Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Esther Edson photos circa 1900 and 1918

The above photos are in the possession of one of my cousins.  Since we have been able to find no direct lineage to connect her to my cousin, she has graciously offered these photos to any Edson family relatives I am able to find.

This beautiful young lady is Esther Edson. I have been able to find a little bit about her, but lose her after the 1910 census. She must have got married sometime between 1910 and 1920. My cousin's great-grandfather's brother, John Colborn was married to her great-grandmother's sister, Belle Jolls. The 1900 Loup, Merrick County, Nebraska Census has Esther Edson age 4 living with her parents Frank and Ida two houses down from John and Belle Colborn. At first I thought that she could have been a niece of my cousin's great-grandparents, that either Esther's mother Ida, or her father Frank Edson may have been a sibling to either Abraham Colborn or Jennie Jolls. but I haven't been able to find anything. I think we came to the conclusion that Esther's parents were just close family friends with either the Colborn or Jolls family.  Then again, just because I can't find a family connection doesn't mean that there isn't.  If anyone knows anything about these families, sure would appreciate any info.

Here is what I have been able to find:

Name:Esther Edson
Home in 1900:Loup, Merrick, Nebraska
Birth Date:Jul 1895
Relationship to head-of-house:Daughter
Father's name:Frank Edson
Father's Birthplace:Nebraska
Mother's name:Ida M Edson
Mother's Birthplace:Nebraska
Marital Status:Single

Household Members:
Frank Edson33
Ida M Edson31
Georgia Edson7
Esther Edson4
Clara Edson3/12
Edson Edson54
Ed Rodman28

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Loup, Merrick, Nebraska; Roll: T623_934; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 137.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

Name:Esther Edson
Age in 1910:14
Estimated birth year:1896
Relation to Head of House:Daughter
Father's name:Frank R Edson
Father's Birth Place:Nebraska
Mother's name:Ida M Edson
Mother's Birth Place:Nebraska
Home in 1910:Wellington, Larimer, Colorado
Marital Status:Single

Household Members:
Frank R Edson40
Ida M Edson38
Georgia Edson17
Esther Edson14
Clara Edson10
Frank Edson8
Not Named Edson0

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Wellington, Larimer, Colorado; Roll: T624_121; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 237; Image: 1072.

Name:Frank Edson
Home in 1920:Salt Lake City Ward 5, Salt Lake, Utah
Estimated birth year:abt 1869
Relation to Head of House:Self (Head)
Spouse's name:Ida Edson
Father's Birth Place:Ohio
Mother's Birth Place:Pennsylvania
Marital Status:Married
Home owned:Rent
Able to read:Yes
Able to Write:Yes

Household Members:
Frank Edson51
Ida Edson48
Clara Edson19
Frances Edson18
Robert Edson9

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Salt Lake City Ward 5, Salt Lake, Utah; Roll: T625_1867; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 161; Image: 248.

My cousin and I would love to reunite these beautiful photos with the proper family members. If that's you, please let me know.


  1. What a cutie as a young girl. I hope these photos find their family.

  2. I love the little curl in the middle of her forehead. She looks like a little doll standing on that chair. Good luck on finding family.


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