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William Edwards (1848-1933), Traction Engine Driver

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of William Edwards, born 4 July 1848, in Sidlesham, Sussex, England, the son of John Edwards (1793-1872) and his wife Sarah Ann Hammond (1808-1903). His father John Edwards was an agricultural labourer. William was the youngest of their nine children; indeed, he became an uncle when he was less than a year old when his eldest sister had a baby. When William was born his maternal grandparents were still alive and living nearby at Lagness.

On 20th January 1872, aged 23, William married a dressmaker named Fanny Grant. She was also from Sidlesham and nearly seven years older than him, being 30 when they married. Two months after their marriage, William's father John died. William Edwards and his wife Fanny would go on to have ten children together and would be married for 53 years before Fanny died on 4 March 1925. After her death William left Runcton and went to live with his two unmarried daughters Louise and Lily at 46 Queen Street in the town of Littlehampton, a few miles to the east. He outlived Fanny by eight years and died on 22nd October 1933, aged 85. He had outlived four of his ten children, had seventeen grandchildren (although one had died young) and was also a great grandfather by the time of his death. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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Crowdsourcing Challenge

This month commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944, thousands of courageous Americans and British forces stormed the beaches of Normandy giving their lives in service of their countries. This Allied invasion of France would lead to the end of World War II one year later. One American solider, First Lieutenant James McCaul Jr, father of US Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, served as a bombardier on a B-17 whose squadron participated in the D-Day air campaign.

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