Eba Anderson Lawton

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Eliza Mackintosh Clinch "Eba" Anderson (d. 1919), U.S. author, and daughter of Robert Anderson (1805-71), the "hero of Fort Sumter".

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Eliza was born the second child of Robert Anderson (1805-71), the "hero of Fort Sumter" by his wife Eliza Bayard Clinch (1820/4 - 1905) whom he had married 26 Mar 1842 in New York City.

Eliza who Montgomery Clift's biographer Patricia Bosworth mistakeningly calls "Erba", married businessman James Marsland Lawton (born 1830 New York City) on 3 Jul 1886 (see [1], [2]). James died on 20 Feb 1895 at his home at 375 Fifth Avenue (his obit is inThe New York Times). Note that in another source, their address is given as "37 Fifth Avenue".

In 1911 Eba published some of her father's letters that he had writen while he was away fighting the Mexican War 1846-7. She that same year, published a phamplet seeking to correct some incorrect statements about her father's involvement with the operation and surrender of Fort Sumter during the Civil War. She was living in 1912 at 87 Fifth Avenue (possibly another mistake for 37 Fifth Avenue). In 1914, Eba published a History of the "Soldier's Home" in Washington, DC, a home her father had spearheaded. Eba died in 1919, at her summer home in Elizabethtown, New York. The report about Eba's will states that she gives, inter alia, her sisters "Maria L and Sophie C Anderson" her home at Elizabethtown, New York and $5,000 each.

Eba had no surviving children, she devoted her time to society, mostly genealogical enterprises.


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Royal Descent

In the work Some Colonial Dames of Royal Descent they trace her line from David I, King of Scotland as follows:

  1. David I, King of Scotland 1124
  2. Prince Henry of Scotland, eldest son, Earl of Northumberland, d.v.p. 1159, married 1139 Ada de Warenne died 1178
  3. Marjory married Gilchrist, Earl of Angus
  4. Beatrix married Walter Stewart of Dondonald, high steward of Scotland died 1241
  5. Margaret Stewart married Colin FitzGerald, Baron of Kintail, Rosshire died 1278 (but see here)
  6. Kenneth 2nd Lord of Kintail died 1304; married Morba Macdonald (but see here)
  7. Kenneth MacKenneth 3rd Lord of Kintail died 1378; married Margaret de Strathbogie
  8. Kenneth Mackenzie 4th Lord of Kintail married Fynvola daughter of Roderick Macleod of Lewes
  9. Murdock Mackenzie, 5th Lord of Kintail died 1375, married Isabel Macaula
  10. Murdoch Mackenzie, 6th Lord of Kintail died 1416 married Fynvola, daughter of Macleod of Harris
  11. Alexander Mackenzie, 7th Lord of Kintail, died 1488, married Agnes Campbell
  12. Kenneth Mackenzie, 8th Lord of Kintail, died 1507, married Agnes Lovat
  13. John Mackenzie, 9th Lord of Kintail, died 1556/7 married Elizabeth Grant
  14. Kenneth Mackenzie, 10th Lord of Kintail, died 6 Jun 1568 married Isabel Stewart (see also Magna Carta Barons)
  15. Agnes Mackenzie married in 1567 Lachlan-Mohr MacIntosh of Dunachtane and Knocknagail (see also Magna Carta Barons)
  16. William MacIntosh of Essick and Borlum died 1630 married in 1594 Elizabeth Innes (see also Magna Carta Barons)
  17. Lachlan MacIntosh of Borlum and Bolkeskine married Anne Unknown
  18. John Mohr MacIntosh born Bolkeskine 24 Mar 1700, settled in Georgia, died at "Borlum" near Darien, Georgia 1761; married 4 Mar 1725 Marjory Frazer b 1701 (also see RD600 p 112, thanks to Robert Battle for this reference) (see also Magna Carta Barons) (BUT see here)
  19. George MacIntosh, second son, married Anne Houston (also see this D.A.R. Lineage entry)
  20. John Houston MacIntosh married 30 Apr 1791 Eliza Bayard (d. 1846)
  21. Eliza Bayard McIntosh married Duncan L Clinch
  22. Eliza Bayard Clinch married General Robert Anderson "of Fort Sumter fame"
  23. Eliza McIntosh Clinch Anderson "New York Society of the Colonial Dames of America", married James M Lawton of New York City
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