Thomas Aquinas Edwards1

#18356, (18 July 1857 - 6 March 1892)
Relationship2nd cousin 1 time removed of Estelle Rose Roche
Father*George W Edwards2 (c 1805 - 1861)
Mother*Elizabeth R Whelan2 (c 1810 - 1874)


Dora Claxton b. c 1860, d. 1888
Birth*18 July 1857He was born on 18 July 1857 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.1 
June 1860He appeared on the census of June 1860 in the household of George W Edwards and Elizabeth R Whelan at Eighth Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, age 3, b. PA.3 
15 November 1870He appeared on the census of 15 November 1870 in the household of Elizabeth R Whelan at 1402 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; (same house as Ignatius and Athalia Edwards.)4 
Marriage*30 March 1880He married Dora Claxton, daughter of Edmund Claxton and Elizabeth L Rehn, on 30 March 1880 at Pennsylvania.5 
5 June 1880He appeared on the census of 5 June 1880 in the household of Richard Stanislaus Edwards at 225 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, brother, age 23, b. PA, lawyer.6 
Death*6 March 1892He died on 6 March 1892 at Pennsylvania at age 34.1 
Burial*circa 9 March 1892He was buried circa 9 March 1892 at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.7 


  1. [S1762] General Register of the Members of the Phi Betta Kappa Fraternity, 1850-1910 (Philadelphia: John C Winston Co., printers, 1910), p. 82-83. "*Thomas Aquinas Edwards, LL.B., Philadelphia. Born in Philadelphia, July 18, 1857. Son of George Washington Edwards and Elizabeth Rosalie Whelan. After leaving college he studied law and was admitted to the Philadelphia Bar in 1880, and practiced until the fall of 1884, when he engaged in the fire insurance business until his death. In 1877 he joined the First Regiment, N. G. P., and subsequently became Lieutenant of Company D; he afterwards became Captain of Company E, Third Regiment, but resigned to enter the ranks of the First Troop, Philadelphia City Cavalry. Was Personal Estate Deputy to the Sheriff of Philadelphia County, 1887-90. He was very active in Fraternity affairs and served as Grand Tau from 1879 until his death, which occurred in Pliiladelphia, March 6, 1892. He was buried with military honors in Laurel Hill Cemetery by the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry."
  2. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census.
  3. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. Geo. W (55), b. Ireland, gentleman, real estate value $400,000, personal estate $10,000; Eliza. (49), b. PA. Also Aug Baker (28), b. Germany, waiter; Laura Smith (28), b. Germany, domestic; Susan Jordan (22), b. Ireland, domestic.
  4. [S18] 1870 U.S. Federal Census. Elizabeth (58) [no other data, same names on p. 6, 1404 Walnut St.]. Also Berdine Smith (25), Sarah Simpson (22, Kate Brady (18). Second enumeration.
  5. [S1763] Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940, online, Thomas Aquinas Edwards and Dora Claxton, marr. Philadelphia PA 30 Mar 1880; citing FHL Film 1769066.
  6. [S17] 1880 U.S. Federal Census. Richard (30), b. and parents b. PA, lawyer.
  7. [S1628], online, tall standing grave marker. Thomas Edwards / Dora Claxton Edwards (dates not legible in photo). Narrative: Capt. Thomas Aquinas Edwards, b. 18 Jul 1857, d. 6 Mar 1892; Dora Claxton Edwards, d. May 1888; Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia PA, sc. L, plot 453. Memorials 45346483, created by and photo added by Russ Dodge, and 170277534, created by and photo added by Mary Phalan.