Saturday, March 15, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Elizabeth Asay Shinn

Another Elizabeth I know very little about is Elizabeth Asay Shinn.  Her parents were reportedly John Asay and Jane Shreve.  I've also seen the name spelled Easy or Esay.

Elizabeth was born around 1785 in New Jersey.  I've seen her birth location given as Springfield Twp. or Mansfield Twp., in any case she was probably born in Burlington County.

Elizabeth and John Shinn married on 1 November 1809 in Monmouth Co.  The following year their first child, John Irick, was born.  Elizabeth and John would go on to have nine known children in all: John Irick, Mary Anne, Charlotte, Jane, Sarah, Hannah, John R., Edith and Jacob Asay.

In 1840, Elizabeth's husband died.  Elizabeth, who seems to have spent her married life (at least) in Mansfield Twp., was enumerated in the household of her daughter Hannah in Chesterfield in the 1850 US Census.  By the 1860 US Census, Elizabeth was back in Mansfield living with daughter Sarah (daughter Edith lived next door).  She died there in July of 1863.

Elizabeth is buried in the Upper Springfield Friends Burying Ground in Wrightstown, Burlington, New Jersey.

There is a lot about Elizabeth I don't know (obviously) but I'd love to learn more.  One thing in particular I've always wondered about is whether she kept in touch with her son, John R., after he went to California during the Gold Rush.  It seems likely that they didn't because the only mention of John R. in the book The History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America is that he "moved to California."

Elizabeth was my 4th great-grandmother through her son, John R. Shinn.

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