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  • ID: I26
  • Name: William Artman LAWRENCE
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 2 OCT 1870 in Springwater, Livingston Co., NY
  • Baptism: Buffalo St., Springwater, NY
  • Death: 15 JUN 1960 in Springwater, Livingston Co., NY of Liver cancer
  • Burial: Ashley Cemetery, Springwater, NY
  • Religion: Evan Untd Breth
  • Occupation: Dairy & wheat farmer 1
  • Note:
    First (1907, or 1 Aug 1908) president of the Lawrence Family Reunion. His children attended one-room district school No. 11 on Buffalo Street, Springwater through grade six, then the Wayland school. The children all remembered the two mile daily walk to & from the Wayland school. "Will" made sure all children attended a secondary school. Family Record says "Willie Ardman", 1880 census "Willie."

    Springwater Grange No. 1245 Member 1935. In 1931 he was elected Pomona Grange lecturer. In 1945, was member of the Executive Committee for the Livingston county Pomona Grange. [Douglas Morgan, Livingston County historian]

    The following was written by William Artman Lawrence for presentation at the Lawrence Reunion:

    The name Lawrence is derived from the Latin, Laurentius, and signifies a flourishing laurel.

    The first person, yet ascertained, whose name bears marked similarity to ours, was Laurentius, also called St. Lawrence, chief Deacon to Sextus, Bishop of Rome. Saint Lawrence suffered martyrdom (Aug. 10, AD 258) because, when the enemies of the church demanded the treasures of the church, he bought the poor of the city and presented them as the treasures.

    The first individual of this name who lived in England is supposed to have come of that St. Lawrence family. He was Lawrence, the Monk. He came from Italy with Austin, who was sent to Britain for the propagation of Christianity in the island. Upon the death of Austin, he succeeded him as archbishop of Canterbury. He is said to have been both learned and pious, and, at his death, was buried in the Abbey of St. Austin, AD 916.

    Robert Lawrence of this Archbishop of Canterbury family, born about 1150, accompanied King Richard on his memorable expedition to Palestine and signalized himself by planting the banner of the cross on the battlements of that stronghold; for which he was knighted by his king and received a coat of arms; this described: "Argent a cross raguly gules." (Argent = white, symbolic of bupity. Raguled = indented obliquely. Gules = The tincture of red in a blazon without color, indicated by vertical parallel lines.) The motto: "He beareth ermine. A cross raguled gules by name of Lawrence of Lancachire."

    These early records were sought out by Hon. Abbott Lawrence, when an officer in Italy, and later when he was Minister to England; and compiled and published by a clergyman, John Lawrence.

    The family became eminent in England. In Faulkner's History of Chelsea it is stated: "The Lawrences were allied to all that were great and illustrious; cousins to the ambitious Dudley, Duke of Norfolk; to the Earl of Warwick; to Lord Guilford Dudley, who perished on the scaffold; to that short-lived royalty, Lady Jane
    Grey; to the brilliant Lester, who set two queens at variance; and to Philip Sidney who refused a crown."

    Sir Robert's grandson, James Lawrence carried an heiress, Matilda, daughter of John Washington, of the family ancestors of George Washington, from which comes -- so understood -- the name Lawrence in the U. S. Washington family; and Lawrence Washington, older and half brother of George, from whom he inherited the Mt. Vernon estate.

    John Lawrence, 16th generation from Sir Robert Lawrence, came to New England in 1630 with Governor Winthrop and settled in Watertown, Mass. Other Lawrences came to this country from England, France and Ireland. We are unable to trace our lineage back farther than to Thomas Lawrence, father of Major David Lawrence, who was born in 1755, and who was probably, but not certainly, of the John Lawrence of Watertown line. David L. married Sarah Ellis. In 1799 they bought land of John Ellis in Onondaga, N. Y., and moved there from Dalton, Mass. Onondaga Co. records show that later David bought more land of Mr. Ellis, his brother-in-law. It does not appear that David was a Revolutionary soldier; but his service in the war of 1812 is beyond doubt, as that is a matter of historical record, and his grand-daughter Mary De Hart had the epaulets which he wore. In this connection, let me quote from Scott's School History of the United States: "Florida was, at that time (1814) in the possession of Spain, and regarded as neutral territory. Great Britain had done so much for the Spaniards in Europe during the great wars of Napoleon that she had no difficulty in entering Florida, and, from there, annoying the U. S. A British fleet arrived at Pensicola, took possession of the forts in August with consent of the Spaniards, and fitted out an expedition against Fort Bowyer at the entrance to Mobile Bay, commanded by Major Lawrence. On the 15th of September they attacked this and were repulsed with the loss of a vessel and a number of men." Major David had a brother, Jonathan, who lived in Springwater in the early 1800's; and who had sons, Ralph, Soloman and William. A sister, Speedy married Amos Spafford Dec. 1, 1791. Their son, Andrew Spaffard built the pond and saw-mill near my home, and was one of the early Supervisors of Springwater. (1836-9 and 1944-5).

    Major David and Sarah Ellis Lawrence raised a family of eight as follows: Elijah, Thomas, Henry, birth dates unknown. John Ellis L., progenitor of us gathered here was born in the town of Onondaga, Onondaga County, April 13, 1799; married in 1818 to Maria Thiel, who was born at Newburg on the Hudson, May 19, 1800. The other four were Alfred, Ashley (b Oct. 28, 1806; d Aug. 31, 1866), George W. (b 1813; d New Troy, Mich. Jan. 9, 1901) and Sarah, born about 1805.

    Major David did not live long after the war. He died at Onondaga in 1815. Sarah preceded him by two years. They were buried on the farm In the South Onondaga cemetery there is a stone which bears this inscription: "Major David Lawrence, died Nov. 15, 1815 Sarah, his wife died June, 1813; Their bodies were removed from the farm 1870 by their son Thomas Lawrence who has erected this stone to their memory."

    Let us now turn to some of the important events in the lives of John E. and Maria. We do not know just when the left the parental domicile in Onondaga and came to Springwater. Their first home in this town was in the northwestern part, on what was later known as the Moot farm. Next, they bought the farm afterward owned by the late Gordon Clemons in Sparts. About 1840 that was sold and the farm now or formerly owned by Charles and Carrie Hudson was purchased. From there the family moved to East Hill.

    The names of their children with their birth dates follow; James, Mar. 30, 1820; Loren, Oct. 30, 1822, Irs, Aug. 11, 1824; Charles, June 10 1826; Elijah, June 12, 1828; David, Mar. 11, 1830; Clarryssa, June 5, 1832; George, Apr. 13, 1834; Eliza, July 7, 1836; Mary, Oct. 13, 1840; Henry, May 11, 1843. All now deceased and nearly all of their offspring.

    This is a fine inheritance to be well born; and thus obligated to preserve the inheritance, unsullied, for future generations. We do not know how many, if any, jail-birds or other disreputables have borne our name, and we do not care to know. We wish rather to emulate the good, the true, the worthy. I will close with this thought from that great philanthropist, Amos Lawrence, who said when asked for advise; "Young man, base all your action on the principle of right, preserve your integrity of character, and in doing this, never reckon the cost.


    The following appears on the website "American Agriculturist Farm Directory & Reference Book Livingston County, NY 1917 Wayland PO, Part III

    Lawrence, William A.(Viola) 6 minor children "Maplemeadow" (potatoes) owns 105a, Wayland PO, res Twn Springwater T H87

    1930 Fed. Census: children Eliza, Lyal & Willis were the only children still at home.
    1940 Fed. Census: children Lyal, 34, and Willis G. 24 were the only children still at home. Lyal was a H.S. graduate, and Willis finished 4 years of college. 2
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  • Change Date: 21 MAY 2004

    Father: Loren LAWRENCE b: 30 OCT 1822 in Sparta (or Springwater), NY
    Mother: Rodina KUHN b: 15 MAR 1832 in Sparta, NY

    Marriage 1 Viola SHAVER b: 5 JUN 1877 in E. Wayland, Steuben Co., NY
    • Married: 17 AUG 1898 in Wayland, NY by Rev. J. W. Thompson 4
    1. Has Children Lloyd Ernest LAWRENCE b: 2 OCT 1900 in Springwater, Livingston Co., NY
    2. Has Children Eva Marie LAWRENCE b: 16 NOV 1902 in Springwater, NY (about 8 o'clock [W. A. L.])
    3. Has No Children Eliza Mae LAWRENCE b: 5 MAY 1904 in Springwater, Livingston Co., NY
    4. Has No Children Lyal Dale LAWRENCE b: 31 MAR 1906 in Springwater, Livingston Co., NY
    5. Has Children Loya Josephine LAWRENCE b: 12 MAR 1908 in Springwater, Livingston Co., NY
    6. Has Children Willis Grant LAWRENCE b: 17 DEC 1916 in Springwater, Livingston Co., NY

    1. Abbrev: Source of the name "Wm Artman" of Sparta is 1868 history by G. Emmet Stetson.
      Source of the name "Wm Artman" of Sparta is 1868 history by G. Emmet Stetson.
    2. Author: Robert L. Brown
      Title: Brown/Tuttle Families of Suffolk Co., NY and Lawrence/Shaver/Weld Families of Livingston Co., & Steuben Co., NY
      Abbrev: Brown/Tuttle Families of Suffolk Co., NY and Lawrence/Shaver/Weld Families of Livingston Co., & Steuben Co., NY
    3. Author: Erma Weld
      Title: The Ancestors of David Weld and Descendants of David and Hannah Foster Weld
      Abbrev: History of the Weld Families
      Erma Weld, genealogical record
    4. Abbrev: Newspaper article
      Newspaper article
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