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 Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams

Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 12 Nov 1732 (aged 81)
Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 6621993 · View Source
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The first of the Williams family to settle in Orange, NJ, Matthew Williams was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut in 1651 to Matthew and Susanna Cole Williams. His father was of Welsh ancestry, and his mother English. He came to New Jersey in 1680, residing in Newark for a short time before settling farther west in present day Orange, where he died at the age of 81 in 1732. The husband of the former Ruth Wheeler, daughter of Lieut. Thomas Wheeler, he was the father of nine children. His sandstone stele bears only his initials "MW" in its tympanum, and is simpler and more rustic than some of the other early gravestones in the churchyard, which dates from 1723. A widower at the time of his death, Mr. Williams had been predeceased by his wife Ruth eight years earlier. His partly eroded epitaph, which had been painstakingly but inconsistently lettered, is a classic of the Puritan era:
"Remember this as you pas by
As you are now so once was i
as i am now (so you must) be
Prepare (for Death and follow me)"
The use of the f-like letter S, lower case i, and misspelled words also reflect the times.

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"M. W.

Here Lies the Body
OF Matthew Williams
WHO deParted this life
NOVember . 12 . 1732
in the 81st year of hiss age

Remember this as you pass by
As you are now so once was i
As i am now (illegible) be
Prepare (illegible)"

  • Created by: Nikita Barlow
  • Added: 20 Jul 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6621993
  • Christian H. F. Riley
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Matthew Williams (14 May 1651–12 Nov 1732), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6621993, citing First Presbyterian Churchyard, Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Nikita Barlow (contributor 46508077) .