Hardin County

Zachariah Edmondson

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ill. (Jan. 31, 1935) — Among the aged citizens of Hardin County is Zachariah Edmondson, whose home is near Gentry's Landing, about nine miles north of Cave-in-Rock. Mr. Edmondson was born in Martin County Indiana March 17, 1848, and hence will be eighty-seven years of age in a very short time. He was the son of the late Gracen and Jane Riley Edmondson. He was the third of a family of eight children, having had five brothers and two sisters, none of which reside in this locality.

His childhood and youth were spent with his parents in his native state. In 1868, at the age of twenty, he was married in Daviees County, Indiana, to Sarah Elizabeth Pruett, who was the daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Pruett. Their early married life was spent on a farm in Indiana, but as Mr. Edmondson had an inclination toward trapping and fishing, they soon left the farm and commenced a different life on a house boat on the Ohio River, where he could follow this inclination more easily. During the fourteen years spent on the river he was also employed much of the time in working in timber.

After seventeen years of happy married life with the first wife, who was an excellent woman, death invaded the home, which was then at Maunie, Illinois, and separated the couple. Mrs. Edmondson was laid to rest at that place.

To this union were born four sons and two daughters. The sons were John T. Edmondson, who passed away at Carmi, Illinois some years ago, W. H. Edmondson of near Cave-in-Rock, Harve Edmondson of Kuttawa, Kentucky and Newt Edmondson of Cave-in-Rock. The daughters were Mrs. Bell Scott of Cave-ion-Rock, who also passed away and Mrs. Julia Cochran, whose home is in Rosiclare, Illinois. There are twenty-four grandchildren in the families of these three sons and two daughters and thirty-four great grandchildren, many of whom reside in Hardin County.

After the death of his wife, Mr. Edmondson left the river and moved to a farm about one and one half miles from Dycusburg, Kentucky. He remained there for only a year, then moved to Ford's Ferry, Kentucky where he carried the mail for some two or three years from that place to Marion, Kentucky. In 1881 he was married to Emma Richards, but they lived together for only a short time, when he was again left alone. From Ford's Ferry he went to Weston, Kentucky where he engaged in the timber business for several years.

In 1883 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary Butler. Mrs. Butler was the mother of two children at this time. They are Thomas Butler of Rosiclare and daughter who is now Mrs. Josie Yates and whose home is near Kuttawa, Kentucky.

There were born to this union, four children, none of them living.

About the year of 1905, the couple left Weston and came to Illinois, making their home on what is known as the Herrin farm, not far from Cave-in-Rock. During their life at that place, Mr. Edmondson attended a revival meeting held by an evangelist named Kennison at the old Hopkins Chapel near there. He at that time professed faith in Christ and became a member of the M. E. Church. They remained for several years on the Herrin farm, then moved to what is known as the Lamb farm, also near Cave-in-Rock. At this place a tragic event occurred. His youngest son "Little Zach" a bright little lad of seven was instantly killed by falling timber while at play with other children.

In 1912 the family went to Carrsville, Kentucky, where Mr. Edmondson found employment as a carpenter and also as a shoe repairer. After a few years they returned to Illinois, and made their home at Rosiclare, where he worked chiefly at the cobbler's trade.

On August 6, 1930, after a pleasant married life of thirty-seven years, the aged man was again separated by death from his companion. Since that time, he has made his home on the farm of his son W. H. Edmondson near Gentry's Landing. Mr. Edmondson has very good health for one of his age. While he is not as active as in his earlier years he is still a fine shot and takes pleasure in a good squirrel hunt. He is of a jovial and social nature and greatly enjoys exchanging jokes with his friends and neighbors, all of whom greatly love and respect him.

Thanks to Wanda H. Reed for contributing this article to the Hardin County ILGenWeb site. The Hardin County Independent first published this article on Jan. 31, 1935.

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