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.

  3. Hello, I have been recently researching my family history as a personal favor to my grandmother, as well as personal curiosity, I was surprised to see your post because it is of my most recent learning that Naomi Barrick happens to be the only other female born (Barrick) prior to my birth in 1981. Naomi Jane Barrick and was my great-great aunt, unfortunately we never had the opportunity to meet as I was born 47 years after her passing. The extroidinary fact that struck my interest is that I absolutely had to find out more about Naomi because my father Robert son of Thomas has always bosted about my birth because he is honored that he was the one Barrick male to have produced a female Barrick. My father has always since I can remember as a little girl said to me, "You made me the happiest man on earth when you were born because you are the only female Barrick born in over a hundred years." After some time has been spent researching material myself, I have been satisfied to find my fathers outrageous claims to be more than justified to meet my curiosity...... I just thought you would like to know that thanks to your great-great-great-grandmother I have become a namesake historical legend.......curious to any response to your response of my reply to your original post I will be welcoming any and all follow-up comments...thank you in advance, Cheryl L.


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