|Death: ||Oct. 16, 1872|
Edward was born sometime between July & October, 1830.
He was born the sixth of eleven children of Michael Lawrence and Catharine Sweitzer of Philadelphia.
Edward's existence has been very elusive. Just about the only one of his family where birth/baptism records don't exist, and undiscovered in either the 1850 or 1860 Federal Censuses, especially looking for him in California in 1850. Family lore, from his widow, says he was buried in a suit he bought in Paris, France. One thing for sure is that Edward was not one to stay in the same place for very long.
He married Mary Ann Etley on Oct. 8, 1855, at Hedding Methodist Episcopal Church, SE Fairmount & 16th, Philadelphia, Pa They had 3 sons and one daughter.
After marriage Edward and his family lived at a variety of addresses, at least 12, in Philadelphia until his death. Always renting, never owning their home.
Edward was arrested at least three times in Philadelphia as a civilian before and after the Civil War. Always for fighting or disorderly conduct.
Like his father and older brothers before him, Edward became a butcher by profession. Though his grandson Archie Lawrence claimed his ancestors were beef butchers, and that Archie's father George Robbin Lawrence wouldn't ever handle sheep, it was sheep that Edward owned. Seventy sheep and lambs in fact, as found in the April 1866, IRS tax rolls, while his brothers George and John, listed below him, owned 8 head of cattle each.
Despite being married and the father of three sons, he was drafted into the 71st Regiment Pa Vols Inf. Company B on July 17, 1863. He joined that regiment near Morrisville, Virginia on a three years enlistment. Transferred to 69th Regiment Pa Vols Inf. Company K on June 6, 1864. Mustered out with Company 7/1/1865 at Munson's Hill, Virginia. Edward was the Regimental/Brigade butcher during his time in the military. Twice he went AWOL from his regiment to return to Philadelphia. He returned voluntarily to his regiment the first time, but the second time he left, after being refused leave by the Division commander in November 1864, he was apprehended in Philadelphia on February 4, 1865, while trying to attend to his wife's legacy after the death of her father William Etley, in February 1864. He was imprisoned in Washington, D.C. until May 23, 1865, when he was released back to his regiment, which had been missing it's butcher for some time. He was honorably mustered out with the rest of the regiment on July 1, 1865.
Edward died of Tuberculosis and buried in the Oddfellows Cemetery in Philadelphia in lot #L238 with his parents. Reinterred in 1951 to Lawnview Cemetery, Philadelphia.
Michael Lawrence (1797 - 1856)
Catharine Sweitzer Lawrence (1801 - 1857)
Mary Ann Etley Lawrence (1837 - 1918)
Albert Lafayette Lawrence (1856 - 1952)*
William Michael Lawrence (1858 - 1937)*
George Robbin Lawrence (1860 - 1938)*
Lillian Collins Lawrence Schnepf (1869 - 1947)*
Created by: James Harry Lawrence
Record added: Jan 22, 2012
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