Hidden in Plain Sight:
The Material World of Early Springfield


Albert Stevenson Edwards (1839 - 1915)

Born: Springfield, Illinois
Profession: Bookkeeper

From the IL State Register, Springfield, IL 12-21-1915:

Lincoln Home Custodian Dies - Grandson of Ninian W. Edwards, First Teritorial Governor of Illinois and Nephew of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. Albert S. Edwards, custodian of the Lincoln home for the past nineteen years, and grandson of Ninian W. Edwards, first territorial governor of Illinois, died at 7 o'clock yesterday morning at the Lincoln home at 430 South Eighth street. Mr. Edwards' death was sudden and was caused by heart failure. He was 76 years old. Mr. Edwards had been ill for several years with heart trouble, and last Saturday a slight attack caused him to go to his physician's office, but Sunday he seemed improved.

Mr. Edwards was a direct descendent of the Edwards family which has been prominent in political life in Illinois since territorial times. The name was also connected with the family of Abraham Lincoln, by marriage.

The deceased was born in the old Edwards home in South Second street, December 15, 1839, and was the son of Ninian W. Edwards and Elizabeth Todd Edwards. His father was one of the celebrated "Long Nine" which Lincoln led in the Illinois legislature and had come to Illinois from Kentucky where he had been attorney general. His mother was a sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln.

Mr. Edwards spent practically all his life in Springfield, with the exception of the time during the civil war, when he was stationed at Camp Douglas, Chicago, and Cairo, being a member of the commissary department of the Union army. At the close of the war he returned to Springfield, where he followed his profession of a bookkeeper. For many years he was in the office of the H. W. Rokker company, printers and book binders. As he was deeply interested in his ancestors he gathered together many relics and when he was appointed custodian of the Lincoln home, he took them to that place, where they have been for the past nineteen years.

Mr. Edwards was married in 1863 to Josephine E. Remann of Vandalia. He is survived b his widow, three children, Miss Georgia H. Edwards, Mrs. Mary E. Brown and N. Wirt Edwards, all of this city, and one grandson, Remann A. Brown of Cleveland, Ohio.