Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Emma Brazora Edmonds (1860-1927)

Believed to be Emma Brazora Edmonds
Emma Brazora Edmonds was born in Clarke County, Georgia circa 1860.  She was the eleventh child born to the marriage of James Powell Edmonds and Rebecca Ann Snow.

The 1870 U.S. Census shows her living with her mother and siblings in Monroe, Walton County, Georgia.  Her father had died six years previously in the Civil War.

On December 15, 1878, Emma Brazora Edmonds married James Jackson Stephens in Walton County, Georgia.

In 1880, Emma, James, one of their ten children and Emma's brother, Frank were living in Bay Creek, Gwinnett County, Georgia.

At some point between the 1880 census and 1900, Emma and James moved their family to Arkansas.  The 1900 U.S. Census shows Emma, James and their children living in the Cargile community of Union County, Arkansas.

James Jackson Stephens died on April 2, 1907 and is buried in the Unionville Cemetery in Unionville, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana.

Census records for the years 1910 and 1920 have yet to be located for Emma. Louisiana death records show that she died on September 22, 1927 in Allen Parish, Louisiana.

The following children were born to the marriage of Emma Brazora Edmonds and James Jackson Stephens:
M. Liza, 1879-?
Robert J., 1881-?
William E., 1882-1904
John Raymond, 1884-? (m. Hattie Maude McBride, 1886-?)
A. J., 1885-?
John B. Gordon, 1887-1975 (m. Nancy Blackman, 1897-1968)
Dolly Jane, 1889-1966 (m. Robert Julian Andrews, 1884-1944)
E. U., 1895-?
Amanda Mae, 1896-1977 (m. Troy Lee Foyil, 1892-1950)
Hettie Belle, 1898-1981
Emma Brazora Edmonds was my paternal great grand aunt through her brother, my great grandfather, William Newell Edmonds; his son, Bruce Edmonds; and his grandson, Bruce Alfonso Edmonds.

The photograph believed to be Emma Brazora Edmonds was provided by David C. Andrews, a descendant of Emma's through her daughter Dolly Jane.

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