- Born: 8 Sep 1611, Wisset, Norwich, Suffolk, England
- Christened: 8 Sep 1611, Bridport, Dorsetshire, England
- Married: Abt 1635, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
- Died: 29 Aug 1663, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Ancestral File Number: 92C6-Q6. User ID: 2321.
Immigrated England >Watertown Massachusetts 1630/1635, Removed To Groton MA 1662.
A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England, John Farmer, Genealogical Publishing Co, Lancaster MA 1829, p174 JOHN LAWRENCE, Watertown, freeman 1637, whose wife was Elizabeth, had children...Peleg, born 11 Jan 1648.
Genealogy of the Family of John Lawrence, John Lawrence, S K Whipple and Co, Boston, 1857, p1:
"John Lawrence of Watertown MA is supposed to have come to this country early in 1635. [?It is probable that he came in the ship Planter, bound for New England, having received a certificate from the minister of Great St Albans Hertfordshire. He may, therefore, be regarded as a native of St Albans, born in 1617-1618; but by what parents is not known.] The name of his wife was Elizabeth; by whom he had thirteen children, born at Watertown. About 1660, he removed with his family to Groton MA, where his wife Elizabeth died, 29 Aug 1663. His second wife, whom hemarried 2 Nov 1664, was Susanna Batchelder, dau of William Batchelder of Charleston, by whom he had two daughters. He died at Groton, 11 Jul 1667. The widow Susanna Lawrence died 8 Jul 1668..."
Genealogy of Families Bearing the Name of Cooke/Cook Principally MA/CT, James Cook, Vox Popular Press, Huse Goodwin and Co, 1882
p3: "The present effort exhibits in convenient form gatherings from various independent sources with the design of preserving in a single colleciton what is today known of one branch of the Cook or Cooke Family viz that which settled in Southeastern Connecticut...
p4: "We can trace the name in America for two and a half centuries as the Cookes were early and numerous in New England. There was aCapt Thomas Cooke in Boston in 1630; he was in Taunton in 1637, and in Tiverton, R.I., in 1643. George Cooke was in Cambridge from 1636-1645; was representative to the General Court five years, and speaker the last...Richard Cook, a tailor from Gloucestershire, was in Boston, where his son Elisha was born, in 1637. He graduated at Harvard in 1657, and became a judge of the Massachusetts Court in Colony times. Philip Cook was a citizen of Cambridge, 1647-67. Sergt. Samuel Cook was inDedham, 1640. Aaron Cooke was freeman at Dorchester, 1635...Nathaniel Cook married at Windsor in 1649..."
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 Mar 1635/1636. His name is on the earliest list of proprietors extant, and he was adm freeman 17 Apr 1637. The date of his arrivalin Americal has not been ascertained nor is it known whether he was married before or after his arrival. Nothing has yet been ascertained from American records or archives with respect to his parentage or ancestry. It has been supposed that hewas 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 Watertownwas 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 1663and 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; mentionssons Enoch, Samuel, Isaac, Jonathan, and Zechariah; of the three at home. Elizabeth 'to live with Mr Ensigne Buss of Concord til of age; the other two Enoch and Zechariah be trust to Samuel Willard and William Lakin til of age.' To his dau Maryhe 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 Lawrence to 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 JohnFlemming, 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 his land, it might be presumed that he was chiefly devoted to agriculture. The birth of his dau Elizabeth is recorded in Boston andas 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 ____. He was 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 of Rebecca Lawrence (?of Boston) date 18 Jul, proved 12 Dec 1726, gives her estate to her mother Rebecca. The Will of wid RebeccaLawrence, dated 27 Sep, proved 11 Oct 1731...
5.6. Mary b 16 Jul 1645, d 1686/1687, m 25 Aug 1663, Inego Potter of 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'sWill. 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 inGroton 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..."
17th Century Colonial Ancestors of Members of the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century 1915-1975, Mary Louise Marshall Hutton, Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Company Inc, 1987, p153:
"John Lawrence (1609-1667) MA, m. Elizabeth ---; Susanna Batchelder..."
Pedigree of Lawrence Compiled from Heralds' Visitations, Inquisitions Post Mortem, Deeds, Charters, Wills, Parish Registers, and other Original Manuscripts H G Somerby Esq Boston CS71.L42 1856:
"...John Lawrence baptized at Wisset Oct 8, 1609; came to New England in 1630, and settled at Watertown. In 1662 he removed to Groton, where he died July 11, 1667, aged 58. He is named in a deposition of his brother Robert, dated 1639, as of New England...Elizabeth, first wife died at Groton, Aug. 29, 1663."
"Index of Some Passengers to New England, 1633 - 1635
"...Elizabeth Coop (sic) 25yo 'Planter' 1635 Roll# 106..."
Ancestral File Ver4.19: Elizabeth COOKE (AFN: 92C6-Q6) Sex F, Born 8 Sep 1611 Wisset Norwich Suffolk England, Christened 8 Sep 1611 Bridport Dorset England, Married Spouse: John (Joseph)LAWRENCE (AFN: 24V3-6G) 1635 Watertown Suffolk MA, Died 29 Aug 1663 Groton Middlesex MA.
Ancestral File Ver 4.13 92C6-Q6 Elizabeth COOKE Born 1611 England, Mar 24V3-6G John (Joseph) LAWRENCE 1635 Watertown MA, Died 29 Aug 1663 Groton MA; 8THR-1V Elizabeth WATERS Mar 24V3-6G John (Joseph) LAWRENCE Abt 1635 Watertown ?Suffolk Mass.
Ancestral File Ver4.19: Elizabeth WATERS (AFN: 8T5HR-1V) Sex F, Born 9 Dec 1610 London London England, Christened 9 Dec 1610 St Botolphs London London England, Spouse: John (Joseph) LAWRENCE (AFN: 24V3-6G) 1635 Watertown Suffolk MA, Died 29 Aug 1663 Groton Middlesex MA.
Ancestral File Ver4.19: Elizabeth UNKNOWN (AFN: 1T8G-M5S) Sex F, Born <1625 Watertown MA, Married Spouse: John (Joseph) LAWRENCE (AFN: 24V3-6G).
Ancestral File Ver4.19: Elizabeth UNKNOWN (AFN: 1TNP-9TF) Sex F, Born <1625 Watertown MA, Married Spouse: John (Joseph) LAWRENCE (AFN: 24V3-6G).
Ancestral File Ver4.19: Elizabeth UNKNOWN (AFN: 1ZX3-6GS) Sex F, Born <1625 Watertown MA, Married Spouse: John (Joseph) LAWRENCE (AFN: 24V3-6G).
1. Residence; 1637, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA. 1
Elizabeth married John LAWRENCE, VIII, son of Henry LAWRENCE and Mary L WEST, about 1635 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA. (John LAWRENCE, VIII was born on 8 Oct 1609 in Wisset, Suffolk, England, christened on 8 Oct 1609 in Wisset, Suffolk, England and died on 11 Jul 1667 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA.)