The Edwards family reunion.

On the Fourth of July 1954, the Edwards family — 200 strong — held its 20th annual reunion in Nashville, Nash County, North Carolina. Rev. Buck H. Edwards of Wilson County, the oldest living family member, gave the invocation prior to a dinner of barbecue, fried chicken and slaw.

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Wilson Daily Times, 10 July 1954. 

The tradition continues! On 4 July 2019, Edwards family members gathered in Wilson to celebrate their 85th annual reunion.

Special thanks to Carla Edwards Williams, granddaughter of B.H. Edwards, for the photo!


  1. I am trying to put together Edwards Family tree. My dad William Howard Edwards descendant from the Edwards family from Macon GA. We used to have our family reunion on July4th as well. We keep the names of family members in the Bible. My grandfather was Jacob Edwards. He moved from GA to New Rochelle and was pressured to sell his tailor store. With that money he re- located to Mt. Vernon NY. He was married to LillieJennings Carswell Edwards. They had William my dad, Jacob Jr. and daughter Florence. My grandfather had several brothers. If you think we could be related please contact via email:

    1. Hi, April. Edwards is a fairly common surname in Greene County, which borders Wilson. There is no single African American Edwards family here, as the families descend from unrelated people who adopted the surname during or after slavery.

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