Lydia Shotwell

12 May 1794–
Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Lydia

When Lydia Shotwell was born on 12 May 1794, in Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States, her father, Isaac Shotwell, was 25 and her mother, Catharine Moore, was 61. She married Arthur Wellington Wilson on 23 January 1814, in Essex, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons.

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Arthur Wellington Wilson
Lydia Shotwell
Marriage: 23 January 1814
Arthur Wellington Wilson
John J Wilson

Spouse and Children

23 January 1814
Essex, New Jersey, United States


    Arthur Wellington Wilson


    John J Wilson


Parents and Siblings


    Catharine Moore




    Enoch Shotwell



    Kathy Shotwell


World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 6

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Age 10

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr had been political enemies with intense personal differences for quite some time. Burr accused Hamilton of publicly disparaging his character during the elections of 1800 and 1804. On the morning of July 11, the two politicians went to Weehawken, New Jersey to resolve the disputes with an official duel. Both men were armed with a pistol. Hamilton missed, but Burr's shot fatally wounded Hamilton, who would die by the following day. The duel custom had been outlawed in New York by 1804, resulting in Burr fleeing the state due to an arrest warrant. He would later be accused of treason, but ultimately be acquitted.
1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 31

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

Name Meaning

Possibly of English origin, a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Lidia Shotwell, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"
  • Lidia Shotwell, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"
  • Lidia Shotwell, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"

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