New Jersey Obituaries - 1899 - Justice John C. Edwards

Justice John C. Edwards, a well-known resident of Eatontown, died last Wednesday night. He was 79 years old and death was caused principally by a general breaking up of the system. A week previous to his death he was taken with a heavy cold. He stayed at home and doctored it, and his condition did not seem serious until about an hour before his death, when he took a turn for the worse and sank rapidly. He was perfectly conscious up to the time of his death and recognized the different ones about him. The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon at his late residence on Railroad avenue and the service was conducted by Rev. S. Y. Stevens. The pall bearers were Lyttleton White, Edward Haynes, R. F. Hopper, Joseph Ely, A. Lee Scobey and Bloomfield Wolcott. The body was buried at Greenlawn cemetery, near Long Branch.

Justice Edwards was born at Wolf Hill, near Oceanport, on July 28th, 1820. He was the son of Margaret and Britton Edwards. The house in which he was born has long since fallen to decay and is now in ruins. When he was fourteen years old he was bound out to the late Ethan A. Fay and learned the wheelwright trade. He served his apprenticeship with Mr. Fay and afterward he bought a half-interest in the firm. He sold this interest after several years and then went in the painting business. Afterward he engaged in the sash and blind business with Tylee Corlies. In 1865, during the oil boom in Western Pennsylvania, Mr. Edwards visited that region and remained there two years. He then returned to Eatontown, where he remained for the rest of his days.

Mr. Edwards was very active in politics and he originally belonged to the old Whig party. He was elected town clerk of Eatontown township and held this office for fourteen years. In 1880 he was elected justice of the peace and he held this office up to the time of his death.

On January 4th, 1844, Mr. Edwards married Deborah W. Wolcott, daughter of Lydia and John Wolcott of Eatontown. Four children were the result of the union. One of the children died in infancy. The remaining children are Mrs. M. L. Irwin and Harmon D. Edwards of Long Branch, and Mrs. H. C. White of Boston. Mr. and Mrs. Edwards celebrated the 55th anniversary of their marriage on January 4th. Mrs. Edwards died last July.

Justice Edwards was honest and straightforward in his business dealings and he had a genial disposition which won for him a large circle of friends. He was very liberal according to his means and he relieved many cases of distress without the world knowing anything of his kind acts.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, October 18, 1899