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John Lawrence
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Birth: 1728, Germany
Death: Aug. 27, 1798
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Name Johannes Lorentz in the St. Michael's and Zion Lutheran Church records in Philadelphia. He arrived in Philadelphia aboard the ship Edinburgh, on Sept. 5, 1748, out of Rotterdam, Holland. His origins in Europe are still obscured. He most likely was born with the surname Zeltner in Niederbuchsiten, Switzerland though his father was most likely Jacobus Studer, as proven with DNA testing. His mother was most likely Maria Zeltner, great granddaughter ot Adam Zeltner 1605-1653, beheaded leader of the Peasants' Revolt of 1653, in Solothurn. (as a Swiss hero the family retained the Zeltner name to honor Adam)

Johannes Lorentz married Catharina Hüss in 1755, in Philadelphia. She had also been on the ship Edinburgh in 1748, with her family.
He was a grocer in the 1785 Philadelphia city directory but later years as a "porter" and drayman who owned a wagon and two horses and transported goods in Philadelphia as found in the Philadelphia tax rolls.
John was a Private in the American Revolution in the 3d Battalion of the Philadelphia City Militia from 1777 until 1780. In 1781 he was in the 5th Battalion, and in 1784, a member of the 1st Battalion.
He died in the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1798. Buried originally in the Lutheran Cemetery located between Race & Vine and 8th & Franklin streets in Philadelphia.
Following is his will abstract:
LAWRENCE, JOHN. City of Phila. Porter.
July 18, 1797. August 29, 1798. X.756.
To Wife's Sister Gertrude Fricke and her Son Frederick Fricke.
Children: Christian, John, Philip, Elizabeth Speel, Sophia Umbehend.
Exec: Son John Lawrence, Elias Dawson.
Wit: R. Whitehead, Andrew Beyerly, Jacob Weiss, Junr. 
Family links: 
  Catharina Hüss Lawrence (1733 - 1796)
  Christian Lawrence (1764 - 1811)*
  Philip Jacob Lawrence (1769 - 1850)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Originally buried in the German Lutheran Cemetery, between Race & Vine sts, Phila.
Philadelphia Memorial Park
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: German Lutheran section
Created by: James Harry Lawrence
Record added: Jan 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84032316
John Lawrence
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