Oct. 13, 1888 Landtown VA
Died: Nov. 22, 1973 Charlottesville, VA
Lillian Martin Perry was the daughter of Joab Sawyer Perry and
Eleanor "Ellen" Martin Land and granddaughter of Josiah D. Perry and his 1st
wife, Nancy Sawyer. Lillian was born in Landtown, Princess Anne
Co., Va. Landtown is located east of Norfolk and is now part of
Virginia Beach, Va. Her marriage to Lieutenant Robert O. Edwards was
published in The Washington Post on June 7, 1910 as follows:
June 6 - In St. Paul's Episcopal Church here today, Miss Lillian Martin
Perry, daughter of J.S. Perry, a local capitalist, became the bride of
Lieut. Robert O. Edwards, USA of Fort Caswell, N.C. The bridesmaids
were Misses Rachel Turner of Shepherdstown, W. Va., and Sarah Bushnell of
Salem. Miss Edith Walters of Covington, Ky. was maid of honor, and
Harry Jones of Norfolk was best man. The ceremony was performed by the
Rev. J.S. Meredith, the rector. The bridegroom is a son of Mrs. R.O.
Edwards of Charlotte, N.C.
The 1920 census finds this couple at Fort
Howard in Baltimore, Md. Robert O. Edwards is listed as a Colonel in the US Army and
is age 34; Lillian P. is age 30 and their daughter, Eleanor C. is age 8.
August 18, 1921 the following article appeared in The Los Angeles Times:
typewritten pages are filed by the divorce complaint yesterday by Lillian P.
Edwards against Robert O. Edwards. The were married June 6, 1910 and
separated June 30, 1920. There is a 10-year old daughter, and 15,000
shares of Garrett & Co. stock at stake. Mrs. Edwards asks the custody
of the child; charge that Mr. Edwards kidnapped the daughter and took her to
the home of his sister, Mrs. Garrett in New York, and petitions that the
stock in Garrett & Co. be turned over to her, as it was given to her for a
wedding present. The complaint states that the defendant is manager of
the St. Louis branch of Garret & Co. and is earning a salary of $3600 per
The 1930 census finds Robert O. Edwards, age 44, living in
Washington, DC and is listed as divorced. Lillian Perry Edwards is living
in Los Angeles Co., California, age 50 and divorced. Her daughter, Eleanore
C. Perry, age 20, is in the household with her.
Apparently Lillian was a woman
of means as she is featured in several newspaper articles under the Society
pages. In July 1933 the following appeared in The Los Angeles Times:
Of much interest to her friends in southern California was the wedding in the
chapel of St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City June 21 of Miss Eleanor
Campbell Edwards, daughter of Mrs. Lillian Perry Edwards of Hollywood, Ca.,
to William H. Howard, Jr. with Rev. Eric. G. Ericson officiating.
Hunter Perry of Atlanta, Ga. gave his niece in marriage. After their
honeymoon they will make their home at East 49th St., New York City.
Mrs. Howard was graduated from Marlborough School here and from the Finch
School in New York City. Mr. Howard, son of Mr. & Mrs. William H.
Howard of Indianapolis, was graduated from Wabash College and later attended