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Monument Unveiling

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Date: 2 Jul 1882 [unknown]
Location: Farmingdale, N,J.map
Surname/tag: Lawrence_monument_unveiling
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MONUMENT UNVEILING At one o’clock, on last Saturday morning, July 2, a little company assembled in the new cemetery, near Farmingdale, N,J. for the purposes of unveiling a monument which had just been erected to the memory of the late Rev. Ruliff V. Lawrence, and Mrs. Rachel P. Lawrence, his wife.

This monument, the result of the contributions of a few interested friends, is of Italian Marble, with granite base, the workmanship of Mr. Thos. Lee, of Bordentown, N.J., and stands 12 ft., two inches high, and is very chaste and beautiful. On the front of the sub-base, the name “Lawrence” stands out in large raised letters. On the north face of the die, is the following inscription: “Rev. Ruliff V. Lawrence, born July 8, 1825, died July 1, 1872. Sixteen years a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Earnest, faithful, successful.”

“Mrs. Rachel P., wife of the Rev. R. V. Lawrence. Born January 21, 1827, died December 13, 1881. An affectionate wife, tender mother, and a devoted Christian.”

It stands in the centre of the lot, while the two graves, a few feet east, have small head and foot stones, with simply the names of each. At the hose named above, two. Erases of the sweet hymn, “I will sing you a song of the beautiful land” were sung, and an appropriate prayer offered by Rev. Mr. Gifford, pastor, of the church at Farmingdale. Rev. E. H. Stokes recited the facts connected with Mr. Lawrence’s death, just ten years ago that day. Rev. A. E. Ballad read sections of Scripture, accompanied with remarks. Rev. Geo. Hughes, Rev. S. Jaquett, and Rev. H. B. Beegle made short addresses. Rev. E. H. Stokes gave utterance to the feelings of his heart by reading an original poem.... The veil was then removed, the doxology sung, and the benediction pronounced by Rev. Geo. Hughes.

The services were brief, simple, touching and tender, and many tears were shed. All the children, with other relatives of the departed were present, and the monument, which, with a few accompaniments, cost about $200, was much admired, and well paid for at the time.

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