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 Elizabeth <I>Morton</I> McLachlan

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Elizabeth Morton McLachlan

  • Birth 28 Nov 1779 Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 20 May 1859 Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Unknown burial location
  • Memorial ID 34130249

My beloved fourth great grandmother.

Elizabeth's ancestors were the first Swedes on the Delaware. Her lineage proudly goes back to immigrant Timen Stiddem who came to America and settled in the Wilmington, Delaware area in the 17th century.

She was the daughter of Martin Morton and Judith Johnson and grew up at the Old Post Road "below Marcus Hook Cross Roads" in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. At some time during the time of the American Revolution, her father moved from this place and lost money, "being paid in Continental money and it being declared spurious the next day after he sold," as the family later recalled. Her father died April 24, 1782.

Sometime afterwards, she inherited a house and some land in Chester from her uncle Erasmus Morton. The inheritance is summed up nicely in letters from Caroline Larkin Broomall to Amy McLachlan:

March 2, 1897 letter; "I have not the date by me but I think his will was made 1781: or a codicil made to a former in which he had bequeathed to Martin Morton his kinsman (nephew I think) the house and ground where my uncle Erasmus Morton lately resided, but his kinsman Martin dying first, he willed to his children Erasmus, Martin, Mary & Elizabeth (your mother)..."

March 19, 1898 letter; "Old Uncle Erasmus, as we call him, made his will in 1781 leaving the house where he lived and __ acres to Martin, your grandfather and my great grandfather, but Martin dying first Erasmus left the same property to Martin's children, namely Erasmus, Martin, Mary, and Elizabeth. But the description of the property I think was in Chester Township..."

And here are the records from Chester County:

Chester County Wills, G:148)
Erasmus Morton Will
June 8, 1781
"I give and devise unto my Kinsman Martin Morton All the messuage or Tenement where I now dwell and the Tract or Parcel of Land thereunto belonging situate in the Township of Chester aforesaid. Containing about sixty one acres, be the same more or less, with the appurtenances." The same will leaves 5 shillings to Erasmus and Joseph Morton, described as two of his "relations."

Will Codicil
March 15, 1783
"Whereas since the making and publishing of the foregoing Last Will and Testament my kinsman Martin Morton to whom I devised the messauge or Tenement and Land where I now dwell departed this Life. Therefore I do think fit to make this as a Codicil to my said Last Will and Testament, that is to say, I give and devise the aforesdaid Messauge or Tentament where I now dwell with the Tract or Parcel of Land thereunto belonging unto the Children of my said deceased kinsman namely Erasmus Morton, Martin Morton, Mary Morton and Elizabeth Morton."

Elizabeth first married Jerimiah Sullivan and had 5 children. Jerimiah died in 1801.

In 1810, Elizabeth married schoolmaster Colin McLachlan at Old St. George's Church in Philadelphia. This couple had five children together. In 1829 the couple moved to West Fallowfield, Chester County, PA.

In 1831, Colin died and she moved with her children to the Marcus Hook - Chichester area. She continued to own and rent out the West Fallowfield property for farming income and lodging of workers in the house there.

His widow Elizabeth made application number W25687 for her husband's Revolutionary War service. Although she was approved for $120 annual pension on February 3, 1853, she was writing letters requesting approval as late as 1858. On September 13, 1858, a Certificate of Pension was issued and sent to her care of her attorney, J. J. Coombs of Washington City. She received back payments to 1853.

She died in 1859 and, in February 1860, the West Fallowfield home and land was sold at Orphan's Court sale. Her burial location is unknown, but her family are mostly buried at St. Martin's graveyard in Marcus Hook.

Her great granddaughter Amy Stevenson reported her May 20, 1859 death date in a letter to the Commissioner of Pensions, U.S. Pension Office, requesting information about her Revolutionary War ancestor Colin McLachlan.

Amy Stevenson's mother was Amy J. Congleton -- youngest child of Elizabeth and Colin McLachlan.

In 1910, Amy J. Congleton was interviewed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, "...Mrs. Congleton has a remarkably clear memory and talks in a most interesting way... Her mother, who was a Chester County girl, often told her how she had administered to the wounded patriots after the battle of Chadd's Ford. The condition of the patriots was pitiable, according to the eye-witness mother, and many of them died because of lack of attention after they had been captured by the enemy."

The battle of Chadd's Ford was on September 10, 1777. Amy Congleton's mother Elizabeth was born in 1779 making it impossible for her to administer to the wounded patriots.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Morton McLachlan (28 Nov 1779–20 May 1859), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34130249, ; Maintained by Researcher (contributor 46902961) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a Unknown burial location.