Obits - NJ - 1888 - Col. Edmund T. Williams

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Obits - NJ - Monmouth - Col. Edmund T. Williams

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Col. Edmund T. Williams died at his residence at Shrewsbury on Friday (May 18th) of chronic bronchitis and old age, in the 84th year of his age. The funeral was held in Christ church on Monday, and was largely attended by the relatives and friends of the deceased. The pall-bearers were Lyttleton White, of Eatontown; Robert White, of Shrewsbury; Wm H. Grant, of Middletown; and Theodore Sickles, Robert Parker, and John E. Allaire, of Red Bank. the interment was made at Christ church burial ground.

Col. Williams was born at Colt's Neck on October 30th, 1804, his father and mother being Tylee and Elizabeth Hartshorne Williams. In 1807 his parents removed to the farm at Shrewsbury of which Col. Williams died possessed. Col. Williams was educated at the West-town boarding school, Chester county, Pa., where he remained three years, and concluded his studies under John Gummere, at Burlington, New Jersey. he there combined the labor of a farmer with the profession of a surveyor. The death of his father having made a portion of the homestead farm his own, he purchased the remainder, and since that time devoted himself to the business of an agriculturist, though his later years were given merelt to the superintendence of its varied interests. Col. Williams was, in 1836, married to Lucy, daughter of Captain Wm. Carpender, of New York. Aside from his farming occupations, Col. Williams led a life of much activity as a surveyor, having been engaged in the settlement of many estates, and frequently filled the office of executor and administrator. He acted since 1838, the year of incorporation, as secretary of the Shrewsbury mutual fire insurance company, and was at one time director of the Red Bank steamboat company and the Red Bank and Eatontown turnpike company. He was also a member of the Monmouth county agricultural society. As a Whig, he, in 1837-8, represented his district in the legislature, and was the incumbent of various township offices. He was active in the promotion of all religious and moral projects, and for years was identified with Christ church, of Shrewsbury, in which he was senior warden and an earnest worker.

Source: Red Bank Register Wednesday, May 23, 1888