I posted earlier that after the death of my grandmother, Pearle Vernon Edwards, I acquired her silverware set. Here are some more details and photos.
Her silverware canteen contains 4 different patterns. I’m guessing that she may have started out with her 8-piece set, and then received other silverware from family members.
The first pattern (shown on knife at bottom left) is her 8-piece set, that is, 8 knives, 8 large spoons, 8 large forks, etc. Pattern 1881 Rogers Oneida Ltd.
The second knife shows the pattern her 4-piece set. Oneida Sterling Heiress.
The spoon of the left shows the pattern for 6 teaspoons, identified as Tudor Plate Onieda Community Made. The one on the right is a pattern for 5 teaspoons, a butter knife, and a sugar spoon. Community Plate.
Below are newspaper clippings of two obituaries about Louisa Edwards, the mother of my grandfather, A.E. Edwards. There are only slight differences between the two.
The obituaries mention her burial at Glendale Cemetery. I still go there whenever I’m in Kansas—although It was always a pain finding it. Thankfully, with electronic devices, that’s no longer a problem.
Glendale is a small country cemetery, one you can easily miss even if you’re on the direct road that goes by it. The Edwards family members make up a major part of the cemetery, with their gravestones along a high point on the right-hand side.
When I was little, I remember reading the gravestones in the cemetery’s lower right-hand quarter, the resting place of soldiers from the War between the States. On my last visit a few years ago, I found the oldest stones so eroded that I couldn’t read names, dates or other inscriptions.
My parents used to travel regularly to the cemetery to tidy up around the memorial stones of the Edwards family members. My parents were upset when they discovered that the person who mowed the cemetery had chipped one of the stones. I think it was either replaced or fixed somehow.
Louisa Myers: life details
- Louisa Myers was born in Pennsylvia in 1836.
- At age 20, she and her parents moved to Mason county, West Virginia.
- She married Rensseller Edwards in 1863, and they had nine living children (3 girls, 6 boys). She was widowed in 1878, during the family’s emigration to Kansas, when Rensseller died in Vernon county, Missouri. She did not remarry.
- A year later, in 1888, she and her children again traveled to Kansas– this time by train–and lived in Reno county.
- In her last 12 years, Louisa lived with her son, A.E. Edwards, and his wife Icea. She died March 1917, age 81, leaving 21 grandchildren and five surviving children: Jake Edwards and A.E. Edwards of Sylvia KS, G. Edwards of Oklahoma City, Shilo Edwards of Moscow KS, and Rufus Edwards of Los Angeles CA. Two step-children: Crawford Edwards and John B. Edwards, of Woodard OK. Deceased children: Abraham, Martha, Flora, and ‘a baby girl’.
- Her funeral was at Glendale. She was a member of the United Brethren Church, which she joined in West Virginia, in 1859.
- The card of thanks in the local newspaper, was signed by the Edwards: Jake, A.E., Icea, Charlotte, Glen, Freddie, G., R.H., and Shilo.