Biographical Sketch of Adelaide Lawrence

Biographic Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Adelaide Lawrence, 1837-1929

By Mike Markham, Student, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI

Adelaide Lawrence was born in Harrington, Maine, on May 8, 1837, to Martha and Dennison Campbell. Adelaide had four siblings: Lewis William, Arthur R., Guelford, and Matilda. In 1854, Adelaide married George Pierpoint Shoppe, and two years later the pair moved from Maine to St. Anthony, Hennepin, Minnesota. George and Adelaide had two children together: Frank and Mary. George was killed during the Civil War, and, on June 28, 1868, Adelaide married William Hilman Lawrence. Adelaide and Lawrence had one son together, Percy.

Adelaide was an early supporter of the Minnesota women's suffrage movement. She joined the Minneapolis Political Equality Club in the 1860s, and 1915 and 1920 Star Tribune articles recognize her as being one of the Club's oldest members. The History of Woman Suffrage, Vol. 6: 1900-1920, also acknowledges Adelaide as a "devoted friend and worker" of the Minnesota women's suffrage movement. At the age of 91, and after residing in the Minneapolis area for over 73 years, Adelaide died on January 19, 1929.

Sources:

Husted, Ida Harper, ed. The History of Woman Suffrage, Vol. 6: 1900-1920, New York: J.J. Little & Ives Company, 1922. [LINK]

Ancestry.com. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data: Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls.

"Adalade Shoppey: in the 1860 United States Federal Census," Year: 1860; Census Place: St Anthony, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: M653_570; Page: 1032; Family History Library Film: 803570 Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

"Adelaide Campbell: in the Maine, Birth Records, 1715-1922," Ancestry.com. Maine, Birth Records, 1715-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data: Maine Birth Records, 1715-1922. Augusta, Maine: Maine State Archives. Maine Birth Records, 1715-1922, Maine State Archives, Augusta, Maine.

"Denison Campbell: in the Maine, Birth Records, 1715-1922," Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll Number: 16. Ancestry.com. Maine, Birth Records, 1715-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data: Maine Birth Records, 1715-1922. Augusta, Maine: Maine State Archives. Maine Birth Records, 1715-1922, Maine State Archives, Augusta, Maine.

"Mary Shoppe: in the 1870 United States Federal Census," Year: 1870; Census Place: St Anthony Ward 4, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: T132_6; Page: 696; Family History Library Film: 830426 Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch

National Archives and Records Administration. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.Original data: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. T288, 546 rolls.

Ancestry.com. Minnesota, Marriages Index, 1849-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data: "Minnesota Marriages, 1849–1950." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

"Martha A Campbell: in the 1850 United States Federal Census," Year: 1850; Census Place: Harrington, Washington, Maine; Roll: M432_272; Page: 122B; Image: 242 Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

"Dennison Campbell," Find a Grave, database and imaged (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 16 October 2018), memorial page for Dennison Campbell (unknown—8 Apr 1847), Find a Grave Memorial no.53652021, citing Rock Maple Cemetery, Washington County, Maine, USA; Maintained by John W. Van Dyke (contributor 47060899).

"George P. Shoppe," Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 13 October 2018), memorial page for George P Shoppe (13 Jun 1827 — 5 Aug 1864), Find a Grave Memorial no. 65754753, citing Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Shely County, Tennessee, USA; Maintained by MN Researcher (contributor 46789745).

"Adelaide Shoppe Campbell Lawrence," Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 30 September 2018), memorial page for Adelaide Shoppe Campbell Lawrence (1837 — 19 Jan 1929), Find a Grave Memorial no. 104317671, citing Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA; Maintained by Lilydale Memorials (contributor 47550267).

Newspapers

"Died," Little Falls Herald (Little Falls, Minnesota) 13 June 1913. Page 1.

"Oldest Suffrage Club Issues its Year Book," Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota) 12 Dec 1915. Page 30.

"Women's Suffrage Pioneers Celebrate Political Freedom: Political Equality Club Disbands Having Attained Objective," Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota) 12 September 1920. Page 1.

"Woman in City Since 1856 Dies: Mrs. Adelaide Lawrence, 91, Came to St. Anthony 73 Years Ago," Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota) 20 January 1929. P. 16.

"Luncheon to Honor Suffrage Delegate," The Minneapolis Star (Minneapolis, Minnesota) 25 June 1923. P.5.

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