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Mary Morris Lawrence
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Birth: Nov. 1, 1724
Bronx County
New York, USA
Death: 1804
Sussex County
New Jersey, USA

She was an important lady born in what was Morrisania, Bronx County, New York. She was married to Thomas Lawrence, Esquire, of Philadelphia possibly at New York, New York on May 9, 1743 and died at the home of her son Thomas Lawrence III of Hamburg, New Jersey in 1804. Mary's husband Thomas Lawrence, born April 16, 1720, died Jan. 22, 1775. He was Provincial Councillor of Philadelphia, and last Colonial Mayor of Philadelphia. They may have had thirteen children.

The source that says she was buried at Sparta is from "History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey with illustrations and Biographical Sketches of the Prominent Men and Pioneers," compiled by James P. Snell and published by Everts & Peck, 1881. (There is a different posting on Find A Grave for her being buried at Hamburg, Sussex County, New Jersey.)

From a combination of sources I learned that her exact date of birth was November 1, 1724 and that she was a child of Lewis Morris and his first wife Tryntje Staats who were married 17 Mar 1722/1723. Lewis Morris had been born 23 Sep 1698 at Trenton, Monmouth County, New Jersey and died at Morrisania, Bronx, New York. Tryntje (Catherine) Staats had born 4 Apr 1697 at New York, New York and died March 11, 1731 at the age of 35 years. Colonel Lewis Morris, Judge of the Admiralty, died July 3, 1762 and his second wife, Sarah Gouverneur, whom he married November 3, 1746, died January 14, 1786.

To be honest this is not my core family and the information comes from a variety of sources, so please doublecheck the information for yourself and see what you come up with.

To make things even more complicated there is evidence that Thomas Lawrence, born October 6, 1745, son of Thomas Lawrence and Mary Morris, had two wives with the surname Morris and that his first wife was Mary Morris (same name as his mother) whom he married in 1775 with her dying in 1776 and that he subsequently married Catharine Morris in 1778 and that she died in 1834. If this information is correct, then there were close cousins marrying each other. 
Family links: 
  Lewis Morris (1698 - 1762)
  Catherine/Tryntje Staats Morris (1697 - 1731)
  Mary Morris Lawrence (1724 - 1804)
  Lewis Morris (1726 - 1798)*
  Gouverneur Morris (1752 - 1816)**
  Euphemia Morris Ogden (1754 - 1818)**
*Calculated relationship
Sparta Cemetery
Sussex County
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Barbara Doxey
Record added: Oct 30, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79565651
Mary <i>Morris</i> Lawrence
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Rest Peacefully, 8th Great Aunt
- Cynthia Page
 Added: Nov. 3, 2014

- Vickie Oates Woods
 Added: Jun. 6, 2012

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