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About Deborah Lawrence

Deborah Smith

  • Birth? 1658 Southampton, LI, Suffolk Co, NY
  • Death[1] 28 Mar 1743 Flushing, Queens, New York
  • Father: Richard Smith
  • Mother: Sarah Hammond
  • Family 1 : William Lawrence

12 children


  1. "Records of the Society of Friends of the City of New York and Vicinity, from 1640 to 1800", in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. (New York, New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society), Vol. 7, p. 87. "Deborah Lawrence Deceased ye 28th day of ye 1st mo 1743 she was widow of William Lawrence of Tews neck in fflushing." [Note: In old-styles dates, the first month is March. More info may be found here.]
  2. [3363] Smith line from a GEDCOM file posted to RootsWeb by Evelyn Beran
  3. "Names of Persons for whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued by the Secretary of the Province of New York Previous to 1784" E. B. O'Callaghan; Albany, NY, 1860 "1680. June 1. Smith, Deborah, and William Lawrence" It appears that Deborah Smith married the son (of a first marriage) of her sister Elizabeth's husband, William Lawrence.
  4. "The Family of Richard Smith of Smithtown, Long Island" Frederick Kinsman Smith Smithtown Historical Society, Smithtown, NY, 1967 "Deborah Smith (Richard), born about 1658, d. 28 Mch 1743, in Flushing, L.I., m. (lic. 1 Jan) 1680, William Lawrence, eldest son of Captain William Lawrence, of Flushing, by his first marriage. By deed dated 25 Apr 1684, Richard Smith gave to William Lawrence 500 acres of land west of the Nissequogue. By her father's will Deborah Lawrence inherited an equal share with the other children in the undivided lands of Smith town." "William Lawrence married twice and had by his first wife three children, Elizabeth, William and John...The son William married his stepmother's younger sister, Deborah Smith."
  5. "Records of the Town of Smithtown, Long Island, N.Y." Transcribed by William S. Pelletreau Huntington, N.Y.: Long-Islander Print, 1898, 569 pgs. (Includes wills, deeds and other documentation of the "Bull Smiths"; p483 includes the "Descendants of Deborah Smith, Daughter of Richard Smith, the Patentee")
  6. "New England Marriages Before 1700" Clarence A. Torrey, Baltimore, MD, 1985 (as found on NEHGS CD-ROM, Boston, 2001) "LAWRENCE, William (-1719/20) & Deborah SMITH; 1 Jun 1680; Flushing, LI"



Will of Richard Smith, Sr.

Will of Richard Smith

The will of Richard Smith in which his wife joined was recorded in the Lester Will Book of which Pelletreau’s Early Long Island Wills contains an unabridged copy; it is also reprinted in Records of Smithtown.

March ye 5 1691

In ye name of God Amen I Richard Smith Sen of Smithtown in ye County of Suffolk on Long Island in ye Province of New York being sick and weak in body but sound and perfect memory thanks be to God calling to mind ye uncertain state of this life and that we must submit to God’s will when it shall please him to call us out of this life do make constitute and ordain this our last Will and testament hereby revoking and annulling any former or other will or testament made by us either by word or writing Imprimis - We give our souls to God who gave them and our bodies being dead to be decently buried in such place and manner as to our executors hereafter named shall seem convenient

Item - To Jonathan Smith our eldest son - our house barn & orchard joining to his home lot and ye home stall as far as old fence Northward and halfe way from said house to Samuel’s house and thence to ye West ende of ye barn and ye wood close on ye East side of ye little brook over against ye house and 40 acres of land more than his equal share in division with ye rest of our children and that lot of meadow over against ye mill on ye west side of ye river

Item - To our son Richard - our Negro Harry and an equal share of land in division with ye rest of our children

Item - To our som Job we and bequeath our Negro Robin for ye term of 12 years and an equal share of land in division with ye rest of our children and ye end of ye sd 12 years the said Robin shall be free.

Item - To our son Adam we give an equal share of land in division with ye rest of our children

Item - To our son Samuel - ye orchard Southward of the house and half of ye pasture bounded by ye little Creek ye eastward parte thereof and ye lower or Northward most Fresh Island on ye east side of ye river with an equall share of land in division with ye rest of our children and the swamp called ye North swamp with ye land on ye east side which is fenced

Item - To our son Daniel - other half of ye pasture Southward of his house ye westward part of it and an equall share of land in division with ye rest of our children & our will is that James Necke shall be and remaine for ye use and improvement of my 6 sons above and their heirs forever

Item - To our daughter Elizabeth Townley - land and meadow at a place called Sunck Meadow as it is mentioned in a deed made by us & also ye one halfe of my cloathing

Item - To our daughter Lawrence - an equall parte and share in division with ye rest of our children where it shall be most suitable & convenient also ye other halfe of my clothing

Lastly - we doe hereby nominate and appoint our beloved sons Jonathan and Rich Smith Executors of this our last Will & testament to pay our just debts and to make an equall partition amongst all our children of all ye goods and chattels and what moveable estate shall be left.

In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seales the day and yeare above named

Signed by both Richard Smith w/seal and Sarah Smith w/seal

Sealed & delivered in presence of John Roe Jonathan Lewis Thomas Helme

2 day May 1693 at Brookhaven, Suffolk Co, NY Prerogative Court proved and approved before Coll. William Smith Judge, this to be last will and testament of Richard Smith, Sen, deceased at Smithtown on 7 Mar 1691/92 in which he nominated and appointed his sons Jonathan and Richard tobe his executors.

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Deborah Lawrence's Timeline

Smithtown, Long Island, NY
Age 22
Age 24
Flushing, Queens Couny, Province of New York
Age 26
Flushing, Long Island, New York
Age 26
Flushing, Long Island, New York
Age 27
Flushing, Queens County, Province of New York
Age 28
Flushing, Long Island, New York
Age 30
Flushing, Queens County, Province of New York