Colonel William Edmeston was a British veteran of the French and Indian War. In 1763 under royal proclamation, he and his brother Lieutenant Robert Edmeston were each awarded 5,000 acres (20 km²) in the colonies for their service in the 48th Regiment.
They attempted to establish their claims in what was then a disputed part of the New Hampshire Grants, now Vermont. However, in 1770 they decided to locate on the east bank of the Unadilla River in New York State just west of George Croghan's Otsego patent, in what is now the Town of Edmeston in Otsego County. They did this because of tax purposes. The transactions were facilitated by Percifer Carr, who had been a sergeant in the 48th regiment with Edmeston.
Between 1793 and 1796 he was the Colonel of the 95th Regiment of Foot.
Later a general, William was buried at Hanwell, Middlesex 3 July 1804.
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