Peter EDWARDS 
- Marriage (1): Lydia 
- Died: 18 Oct 1817
Peter Edwards was a plantation owner in Georgia who being a loyalist left to re-establish himself in Florida.
When England give Florida to the Spanish, and he had to become Catholic, he took his family and slaves and re-established in New Providence. He married had issue two sons and a daughter.
J Herasimenko - 2018.
St. Augustine Florida Archives.
Charles Tingley Senior Research Librarian
We have a note that he died October 18, 1817 and mentions two children in his will, Alexander Martin Edwards and Lydia Edwards.
In East Florida Papers: 1784 Spanish Census is found:
# 76, Edwards, Don Pedro [Spanish officials always Hispanisized the Christian names of individuals] [Page 16] He requests Spanish protection to go to the British dominions.Occupation: private secretary of the former governor. Origin: England. Family Status: wife and three children. He has nine slaves and one thousand acres of land in two divisions with documents of title. He has three horses and two cows with calves. He lives on the street of the church in the vicinity of the church. [today this is St. George Street between Cadiz & Bridge Streets, Block 34, Lot 1]
Edwards, Peter. Memorials London 1786, 1787; Nassau, Bermuda, 1788. In August 1776 he went from GA to EF and was appointed Clerk of the Crown until the evacuation. By marriage he was entitled to estate in GA but has been unable to go there to claim it. He has  a wife and four small children, having lost one child and having another ill with smallpox. In the Bahamas he has been given a small appointment without salary. Claim for 500 acres in Cedar Swamp on St. John's River, 40 miles from St. Augustine; 525 acres in Twelve Mile Swamp, 12 miles from St. Augustine; a mansion house and lot in St. Augustine. (12/3/283-290, 101/342., 102/56; 13/34/454-463, 102/1300-1301, 03/172,175).
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Page 278 Daughter Harriet T. Ruffin. Hays Bowdre and John P. King, trustees for property for dau. Harriet T. Ruffin to be given her after the death of Robert R. Ruffin. They are also appointed Excrs. Signed Mar. 3, 1828. Probated Apr. 16, 1828. Wit: James R. Gould, Ann Gardner, N. Barrett. File "F" Division of estate; Heirs, Mrs. Martha Fury, Patrick H. Carnes as trustee for Mrs. Elizabeth Dearmond, Wm. P. Dear-mond. Nov. 30, 1829.
Page 462 of Marchmont, Richmond Co. My niece, Catherine Bealle, wife of Charles T. BeaIle of Columbia Co. Mrs. Charlotte McGee, wife of John McGee of Fla. (relationship not given) Albert Dozier, bro. of Mrs. Charlotte McGee. Rebecca Dozier, sister of said Albert Dozier. Norman Wallace, Esq. of Savannah trustee for two surviving dans. of Anna E. Murray, dau. of Peter Edwards, dec'd late of New Providence, and Lydia Edwards and Peter Wylly Fox Edwards, dau. and son of said Peter Edwards, dec'd. John Young of Ala. son of the late Col. Wm. Young. Mrs. Caroline Patterson, formerly Caroline Young. To James Terry, Esq. of Edgefield Co. S. C., money in trust for Dr. James Spann. Antoine Picquet legacy for attention to my business, To Amory Sibley of Augusta a trust fund for the education of August. Bexley adopted son of Ann Bexley of Augusta. To Peter, Bennock, Antoine Picquet and Henry H. Cumming, slaves. To John Fox Brochon, son of Mr. D. Brochon of Augusta, $100.00. Mrs. Carrie of Augusta, widow of late Joseph Carrie, any rent she may owe. Peter Bannock, Antoine Picquet, Henry H. Cumming, Byers.
Signed Jan. 31, 1837.
Probated Feb. 22, 1837.
Wit: Garrett Lawrence. William Glendenning, L. Alex, Dugas.
1. The Will of Peter Edwards, 25 Aug 1815. Proved 18 Nov 1817, Bahama Islands New Providence.
Proved: 18 Nov 1817 - Recorded in Book L pages 12 - 14
In the Name of God Amen
I declare this to be my last well and testament.
First, I will that all my just debts be paid.
Second, That whatever other property may remain, either real or personal, I give and bequeath to my dear daughter Lydia for her own real use and benefit, and much regret that I have not power to make a division to my children they well know my disposition and that my means are small.
I give to my dear Son Alexander, as a small token of my affection, my Secretary & book case well knowing he will esteem[?] it as something [?].
I do hereby manumit and make free my negro man Smark[?] who is now infirm and hath faithfully served me upwards of thirty years, I also confirm the freedom my negro man
Bristol and Peggy his wife for reasons set forth in their manumission and I do herby appoint my son Alexander and my daughter Lydia Executor & Executrix of this my Will and Testament
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Nassua New Providence
this twenty-fifth day of August in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and fifteen.
(Signed) Peter Edwards
Signed, sealed and declared to be the Last Will and Testament of the Testators in presence of us
To all to whom there presents shall come know ye that on this Eighteenth day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and seventeen before me Charles Cameron Esquire, Captain General and Governor in Chief, in and over said Island, Chancellor Vice Admiral and Ordinary of the same, Personally came and appeared John Carmichael of the Island of New Providence, Gentleman, one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing or written Will who being duly Sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God Declares that he was present and did see the writer named Peter Edwards, Sign and Seal the foregoing or written Will and him publish and declare the same as and for his last Will and Testament, that when the said Testator so did he was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding according to the best of this deponent's knowledge and discernment and the deponent further saith that he together with George Armbrister in the presence of the
Testator and in the presence of each other subscribed their names to the said Will an witness to the due Execution thereof.
Sworn before me
Peter married Lydia  [MRIN: 9795]. (Lydia  died before 1808 in Nassau Bahamas.)