Sarah Lawrence

Brief Life History of Sarah

When Sarah Lawrence was born on 11 April 1685, in Flushing, Queens, New York Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Major William Lawrence Jr, was 31 and her mother, Deborah Smith, was 27. She married Joseph Rodman on 11 March 1709. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. She died about 1730, in New Rochelle, Westchester, New York, United States, at the age of 46.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Rodman
1685–1758
Sarah Lawrence
1685–1730
Marriage: 11 March 1709
Joseph Rodman Jr. II
1708–1758
Elizabeth Rodman
1730–
William Rodman
1712–1713
Samuel Rodman
1715–1780
Mary Rodman
1717–1775
Sarah Rodman
1719–1780
William Rodman
1721–
Deborah Rodman
1725–1765
Deborah Rodman
1725–
Anne Rodman
1728–

Sources (10)

  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
  • Sarah Rodman (born Lawrence), 'Geni World Family Tree' on MyHeritage
  • Maryland Archives, 1658-1783

Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English and Old French personal name Lorens, Laurence, from Latin Laurentius ‘man from Laurentum’, a place in Italy probably named from its laurels or bay trees. The name was borne by a Christian saint who was martyred at Rome in the 3rd century AD ; he enjoyed a considerable cult throughout Europe, with consequent popularity of the personal name (French Laurent, Italian, Spanish Lorenzo, Catalan Llorenç, Portuguese Lourenço, German Laurenz, Polish Wawrzyniec, etc.). In Britain this is a common name from the 12th century, with pet forms such as Law , Low , Lawrie , Laurie , Larry , Larkin , all of which are represented in surnames. There was also a feminine form Laurencia which may have given rise to the English surname. The surname is also borne by Jews among whom it is presumably an Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Ashkenazic surnames. In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed many cognates from other languages, e.g. German Lorenz , and also their patronymics and other derivatives, e.g. Slovenian Lavrenčič and Lovrenčič (patronymics from Lavrencij and Lovrenc, equivalents of Lawrence), Polish Wawrzyniak . Compare Larrance , Laurence , Lawerence , Lieurance , and Lowrance .

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

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