Biography of Alonzo Edwards
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Alonzo Edwards was born in Herkimer County, N. Y., May 7, 1816, a son of Lemuel and Nancy (De Long) Edwards, of German descent. His parents were married in Warren, Herkimer County, and had a family of eight children, six Sons and two daughters, three now living Lemuel, of Lake County, Ill.; Thomas, and Amelia, wife of Z. D. Bingham, of Lake County. Lemuel Edwards was a native of Connecticut where he learned the blacksmith's trade, and when a young man he moved to Herkimer County, N. Y. He died in 1824, and Mrs. Edwards was again married to Mason Linden, and to this union were born three children-Henry,. Mary, and Emily (deceased). In 1826 the family moved to Portage County, Ohio, which at that time was inhabited mostly by Indians, there being very few houses in the county. Mr. Linden cleared the first farm in Hiram Township, Portage County. Alonzo Edwards, whose name heads this sketch, was reared in Portage County, having come there with his mother and step-father. He learned the trade of carpenter and joiner, serving an apprenticeship of four years, working the first year for $30, his wages being increased $10 every year. In the spring of 1837 he came to La Salle County, and located at Peru where he followed his trade. In 1842 he was married to Emeline Brown, a native of Oortland County, N. Y. They had one child, now deceased. In 1845 Mr. Edwards settled in Ottawa in which place he helped to build some of the first buildings. In politics Mr. Edwards is a Democrat, casting his first vote for Martin Van Buren.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886