The following is taken exclusively from the records of Elma Louise Thursby [Maltsberger]. Her original notes, written in 1964, were provided to all family members upon her death. Her findings are included here with minor editing by Steven J. Davis.
The name Edgington is a Saxon patronymic. In the early history of England, many families lived in small villages just outside the towns which were protected by stockades. The villages on the edge of towns were called edgings, and inhabitants could flee into the stockades for protection. The "ton" means town. From this comes the name Edgington, town of the "edgings".
"We have been told that the Edgingtons were squires in England. All indications are that they were a family of means. (Boys were put to work at 14 otherwise). My father's only tradition of the first Edgington - he didn't know his name - was that his sister used to send him chests of beautiful clothes and that his estates were confiscated during the Revolution, as they would be, as his 6 sons served in that war."
George Edginton was our immigrant ancestor. George was born in Wales or England, probably Wales. His mother may have been of Welch descent. The family left Wales for England when George was but a child.
When George was attending school in London at about the age of 14, he was severely punished for some breach of discipline, and he greatly feared taht when he went home he would receive another stiff punishment. He thereupon went to the docks and secreted himself on a ship bound for America. His presence was not discovered until the ship was well out to sea, so he was taken to Philadelphia.
The next we know of George, he married in Philadelphia, the daughter of a hatterer or furrier. The only marriage that I could find that made a possible fit was: "In the Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, July 30, 1743, old style, George Egerton to Margaret Broome." I was thrilled, being born to the name of Edgington, I knew how hard it was to get people to spell or pronounce it correctly, and how often it is misspelled in public records. When I relayed this to Mrs. Bushnell, she said, "I know there are Broome connections somewhere. I remember my parents talking about it when I was a small child, and I wondered why they didn't send us a broom as ours was worn out! Now hearing that name in this connection brought back this childish memory." Jesse Edgington's bible said, "I am the son of George and Margaret Edgington", so we pretty well accepted the Philadelphia marriage, with open minds of course. Anyway, we knew it was Margaret.
Now we have a gap where George, the adventurer, must have taken off again. ... ...
|The following are updated notes by Elma Louise Thursby
[Maltsberger]. She updated her previous notes (above) in 1980. Her notes and
findings are included here with minor editing by Steven J. Davis.