Caroline Edkins (1857-1932) was born at Murcot, Gloucestershire, on 10th August 1857, the fifth of eight children of George Edkins and his wife, Elizabeth (née Neal). The Edkins family remained at Murcot until about 1858. The next move was to Wickhamford where, some time in the late 1860s, her father took up market gardening. Caroline would have attended the National School in Badsey, and would have walked across the field each day with her sisters to get to school.
In 1874, Caroline’s two elder sisters, Emma Jelfs and Ellen Edkins, emigrated to America. The following year, 18-year-old Caroline and her parents and four of her siblings left Liverpool in steerage class on “City of New York”, arriving in New York on 15th October 1875, so now the whole family was in America. They settled in the state of Ohio, where a number of Badsey and Wickhamford families were already living. Their home was probably in Bainbridge, Geauga County, Ohio, where her parents were living in 1880. By 1880, Caroline was working as a servant in the home of James and Amelia Coleman in Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
Carrie, as she was now known, married an Irishman, John Timmons, in about 1885. They had two children: Roderic George (1890-1961) and Winifred Jane (1898-1990), both born at Bainbridge, Geauga County. John was a farmer and they were still living at Bainbridge in 1910. By 1930, John and Carrie lived at Chagrin Falls.
Carried died on 5th June 1932 at Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, on 5th June 1932, aged 74. She was buried at Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Chagrin Falls. Her husband, John, died in July 1946 and was buried beside her.
- George Edkins – emigrated 1875
- Elizabeth Edkins – emigrated 1875
- Betsey Edkins – emigrated 1875
- Jane Edkins – emigrated 1875
- Alice Edkins – emigrated 1875
- Oliver Edkins – emigrated 1875
- Ellen Edkins – emigrated 1874
- Emma Jelfs (née Edkins) – emigrated 1874
- Thomas Jelfs – emigrated 1874
- Jesse Jelfs – emigrated 1874
- George Edkins – Wickhamford’s First Market Gardener