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Elizabeth Mathews

Female 1773 - 1864


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  • Born  1 Oct 1773  Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  20 Jul 1864  Saint Louis, Saint Louis (city), Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA, -Mount Hope Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I3924  markhamchest
    Last Modified  20 Aug 2020 

    Father  James Mathews,   b. Abt 1742, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1816, Elmira, Chemung Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Hannah Strong,   b. 17 Oct 1742, Brookhaven, Suffolk Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1816, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1290  Group Sheet

    Family  John Garrison Christopher,   b. 18 Sep 1770, Staten Island, Richmond Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1840, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  17 Jun 1798  Elmira, Chemung Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James Mathews Christopher,   b. 25 Apr 1799, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1824, Hartland, Niagara Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Joshua Christopher,   b. 13 Nov 1800, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1832, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Joseph Christopher,   b. 14 Feb 1803, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1885, Summit, Union Co, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Nathaniel Strong Christopher,   b. 21 May 1805, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1818, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Julia Ann Christopher,   b. 14 Jun 1807, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1884, Jacksonville, Duval Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Elizabeth Christopher,   b. 27 Jun 1809, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1901, Jacksonville, Duval Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Hester Christopher,   b. 3 Oct 1811, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1898, Jacksonville, Duval Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Hannah Christopher,   b. 9 Nov 1813, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1814, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. John Christopher,   b. 10 Oct 1815, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1864, Saint Louis, Saint Louis (city), Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1397  Group Sheet

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    Mathews, Elizabeth
    Elizabeth Mathews Christopher Memorial at Find A Grave

  • Notes 
    • Elizabeth Mathews was born about 1773 in Orange county New York. She was the daughter of James Mathews and Hannah Strong. She removed with her parents to Elmira, Chemung county New York, and was married in 1798 to John Garrison Christopher, son of Joseph Christopher and Hester Garrison. Dwight's New York history indicates that John G Christopher "engaged at Binghamton (Chenango Point, as then called) in farming and the lumber business until 1817, when he removed to Rochester, NY."

      There are suggestions that John Garrison Christopher became the keeper of an inn, possibly known as the Mansion House, in the community of Rochesterville.

      1821; The Monroe County Medical Society.---On the 9th day of May, 1821, a preliminary and somewhat informal meeting of physicians was held at the inn kept by John G. Christopher in the then styled village of Rochesterville for the purpose of forming a county medical society . . .
      [source] Landmarks of Monroe County, New York: Containing . .; Boston History Company, 1895.

      1825; A note on the opening of the Erie Canal, Rochester section -
      Long before the Erie canal was finished, commerce began upon it . A preliminary survey was made through the village in September,1819, the ditch was dug by sections . . . and on the 29th of October 1822, the first canal boat left Rochester for Little Falls, laden with flour. Early in 1825 the piece immediately west of here was so far finished that on June 7, of that year, Lafayette came on a boat from Lockport and was welcomed by the entire population, a platform having been erected over the aqueduct, from which William B Rochester delivered an address, after which the nation's guest, having been escorted through the streets by the villagers, was entertained at dinner at the Mansion House, kept by John G Christopher. On the 27th of October the local celebration connected with the completion of the entire canal took place, all the uniformed militia turning out as the squadron of boats from Buffalo appeared in sight; the entrance to the aqueduct being guarded by a vessel called the Young Lion of the West, the approaching fleet was halted and a prearranged colloquy ensued between those on board of that craft and the officials on the Seneca Chief, the leading boat of the procession, after which they all entered Child's basin, at the end of the aqueduct, where congratulations were formally tendered by General Vincent Mathews, on behalf of Rochester, and john C Spencer for Canandaigua; all then adjourned to the First Presbyterian church, where Timothy Childs delivered an oration; the proceedings closed with the inevitable banquet at the Mansion House, where Gov. De Witt Clinton and Lieut.-Gov. Tallmadge offered the principal toasts.
      [source] Landmarks of Monroe County, New York; William Farley Peck, 1895.

      Elizabeth Mathews and John G Christopher were the parents of nine identified children:
      James Mathews Christopher (1799-1824); married Elizabeth Lewis; merchant in St Louis, Missouri.
      Joshua Christopher (1800-1832); married Mary Ann Howell and Marian Smith McGregor; resided in Brooklyn, New York.
      Joseph Christopher (1803-1885);
      Nathaniel Strong Christopher (1805-1818); died young.
      Julia Ann Christopher (b. 1807); unmarried; Yonkers, New York.
      Elizabeth Christopher (b. 1809); unmarried; Yonkers, New York.
      Hester Christopher (b.1811); married Charles Hayt Lewis; to Huntington, Indiana.
      Hannah Christopher (1813-1814); died young.
      John Christopher (1815-1864); married Mary Elizabeth Haywood; wholesale grocery in St Louis, Missouri; wife and children returned to New York after his death.

      John G Christopher died in 1840 at Rochester New York. Elizabeth Mathews Christopher was secondly married to Judge Joshua Mersereau. She eventually removed to St Louis Missouri, probably to live with one of her sons, and died there in 1864, at the age of ninety-one years. She was noted as a "lady of strong good sense and rare energy of character."

      Notes for Elizabeth Mathews; compiled by Pamela Hutchison Garrett, 2016; for Markham of Chesterfield website.