Lawrence Anderson

Brief Life History of Lawrence

When Lawrence Anderson was born in 1705, in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Lawrence Anderson Sr, was 53 and his mother, Mary Plunkett, was 54. He married Mary Mae Kirkpatrick about 1725, in Spotsylvania, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 4 daughters. He died in 1781, in Drysdale Parish, Caroline, Virginia, United States, at the age of 76.

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Family Time Line

Lawrence Anderson
Mary Mae Kirkpatrick
Marriage: about 1725
James Moses Anderson
James Anderson
Elizabeth Anderson
Sarah Anderson
William Anderson
John Anderson
David Anderson
David Anderson
Eleanor Anderson
Joanna Hannah Anderson
George Anderson
Lawrence I Anderson
George Anderson

Sources (6)

  • Virginia, U.S., Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850
  • Virginia, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1900
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970

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Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Ander(s), a northern Middle English form of Andrew , + son ‘son’. The frequency of the surname in Scotland is attributable, at least in part, to the fact that Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, so the personal name has long enjoyed great popularity there. Legend has it that the saint's relics were taken to Scotland in the 4th century by a certain Saint Regulus. In North America, this surname has absorbed many cognate or like-sounding surnames in other languages, notably Scandinavian (see 3 and 4 below), but also Ukrainian Andreychenko etc.

German: patronymic from the personal name Anders , hence a cognate of 1 above.

Americanized form (and a less common Swedish variant) of Swedish Andersson , a cognate of 1 above.

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

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