|Birth: ||Nov. 28, 1769, USA|
|Death: ||Mar. 4, 1859, USA|
Mary was of a very distinguished family and among the friends of her childhood were George Washington and other noted men entertained at her father's house.
Obituary taken from the Thomas Morris and Lewis Morrie Genealogy www.freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mark.freeman/morris .html
OBITUARY OF A VENERABLE LADY
Died at the house of Mrs. John Chamberlin, in Lewisburg, Friday morning, 4th of March 1859, Mrs. Ann Mary Chamberlin, relict of Col. William Chamberlin,Name deceased in her 90th year. The weakness of old age was her only disease; she was confined to her bed but a few days, and retained her senses to the last. Ther life of this admirable mother, afford materials for an interesting chapter of domestic history. Her maiden name was Kimble; her parentage of a French and German origin; her birth place, New York city in November 1769. When the British took possession of the city, the family - to avoid them - retreated to Hunterdon County, New Jersey, where, however their premises were afterward robbed by the Hessians. She had many reminiscences, of varied character, respecting those dark days in our county's history.
After peace was declared, the family returned to the city. Their residence was on Ann Street, near William, where she daily saw President Washington, going to and from Congress, or driving out, and stated that, no matter how often he passed, all would press to the window to see his noble form -- she thought the popular feeling for him approached idolatry, and that his death might have been a wise providence to theck that tendency. Her memory was distinct of the persons many other Revolutionary worthies.
Amoung their nearest neighbors was the famiy of Washington Irving, and she often carried the child, now the author of the "Sketch Book", in her arms. His writings were amoung the choice treasures of reading. His sister, Miss Nancy Irving, Mrs. C. corresponded with her in her earlier years, and often expressed her regret that she had not preserved her letters, which were among the most elegant compositions she ever read -- fully equal, she judged, to the literary productions of the brother. Not long before her death she said,"Washington Irving must be getting old -- as much as 75", and on enquiry it was found to be exactly his age.
In 1794, she married Col. William Chamberlin in Buffalo Valley [Pennsylvania], by whom she had eight childen, (the five younger of whom are living) and survived him 42 years. Her industry and judgement in rearing a numerous family, were happily rewarded, and she passed a good old age in the enjoyment of the love and esteem of a large circle of friends.
From her youth up, Mrs. C. had a passion for reading, and perhaps few people have perused more books, or better retained their contents in memory. While a girl "she devoured everything accessable in the shape of letters, often at times and places unknown by her mother; and when three-score and ten would sit at her spinning wheel with her book and before her both wheel and book were involved. For five years last, her eyesight .. she the eyes of others in pursuing her wanted past-time of reading. Her memory, especially of dates, was most extra- ordinary, and she was a living family record of all the old settlers in the Valley. Her intimate knowledge of the politics of the day was excelled by men; her early Whig training made her an ardent Republican and the religious progress of the world interested her to the last week of her life. She had no prejudice against innovations -- did not esteem old times or old persons as necesarily better than new -- but judged everything by reason and its merits. She could adapt herself to any company, and draw out and impart instruction on almost any topic.
Mrs. C. was christened by Rev. Dr. John Rogers (who was converted under Whitfield's ministry) of the Presbyterian church in New York city, but some time attended the Baptist meeting, on account of their having a stove in their house of worship -- a piece of furniture then almost unknown in such places. Her church relationship was Presbyterian; her Christian character firm, cheerful and conciliatory. Among the celebrated preachers she had heard was Rev. Witherspoon, of Revolutionary memory. She had also witnessed Commencements at Princeton, and could never forget the excessive fit of laughter into which at one time Pres. Witherspoon was thrown by the oration of one of the graduates; the narration of the incident always excited a similiar influence upon herself.
Thus has passed away one of the brightest links in the chain connecting the present age with the past -- perhaps the most intelligent person who had any direct knowlede of the great men and stirring events of our Revolutionary era. No one in this region, probably was as well informed of the local history which came with her means of knowledge .. gainable and interesting annals ..Cherished be her memory.
William Chamberlin (1736 - 1817)
Lawrence Kimble Chamberlin (1795 - 1802)*
John Chamberlin (1797 - 1858)*
James Chamberlin (1798 - 1801)*
Lewis Kimball Chamberlin (1803 - 1889)*
Joseph Parke Chamberlin (1806 - 1873)*
James D Chamberlin (1809 - 1886)*
Moses Chamberlin (1812 - 1902)*
Created by: Pat Bruce
Record added: Aug 02, 2006
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Mary, you were my great great great great grandmother. My grandmother was also Mary and she was the most amazing woman I have ever known. Reading about you, I can't help but feel as though she was just like you. I wish I had knows you but am proud to ca...(Read more)|
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