Biography of Alfred A. Edwards
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Alfred Allen Edwards. - One of the citizens of real worth at Malone is Alfred Allen Edwards, who has held the office of deputy United States Marshal since 1921, and he has also served as sheriff of Franklin County. He was born at Chateaugay, N. Y., Sept. 5, 1869, the son of Sylvester Allen and Eliza (Hill) Edwards.

Sylvester Allen Edwards, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Clinton County, N. Y., Feb. 2, 1842, the son of George Allen Edwards, who came to the United States from England about 1835. The latter was a shoemaker by trade and settled in Vermont, but later removed to Clinton County, and spent the remainder of his life in a small village five miles from the Canadian line. His son, Sylvester Allen Edwards, was a farmer during his entire life. During the Civil War he enlisted in the 96th New York Volunteer Infantry, and participated in more than 20 major engagements of the war. He held the rank of first sergeant and was serving with Gen. Grant at Richmond on guard duty at the James River the night before Richmond was burned by the Confederate Army, preceding their surrender. Mr. Edwards was married Oct. 24, 1866, to Miss Eliza Hill, the daughter of John and Jane Hill, who came from England in 1849 and settled at Chateaugay, N. Y. Mr. Edwards died Aug. 7, 1913, and his wife died in 1922. Both are buried at Burke, N. Y. Their children were: Alfred Allen, the subject of this sketch; and Mary Anna. She married Edward Mullen, and died March 17, 1930 She is buried at Los Angeles, Calif.

Alfred Allen Edwards attended the public schools of Burke, but gave up school at the age of 14 years to learn the carpenter trade. He spent eight years in the employ of the Rutland Railroad Company as a carpenter, after which he purchased a farm near Burke, which he still owns. For a number of years Mr. Edwards was interested in the insurance business at Malone. He was elected sheriff of Franklin County in 1911 and served for three years. He was elected mayor of Malone in 1916 and the following year was again elected sheriff for a three year term. He received his present appointment as Deputy United States Marshal in April, 1921. He has been an officer of the peace for 33 years, and has made a splendid record in the performance of his duties. His dealings with the Indians along the border have been especially amicable.

On March 24, 1897, Mr. Edwards married (first) Miss Lowilla May Hudson, of Burke, the daughter of Samuel and Anne Hudson. A daughter died in infancy. Mrs. Edwards died July 26, 1926, and is buried in Morningside Cemetery, Malone. He was married (second) on Dec. 31, 1927, to Marguerite (Richardson) Little, the widow of Howard Little, and the daughter of the late Dr. John E. and Charlotte Richardson. Dr. Richardson was a successful and well known physician of Brooklyn, N. Y., where he died in 1901. By her first marriage Mrs. Edwards has two children: 1. Marguerite, married Arlington R. Reynolds, of Burke. They have two sons, Arlington and Donald Allen Reynolds. 2. Douglas Richardson, who is a senior at Clarkson College of Technology at Potsdam, N. Y.

Mr. Edwards has always been a Republican. He is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and holds membership in the Congregational Church.

The farm owned by Mr. Edwards near Burke is part of the original Hudson homestead, which was settled by the family of Lowilla May (Hudson) Edwards in 1835.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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