- Born: Abt 1671
- Married: Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, USA
- Died: Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, USA
Ancestral File Number: G8B1-8K. User ID: 581.
Genealogies, Families, and Descendants of Early Settlers of Watertown MA, Vol I, Genealogies, Henry Bond MD, Boston, Little Brown & Co, 1855, p819:
"(I.) John Lawrence settled in Watertown probably in 1635 as his eldest child was born there 14 Mar1635/1636. His name is on the earliest list of proprietors extant, and he was adm freeman 17 Apr 1637. The date of his arrival in Americal has not been ascertained nor is it known whether he was married before or after his arrival. Nothing hasyet been ascertained from American records or archives with respect to his parentage or ancestry. It has been supposed that he was the John Lawrence of great St Albans Hertfordshire who embarked in the 'Planter' for New England in 1635, then aged 17 years. This is evidently a mistake, as the passenger in the Planter was only 19 years old when John Lawrence of Watertown was admitted freeman...
"By his first wife Elizabeth he had 12 children all born between his settlement in Watertown and his removal to Groton whither he moved in the autumn of 1662. His wife, Elizabeth d there the next summer 29 Aug 1663 and he m (2d) 2 Nov 1664 Susanna Batchelder dau of William Batchelder of Charlestown. He d 11 Jul 1667 and his wid Susanna d 8 Jul 1668. His Will dated 24 Apr, proved 1 Oct 1667, appoints his wife and sons Nathaniel and Joseph ex'rs; mentions sons Enoch, Samuel, Isaac, Jonathan, and Zechariah; of the three at home. Elizabeth 'to live with Mr Ensigne Buss ofConcord til of age; the other two Enoch and Zechariah be trust to Samuel Willard and William Lakin til of age.' To his dau Mary he gave only half a portion with the rest 'to teach her a remembrance of her disobedience and unfaithfulness to me in by distress.' [She had married two days before the decase of her mother.] Inventory L278 0s 4d, house and 10 acres of land from the street to the hill taking an equal breadth apprized at L60. The Will of his wid Susanna dated at Charlestown July, proved 16 Dec 1668 mentions her two dau Abigail and Susanna; her father and mother Bachelder; two sisters Rachel Atwood and Abigail Asting; her father Bachelder and brother Atwood of Malden ex'rs.
"[Figure: Signature of John Lawrenceto his Will.
"The date of his removal to Groton is determined with sufficient precision by the following facts. 23 Oct 1662, he sold land in Watertown to John Barnard. 27 Oct 1662 he sold another lot to William Page and on the same day another lot to William Page, and on the same day another lot to Joseph Underwood, and on the same day he sold to John Biscoe his homestead in Watertown, a dwelling house etc and about thirteen acres 'being the now mansion-house of said John Lawrence,' bounded on the E by the highway; N by Timothy Hawkins and John Hammond; W by the meadow of said Biscoe; S by land of John Flemming, deceased; wid. Dix and her sonne; wid Bartlett, and said Biscoe. In Dec 1662 'meet men were found amongst the inhabitants [of Groton], when Dea James Parker, John Lawrence, William Martin, Richard Blood, and James Fiske, were chosen selectmen' [Butler, p17]. His early admission as freeman, and this election to the first board of selectmen of Groton,show that he was well known, and of good repute. According to the list of possessions in Watertown in 1642, he then owned 7 lots, amounting to 154 1/2 acres. In legal instruments he was designated a carpenter, although, from the amount of hisland, it might be presumed that he was chiefly devoted to agriculture. The birth of his dau Elizabeth is recorded in Boston and as no births of his family are recorded in in Watertown from 1649 until 1659, perhaps he resided in Boston several years in the exercise of his trade. Children:
15.2.1. John b 14 Mar 1635/1636. He is not mentioned in his father's Will, and it might therefore be concluded trhat he was deceased and without issue. But it is to be observed that he does not mention his son Peleg nor his daus Abigail and Susanna, who are known to have been then living. We shall assume that he was then living until there is some evidence to disprove it and that he had a family.
2. Jonathan buried 6 Apr 1648.
23.3.3. Nathaniel b 15 Oct 1639, an executor of his father's Will, adm freeman 15 May 1672.
4. Joseph b Mar, d May 1642.
4.5. Joseph b 30 May 1643, and ex'r of his father's Will, adm freeman 15 May 1672; m 1670/1671 ?Rebecca ____. Hewas probably the Joesph Lawrence who, by wife Rebecca had dau Rebecca Bap in the 1st Church of Boston 1 Feb 1679/ 1680, and who d 14 Nov 1685. It is conjectured that the persons making the following Will were his wife and daughter. The Will ofRebecca Lawrence (?of Boston) date 18 Jul, proved 12 Dec 1726, gives her estate to her mother Rebecca. The Will of wid Rebecca Lawrence, dated 27 Sep, proved 11 Oct 1731...
5.6. Mary b 16 Jul 1645, d 1686/1687, m 25 Aug 1663, Inego Potterof Charlestown...
32.6.7. Peleg b 10 Jan 1646/1647.
41.7.8. Enoch b 5 Mar 1648/1649.
8.9. Samuel, mentioned in his father's Will; probably the one who m 14 Sep 1682 Rebecca Luen of Charlestown. It is conjectured that he moved to Connecticut.
9.10. Isaac, mentioned in his father's Will; m 19 Apr 1682 Abigail Bellows b in Concord 6 May 1661, dau of John and Mary (Wood) Bellows...Isaac Lawrence and wife Abigail of Morwich CT heirs of their uncle Dea Isaac Woods of Marlboro executed a deed 26 Feb 1718/1719.
10.11. Elizabeth b in Boston 9 May 1655.
11.12. Jonathan, mentioned in his father's Will. He d 1725. Perhaps he was the one who m in Cambridge 5 Nov 1677 Rebecca Rutter. If so they d. s. p., for Jonathan of Groton in his Will does not mention wife or children; but he gave to the town of Groton L100, to the Church of Christ in Groton L40 to be laid out for the procurring some silver vessel or vessels for the churche's use, as they shall order. Also L20 the income to be annually paid or accounted for to the settled or ordained minister.
12.13. Zechariah b in Watertown 9 Mar 1658/1659. He was probably the Zechariah Lawrence of Boston, mariner, master of the 'Success,' against whom a suit for wages was brought in 1691.
"By 2d wife, Susanna:
13.14. Abigail b in Groton 9 Jan 1665/1666.
15.15. Susanna b 3 Jul 1667, eight days before the d of her father."
p822: "6.32.(II.) Peleg Lawrence of Groton MA, m 1668 Elizabeth Morse b 1 Sep 1647, a sister of his brother Nathaniel's wife. He d in Groton 1692, aged 45 and admin was granted 13 Mar 1692/1693, to wid Elizabeth, son Samuel, and Nathaniel Lawrence Jr. 7 Jun 1714 in Sherburne Elizabeth Lawrencegave her dau- in-law Abigail, wid of her son Samuel a receipt for money.
33.1. Elizabeth b 9 Jan 1669.
34.2. Samuel b 16 Oct 1671, ?of Sherburne. Admin on estate of Samuel Lawrence of Sherburne who d in Killingby Mar 1712 was granted to wid Abigail 9 Jul 1712. Inventory dated 3 Apr 1712, L87 16s. 64.35.3. Eleazer b 28 Feb 1674 of Littleton.
36.4. Jonathan b 29 Mar 1679. He was probably the Jonathan of Sherburne who by wife Abigail had Jonathan b 1711.
37.5. Abigailb 6 Oct 1681.
6. Jeremiah b 3 Jan, d 26 Apr 1687.
38.7. Joseph b 12 Jun 1688. Supposed to have settled in Plainfield CT as early as 1712.
9. Susanna, named in the father's inventory." Barber Genealogy, Sect IDescendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor Connecticut 1614-1909, Sect II Descendants of John Barber of Worcester Massachusetts 1714- 1909, Publ John Barber White, Ed Lillian May Wilson, Haverhill Mass, Press of the Nichols Print, 1909, clxiv 659p24cm, 10-11369, CS71.B24 1909, Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor Connecticut 1614-1909.
p86: "Sarah Lawrence's sister, Prentice Lawrence, married Jacob Barber (No. 239) a cousin of David. Sarah and Prentice Lawrence were descended from John Lawrence of Watertown, Mass., a summary of the lineage being as follows:
"Peleg Lawrence, b. Jan 10, 1646; m. 1668, Elizabeth Morse, who was b. Sep
1, 1647; lived at Groton, Mass. He d. 1692. Their son,
"Samuel Lawrence, b. Oct 16, 1671; m. Abigail -------. He d. Mar 1712. They
lived at Killingly, Conn. Their son,
"Samuel Lawrence, b. 1711; m. Patience Bigelow, who was b. June 25, 1717.
He d. Apr 10, 1793. They lived at Killingly,and Simsbury, Conn..."
Ancestral File Ver 4.13 G8B1-8K Abigail Born Abt 1671 NRFJ-5N Abigail UNKNOWN.
Abigail married Samuel LAWRENCE, Sr, son of Peleg LAWRENCE and Elizabeth MORSE, in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, USA. (Samuel LAWRENCE, Sr was born on 16 Oct 1671 in , , Massachusetts, USA and died in Mar 1711/12 in Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA.)