R. M. EDMUNDSON, farmer, P. O. East Cape Girardeau. The father of the gentleman of whose life this is a brief sketch, William Edmundson, was born in Buncombe County, N. C. Remained there until manhood, and then went to Gibson County. Tenn., where he married Sallie Redgeway, a native of Virginia. There were eight children, and of that number subject was the sixth, and was born February 14, 1836. When he was twelve years old, his parents removed to Island No. Eight, in the Mississippi River, opposite Fulton County, Ky., where they remained about four years. In the fall of 1848, his parents moved to Alexander County, and settled near where our subject now resides. Mr. Edmundson, when a youth, did not have a chance to attend school, but was compelled to work on the home place. When he reached his majority, he purchased a farm of 160 acres in Section 30, now occupied by A. C. Jaynes, but only kept it until 1858: From that time until 1873, he lived on a number of rented farms, in both this county and across the river in Missouri. In that year, however, he purchased his present farm, a tract of eighty acres in Section 18, Township 14, Range 3 west. Our subject was married in April, 1868, to Cassandra Dameron. The result of this union was eight children, three of whom are living — Edward, born September 20, 1869; and a pair of twin brothers, Richard Allan and John Alexander, born August 15, 1875. This lady died in January, 1878. He was married next to Mrs. Sarah Dameron, nee Jordan, a daughter of Alexander Jordan, a native of North Carolina. He was a soldier in the late war, having enlisted December 10, 1862, in the Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, Sixth Regiment, Col. Grierson, Company M, Capt. Sperry. Remained out until August 30, 1864. In politics, he is a Republican.
Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 236.
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