The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 36, September 3, 2000, Article 7
MORE ON L. Q. C. ELMER
In the "be careful what you ask for" department, we have this note from Pete Smith on Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus Elmer:
"The book that immediately comes to mind is, "History of the Early Settlement of Cumberland County, New Jersey, and of the Currency of this and Adjoining Colonies." He wrote other works on the law and New Jersey including, "Elmer's Digest of the Laws of New Jersey," Elmer's Book of Law Forms," "Reminiscences of the Bench and Bar of New Jersey," "History of the Constitutional Government of New Jersey with Biographical Sketches of the Governors from 1776 until 1845" and "Genealogy and Biographical Account of the Elmer Family"
Elmer was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, on February 3, 1793, the son of Revolutionary War officer Ebenezer Elmer and Hannah Seely. He served as an officer during the War of 1812. He was a lawyer practicing in Bridgeton until he got involved in politics. As a democrat he served in the state assembly, State Attorney General, Congressman, and Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. He died at Bridgeton on March 11, 1883."
The first book Pete mentioned, "History of the Early Settlement of Cumberland County, New Jersey, and of the Currency of this and Adjoining Colonies," is the one we had in mind. The scarce 1869 work has one chapter on Continental and Colonial Currency as it circulated in New Jersey. It was reprinted in 1976 by the Cumberland County Historical Society.
Interestingly, Pete added:
"First, Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus Elmer is more than just a funny name. The original Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus was the Roman personification of citizen-soldier who left the farm to serve his country in time of crisis and, when the crisis was over, resigned to return to the farm.
He was chosen as the symbol for the Society of Cincinnati, a veteran's organization for American Revolutionary War officers. In naming his son, General Ebenezer Elmer paid tribute to the noble Roman and to his former comrades-in-arms.
And second, for several years I have been writing a genealogy of the Eckfeldt family showing their connection by marriage to the DuBois, Patterson, Ewing and Gallatin families. My manuscript of more than 150 pages includes about 2500 names. Lucius Elmer's grandparents had the last names of Elmer, Lawrence, Seeley and Fithian. All those names appear in my genealogy and represent intermarriages with the Ewing family. I have found one connection: Lucius' cousin Harriet Seeley married William Belford Ewing, a second cousin of Thomas Ewing, who was Secretary of the Treasury. There are many intermarriages of the same families so the relationships can get to be complex. This has no numismatic importance but represents the type of obsessive search I sometimes do while following a research thread."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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