Edward was born in 1818 at Ludlow, Shropshire, to parents William, a servant (1818), and Elizabeth. He was baptised on 30 August 1818 at Ludlow.
He married Sophia Major (1827-1891) in the spring of 1850 at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Census returns identify three children.
- Ethelbert Edward Major (1851-1923) – a banker’s accountant (1901)
- William Augustus Charles (b1852) – a silk agent (1888)
- Hampden Alfred (1853-1934) – a bank manager, retired (1911)
Edward died on 23 January 1889 in the Stockport Registration District, Cheshire. He is buried in the Southern Cemetery, Manchester, Lancashire.
- 1842 Brinkworth
- 1843 Salisbury
- 1844 St Ives
- 1846 Bristol
- 1847 Cirencester
- 1848 disappears
- 1848 Cheltenham, Twekesbury Rd – Congregational
- 1852 Moreton in the Marsh
- 1854-1877 Mossley, Lancs
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Surman Index id; 18710
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers