Edwin was born abt1843 at Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire, to parents James, a miller (1861), and Mary Ann.
Census returns identify the following occupations for Edwin.
- 1861 carpenter apprentice
- 1871 a railway timekeeper
- 1881 school board officer
- 1891 secretary
- 1901 secretary Star Hall Mission in Manchester
- 1911 retired secretary
He married Jane Howarth (1848-1921) in early 1871 at Manchester, Lancashire. Census returns and birth records identify nine children.
- Margaret (Maggie) Constance (1871-1965) – a school teacher (1891); a private secretary (1901)
- Thomas William (1873-1957) – a commercial clerk (1901); a commercial traveller (1911)
- Edwin James (1874-1875)
- Mary Louise (b1875) – an evangelist (1901)
- Harriet Ann (1877-1968) – a housekeeper (1901); married Branwell Payne, a produce salesman,
- Edwin (1879-1882)
- Robert Murray McChayne (1881-1921)
- David Brainerd (1884-1886)
- John Rutherford (1886-1886)
Edwin died on 19 January 1913 at Southport, Lancashire.
- 1866 Liverpool III
- 1868 Manchester IV
- 1870 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers