Sylvester John Lawless

5 June 1918–29 June 1995 (Age 77)
Nelson, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Canada

The Life Summary of Sylvester John

When Sylvester John Lawless was born on 5 June 1918, in Nelson, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Canada, his father, William Alexander Lawless, was 18 and his mother, Marie Louise Josephine Godin, was 14. He married Florence Amy Parsley on 14 November 1942, in Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom. He died on 29 June 1995, in Wallace, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the age of 77, and was buried in Wallace, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Sylvester John Lawless
Florence Amy Parsley
Marriage: 14 November 1942

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World Events (7)

1921 · Racing Schooner Launched
Age 3
The Bluenose racing schooner was launched on March 26, 1921, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. It was evident that the ship was nothing like other ships that had been launched.
1937 · Miramichi Strike
Age 19
August 20, 1937, the Miramichi lumber strike took place. Over 1,500 millworkers and longshoremen struck 14 lumber firms for wage increases.
1945 · HMCS Esquimalt Torpedoed
Age 27
On April 16, 1945, the HMCS Esquimalt was torpedoed by German U-Boats. Thirty-nine men died, some due to the attack others to exposure to cold. Those that survived were rescued by the Sarnia.

Name Meaning

Scottish, Irish, and English: nickname for an unbridled and licentious man, from Middle English laghless, lawelas (a compound of late Old English lagu ‘law’ (from Old Norse) + the native suffix -l(ē)as ‘without’, ‘lacking’). Reaney suggests additionally that this name may have referred to an outlaw (i.e. one from whom the protection of the law had been withdrawn), but this seems unlikely.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Sylvester J. Lawless, "Find A Grave Index"
  • England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005
  • Legacy NFS Source: Sylverter John Lawless - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Sylverter John Lawless

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