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John Lawrence
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Birth: 1610
Suffolk, England
Death: Jul. 11, 1667
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

John Lawrence, my 8th Great Grandfather, was probably born in Suffolk or Essex County, England, about 1610. He joined the mass of Puritans migrating to the New England as part of the Massachussetts Bay Company settlement of Watertown.

He came over sometime between 1630 and 1635. He married first Elizabeth..... and they had eleven children. His first son was born in Watertown March 14, 1635. On July 25th 1636, A Grant of the Great Dividents lotted out by the Freemen. John Lawrence receives Thirty Acres at the Fourth Divifion, Lott 18.

He was addmitted as a Freeman on February 2, 1637 in Watertown. His trade was that of a carpenter. In the year about 1642 his homestead in Watertown was "bounded on the east by the highway; north by Timothy Hawkins and John Hammond; west by the meadow of John Biscoe; south by the land of John Flemming, deceased; wid. dix, and her sonne; wid. Barlett, and said Biscoe." This would be about 1/5th mile north of Belmont Street on the West side of Common Street. The Belmont Methodist Church is currently located here.

A list of possessions in Watertown in 1642 indicated that he then owned 7 lots amounting to 154.5 acres.

In 1662 he sold off his holdings in Watertown and moved to Groton, Mass. His homestead in this town was situated south west of Gibbet Hill, a short distance east of the First Parish Meeting-house, and near where Love Lane joins the present road to Lowell. This farm was later owned by Joseph F. Hall. Currently the Gibbet Hill Grill is located in this general location.

His first wife died August 29, 1663. He married 2nd Susannah Batchelder on November 4, 1664, and they had an additional 2 children.

In 1665 his son Nathaniel and family moved into the family homestead in Groton.

John died July 11, 1667, probably at his home near Gibbet Hill.

Most certainly he was buried in the Old Burying Ground located at the corner of Hollis and School Streets in Groton, Mass. This was the only burying ground in Groton for it's first 192 years until in 1847 when the Groton Cemetery was opened. As early graves were marked by simple wood markings there is no existing marker for John Lawrence in this Cemetery.

Family links: 
  Elizabeth Waters Lawrence (1610 - 1663)
  Susanna Bachelor Lawrence (____ - 1668)
  Nathaniel Lawrence (1639 - 1724)*
  Peleg Lawrence (1647 - 1692)*
  Enoch Lawrence (1648 - 1744)*
  Jonathan Lawrence (1657 - 1729)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Dennis Lawrence
Record added: Jun 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91691920
John Lawrence
Added by: Dennis Lawrence
John Lawrence
Added by: Dennis Lawrence
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Dedicated with love in honor of my 9th Great-grandfather.
- Karoliina Lili Sybille
 Added: Aug. 9, 2015

- Vivian Puryear Almand
 Added: Aug. 5, 2015
A Rose for my 10th generation great-grandfather
- Barbara Johnston
 Added: May. 16, 2015
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