I am looking for a John Edwards born about 1826. Family lore has him being born in Scotland. He is living in Patterson New Jersey in about 1854, when he marries a Margaret Chalmers. They move to Chicago Illinois where their first child Jessie Edwards is born Aug 29, 1855. They raise a seven children in Chicago. In all of the records where I found his occupation he was a Blacksmith.
Margaret Chalmers was a recent immigrant arriving in New York Sep 20, 1853 with three siblings. The Chalmers family was from Linwood Renfrewshire, Scotland. The parents died before the children came to America. The most of the children stayed in New Jersey.
In my Research I have found a John Edwards living in Banchory-Ternan -Kincardineshire in the 1851 census. He is a listed as a Journeyman and his father John Edwards is listed as a Master Blacksmith. From other records his mother is Janet Gove. I think I found this same John Edwards, a Blacksmith, arriving in New York on Aug 29 1853.
I would like to see information connecting the John Edwards in Scotland with John Edwards from Chicago; Information disproving the connection; or any information on the John Edwards from Chicago.