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Enoch Edwards (surgeon)

Enoch Edwards (1751 – April 18, 1802, [2][4] was a close friend of both Benjamin Rush[2] and Thomas Jefferson,[4][5] and kept up correspondence with James Monroe[6] and John Quincy Adams.[7]

Dr. Enoch Edwards by Benjamin West. 1795

On October 26, 1779, Edwards married Frances Gordon (half-sister of Henry Benbridge) at Christ Church, Philadelphia.[4]

The Edwards family were prominent during the American Revolution.

"Dr. Enoch Edwards was associated with Thomas Jefferson, Monroe, and many others foremost in the history of our country. Aaron Burr, who was a cousin of Dr. Edwards, and of Dr. Britton's great-grandmother, was also a frequent visitor."[8]

As a living eyewitness to Jefferson's return to Frankford, Fanny Saltar makes the following entry while writing her memoirs:

After my uncle's return, he purchased a place in Frankford of Mr. Drinker. The house was pleasantly situated at some distance from the street, but the beauty of the place consisted in the lovely view presented from the summer-house, of the pastures, streams, bridges, mills, the village, numberless roads winding through tall trees, luxuriant shade, and rising above all other objects, was seen Christ Church steeple, five miles distant. One day when Mr. Jefferson was on a visit to my uncle, they walked up to this summer-house. He looked round and said: This is the spot on which the signers of the Declaration of Independence dined the day they signed the Declaration.[9]


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  3. ^ Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1790
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  8. ^ Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, New Jersey, pg. 160 By Francis Bazley Lee, Lewis Publishing Company, Lewis Publishing Company, 1907

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  • "House and ground where the 1st "4th of July" was celebrated." Enoch Edwards, Womrath property; 4216 Frankford Ave.", ca 1870, P.9062.53b (Brenner) 7⅛ × 9½ in. Notes: Reduced image in HSP: Bd 862 N447, 6th Series with printed label.
  • Enoch Edwards at Find a Grave
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