REV. J. M. EDWARDS, pastor of the Marienville Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Butler county, Penn.,
Jane 30, 1844, and is a son of James and Elizabeth (Milliken) Edwards, natives of England and Ireland. respectively.
The father came to America about 1820, and superintended the building of iron rolling mills for the governors of
Virginia and Maryland, and he continued to work at that business for about twenty years. He was educated for the
Episcopal ministry, but was never ordained, and finally united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. After marriage,
he settled in Butler county, Penn., where he carried on farming until his death. which occurred April 23, 1888;
his widow now resides with the subject of this sketch. Their family consisted of three children: Richard and Simon,
residing in Butler county. Penn., and J. M. The subject of this writing attended the township schools and Clarion
Seminary, finishing his education in private schools. After this he acted as principal of Carrier Seminary, at
Clarion, for five years, and was ordained in 1870. He has held charges in Mercer, Clarion and Forest counties,
having located at Marienville in 1880. Mr. Edwards is also engaged in manufacturing lumber, having two mills in
Jenks township. He was united in marriage, in 1870, with Miss Margaret, daughter of William Martin, of Clarion
county, Penn., and they have eight children: Mary, Sadie, John M., Martin, Vincent, Ethel, Grace and Robert. Mr.
Edwards was formerly a Democrat, but of late years has been an active member of the Prohibition party.
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk and Forest,
With Biographical Selections.
J. H. Beers & Co., Publishers
Forest County, PA Biographies
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