|Birth: ||Apr. 27, 1840|
John F. Lawrence, proprietor of the Hoosier Foundry and machine shops of Columbia City, is a native of Wayne county, Ohio, and the son of John and Sarah Elizabeth (Rouch) Lawrence, he born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the mother in Hagerstown, Maryland. They grew to maturity and were married in Wayne county, Ohio. Mr. Lawrence was a farmer and civil engineer, a profession he followed until his eighty-sixth year, having often served as surveyor of Wayne county. He possessed sound judgment combined with practical' ideas and wide information and during a long and useful life exercised a wholesome influence. He lived to the ripe age of ninety-three years, being well preserved to the last. His wife died when eighty-five years old and of their eleven children, none died under the age of forty.
George W., ex-county commissioner, is a successful farmer of Union township; Mary Ann married William Mowery, and died some years ago in this county; Malinda, also deceased, was the wife of S. L. Rouch; Sarah, Mrs. J. D. Wagoner, lives in Warsaw, Indiana; Margaret J. is the wife of James E. Kelly; Priscilla is Mrs. Austin McMannis; Henry H. resides in Union township; Lehannah is the wife of Elmer McMannis; Isaiah E. is a doctor of Columbia City, and Levi is a farmer of Union township.
John F. Lawrence was born April 27,. 1840, in Wayne county, Ohio. In September, 1860, he came to Indiana and for two years taught school in Whitley and Elkhart counties. August 14, 1862, he enlisted at Wooster, Ohio, in Company A, One Hundred and Twentieth Ohio Infantry, with which he shared the fortunes and vicissitudes of war for three years and five months, participating in a number of battles, among them being an attack on Red River, where his regiment lost two hundred and thirty-six men. The regiment was on a boat going up the river to join the command and the -one boat was attacked by five thousand of the enemy. The boat was disabled and floating to the opposite shore the survivors managed to escape, but one hundred and eighty-six of the four hundred and four men getting away. He was also in the attack on Mobile besides numerous skirmishes and minor engagements.
He returned to Indiana and engaged in the manufacture of lumber, in which he continued until 1885, when, in partnership with Frank Mossman he established the foundry and machine shop in Columbia City of which he is now sole proprietor. The Hoosier Foundry and Machine Shop is one of the largest establishments of the kind in northeastern Indiana.
On the 3d day of October, 1867, Mr. Lawrence married Miss Eliza J. Penland, who was born in Elkhart county, Indiana, October 7, 1847, being the daughter of John and Eliza (Abshire) Penland, early settlers of that county. The father, a soldier in the late civil war, lost his life in the battle of Chickamauga. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence have had seven children: Effie May, wife of George L. Padgett; Charles C, an attorney by education, but now a traveling salesman for a Chicago publishing house; Myron,(deceased), was in the United States mail service. Pittsburg to Chicago, till his death, February 17, 1895, aged twenty-three: James A., of Portland, Oregon; Sarah E., wife of D. F. Main, of Toledo, Ohio; Blanch, now Mrs. Christian D. Meyer, living at Redland, California, was a teacher for several years in Whitley county; and Walter I. Mr. Lawrence and wife are members of Grace Lutheran church.
Politically he is a Republican and fraternally belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic, being a past commander and present quartermaster. Financially Mr. Lawrence has been fortunate, owning in addition to his beautiful home and business interests in Columbia City, a two-hundred-acre farm in Union township.
History of Whitley County, Indiana
Samuel P. Kaler, R. H. Maring; pub. 1907
John Abner Lawrence (1808 - 1899)
Sarah Rouch Lawrence (1807 - 1888)
Eliza J. Penland Lawrence (1847 - 1924)
Myron L. Lawrence (1871 - 1895)*
Walter I. Lawrence (1881 - 1926)*
Mary Ann Mowrey (1830 - 1896)*
George Washington Lawrence (1832 - 1916)*
Malinda Lawrence Rouch (1834 - 1874)*
Sarah Lawrence Wagner (1836 - 1924)*
Priscilla Lawrence McMannis (1838 - 1917)*
John F. Lawrence (1840 - 1920)
Henry H. Lawrence (1841 - 1924)*
Isaiah E. Lawrence (1845 - ____)*
Created by: JC
Record added: Oct 31, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31023819
Added: Mar. 24, 2015
Researching the 120th OVI in the Civil War. Remembering John F. Lawrence for his service in Company A.|
Added: Jan. 9, 2010