Johnson Lawrence

Johnson Lawrence

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Death 1 Jan 1912 (aged 67)
Burial Polo, Ogle County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 22007217 · View Source
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Source --- Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Ogle Co., 2nd. Edition, editted by Horace G and Rebecca Kauffman, Vol. II, Chicago, Illinois, 1909, Page 946 as transcribed by Keith Larzelere::

Honorable Johnson Lawrence----- There is really little difference between what Americans are pleased to call American stock --- meaning descendants, usually of Englishmen, who came to the colonies in pre-revolutionary times --- and English stock, so-called, the representatives of which are descendants of Englishmen who came to the United States after the establishment of American independence. It is simply a question as to when the first American progenitor of the family came across the sea drom the mother country. John Lawrence was born in Kent, England, March 11, 1801, a son of John and Susanna (Sayles) Lawrence. In 1818 he came to Philadelphia; three years later went to Canada, where he cleared and began the improvement of a farm; in 1826 (note by kwl-- this date is in error, they were married in 1828 and celebrated their 50th anniversary in Polo, Ill. in 1878) he married Lydia Johnson, daughter of Abram Johnson, who was born near Toronto, Ontario. In 1838 Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence came to Illinois, where he continued farming with gratifying success, and where they both died, the former October 30, 1886, and the latter November 16, 1888. They had seven children, as follows: Nancy, who married Philetus Peck and died in Nebraska in 1867; Suzanna, married Albert Slater and removed to Oregon, where she died April, 1907; Mary, married James Williams of Denver, Col.; Jordan, lives in Geneva, Illinois; Catherine, married Moses M. Culver and died in November 1868 in Nebraska; Maria L., married Isaac D. Appleford (now deceased), formerly of Dixon, Illinois.
Johnson Lawrence was born at his parents' prairie home, June 17, 1844, and passed his boyhood days on the farm and at school. On August 19, 1862, he enlisted, when little more than 18 years of age, in Company D, Ninety-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, which was later mounted and attached to Gen. Wilder's brigade. With that organization he served for about a year, taking part in the battle of Chattanooga and Chickamauga, when the Ninety-second was transferred to a brigade commanded by Gen. Eli Murry and attached to Kilpatrick's Cavalry division during the Atlanta campaign. Later it accompanied Gen. Sherman in his historical march from Atlanta to the sea, thence through the Carolinas to the end of the war. During the three years service in the army, Mr. Lawrence was on duty every day and did not miss a single roll-call during the entire three years service. He is the present Representative of his district in the General Assembly of Illinois, having been elected in 1903 and now serving his third term.
Mr. Lawrence was married, April 8, 1879, to Julia E. Reed, who was born at Buffalo Grove, Ogle county, August 12, 1851, a daughter of George D. and Mary (Wormsley) Reed, early settlers of the county, who came here in 1836. The father died in 1882, and the mother in 1884. Mrs. Lawrence was the oldest of the family, the other being George E. Reed, now City Attorney of Polo, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence have one daughter, Lillie M., born September 21, 1885.
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  • Maintained by: Brian DesErmia
  • Originally Created by: Keith Larzelere
  • Added: 7 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22007217
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johnson Lawrence (17 Jun 1844–1 Jan 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22007217, citing Fairmount Cemetery, Polo, Ogle County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Brian DesErmia (contributor 47615482) .