1949. Rose’s daughter Florence Keeney wrote a letter to her niece, Goldie (Elaine) Griffin in 1943 stating that Rose had twins – Florence and Felix – as well as five additional daughters, all living in California.
Lucy J. Edwards was born circa 1880. On the 1880 census she was listed as age 2 months, born in March. In her sister Rosetti’s affidavit of birth, she was listed as Lucy Markam Ball, nee Edwards. According to the Index to Marriage Records, Miami County, a Lucy Edwards married Ward Noble on July 12, 1898, age 18. However, Lucy could have been in Michigan with one of her siblings after her father died in 1892.
Lucy’s marriage was found in Kootenai County, Idaho. (13) She married the much older Lyman F. Markham in 1901 at Seneacquoteen, Idaho, witnessed by her sister and brother-in-law, C. H. and Rosey Manley (Charles H. and Rosetti). Lucy was only about twelve when her father died. She must have gone to Idaho with her sister Rosetti circa 1901.
Lyman’s biography was published in 1903: (14) “Lyman F. Markham is one of the earliest settlers in Kootenai County and has constantly striven for its advancement and development since those early days, being a man of energy, enterprise, and executive force, while the keen wisdom, uprightness, and sound principles, which have dominated him in his career, are of the highest order, and he stands today one of the foremost men in that portion of the county where he is domiciled.
“Lyman F. Markham was born in Knox County, Illinois, on August 9, 1845, being the son of Simon S. and Cynthia (Fry) Markham, natives of Ohio and New York respectively. They crossed the plains in 1848 to Albany, Oregon, and there remained for twenty years. A move was then made to Washington and later they repaired to Forest Grove, where the father died in 1899, aged eighty years. The mother, who is in her eightieth year, is still living there. Our subject remembers a birthday anniversary he had while crossing the plain, also remembers the herd of buffalo which they encountered and Joe Meek, who was on his way to Washington, as representative from Oregon. Lyman F. was educated in Albany, remained with his father until twenty-one, then farmed for a couple of years, after which he went to Gray's Harbor and taught school for a term. Next we see him in the stock business, which he successfully followed for a decade and in 1880 Mr. Markham came to Kootenai County. He settled on unsurveyed land and for two years traded with the Indians and then opened his present place, which lies about one mile east from Laclede. The place is provided with fine barn, house, orchard, and all other improvements that could be suggested for the benefit of the estate, and Mr. Markham cuts about one hundred and fifty tons of hay annually, handles about one hundred head of cattle and is one of the leading men in the stock industry in this section. For fourteen years he was postmaster and only resigned when Laclede started up. He has been committeeman in his precinct since its organization and has also served on the school board since the district opened up.
“On August 4, 1901, Mr. Markham married Lucy J., daughter of Elias B. and Nancy J. Edwards, who settled in Indiana in early days and died in 1891. Mr. Markham is a stanch Jeffersonian Democrat and a man with the courage of his convictions and the ability to propound the principles, which he holds. Mr. Markham is a charter member of the F. A. at Priest River, Court No. 18. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church and are highly respected people of real worth of character, while they have hosts of friends in every section.”
Lucy was not found in the 1910 census, but a Lyman F. Markham was living in Albany, Linn County, Oregon. This Lyman reported his age as 50, though he should have been circa 65. However, he did report that he was born in Illinois and his parents born in Ohio and New York, the same information given by Lyman in 1880. In addition, living with him was a niece, Harriet L. Markham who seems to be the daughter of Lyman’s brother Milton D. Markham. Lyman stated he was a widower. Either Lucy died or they divorced. In 1949 her sister Rosetti listed Lucy as Lucy Markham Ball nee Edwards, indicating that Lucy may have married a second time to a Ball. There is a death record for a Lucy Jane Ball in Valley, Bonner County, Idaho, born March 5, 1880, died August 3, 1919. (15)
Lyman, who was about 56 when he married Lucy, was probably married before his marriage to Lucy. A Lyman Markham was found in the 1900 census for Kootenai County. His wife was Emma, married circa 14 years, who reported that she had no children. It is not known if Lyman and Lucy had any children.
“There are at least eight non-related Doles families to be found in the United States. It is helpful to know that these two families spread out differently across the country. The two largest of these Doles families both have their origins in Virginia. One is traced back to an early planter named Thomas Doles (also appears as Dause, Dowles, Dowlse) and his wife Mary. Thomas died abt. 1688 (will signed) in the Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Descendents of Thomas Doles generally remained on the east coast and southern states. If you are researching a Doles individual from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, or Texas, then chances are that person is a Thomas Doles descendent. The other Virginian Doles family has its origins in Louisa County, Virginia with the union of James W. Doles (Dols) to “a non white free person” Elizabeth Holmes (Homes, Hoomes). The Louisa County branch spread out west around 1820 from Ohio, Indiana and later on into California. So if you are researching a Doles from one of these states chances are that individual is a descendent of James W. Doles and Elizabeth Holmes. There are of course exceptions to the distribution of these families this generalization is only meant as a guide line. Some overlapping also occurs, I have found for example both of these families in Louisiana. Other non-related Doles familes include nine individuals with a double name Doles/Lavonture appear on Annuity Pay-Roll list of Miami Indians Of Indiana, June 12, 1895.”
An examination of census and marriage records indicates that our Doles first settled in Decatur County, Indiana, then in Miami County circa 1850. Our Doles family may have been in Kentucky before coming to Indiana.
Elias B. Edwards married Elizabeth Doles on December 4, 1852 in Miami County, Indiana. Elias next married Nancy Jane Doles on January 28, 1860 in Miami County (see Elias above). It has been assumed that these wives were sisters, but they may have been cousins or not related at all (unlikely). This assumption came from the supposed will of a William Doles, Sr. that listed a Nancy Jane and an Elizabeth. However, this will and the probate have not been found.
An Edwards family researcher cited the will of a William Doles Sr., 1847, Decatur County, Indiana that mentioned a Nancy Jane. It also listed Thomas, Escennes F., William B, James, Chesley, John, Robert H., Elizabeth, Margaret E., George H. (17) Only the source of the will and the list of names was copied by this early researcher. Contact with the Decatur County Clerk revealed that this will or probate was not found there. He suggested it could be Decatur, Adams County, Indiana, which is often confused with Decatur County. In the 1850 census there were no Doles found in Decatur or Adams County. This probate may be in Miami County, Indiana.
Names in this will (she must have gotten the information from somewhere):
• William Doles, Sr. was enumerated in the 1840 Decatur County, Indiana census. (18) It listed one male 5-9; two males 15-19; one male 70-79; two females 10-14; two females 20-29; one female 50-59; one female 80-89. This appears to be a family with an aged female (mother or mother-in-law?) living with them. This family was probably living near the Thomas Doles below.
There was also a William Doles, possibly William B., in the same area in 1840, with one male 30-39; one female 20-29. (19) This may be the William Doles found in the 1850 census for Peru, Miami County, Indiana. (20) This William was age 45 (born circa 1805 in Kentucky), a laborer. His wife, Sarah, was 34 (born circa 1816 in Kentucky). Listed with the family were: Nancy Jane, age 8, born in Indiana(?); William Wallace, age 7, born in Kentucky; James Harvey, age 45, no occupation, born in Virginia. This would place this William in Indiana circa 1842, and is probably the William with no children in 1840. In the Miami County Sentinel, March 25, 1852. Divorce cases. Sarah Doles vs. William Doles. Abated by death of defendant. This could be the Sarah above, which would mean that this William died circa 1852.
The elder William Doles was also found in Miami County in 1850. He was listed as age 84 (born circa 1766), a farmer with real estate valued at $2,000, born in Virginia. (21) He could not read or write. Listed with him were Nancy Doles, age 63, born in Virginia, who may be his wife. Children listed were: Ann, age 23, born circa 1827 in Indiana, could not read or write; Eliza, age 21, born circa 1829 in Indiana; George(?), age 20, farmer, born circa 1830 in Indiana. If these are William’s children, William was in Indiana circa 1827. This appears to be the 1840 census William with a large family above.
• A Thomas Doles was enumerated in the 1840 census for Decatur County, probably living near the two William Doles above. (22) Enumerated were one male 10-14; one male 15-19; one male 60-69; one female 10-14; one female 15-19. This appears to be a widower with some of his children. There were three Thomas Doles found in Decatur County in 1850. One was a Thomas Doles in Washington Township, age 82 (born circa 1768 in Virginia), a farmer with real estate valued at $2,000, could not read or write. (23) Listed with him was Elzena Doles, age 24, born circa 1826 in Indiana. This appears to be the Thomas Doles in the 1840 census.
The second Thomas Doles was in Butler Township, Thomas Doles, age 67 (born circa 1783 in Kentucky), a farmer. Listed with him was Polly, age 65, born circa 1785 in Virginia, probably his wife. Children, all born in Indiana, were: Caroline, age 22; Alfred, age 18, Angeline, age 16, Margaret, age 13, Francis, age 11, Lewiston, age 2, and William Doles, age 13. There is a marriage record for a Thomas Doles, and Mary Smith, November 10, 1824 in Nicholas County, Kentucky. Polly is often another name for Mary.
The third Thomas Doles was age 22 (born circa 1828 in Indiana), a laborer with real estate valued at $75. Listed with him was Rachel, his wife, age 20, born circa 1830 in Indiana. Two children were listed: Margaret, age two, born circa 1848 in Indiana; and Louisa, age one, born circa 1849 in Indiana. This Thomas was possibly living next door to the Thomas age 82 and may be a son or grandson.
There is a marriage record for a Thomas Doles, Sr. and Dolly Hutchinson, March 30, 1837 in Decatur County.
• Escennes F. Doles, mentioned in the will was not found.
• William B. Doles, see above.
• James Doles may be the James who married Nancy Jones, August 2, 1844 in Decatur County.
• Nancy Jane Doles. When Nancy Jane Doles married Elias Edwards in 1860, her guardian had to consent to the marriage, thus her father may have been dead and she was under age. Nancy Jane was born circa 1842. In the 1870 census Elias Edwards’ wife Nancy J. stated she was age 28, in 1880 she stated she was age 39.
• Chesley Doles married Serrilla Edwards, March 30, 1854, Miami County, Indiana. Neither he or Serrilla/Sarelda were found in the 1850 census. They were found in 1860 in Butler Township, Miami County. Chesley was a farmer, age 38, born circa 1822 in Kentucky. His wife Sarelda was age 24, born circa 1836 in Indiana. Their children were: Alice, age 5, born circa 1855 in Indiana; Martha, age 4, born circa 1856 in Indiana. Chesley is still in Butler County in 1870. He was age 49 (born circa 1821 in Kentucky), a farmer with real estate valued at $325, county not read or write. His wife, Celda [sic] was age 37, born circa 1833 in Indiana. Only one child, Alice, age 15, was living with them. Martha may have died. In 1880, same location, Chesley is age 58 (born circa 1822 in Kentucky), a farmer. He stated his parents were born in Kentucky. His wife, Cerilda [sic] was age 41, born circa 1839 in Indiana, father born in Indiana, mother in Kentucky. Living with them was Chesley’s niece, Addie Huddleson, age 2, born circa 1878 in Indiana, parents born in Indiana. Chesley, age 80, was still living in Butler Township in 1900. (24) He stated he was born in March 1820 in Kentucky, with his father born in Virginia, mother in Kentucky. He owned his farm. His wife Crelda [sic] stated she was born in December 1839, had seven children, one living. She could not read or write. They both stated they had been married 45 years, putting their marriage date circa 1855. Living with them was Ada Ellertson, a niece, born August 1876, a widow who had no children, born in Indiana, parents born in Indiana.
A Chesley Doles died on August 17, 1902, age 82, at Peru, Miami County, Indiana. A Serelda Doles died on February 16, 1901, age 60, Butler Township, Miami County, Indiana.
• John Doles, no information.
• Robert H. Doles married Bernetta Edwards on October 21, 1849 in Decatur County. He was found in the 1850 census in Butler Township. (25) Robert was 25 (born circa 1825 in Indiana), a farmer who could not read or write. His wife Bernetta was 19, born circa 1831 in Indiana. They had been married within the year. Robert was still in Butler Township in 1860. He was age 36, born circa 1824, a farmer. Brunetta was age 30, born circa 1830 in Indiana. Their children, all born in Indiana, were: Mary M., age 9; George H., age 2; William and Amanda, twins age 5 months. Robert was in Liberty Township, Tipton County, Indiana in 1870. (26) Robert was 50, born circa 1820 in Indiana, a farmer with real estate valued at $500. Bernetta was not listed and had probably died. Living with Robert was Martha J., age 38, born circa 1832 in Indiana, possibly a second wife. Also listed were probable children, all born in Indiana: Martha W., age 16, born circa 1854, could not read or write; George, age 12, born circa 1858, could not read or write; William, age 10, born circa 1860; Amanda, age 10, born circa 1860; Seth, age 1, born circa 1869; Lauretta, age 1, born circa 1869; Deby A., age 13, born circa 1857; Alexander, age 9, born circa 1861. William and Amanda were attending school. It is not known if Seth, Lauretta, Deby A. and Alexander were Robert’s children. Robert died before the 1880 census, when Martha was listed as a widow. Seth and Loretta were living with her in Windfall, Tipton County. There is a marriage record for a Hobert [sic] H. Doles, married Martha J. Cerrett on December 29, 1867 in Howard County Indiana who seems to be Robert’s second wife found in the 1870 and 1880 censuses. (27)
• Elizabeth Doles mentioned in the will was probably the first wife of Elias Edwards.
• Margaret E. Doles may be the Margaret Eliza Doles m. Almarion(?) Jones on September 1, 1858, Miami County, Indiana.
• George H. Doles. Robert Doles had a son George H. He is probably not the George H. mentioned in the will, since he was not born when the will was made.
Of interest is the Washington Dole/Doles whose wife was of Native American descent. They were first found in the 1850 census for Butler Township, (28) where so many of the Doles family lived, and may be related. Washington was age 35, born circa 1815 in Virginia, a laborer. His wife was Shingomaskah, age 35, an, Indian, born in Indiana. Their children, born in Indiana, were: Zangishenoquah, age 5, female, Indian; Pungcsheno, age 1, male, Indian. Washington was found in the 1860 census for Butler Township. Washington was a farmer, age 50, born in Kentucky. His wife was Ma-shin-go-ma-sa, age 40, Indian, born Indiana circa 1820. The children, all Indian with English names, born in Indiana, were: Nancy, age 12, born circa 1848; Elizabeth, age 4, born circa 1854; George W., age 2, born circa 1858. Washington, listed as G. W., so his full name was probably George Washington, was found in the 1870 census, still in Butler Township. George (Washington) was age 57 (born circa 1817), a farmer with real estate valued at $300, who could not read or write. Listed with him are his children, all Indian, all born in Indiana: Jane R., age 24, could not read or write (possible second wife?); Nancy, age 21, could not write; Elizabeth A., age 14, attending school; George W., age 13, attending school; John R., age 10, attending school. Also listed was a James Uttez, age 7, Indian.
On the Annuity Pay-roll. Miami Indians of Indiana. June 12, 1895 (Act of March 2, 1895, 28 Stat. 903) were Dole, George W. alias As-son-zah-gah, age 37 and Dole, Lucy, wife, age 37. (29)
1 Birth estimated from the Seventh Census, 1850, Indiana, Volume 5, Decatur County, Adams Township, Page 122.
2 Index to Marriage Records. Miami County 1850-1920, Vol. 1, A-L.
3 Index to Marriage Records. Miami County 1850-1920, Vol. 1, A-L.
4 Index to Marriage Records. Miami County 1850-1920, Vol. 1, A-L.
5 Newspaper obituary of Elias Jacob Edwards, n.p.n., n.d.
6 State of California, County of San Mateo, Affidavit of Birth for Rosetti Edwards Manley, 4 Oct 1949.
7 Hines, Lois, comp. Michigan Western, 1884 Directory [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Original data: 1884 Polk's Mecosta County MI directory. Detroit MI, USA: R.L. Polk & Co. Tribune Building, Detroit, 1884. The data in this database is derived from an 1884 Polk's Directory of the towns and villages in the west side of the State of Michigan, north of Grand Rapids.
8 Grand Traverse Marriage Records, Liber 2, page 050. Traverse City, Michigan.
9 Grand Traverse Marriage Records, Liber 3, page 308. Traverse City, Michigan.
10 Grand Traverse County Courthouse, Book 1, p. 30, record #27. Traverse City, Michigan.
11 IGI, extracted marriage record.
12 Jacob E. Edwards, Birth: bet. 1861 - 1862 in Pern, Indiana; Marriage Lizzie M. Passmore b: bet. 1860 - 1861 in Pern, Indiana; Married: 25 OCT 1885 in Inland, Benzie County, Michigan. Note: Benzie County Marriages Vol. 1:30 #31. He was a resident of Frankfort and a barber. She was a resident of Inland. Lysander Kenney was the Minister of the Gospel. O. W. and Mary J. Clark of Inland were the witnesses. Benzie County, MI Vital Records, Ancestry.com. This marriage record listed his parents as Elias B. Edwards and Nancy Jane Doles.
13 Marriage Records 1800-1910, Kootenai County, ID, transcribed by Mary Garrison. Information from the Book of Marriages located at the Kootenai County Courthouse Records Department and the books at the Bonner County Recorder's Office. Markham, Lyman F of Laclede To Lucy J Edwards of Laclede By Charles Gertrum Justice of Peace At Seneacquoteen. Witness C H Manley & Rosey Manley, date 08-04-1901, recorded 08-10-1901, Book 2, p. 303. ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/id/kootenai/vitals/marriages/18001910.txt.
14 An Illustrated History of North Idaho Embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai, and Shoshone Counties State of Idaho, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903, n.p.n.
15 Bureau of Health Policy and Vital Statistics. Idaho Death Index, 1911-51. Boise, ID, USA: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Ball, Lucy Jane, Certificate Number: 027113, County of Death: Bonner, City: Valley, Date of Death: 08/03/1919, Date of Birth: 03/05/1880.
16 Tips for beginners researching Doles surname. Fabian Doles, Doles Message Board, Ancestry.com, 10 Dec 2003. Surnames: Doles, Dause, Dawes, Dowles, Dowlse, Dols, Dallas.
17 Cited as: Will of William Doles Sr., 18 Mar 1847, County of Decatur IN, Book F., May 1852-1853.
18 William Doles household. 1840 Indiana Federal Census, Decatur County, Roll: M704_78, Page: 240.
19 William Doles household. 1840 Indiana Federal Census, Decatur County, Roll: M704_78, Page: 233.
20 Wm Doles household. 1850 Indiana Federal Census, Peru, Miami County, Roll M432_160, p. 91. Dwelling 186, family 224.
21 Wm Doles household. 1850 Indiana Federal Census, Butler Township, Miami County, Roll M432_160, p. 201. Dwelling 1720, family 1750.
22 Thomas Doles household. 1840 Indiana Federal Census, Decatur County, Roll: M704_78, Page: 239.
23 Thomas Doles household. 1850 Indiana Federal Census, Washington Township, Decatur County, Roll M432_142, p. 176. Dwelling 178, family 180.
24 Chesley Doles household. 1900 Indiana Federal Census, Butler Township, Miami County, Supervisor's District 11, Enumeration District 94, Series: T623, Roll: 393, Page: 21. Dwelling 179, family 180(?).
25 Robert Doles household. 1850 Indiana Federal Census, Butler Township, Miami County, Roll M432_160, p. 201. Dwelling 1721, family 1751.
26 Robert Doles household. 1870 Indiana Federal Census, Liberty Township, Tipton County, Post Office Nevada, Roll: M593_363, Page: 516, Dwelling 131, family 137.
27 Howard County, Indiana Index to Marriage Records 1844 - 1920 Inclusive Vo, W. P. A. Original Record. County Clerk's Book C- 2, p. 543.
28 Washington Dole household. 1850 Indiana Federal Census, Butler Township, Miami County, Roll M432_160, p. 202. Dwelling 1733, family 1763.
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