John Lawrence

21 October 1731–
Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of John

When John Lawrence was born on 21 October 1731, in Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, his father, David Lawrence, was 48 and his mother, Rachel Bacon, was 41. He married Mary Barden on 26 November 1753, in Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters.

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John Lawrence
Mary Barden
Marriage: 26 November 1753
Elihu Lawrence
Rachel Lawrence
David Lawrence
Lydia Lawrence
John Lawrance
Mary Polly Lawrence
Timothy Lawrance
Elisabeth Lawrance

Spouse and Children

26 November 1753
Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States


    Elihu Lawrence


    Rachel Lawrence


    David Lawrence



    John Lawrance


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World Events (6)


Age 45

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 45

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 63

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.

Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English and Old French personal name Lorens, Laurence (Latin Laurentius ‘man from Laurentum’, a place in Italy probably named from its laurels or bay trees). The name was borne by a 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 (assimilated to the Polish word wawrzyn ‘laurel’), etc.). The surname is also borne by Jews among whom it is presumably an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Ashkenazic surnames.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Lewrance, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • John Lewrance, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • John Lawrence, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

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