Our History

    The R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home was established in 1839 by Judge James H. Edgerly, great-great-grandfather of the present owners. Judge Edgerly was born in Farmington in 1811; it was there where he learned the craft of carriage-making. In 1839, he moved to Rochester and opened a carriage-making business and a large-scale undertaking business. After being appointed judge for Strafford County in 1866, Judge Edgerly later gave the carriage company to his son Thomas H. Edgerly, and handed the undertaking business to his son Royal M. Edgerly.

    James H. Edgerly was succeeded by his son Royal M. Edgerly and later by his son J. Hervey Edgerly who was at one time was the proud owner of the only complete Colt gun collection in the world. In 1969 the funeral home was turned over to Royal M. "Rolly" Edgerly SR and his brother,the late James H. Edgerly, Jr. Morgan J. Edgerly, Vice President and  J. Susan Edgerly, President, now operate the firm, which is still at its original location. The firm also employs Daniel A. Spencer. Five generations have served the Rochester and surrounding area for over 173 years, making it the oldest family owned funeral home in New Hampshire.

R. M. Edgerly & Son Inc.
86 South Main Street
Rochester, NH 03867