Edward A. BLADES11,21,29,32,33
was born on 6 Jan 1780 in Caroline County, Maryland.34 He died on 19 May 1844 in Greene County, Missouri.
He was buried in Old Reynolds Cemetery, Republic, MO.
Photo: Edward and Ellen's six sons (circa 1890's). Ranson Dudley and Isaac Tillman
are in the center.
"Edward Blades, the father of R. D. Blades, settled in section ten [Pond
Creek Township, Greene County, MO], in the year 1836. He was a native of North
Carolina, but emigrated to Missouri from McMinn county, East Tennessee."
(History of Greene County)
"His father [R. D. Blades], Edward Blades, and his mother, Ellen (Maynor)
Blades, were natives of North Carolina, but at an early day they emigrated to
McMinn County, Tennessee, where our subject was born on the 29th of January,
1821. The father came to Greene County, Missouri, as early as 1836 and settled
in Pond Creek Township, where his death occurred in 1848. Farming was his principal
occupation in life, but he also followed the hatter's trade for some time. He
prospered in this new country and became fairly well off. He enjoyed hunting
and had many opportunities of trying his skill as a marksman, for the woods abounded
in game of all kinds. In politics he was a Democrat. His wife died on the old
farm. For a number of years this worthy couple and two other families were about
the only settlers in the township, and only a few lived in Springfield or around
that town. For forty miles south of them there were no settlers. The mother made
all the clothing for the large family and no small task it was, for there were
sixteen children, twelve of whom grew to mature years. These children were named
as follows: Sally A.; R. D., subject; Nancy; Isaac; Edward; Cynthia; William;
Rebecca; James; Elizabeth; Fannie and George. Sally, Nancy and Rebecca are now
deceased." (A Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region)
"Edward and Ellen (Maner) Blades, were natives of North Carolina, where
they grew to mature years and united their fort-unes. From there they removed
to Tennessee, and about 1836 came by ox-team to Greene County, Missouri, being
about two months on the road. They located in the woods on the Pickerel, and
there was but one house within a distance of five miles. Mr. Blades spent the
rest of his life there engaged in cultivating the soil, and died about 1847.
He was a great hunter and sports-man, etc., and a man well and favorably known
for miles around. He was one of the pioneers of Greene County, settling there
when Springfield was but a mere hamlet of log houses, and he contributed his
full share toward the improvement and development of the county. He was of English
origin. His wife died in Greene County in 1855. They were the parents of an old-fashioned
family of fourteen children, as follows: Sally Ann, deceased; R. D., of Billings;
Nancy, deceased; Isaac T., Cynthia, Edward A., Rebecca L., William, Elizabeth,
James R., Frances, George Washington, and two died young." (A Reminiscent
History of the Ozark Region)
Family tradition says that Ellen (Penelope) was of French-Indian descent and
knew no English when she first met Edward. They were said to have communicated
with each other through Indian sign language.
Edward is apparently in the household of his father, Tilghman, age 16-26 years
in the census of 1800, Rockingham Co., North Carolina By the census of 1810 both
Tilghman and Edward are heads of household in the Salisbury Burrough, Rowan Co.,
North Carolina. His age is 26-45; one female 16-26 (wife?); and one female under
10. This indicates a probable marriage between 1800 & 1810. On 31 July 1815,
Edward A. Blades was married to Sally Nichols in Rowan Co., NC. Edward has not
been found in the NC or TN census of 1820, but Sarah Blades is recorded as head
of household in 1820 Rowan Co. and 1830-1840 Cabarrus Co., NC. Before 1820 (circa
1817 according to OGS577, Chart 42, Springfield Mo. Library), Edward was married
to Ellen Penelope Maynor (born 28 April 1801 in NC, according to same record).
Edward and Ellen (Penelope) are buried in the Old Reynolds Cemetery just 3/4
of a mile from where they settled. The cemetery is located on land owned by Dwayne
Edward A. BLADES and Ellen Penelope MAYNOR were married (date undocumented).21,32,33 Ellen Penelope
MAYNOR was born on 28 Apr 1801 in North Carolina. She died on
1 Sep 1855 in Greene County, Missouri. She was buried in Old Reynolds
Cemetery, Republic, MO. Edward A. BLADES and Ellen Penelope MAYNOR
had the following children:
(Sally) Ann BLADES35
was born on 13 Jun 1819 in McMinn County, Tennesee. She died on 14
Dec 1891 in Greene County, Missouri. She was buried in Wade Chapel
Cemetery, Republic, MO.|
|Ranson Dudley BLADES35 was born on 29 Jan 1821 in McMinn County, Tennesee.
He died on 2 Dec 1901 in Greene County, Missouri. He was buried
in Blades Cemetery, Billings, MO.|
|Nancy Ellen L. BLADES35 was born on 4 Feb 1824 in McMinn County, Tennesee.
She died on 18 Mar 1887 in Greene County, Missouri. She was buried
in Prospect Cemetery, Greene Co., MO.|
|Cynthia C. BLADES35 was born in 1828 in Tennesee. She died on
11 Feb 1847 in Greene County, Missouri.|
|Edward A.F. BLADES35 was born on 16 Mar 1830 in Monroe County, Tennesee.
He died on 4 Nov 1900 in Stone County, Missouri. He was buried in
Crane Cemetery, Stone Co., MO.|
|Rebecca L. BLADES35 was born in 1833 in Tennesee. She died in
1863 in Greene County, Missouri. She was buried in Old Reynolds Cemetery,
Willis BLADES35 was born
in 1834/35 in Tennesee. He died in Kidder, Missouri.|
|Elizabeth M. (Betsy)
BLADES36 was born in
1837 in Greene County, Missouri.|
|James Reynolds BLADES35 was born on 15 Nov 1839 in Greene County, Missouri.
He died on 18 Nov 1907 in Greene County, Missouri. He was buried
in Blades Cemetery, Billings, MO.|
|Frances Catherine (Fannie) BLADES35 was born in 1840/41 in Greene
County, Missouri. She died in 1928 in Greene County, Missouri.
She was buried in Wade Chapel Cemetery, Republic, MO.|
BLADES35 was born in
1843/44 in Greene County, Missouri. He died in 1928.
He was buried in Wright Cemetery, Clever, MO.|
A. BLADES and Sally (Sarah) NICHOLS were married on 31 Jul 1815 in Rowan County,
Edward A. BLADES and Unkown
UNKNOWN were married between 1800 and 1810.