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1877 age 18 C1883 age 24
The source of the name of Edward is "ead weard", an old
English phrase meaning "Wealth Protector"
History in 1859 when Edward was born:
U.S. President James Buchanan
Vice President John C. Breckinridge
The worlds first commercial oil well, the 'Drake Well'
was drilled at Titusville, Pa. by Col. Edwin L. Drake.
Source: dMarie Time Capsule
Joan Hapeman Somers research note:
His birth place is listed as Ridgeburg, N.Y. on his death certificate.
There is a Richburg, Allegany Co., N.Y., and a Ridgebury, Bradford Co., Pa.
After pondering the evidence, I have selected Ridgebury, Bradford Co., Pa.
as his birthplace, until proven otherwise. At age one, he was listed in
the 1860 Ridgebury, Bradford Co. Census
Edward was the son of Jeremiah Hapeman (1806-1883) & Amelia Rickey (1835-aft 1897).
He married first, Cora Starkweather (1862-1917), daughter of Eugene (1825-bef Jun 1870)
& Lydia Starkweather (C1837-?). Five children were born of this union, Claude (1878-1899);
Clarence (1881-1957); Elizabeth "Bessie" (1883-1928); Arthur (1884-C1946); and Laura (1888-1889).
His second marriage was to Laura May Mitchell, the daughter of David W. Mitchell
(1849-1934) and Emily Furman (1850-1928). Ten children were born of this marriage.
Marion (1895-1972); Earl (1896-C1899); Leonard (1897-1983); Olin (changed his name to Hapman)
(1899-1961); Merriett (1900-1972); Frederick (1906-1994); Mildred (1907-1994); Roy (1909-1983);
Gerald (1911-1988); and Jay (1916-1983). All but Earl lived to adulthood.
Laura was expecting their 9th child Gerald, born 31 July 1911
Note Laura's fancy hat & Edward's gold rings
Although Edward worked away from home the family usually lived on and worked
a farm. Throughout his life, Edward was noted as a day laborer, railroad fireman,
and for a time worked in a saw mill in Coudersport, Pa. About 1919 the family
migrated to Buffalo, New York, where he was employed in a tool foundry.
He passed away 12 Nov. 1936 in Depew, Erie Co., New York, and
is laid to rest beside Laura, at Buffalo Cemetery,
Pine Ridge Rd., Cheektowaga, Erie Co., New York
Edw & Cora's children Cora Starkweather
The photo of Cora was so small it had to be enlarged
As a result it is a bit unclear
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Granddaughter Joan Hapeman Somers
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