October 9, 2012

Rosel Edwards of Delaware County, Ohio: Tombstone Tuesday

Edwards ancestors Delaware County Ohio

Rosel Edwards and his wife, Naomi Jane Barrick Edwards, were my great-great-great-grandparents. I am still getting to know them little by little through the records they left behind, which I’ve recently started to gather. It appears that Rosel was a fairly prosperous farmer who was born and lived his entire life in Delaware County, Ohio. His name is rather unusual, too. That makes his paper trail much easier to follow. His wife usually went by her middle name, Jane.

My lineage leading to Rosel and Jane Edwards stems from my paternal grandfather, Lloyd Ballenger. It can be traced as such:
Lloyd R. Ballenger (1911-2002) was the son of
Charles C. Ballenger (1882-1953) and Irene P. Clark (1887-1965);
Irene P. Clark was the daughter of
Marshal K. Clark (1857-1914) and Rose E. Edwards (1867-1942);
Rose E. Edwards was the daughter of
Rosel Edwards (1841-1912) and Naomi Jane Barrick (1843-1934)

Their shared tombstone rests in Sunbury Memorial Park in Sunbury, Delaware County, Ohio. I love that it is inscribed with their full birth and death dates. It reads:
SEPT. 12, 1841 – JULY 30, 1912
JULY 15, 1843 – JAN. 8, 1934

Rosel Edwards 1912 Naomi Jane Edwards 1934 Delaware County Ohio

Their daughter, Rose, is buried nearby, along with her first husband, Marshal Clark. Marshal met a rather awful and sudden end, which I wrote about earlier in The Tragic Fate of Marshal Clark.

The roots of both the Edwards and Barrick families seem to stretch way back into early Ohio history. I’m excited about exploring them further to determine just how far they go, and where they might lead me to. 


  1. I remember reading your earlier post about Marshal Clark, dragged by his frightened team of horses. Sad and shocking. My g-grandparents also have a shared tombstone, with Mother and Father written across the top, which I find especially touching. I agree about empathy -- without it, genealogy would just be a dry catalogue of facts. Thank you for this post.

  2. It is touching to see a shared tombstone, isn't it? And I do think all of us family historians share a special degree of empathy for our ancestors. Thanks for reading, Mariann, and for your thoughtful comment.


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