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  • ID: I00003
  • Name: Randolph Thomas Edwards
  • Sex: M
  • Name: Thomas R Edwards
  • Birth: 29 DEC 1856 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan
  • Death: 5 MAR 1922 in Central Lake, Antrim, Michigan
  • GRAD: 1875 Ann Arbor High School
  • Occupation: Teacher, Seed Salesman, Office manager
  • Burial: Southern Cemetery - Central Lake, Antrim, Michigan
  • _DEG: 1879 B.Ph. University of Michigan
  • Note:
    Sources - Birth - Family records and the 1860 and 1870 Ann Arbor census below.
    Note: The birth year on his tombstone (1860) is incorrect, and is based on a misrepresentation of his age to his wife. The birth year 1856 is based on the 1860 census and other records.
    Death - Tombstone and Antrim Co. death record.

    Line 96 page 564 Grand Traverse County 3Q 1896
    Marriage: 19 Aug 1896 Central Lake
    Randolf Thomas EDWARDS 35 (sic) res Traverse City born Ann Arbor occ Seedman
    Father Thomas Edwards Mother Elizabeth H W Edwards
    Bertha Maud ANWAY 21 res Antrim Co. born Barry Co. occ at home
    Father Silas B Anway mother Sarah R Sanford
    Clergyman Arthur A Wall
    Witnesses Joseph B Boyd Elizabeth Waffle

    Graduated from the University of Michigan 1879 B.Ph. Organized and was member of the first University of Michigan football team 1879. Known as Tom Edwards at U. of M.
    (Includes picture)

    He worked for some time in a law office. One of his brothers became a lawyer. He taught school at a one room schoolhouse, Bay View School, on M88 near Church Road in Central Lake Township, Michigan in the 1890's. Bertha Anway was one of his students. In the 1960's I met a former student who said their private name for R.T. Edwards was Rotten Tater. After (and probably before) marriage he worked as a manager of a seed business in Traverse City and Cheboygan. After Bertha inherited her father's farm he ran the farm. He was a powerful man, 6'2" and strong. My father Percy (P.A) was himself quite strong, a farm boy and football player. Percy once said that at 18 years of age his father could pin him up against a wall with little effort. Shortly before his death, in great pain, Bertha tried to convince him to let her flag down the town doctor who was passing by. His one word answer was "NO." RTE

    Census 1860 Ann Arbor P135 July 13th
    Thomas Edwards 68 England
    Jane 59 England
    Elizabeth 33 England
    Samuel 12 Michigan
    Elizabeth 11 Michigan
    Charles 7 Michigan
    Percy 5 Michigan
    Thomas 3 Michigan <---

    Census 1870 Ann Arbor Ward 3
    Thomas Edwards 77 England
    Jane 68 England
    Elizabeth 44 England
    Chas. 16 Michigan
    Percy L. 14 Michigan
    Randolph T. 13 Michigan <--

    1880 Census Ann Arbor Ward 3
    Elizabeth Edwards 50! Keeping house Eng
    Randolph 21! Student MI
    Jane 78 Eng

    1900 Census Traverse City, Grand Traverse, MI
    5 June 1900
    Edwards, Randolph T. Head Dec 1860! 39 M 3 MI Eng Eng Occupation not filled in
    Bertha M Wife Jun 1875 24 M 3 MI OH OH
    Percy A Son Apr 1898 2 S MI
    Thomas L Son Dec 1899 5/12 S MI

    1910 census Cheboygan, Cheboygan, MI dist 75 p4 April 16
    Edwards, Randolph T. 49 M13 MI Eng Eng Mangr of seeds Seed House
    Bertha M 34 M13 MI OH OH Housework
    Percy 12
    Thomas L. 10
    Harvy 8
    S. B. 6
    John 4
    Marion 2
    Elizabeth 70? Eng Eng Eng RT's mother
    Elizabeth was in fact 85.

    1920 census Central Lake, Antrim, MI p22
    Edwards, Randolph 60 MI Wales! England Farmer
    Bertha M. 44 MI Ohio Ohio
    Thomas L. 20
    Harvy S. 18
    S. B. 15
    John R. 14
    Mary 12 (Marion)
    Margaret 9

    1930 census Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan ED#7 p14 Apr 24
    114 N. Ingalls
    Edwards, Bertha Head R $120 54 wd MI OH OH
    Harvey Son 28 Acountant Restaurant
    Marion Dau 22 Clerk Office
    Margaret Dau 19

    1940 ED 5-3 Central Lake Twp, Antrim, Michigan
    Edwards, Bertha M 64 Wd MI

    Antrim Co., Deaths P 48 Line 19
    Richard (Sic)* T. Edwards March 5, 1922 Male White Married 62y 2m 7d (see notes on age above)
    Central Lake, Cause of death Cistitis, born in Michigan, occupation farmer, father Thomas Edwards,
    mother E H V Edwards, both born in England, reported April 27.
    *R. T. Edwards rarely used his first name, it appears the recorder made one up for him!

    Death certificate (viewed)
    Richard T Edwards
    Central Lake Twp, Antrim, Michigan
    Male White Married
    Date of birth ______
    Died 5 Mch 1922
    CoD Cystitis
    Contributory Hemorrhage of bladder
    Age 62 y 2 m 7 d
    Occupation Farmer
    Birhtplace Ann Arbor Mich
    Father Thos. Edwards b. England
    Mother EHW Edwards b. Eng
    Informant Bertha Edwards
    Burial Southern Cemetery

    Gravestone inscription says only 1860 (incorrect, see note above) - 1922

    Find A Grave Memorial# 22255152

    Father: Thomas Edwards b: BEF 2 MAR 1817 in Brownsover, Warwickshire, England
    Mother: Elizabeth Harriet Wormleighton Edwards b: BEF 12 SEP 1824 in Brownsover, Warwickshire, England

    Marriage 1 Bertha Maud Anway b: 21 JUN 1875 in Woodland, Barry, Michigan
    • Married: 19 AUG 1896 in Central Lake, Antrim, Michigan
    1. Has Children Percy Anway Edwards b: 27 APR 1898 in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Michigan
    2. Has Children Thomas Leighton Edwards b: 12 DEC 1899 in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Michigan
    3. Has No Children Harvey Sanford Edwards b: 30 JAN 1902 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan, Michigan
    4. Has Children SB Edwards b: 7 FEB 1904 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan, Michigan
    5. Has No Children John Russell Edwards b: 20 DEC 1905 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan, Michigan
    6. Has No Children Marion Edwards b: 30 OCT 1907 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan, Michigan
    7. Has Children Margaret Edwards b: 12 AUG 1910 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan, Michigan
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