Family Matters

Matilda Burgin Edmundson - The Wilderness Widow

Faith and Hope

Matilda Burgin, daughter of Abner Burgin and Margaret Patton, was born 12 November 1812 in Ashville, Buncombe County, North Carolina. She married Michael Isreal Edmundson in 1828.

Upon Michael's untimely death. Matilda, was only 36 years old, and was left with 5 children to raise. Undaunted Matilda kept the farm going and held her family together. She supplemented the subsistence from the farm with her spinning and weaving.

Matilda was well versed in the household arts that were of vast importance on the frontier. She could spin, weave and dye cloth with walnut hulls or matter root. She could tailor a suit of rust jeans from cloth of her own making. Family tradition has it that she wove and tailored the neat jeans outfit that her uncle by marriage, David "Davey" Crockett, wore when he first took his seat in the Congress of the United States.

She managed to see that the children received what education that was available from the local Schoolmaster. The girls attended Boarding School, although they had to take it by turns, as there were not enough suitable dresses for all of them to attend at once. All of Malinda's daughters married well.

Sons John Burgin and Benjamin Franklin became Doctors. John enrolled in medical classes at Belleville Hospital and served his internship there also. Upon completion of his internship at Bellevue, he returned to the community of Lynn Point in Gibson County Tennessee.

When his younger brother, Benjamin Franklin, completed his studies at the University of Kentucky Medical College, they practiced medicine together, and both stayed very busy.

When Matilda died in 1879, she was buried in the Old Bluff Cemetery overlooking the Obion River. Toward the end of the 1800's, Benjamin Franklin Edmundson noting the deterioration of the old buring ground, had her remains disinterred and reburied in the Salem Methodist Church Cemetary at nearby Good Luck.

(RootsWeb.Com) By Virtus Edmundson