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BIOGRAPHY: James Hamilton Edwards born May 28, 1857

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Pike County, Alabama

James Hamilton Edwards, of Catalpa, was born May 28, 1857, at that place, and was the son of William Franklin Edwards, a Confederate soldier and a native of Butts County, Georgia, who removed to Pike County, Alabama, and wife, Martha (Reeves) , Edwards daughter of Jesse T. Reeves, an early legislator from Pike County (1832 and 1839), and wife, Martha J. Murphree, of Georgia.

James Hamilton’s’ education was limited. He was a farmer and a Primitive Baptist. His wife was Queen Victoria “Jane” Hickman, daughter of Benjamin and Malinda Hickman, to whom he was married Dec. 5, 1879.  Their children were:

 Annie L E Austin (1879-1971) married James Columbus Austin
William Erastus Edwards (1881-1955) married Lillian B. Jordan
Katie E Jernigan (1883-1907)  married William Henry Jernigan
Charles Harvey Edward (1885-1912)
Jessie Tinion Edwards (1888-1958) married Lula P. Harp & Rosie Alice Williams 
Cora Martha E Livingston (1890-1919) married Joseph E. “Joe” Livingston
Annie Adel E Harp (1883 – 1978) married Morgan Oree Harp 
Essie Lee E  Harp (1895-1917) married William Calvin Harp
James Murphree Edwards (1897-1988) married Lanice Houston
Maude Aurelia  E. Morgan
Homer Jackson Edwards  (1899- 1983) married Mittie Frances Freeman

He was elected as a Democrat in 1902 to the lower house of the legislature of Alabama and he served again in 1919. In 1914 he was appointed a justice of the peace.

He died Feb. 17, 1922, in Pike County, Alabama and is buried in Sandfield Cemetery, Troy, Pike County, Alabama. His wife, Jane died Feb. 13, 193, and is also buried in Sandfield Cemetery.



  1. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
  2. Find A Grave Memorial# 89747459 # 89747427  #89747844 # 89747697# 89747725 # 89748097 # 89747523 # 89747554 # 89747589 # 89747889# 90053888# 90053907# 89747759# 90053722# 89748139# 90053154# 89748163# 89747634 # 48510804# 90053575

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  1. Donna, I have a photo of James Hamilton Edwards if you would like to add to your history page. If so, let me know and I will email it to you.

    1. Yes, I would love to have it added to the page. Can you scan and email it in .jpg format to [email protected] ?

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