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Sep 19, 2014 9:00 PM

Surname Saturday ~ LAWRENCE of Ipswich, Massachusetts


The Lawrence family has deep roots in England and has been researched and written about by many genealogists. I am descended of two children of Thomas Lawrence (1589 – 1625) who never came to the New World, but his wife, Joan Antrobus, remarried to John Tuttle (1596 – 1656) and brought her six Lawrence children and Tuttle children (of whom I descend from one- Simon Tuttle (1637 – 1691) ), to Massachusetts.

And so, although Thomas Lawrence never came to the New World, his children were here and left Lawrence descendants. He died intestate and on 21 March 1624/25, his widow, Joan, was made administratrix of his property. Her accounting, in 1627, names his children, John, Thomas, William, Jane and Marye. He was the son of John Lawrence (1561 – 1609) and Elizabeth Bull, and he was mentioned in his father’s estate documents in St. Albans, Herfordshire, England.

Joan Antrobus (about 1592 – 1661) was the daughter of Walter Anterbus and Joan Arnold of St. Albans. Joan was 65 years old when she immigrated with her daughter, Joan Antrobus Tuttle, in 1635 onboard the Planterwith her son-in-law John Tuttle, and her Lawrence and Tuttle grandchildren. I have deep admiration for these two Joans, who came aboard this ship to the New World and cared for all these children on the passage across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Planter, with this big extended family of Lawrences and Tuttles, arrived at Boston, Massachusetts on 7 June 1635. They settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts. John Tuttle returned to England and later died at Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland on 30 December 1656. Joan (Antrobus) (Lawrence) Tuttle was in Northern Ireland in 1659 and is believed to have died there after 29 January 1661.

For more information on this extended family of Lawrences, Antrobuses and Tuttles:

The American Genealogist, “John Tuttle of Ipswich, Massachusetts” by David L. Greene, Volume 54 (1978), pages 167 to 175.

The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 by Anderson, Sanborn and Sanborn, Volume 1 A-B, page 66 -69, “Joan Antrobus”
Also see Volume IV I-L, pages 254 - 258, “John Lawrence”
Also see Volume IV I-L, pages 258 - 259, “Mary Lawrence”
Also see Volume IV I-L, pages 259 - 263, “Thomas Lawrence”
Also see Volume IV I-L, pages 263 - 268, “William Lawrence”

For the Royal Descents of Thomas Lawrence see The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies of the United States, Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History, by Gary Boyd Roberts, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2008, pages 562-564.

Not only am I descended of three of Joan’s children, but my two lineages from her two Lawrence children are quite complicated, with much intermarriage. I hope you can follow along!

My LAWRENCE genealogy:

Generation 1: Thomas Lawrence, son of John Lawrence and Elizabeth Bull, was baptized at St. Albans, Herfordshire, England on 2 February 1589, and died there on 20 March 1625; he married on 23 October 1609 in St. Albans to Joan Antrobus, daughter of Walter Anterbus and Joan Arnold. She was born about 1592 and died after 29 January 1661 probably in Northern Ireland. Joan married second to John Tuttle, in 1627 in St. Albans. Six Lawrence children, and I descend from two of them (and one Tuttle child).

Lineage A:

Generation 2: Jane Lawrence, born 18 December 1614 in St. Albans, died 2 March 1680 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married on 20 February 1634 in St. Albans to George Giddings, son of John Giddings and Joan Purrier. He was born 24 September 1609 in Clapham, Bedfordshire, and died 1 June 1676 in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Eight children and I descend from two of them.

Lineage A1:

Generation 3: Thomas Giddings m. Mary Goodhue
Generation 4: William Giddings m. Sarah Hitchings
Generation 5: Thomas Giddings m. Martha Smith
Generation 6: Sarah Giddings m. Amos Burnham
Generation 7: Judith Burnham m. Joseph Allen
Generation 8: Joseph Allen m. Orpha Andrews
Generation 9: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 10: Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage A2:

Generation 3: John Giddings m. Sarah Alcock
Generation 4: Elizabeth Giddings m. Mark Haskell
Generation 5: Mark Haskell m. Martha Tuthill
Generation 6: Lucy Haskell m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 7: Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 8: Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey Jillings Homan
Generation 9: Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 10: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 11: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 12: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents, see above)

Lineage B:

Generation 2: Mary Lawrence, baptized on 10 April 1625 in St. Albans, died 27 March 1715 in Ipswich; married about 1643 in Ipswich, Massachusetts to Thomas Burnham. He was born about 1623 in Norwich, Norfolk, England and died 19 June 1694 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich. Twelve children.

Generation 3: John Burnham m. Elizabeth Wells. I descend from three of their children.

Lineage B1:

Generation 4: John Burnham m. Sarah Choate
Generation 5: John Burnham m. Rachel Smith
Generation 6: Dorothy Burnham m. Abner Poland
Generation 7: Abner Poland m. Sarah Burnham
Generation 8: Sally Poland m. Henry Burnham
Generation 9: Sarah Ann Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 10: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen (see above)

Lineage B2:

Generation 4: Thomas Burnham m. Susannah Boardman
Generation 5: Stephen Burnham m. Mary Andrews
Generation 6: Joshua Burnham m. Jemima Wyman
Generation 7: Jemima Burnham m. Romanus Emerson
Generation 8: George Emerson m. Mary Esther Younger
Generation 9: Mary Katharine Emerson m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 10: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen (see above)

Lineage B3:

Generation 4: David Burnham m. Elizabeth Perkins

Lineage B3a:

Generation 5: David Burnham m. Elizabeth Marshall
Generation 6: Amos Burnham m. Sarah Giddings (see above)

Lineage B3b:

Generation 6: Westley Burnham m. Deborah Story

Lineage B3bi

Generation 7: Westley Burnham m. Molly Woodbury
Generation 8: Henry Burnham m. Sally Poland (see above)

Lineage B3bii:

Generation 7: Sarah Burnham m. Abner Poland (see above)

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Copyright 2014, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


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