Biography of Ira Edwards
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Edwards, Ira, was born in Shelby, Orleans county, N. Y., October 6, 1834. Hisfather, Edward Edwards, was born in Schoharie county, N. Y., December 23, 1810 and in the spring of 1819 came with his father, Ira Edwards, to what was then Genesee county and purchased 100 acres of land in Shelby, Orleans county. This farm is still in possession of the family, and in 1825 was the first estate administered upon in Orleans county. Edward Edwards was always a farmer, and was road commissioner of Shelby at one time. The mother of our subject was Eliza Vrooman of Schoharie county. They were the parents of four children. Mrs. Edwards died in September, 1841, and he married second Anna Schafer, and they had three children. He died in December, 1886. The boyhood of subject was spent in his native town, and after attending the district school he entered Medina Academy. In 1860 he entered the State Normal School at Albany; and at twenty years of age began teaching, which he followed many years, having been principal of Holley Public School. principal of Medina Academy, and also taught in Albion. In 1870 Mr. Edwards moved to Holley and established a general hardware store, which he has since conducted. A severe loss to him was the burning of his store July 23, 1874, but he rebuilt and has now one of the finest stores and most complete stock of its class in the county. Mr. Edwards is a Republican, in 1882 was elected supervisor of Murray, and in 1887 was elected member of assembly for Orleans county, and reelected in 1888. He was. two years president of Holley, is a member of the Methodist church, president of the Board of Trustees, and has been superintendent of the Sunday School thirteen years. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. He married October 22, 1852, Jane, daughter of Alonzo Smith, a farmer of Knowlesyille, and they have five children: Lillian, teacher of English and Normal Methods in the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, N. Y., Frank, and Fred, who are with their father in the store; Ella M. and Jennie G., who are also teachers.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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