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EDWARD STABLER FAWCETT was born to Willis Fawcett and Susan Stabler on Sunday, March 22, 1846 in Alexandria, Virginia (Alexandria Gazette 3/21/1901:1; 1850 & 1900 census; Blum and Blum 1958;Lemons 1980, E.S. Fawcett statement 3/22/1867). His father was living in St. Charles, Missouri, when his mother returned with their children to her native Alexandria for Edward’s birth. Willis moved to Texas in 1853, after Susan died at Alexandria in January 1853. He left Edward and his siblings with various Stablers in Alexandria, Baltimore and Sandy Spring, Maryland. Edward was placed under the guardianship of his uncle, Richard H. Stabler (Alexandria Will 7:5 4/12/1855; Deed 1:146 bond dated 11/1/1870; Letter L Fawcett to V Fawcett 10/7/1860). The Edward/Mary Stabler estate, administered by Edward H. Stabler, in May 1853 left to the children of Elizabeth S. Bond and Susan Fawcett a considerable legacy (Will 6:215 5/2/1853). A portion of Rebecca Stabler's estate was also awarded to the Fawcett children, and administered by Richard (who was released from his bond on January 15, 1872 [Deed 2:370]). In July 1859 Willis visited his children in Alexandira. Edward attended the St. John’s Academy in Alexandria. The 1860 census indicates that Edward was the only one of Willis and Susan Fawcett's children who lived in the Richard Stabler household. He continued to do so until ca. 1870 when he moved to Baltimore to enter business and to live with his sister, Lucy (Letter W Fawcett to L Fawcett 5/4/1871).

For many years Edward practiced dentistry in Alexandria. In 1871 his office/home was at 43 S. Washington (NE corner of Prince & Washington), which was also the home of his uncle, R.H. Stabler (Directory; Lemons 1980:65). Ads in the Alexandria Gazette (4/1/1872:1) state: "Dr. Fawcett, Dentist. (Graduate of Baltimore College of Dental Surgery) practiced at 9 1/2 N. Washington Street." At some point he had several homes built on several entire blocks in the southwestern portion of the city as investments. On April 5, 1874 Edward was baptized at Christ Church in Alexandria (Birth Records). Edward S. Fawcett is mentioned in his father's 1875 will, and like his siblings received nothing from his estate (DeWitt County TX Probate).

On October 21, 1875 Edward S. Fawcett married Mary Goulding Hooff (1853-1925) at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria. The service was preformed by Rev. George Hatley Horton (Elliot 1975). They moved into an old home in Alexandria (517 [once 131] Prince Street--which belonged to Mary's family since 1816). Their children are Wallace Hooff Fawcett (1876-1938), Janet Brown Fawcett (1878-1952), Susan Stabler Fawcett (1880-1955), Edward Stabler Fawcett Jr (1883-1935), John Douglass Fawcett (1884-1886), Ellen Douglas Fawcett (1886-1965), Lewis Hooff Fawcett (1888-1971), Malcolm Goulding Fawcett (1891-1892), Richard Hartshorn Fawcett (1892-1918), Mary Goulding Fawcett (1894-1948), and Laurence Gretter Fawcett (1898-1985). All of their children were born at 517 Prince Street (Lemons 1980:65; 1880 census ED3, sheet 3, line 4; 1900 census ED94, sheet 1, line 26). Only Janet and Laurence married. Edward's dental office was at 161 King (Directory 1881-82). Edward served the vestry of St. Paul's (1895-1900).

Edward Stabler Fawcett died at 9:05 a.m. on March 21, 1901 at his home (517 Prince Street) in Alexandria, Virginia. He was ill for several weeks with kidney problems, but seemed to be recovering, only to become ill again a few days before his death. His funeral was at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 (Alexandria Gazette 3/21/1901:1; Elliot 1975). He was then buried at the St. Paul's Cemetery in Alexandria (Lemons 1980:64).

His widow Mary (Minnie) continued to live in Alexandria with their daughters (Susan, Ellen and Mary) until her death in 1925.


From A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America by William Bloys Fawcett. Used by permission of Dr. Fawcett.

This book was first published in 1996 and some of the information is quite dated. If you find errors or want to add updates, contact me, and I will add notes to the page.

Copyright © 1996, 2007 by William Bloys Fawcett, Jr. All rights reserved. No copies may be made of this document through any electronic, photocopying or other means without permission of the author.

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