Edward Shippen

Edward Shippen

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 25 Sep 1781 (aged 78)
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot #115
Memorial ID 26105564 · View Source
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Edward Shippen, s/o Joseph & Abigail (Grosse) Shippen, mayor of Philadelphia in 1774, founder of Shippensburg, PA, and of the College of New Jersey, married (first) Sarah Plumly, with whom he had 7 children, and (second) Mary Gray. The latter is buried with him in St. James' Church cemetery.

Shippen, Edward: councilman and mayor of Philadelphia; chief burgess of Lancaster at time of Paxton Massacre; judge of county court; chairman of Committee of Correspondence; one of founders and a trustee of Princeton; grandfather of Peggy, wife of Benedict Arnold; vestryman of St. James'.
[The History of St. James' Church, H.M.J. Klein & William F. Diller, 1944 - p. 324.]

Edward Shippen, merchant, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 9 July, 1703; died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 25 September, 1781, was brought up to mercantile pursuits by James Logan, and was in business with him in 1732. as Logan and Shippen; afterward with Thomas Lawrence, in the fur-trade, as Ship-pen and Lawrence. In 1744 he was elected mayor of the city. In 1745, and for several years thereafter, he was one of the judges of the court of common pleas. In May, 1752, he removed to Lancaster, where he was appointed prothonotary, and continued such until 1778. He had large transactions as paymaster for supplies for the British and provincial forces when they were commanded by General Forbes, General Stanwix, and Colonel Bouquet, and managed them with so much integrity as to receive public thanks in 1760. He was a county judge under both the provincial and state governments.

In early life he laid out and founded Shippensburg, Pennsylvania In 1746-'8 he was one of the founders of the College of New Jersey, and he was one of its first board of trustees, which post he resigned in 1767. He was also a subscriber to the Philadelphia academy (afterward the University of Pennsylvania), and was a founder of the Pennsylvania hospital and the American philosophical society. Mr. Shippen's advanced age prevented him from taking an active part, except as a committee-man, during the Revolution, yet his sentiments were warmly expressed in behalf of his country.-
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  • Created by: Nancy Gibson Lowe
  • Added: 18 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26105564
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Shippen (9 Jul 1703–25 Sep 1781), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26105564, citing Saint James Episcopal Church Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Nancy Gibson Lowe (contributor 46977585) .