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Annie Foster Napier Edwards

Written by Marvin Housworth

Annie Foster Napier was b. 2 Sep. 1870 probably in Macon Co., Alabama. Her parents, Hendley V. Napier and Virginia Anastasia Blackmon were married there 14 Nov 1868.

Hendley Varner Napier was the son of Leroy Napier who died in Macon, Bibb Co., Ga. in 1870. The 1870 census for Honeycutt Beat, Macon Co., Alabama shows H. V. Napier, 26, born in Ga., occupation Farmer. A.V. Napier 22, born in Al. is Keeping House.

The 1880 census for Bullock Co., Al. shows the family living with Virginia’s mother, Virginia Blackman, 60. The household consisted of:

Virginia Blackman 60
Eugenia H. Goodwin 38 daughter
Virginia A. Napier 33 daughter
Henly V. Napier 35 son in law
Virginia P. Goodwin 4 grandchild (dau. of Eugenia)
Beatrice S. Godwin 1
Anne F. Napier (dau. of Virginia)
John P. B. Napier 5 (son of Virginia)
Henley V. Napier 3
(There were "Domestic Servants" in the household – 1 Black and 2 Mulatto)

The 1900 census for Vineville, Bibb Co., Ga. shows Hendley Varner and Virginia A. Napier have moved* back to Georgia. He is 56, she is 53 and one daughter remains at home; she is Ida. (Source: Charles Corbin, GenForum post Mar. 11, 2002 says of their five children: 1) Annie Foster Napier b. Sep. 2, 1870 married William Annesley Edwards, 2)Maude Louise Napier b. Aug. 8, 1872 and died at 1 year, 3) John Powell Blackmon Napier b. Oct.3, 1874 married Emma Beall Methina, 4) Hendley Varner Napier, Jr. b. Oct 15, 1876 married Viola Felton Ross, and 5) Ida Page Napier b. Oct 2, 1883 never married.)

(The Georgia Enterprise, March 31, 1898 has this wedding announcement: "We return thanks for an invitation to the marriage of Miss Annie Foster Napier of Macon, to Mr. Wm. A. Edwards. The marriage will come off at Christ church in Macon on April 18 th")
*This indicates the parents of Annie moved back to Georgia before 1898

The 1900 census for Kensington, Montgomery Co., Maryland has this household:
Hendley V. Napier 23 brother in law b. Alabama 1876
William A Edwards 29 head b. Georgia 1871 (His occupation is Dept. of Interior)
Annie N. Edwards 30 wife b. Alabama 1870
Annesley 1 son b. Maryland 1899

The 1910 census for Roosevelt Precinct, Idaho Co., Idaho has this household:
William A. Edwards 40 head General Manager, Mining Co
Annie N. " 39 wife Dept. of Recorder, Mining Dist.
Napier " 11 son (His name was Napier Annesley)

The 1920 census for Yellow Pine Precinct, Valley co., Idaho has this household:
William A. Edwards 50 head Lawyer, General Practice
Annie Napier " 49 wife
Napier Annesley " 21 son

The 1930 census for Dist. 13, South Fork, Valley Co., Idaho has this household:
William A. Edwards 60 head Miner
Annie N. 58 wife
This is household No. 31; next door at household No. 32:
Napier A. Edwards 31 head Farmer

There is no indication that Napier A. Edwards ever married; the Social Security Death Index has his birth date as 5 Jan 1899 and his death date as Dec 1965 – he lived to age 66.

The 1911-1951 Idaho Death Index – E Surname (part 1) has this entry for his parents::

Name Location Death Date Date of Death Cert of Birth of Death

Blackfoot 136766 12/12/1943

Nampa 127871 07/23/1869 01/07/1942

Items relating to this family from Yellow Pines Times - Big Creek History

1. "Farther down Big Creek, other lodes had more of a chance for development. W.A. Edward’s property on a ridge between Logan and Government creeks (below D.C. Macrae’s later 1911 discovery), located in 1904, justified importation of a stamp mill. Logan City (Later Edwardsburg) began with a saloon store, butcher shop, and a house on Big Creek flat that summer, and a four-stamp mill arrived in 1906……… Edwards also held additional claims twelve miles farther down Big creek, where a 2,500-foot lode was developed."

2. "Napier Edwards was a son of William Edwards and his wife Annie. In 1904 when Napier was two years old, * they came to Big Creek, where they acquired a mining interest. The predominant metals were gold, silver, lead and copper. It was a 40 mile horseback ride from Warren to Big Creek. Soon Edwards built a road from Warren over Elk summit to Big Creek. This family were real pioneers"

*Conflicts with Napier’s recorded birth date, in Maryland, of 5 Jan 1899; Napier was probably 5 years old.

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