Name: Calvin Curlee Edmonds 1
Birth: MAY 1823 in TN (prob. not Jefferson Co) **SEE NOTES**
Death: BET 1900 AND 1910 in (not necessarily exactly 1905) Elk Creek Twp., Wright Co., Missouri
When you search be sure to try Edmunds, Edmons, Edmans, Edmands, etc., and if all else fails try Edwards. EDM*S often works best. Soundex not so much.
((1)) Calvin was ALLEGED to have been a son of John Edmonds and Fanny on a much-copy error-ridden WorldConnect database submitted in 2002 which has subsequently been abandoned. However, there is nothing in that database to show any evidence to support this relationship. The person who prepared all the material on the Edmonds in the database is not a descendent of Calvin or Lucinda. He sent his Edmonds information to his distant cousin who posted it on WFT where it was copied by another Edmonds researcher who added her material and placed it on WorldConnect as a static file.
It is believed that the ONLY reason Calvin was ever associated with Jefferson County, Tennessee is due to misunderstood/unproven/hypothetical message board posts (1999-2000) between an early researcher in Tenneessee and a descendant of Calvin's from the midwest. The Midwest relative was looking for a county to make Calvin from and was encouraged when the TN researcher was looking for someone whose name started with C. He misread a father's name in a death certificate from 1919 and thought "Cam" (the actual father James Campbell (not Cameron) "Cam" Edmonds ) could have been "Caven" because of blurred image. By the power of suggestion and no proof whatsoever, Calvin was assigned as the father, assumed to have been born in the county, and was then assigned parents--linking him to who at first appeared to be the only Edmonds woman in town. She already had too many children charged back to her to fit into her censuses. No evidence has been provided by any researcher that Calvin ever set foot in Jefferson County or other county in East TN. (See #5 below for more details).
The first documented evidence of an actual "Calvin C. Edmunds" is a marriage in Henry County, TN (West Tennessee) in Nov 1850. It was recorded in the courthouse marriage book and nothing further such as bondsman, ages, parents, etc. Certificates were not required until about 1854. If this is our guy it appears as if the early Edmonds researchers were mislead and have been spending their research time on the wrong side of the state.
((2)) Other possible, and more likely, parents for Calvin are Bartlett Edmonds/Edmunds and Lizzie Steagall, last seen in Marshall Co., TN (see more about this person under his name in this database). Bartlett Edmonds appeared in the 1840 Census with a presumed wife and family of nine children and he was the ONLY Edmonds/Edmunds shown living in Marshall Co., TN, at that time. On 1 Nov 1840 an Emily Edmunds married a Gordon Devore. Then on 31 Jul 1841 a Mary Jane Edmunds is recorded as marrying a Jeremiah Bennett in Marshall Co. and although not confirmed, this Emily and Mary Jane were likely daughters of Bartlett Edmonds. REPEAT NOT CONFIRMED.
In the 1850 Census, a Jeramiah and Mary J. Bennett are shown living in Calloway Co., KY, with three Edmonds children: James (age 15 - TN), Nancy (age 12 - TN) and John (age 10 - TN ). And although their relationship, if any, to the Bennett's is unknown, they could very well have been Mary's orphaned siblings. (The Bartlett Edmonds/Edmunds family does not appear in the 1850 Census for Marshall Co. TN, or anywhere else again.) ((note: In 2012 it would found that Nancy's and Emily's names appear in sequential order on a record book applying for land grant (not granted to either) in Missouri. The page was ordered from the State of Missouri but doesn't have a date)).
Coincidently, at the time of this census and living in the same administrative district and county as the Bennetts, is a woman named Susannah Hutson and her son George W. Hutson staying with a family named Ward. Three months later, on 21 November 1850, a woman named Susan Hudson - very likely the same person as Susannah Hutson, married a man named Calvin C. Edmunds in ADJACENT Henry County, Tennessee. Could this be our Calvin C. Edmonds and could he have met Susannah Hutson while visiting with his possible sister, Mary Jane EDMONDS (m: Jere Bennett), and his other possible siblings living with her? We don't know. NOT CONFIRMED.
By the 1860 Census, we find a woman by the name of Susanna Edmunds (right age and state of birth) living with her assumed son (1860 did not ask relationship of household) George Edmunds, and working as a spinster in a textile plantation/factory in Henry Co., TN. Did her husband Calvin desert her? Did she leave him? Were there any children born to this marriage? We don't know. (See more about Susan Hudson under this name in this database.) NOT CONFIRMED.
Elsewhere at the time of the 1860 Census, in Washington County, Arkansas, a John Edmonds, matching the approximate age and birth state of the John Edmonds living with the Bennett's, appeared in the household of a John and Mary Tittle, married to their daughter Nancy. Living next to the Tittles, we find our Calvin C. Edmonds married to another of the Tittle daughters, Lucinda. Living with them is a five-year-old boy named William Edmonds (age 5 - TN). Calvin and Lucinda were married a year earlier in 1859 - see below). We find another extraordinary coincidence in the naming of Calvin and Lucinda's first borns--twins, Susanah and George Alexander Edmonds - the same first names as Susan Hudson and her son George (see notes under Alexander Edmonds, in reference to his full name). Although there is no solid evidence confirming any of the above relationships, Calvin could very well be a brother to John Edmonds and in turn a brother to Mary Jane EDMONDS (m: Jeremiah Bennett), Emily (m: Gordon Devore, then Jackson, then Ellsworth) and Nancy (m: James Moore then Clark). We don't know. We've tracked all the James Edmonds in all records available on the internet but can't nail him down so far.
The Bennett family moved from KY to MO in the early 1850's and we find them living in Wright Co., Missouri, at the time of the 1870 Census. Later, in the 1880 Census, Calvin and Lucinda Edmonds are found living in that same county as well. See more about the Bennett family, starting with Jeremiah Bennett, in this database.
((3)) A long shot for a couple that fits for Calvin's possible parents are John P and Frances Edmonds, last seen in Johnson Co., AR (ages 73 and 62, respectively, in the 1850 U.S. Census). See more about this family under the name John P. Edmonds in this database. But it's possible that the only reason these people are being considered is because of the suggestion from the Jefferson County researcher that Calvin's parents were named John and Fanny (Frances). But since Fanny in Jefferson County was listed as head-of-household in both the 1830 and 1840 censuses and owned property in Jefferson until 2 weeks before the 1850 census, it's unlikely that John was alive then and that she would have moved to Arkansas. There are many other couples in the US who were born VA VA who could be Calvin's parents.
((4)) Of particular note is Calvin's assertion that both of his parents were born in VA, as he shows in both 1880 and 1900 census reports. This qualifying fact would have to be strongly considered in any determination of his parentage, which would include the Bartlett Edmonds/Lizzie Steagall couple.
((5)) Relating back to #1, that family tree at RootsWeb.com World Connect, shows Calvin with a son, presumably from a previous marriage, named John P. Edmonds who was born, raised and buried in Jefferson, TN (see more about this person at http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jwl005&id=I001). In a circulating story, when John P. Edmonds died, someone saw a slip of paper stating his father's name was Calvin Edmonds ((that would be the misread death certificate that said "Cam"). Although the validity of this story cannot be verified (the person who said it responded to emails in 2009, 2010 and 2011 that he had no documentation and that SSBosco @aol.com/Shirley knew more about Calvin than he did) possibly relating to it is information given by the informant and certifying medical doctor for John Edmonds' death certificate, a Doctor A.L. Proffitt of Jefferson Co., TN. Upon closer inspection of the death certificate and now knowing more details about the Edmonds family in Jefferson County it is shown that the father listed on John P. Edmonds' DC is "Cam" who is James Campbell (not Cameron) Edmonds. His first wife was Delia/Delila HALL. His daughters Edith Edmonds (m: William Henry STRANGE) and Fanny EDMONDS (m: Henry CHAMBERS) have the same father listed. Not James Campbell Edmonds, but just plain Cam. The death certificates are on the new LDS site. Edy has mother listed as Delila Cobb but since Hall and Cobb have the same shape maybe someone transcribed it wrong off a different paper. We know Delila married under HALL. Fanny's death certificate doesn't have a mother's name. In 2011 I found that John P Edmonds gave testimony on behalf of his uncle "by marriage" to the Southern Claims Commission. The man's wife's name was Lucy HALL. Lucy and Delilah appear to be sisters. In the 1860 census Edith and Fanny are living with James Campbell "Cam" and his new wife Catherine WHITE. John P. Edmonds (1850-1919), age 9, is living with his probable aunt, Ann Eliza HALL (m: William CHAMBERS) in Jefferson County. The 65-year-old woman in that household, E. HALL, might be Ann and Delila/DelIa's mother, Edith NEWMAN (m: Moses HALL). The bondsman at the marriage of Ann Hall and Wm Chambers was Moses "Hale" a common transcription error for Hall.
((6)) The descendents of their daughter, Vicy Ann Edmonds, show middle names for Calvin and Lucinda, as Charles and Ann, respectively. These names come from family tradition and are not supported by other evidence. Members of your line will want to verify their dates here: http://www.sos.mo.gov/images/archives/deathcerts/1923/1923_00038902.PDF. There's bad paper going around. Remember that bible records are only as good as the person who wrote it and WHEN they wrote it. Something written in a bible with a copyright date years after an event occurred is suspect, especially when a death certficate is from a totally different year!
((7)) In a family history written by his great-granddaughter, Pearl Inmon writes of Calvin, "He died in 1908 and was buried in the cemetery at New Hope Church. This church and graveyard had as charter members David and Elizabeth Tuebner (moms grand ma and pa on her mothers side), and Suzanne Inmon and her two daughters Lavinia and Melvinia. I got this information from my second cousin Lodema." (We suspect that Pearl meant New Home Church which is where Susannah and some of her children are buried. We have been in touch with Lodema's son (in 2011) and he has nothing further to add).
Extracted from a ledger book in the Recorder of Deeds office: State of Missouri
"County of Barry I hereby certify that the rites of matrimony
was solemnized by the undersigned Justice of the Peace between
Calvin Edmends and Lucinda Tittle on the 8th day of February 1859.
Given under my hand this 2nd day of May 1859. J.A. Bau J.P.
Recorded May 2nd,1859 Wm. Hubbert, Recorder."
1860 U.S. Census, Cove Creek Twp., Washington Co., AR, 7 Jun 1860.
Calvin Edmonds, 29, male, farmer, TN
Lucinda Edmonds, 21, female, -, OH
William Edmonds, 5, male, -, TN
(1) The relationship of William Edmonds is unknown but he could be a son from a previous marriage or other family member. However, it is not believed this child came from the union of Calvin and Lucinda.
(2) Calvin's given age is in error. All future census reports show he is usually 20 years older than Lucinda.
(3) In this census, Calvin and Lucinda are living next door to John and Mary Tittle.))
NOT PROVEN this is our guy but he's the only one who works.
COMPANY I, 34TH ARKANSAS INFANTRY
Enlisted in Ozark, July 2, 1862 for a period of 3 years.
On the card for period July 2/62 - Oct 31/62
he is marked "present"
On the card for period Oct 31/62 to Feb 28/63
he is marked "absent without leave"
no further cards shown
NOT PROVEN this is our guy but he's the only one who works.
U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 -- Ancestry.com
Name: C.C. Edmonds
Regiment State/Origin: Arkansas
Regiment Name: 34 Arkansas Infantry
Regiment Name Expanded: 34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry
Rank In: Private
Rank In Expanded: Private
Rank Out: Private
Rank Out Expanded: Private
Film Number: M376 roll 7
I looked him up on Fold3 and there is no age listed.
Publication Number: M317
Publication Title: Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Arkansas
Content Source: NARA
National Archives Catalog ID: 586957
National Archives Catalog Title: Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations , compiled 1903 - 1927, Documenting the period 1861 - 1865
Record Group: 109
Short Description: NARA M317. Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers from Arkansas units, labeled with each soldier's name, rank, and unit, with links to revealing documents about each soldier.
Military Unit: Thirty-fourth Infantry, Br-G
Givenname: C C
Surname Starts With: E
Abstracts of Lawrence County, Mo., Circuit Court Documents, 1858-1869 copyright 1997, Judith Johnson Reustle; Internet edition Dec 2000 Bundles 71-138.
78. State of Mo. vs C. C. EDMONDS, robbery.
Subpoena: 15 May 1864; Andrew BAIN, for state; executed 21 May 1864.
Capias: 17 May 1864; Edmonds, for robbery; executed 17 May 1864.
Capias : Edmonds, (duplicate).
Subpoena: 18 May 1864; James M. MCCLINTOCK, for state; executed 21 May 1864.
Subpoena: 18 May 1864; Sarah Ann LITTLE ((TITTLE)), William BERRY, Frank BERRY, Jeptha WHITE, West PARKER, James PARKER, Joshua HOLT, J. L. GRAMMAR, Eli MCGUIRE, Ruthy Ann LITTLE ((TITTLE)) and Mary KNOX for defense; note penciled at bottom reads: Sarah Ann Little ((Tittle)) lives on the Harrison Mill place--other witnesses are in same neighborhood. The sheriff 's return states: read 21 May 1864 to Sarah Ann Little ((Tittle)), William Berry, Frank Berry , Jeptha White, Eli McGuire, Ruthy Ann Little ((Tittle)) and Mary Knox; read 20 May 1864 to Joshua Holt, J. L. Grammar, W. T. PARKER and James KELLY.
Subpoena: 20 May 1864; James A. GIBSON, John RODGERS and Gerry BROCK; executed 20 May.
Subpoena: 23 May 1864; George W. RINKER, Elijah BROWNING and James M. KELLOGG, for state; sheriff's return does not include execution to Elijah Browning.
Subpoena: 24 May 1864; BROWN and WILLIAMS for state; executed 24 May.
Instructions to jury: Filed 23 May 1864; includes "...by putting James McClintock in fear of immediate injury to take ... $25 ... they will find guilty. If guilty, an imprisonment of not less than 10 years in the penitentiary."
((Notes: (1) C.C. Edmonds is probably the same person (although not proven) as Calvin C. Edmonds based on the similarity of his name and his location in Lawrence Co. - the same county in which Calvin C. Edmonds entered into active military service on 7 Oct of this same year (see below). (2) The outcome of this trial is not known but it is conceivable that a prison sentence from a guilty verdict could have been waived in lieu of military service - a common practice during wartime. (3) Review of copies of actual documents reveals that the above last names of Little actually read Tittle. Coincidentally, this is Lucinda's family name and the Ruthy Ann Tittle mentioned above could be Lucinda's younger sister Ruth. Moreover, at the time of the 1850 Census, Lucinda's family was living one county southwest in Newton Co. along with another Tittle family that was possibly related. It is likely Lucinda had family living in this area.))
A. From Missouri State Archives (on-line), Soldiers Records: War of 1812-World War I (24/reel s810).
76th Regt., Enrolled Missouri Militia (EMM). Capt. Burgess;
Edmonds C C, Private. Company K, enrolled 7 Oct 1864, Mt. Vernon, Missouri.
Ordered into active service: 7 Oct 1864 by Gen. Holland.
Relieved from duty: 15 Nov 1864 by Gen. Holland.
Number days actual service: 37.
Remarks: from only roll above company on file which name appears.
((Note, Mt. Vernon is the county seat of Lawrence Co., Missouri.))
B. From1890 Veterans Special Schedule - See below for 1890.
This is not a schedule of pensioners. The EMM was not eligible for pension because they were NOT part of the Union (Federal) Army. . That's why there was no pension for soldiers, widows or minor or Union records for the soldiers or their widows for Civil War service --no enlistment, muster, payroll cards, etc.. for the Army on Footnote (the new "Fold3").
From Missouri State Archives (on-line), Soldier's Records: War of 1812 - World War I.
In November 1861, Hamilton Gamble, serving as provisional governor after ((Governor)) Jackson fled the state, sought permission to organize a new state guard. Lincoln authorized the organization of the Missouri State Militia (M.S.M.) to cooperate with the federal troops in maintaining order within the state. The M.S.M. was armed, equipped, and clothed at the expense of the federal government, but could only be used within the state, except for cases where immediate defense of the state was necessary. State officials mustered in the troops; later, federal officers mustered them out. About 10,000 men served in the M.S.M.
A second, larger and more encompassing military organization was developed in Missouri in the summer of 1862. The Enrolled Missouri Militia (E.M.M.) was organized for state service, but served periodically under United States officers. The E.M.M. was Gamble's response to guerilla warfare throughout the state. Its primary duty was to halt guerilla activity and defend peaceable citizens. All able-bodied men capable of bearing arms were required to enroll at the nearest military post, where they were organized into companies, regiments, and brigades. There was a $10 fine for failure to enroll; it was possible to procure exemption for one year by paying a fee. The total aggregate strength was around 52,000 men. The commander of the M.S.M., who was also the U.S. commander for the military district of Missouri, was in charge of the E.M.M.
1870 U.S.Census, McDonald Twp., Barry Co., Missouri, Cassville P.O., 11 Aug 1870.
Edmonds, C.C., 46, male, farmer, TN
Edmonds, Lucinda, 25, female, -, AR (the ONLY time she's ever seen born in AR)
Edmonds, William, 17, male, -, Missouri (last time he was 5 and born in TN)
Edmonds, Alex, 12, male, -, AR
Edmonds, Susanna, 12, female, -, AR
Edmonds, Lydia, 7, female, -, Missouri
Edmonds, Ruth, 4, female, -, Missouri
((Notes: (1) The relationship of William Edmonds is unknown but he could be a son from a previous marriage, a nephew or other family member. (2) The ages given here for Alexander and Susanna are most likely in error. Neither are listed in the 1860 Census and the 1800 Census gives Alexander's age as 19, making his approximate birth year 1861. In the 1900 census Susanna lists birth as Jan 1861))
From the DAR Library, microfilm, Wright County, Missouri, abstract index to deeds:
((1. From Index 1868-1877))
Grantee: Edmonds Calvin C. ((The Index shows Calvin C but the deed record on pages 323-324 show him each time as "Calvin Curlee Edmons"))
Grantor: Perline Davis
Date of Instrument: Feby 7 1877
Date of Filing Instrument: Feby 15 1877
Hour: 1 PM
Nature of Instrument: Mortgage
Recorded book B Page 323
Parts of Sections, town and additions: NE SE 7 NW SW
Sec Lot 8 Twp-Block 28 Range 15
((2. From Index 1878-1883))
Dated: Oct 31, 1882
Filed: ? 23, 1882
Grantor: Edmunds, C. C.
Grantee: Mrs. C. Edmonds, wife
Section/Lot 13 Town/Block 28 Range 16 160 acres
((3. Continued from Index 1878-1883))
Dated: May 4, 1882
Filed: Feby 1, 1883
Time: 4:00 PM
Grantor: Edmonds, C.C.
Grantee: Wright County
Recorded in Book ?, page 442
Section/Lot 7 Town/Block 28 Range 15
((4. Continued from Index 1878-1883))
Dated: Oct 27, 188?
Filed: Oct 27, 1883
Grantor: Edmonds, C.C.
Grantee: Thadeus Reddick
Book K, page 429
W 12 SE 1/4
Section/Lot 7? Town/Block 28 Range 15
((Note, item number 4 documents the earliest reference to a connection between the Edmonds and Reddick families.))
1880 U.S. Census, Pleasant Valley Twp., Wright Co., Missouri, 14 Jun 1880.
Edmonds, Calvin, head, married, 60, TN, Farming, VA, VA
Edmonds, Lucinda, wife, married, 40, OH, keeping house, OH, OH
Edmonds, Elaxander, son, single, 19, AR, TN, OH
Edmonds, Lydia A., daughter, single, 17, Missouri, TN, OH
Edmonds, Ruthia, daughter, single, 13, Missouri, TN, OH
Edmonds, Visa A., daughter, single, 7, Missouri, TN, OH
Edmonds, Eli, son, single, 4, Missouri, TN, OH
(1) Elaxander is undoubtedly Alexander Edmonds, twin to Susanah Edmonds.
(2) Ruthia is undoubtedly Ruth Adeline Edmonds, possibly the census taker mistakingly heard Ruthia for Ruth A., the name she used in later life.
(3) Visa A. is surely a mistake for Vicy Ann Edmonds.
If you see the children's names spelled Elaxander and Ruthia in a family tree you know that someone just copied from someone else or JUST from this census, ignoring all the other data available on these family members.
(4) daughter Susannah and her husband Frank Inman are living below.
1890 Veterans Special Schedule - Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, and Widows, etc., for MO.
Edmons Calvin C., Private, Co. K, P.O. Address - Mansfield, Wright Co., Missouri. Note he is NOT receiving a pension for his Civil War service because he did NOT serve in the Federal Union Army which means he's not entitled to one. EMM members were not federal pensioners, nor did widows or minors receive benefits.
1892 Tax Book, part second-personal property, Wright Co., Missouri, Pleasant Valley.
Edmonds, C. C., (horses/value) 1 horse/$30, (hogs/value) 1 hog/$2, (total tax value) $32; (total tax) .26 cents, (paid) 2 Jan 1893.
((Note, no record of real property was found - assume this record shows his total property. ))
1900 U.S. Census, Elk Creek Twp., Wright Co., Missouri, 1 Jun 1900.
Edmonds, Calvin, head, May, 1823, 77, married, 41, -, -, TN, VA, VA, farmer.
Edmonds, Lucinda, wife, Jul, 1842, 57, married, 41, 9, 6, OH, OH, OH, -.
Edmonds, Thoms, gr. son, Jul 1889, 10, single, -, -, -, Missouri, AR, OH, school.
Edmonds, Kinsy, gr. son, Jul 1893, 6, single, -, -, -, Missouri, AR, OH, -.
((Notes: (1) This report shows Lucinda bore nine children of which six are living. This number is consistent with the number of her known children , i.e., Alexander, Susanah, Lydia, Ruth, Vicey and Jonathan. (2) The grandchildren are the orphans of Alexander and Melissa (Goss ) Edmonds. Their sister Sarah is living in same town with the Alexander's sister, Vicy, who is married to Robert Lawson Gregory. Sarah is listed with last name Gregory this year.))
WARNING--there were some trees being passed around that had Thomas and Kinsy listed as children of Calvin and Lucinda because the image wasn't read (the person relied on the index only) or wasn't read carefully. If you have a copy of that tree you might was well disregard most of the dates and information for most of the other people in this family also. (And no, Lucinda wasn't born in Wayne Co, KY, didn't marry Calvin in December 1859 and didn't die in September 1923. She was buried in March so I sure hope she didn't die in September).
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If you want the whole thing see:
There is not even a hint that Calvin is from Jefferson.
His name never appears in any record in the Jefferson County Archives.
Father: Parents are NOT proven , especially not John
Mother: Parents are NOT proven , especially not Fanny
Lucinda Tittle b: ABT 1838 in OH
8 FEB 1859
in Barry Co., Missouri
- Nancy Edmonds b: NOV 1859 in Arkansas
- Alexander Edmonds b: ABT 1861 in AR
- Susanah Edmonds b: ABT 1861 in AR
- Lydia Ann Edmonds b: 16 JAN 1864 in MO TN OH (see notes for 3 husbands)
- Ruth Adeline Edmonds b: ABT 1867 in MO
- Vicy Ann Edmonds b: 6 JUL 1873 in MO
- Jonathan Eli Edmonds b: ABT 1876 in MO
- Title: Deed record from Wright County 7 Feb 1877.