25. Edward A F BLADES19,31,39,41,44,45 was born on 6 January 1780 in Caroline County, Maryland.41,46 He died on 19 May 1844 at the age of 64 in Greene County, Missouri.41 He was buried at Old Reynolds Cemetery in Republic, Missouri.41 Edward was also known as Edward Alvin Franklin Blades.41
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). (Lucille Siefferman)
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 Gray (1983).
Edward A F BLADES and Mary FAIRBANKS41,47,48,49,50,51 were married on 20 October 1810 in Talbot County, Maryland.41,47,48 Died in childbirth. Died in childbirth. Mary FAIRBANKS47,52 was born (date unknown). Died in childbirth.
Edward A F BLADES and Mary FAIRBANKS had the following children:
Edward A F BLADES and Sarah (Sally) NICHOLS had the following children:
Edward A F BLADES and Ellen Penelope MAYNARD41,53,54,55,56 were married in 1818 in McMinn, Tennessee, United States.31,41,44,45,53 Ellen Penelope MAYNARD53, daughter of Joseph MAYNARD, was born on 28 August 1795 in North Carolina.53 She lived in Polk, Greene, Missouri in 1850.53 She died on 1 September 1855 at the age of 60 in Greene County, Missouri.53 Ellen was buried in 1858 at Reynolds Cemetery in Pond Creek Township, Greene, Missouri, United States.53
Edward A F BLADES and Ellen Penelope MAYNARD had the following children: