John Lawrence (1654 - 1719)

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Birthplace: New Jersey
Death: Died in New Jersey
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ohn Lawrence moved to the Americas with his wife from either England or Wales around 1690. John Lawrence's name is recorded as JO which could be John or Joseph. In history records John Lawrence's name is recorded both ways. It is also recorded that John's death was in 1759. Records also show that John O. Lawrence married Mary Townley on a ship off the coast of Italy and migrated to America in the late 1600's, subsequently settling in Virginia; and that this Mary Townley was a daughter of a silversmith in England. [Familytreemaker - Descendants of John O. Lawrence].

There are considerable problems with sorting out the Lawrence line not the least of which is the problem of the spouse of Mary Townley. Was it Joseph Lawrence or his half brother John O. who married her? I have it both ways and from related sources but no documentation. Until this is resolved I have put Mary Townley as the spouse of Joseph and have left the maternal parentage of Edward vacant.

The dates for death surely are wrong given the fact that his marriage is listed as having occurred in 1719, at least 2 years after his supposed death. This may be another of those typos that occur all too regularly. GT 6-7-00.

HISTORICAL: The lineage, so far as I have been able to determine, begins with John Lawrence who died 1711/12 in Northumberland County Virginia His wife, Susannah was his administrator, and an inventory of his estate survives. She died 1724/1725 leaving a will which named 3 children: John and Edward Lawrence and Elizabeth Hartley, wife of John Hartley. I am pretty certain that this Edward is the same one who lived in St. Stephen's Parish in Northumberland County VA, owned land there around Cherry's Point, and fathered children there (births of 2 are recorded in parish records in 1723 and 1733) before selling land in 1735/8 and moving to Prince William County Virginia (that part which became Fauquier in 1759). Edward died in Fauquier County in 1786, and presumably was born by 1700 since his eldest child, Sarah, was born in 1723. His son John was born 29 Sep 1725 (NOT 1745!) and died Oct 1800. John's son Richard (dates are correct above) converted to the Quaker faith after marrying, and seems to have used the spelling LARRAncE to his death. All but one of his children continued with that spelling, and the vast majority of LARRAncEs across the country today descend from Richard (believe me--I've contacted most of them to be sure!). Richard's son David is the only one of his children whose descendants switched over to Lawrence -------------------- otes for John Lawrence:

31943 total entries, last updated Fri Jan 7 2000 Raymond L Montgomery

Name: John Lawrence

       1.Elizabeth Lawrence b: ABT 1686 in ,,Lancaster co.,VA
       2.Edward Lawrence 
    I have looked at published abstracts of records for Lancaster, James City, and Northumberland counties in Virginia, and have thus far been unable to determine if all the Lawrences mentioned were related or not, or what their relationships to each other might be.  At least some of them seem to travel back and forth between counties, and because spouses would die young, there were numerous remarriages.
     Our early Lawrence line was close neighbors with the Tullos family in both Northumberland and Fauquier counties, and several marriages between the families are in the speculation stage at this point. I don't know exactly WHAT the relationship(s) were between the Lawrence and Tullos families.   The Tullos family begins with Cloud/Claudius Tullos in Northumberland co.  I'm still trying to sort out the early Lawrences in Northumberland and Lancaster cos., but it looks pretty certain that  John & Susannah Lawrence of Northumberland Co. were the parents of Edward Lawrence who died in Fauquier Co.  Although the possibility exists that they were his grandparents (John was declared an "iddiott" in 1711 which we would tend to associate more with old age), I think it is more likely that Susanna was not John's first wife, and she was possibly a good deal younger than he.  This is speculation at this point, however, because I have not found sufficient proof.
     John Lawrence died by Feb 1712/13.  His widow, Susanna, died 1724/5, leaving a will naming 3 children:

1. John Lawrence - I don't know anything more about him other than he's probably the one mentioned in Northumberland records with a wife,Frances.

2. Edward Lawrence - he moved to Prince William/Fauquier Co. VA about 1738 and died there 1786. His wife was named Sarah. Their son, John Larrance/Lawrence (1725-1800) moved to what is now Randolph Co. NC about 1754. This NC John is my 5th great-grandfather. Other children named in Edward's will were: Peter; Edward; Richard; Jean Weeks, Sarah Priest, Susan Catlett, Winnefred Luttrell. One grandson was named: Rodham Tullos Lawrence.

3. Elizabeth Hartley - Elizabeth had married John Hartley. Edward Lawrence administered the estate of John Hartley in Feb 1728/9.

     A John LAWRENCE (Laurence) is first mentioned in 1667 in Lancaster Co. records, arrested at suit of Tho. Parnell.  He is mentioned as indebted to Will: Dudley in 1668/9.  In 1669-73 John LAWRENCE (the same one?) shows up in  Northumberland records along with Cloud Tullos, both being arrested at suit of Robt. Hitchcock.  John seems to have stayed pretty exclusively in Northumberland Co. after 1669.  He is named in 1672 as having fathered a bastard child of Mrs. Sarah Tullos while her husband was absent for 10 months. St. Stephen Parish records lists a dau., Susannah, born to John in 1678, so I am guessing he married 1672-1678.
     Around the mid-nineteenth century, there was an estate up for grabs in England which presumably had ties to the Lawrence, Townley and Chase families.  Numerous Lawrence families in the United States (ours included) made frantic attempts to try to prove a claim to the estate, to no avail.  The tale that we descend from John Lawrence and Mary Townley probably originated during the English estate frenzy.  The benefit of this frenzy though, was that some family members did take time to seek out family history, and at least some of what they recorded is correct, so I have to consider the rest of what they wrote.  Phebe Lawrence Warden  (born 1840, a descendant of Edward Larrance who died 1786 thru his son John, John's son Peter and Peter's son, Isaac) wrote a couple pages entitled "Lawrence Genealogy of Our Line as Far as Known."  She wrote "John O. Lawrence, who came from England, settled on a large tract of land in Queen's County, Long Island, New York, where he died.  He had three sons: Edward and Peter, who were twins, and Richard.  Edward died on his plantation in Hamilton Parish, twenty miles northwest of Dumfries, Faqner (sic) County, Virginia... (Summary of Edward's will follows.)  John Lawrence, son of Edward, Sr., was born on the 29th day of September, 1725 in a place call north Cumberland...  [note: this was actually Northumberland Co. VA] moved from Virginia to Orange County, NC - by division changed to Guilford County and by second division changed to Randolph Co...William Lawrence had his head split open by a sword in the American Revolution.  The man who did it, carried his bloodstained sword to the father, saying, "I have killed your son."  To which his father replied, "Then he is better off than you."  (Copied from Isaac Lawrence's note book which he carried with him when on a visit south in the winter of 1867-8.)" 
      John Larrance of NC did have a son named William, but he was born 1764 and would have been awfully young to be fighting in the Revolution.  I wonder if John also had a BROTHER named William, who could be the one with his head split open.  Were that the case, perhaps he could have been the father of Rodham Tullos Lawrence.
                                                TULLOS FAMILY
     Mrs. Sarah Tullos, mother of the bastard child,  must've been the wife of Cloud Tullos.  Cloud was born about 1641 and first shows up in Northumberland Co. records in 1665 when he got a patent for transporting 2 people. In 1683 his son Cloud, deaf and dumb, was excluded from the levy.  Since you had to be at least 21 to qualify for the levy, it is assumed Cloud (Jr.) was born by 1662.  Cloud Sr. is thought to be of Scottish descent, but it isn't known when he immigrated to America nor when he married.  Three childrens' births are recorded in St. Stephens Parish: Richard 3-29-1667; Susanna 2-6-1672 (Could she have been the bastard child? She  was registered as a child of Cloud.) and John 6-12-1682.  Another child, Sarah, wife of James Fulks, is named in Sarah Tullos' will, admitted to probate 12 Mar 1713/14.  Cloud Tullos died by 19 Jul 1700, when Sarah made motion for probate.
     John Tullos (1682-1737, son of Cloud) and wife Barbara, had, among others, the following children:

1. Richard Tullos 1701-1771 Richard died in Cumberland Co. NC and his will names John Lawrence and son, John Tullos, executors. Richard lived in what is now Moore Co., just over the border from Randolph Co. His wife was Elizabeth. I think the executor John Lawrence must've been my ancestor who was in Randolph Co. If so, it is the only instance I've found of a Tullos/Lawrence relationship in NC. I have wondered if Elizabeth Tullos were not the widow Elizabeth Lawrence Hartley, but info received Nov 1999 from Michael Hartley indicates that Elizabeth died before Mr. Hartley.

2. Sarah Tullos 1704- A cousin of mine thinks that this Sarah may have been the wife of Edward Lawrence. If this were true, then it could be another explanation for why John Lawrence was named executor of Richard Tullos' will, i.e. Richard would've been John's uncle. (He would've been his uncle had he married Eliz. Hartley, also.)

3. Rodham Tullos 1712-c1769 m. Susannah. Their children were:

   3a.  Joshua Tullos  1735-1827
   3b.  Richard Tullos  c1737-1759  His will in Fauquier Co. leaves a Horse to Peter LAWRENCE; clothes to Edw. LAWRENCE Jr.; money to Jeanny LAWRENCE; rest to sister's eldest son when he comes of age.  One has to wonder why he only mentioned Lawrences (Edward & Peter were sons of Edward Sr. who died 1786).  Of course, they would've been his 1st cousins if the Sarah Tullos theory is correct.  The implication from the will is that Jeanny Lawrence was Richard's sister.  If that is correct, the question becomes, who was Jeanny's husband??
   3c.  Rodham Tullos  c1740 - c1815  m. Ann (James) Finnie
   4c.  Apparently a daughter named Jeanny Tullos, who was mother to a child by 1759 when Richard Tullos' will was written - it is not known to whom Jeanny would've been married.  It is possible that she was a young 2nd wife for Edward Sr.,  but I don't think that likely.  Edw. Sr.'s 4 sons all seem to have been born by 1745, and Jeanny couldn't have been born herself until about 1732 or later.  Likewise, wives are known for all 4 Lawrence sons.  It is possible that there was a 5th son, who died before Edward Sr., and that this 5th son was the father of Rodham Tullos Lawrence.  Following this theory, Rodham Tullos Lawrence wouldn've been the only grandchild named in the will because he was inheriting his father's portion.  Rodham T. Lawrence was baptized in 1762 in Prince William Co., so I would think he wasn't born until AFTER Richard Tullos' will, and thus wouldn't be the child named in that 1759 will, although, dates aside, it would seem quite logical to assume he is indeed the same child.  IT IS JUST AS LIKELY THAT NO JEANNY TULLOS EXISTED, AND THE JEANNY LAWRENCE MENTIONED IN RICHARD TULLOS' WILL WAS THE DAUGHTER OF EDWARD LAWRENCE d. 1786.

The following file seeks to establish a relationship between the Lawrence of Northumberland Co. VA and those of Massachusetts, but proof is not provided of the connection, so for now this is just hearsay.

Copeland,Harris,Lawrence,Neville,Pittman,Turner,Wheeler, file of Jesse Macon Lawrence Jr.

  1. John O. Lawrence Birth: 14 Mar 1635 in Watertown, Middlesex County. Massachusetts 2
  2. Death: 17 Feb 1712 in Northumberland County, Virginia Formed 1645 From Chickacoan District
  3. Event: Alt. Death 25 Mar 1684 Worchester County, Maryland Formed 1742 From Somerset County 4 5

Submitter: Frank W. Bouley III 197 Elm Ave. Teaneck, NJ 07666

Father: John Lawrence b: Bef 8 Oct 1609 in Wissett, Suffolk County, England

Mother: Elizabeth Waters b: 9 Dec 1610 in London, Middlesex County, England

Marriage 1 Sarah Buckmaster b: 1635 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Formed About 1628

   *    * Married: 30 Sep 1657 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 6


  1. Hannah Lawrence b: 22 Feb 1659 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
  2. Daniel Lawrence b: Abt 1660 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
  3. Ebenezar Lawrence b: Abt 1661 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
  4. David Lawrence b: Abt 1663 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
  5. Abigail Lawrence b: Abt 1664
  6. Mary Lawrence b: Abt 1667 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
  7. John Lawrence b: 29 Jul 1667 in Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
  8. Joanna Lawrence b: Abt 1668 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
  9. Sarah Lawrence b: Abt 1669 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts

Marriage 2 Susannah

  • Married: Abt 1690


SYMONDS/SYMONS/SEAMONS & BELL Seeking information on Francis and Elizabeth Symmonds of Cherry

Point Neck. Both died around 1660. Children Fraunces, Elizabeth and John. Col. John Symmons, wife Sussana, she later married a Lawrence. Joseph Seamans married Charity Bell, North Farnham Parish. Ephraim Simmons born in North Farnham, moved to Albemarle Co. married Mary Pew. Also am looking for information that would link Francis and Elizabeth Symonds, Colonel John Symons and Sussana and Joseph Seamons and Charity Bell. All were in Northumberland Co. Cherry Point Neck area between 1650 and 1750.Don Simmons

NEALE/RODHAM Looking for info. on the following people in Northumberland and Westmoreland Co.: Lt. Daniel

NEALE b. 1620, d. 1671 m. Elinor, Ellen or Helen; Capt. Christopher NEALE b. 1644, m. ___ RODHAM 12-1686;

Matthew RODHAM m. Elizabeth HUETT; Abner NEALE b. 5-5-1696; and Daniel NEALE b. 7-26-1673, d. 1713 m.

Ursula PRESLEY.Gini Ellen Carter

CONWAY: Thomas Conway Thomas Conway came into VA., first probably into the Eastern Shore and later he moved on to the western shore of VA. This would be into Accomack or Northampton, then over to Northumberland. He came from England during the mid 1600's. He was related to Edwin Conway of Northumberland, who also had land in Accomack County Berry

Kenner Family Looking for all descendants of Richard and Elizabeth (Rodham) Kenner of Westmoreland and

Northumberland Counties. Have complete male lines on sons Rodham and Francis. Looking for more on Richard, John,

and Matthew's line. Will share with anyone researching any Kenner line. Ron Kinner

Following I got from

1. James Claughton, b. ca. 1590 England d. bef. 1647; m. Jane, d. bef. 1657; A mariner by occupation he was granted a license July 9, 1638 to trade with any Indians for Corne or Roanoke, to buy Corne within the Province of Maryland or on any part of the Southern Shoare below Potomack Towne - Provided that he bring the said Corne into this Colony and to be used and expended in the Colony - John Lewyer, Secretary, Commissioner Land Office, Annapolis, Md. Liber 2, page 88. On 26 Feb. 1638, Claughton files a complaint against Anthony Cotton for defamation, in which Cotton stated that if he had pleased, he might have him whipt at Virginia and that if he had had his deserts, he had been hanged in New England. During the period 1634 through 1649 Maryland and Virginia disputed the ownership of Kent Island. In 1649 it officially became a part of Maryland. Between 1640 and 1647 James moved his family from Kent Island, Md. to "Coan" or present day Northumberland Co., Virginia. James Claughton came with Claiborne, Robert Hewitt, Robert Newman, Wm. Presley, Matthew Rodham, Thomas Sturman, Richard Thompson and Thomas Youell to Kent Island and then fled to "Coan". They or their descendants all clustered around the outpost of Col. John Mottram at "Coan". Note: Roanoke or "rawrenock" was described by Capt. John Smith as "white beads or shells with holes, worn on strings around the neck and arms and passed as current coin among the natives."

11 1. James Claughton, b. ca. 1629, England, d. bef. 13 Jul. 1698; m. Joan (Bradshaw?), d. aft. 1689, 9 April 1650 - James Claughton demandedeth 750 acres for the transportation of Andrew Barshaw the mate of James and Jane Claughton, mother and father who are

deceased, and the following men servants: Humphry Fulford, John Sowell, Richard Synner, and Nicholas Sorter. James believed that the right of land for transportation belonged to him, he being their eldest son. A warrant was issued to lay out for James Claughton 750 acres upon the Westerne Shore of the Chesepeake Bay over against Kent or thereabout. Commissioner Land Office, Annapolis, Maryland - Liber 3, Folio 18-19. Owned large tracts of land near the Mattapony River (now Lodge Creek) and was a cooper/

carpenter by trade.

11? 1. Ann Claughton, b. ca. 1650, d. ; m. William Lambert.

112 2. Middleton Claughton, b. ca 1651, d. ; m. Richard Smith.

113 3. John Claughton, b. ca. 1653, d. bef. 20 July 1726; m. Anne Pemberton, d. bef. 6 Mar. 1725/26, only dau.

       and heir of Dr. Richard Pemberton and his wife  Elizabeth.  John was appointed Constable for   Mattapony on 17 May 1682, and was also a Justice for  Northumberland County.  He was a planter of St.  Stephens Parish who owned considerable acreage.

1131 1. Pemberton Claughton, b. ca. 1687, d. bef. March 1710; m. Mary (Ann) Lewis in 1707, dau. of John

        Lewis and Mary Garner.  Mary Garner was the   daughter of John Garner and Susanna Keene (West.
        Co. D&W Book 3, p. 153).  See Related Family Chart  (RFC) #1.  Pemberton died young with one son and
        one daughter.  Mary Lewis Claughton m2. Josiah   Dameron in 1716.

Notes for Susanna Unknown:

Susanna Lawrence--Last Will and Testament--St Stephens Parish--Northumberland County VA

(full transcript sent 11 Jan 2000 by Michael Hartley

  Written 19 Apr 1720;  Proven 17 Mar 1724/5
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John O. Lawrence565, born Btn. 1654 & 1667 in St. Albans, Herefordshire, England565; died Feb 1712/13 in Faquier Cty, Virginia565. He was the son of 2624. William Lawrence and 2625. Elizabeth Gildersleeve. 

Children of John O. Lawrence are:

656 i.   Edward Lawrence, born Btn. 1690 & 1723 in Northumberland Cty, Virginia; died Mar 26, 1786 in Fauquier Cty, VA; married Jeanny Tullos WFT Est. 1736-1758 in Virginia. 
  ii.   Abram Lawrence, born Abt. 1725 in Faquier, VA.

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