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Jasper Emmet EDWARDS
Sarah Matilda SMITH
Florina MELTON
Lucy E. EASTER
NOTE:  The males in this family are all in need of having a male patrilineal descendant Y-DNA tested.  First, to identify at least the family of Jasper's biological father.  Second, to prove that all the sons are Jasper's, especially to prove that William and Fred are brothers.  The test subjects must be males who descend from Jasper on a patrilineal (direct male line); no females can break the line of descent.  As these individual will presumably be surnamed EDWARDS, I recommend they join the EDWARDS project at FamilyTreeDNA and be tested there.
Husband:  Jasper Emmet EDWARDS
Birth:  Apr 1869, Piper's Gap Twp., Carroll Co., VA
Death:  aft. 1902
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  unknown
Mother probablySarah Elizabeth EDWARDS
Marriage-1:  ca. 1893
Wife-1:  Sarah Matilda SMITH
Birth:  ca. 1873
Death:  1897, Carroll Co., VA
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Mallory SMITH
Mother:  Nancy BURCHAM
Marriage-2:  17 Oct 1897, Carroll Co., VA
Wife-2:  Lorena / Florina "Rena" MELTON
Birth:  6 Oct/Dec 1873, Carroll Co., VA
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  James MELTON (1832-1913)
Mother:  Mary Ann SPENCE (1839-1909)
Marriage-3:  23 Oct 1902
Wife-3:  Lucy E. EASTER
Birth:  4 Sep 1877, Carroll Co., VA
Death:  in or after 1903
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Jesse EASTER, b. 1853/4, VA
Mother:  Sarah E. MARION, b. 1858/9, VA
Children with Sarah Matilda SMITH born in Carroll Co., VA:
1.  Ida L. EDWARDS, b. Mar 1895
2.  Millard McKinley EDWARDS, b. 21 Feb 1897; 14 Oct 1986; bur. Mt. Lebanon Cem.; m. Rhoda Irene EDWARDS (1897-1970)
Children with Florina MELTON born in Piper's Gap Twp., Carroll Co., VA:
3.  (Child) EDWARDS, b. 1898-1900; d. by 1900
Children with Lucy EASTER born in Carroll Co., VA:
4.  William Jefferson Lee EDWARDS, b. 7 Jan 1903; d. 1 Aug 1942; m. Vergie Viennia BURCHAM (1909-1998)
5.  Fred Valentine EDWARDS, b. 25 Aug 1903; d. 9 Mar 2003, Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co., NC; last residence Mount Airy, Surry Co., NC; m1. Gypsy HAWKS; m2. Ola FORREST
 
William Jefferson was born only three months after Jasper & Lucy were married.  Well, as they say, the first child is always premature.  Secondary sources show Fred born in 1902; the SSDI shows him born in 1903.  Either way, his birthdate is a problem because, if 1902, he was born before Jasper & Lucy married; and, if 1903, he was born less than nine months after his older brother.  Was he adopted? 
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Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Jasper E. EDWARDS
Birth: 1870, Carroll, Virginia
Marriage(1): 17 Oct 1897, Carroll, Virginia
Spouse(1): Florence MELTON
Birth: 6 Dec 1873, Carroll, Virginia
Father: James MELTON (1832-1913); Mother: Mary Ann SPENCE (1839-1909)
Marriage(2): 23 Oct 1902, Carroll, Virginia
Spouse(2): Lucy E. EASTER
Birth: 4 Sep 1877, Carroll, Virginia
Source: patron submission

2.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #23 of 41):  Hillsville P.O., Piper's Gap Twp., Carroll Co., VA, Roll M593_1639, p. 488A, PN 23, 157/162, enumerated 17 Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
Edwards Elisha 61 M W Farmer 960 270 Va
_______ Agnes 58 F W Keeping House     NC
_______ Annual 28 M W Works on Farm     "
_______ Sarah 19 F W At Home     "
_______ Martha 16 F W At Home     "
Gentry James  7 M W At Home     Va
Edwards Jasper  1 M W At Home     "
Jasper appears to be a grandson of Elisha & Agnes.  The fact that Jasper later lived with Sarah (as did his son, Millard) suggests Jasper is her illegitimate child.

3a.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #18 of 55):  Piper Gap Dist., Carroll Co., VA, Roll T9_1360, p. 90B, PN 18, SD 5, ED 20, enumerated 9 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 22 23 24 25 26
157 157 Edwards James C W M 36     / Farmer / / Va Va Va
    _______ Sarah E W F 36 Wife   / Keeping house   / Va Va NC
    _______ Jasper E W M 11 Son /     / / Va Va Va
    _______ Mary L W F  5 Dau /         Va Va Va
    _______ Hugh E W M  3 Son /         Va Va Va
    _______ Agnes A W F  2 Dau /         Va Va Va
James & Sarah were not married until 1873.  Unless James was Sarah's correspondent, he is Jasper's stepfather, not his father.

3b.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Lorena MELTON (æ 6, b. VA) is living in Piper's Gap Dist., Carroll Co., VA (pp. 85A-85B), with her parents, James MELTON (æ 45, b. VA) & Mary A. (æ 40, b. VA), plus siblings.

3c.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Lucy E. EASTER (æ 2, b. VA) is living in Fancy Gap Dist., Carroll Co., VA (p. 12B), with her parents, Jesse EASTER (æ 26, b. VA) & Sarah E. (æ 21, b. VA), plus a sister.

4.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

5.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #28 of 38):  Piper Gap Dist., Carroll Co., VA, Roll T623_1704, p. 136B, SN 14, SD 5, ED 6, enumerated 22 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
253 253 Edwards Jasper E Head W M Apr 1869 31 M 2     VA VA VA farmer 0   Y Y Y O F F 212
    Edwards Florina Wife W F Oct 1873 26 M 2 1 0 VA VA VA       Y Y Y        
    Edwards Ida L Dau W F Mar 1895  5 S       VA VA VA     0              
    Edwards Millard M Son W M Feb 1897  3 S       VA VA VA       Y Y Y        

6.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Jasper or Lucy.  Millard M. EDWARDS (æ 11, b. VA) is living in Piper's Gap Dist., Carrol Co., VA, with Jasper's mother, Sarah Elizabeth (EDWARDS) CARRICO (q.v.).  Fred V. EDWARDS (æ 6, b. VA), is living in Fancy Gap Dist., Carroll Co., VA (p. 30B), with Lucy's mother, Sarah E. EASTER (æ 51, b. VA), et al.

7.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Jasper or Lucy.

8.  1930 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Jasper or Lucy.

9.  Buford C. Wilson, compilier.  2006.  Carroll County, Virginia, Cemeteries: Mount Lebanon [Primitive Baptist Church] Cemetery (online in the archives of USGenWeb):
WARNING:  The compliler has not made it clear which data were read from the stones and which he added to the compilation, although it is virtually certain that all the parents were added because they are not normally placed on the stone.  It is also likely at least some of the birth dates were calculated from the age at death (in years, months, days) because age-at-death is more likely to be on the stone than the birth date.
0315  EDWARDS, Millard McKinley             Feb 21 1857    Oct 14 1986
          F: Emmett Jasper Edwards
          M: Sarah Matilda (Smith) Edwards
               W: Rhoda Irene Edwards
0316  EDWARDS, Rhoda Irene (Edwards)        Jun 1 1897     Jul 20 1970
          F: Clark A Edwards
          M: Mayetta (Spence) Edwards
               H: Millard McKinley Edwards
0803  EDWARDS, William Jefferson Lee        Jan 7 1903     Aug 1 1942
          F: Emmett Jasper Edwards
          M: Rena (Melton) Edwards
               W: Vergie Viennia Burcham
As if we needed another lesson in not adding information to original records.  William has to be the son of Jasper's third wife, Lucy EASTER.
0804  EDWARDS, Vergie Viennia (Burcham)     Oct 14 1909    May 17 1998
          F: Henry MacGarvie Burcham
          M: Elizabeth ?Lizzie? (Sumner) Burcham
               H: William Jefferson Lee Edwards

10.  SSDI:  Social Security Death Index (online at RootsWeb.com):
Name Birth Death Last Residence SSN Issued Post-em
Millard EDWARDS 21 Feb 1897 Oct 1986 24360 (Max Meadows, Wythe, VA) 224-01-1911 VA No
William EDWARDS 07 Jan 1903 Aug 1942 (not specified) 227-16-7932 VA No
Fred V EDWARDS 25 Aug 1903 09 Mar 2003 27030 (Mount Airy, Surry, NC) 243-03-6441 NC No

11.  Anon.  11 Mar 2003.  "Obituary: Fred Valentine Edwards." Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, NC (courtesy of Noah Smother):
MOUNT AIRY - Mr. Fred Valentine Edwards, 100, of 1167 N. Franklin Road, the husband of Ola Forrest Edwards, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2003, at Forsyth Medical Center.  Mr. Edwards was born Aug. 25, 1902, in Carroll County, Va., the son of the late Jasper and Lucy Easter Edwards.  He retired from Mount Airy Chair Co. and was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.  Survivors include his wife, Ola Forrest Edwards of the home; two sons and four daughters-in-law, Johnny and Betty Edwards, Ruth N. Edwards and Polly H.E. Payne, all of Mount Airy and Burley and Dawn Edwards of Arlington, Va.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Edwards was preceded in death by his first wife, Gypsy Hawks Edwards, and two sons, Raymond F. Edwards and Arvin E. Edwards.  The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Airy, conducted by the Rev. Eddie Honeycutt and the Rev. Steve Parks.  Burial will be at Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.  Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church Building Fund, 922 Banner St., Mount Airy, NC 27030 or to Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Wesley Surratt, 1664 Greenhill Road, Mount Airy, NC 27030.
I suspect his birthyear may have been bumped back a year so it could be said he lived to be 100.  Clearly, it was believed that Fred was the son of Jasper & Lucy.

12.  Emails from Noah Smother, Jim Davis.

11.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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