R. H. EDWARDS, proprietor Empire Livery, and a prominent grain dealer of London and Central Ohio, was born in
Fayette County, Ohio, January 16, 1844. He is a son of James P. Edwards, a native of Pennsylvania, and a member
of the Society of Friends. He came to Ohio about fifty years ago, locating in Jeffersonville, where he was a pioneer
merchant. He subsequently removed to Charleston. Clark County, where he died in October, 1872. He married Susan,
daughter of Col. Robert Hill, of Virginia, and a pioneer of Clark County, Ohio. Mrs. Edwards passed away from earth,
in December, 1879. Our subject is the oldest of four children, three living, and two residents of Madison County.
He was mostly reared in Charleston, Clark County, and when young assisted his father in the mercantile trade. He
subsequently traveled for Erhart & Beeson. wholesale grocers of Columbus. remaining with them six years In
1862, he enlisted in Company C, One Hundred and Tenth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. but officiated as Private
Secretary to Gem Milroy, during his two years' services. After leaving the army, he traveled some, and finally
located at Detroit, where he became a member of the firm L. W. Linker & Co., wholesale grocers and tea dealers.
He was engaged in this business eight or nine years, and in 1879 came back to Ohio, loeating in London. In April,
1880, Mr. Edwards purchased the Empire Livery Stable, where he has met with good success. He first commenced buying
grain in 1878, and has purchased and shipped for Eastern parties since. He buys all over Central and Southern Ohio,
his yearly trade averaging 1,000 to 1,200 cars. Mr. Edwards was one of the organizers, and is now a Director and
Secretary of the London Driving Park Association. He is Unitarian in religious belief and Republican in politics.
He was married January 10, 1869, to Fannie C. Thomas, of Delaware County, Penn. Mrs. Edwards died of consumpion
in October, 1876, while in attendance at the Centennial Exhibition, at Philadelphia. He was again married, October
2, 1878, to Lydia M: Leach, a native of Fayette County. Ohio, a sister of Mrs. Jeremiah Rea, of London and daughter
of Benjamin Leach, a pioneer of Fayette County, Ohio. They have a son and daughter - Pierrepont and Wanah.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Company
Madison County, Ohio Biographies
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