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Elisha Lawrence (1746 - 1799)

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General Elisha Lawrence
Born [location unknown]
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married (to ) in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, Province of New Jerseymap
Husband of — married in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Died in Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jerseymap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Aug 2012
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Categories: Upper Freehold Township, New Jersey | Yellow Meeting House Cemetery, Red Valley, New Jersey | New Jersey Governors | Notables | American Revolution.

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Preceded by
1st Governor
William Livingston
Elisha Lawrence
Acting Governor
of New Jersey
New Jersey
1790
Succeeded by
2nd Governor
William Paterson
General Elisha Lawrence participated in the American Revolution


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Biography

Before March 6, 1776 -- then Monmouth County Sheriff Elisha Lawrence and Mary Ashfield married at Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, Province of New Jersey. Mary Ashfield was the eldest daughter of the late Lewis Morris Ashfield. (March 6, 1776, New York Gazette). [1]

May 23, 1777 -- Elisha Lawrence served in the Revolutionary War from Monmouth County, New Jersey

Note: #N3744
Note: #N12906

May 23, 1777 to the close of the American Revolution -- Elisha Lawrence erved as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Second Regiment of the Infantry in Monmouth County, New Jersey Militia. He also held rank of quartermaster in the Monmouth militia and Brigadier-General of the Monmouth Brigade in the New Jersey Militia.

During the war he was a patriot, a Col. and a quartermaster of the Monmouth militia, and while his gravestone calls him General, perhaps this was a later honor.

Served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Second Regiment of the Infantry in Monmouth County, New Jersey Militia from May 23, 1777 to the close of the American Revolution. Also held rank of quartermaster in the Monmouth militia and Brigadier-General of the Monmouth Brigade in the New Jersey Militia.

April 14, 1779 Wednesday morning -- Mary Ashfield Lawrence died in her 27th year, wife of Lieutenant Colonel Elisha Lawrence of Brigadier General Skinner's Brigade, and daughter of the late Honorable Lewis Ashfield Esquire of Monmouth County, New Jersey. On April 15, 1779 Thursday Mary Ashfield Lawrence's remains were deposited in the Ashfield Family Buying Ground, Trinity Churchyard, New York City, New York. (New York Gazette. April 19, 1779.). [2]

December 9, 1779 -- Colonel Elisha Lawrence of New Jersey and Rebecca "Becky" Redman married at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "Becky" Redman was the second daughter of the late Joseph Redman, Esquire. (December 15, 1779 The Pennsylvania Gazette). [3]

Alternatively

December 13, 1779 -- Elisha Lawrence and Rebecca Ridman {sic} married at Christ Church And Saint Peters, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [4]

June 30, 1781 -- Elizabeth Lawrence was baptized at Christ Church and Saint Peters, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. [5]

Elisha Lawrence in entry for He was a member of the Legislative Council from Monmouth Co. for several years between 1780-1795 and was Vice President of NJ 1789 and 1795.


July 25, 1790 -- Elisha Lawrence was a soldier and politician from Upper Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey

Note: #N3743

N12907</span>Lawrence held several offices in the Upper Freehold area of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

July 25, 1790 -- William Livingston, the first Governor of the State of New Jersey died.

July 25, 1790 - October 30, 1790 -- Elisha Lawrence served as Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey.

October 30, 1790 -- William Paterson elected Governor of the State of New Jersey.

The more important people and the wealthy often had tablet stones that have not worn well. During the Revolution Elisha was a Col. and the quartermaster of the Monmouth Militia.

The third Elisha Lawrence to be buried here held several offices in Upper Freehold Township. He was assessor, town clerk and committeeman,

Lawrence held several offices in the Upper Freehold area of Monmouth County, New Jersey.In 1790, upon the death of William Livingston, the first Governor of the State of New Jersey, Lawrence succeeded him as Acting Governor from July 25 through October 30, 1790 with the election of William Paterson.

1798-1799 -- Elisha Lawrence was "President," this may mean mayor, of Upper Freehold.

Brigadier General Elisha Lawrence was buried at the Yellow Meeting House Cemetery, Red Valley, Monmouth, New Jersey

Note: #N14269 [6]

His gravestone calls him General. He was a member of the Legislative Council from Mon. Co. between 1780-1795 and the Vice President of NJ in 1789-1795. He died in 1799 and his comrades erected this monument in 1800. All of this information is on his gravestone. His daughter is buried at the feet of her father. There is also an upright stone to the right and a foot stone for General Lawrence.

Sacred to the Memory
Of Gen. Elishia Lawrence
who died July 23"1. 1799
Aged 53 Years
A stranger to all ambition but that
of Being useful
He was twice
Vice President of NJ for several years
Presiding Judge of the Pleas
And after a series
Of faithful and gallant services
In the Revolutionary War
He was appointed by his Country
Brigadier General of the Monmouth Militia

Oft he surveyed the blazing line

When wars loud conflict racked the brain
Now sheltered in the realms divine
He treads heavens every peaceful plain
Lead on by softer, mercy's mildest ray
While fellow warriors hail him on his way.
His Companion in Arms
Gave this tribute of affection
This 1st. day of January 1800.
At the feet of her father and

Beneath this stone are

the remains of
Miss Mary Redman Lawrence
Suddenly snatched from life
in the bloom of health,
on the 5th day of October 1802
in the 20th year of her age
Her form was lovely, but her mind the
abode of every virtue

Sources

  • S45. Elisha Lawrence. Find A Grave. findagrave.com
  • S899. Herald F. Stout. Stout and Allied Families. San Diego, California. 1986. Repository R6. Monmouth County Historical Association. 70 Court St. Freehold, NJ 07728.
  • S904. William Nelson. New Jersey Biographical and Genealogical Notes. New Jersey Archives. Newark, New Jersey. 1916.
  • Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940. database, FamilySearch. FHL microfilm 1,490,579. Accessed on December 6, 2014. Available at [1].


Footnotes

  1. This Old Monmouth of Ours. Page 136.
  2. This Old Monmouth [New Jersey] of Ours. Page 136.
  3. This Old Monmouth [New Jersey] of Ours. Page 136.
  4. Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940.
  5. Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950.
  6. S45

Acknowledgements

WikiTree profile Lawrence-2420 created through the import of WORCESTER_2012-07-31.ged on Jul 31, 2012 by Bob Worcester. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Bob and others.




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