Edwards family page
Sarah Passmore Edwards
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Origins of surname
This surname essentially means 'son of Edward'. The personal name, originally Eadward, consists of the elements ead ='prosperity or fortune' and weard ='guard'.
The name has been present in Jersey since the mid-18th century, and there are numerous Edwards families in the island today
This surname is a classic example of the rubbish which can be found in Ancestry family trees. A search for Essex born in Jersey lists 39 trees, showing Isaac Edwards born in Jersey, Channel Islands on 25 February 1776, and dying in Ohio, US. Open any of the trees and they show that Isaac was the son of Capt John Edwards, of Essex, New Jersey, Isaac's siblings were all born in Essex, New Jersey, but Isaac was born in Essex, Jersey, Channel Islands. It is all too easy when entering a name into an Ancestry tree to choose the wrong Jersey. But it is also just as easy to check and correct such an error. But 38 other trees all with the same nonsense? Sadly so many Ancestry subscribers, particularly Americans desperate to find some family link to the British Isles, just blindly copy each other.
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Edwards family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Anne Edwards of Pomona Road, St Helier, widow of Captain Thomas Le Feuvre - 5 October 1868, D/Y/A/34
- Jane Edwards of St Martin, widow of George Balleine - 30 July 1886, D/Y/A/46
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