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Rachel Rosilla Smith Lawrence
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Birth: Mar. 19, 1839, England
Death: Mar. 2, 1923
Beaver Dam
Dodge County
Wisconsin, USA

d/o Edward & Anna (Schrugler) Smith

w/o Abel Park Lawrence

m/o Rachel Lawrence, Frank E. Lawrence, Mary Ella (Lawrence) Boylan, Lula M. (Lawrence) Wilson, Carrie (Lawrence) Wilson
Beaver Dam (Dodge County, Wisconsin) Argus, Thursday, March 8, 1923

DIED - LAWRENCE - At her home, 125 W. Third street, this city, at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 2nd, 1923, Mrs. Rachel Rosilla Lawrence, aged 83 years 11 months and 4 days. The deceased was the widow of the late A. P. Lawrence, pioneer business man of Beaver Dam, and one of the few remaining early day settlers of the city. While Mrs. Lawrence had been enjoying a measure of health consistent with her advanced age, she was taken with pneumonia a few days preceding her death, which proved too severe a strain upon her enfeebled body. Her maiden name was Rachel Rosilla Smith. A daughter of Edward and Anna Smith, she was born in Daveridge, Derbyshire, England, March 29, 1839. She came to the United States with her parents at the age of twelve, the family settling at Juneau, in this county. On December 29th, 1857, she was united in marriage to Abel P. Lawrence, a descendant of one of the early Puritan families by that name and a native of Pepperell, Mass. They at once set up their home in this city and had resided here continuously, Mr. Lawrence passing away on April 12th, 1918. Of the five children born to them one died in infancy and four survive. They are Frank E. Lawrence and Mrs. Reita Wilson of this city, Mrs. B. T. Boylan of Amour, SD, and Mrs. James Wilson of Denver, Colo. There are also surviving ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Mrs. Lawrence took an active part in the affairs of the community until advancing years made it impossible for her to do so. Nevertheless, in spite of her advanced years, she maintained a keen interest in the life of the community and was at one time prominently connected with the Good Templars and Daughters of Rebekah and held state offices in both organizations. She was also a member of the Constellation Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. During the Civil War, Mrs. Lawrence was active in caring for the comforts of the soldiers from this vicinity who were serving with the Army of the Potomac, many of whose hardships were lightened by a box of food or clothing prepared under the direction of Mrs. Lawrence. When the Burchard Guard, Beaver Dam's first military organization under the state government, was organized, Mrs. Lawrence headed a movement which provided a fund from which the Guard's first uniforms and equipment were provided. She also participated in the general movement of the time which resulted in providing comforts for the soldiers of the last two wars. The funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock at the home with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were in the charge of Rev. T. S. Johnson and Rev. Carmichael. 
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  Edward Smith (1810 - 1866)
  Anna Shrigley Smith (1810 - 1882)
  Abel Park Lawrence (1832 - 1918)*
  Frank E Lawrence (1859 - 1940)*
  Hannah Smith Walker (1834 - 1901)*
  Rachel Rosilla Smith Lawrence (1839 - 1923)
  Noah S. Smith (1841 - 1911)**
  Andrew Jackson Smith (1844 - 1906)*
  Alfred Smith (1847 - 1916)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Beaver Dam
Dodge County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: Sec 5
Maintained by: genealogyfever
Originally Created by: Cemetery Walker
Record added: Nov 30, 2004
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Rachel Rosilla <i>Smith</i> Lawrence
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