Biography of William M. Edgar
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William Melanctheon Edgar. One of the outstanding citizens of Knox County, well known throughout the surrounding community, is William M. Edgar, who lives retired at Danville. He was born at Mt. Eaton, Wayne County, Sept. 13, 1848, the son of Jesse Kilgore and Ellen (Chidester) Edgar.

Jesse Kilgore Edgar came to Ohio from Beaver Dam, Pa., in 1805 and settled in Sugar Creek, Wayne County. He was a saddler and harness maker by trade and in 1848 removed to Amity, Ohio, where he spent the remainder of his life. He died in 1863. He served during the Civil War as a member of Company B, 96th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, having enlisted at Delaware, Ohio. His wife died in 1873. Both are buried at Amity. Their children were: Orlando P., a Civil War veteran, who died at Akron, in 1927; William M., the subject of this sketch; Auretta, married George W. Slusser, both deceased; Mirando, who died at the age of 20 years; and Frank Clay, deceased.

Jesse Kilgore Edgar was the son of John Edgar, whose father, George Edgar, died in Bedford County, Va., in 1765. George Edgar came from Scotland about 1715. He was born there in 1695. James Edgar was the father of George Edgar, who lived at Carmac, Scotland. Virginia (Owens) Lindsey, the widow of Rev. Stephen G. Lindsey, resides at 307 East High Street, Mt. Vernon, with her niece, Mrs. J. W. Anders. George Edgar, mentioned above, is the great great grandfather of Mrs. Lindsey. Mrs. Lindsey was born in Clinton County, Ohio, in 1851, and her mother, Martha (Edgar) Owens, was born in Bedford County, Va., and is a daughter of William Edgar. William Edgar is the son of James Edgar, the son of George Edgar. The children of George Edgar and Elizabeth Edgar were: John, Janet, Agnes McDavitt, James, George, Mary Matthews, and Thomas Edgar. Mary (Edgar) Matthews, daughter of George Edgar, was the mother of Mason Matthews, and grandmother of Henry Mason Matthews, who was governor of Virginia when the capital was at Wheeling.

William M. Edgar attended the public schools of Amity. He was 15 years of age when his father died and he remained on the home place until he was 19 years old. His brother, Orlando P., volunteered for service in the Civil War at the age of 17 years and served with the 142nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. William M. Edgar conducted a general mercantile business at Amity for almost 30 years, previous to which he was employed by the C. A. & C. Railroad as a stone cutter for two years. While living at Amity he also became interested in the undertaking business and after his removal to Danville, conducted a funeral home here until his retirement. The business is now owned by his son, Robert Edgar, mention of whom is made below.

On Sept. 24, 1871, Mr. Edgar was united in marriage with Miss Emma Violo O'Brien, the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Rockwell) O'Brien. Their children were: 1. Edward E., who died in 1921, after serving for 18 years as a member of the Columbus police force. He married Miss Alice Fletcher, of Pike Township, Knox County. Their children were Grace G. and Kenneth K. 2. Burley Burke, who is engaged in the grocery and meat business at Mt. Vernon. He married Miss Gladys Underhill. Their children were Denzil D. and Opal O. 3. Tell Tarence, who lives at Cleveland, where is identified with the Butterick Publishing Company. He married Miss Ida Hipsley, of Almyra, Ind. 4. Vinnia, unmarried, lives at home. 5. Robert, funeral director, Danville. He married Miss Rosa Henwood, of Monroe Township, and they have four sons: Paul P., who attends Kenyon College; Howard H., a senior at Danville High School; William W., and George G., both students. Mrs. Rosa Edgar died Aug. 2, 1929. Buried at Amity, Ohio. 6. Daisy, married Rev. Earl Lea, lives at New Philadelphia, and they have six daughters: Geraldine; Margaret and Mary, twins; Catherine and Kathleen, twins; and Evelin. Rev. Lea is a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

William M. Edgar and wife have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for more than 50 years. He was made a Mason in 1876, in Antioch Lodge, of Danville. He is now a dimitted member by the Grand Lodge of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Edgar celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, Sept. 24, 1921.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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