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  • Abigail LAWRENCE
  • Susanna LAWRENCE


  • Born: Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
  • Married: 2 Nov 1664, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
  • Died: 8 Jul 1668

   Other names for Susan were Susanne and BACHELOR.

   Ancestral File Number: 24V4-TV.

   General Notes:

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 arrival in 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 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 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 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 Lawrence to his Will.
"The dateof 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 his land, it might be presumedthat 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 histrade. Children...
"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."

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 settledat 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... second wife Susan, daughter of William Batchelder of Charlestown; mar. Nov. 2, 1664; died July 8, 1668."

Ancestral File Ver 4.13 24V4-TV Susanne BACHELOR Mar John (Joseph) LAWRENCE 2 Nov 1664.

   Marriage Information:

Susan married John LAWRENCE, VIII, son of Henry LAWRENCE and Mary L WEST, on 2 Nov 1664 in Charlestown, Suffolk, 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.)

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