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Edelen / Edlin Family

June 21, 2015, from my blog- I just finished designing my Coat of Arms for the Edelen (Edlin) family. Although I have several family lines that go back to nobility in early Europe, this family line is the cleanest and most direct. It appears that most, if not all, Edlins - Edelens in America are related to an original descendant, Richard Edelen, who immigrated to the Colonies in 1635 and lived in Maryland. This exercise of designing a Coat of Arms posed an interesting dilemma. Which family line do you choose? Although my mothers side of that family has more lines descending from nobility, surprisingly it was my fathers side that provided a clear direct line of male descendants that would most qualify for a coat of arms. This line goes directly to my paternal grandmother. I did not really know her as she died when I was 6 years old and I never knew my paternal grandfather or have even seen pictures of him. This has been a big driving force for the genealogy research. This family was split up when my father was a child and the children were all adopted into foster families. This in large part was due to the effects of my grandfather having been in the war as well as the repercussions of the Great Depression. They were divorced shortly after the 4th child had been born.
This Coat of Arms that I present is not official but is made of the elements from the Coat of Arms supposedly presented to Crolian Edelen, who has now passed but some of his research is recorded by other cousins and his own posting on the web. I have attempted to do it in the spirit and by the letter of heraldic design. It will only be on the main page and Edelen / Edlin page of this website. It is to the left.

I am descended from Thomas and Mary Edelin of London, Thomas was born 1576. Phillip Edelen and Catherine Offley (supposedly where the Coat of Arms came from), Phillip was born 1598 and Catherine in 1605. Richard Edelen Sr. and Elizabeth Banton, Richard was born in 1635 and Elizabeth in 1639. Richard was the immigrant to the Colonies, from which it appears that all Edlin / Edelen relatives in America descend from. Next we have Christopher Edelen and Jane Jones, Christopher was born 1682 and Jane in 1689. John Edelen and Sarah Pannewell, John was born 1712 and Sarah in 1714. Richard Edelen and Jane Trigger, Richard was born in 1738 and Jane in 1740. All of these Edelen’s live in Maryland where Richard the immigrant was a tobacco farmer.
Then as most of my relatives did, Richard (1738) must have moved to Kentucky as William Edlin is born in 1758 in Hardin, Kentucky and married Elizabeth Ann Swank. Elizabeth was born 1774. According to a note in the FamilySearch lineage, provided by ktaylor2809907, William and family were part of the original pioneers to settle and establish the town of Goodwin Station in Nelson County, in north-central Kentucky. Next is Samuel Edlin, also of Hardin, Kentucky, born in 1814 and married to Anna Adams who was born in 1818. There is a picture of Ann (Adams) Edlin on Find A Grave, she lived until she was 90. The photo can be found here: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=112743749
Next up is Charles W. Edlin who was born in Indiana, where I was born. He married Eliza E. Abney. Charles was born 1858 and Eliza in 1859. Their son John Webster Edlin, my Great Grandfather, was born in 1883 in Indiana and married Violet May Deatrick, born 1883. I have recently come across information that there was a second marriage for John W. Edlin and more children but I have not found them yet. My Grandmother was Ruth Marsella Edlin who married Walter E. Hoover. Ruth was born in 1914 in Indiana, Walter was born in 1902. My father’s original name is James E. Hoover, later adopted by Ruth’s second husband Paul Freeman.

Some family resources:

Kentucky Edelin families from Maryland. Excerpts on Edelin's from the book here.
From: The Centenary of Catholicity in Kentucky : Webb, Benedict Joseph, 1814-1897 (descendant of Joseph Edelin). Book available at:

Genealogy.com by Rosemary Finney in 2002, on the Edelen Origins: http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/edelen/101/

Edlin Family Cemetery in LaRue County, Kentucky: http://www.interment.net/data/us/ky/larue/edlin_family.htm

Rev. Philippe Edelen, born 1598 in Pinner Marsh, Middlesex, England. Married to Catherine Offley: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Edelen-11

Below are articles, paraphrased, from GenealogyBank.com. Due to copyright laws only excerpts can be given. Note: I have spelled the last names as they were in the articles.

Obituaries and Estate Resolution

Friday, July 3, 1812 Paper: Salem Gazette (Salem, MA)
Deaths: In St. Mary’s, Midshipman Edelin shot himself in despair from a disappointment in marriage.

Tuesday, July 12, 1814 Paper: Federal Republican (Georgetown, DC)
Valuable Lands for Sale
According to the last Will and Testament of the late Doctor James Edelin, all real estate will be sold. A farm adjoining the Town of Piscataway, in Prince George’s County, containing Fourteen Hundred Acres.
The place is well improved with a comfortable and commodious Dwelling House with all necessary out-houses, barns, stable, quarters etc. of superior quality in the best part of the country. On this land are several well prepared Timothy Meadows, the soil is fertile and well adapted to grow wheat, corn, etc. with some of it set with red clover. There is an abundance of timber and wood. It will be sold to the highest bidder on Thursday, September 1st. At the same time a tract of land will be sold in Cornwallis’s Neck, Charles County containing 500 acres which can be reviewed on the day of the sale.
Joseph Edelin, Nicholas Stonestreet, Executors of Dr. James Edelin.

Tuesday, January 30, 1816 Paper: National Intelligencer (Washington, DC)
Notice: All who have claims against the estate of Richard Edelin of Thomas, late of Prince George’s County, deceased, are requested to bring them forward before or by March 8th, 1816, otherwise they will be excluded by law. All that are indebted will make immediate payment or they will be dealt with as the law directs.
Signed: Edward C. Edelin, Francis Edelin, Executors. Prince George’s Co. MD, January 30th.

Tuesday, October 22, 1816 Paper: Salem Gazette (Salem, MA)
Deaths: At Baltimore, Dr. Philip R. Edelin, age 24.

Friday, January 10, 1834 Paper: Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC)
Died at the Navy Yard on the 30th, Roberta, infant daughter of Captain Edelin, aged 9 months and 21 days.

Monday, July 28, 1834 Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, VA)
Mr. John Ebsworth Bayne Edelin, son of Edward C. Edelin, Esq., died at the age of 25 years old at his father’s home, near Piscataway in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Friday, May 9, 1834 Paper: Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC)
In St. Mary’s County, MD on Monday 28th, Richard Edelin at age 59.

Wednesday, April 22, 1835 Paper: Baltimore Gazette and Daily Advertiser (Baltimore, MD)
Died; On the 14th, at his residence in St. Mary’s County, Dr. Richard Edelin, at age 71.

Wednesday, June 22, 1842 Paper:Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, VA)
Died on Monday, the 13th June, at his residence near Bryantown, Charles County, MD, Mr. Walter Edelin at age 56.

Monday, July 18, 1842 Paper: Sun (Baltimore, MD)
Died: at Washington, on the 14th at age 32, Mrs. Margaret Edelin, wife of Captain James Edelin of the U.S. Marine Corp.

Wednesday, November 30, 1842 Paper; Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC)
On October 29, at her residence in Charles County, MD, after a protracted illness, Mrs. Ann M. Edelin, (illegible) of the late Edward Edelin, Esq., died after a protracted illness at age 50. Though suffering for years past from extremely feeble health, she bore her affliction with becoming resignation to the decrees of an all-wise Providence. The memory of the piety and virtues of this estimable lady will be long and fondly cherished by those who can now but lament and mourn her loss.

Tuesday, August 19, 1845 American and Commercial Daily Advertiser (Baltimore, MD)
Mrs. Eleanor Ann Edelin, wife of Eugenius F. Edelin, died at age 28 after a long and painful illness, at Mrs. Louisa Edelin’s house in Charles county, MD, on the 26th of July.

Monday, August 18, 1845 Paper: Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC)
At Mrs. Louisa Edelin’s in Charles County, MD on July 26th, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Eleanor Ann Edelin, wife of Eugenius F. Edelin died at age 28. She left behind a husband and one son to mourn her passing. Death has taken from them a devoted wife and a kind and careful mother. Possessed of the most amiable and unassuming qualities, she was a Christian and was endeared to all who knew her. When prostrated by a long and lingering disease, religion imparted to her its sweetest comforts. She knew that life was fast fading away, and with a cheerful and holy resignation she awaited for the awful approach of death.

Thursday, July 19, 1849, Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC)
Mrs. Rebecca M. Edelin, consort of Dr. Philip R. Edelin, died on the 13th at home in Piscataway, after a short but painful illness. She was 18 years old and the daughter of Dr. William H. Clagett.

Saturday, March 23, 1850 Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC)
On Friday the 22nd, Mr. Stanislaus Edelin died at the age of 59. Funeral service will be at his late residence on 3rd street, between L and N streets.

Thursday, July 23, 1829 Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, VA)
Raphael C. Edelin is nominated to represent the county at the next General Assembly of Maryland. The meeting was held at Upper Marlborough.

Wednesday, April 4, 1827 Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, VA)
“I presented him with a letter from R.C. Edlin, Esq. formerly a Member of the House of Delegates, a gentleman who stands high in the estimation of all who have the pleasure of his aquaintence, not only as a gentleman of intelligence, but of sterling and unbending integrity and honor.”

Thursday, April 5, 1832 Paper: Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, VA)
As a result of the death of Jno. Edelin, Esq. a Delegate for Charles County to the General Assembly of Maryland, an election was held on March 5th for another Representative.

Friday, February 9, 1787 Paper: Maryland Journal (Baltimore, MD)
In the Old English:
A List of Laws paffed at the last Seffion of the General Assembly of the State of Maryland.
37. An Act to enable the fecurities of Chriftopher Edelin, deceafed, and his adminiftrators, to collect the balances due to him as collector of the taxes, and as fheriff of Frederick County.

Monday, April 23, 1827 National Advocate (New York, NY)
Officers returning from U.S. frigate United States under Commodore Isaac Hull, Esq. Lieutenant J. Edelin, Marine Corps.

Tuesday, April 29, 1817 Paper: National Advocate (New York, NY)
Marine Corps of the United States. List of officers being retained in the U.S. Marine Corps, under the act of Congress passed on March 3, 1817, entitled “an act to fix the peace establishment of the marine corps.
Franklin Wharton, Lieut. Colonel, commandant.
The following eight second lieutenants are promoted to first lieutenants, April 18th, 1817: James Edelin.

Tuesday, August 6, 1844 Centinel Of Freedom (Newark, NJ)
Married: In Mount Air, Prince George County, MD, Capt. Theodore W. Maurice, of the U.S. Corps of Engineers, to Miss Margaret Matilda Edelin.

Tuesday, February 16, 1819 Paper: Boston Daily Advertiser (Boston, MA)
Married: In Virginia, Mr. Edward Simms, of Washington City, to Mrs. Mary E. Edelin, daughter of the late John F. Hardy, Esq. of Prince George’s County.

Tuesday, August 6, 1844 Centinel Of Freedom (Newark, NJ)
In Washington City on the 1st, Capt. James Edelin, U.S. Marine Corps, married Nancy Carr, daughter of the late Overton Carr.

Friday, December 29, 1848 Paper: Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC)
Marriage: On Sunday evening on the 24th by Rev. Mr. Van Horseigh, Mr. Richard Wood of Washington married Miss Mary E. Edelin of the same place.

Thursday, June 15, 1826 Paper: Baltimore Patriot (Baltimore, MD)
The following gentlemen have been admitted members of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty, since June 7th, 1825: W. J. Edelin, M.D. at St. Mary’s.

Wednesday, April 4, 1821 Paper: Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, VA)
Tan Yard for rent. To rent or lease for a term of years, a Tan Yard in the town of Newport, Charles County, Maryland. There are 26 vats in good order, beam house and everything needed to carry on business. A quantity of bark may be had on good terms. It is in a good location for hides and is a desirable situation. For terms apply to: Edward Edelin, Sen. or Dr. B. Edelin.

Saturday, November 1, 1806 Paper: United States Gazette (Philidelphia, PA)
The Jockey Club races, which began yesterday were unusually interesting from the number of celebrated horses which entered the course. Of the five horses that ran 3 heats, Mr. Tayloe’s Top-Gallant took the first with Mr. Edelin’s Floretta taking the second and third