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Samuel Edward EDWARDS

1853-1929

EDWARDS Derivation

Introduction

Samuel was born at Mattishall in 1853 the second son of Samuel and Elizabeth EDWARDS and had the same drive and ability as his brothers, Ephraim, Arthur and Albert. He only had a board school education but read a great deal and educated himself broadly. He went to Manea, Cambs., as a baking confectioner and carved his own pastry shapes from from apple and pear wood box ends in the winter evenings. He married Susan Ann WRIGHT on 14 February 1872 at Manea and they had two sons and four daughters. He laid one of the foundation stones to the Methodist chapel at Prickwillow. He had his own shop in Manea, Cambs. By the time he was 60 he had had 22 years as School Board Member and Manager, 14 years as Poor Law Guardian, 14 years as District Councillor, 19 years as Parish Councillor and 14 years as Honorary Parish Clerk, and 9 years as District Councillor and a member of the Isle of Ely County Council Education Committee. He was a lay preacher in the Methodist Chapels from his late teens but his main public interest was in education. His three daughters who survived infancy were school teachers until they married and one of his sons became President of the Headmasters Association. His private interest was in breeding trotting mares; he achieved two names in the stud book and won many competitions. He was well known for the speed with which he would drive a light trap around the village and countryside delivering bread and being a politician. Manea still thinks of him with affection, a vigorous, robust and kindly man who did a great deal for the village. The main street of a new housing development is named EDWARDS Way after him. He died on 24 April 1929 and is buried in Manea Cemetery.

Susan Ann WRIGHT (b. circa 1854)

Susan married Samuel Edward EDWARDS on 14 February 1872 the witnesses being Thomas WRIGHT and Elizabeth Jane EDWARDS. She was tallish, slim with an erect carriage and very composed. She was a mixture of Wrights and Guys who were farmers and labourers in Manea at least as far back as 1750; both lines ceased in Manea in the 1970’s-80’s. In 1871 her brother, Thomas, aged 23, a master carpenter and wheelwright, was lodging with Samuel EDWARDS at Prickwillow with John EDWARDS (b. 1851) the son of Henry and Amy EDWARDS of Postwick. When her husband had finished the bread and confectionery baking she would put villagers pies and roasts in the oven for d or 1d and had the reputation as a good cook. She kept coins in a sock and was surprised at how much she had collected. By the age of 90 she was stone deaf and took to reading archaeology books for entertainment and to continue her self education. She died on 31 December 1944 and is buried in Manea Cemetery.

The first references to the name Edwards were found in the Domesday Book 1066 as Eaduuardus, Eduuard(us) and Æduuardus; Edwardus serviens 1206 in the Curia Regis Rolls for Cornwall; William Edward’ 1219 in the Curia Regis Rolls for Suffolk; Cristina Edwardis 1279 in the Rotuli Hundredorum for Huntingdonshire; John Edwards 1498 in Chirk. The Old English name Éadweard means ‘prosperity/happiness guardian’.

'A Dictionary of British Surnames' by P.H. Reaney,
Second Edition, published by Routledge & Kegan Paul, second edition, ISBN 0 7100 8106 5

Edward, first name, 'prosperity/happiness guardian', Old English. The confessor preceded George as patron saint of England. Edward(e)s '(son) of E-',-s was the 20th commonest surname in England and Wales in 1853 (it is found especially in Wales and the south), and 32nd in the USA in 1939. Edwardes is the family name of the barons Kensington. Edwardson 'son of E-'.

'The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames' by Basil Cottle, second edition, ISBN 0 14 051032 X

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