DELIA HANNAH (CASWELL) EDWARDS OWEN

Delia Hanna (Caswell) Edwards Owen gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. January 29, 1813 in Manlius, Onondaga County, NY
D. July 16, 1887 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL

Gravestones are located in two cemeteries:
Find A Grave memorial (click here) (Fort Hill Cemetery) “Delia wife of Clayton Owen”
Find A Grave memorial (click here) (Avon Centre Cemetery)

  • Father: Jedediah Gill Caswell born 1778; married Elizabeth DeLong; Jedediah died January 1847; buried in Manlius Village Cemetery, Manlius, Onondaga County, NY
  • Mother: Elizabeth (DeLong) Caswell born 1784 daughter of James DeLong and Mary (Cranckjeit) DeLong; Elizabeth died December 1852; buried in Manlius Village Cemetery, Manlius, Onondaga County, NY
  • Husband (1): Joseph Rowling born October 26, 1807 in Yorkshire, England; married Delia H. Caswell on September 20, 1832 in Manlius, Onondaga County, NY; Joseph died January 3, 1847 in Spring Grove, McHenry County, IL
  • Husband (2): Emet Edwards born 1821 in New York; married Delia Hannah (Caswell) Rowling on October 20, 1847 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL; Emett died November 13, 1850; buried in the Avon Centre Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL; According to Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999: “State of Illinois} Lake County} Thomas F. Edwards of lawful age of said County being duly sworn doth deposed and says that Emet Edwards of said County died intestate on or about thirteenth day of November A.D. 1850. – Subscribed & Sworn to before me this 14th day of December 1857. Chas. C. Biddlecorn, Clerk. Thomas F. Edwards”
  • Husband (3): Clayton Owen born April 21, 1821 in Ohio; married (1) Delia H. Edwards on January 3, 1857 in Lake County, IL; married (2) Geraldine Wait on June 28, 1860 in Lake County, IL daughter of Ethan Wait and Amanda (Marble) Wait (1804-1893); Clayton died July 14, 1888; buried in Grayslake Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL. The name “Clinton” is on the gravestone.
  • Children of Delia and Joseph Rowling:
    1. Joseph G. Rowling-Edwards born December 8, 1833 in Manlius, Onondaga County, NY; married Margret Ann Ball on March 6, 1859 in Avon, Lake County, IL Joseph died March 14, 1913 in Lake Villa, Lake County, IL
    2. Elizabeth “Libby” (Rowling-Edwards) Gillmore born February 2, 1836 in Manlius, Onondaga County, NY; married Evanglist James Gillmore (1835-1864) on April 4, 1858 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL son of Benjamin Parker Gillmore (1809-1862) and Mariam Saviah (Harper) Gillmore (1814-1897); Evanglist was a Civil War Veteran, Captain, Killed in Action at Battle of Kenesaw Mountain on June 23, 1864, Company B, 96th Regiment Illinois; Elizabeth died August 15, 1882 in Lake County; Elizabeth and Evangelist are buried in Avon Centre Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL
    3. Charles J. “Charlie” Rowling-Edwards born January 18, 1838 in Sullivan, Madison County, NY; married Juliette Thorn in 1873; Charles died April 6, 1901
    4. Edwin C. Rowling-Edwards born August 12, 1840 in Sullivan, Madison County, NY; married (1) Jane Porter on September 23, 1867; married (2) Henrietta Thorn (1852-1929) on January 13, 1918; Edwin died May 13, 1929 in Grayslake, Lake County, IL; buried in Avon Centre Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL
    5. Mary Rowling born December 22, 1842 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY; Mary died September 26, 1844 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY
    6. John N. Rowling-Edwards born May 2, 1845 in Manlius, Onondaga County, NY; married (1) Marcella Emery (1846-1882) on January 1, 1865; married (2) Florence M. Moore (1853-1917); John died April 18, 1925 in Cicero, Cook County, IL; John, Marcella and Florence are buried in Avon Centre Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL
  • Children of Delia and Emet Edwards:
    1. Delia Armelis (Edwards) Prescott born September 16, 1848 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL; married Orville Prescott Barron (1837-1916) as his first wife on December 19, 1866 in Lake County son of Henry Barron (?-1862); Orville was a Civil War Veteran, Corporal, Company B. 96th Illinois Infantry; Delia died March 9, 1892; Orville married (2) Eva “Effie” Houghton on February 20, 1900 in Lake County, IL; Delia and Orville are buried in the Grayslake Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL.
    2. Luella Jane “Jinnie” (Edwards) Hook born May 27, 1851 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL; married Fred Hook (1849-1909) on December 4, 1873 in Lake County, IL son of Robert Hook (?-1879) and Jane (Tazwell) Hook (?-1903); Luella died October 2, 1927 in Grayslake, Lake County, IL; Luella and Fred are buried in East Fox Lake Cemetery, Lake Villa, Lake County, IL

Additional information:
According to the Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909:

  • On October 15, 1844 “Emit Edwards” purchased 40 acres in Section 15 NESE, Township 45N, Range 10E (Avon Township) at a price of $1.25 per acre
  • On November 13, 1844 “Emit Edwards” purchased 40 acres in Section 8 NWNW, Township 45N, Range 10E (Avon Township) at a price of $1.25 per acre
  • On March 24, 1845 “Emet Edwards” purchased 79.25 acres in Section 16 L1, Township 45N, Range 10E (Avon Township) at a price of $2.50 per acre

According to the 1850 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, Illinois the household members were: Emmett Edwards, age 32, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Delia Edwards, age 36, born in New York; Joseph Edwards, age 16, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Elizabeth Edwards, age 14, born in New York; Charles Edwards, age 12, born in New York; Edwin Edwards, age 10, born in New York; John Edwards, age 5, born in New York; Delia Edwards, age 2, born in Illinois.

In 1860, Clayton, age 39, was living and farming in Avon Township, Lake County, IL using the Fox Lake post office. Also living in the household were Geraldine Owen (age 32), Hillman Owen (14), Montgomery Owen (9) and Bradford Owen (7). He married Geraldine Wait as his second wife on June 28, 1860 in Lake County. Geraldine was the daughter of Ethan and Amanda Wait, residents of Avon Township, Lake County, IL. The 1870 and 1800 Census records indicated he and Geraldine was farming in Warren Township, Lake County, IL. Geraldine was born December 24, 1827 in New York and died May 14, 1886 and buried in the Grayslake Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL.

According to the State of Illinois, Daughters of the American Revolution, Family Bibles & Birthday Book, page 51, “The following Bible records copied from a Bible now in the possession of Adelaide Rowling Baseley (Mrs. Richard J.) Box 23, Garfield Blvd., Grayslake, Illinois. Once the property of Joseph & Delia Rowling. Grandparents of the owner.”, page 56:

“The following obituary glued to this Bible.
AVON

Died at the residence of her son, John N. Rowling, on Saturday, July 16, 1887, Mrs. Dealia (sic) Edwards, age 74 years and 6 months. Mrs. Edwards was born at Manlius, Onandaga (sic) county, N.Y., and came to Lake county, Ill., in 1845. Her first husband, Joseph Rowling, died at Spring Grove, McHenry county, in 1847. He second husband, Emmett Edwards, died in 1850 or 1851. She leaves four sons and two daughters to mourn her loss. Her funeral was largely attended at the Centennial church on Sunday, July 17th.”

According to the McHenry Plaindealer (McHenry IL) Wednesday, August 3, 1887, page 4:

“Fort Hill Precinct – Lake County.

Editor Plaindealer: Since my last communication to your paper another of our old settlers has left us.
Died at the residence of her son, John N. Rowling, in Avon, on Saturday, July 16th, 1887, Mrs. Delia Edwards aged 74 years and six months. Mrs. Edwards was born in Manlius, Onondaga County, New York, where she grew up to womanhood and was married to Joseph Rowling. In 1845, they came to Lake County, Ill. and landed at Little Fort, (now Waukegan) and settled at Avon Center where they lived a short time and then then went to Spring Grove, McHenry county, Ill., where Mr. Rowling died in 1847, leaving a family of five children. He was a miller by trade and worked in Bliven’s Mill, at Spring Grove. After the death of her husband Mrs. Rowling returned to Avon Center, where, in 1848, she was married to Emmet Edwards, a brother of the late Churchel Edwards. Mr. Edwards lived but two or three years after their marriage, having been injured by a threshing machine, which injury was the cause of his sudden death. Mrs. Edwards succeeded in raising her family of seven children, six of whom, four sons and two daughters, survive her, and all but one live in Lake county. She was a member of the Methodist church, an exemplary Christian and highly esteemed by all who knew her. Her funeral was held at Centennial church on Sunday, July 17th, and her remains rest in the beautiful cemetery at Avon Center.”

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