Notes for David Edenfield: Edenfield Genealogy Society
According to most people, David moved from South Carolina to Emanuel County, Georgia about 1815 and did not live outside of Emanuel County until his death in 1856, but this is not the case according to records. David and Elizabeth were living in Telfair County, Georgia in 1820 and 1830 according to the census records. According to Book H, pg. 197, on October 1, 1830, "David Edenfield, Sr. to Robert Flournoy, both of Telfair County - sold Lots 229 & 228, 7th District of Telfair, originally Wilkerson County. Witness: Stephen Hubbard, Anderson Frier, J.P." The 1840 census shows that David was living in Emanuel County. It is the writer's opinion that David along with his brother, Thomas Jr. moved to Emanuel County around 1815 and David moved on to Telfair County, while Thomas, Jr. stayed in Emanuel County. In late 1830 or early 1831, David moved back to Emanuel County. The census records for Telfair and Emanuel counties supports this opinion. David was a Revolutionary Soldier. He enlisted for militia duty, South Carolina Troops, in 1776 or 1777. He was taken prisoner at the siege of Savannah and held from June until September, at which time he escaped, returned to his company and was at the siege of Augusta and was discharged there. On September 27, 1785 he was paid for 250 days of militia duty in 1781 and 1782. On November 3, 1834, David, then a resident of Emanuel County, Georgia, made application for a Revolutionary Veteran pension. For reasons unknown, his name could not be found on record. On April 30, 1840, David wrote a letter to the Clerk of the War office, Columbia, S.C. explaining the situation. On April 5, 1840, a Pension certificate for David was sent to Major Benjamin Hart, Columbia, S.C. by Honorable S. H. Butler, House of Representatives. On May 21, 1840, a Pension warrant for $33.33 per annum was mailed to him at Swainsboro, Emanuel County, Georgia. In October 1784, John Wylde, Commissioner of Locations, State of South Carolina ordered a land survey for David in Winton County, South Carolina. On October 21, 1784, 100 acres were surveyed and laid out for David at Jackson's Branch. All sides were vacant. It was granted to him on June 5, 1786 in consideration of Two Pounds and Six Shillings Sterling money paid into the treasury for the use of the State of South Carolina. On October 10, 1787, David sold his land to John Gill for fifteen pounds. Surveys were also ordered in October 1784 for David's brother, William Edenfield and their brothers-in-law, Joseph Brooker and Lewis Johnston. On May 7, 1800, David purchased one and one-half acres near Turkey Creek waters of the Great Salkehatchie, in Barnwell District, South Carolina, from Benjamin O'Som, Sr. The Winton County, Orangeburg District Court minute book from October 1786 to February 1791 shows that on Wednesday, 17 October, 1787, David Edenfield acknowledged his deed of conveyance unto John Gill 100 acres of land. On Wednesday, 4 February , 1789, David Edenfield was listed as a juror for Jno. McFail vs. Wm. Turner and for the State vs. Jno Buford for hog stealing on Traverse. They are buried in the family cemetery.
Revolutionary soldier buried in a small cemetery 6 miles south of Swainsboro.
1850 Census Emanuel County, GA Shows Edinfield, David, Sr. 91 b. SC Elizabeth 83 b. SC Filena 18 F Josiah 3 Thomas 1 COONER, Welthy Ann age 14 FRENCH, Michael M. age 60 b in SC NUNN, Joshua 16 DAVIS, David 12
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1820. David and Elizabeth appear in Telfair Co., GA census records. 1830. David and Elizabeth appear in Telfair Co., GA census records. 1857 Feb 9. "Georgia, Emanuel County. Personally appeared before me James W. Edenfield and after being duly sworn deposeth and faith upon oath that the above is the true and exact family record of the marriage of David Edenfield and Elizabeth Apstan and that said record was kept in the possession of David Edenfield himself until his death and since his death I have had it in my possession and the hand write of the record is unknown to me." Signed John H. Edenfield, mark for James W. Edenfield. (NAF) 1857 Jul 6. Affidavit by Elizabeth Edenfield, aged 87 years, for the purpose of obtaining a pension. That she is the widow of David Edenfield, that they were married November 24, 1785, that David died April 5, 1856, and she has remained a widow ever since his death. (NAF) c. 1858. "Brief in the case of Elizabeth Edenfield widow of David ... Husband was pensioned under the Act 7 June 1832 at the rate of $33.33 per annum and died 5 April 1856 as appears from the testimony of two available witnesses and report of this auditor." (NAF) 1858 Mar 22. No. 7015. Petition by Elizabeth Edenfield, wife of David. Richard Edenfield's name also appears. "Pension due from 5th of April 1856 to the 3rd of April 1858" was $63.65, but payment was only made for $53.73, a $9.92 error. (NAF) 1858 Mar 8. Letter from Richard Edenfield. "Ohoopee Emanuel County Geo. Mr Robert J. Atkinson, 3rd Auditor, Dear Sir, you will here find enclosed papers made out for Elizabeth Edenfield to draw the pension that was due her husband at the time of his death. Also for her to draw the pension during her life according to the acts of congress. We are all ignorant how to proceed about the matter. The pension agent at Savannah says that you are the man to address in this issue and as such we are sending them to you..." (NAF) 1858 Apr 19. Letter to the Commissioner of Pensions from Elizabeth Edenfield, written by Richard Edenfield. "Dear Sir, yours of March 22 is at hand, contents examined stating my claim is suspended for lack of proof of my husband's death and that I am his identical widow. You did not state what kind of proof is required or how the proof should be made to satisfy the department. I here send you the affidavit of two very creditable gentlemen..." (NAF) 1858 April 19. Affidavit of Solomon Yeomans and John Hooks, made before John H. Edenfield (Justice of the Peace, Inferior Court of Emanuel Co.), that Elizabeth Edenfield is the widow of David Edenfield, who died on April 5, 1856. (NAF) 1858 May 17. Certificate of pension issued to Elizabeth Edenfield, widow of David Edenfield, for $33.33 per year. (NAF) 1858 July 19. A letter to the Pension Office, written for Elizabeth Edenfield by John H. Edenfield, pointing out a $9.92 error in the pension awarded to Elizabeth. (NAF) 1858 Aug 16. Letter to the Commissioner of Pensions from Elizabeth Edenfield, written by John H. Edenfield. "I return my pension certificate to have the error corrected agreeably to calculations that I have made. The error is $9.92 ... Please to have the error corrected and returned to me by return mail, and give me direction show to get the balance that may be my due." (NAF) 1860 Jun 8. Letter from Elizabeth Edenfield, written by John H. Edenfield, from Swainsboro, Emanuel County. The pension agent in Savannah would not pay an additional $10 dollars to correct an error in calculation. Elizabeth wrote to request an order that the money be paid. "I am very old and have no means of support but my pension and that does not near support me." (NAF)
More About David Edenfield and Elizabeth Abston: Marriage: November 24, 1785, Barnwell County, South Carolina.
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